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A short dissertation on this dispute follows:
Beneath the teacher there is the student who is progressing in his quest into Bugei. There was just a student Uechi Kanbun, who lived next door to his landlord. Evidently there was this quarrel or dispute over a boundary line or property line. Evidently this young person struck and knocked his landlord out. This event was not the first for this young man who was always getting in trouble. So one night according to the story this young person killed his landlord one night in a quarrel.
The victim’s assailant whether right or wrong, should not have used his skill learned from Uechi Kanbun for such a heinous deed. Were it not for this disgraceful murder but if it just a simple attack without homicide being involved it might have been covered up without incident and would have been forgotten. Things might have then been different for Uechi Kanbun.
But with Uechi Kanbun's tortured feelings this was too much for him to handle. His only next logical choice was to leave China. He then vowed after this incident not to teach his skill to another. He felt that his training and the teaching of students were all for naught.
Uechi Kanbun returned to his native village on Okinawa to live his life out he lived as a farmer in agriculture. A friend one day observed Uechi Kanbun practicing Kobushi (Fist Way) was able to discern what he was practicing. While working in agriculture for a number of years Kanbun met a man who tried to get him married, his friend talk constantly of women and benevolence of children but to no avail. Uechi Kanbun still practiced the Kobushi Way while working as a farmer* One day during a business engagement he related his experience to his friend of the happenings in Fukien Province and of his life as a teacher and experienced Martial Artist. He was almost persuaded to give up what he had learned but his friend suggested that he should hold on to this precious gift which should not be lost but given to other to learn. Now upon hearing of Kanbun's fame his friend who was a student from a Southern Kingai Sect of the Kobushi Way tried to convince Kanbun to take him as his student. Kanbun refused. His friend tried to convince Kanbun that he wanted to learn because he wanted to change his character and Polish his Mind/Body/Spirit/ attitudes again Kanbun refused even though he knew this man to be a previous student of Martial Art and of a sincere nature.
Even after Kanbun returned to Okinawa he was plagued with requests from people who wanted to come and live with him and learn the Kobushi Way. But being the person that he was he always declined. In present day Okinawa the highest seat of learning is at an Okinawan Prefectural Institute or normal school.

These schools have rigorous physical recreation curriculums and these schools stress the roots of the Okinawan heritage relating around Bunka and Martial Arts and in the meanings of the Martial Arts for example Karate Do as part of their curriculum.


A major part of the learning in the House of Uechi Kanbun after he got married was surrounded around Karate.
Another story surrounds itself around an acquaintance of Uechi Kanbun's a man by the name of Shishu Anko no Sensei. This man was noted as a great authority of the Way. Uechi Kanbun received quite a bit of guidance from this man in regards to Kobushi-Ho.

As the story goes every year the prefecture police headquarters for congratulations for promotions and such and had a huge party and they looked far and wide for people to exhibit various Martial Arts i.e., Kendo, Judo, Karate, and various other Military Martial Arts. This demonstration as things would have it was in Uechi Kanbun's home village and after several people hearing about Uechi Kanbun's fame as a re known Martial Artist in the Kobushi Way asked the police headquarters personnel to ask Uechi Kanbun to participate in this demonstration. He was forced or swayed more or less by his acquaintances, to go on stage and demonstrate his art. Finally fed up and wanting to leave he went upon stage and performed a very dynamic and flawless kata called Seisan after which he alighted down off the stage and went home.


After this dynamic demonstration everyone was awestruck and no one had anything to follow this act with which ended the demonstrations. Upon viewing this style everyone was amazed as to the simplicity of Kobushi Ho. After seeing this style many people were impressed and immediately wanted Uechi Kanbun to start a model school of this great style. Every morning a crowd would form to entreat Uechi Kanbun to change is mind. But with the experience of his last encounter from China still fresh in his mind he still refused to teach again.
Uechi Kanbun tired of people hounding him so he and his beloved wife and children moved to Mainland Japan to the City of Wakayama. In the closing years of the Taisho Era (1912 1925) to the early years of the Showa Era the world’s economy was in a panic.

So Uechi Kanbun went into service at a spinning mill make ends meet in Wakayama Shi. Uechi Kanbun ran into many problems with the dialect and customs. While working at this factory he met a man named Ryuyu Tomoyose. They quickly became good friends.


They lived in the same apartment complex, so they shared many private and personnel experiences.
As fate would have it Uechi Kanbun and Ryuyu Tomoyose spent many years together and Ryuyu Tomoyose being a vigorous person observed Uechi Kanbun practicing in private one day and became curious. Knowing that Uechi Kanbun would not teach anyone Ryuyu Tomoyose came to Uechi Kanbun and made up situations and that he was having problems defending himself.
So upon hearing of Ryuyu Tomoyose's plight he began to talk to him in private and educate him verbally on how to repel 1 these attacks and defend himself. After a while Uechi Kanbun began to teach Ryuyu Tomoyose in the ways of Kobushi Ho. Uechi Kanbun began to teach his student the proper postures of the first Kata Sanchin. After a while Uechi Kanbun began teaching Ryuyu Tomoyose on a regular basis. After which Ryuyu Tomoyose was able to live with his teacher and learn as a novice. After many years of training Ryuyu Tomoyose finally graduated. Then Ryuyu Tomoyose would gradually approach Uechi Kanbun and ask him to interview potential, students to train in Kobushi Ho.
It was shortly after selecting one of the other potential students that Ryuyu Tomoyose entreated Uechi Kanbun to open a private school. After much deliberation Uechi Kanbun did. They named the school The Panigainoon Karate Jutsu Institute. From that name evolved Panigainoon Ryu, and then from that name evolved Uechi Ryu Karate Do, which is the successor. So you can see the prosperity that this style has arisen to today.
The last ideas that Uechi Ryu Karate Do's society members wanted in training the new people was to understand that the purpose of this sty] was to build character and to contribute positively to society. They did not want the trainee to think of his ego in learning this style.

There must be expansion of this style and that is what part of this book is about so with all the time and trouble that went into writing and editing and publishing this book we want to thank all concerned and appreciate their help.


On this 12th day of the Showa Era

A very lucky day


Maegaki or Preface

Over the last 50 years in Japan, Uechi Ryu Karate Do's roots have become firmly planted. During this era Uechi Ryu Karate Do has had many complications and troubled times. The experiences that have befallen Uechi Ryu Karate Do though have strengthened the Art.


So today if you spot someone practicing Uechi Ryu Karate-Do's powerful art this is a reassuring sight. History I believe will prove this out. Walk with pride with this knowledge in mind. In retrospect Uechi Ryu Karate Do's development over the past 50 years seems to have been short, but in reality it was a long and arduous task to have been undertaken.
This one school of the arts over the last 50 years has had many changes of face inside and out. It is very important to pay close attention to past history along with the present happenings. With this in mind the sort of situation that presents itself in this era I believe is that history follows a different path, and it is a fact also I believe that there is concern from all of us that this art will survive.
My father the teacher Uechi Kanbun who studied the way of the fist in China in Fukien Province near the city of Foochow during the Meiji Restoration around 1897 for 13 years is an important facet of history. It took him 10 years of training to be able to open a Dojo of his own. Then around 1910 he returned his home and his native land.

Then after returning to his homeland from learning his livelihood Uechi Kanbun socially kept his silence and stayed pretty much to himself. In private he continued to develop his Mind/Body/Spirit trial.


Now 13 years into the Taisho Era 1912 1926 around 1924 Uechi Kanbun moved to Wakayama, Japan and sought employment at a weaving company. After a while he became friends with a man named Ryuyu Tomoyose and started a Dojo with two other individuals, Jogen Sanro and Jori Gemmei teaching the Chugoku Kobushi Do.
He began teaching the aforementioned individuals on a regular basis in secret for quite some time. He renamed the art Pangainoon Ryu. Then while living in Japan for a while he eventually changed the name of the art to Uechi Ryu Karate Do. This stayed the same during remaining years of the Taisho era and into the beginning years of the Showa era.
In according to the old records there was 3 main Kata Sanchin, Seisan, and Sanseirui. But then as Uechi Ryu developed and went into the present Shizu Seiki developed the ideas for 3 more kata. There were Kanshiwa, Seirui, and Kanchin. Then another kata was added Kanshu or the old name was Dai ni Seisan. The Uech Karate Do Kyokai advisor explained that the addition of these extra or added kata were needed they were adopted. Jogen Sanro and an old friend of the original Shubukan Cho helped immensely in the development of Seichin.

Then from the kata certain exercise techniques developed i.e., Jumbi Undo (Preliminary Exercises or Warm up Exercises), Hojo Undo (Technique Exercises), Yakusoku Kumite Dai Ichi, Yakusoku Kumite Dai Ni, then later on others were added for example Koteki Tai, Atemi no Jiken etc. These afore mentioned exercises helped the former

precursors of this art to develop Jiyu Kobo (Freedom to to develop offensive/defensive actions.) Then the techniques taught to the students would then have a more deepening or expanding role as defensive tools during Jiyu Kumite, and would increase the student’s repertoire in Uehi Ryu Karate Do. These techniques are needed for the modernization of this art.

The modernization of the techniques of Uechi Ryu Karate Do's kata were worked out and refined and finally finished. These kata’s should not be changed for there is absoluteness in the effort put into these kata. There existence is there for all to learn from. The preservation of the kata's techniques is to succeed in the improvement of tradition. To adapt to the tradition of the techniques is to build a sound base.


In ancient times the techniques of the Karate kata were relative to ones existence. We must recognize and utilize this theory. In our time or existence mankind must look carefully at the art of technique.

Even if we change styles in this era or the next there are many factors that will change also. One must not let go of the basic techniques.


In ancient times the techniques of the Karate kata were done with a flowing mobility. During these times it was done to prove a point. By no means should an individual be static, they should always be mobile. Therefore the kata techniques were relative to ones existence. We believe this firmly. It is important to try to not condense this history. It is of importance to not slight or ignore technique either. Why then do people follow this path? Why does mankind in this era and of past eras place so much emphasis on technique?
We believe that when one feels good about the kata techniques and flows with them rather than against them this feeling will reap good rewards. These sorts of feelings are a product of our austere conditioning. The unconscious mind takes over after a while when one does techniques repetitiously. Thus you are following tradition. To subsist on these tenets I believe then that the Karate kata will take on a new meaning and a new path for the new and old. To have this unchangeability or immobility is not good the flow cease to exist.
In this era to transcend into the classics by the student is reassuring. The continued interest into the legendary techniques of the kata is of prime importance. In reality the future or development of the ideas of the kata must not be forgotten.

The teacher, leader or successor we believe will have an important job to reinforce these ideas or tenets and the one aim of this book to guide and reinforce the ideas to the student and practitioner.


In today’s time Budo's foundation or basics are sometimes learned incorrectly. So to be able to build good basics in this present era a good understanding of the basics of Uechi Ryu Karate Do is needed. We must mirror the past and the present. In the past it was quite ironic that individuals in the past were showing us what we seek in trying to perpetuate our art. To ensure that proper form is adhered to it was and still is important that ideas and changes were duly recorded. This way you can control the path that this young style or ryu is taking.
Those ideas were a part of the originators true intent for this art form. We believe it is our obligation to mirror these ways to perpetuate our art form.
I believe that in the last 10 years or so Uechi Ryu Karate Do's goals in writing a book of its katas and techniques and history have been beneficial. I also believe that there was a lot of self-sacrifice from the younger generation into the writing and developing of this text.
The following teachers should be recognized: Takimujo Shiroshige Go Dan Speaker of the All Okinawan International Literature and English Department, Nakamatsu Ken Go Dan Koza Prefecture Senior High School Mathematics Instructor, Togen Keicho San Dan Okinawan Prefectural Hospital School and the Central Industrial Senior High School Instructor and Director of the Koza Shubukan and Yonamine Kojo Renshu Roku Dan a skilled calligrapher and Japanese Airforce Electrical Engineer. We thank you all.
These people in there day were socially excepted for these positions and were able to work and take the pressures of being in the public eye In spite of all this, there was much self sacrifice from these individuals on their part for their devotions and work they have done and is very much appreciated.
To look back upon these people’s lives you will see that there was a limit to their leisure time. They did what was expected of them and more. That is another point in this book to be brought out and recognized.

Another meaning of this book especially for the young people would be to call to their attention to the teamwork of these three individuals, Mssrs Takashiro * Nakamatsu * Yonamine.


We wish now to give our thanks from heaven on earth to all of you from us and to those mentioned above deep and profound thanks. Those who went beyond their limits to render their service, in the producing of this text should be praised and a salute to those who spared no pains against all odds to make a place for Uechi Ryu.

Again a special word for those in this book for the pictorial demonstrations, Shinjo Seiyu Kyoshi Hachi Dan, Tosan Seiko Kyoshi Hachi Dan, Tomoyose Ryuko Kyoshi Hachi Dan, Takayo, Shintoku Kyoshi Hachi Dan, Shiyodo Seishin Kyoshi Shichi Dan, Yonaha Seisho Kyoshi Shichi Dan, Shikazu Seiko Kyoshi Shichi Dan, Uehara Mushin Kyoshi Shichi Dan, Yonesu Seisho Renshi Roku Dan, Shinjo Kiyohide Go Dan, Uechi Kammei San Dan. We give thanks for their strength and labor in the making of this text.


Even through mans lack of talent and sickness he must look at the true meaning of the path he takes. It’s like a pupil wanting to excel past his master. A student like this should be praised for the determination he puts out to seek the correct Path in life through this art form. In an era as in today man must be close to his Kami and be thankful for those earnest enough to teach the way of the martial arts. Furthermore, with the publication of this text the Uechi Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai has had many offerings of money to complete this endeavor and all of your kindness is very much appreciated. This book will demonstrate what your great kindness and offerings have done.
The plan that made this text possible as previously expressed took 5 years to finish, but for various reasons and other delays and circumstances the publication was somewhat delayed. But certainly the ideas or thoughts that come from this text were late in coming and we apologize.
The contents of this book come from a vocal quarter. This first completed portion contains the Karate Do Kata. The second portion contains the basics of the art and theory of practice. The third portion contains the Karate Do Rekishi or History.
The fourth portion contains information about the old society of Kobudo Kai of Okinawan Karate. From the fourth portion of the text comes valuable information on Uechi Ryu Karate Do a sort of re-definition of the basics. In ancient times a book like this would never have been published or available anywhere.
Special attention should be paid to the first portion, which contains the Karate Do Kata of Uechi Ryu. There are so many techniques involved that concentration on the small things is so important. There are many books similar to this text but not in such detail. One must observe and concentrate on these kata leads to the advancement in many areas.
Those who read through this text on Uechi Ryu Karate Do will to a degree understand the training one goes through and what a person can receive by the way of benefits from studying this style. In this text there is an interesting article Sanchin Ronko (A Thesis on Sanchin) by Choden Soka pages 100 106. Mr. Choden's thesis on Sanchin is from a professional viewpoint of one mans accumulation of the studies in Uechi-Ryu and his inspirations from the viewpoint that Uechi Ryu Karate Do techniques on the surface are a big part of the foundation of this unique style.
The polishing of the basics of Sanchin in the main statement of this thesis is an extremely important guide to go by. In the third part of this text, which contains the Karate Do History, there is a special contribution by Takamiya Shiroshige San on the theme of examples of martial information. He takes to heart the scholarly view of the skills acquired through this type of training. The subject of the writings therein is that there is an abundance of wealth of a wealth of knowledge in these writing’s that come from the original chronicles on the subject of Karate Do. An added comment; one just does not peruse through this information but it has to be read very carefully.
This subject of Karate Do Rekishi by Takamiya Shiroshige San on another train of thought is to look at the Rekishi or history from all sides. The people contained in this text should be given great latitude, for through their contributions and influence that gives this text its substance.

Another contribution to the Sanchin Ronka or Sanchin thesis is the benefit in some ways to the people at the Sho Dan Level or First Degree Black Belt level. This helps raise the level of attitudes wit1h Jijutsu or reality.


Mssrs, Takamiya Shiroshine and Machiden Shuko's endeavors were aimed at laboring for a non reformation of ideas and tenets underlying Uechi Ryu Karate Do. They believe it from their hearts that the original ness of this style not be changed. Many thanks to them already mentioned in this text on Uechi Ryu Karate Do are that in the past 50 years or so history has been punctuated.


The meaning of this is again to emphasize that this book is very important and there is much significance for the new and old martial artists.
From here on the value a man puts in the information contained herein should wholeheartedly strive to follow a course in the midst of turmoil or tempest to be flexible in order to survive in the encounters one may come across while involved in Uechi Ryu Karate Do be not swayed or changed from his or hers predetermined path or karma.
Therefore, a person in this era who tries’s to change

too the eras of long ago I think will be superior in Uech-Ryu Karate-Do. Even with the fundamental basics and criteria he or she will exhibit uniqueness apart from all others, which the past has proven without a doubt. I think that this text on Uechl Ryu Karate Do as it goes into the future will have nothing to compare to. So let us pray that this information stays intact and we say this with a light and a prayer. The whole of Nihon Budokai in this text will continue to battle for a stand or place in history to come. My own feeling is that my many dreams and ideas for people is not to begrudge anyone but to give support and urging to those who are interested and excel in Uechi Ryu Karate Do.


Now the future of Uechi Ryu Karate Do and former Karate no Budo’s expansion I believe will be of major import in this text. The possibilities of the people now involved in Uechi Ryu Karate Do and of the past is actual proof of the iron clad unity of this style.

As a member of society we who are involved in Uechi Ryu is dedicated to he polishing of the spirit and the people responsible for world harmony nave no desire to severe these important ties.


I believe also that here were many oversights in the publishing of this book. Everyone involved used all their energies and services available to keep the facts straight. Many of the facts contained herein were witnessed or to attest to they’re occurring. Those who have ideas or changes should certainly submit them to see if they have merit.
To men and women who in this text who gave their valuable services critiques and comments our sincere thanks and we salute the following individuals who provided much information for this publication: Kiyamu Shinei Sensei and member of the House of Counselers Kyoshi HachiDan, Matsubayashi Ryu Karate Do Remmei Sekai. Also Tomine Ichiro Sensei member of the House of Counselors the man heading up the special committee for the problems of Northern Okinawa is Kenji Saiichi all Naha City Mayor and hailing from the head office from the village of Itomi, Yagi Akitoku Sensei All Okinawan Karate Do Remmei Kaicho, the Gendo Remmei counselor that is equal to the chairman of the examination committee and is a Hanshi Kyu dan Goju Kai Goju­-Ryu Kaicho.
Next to mention is Akamine Yoshie Sensei (Uechi Ryu Karate Do Kyokai Advisor) and are the Okinawa Sumo Kyokai Kaicho, and also the head of the Kokusai Kanko Kabushiki Kaisha.
Again in the title of this book located in the preface we pay homage to Tomoyose Ryuko Uechi Ryu Karate Do Kyokai Director Kyoshi Hachi Dan. He is also a penmanship expert for the prefectural Road Society on Okinawa and is a teacher of penmanship. He holds the rank of Go Dan Hanshi in this field. Also we should mention Kirin Kokuhiko Uechi-Ryu Karate Do's Society Document Adjuster and Bureau Chief.
Now a little on the Uechi Ryu Karate Do Kyokai's Monsho (Coat of Arms) design done by Kiyuma Choki, Senior High School Fine Arts Instructor. In charge also of the Okinawan expansion and growth management committee he was the all Japan Bujutsu Kyokai Kaicho.
There were a variety of ideas and designs by skilled calligraphers such as Koyasu Takeji who is a Kashu from the Oga Shubukan and is ranked as a Yon Dan in this art. He is also a member of the all Tokyo Bujutsu Shuqyo Cho. We wish that the labors from this man be noted and we hope to heighten our learning from these writings.

In the third section of this book is the information



about the Karate Kobudo Ka's establishment and information as well on Karate no Kobudo. There are many authorities on these and we appreciate their cooperation and their ideas.
We strive for correctness here and again appreciate the extensive cooperation and their knowledge that was given and also in the spirit it was given for this text. Our indebtness also goes to the Okinawan Karate no Budokai Kobudo. The truth we found was developed from the self from all individuals involved. Many authorities
Many authorities in  the Martial Arts submitted material for this text, and this society presents it with the understanding that trends change and the direction that tomorrow or the future takes. But the basis of their material was of immense value to the precious record. This is deeply profound to have this type of information and insight.
Next we'd 11ke to thank these top individuals for their cooperation and information that is recorded here. Listed below are the names of some of the major contributors to this text.
1. Akamine Sakaryo (Ryukyu Budo Hozon Shinko Kai Kaicho) (Ryukyu Martial Arts Preservation Promotion Society President)
2. Shimen Seiki (Matsumura Shorin Ryu Karate Do Kyokai Kaicho) (Shorin Ryu Karate Do Society President)
3. Uehara Seito Honbu Ryu Kobujutsu Kyokai Kaicho (Motobo Ryu Kobujutsu Ancient Arts Society President)
4. Uechi Kanei Shito-Ryu Kobushi Ho Karate Do Kenkyo Kai (Shito Ryu Old Fist Way Karate Do Research Society President)
5. Toshima Shinei Umine Ryu Karate Do Kenkyu Kai Kaicho (Umine Ryu Karate Do Research Society President.)
6. Kojo Yoshitomo Kido Kai KoJo Ryu Kaicho (Kido kai Kojo-Ryu President)
7. Koji Kashu Chubu Sho In Karate Do Kyokai Kaicho (Central Shorin Karate Do Society President)
8. Shimabuku Tetsuo Isshin Ryu Kokusai Karate Do Remmei Kaicho (Kojin   Deceased) (Isshin Ryu International Karate Do Federation President)
9. Soken Hokan Shorin Ryu Matsumuira Seito Okinawa Kobu do Kyokai Kaicho. (Shorin Ryu Matsumura Legitimate Okinawan Ancient Martial Arts Society President)
10. Takamine Choboku Kokusai Karate Do Kobudo Remmei Kaicho. (International Ancient Karate Do League President)
11. Nagamine Shoshin, Sekai Shorin Ryu Karate Do Remmei Kaicho. (World Shorin Ryu Karate Do League President)
12. Nakaima Kenko Ryuei Ryu Karate Kobudo Hozon Kai Kaicho. (Ryuei Ryu Ancient Karate Preservation Society President)
13. Nakasoto Jotei Zen Okinawa. Shorinji Ryu Karate Do Kyokai Kaicho. (All Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate Do Society President)
14. Nakasato Shugoro Okinawa Karate Do Shorin Ryu Shorin Kan Kyokai Kaicho. (Okinawa Karate Do Shorin Ryu Shorin Kan Society President)
15. Kurayoshi Yujiki Shorin Ryu Kyudo Kan Shinkokai Kaicho. (Shorin Ryu Kyudo Kan Promotion Society President)
16. Kurayoshi Ki Yotoku  Zen Okinawa Karate Kobudo Rensokai Kaicho. (All Okinawa Ancient Karate Union President)
17. Miyasato Sakaichi Okinawa Goju- Ryu Karate Do Kyokai Kaicho. (Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate Do Society President)
18. Makakichi Majuta Shoden Ryu Zen Okinawa Kobudo Remmei Kaicho (Shodan Ryu All Okinawan Ancient League President)
19. Miyahira Kakana Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karate Do Kyokai Kaicho (Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karate Do Society President)
20. Hachimoku Akitoku Okinawa Karate Do Goju Kai (Goju Ryu Kaicho) (Okinawa Karate Do Goju Kai) (Goju Ryu President)
21. Kichizato Mafuto Kushin Ryu Karate Do Kenkyukai Kaicho Kushin Ryu Karate Do Research Society President)
Showa Era. December 20th­ 1950



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