Originally the system came from China as Pangainoon, a form of Shaolin
Southern Fist Kung Fu. In 1897 our first connection was made when Kanbun
Uechi left Okinawa and headed for China. Here he learnt the system that
was renamed Uechi Ryu in 1940 in his honour when he was made the first
Grandmaster of the system.
A practical system
Ther are just eight katas (forms) to learn and several kumite's (prearranged sparring sets). The system keeps to its Southern Shaolin tradition being very
practical with no kicks above the waist. It has circular blocks to keep
control of the attacking force.
Features of the system
For self-defense, Uechi (Shohei) Ryu develops balance, centering, evasive movement,
blocking, grasping, striking, locking, sweeping, throwing (appropriate
to age levels.) The physical characteristics of Uechi-Ryu include the
development of a strong power-base and efficient close-range technique.
Beyond self defense
Although practicing Uechi Ryu provides valuable skills for self-defense,
the personal development aspects can be far more rewarding to the student.
Training in Uechi-Ryu also improves the student’s strength, flexibility,
endurance, and coordination. Consistent training enhances concentration,
focus, self-control and the ability to relax.
It suits ages from 16 upward but my club particularly welcomes 35+ (jokingly called GOM karate by my students-Grumpy Old Men!!!)