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Why Study Uechi-Ryu?

The study of Uechi-Ryu karate develops the mind, body, and spirit. Through the application of the various drills and techniques, students will increase their flexibility, agility, coordination, and muscle tone. The constant concentration required to execute each of the techniques develops the student's ability to remain mentally focused and alert.

Uechi-Ryu developed from the Okinawan style of Master Kanbun Uechi (1877-1948) and his son Kanei (1911-1991.)

Uechi Ryu can best be characterized as a close-in type of fighting and is a very effective hand-to-hand combat style of self-defense. The backbone of Uechi-Ryu is the exercise Sanchin. Sanchin develops proper breathing technique, spiritual concentration, dynamic strength, and powerful movement.

Uechi-Ryu has unique hand and foot techniques. Blocks are often done with open hands for faster deflection and controlling grabs. Strikes using the hands are delivered with a closed fist, spear hand, or a one knuckle strike known as the "shoken". Kicks are primarily delivered at or below the mid-section using the toes for penetration of the target. The legs are also used for blocking.

Training in Uechi-Ryu does not require exceptional strength or athletic ability. People from all walks of life enjoy the benefits from the martial arts, regardless of their level of proficiency or physical capabilities. Proper training in this dynamic martial art also provides the student with a great aerobic workout.

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