The more I read and learn about the Miyagi Chojun, the more of an enigma the man becomes. He was definitely innovative in the creation of his Goju ryu, but at the same time venerated his teacher Higaonna as the “source” from which everything came. The man was somewhat of a contradiction, but this sort of behaviour is not unusual in Japanese / Okinawan culture where one’s “tatemae” and “honne” may be completely at odds with each other. And yet the person finds no conflict or distress in the difference between the two.
Furthermore, in a discussion with fellow Karateka and friend, Fred Lohse, Fred pointed out quite accurately that Miyagi could and was culturally conditioned to state that his karate came from Higaonna Kanryo without apparent contradiction. Fred goes further by arguing that Miyagi (and Kyoda for that matter) could do this and maintain a very real belief that he had preserved and passed on the true core of his teacher’s karate.