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One of the biggest international events for 2019 was organized in Argentina this May. A group of 14 Okinawan instructors visited Buenos Aires to teach and train with the local branch of Okikukai Uechi-Ryu. "Okinawa Masters Seminar of karate and kobudo" was organized by Fabio Cristiani Sensei and Daniel Romero Sensei. Besides the local Uechi-Ryu practitioners, the seminar attracted teams from Chile and Brazil. From Canada, Brian Vandenberg Sensei, from Serbia, Milan Dimitrieski Sensei and from Italy, Gaetano Palumbo Sensei also joined this great seminar. From the pictures posted on Uechi Ryu AKAO - Okikukai Argentina's Facebook page it seems that the event was a great success and all attendants had a wonderful experience of Karate, socializing and friendship.

The long list of the Okinawan Instructors that taught Uechi-Ryu Karate and Ryu-Kyu Kobudo in this seminar is the following:

Arakaki Takashi (8 Dan)
Arakaki Shozen (7 Dan)
Kiyuna Susumu (7 Dan)
Tsukayama Mazakasu (7 Dan)
Nashiro Seiken (6 Dan)
Shinjo Kazuhiko (6 Dan)
Nakasone Asao (5 Dan)
Hamada Atsushi (5 Dan)
Tanaha Shoko (5 Dan)
Fukuchi Miyoshi (4 Dan)
Arakaki Shoji (4 Dan)
Arakaki Tomaoki (3 Dan)

We are looking forward to the next seminar (hopefully in Europe)!

Banzai! 

Some great moments of the event (source Uechi Ryu AKAO - Okikukai Argentina)

okinawa karate international tournament posterThe ultimate event for the world of traditional karate and kobudo is a fact! 1200 people from all over the world have been gathered in Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate to participate the tournament and 3000 as whole including the practitioners attending workshops that will be held along with the competitions from the 1st of August 2018 until the 8th of August 2018. The events are taking place in the whole new Okinawa Karate Kaikan building and the Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts (Budokan). 

Results, Uechi ryu-kei
Juniors Male
Rank Competitors’ numbers Name Country (Region)
Gold medal 31009 Kanichiro Uechi Okinawa Prefecture
Silver medal 31008 Kazuma Sunagawa Okinawa Prefecture
Bronze medal 31011 Taiyo Miyagi Okinawa Prefecture
Juniors Female
Rank Competitors’ numbers Name Country (Region)
Gold medal 32005 Kagari Miyazato Okinawa Prefecture
Silver medal 32004 Yuzuki Akamine Okinawa Prefecture
Bronze medal 32006 Hibiki Oshiro Okinawa Prefecture
Adults I Male
Rank Competitors’ numbers Name Country (Region)
Gold medal 33020 Takenori Uechi Okinawa Prefecture
Silver medal 33019 Youichiro Kuniyoshi Okinawa Prefecture
Bronze medal 33021 Atsushi Hamada Okinawa Prefecture
Adults I Female
Rank Competitors’ numbers Name Country (Region)
Gold medal 34001 Renee Elena Martin U.S.A
Silver medal 34008 Natika Dawn Pigeon Canada
Bronze medal 34015 Yoshino Kushi Okinawa Prefecture
Adults II Male
Rank Competitors’ numbers Name Country (Region)
Gold medal 35039 Evgenii Rybin Russia
Silver medal 35030 Charles Frederick Quimby U.S.A
Bronze medal 35040 Kanji Uechi Okinawa Prefecture
Adults II Female
Rank Competitors’ numbers Name Country (Region)
Gold medal 36006 Kazuyo Tomori Okinawa Prefecture
Silver medal 36005 Masako Arashiro Okinawa Prefecture
Bronze medal 36004 Shoko Akamine Okinawa Prefecture
Senior Male
Rank Competitors’ numbers Name Country (Region)
Gold medal 37008 Masahiro Shinzato Okinawa Prefecture
Silver medal 37007 Moriyasu Okawa Okinawa Prefecture
Bronze medal 37010 Eiichi Kina Okinawa Prefecture
Senior Female
Rank Competitors’ numbers Name Country (Region)
Gold medal 38002 Yoshiko Mazuru Okinawa Prefecture
Silver medal 38004 Sayoko Ikehara Okinawa Prefecture
Bronze medal 38003 Etsuko Ookado Okinawa Prefecture

YouTube Video

 

 Photos (By Didier Lorho, Haruki Kawasaki, Philippe Perrotta)

uechi ryu karate masters edition cover dvdShai Hai Sensei, head instructor of Uechi-Ryu Kenyukai Israel and producer of the documentary "Uechi-Ryu Master's Edition" which has attracted a huge interested of Uechi-Ryu practitioners around the world has offered the full 53-minute production for free over YouTube on the February 2018. Kiyohide Shinjo Sensei is the main figure of the video along Shai Hai Sensei and some of his most highly-ranked students.

Description of the Documentary:

The Master's Edition is a martial arts film/artistic documentary by Shai-Hai that reflects the inner world of Japanese master Shinjo Kiyohide, a modern day Samurai and living Karate legend. This unique glimpse into the world of the Master is like a treasure in a chest into which we are rarely granted the privilege of looking inside. This film depicts ancient practical knowledge in a wide range of impressive and innovative demonstrations, a profound, forgotten philosophy and living and learning guidelines that will help the viewer, regardless of his or her background, to understand the "Aji", that secret ingredient, that personal touch, that rare quality, that unknown element that transforms an ordinary person into an outstanding individual, a true master.

 

 

 

The video:

 

uechiryu statue 422nd of April, 2018, a historical day for Uechi-Ryu! The unveiling ceremony of the Statue of the founder of Uechi Ryu school of Karate, Uechi Kanbun, took place on Okinawa. The statue is 5-meter high and was placed in Sakura no Mori Park on Mount Yae in the own of Motobu. On the sides of the base of the statue, several plates are placed with a brief biography of Master Uechi Kanbun, the history of Uechi Ryu, and the list of all the Uechi Ryu Dojos which contributed donations to realize this project. The great grandkids of Master Kanbun Uechi were present at the ceremony along with numerous highly-ranked Okinawan and foreign masters. This statue from today adds one more historical place to visit in Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate.

(Photos sources: Takashi Arakaki, Robert Fulton)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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okinawa tournament 2018The organizing committee of the 1st Okinawa karate International Tournament has released videos of all the Karate and Kobudo Kata that can be performed in the competition. 28 Kata from Shuri-te kei/Tomari-te kei, 10 Kata from Naha-te kei and 7 Kata from Uechi-Ryu kei have been selected for the Karate Kata competition. Kobudo competitors will be able to choose among 21 Bo and 13 Sai Kata. More details on the competition Kata can be found here.

An important contribution of the organizing committee is the fact that all the Kata have been performed by several Okinawan masters in all the acceptable versions to cover the technical differences among various schools within the same styles. Uechi-Ryu Kata are the most recent to be added to the official YouTube channel of the organization. You can see the seven competition Kata below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kanshiwa:

 

Kanshu:

 

Seichin/Sechin:

 

Seisan/Sesan:

 

Seiryu/Seryu:

 

Kanchin:

 

Sanseiryu/ Senseryu:

 

 

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