tradition, Annan (also Ahnan or Anan) and of Ason, was a Chinese Sergeant
castaway from a shipwreck on the Okinawa coast. Being a pirate, he took
refuge in the cemetery of the Tomari's mountains, starting to live in
a cave (an oral tradition says that this was the master that taught
the kata Chinto to Sokon Matsumura). Gusukuma, Itosu’s chief Sensei,
was a disciple of Annan and of Jion, a budist monk, who learned the
kata of the same name. Apparently, Gusukuma taught Itosu Naifanchi I
& II, Rohai, Wanshu and Chinte, and from Jion he would learn later,
Jion, and two Sai kata, Jitte and Jiin, that he adapted to empty hand
kata. Famous Tomari-te masters Peichin Chikundun, Kosaku Matsumora (1829-1898),
Kokan Oyadomari (1827-1905) and Gikei Yamazato (1835- 1905) were also
disciples of Annan.
A history repeated in several Okinawan sources teaches that the successor
of Sergeant Anan was Kosaku Matsumora. A little before coming back
to China, Anan gave to Matsumora a parchment with a drawing of a woman
in a fighting posture holding a pine tree branch in one of the hands.
According to tradition, the symbol reveals the secret of the Tomari-te
school. Now, this symbol attests a transmission from master to disciple,
a succession, being a type of diploma. But, what means this symbol,
what does it transmit? The woman means lightness, cunning, an agility
that is a light style, full of esquires and feints. She is the spirit
of the school. The pine tree branch represents the transmission of
the knowledge through generations, and symbolizes full knowledge and
ability in the style.