Originally the system came from China as Pangainoon, a form of Shaolin Southern Fist Kung Fu. In 1897 our first connection was made when Kanbun Uechi left Okinawa and headed for China. Here he learnt the system that was renamed Uechi Ryu in 1940 in his honour when he was made the first Grandmaster of the system.

A practical system

Ther are just eight katas (forms) to learn and several kumite's (prearranged sparring sets). The system keeps to its Southern Shaolin tradition being very practical with no kicks above the waist. It has circular blocks to keep control of the attacking force.

Features of the system

For self-defense, Uechi (Shohei) Ryu develops balance, centering, evasive movement, blocking, grasping, striking, locking, sweeping, throwing (appropriate to age levels.) The physical characteristics of Uechi-Ryu include the development of a strong power-base and efficient close-range technique.

Beyond self defense

Although practicing Uechi Ryu provides valuable skills for self-defense, the personal development aspects can be far more rewarding to the student. Training in Uechi-Ryu also improves the student’s strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination. Consistent training enhances concentration, focus, self-control and the ability to relax.


It suits ages from 16 upward but my club particularly welcomes 35+ (jokingly called GOM karate by my students-Grumpy Old Men!!!)