Why Study Uechi-Ryu?
study of Uechi-Ryu karate develops the mind, body, and spirit. Through
the application of the various drills and techniques, students will
increase their flexibility, agility, coordination, and muscle tone. The
constant concentration required to execute each of the techniques
develops the student's ability to remain mentally focused and alert.
developed from the Okinawan style of Master Kanbun Uechi (1877-1948)
and his son Kanei (1911-1991.)
Ryu can best be characterized as a close-in type of fighting and is a
very effective hand-to-hand combat style of self-defense. The backbone
of Uechi-Ryu is the exercise Sanchin. Sanchin develops proper breathing
technique, spiritual concentration, dynamic strength, and powerful
has unique hand and foot techniques. Blocks are often done with open
hands for faster deflection and controlling grabs. Strikes using the
hands are delivered with a closed fist, spear hand, or a one knuckle
strike known as the "shoken". Kicks are primarily delivered at or below
the mid-section using the toes for penetration of the target. The legs
are also used for blocking.
in Uechi-Ryu does not require exceptional strength or athletic ability.
People from all walks of life enjoy the benefits from the martial arts,
regardless of their level of proficiency or physical capabilities. Proper
training in this dynamic martial art
also provides the student with a great aerobic workout.