Uechi-ryu as we teach it has eight empty-handed kata
1. Sanchin - The name of the kata is translated as three conflicts. It is often said that the three conflics are body, mind, and spirit. This is the first of the three original forms from Pangainoon kung fu, brought back from China by Kanbun Uechi. Many systems of karate and kung fu have a form named sanchin or samchien. Each focuses on the development of the practitioner's mind; the basic stance, including the ability to root to the ground for stability and power development; proper breathing technique (kokyuho), spiritual concentration including the mental management of forces and focus; and development of the physical body's strength and connection.
2. Kanshiwa - The name is a combination of two names, Uechi Kanbun's and his teacher's in China, Master Shushiwa. This is one of the 5 additional kata developed Kanei Uechi and ten of his senior students. The kata was originally named "Kanshabu" due to a localized pronunciation of Shushiwa's name as Shashabu.
3. Kanshu - The karate name is again a combination of the names Kanbun and Shushiwa. This is the second additional kata, chiefly designed by Seiki Itokazu, a senior student of Kanei Uechi. The kata is also referred to as Daini Seisan, meaning "little Seisan".
4. Seichin - The kata name is a combination of two kata names, Sanchin and Seisan. This is the third additional kata, chiefly designed by Saburo Uehara, a senior student of Kanei Uechi.
5. Seisan - The name of the kata means 13, implying 13 positions of attack and defense. This is the second of the three original forms from Pangainoon kung fu, brought back from China by Kanbun Uechi. Many karate and kung fu systems have a seisan or similarly named kata. This form is often referred to as the "bar fight" kata because it presents techniques to stop and overwhelm commonly used attacks.
6. Seiryu - The name of the kata means 16 positions of attack and defense. This is the fourth additional kata developed by Kanei Uechi and his senior students.
7. Konchin - The name of the kata is a combination of the names Kanbun Uechi and the kata Sanchin. This is the fifth additional kata and was chiefly designed by Kanei Uechi. It is said to include his favorite techniques.
8. Sanseiryu - The kata name means 36, implying 36 positions of attack and defense. The kata is the third of the three original forms from Pangainoon kung fu, brought back from China by Kanbun Uechi.
This video features a demonstration of the Watari-uke of Uechi-ryu karate, performed by Tsutomu Nakahodo-sensei, Hanshi, Judan. The technique is demonstrated multiple times at both regular speed and broken-down by segment. Slow motion versions have also been added for study and analysis purposes. Nakahodo-sensei was 87 years old at the time of this video, which was taken in August, 2019.
Defense Watari uke, Okinawa Uechi ryu karate, training in the Moscow Kodokan! Uechi ryu karate Sensei Vladimir Popovic 7 dan (Serbia)