History of Uechi-Ryu

L'origine du Uechi Ryu

Shushiwa (1874-1926) Uechi Ryu is the origin of Chinese boxing named Pangainoon (Han Kou Nan). This discipline was taught by SHU Shiwa (1874-1926) in the city of Fuzhou, capital of Fujian Province in China. In November 1983, the report sent to the parent by the Uechi Ryu Martial Arts Association of the City of Fuzhou highlighted that SHU Shiwa was a Taoist monk from a rich and noble family. He was tall, with an enormous force, great calligrapher and painter. Expert in various martial techniques created from animal movements such as dragon, crane, etc., it was above all a remarkable specialist fists tiger. Il prit Uechi Kanbun (1877-1948) as disciple 1897 when he arrived at the age of Fuzhou 20 years.

The journey of Uechi Kanbun

Uechi Kambun (1877-1948) Uechi Kanbun naquit and mai 1877 Izumi dan region north of Okinawa Motobu. He was the eldest son of a family of samurai (warriors) who had adopted a rural life. Two months before his 20 years, March 1 1897, he left in China by Japanese refusal of military service and to satisfy his desire to learn about Chinese culture, especially to master a martial art. Although Okinawa was inserted in modern Japan since 1879, ties were still strong with China for Youth Kanbun. There were many young people who illegally crossed the South China Sea, for various reasons since China was culturally mother of Okinawa and also had major economic interests. Okinawa was the Ryukyu Kingdom until 1879 where he became a prefecture of Japan, but the country remained culturally and emotionally influenced by China than Japan. After ten days of clandestine trip on a tiny sailboat Okinawan, Kanbun arrived in Fujian at the end of March 1897, and there joined the Okinawan community. He left quickly, then he met HUS Shiwa who led the Chinese boxing for Pangainoon 10 years. At the same time he learned to master even the Chinese pharmacopoeia which enabled him to earn a living in China. Kanbun resta au total 13 years in China. Acceding to the request of his master SHU Shiwa, enseigna il le Pangainoon Kenpo (as boxing) in Fujian during the 3 last years of his stay.

Kanbun return to his homeland

Kanbun rentra à Okinawa février one 1910 after quitting teaching due to an unfortunate incident in which one of the students killed his adversary using Kenpo. The dispute was over the water while the country was in a period of drought. This sad incident marked strongly Kanbun, and he never taught anyone what he had learned in China. Yet his reputation Okinawa became great through Chinese traders who knew, eg, GO Kenki (1886-1940) and traveled to Okinawa. Kanbun vécu les 14 years that followed his return to his native village in Okinawa. In 1924, he went to the province of Wakayama in Japan for work. Finally 1926 he eventually teach her Chinese boxing under the name of Karate Jutsu Pangainoon (empty hand technique) bending to the will of his friends Okinawans. Since his return from China, Kanbun was silent for 16 years not to teach what he had learned. This silence shows us that in ancient Okinawa karate masters have not taught easily without cause and that Karate was always a family secret art whose teaching was forbidden in public.

Le successeur the Kanbun

Uechi Kanei (1911-1991) Le fils Aine the Kanbun, Kanei UECHI (1911-1991) joined him in 16 years 1927 to work in Wakayama, and began practicing Karate Jutsu Pangainoon with his father. After a long year of hard work, the he happens. Kanei enseigna à Osaka the 1940 to 1942. In 1940 he changed the name of Uechi Ryu style Karate Jutsu (Technical empty hand style Uechi) because the Chinese word Pangainoon was not familiar to the Japanese, and he wanted to honor the name of his father to thank him for his tremendous efforts for bringing China to Okinawa discipline self defense. Kanei retourna à en Okinawa 1942, and taught Uechi Ryu Karate Jutsu in Nago, a town in northern Okinawa. That is to say that this style was ramenéde China to Okinawa 1910 did not reappear in Okinawa 1942 after a long absence 32 years. It is for this reason that there Uechi Ryu Karate Karate ghost was called until the mid- 1960. No doubt the popularity of this style now. Kanei a change le nom matches Ryu Karate Jutsu Ryu Karatedo a match (the way of the empty hand) in 1957. We can say that the predecessor of Uechi Ryu Karate is SHU shiwa, the founder Uechi Kanbun, and the restaurant is Kanei Uechi. Especially the latter has devoted his life to the development and dissemination of this style. It has changed the teaching pedagogy so that beginners can easily learn. So, He created the basic techniques (Hojo Undo), le Yakusoku Kumite (fighting techniques prepared), le Bunkai (applications kata) and new katas so that they can gradually learn. This educational development Kanei was undoubtedly revolutionary years 1940 and 1950. In the years 1960, all the great masters of SHURITE (karate school in the region Shuri) et Nahate (karate school in the region Naha) opposed to competition. Kanbun took the initiative and started the competition 1968 opening the door to all styles. And he continued this event every year. When you see the great attendance at all kinds of competitions in Okinawa right now, innovative spirit and contribution of Kanbun should not be forgotten in the history of Okinawan Karate. Kanbun contributed not only to the global spread of Uechi Ryu, but long presided Federation Okinawa Karatedo, and he had a major role in understanding and acceptance in society Karate, and deepen the friendship between the styles. Karatedo Federation of Okinawa gave him 10th dan in 1977, and the city of Ginowan gave him the special prize of honor 1983 for his contribution to the dissemination of a healthy Karate 5.

Uechi family.

Uechi Kanmei (1941-) After the death of Kanei in 1991, the third generation of Uechi-Ryu was represented by the eldest son, Kanmei UECHI (1941-2015). A Okinawa, often called the cradle of Karate, Uechi family is exceptional, with a succession of small grandfather to son. Kanbun had two son, whose eldest son Kanei in Futenma, Kansei et le cadet à Nago, who were real experts in Uechi-Ryu Karate. Kanei, the eldest son of the founder, had three son who train from childhood. Kanmei, the little eldest son of the founder, also has three son who are all talented Karate. As his eldest son, Kanshô (1971-) two son, transmission founder of Uechi Ryu continue to descendants for several generations, very rare in Okinawa, even considered the birthplace of Karate.

L’actuel dojo de Futenma Shimabukuro sensei 8e DAN et Toyama sensei 10e DAN, le dernier élève vivant de uechi Kambun

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