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Uehara Takenobu “There is no End to Karate”

Sixty Years of Training, Growing Everyday

[Dojo Visit, 1]

Karate is for training the mind. If you continue to train, you will acquire a strong body and a strong and tough spirit. Uehara Takenobu, 87, is the holder of a prefectural designation of an intangible cultural asset for Okinawa Karate and Kobujutsu, . He has been devoting himself to Karate for 60 years. The 10th dan instructor of Uechi-ryu continues to hone his skills and mind, saying, “There is no end to Karate“. At his Uechi-ryu Karate-do Shinkokai Head Dojo in Oroku, Naha City, where he serves as the chief instructor, he continues to teach his students the traditions he has inherited, including kata and philosophy. (more…)

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Breathing in Sanchin

sanchin, breathing, Uechi-ryu, Goju-ryu, Karate, Vancouver, Kitsilano

The other day I was teaching a short seminar on Uechi-ryu Sanchin at Vancouver Mind Body (1). It was a good mix of students from a variety of “styles” including Shotokan, Goju-kai, Shito-ryu, etc., and I had a very enjoyable time teaching the class. During the break a participant asked me why the breathing was done the way it is in the kata. I looked at her and in all honesty replied, “I don’t know”. (more…)


Shuri Sanchin Kata

Takamiyiagi Shigeru Uechi-ryu Sanchin Kata Goju-ryu Tou'on-ryu
Moto-ichi (sanchin) of Motobu-ryu

There is quite a bit of evidence to suggest that Shurite/Shorin did practice a version of san chin kata. I thought it may be of interest to people to post some notes on the topic from that I had made from Kinjo Akio’s book detailing what he calls “Shuri Sanchin”.