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First the mind must be empty of thought order for the boy to defend itself with the first strike.
In order to climb up the back of the large tree of life you must first value the courage and respect of others. There is two sides to this statement one is the impossible the other is the possible. To see and understand this tenet there must be a steadfast belief in the martial arts and in the idea of mind vs. spirit.
The next article is by the first advisor to the all Okinawan Uechi Ryu, Karate do Kyokai, and Chairman of the Sumo Do Kyokai, and Chairman of the First Sightseeing Stock Corporation.
Akamine Kaei
The source of Uechi Ryu Karate comes from about 4,000 Years of Chinese History. To be able to talk about this course of study by opening lines of communications into the ancient history aspect makes one feel like the father of his country. To explain these ideas there must be a firm conviction and the want for expansion and achievement of this Art for future generations.
Here is a theory of Okinawan Karate Do. The history of techniques in this book, were written with measurable truth 6 sincerity.

When Uechi Kanbun was in China in Fukien Province and in Japan his learning provided a half a century of training into this Martial Art. His knowledge was passed on to his son and senior students. To the great delight of others this knowledge will be here for all others interested in Uechi Ryu Karate Do.


It would be respectful if we said a silent prayer to dedicate this knowledge being passed on. This I believe would have been a request from Uechi Kanbun-Shi. This knowledge must be recorded and given to others dedicated to this Art. This is another reason that this book was published, to celebrate to the world the accomplishments of Uechi Ryu.
In speaking of teachers, upon first meeting either Uechi Kanbun or Uechi Kanei there is a gentleness of speech or manners. To accomplish this there must project an iron will. To be able to see the effects of Karate Do it takes a sharpness of eyes akin to that of the eagle. To look into and experienced a Martial Artists eyes such as Uechi Kanbun or Uechi Kanei you would see a fiery sparkle in theirs.

The teachers that Uechi Kanbun encountered in Fukien Province and in some of the Buddhist Temples transmitted a lot of knowledge of history and technique required in learning the Martial Arts. This to Uechi Kanbun was something to be proud of later on. To be able to speak or state his piece of mind to other apprentices under him was an invaluable tool.


About 4 years into the Showa Era there is a recollection from Wakayama of the teacher of the Palm Way {TE NO HIRA DO) and the students he took in. In Ancient China the way or destination of the disciples training had been built around the Dragon Hero of Bugei. The direction ordinary people took was to the way of a Bugei. This

idea seemed to be transmitted to everyone capable of understanding. Everyday in ancient times there were shows in the villages depicting the Martial Arts. Everyday more and more people were watching these demonstrations with burning curiosity. They seem to peak interest in the Martial Arts in general by being demonstrated.


People naturally sought out these martial artists out for their guidance, which seemed beneficial to everyone. With this approach to life they learned haste without waste. They learned from the various Martial Artists that to be like a large tree you stood with your backbone rigid and yet you had to have flexibility. The rise to this theory lifts the experienced to a suitable noble loft and leaves the teacher open to speak to the pupil and to see that he arrives to the right conclusions. To be able to speak to the Pupil and not tell him the answer outright but guide him to the right conclusions. To speak of this in depth is quite difficult it must be experienced.
The knowledge accumulated by the teachers over the years must be recognized by the student to enable him to arrive at logical decisions and understanding his objective. The student must also except and understand the strict regime and initiation period involved in learning this or any Martial Art.
Such opportunities to study and talk of Bugei in China were always not available. As I recall the teachers then always practiced maintaining the Mind/Body/Spirit triad; this seemed to be of paramount importance, but to actually train in Bugei and later on to speak about it to others was often difficult if not impossible.
For the teacher Uechi Kanbun the request he made to stay in Fukien Province for ten years to study as a youth, in a land where language and customs were often strange and where money was scarce even for a foreign national he survived the hardships which in today’s era this type of lifestyle would be thought of as next to impossible. Then this type of training was difficult and had to be inbred and or instinctive. Now days as I said before this type of training is almost extinct if non existent.
These troubled conquests one makes in excess of regular training creates a harder mind and body. To be able to endure this brings about ones innermost heart or feelings to play and the desire to learn more. When one arrives at a particular problem the experience of these already felt hardships would help train the individual for further advanced training and even possibly to the teaching level of Bugei.
Therefore, this style takes 10 years or more to learn properly. But in this era this idea of training is becoming non existent. I believe the reason why is that people nowadays will not or cannot undergo this type of rigorous training as was done long ago. To withstand these ancient ordeals was to polish and cultivate the Min4/Body/Spirit. To complete this type of training in the present day I think that a lot of these old ideas will not be learned to the degree that they where in ancient times.
The teacher’s sweat and blood was bound to the degree that his art skill was of unique quality. The benefit of the writing of this book is in describing this unique art form. To say that in China if an inexperienced person were to attempt opening a Dojo in Fukien Province his aim or goals' would more than likely not be achieved.

To speak further on the opening of a Dojo in China another reason an inexperienced Person would have trouble is that here would be heavy competition from already established schools and this person would have to face insurmountable challenges from other reputable Martial Artists, which were common back in ancient times.


If a person did get to open a Dojo during ancient times it was customary for the student to knock on the temple door and ask for permission to train that that Dojo and it was up to the teacher whether or not to let him enter.
In the era of the springtime of Uechi Kanbun's life, when he was full of vigor and enthusiasm and with a disregard for abandon he freely returned to Okinawa following the resolution of his dispute.



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