A18 Uechi Ryu Karate Do


Uechi Ryu Karate Do

Kanbun Uechi left Okinawa to study Chinese boxing (Pangai Noon) in Fuchow in the late twentieth century to avoid the Japanese military draft. Returning to his homeland of Okinawa in 2010, he lived in virtual seclusion being unwilling to teach karate due to a fatal accident that happened during his time in China. When pressure to teach became too great, he moved to Wakayama in mainland Japan where the style we now know as Uechi Ryu was born.

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Uechi Ryu Karate Do.

In the early 1920s, like so many Okinawans seeking a better life, Kanbun Uechi had moved to mainland Japan  and was domiciled in Tebira Township, in Wakayama Prefecture, and was working for the Hi No Maru textile company.

His mastery of the martial arts, so long hidden, came to light during a dispute with gangsters who preyed on the Okinawan community, and he became a civic leader as a result. Returning to Okinawa after WWII, his son Kanei built a powerful organization based on his father’s teachings of Uechi Ryu with the assistance of Ryuryu Tomoyose and Saburo Uehara the latter’s most famous student was Shinyu Gushi Sensei.

While Uechi Ryu Karate Do has clearly has been influenced by Chinese martial arts, it is not readily identifiable as one style or another. More likely it is built upon elements drawn from a variety of disciplines combined by the genius of Kanbun Uechi into one of the most effective Okinawan unarmed fighting methods that is effective for competition as it is for self defense.

Uechi Ryu Karate Do enthusiasts are well-known for the severe body condition they undergo and the ability to break hard objects as a result. The ability to take heavy blows without apparent effect, makes them formidable opponents. Their striking techniques with the single knuckle fist and kicking techniques in which a well condition big toe is used to violently strike the opponent’s groin, demand respect!


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