le Kumite

The goal of all training in the martial art is a battle where the individual would commit his life in a final act.

Do not take this literally, However, having in mind for a good reaction and correlation between the situations of the dojo and those of the outside world.

To achieve this goal, it will apply a particular strategy: progression through the struggle of experimentation: external (the look) and the internal (le mental).

En Uechi Ryu, Sanchin kata we are already preparing.

The Physical and mental

The physical or technical road, is the initiation stage. The practitioner learns, perfected through technical, various forms of pre assaults. In real learning situation and then, it will work its speed, accuracy, power, distance and speed, the hardness of his body.

With a partner, he physically prepares the act « latest» working every possible situation.

The mind will enable the practical application of acquired. It will not be an exchange with a partner but the application against an opponent.

Codified KUMITE

It represents a fundamental way in the journey of physical and mental acquisition. The method of integration and assimilation will determine its ability to move towards this ultimate act, well its ability to reach. Therefore Uechi Ryu founded the basis of his method on actual combat and implementing multilevel, up to full contact.

The PHYSICAL WAY, learning stage

KI-HON Ippon Kumite

Week (defender) stands in yoi. Facing him, Tori (forward) Caution. They will perform an attack, and a defense against attack. The simplicity of the exercise will give practitioners the Acquisition Facility in the execution of movements. At this level the concepts of salvation, Announcement of the attack, sincerity of the commitment to impregnate fighter.


Uke are fighting guard. With this exercise, they will understand the sense of distance in the dynamic. The reaction rate takes place and timing. Blocking and attack are in short trips unité.Ces, du style Tai-sabaki, recall in no jitter normally applied. The Uechi-ryu style is rich in seizure and practitioner can readily conclude with ground techniques.

MENTAL WAY, stage application

On l’ addresses following the development and control of all forms of combat. The basic techniques of attack and defense have been polished, when the physical channel. Practitioner « year, sent» his movements. The strategy will be the elimination or securing without attachment to own fighting techniques.

KI-HON Ippon Kumite

Blocking or dodging are not important in themselves, but aim to create the adversary in a vulnerable moment in which the attack against may take up.


We are at the stage where after many repeats the gesture is simple, direct and effective, following a final decision. Back to the first physical phase, by against the practitioner has integrated all the traps to keep its focus on its goal. It is close to the result.


At this stage, the karateka to all knowledge to the ultimate act. This is the intersection of physical and mental, it must achieve unity and cross the safety distance of the opponent. Whether attacking or he will attack blocker in Sen no Sen. His intuition will complement his martial background and not its reflection. Here, must be mobilized tension and mental capacity to approach the situation in a realistic combat.

Kumite Kumite codified and free

The codification allows through convention, learning martial techniques and moral education of the student. We will fight them in accordance with respect for its partners and the moral code of martial art. This is after a journey of initiation that students can express themselves in a form of free kumite. Even if the freedom to act is not the cleanest of all karate styles, Uechi-ryu is practiced in the spirit of the real fight ahead may be outside the dojo. Hardening (Kote Kitae), and practice in light or full contact allows the Uechi-ryu to distinguish themselves from most karate styles.

Kumite and Kata codified

It is the tool to study the details of each movement or sequence of kata. The practitioner may obtain a clean and real feeling of his art, kata will be like a realistic combat with imaginary opponents. The bridge separates the practice of one and the other will be more easily crossed by the student and the ties will allow him to use their wealth to become one, during a real confrontation.

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    Book: “Uechi-ryu Karate-do” Sensei Shimabukuro Yukinobu

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