Kanbun Uechi Statue

Today was a very special day for Uechi Family and Uechi-Ryu practicioners. Indeed this morning Uechi Family and Okinawan karatekas were attending Uechi Kanbun Monument unveil. This monument was built thanks to a subscription launched around the world. The momunent is located  in Motobu area near Yae Mount, it’s sure it will become a must to visit for foreign karatekas visiting Ryukyu Islands.  

Okinawa Kobudo Tournament

The First Okinawa Karate Tournament is not only dealing with Karate-Do but with Kobudo too. In the same frame of Karate Kata explanation you will find on the Tournament Official Channel the presentation of the different katas accepted for the Tournament. At this time there are only 2 weapons accepted : The Bo (棒) and the Sai (釵)  – for more details please have a look on Boshiken Kobudo  Chapter. You will find below the […]

1st Okinawa Karate Tournament

This year will take place the 1st Okinawa Karate Tournament from August 1st to 8th. All the styles will be presented and competitors are booking from all around the world. In the frame of this tournament all the katas for each style have been presented on the tournament youtube Channel : For Uechi-Ryu : 7 katas are accepted for the competition (All Uechi Kata except Sanchin) : Kanshiwa Kanshu Seichin Seisan Seiryu Kanchin Sanseiryu   […]

Seisan

Seisan is the most known Kata of Okinawa Karate-Do. Seisan is practiced in different styles : Goju-Ryu, Chito-Ryu, Shōrin-Ryu, Shito-Ryu, Meibukan, Wadō-Ryu and Uechi-Ryu. Why Seisan is so famous ? Seisan literally means ´Thirteen’, it can refers to 13 fights, 13 steps, 13 hands, 13 techniques or thirteen year old. Indeed 13 year old was the maturity in Ryukyu Kingdom that could explains that Seisan is used for Shodan graduation. When you gain shodan rank, […]

Tameshiwari

Tameshiwari (試し割り) is the word used to describe the technique of breaking piece of wood or bricks. In Uechi-Ryu we tend to use a different form of Tameshiwari. Indeed Uechi-Ryu is known as a hard Karate-Do Style using kote-kitae (forearm conditioning). We train regularly on this way preparing both arms and legs to be able to perform efficient blocks. You should have certainly Sanchin Test when the sensei is checking with punches the different muscles […]