Between Tradition & Modernity

I'm really happy to present through this website these 2 major schools of Okinawan Martial Arts : Uechi-Ryu Karate & Okinawan Kobudo. For these 2 schools you will find different articles about history, specificities, great masters. If you need more and want me to write specific articles, feel free to ask me through the contact form... I always reply !


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  • Suparenpei – learning Fujian Kata

    As you know Uechi-Ryu style has only eight katas.The original three were brought from China by Kanbun Uechi when he studied in the Fujian (China) : Sanchin (Core kata of Uechi System) Seisan Sanseiryu The system was later modernized by Kanbun’s son Kanei. He added traditional warm up (junbi undō) and basic standardized (hojo undō) […]

  • 2019-2020 season a strange one ….

    These past weeks I received several emails asking me about my ‘season training load’.Normally I do that by year but the demand is quite correct as we normally start to train in September and finish early July.On my side, my training is a part of my life so I continue to work on my own, […]

  • European Kobukai 2020 Event

    From July 11th to 13th,  the first European Kobukai event took place in Toulouse area (France). This first European seminar has been held but unfortunately without our Spanish and Portuguese friends. We hope to see them very soon when this pandemic will decrease. It was for French practitionner a back to real training as from […]

  • Interview Canadian Podcast

    Martial Arts community is a world wide community.Our passion has been drastically changed due to the pandemic we are currently facing. A said by Oprah Winfrey : “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”Sharing a passion is sharing a part of your life.That’s exactly what occurred during the […]

  • Lockdown : Give Kobudo a go

    Lockdown has started in Western Europe from more than 2 Months; in some country we are starting a new phase including more freedom in our daily life. Unfortunately Coronavirus is still there and we need to continue living with it. New life Key words are now distanciating  and stay safe. During this period dojo remain […]

  • Keep training during lockdown

    Lockdown in Western Europe is still there (depending on the country) and in France we are starting the second month at home.Dojo will not re open soon and we will be only allowed less than 10 people without any contact from early june (best view)We are still in the same position as the third of […]

  • Training during Confinement

    We are all facing a unprecedent global pandemic episode pushing the most of the countries to confine people. I first hope you are all well and you will stay healthy. Confinement appears today the only way to to limit coronavirus propagation. This have an impact in our daily life (job, family, training, fitness level and […]

  • Weekend with Shimabukuro sensei

    From February 21st we had the great honor to receive Shimabukuro sensei for three days. Yukinobu Shimabukuro is the Soke Representative (上地流空手道協会 Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Association headed by Sadanao Uechi) in Europe and Russia. Before the launch of the two days seminars (Feb 22nd & 23rd) Shimabukuro sensei took time on Friday in the Toulouse Shubukan […]

  • Exceptional Seminar in France (Toulouse)

    There is an exceptional seminar next 22nd & 23rd of Feb. It will take place in Toulouse (France) but very close to the airport so if you want to join it you are more than welcome and I will be very happy to translate in English. This week-end is exceptional as we will get 2 […]

  • 2020 Happy Uechi-Ryu Year

    We are already the second week of January so I’m not so late to wish you a fantastic year 2020. As highlighted in my previous posts, 2019 was a huge year for me and I hope 2020 will bring fantastic good surprises. 2020 will be an interesting budo year; in Europe we have for the […]

  • 2019 Summary

    2019 : a surprising year  ! I should have never expected to achieve all the things I’ve done : French Shodan, Uechi Ryu French Cup (5th in Kyu Kata), and the great honor to have been promoted Jun Shihan by sensei George Mattson. The most exciting for me were not all these achievements of course […]

  • 2019 November : new start

    After the seminars performed with Kinjo sensei ,  it was time for me to finalize a project proposed by Hanshi George Mattson. Indeed just after my Shodan, George Sensei asked me about my willing to teach Uechi-Ryu :’based on your experience of Elite Cycling Coach and regarding your karate skills you need to think about […]

  • 2019 October : Koburyu

    Early in October were organized by Jean Smith Sensei three Karate and Kobudo seminars school There took place in Paris, Tours & Toulouse. I assisted Paris and Toulouse (my hometown). In Paris Kinjo sensei presented his school Koburyu he created  based on Uechi-Ryu Karate and Matayoshi Kobudo. We worked a lot on closing spaces and […]

  • Grand Master Kinjo Seminars

    Grand Master Takashi Kinjo (Kobudo & Karate 10th degree) will be exceptionaly in France early October 2019. Kinjo Sensei is a well known Pangainoon & Okinawan Kobudo Grand Master he studied with Itokazu Seiki (Karate) and Shimpo Matayoshi (Kobudo). He’s training from more than 65 years and was awarded 10th degree Grand Master. It is an […]

  • HOW LONG does it takes to earn a BLACK BELT ?

    That’s the questions I received the most in the last couple of Months. That’s indeed a good question even if earning a Black Belt is not a Time Trial but a kind of gaining maturity in your Uechi skills, stamina, Balance & Coordination. As when I earned my green belt and decided to try to […]

  • Big June !

    June 2019 was an amazing month and a huge one for me. Indeed after only 3 years of training it was my shodan test but let’s start from the begining …. We started the last days of May with the Uechi-Ryu French Cup week-end followeed by Uechi family visit in Toulouse (Kansho, Kanyu & Kanishiro). […]

  • Uechi-Ryu French Cup 2019

    Last May 25th  Uechi-Ryu French Cup was held in Paris area. Yep we are early July and I’m more than late… but you will understand in the Big June post why I am so late. Every year  Uechi-Ryu Europe is organizing the French Cup. The cup is attended by many practitioners coming from France but […]

  • Uechi Brothers in France

    May will be a busy month for Uechi Practitioners ! Indeed all start with the yearly Uechi-Ryu French Cup the 25th of May (sparring & Kata) in Maisons-Laffite (Paris area). The French Cup will be chaired by Kansho and Kanyu Uechi flying directly from Okinawa !              The Sunday May 26th,  Uechi-Ryu […]

  • Interview Of Yoshitsune Senaga

    Today we learned from IOC that Karate will no more be in the Olympics after Tokyo. This has caused a lot of emotion and the Karate community is still divided about the presence or not in the Olympics. I will not enter in the debate of the day as I can completely understand the frustration […]

  • Happy New Year !

    2019 has started letting behind us the good & bad memories of 2018. I take the opportunity of this post to wish a fantastic 2019 year to you and your family. On my side, I continue to work to improve my Uechi-Ryu Skills, I’ve started 2019 by working Konchin with Sensei George.  On the other hand I […]

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