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Q. What is Uechi Ryu?

A. Uechi Ryu (Way - Chee) is a form of Chinese Temple Fighting. In the United States, it is referred to as Kung Fu or Karate, and in Japan and Okinawa as Karate. In China its formal name was the Shuu Family Style.  Kanbun Uechi's teacher was Zhou Zihe.

Q. What is Karate?

A. KARATE is an Asian system of physical and mental exercises designed to develop, in a student, good physical condition and alertness of mind, and to utilize both for self defense.

Q. Where did Karate originate?

A. KARATE had its basic origins more than 5000 years ago. It began in India, developed in China and then traveled many different roads to other countries.


A. This is a style of Karate which is considered to be hard and soft. This means the practitioner is strong against an enemy and yet possesses calmness and inner confidence with humility. Basically Karate consists of three related areas of training:

  1. Training of the body to include muscle coordination, balance, strength, speed, and stamina.
  2. Training of the mind to include intense concentration, awareness, emotional discipline, confidence and serenity.
  3. Training in self defense to include timing, distancing, accurate techniques of blocking and counter-attacking, and psychological principles of fighting.

These traits are developed through a series of exercise called 'Kata'. A Kata consists of self defense movements combined into a dance-like exercise and is practiced until the student has mastered it completely. All training in Karate revolves around its system of Kata. Without these forms the Karate method is shallow and lacks the disciplined training necessary to attain enlightenment and inner confidence.

Q. Who can study?
A. Men, women, and children of all ages and various disabilities and handicaps may study and benefit from the special exercises of Uechi Ryu Karate according to individual ability. The balancing, slimming, and toning calisthenics develop agility, endurance, coordination, aerobic and muscle conditioning. Uechi Ryu Karate promotes mental and physical health with special emphasis on CONFIDENCE building through the development of the ultimate in self defense skills.