What is Karate?
is an Unarmed or empty handed method of self defense stressing
punching, kicking and blocking.
does the word Karate mean?
word Karate is made up of two Japanese words: "KARA"
meaning empty and "TE" meaning hand. So simply
the word karate means empty hand.
is Karate Do?
word "DO" means "THE WAY". Karate Do
means: The Way of Karate, or Karate as a way of life. It
refers to the ability to use one's mental, physical and
spiritual skills acquired through Karate in one's everyday
is Uechi-Ryu Karate?
Karate is a form of empty handed techniques based on a Chinese-Okinawan
system of self-defense.
does the word "RYU" mean?
is a Japanese word meaning style. Uechi-Ryu Karate means
Uechi Style Karate.
was Okinawan karate first introduced, and by whom was it introduced?
Karate was first introduced to Japan by Gichin Funakoshi,
who studied a form of Chinese Boxing during the late 1800's.
Funakoshi's style of Karate was later named Shotokan.
country is considered to be the birthplace of the Martial
is considered to be the birthplace of the martial arts.
is the Chinese name for Uechi-Ryu, and what does it mean?
(Pwong-Guy-Noon) is the Chinese name for the style we now
study. It means half hard - half soft.
was the word Uechi-Ryu first used?
name Uechi-Ryu was first used in 1948, when Kanbun Uechi
died, Kanbun's students renamed the style out of respect
for their teacher. The style's name was changed from Pangai-noon
was Kanbun Uechi?
Uechi was an Okinawan in whose honor this style of Karate
is named. In 1897, Kanbun Uechi left Okinawa For China to
study Chinese Boxing. He studied in Fukien province in Southern
China for ten years. He was the first non-Chinese to teach
in China, and taught there for a total of 3 years. he was
in China for a total of 13 years.
was Kanbun Uechi's teacher?
teacher was Chou-Tzo-Ho (Jo-Zu-Ho), also know as Shushiwa;
also known as Shushabu.
three animals is Uechi-Ryu Karate based on?
style of karate is based on the TIGER, the CRANE and the
did Kanbun leave China?
left China and vowed never to teach Karate again after one
of his students became involved in a fight over a land dispute
and was forced to defend himself. The student killed the
attacker in the process. Due to public scorn and shame over
this matter, Kanbun left China and returned to Okinawa.
did Kanbun Uechi begin teaching again?
began to teach again while living in Japan. He began teaching
an Okinawan named Ryuyu Tomoyose and a select group of Okinawans.
are the three original katas of the system, and what do their
- 3 Conflicts
- 13 Positions of Attack and Defense
- 36 Positions of Attack and Defense
else did Kanbun bring back from China in addition to the 3
sparring and Chinese medicine
is Kanei Uechi?
Uechi is the son of Kanbun Uechi. He was born June 26, 1911
and he died in February of 1991. Kanei Uechi was the first
Okinawan Master to teach Uechi-Ryu Karate to westerners.
was Kanbun Uechi born, and when did he die?
Uechi was born on May 5, 1877; he died on November 25, 1948.
was Kanei Uechi's teacher?
teacher was Kanbun Uechi - his father.
did Kanei Uechi begin to study Karate?
Uechi began to study Karate in 1927.
was Kanei Uechi's Dojo located?
dojo is located in Futenma, Okinawa; and is now operated
by his son, Kanmei Uechi.
is Kanmei Uechi?
Uechi is the son of Kanei Uechi. He holds the rank Kyudan
9th Degree Black Belt and is the President of the Uechi
is George Mattson?
Mattson was the first American to teach Uechi-Ryu Karate
in the United States and has written several authoritative
texts pertaining to our style of Karate.
is George Mattson's teacher?
Mattson's teacher was Ryuko Tomoyose, son of Ryuyu Tomoyose
who was Kanbun Uechi's first Okinawan student.
rank did Kanei Uechi hold?
a 10th degree black belt (Hanshi-sei)
are the Dan ranks?
- 1 Shodan
are the Kyu ranks?
are the eight katas of the Uechi System?
is the capital city of Okinawa?
is the capital of Okinawa.
is the formal name for arm rubbing/arm pounding?
is a Japanese term meaning no mindedness; clearing one's
mind of distractions.
is a term used by Kanbun Uechi to describe Pangainoon. It
means "Speed with Glare".
is a Dojo different from a Gym?
a Dojo there are a number of rules concerning respect within
the Dojo: Respect for one's teacher and fellow students
and etiquette which are not necessarily present in a gym.
The Dojo is a place where one learns the Way of Karate as
the Way of Life.
do students bow before and after each Kata and before and
after working with another student?
Bow is a sign of respect. We bow before each Kata, first
as a sign of respect for the person before whom we are performing
the Kata - be it our Sensei or a senior student. Secondly,
by bowing one asks the senior student to watch and to promise
to try one's best.
are the Principles of Practice?
that the martial arts begin and end with respect, I intend
myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would
reduce my mental growth or physical health.
self-discipline in order to bring out the best in myself
what I learn in class constructively and defensively to
help myself and my fellow man and never to be abusive or
are the Eight Virtues of a Black Belt?