Karate, Karate Masters Portrait Project, Okinawa
Leave a Comment

Karate Masters Kanji Uechi and Sadanao Uechi

Uechi-ryu is one of the main styles of Okinawan karate. Literally translated it means Uechi style, its name coming from its founder Kanbun Uechi (1877-1948).

At 19, Kanbun Uechi went to Fuzhou City in China to study martial arts. He studied a style known as Pangai-noon and after 13 years returned to Okinawa. Many years later he began teaching Pangai-noon karate in Japan, and in 1940 the style was renamed as Uechi-ryu karate jutsu.

Kanbun Uechi’s son Kanei Uechi (1911-1991) was the second generation of the style. His grandson Kanmei Uechi (1941-2015) was the third generation. And today his great-grandsons Kanji Uechi and Sadanao Uechi continue the Uechi-ryu legacy.

Kanji Uechi 7th dan Uechi-ryu karate Photographed for the Karate Masters Portrait Project at the Karate Kaikan, Okinawa on 21 January 2020
Kanji Uechi 7th dan Uechi-ryu karate Photographed for the Karate Masters Portrait Project at the Karate Kaikan, Okinawa on 21 January 2020
Sadanao Uechi 7th dan Uechi-ryu karate Photographed for the Karate Masters Portrait Project at the Karate Kaikan, Okinawa on 21 January 2020

Motobu is the hometown of Uechi-ryu’s founder Kanbun Uechi. A couple of years ago a statue of the Kanbun Uechi was built in the Yaedake Sakura no Mori, Cherry Blossom Park, in Motobu Town.

Kanbun Uechi Monument, Motobu Town, Okinawa
Jasmine during cherry blossom 2019 in Motobu’s Yaedake park.

Motobu is also where we now live, so Kanbun Uechi often overlooks us as we picnic in the park 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s