Welcome to the only Uechi-Ryu Karate dojo in the State of Hawaii!
Classes are held at 8 am at Magic Island Park, Picnic Site No. 38 on Sunday mornings. Only dedication, persistence, and sweat is required. Private lessons available on request.
Founded by Al Cloutier in 2010 as an informal Uechi-ryu and Isshinryu Karate study group, Honolulu Uechi-ryu has slowly grown over the years. Al has been training in Karate since 1974. He holds blackbelts in Karate and traditional Japanese Jujutsu. Al is also a practitioner of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaijutsu.
Some of our Uechi-Ryu Curriculum:
Junbi Undo: Warm Ups & Stretching
Hojo Undo: Basic Strikes, Blocks, & Kicks
Kata - Pre-arranged & Choreographed Movements:
Sanchin, Kanshiwa, Kanshu, Seichin, Seisan, Seiryu, Kanchin and Sanseiryu.
Bunkai - Analysis of the applications found within the Kata against an attacking partner.
Kote Kitai, Ashi Kitae: Arm and Leg Conditioning
Kyu & Dan Kumite - Pre-arranged Sparring
Jiyu Kumite - Free Sparring
Additional Curriculum: Ngo Cho Southern Shaolin Kung-Fu and Kombatan Arnis taught by Joey Paman (Typically on Sundays after our regualr Uechi-ryu workout).
Anyone interested in joining our dojo should send an introductory email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you want to learn Uechi-Ryu Karate and telling me a bit about yourself.
Visitors from any organization are generally welcome. We just ask that a certain amount of dojo decorum is observed. A little humility and courtesy, on both sides, can go a long way to building new relationships.
Acceptance of long-distance students is made on a case by case basis. Our long-disatnce members train every Friday at 1 pm via Zoom.
Uechi-Ryū Karate-do is a highly effective system of self-defense, a proven method of attaining peak physical conditioning, and a self-defense art form which can enhance and enrich one's Way of Life.
Linking the past when Karate was strictly an Okinawan martial art shrouded in secrecy with the modern-day search for individual security and well-being, Uechi -Ryū Karate-do literally translates as "Uechi's Method and Way of the Empty Hand".
Originally called Pangai-noon ("half-hard, half-soft"), the style was renamed Uechi-Ryū after the founder of the style, Kanbun Uechi, an Okinawan who went to Fuzhou in Fujian Province, China to study martial arts and Chinese medicine when he was 19 years old in 1897. While there, he studied under a teacher and Chinese medicine hawker known in Japanese as Shū Shiwa (Chinese: Zhou Zihe 周子和 1874-1926) for about 10 years
Uechi-Ryū is based on Tiger, Crane, and Dragon Kung Fu styles.
Honolulu Uechi-Ryū Karate-do Club
Traditional Okinawan/Southern Chinese Art of Self Defense
"Should you desire the great tranquility, prepare to sweat." ~ Hakuin
“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.” ~ Sun Tsu
“He Who Knows Others Is Wise. He Who Knows Himself Is Enlightened.” ~ Tao Te Ching
We are deeply indebted to Grandmaster Henry Thom for mentoring us and sharing his knowledge of Uechi Ryu Karate Do during his regular visits to Honolulu.
Henry is a 10th degree black belt (Hanshi). He is also Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to UIKA In addition to Uechi-Ryu Karate, Mr. Thom has trained in Hung Gar and North Shaolin Kung Fu. Henry received his original black belt in 1967 from Master George Mattson, the pioneer of Uechi-Ryu Karate in the USA.
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Uechi-ryu is a traditional style of Okinawan karate. Uechi-ryū means "Style of Uechi" or "School of Uechi". Originally called Pangai-noon, which translates to English as "half-hard, half-soft", the style was renamed Uechi-ryū after the founder of the style, Kanbun Uechi.
Uechi-Ryū emphasizes toughness of body with quick blows and kicks. Some of the more distinctive weapons of Uechi practitioners are the one-knuckle punch (shoken), spearhand (nukite), and the toe kick (sokusen geri). On account of this emphasis on simplicity, stability, and a combination of linear and circular movements, the style is highly practical for self-defense.
Albert Cloutier sensei demonstrating Seisan kata for 5 Visiting Okinawan Master's during their 2018 USA Tour
Uechi-Ryu is also know as "Pangai-Noon"
a style of Tiger, Dragon and Crane Kung Fu which means
"Half Hard/ Half Soft
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Mr. Henry Thom, Judan - Hanshi
Honolulu Uechi-Ryu hosts the 100 Kata Challenge every year. Here we are with some of our Goju-Ryu, Shotokan, and Hawaiian Kempo Friends in October 2022