Uechi Ryu

Uechi-ryu is a traditional style of Okinawan Karate founded by Kanbun Uechi. Prior to creating his own style, Uechi (1877–1948) had travelled to Fujian Province in China to study Chinese kung fu. Hence, Southern Chinese martial arts had a great influence on the development of Uechi-Ryu and you can see it running through Uechi Ryu Karate. This is similar to the Goju-Ryu and Shorin-Ryu lineages.

Uechi-ryu emphasizes on simplicity, stability and a combination of linear and circular movements, making it regarded as a practical style for self-defense compared to a lot of other martial arts.

Incorporating three animals traditionally seen in Chinese kung fu, the tiger, dragon and the crane, these features can be seen throughout the style as it incorporate both internal and external, hard and soft, powerful and yielding aspects.

Here is a great short clip demonstrating the demanding training routines and the effects those routines can have when put into practice:

Don’t forget to check out the other types of karate