Welcome! Honolulu Uechi Ryu Karate Do Club in Honolulu Hawaii is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting Traditional Okinawan Karate; an effective system of Self-Defense, and encouraging Health, Harmony, and Self Realization.
Training sessions are typically conducted in regular loose work out clothes for the first few months. In Honolulu Uechi-Ryū Karate-do Club training sessions, humility is a key virtue. It's good to remember that even a black belt can learn from a beginner. As stated above, usually we wear regular work out clothes with no belts at all. However, those who choose to pursue ranking are encouraged to purchase a traditional white Karate Uniform from a martial arts supply store or on-line. Please join us for our 8 am workout at Magic Island Park, Picnic Site No. 38 on Saturday and Sunday mornings. We share knowledge freely with each other in a spirit of equality and humility. In our weekend morning sessions we each have something to teach and something to learn. No power trips, please. Beginners are very welcome. 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
Isshinryu Kata: Seisan, Naihanchi, Seiunchin.
Children over the age of 7 years of age are welcome, but a parent must remain throughout the class as an observer or participant.
For any questions, please call 808-221-6873
Uechi-Ryū Karate-do is a highly effective system of self defense, a proven method of attaining peak physical conditioning, and a martial 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".
Beginners will learn all the basic techniques that will ultimately become their own unique expression of the art.
In the time honored tradition of many karate styles, the student learns quickly through the practice of Kata, detailed choreographed patterns of movement. These may also be thought of as self-defense templates, and can be broken down into two-person fighting drills, known as Bunkai. As we learn the stances, strikes, blocks, and kicks we also learn a philosophy and moral code. In today's world of political uncertainty, street crime, and fears of terrorism, it is too easy to focus entirely on physical techniques, self-defense applications, and the physical performance of karate. Honolulu Uechi-Ryū Karate-do Club reminds us of the true nature of karate: it is a Way of life.
Honolulu Uechi-Ryū Karate-do Club Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts and Self Defense
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Aristotle. "Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit softly." ~ Theodore Roosevelt
"Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought." ~ Matsuo Basho
"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
The true way of the martial arts is not to cause harm, but rather to protect others in need. Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Karate Do Club supports the efforts of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, and also the efforts of The American Cancer Society through our own annual donations. Anyone who would like to "pay" for our free weekly training sessions is encouraged to click the logos below and make a donation directly to either of these worthwhile organizations. Mahalo nui loa!
We are deeply indebted to Master Henry Thom for mentoring us and sharing his knowlege of Uechi Ryu Karate Do during his visits to Honolulu.
Henry is a 9th degree black belt (Hanshi) certified by the IUKF. In addition to Uechi-Ryu Karate, Mr. Thom is also 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.
About the instructor:
The Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Karate Do Club founder and instructor is Albert J. Cloutier. Albert has been a student of Okinawan Karate since 1974 when he trained in Isshinryu under Sensei Ron Wander in Milford New Hampshire.
Albert began training in Uechi-Ryu in 1976 in Milford NH under black belt Rollie Hardwick. Al continued training on his own when he moved to Houston,Texas in 1980. During the 80's and 90's he practiced sparring with Shotokan, Kenpo, and Tae Kwon Do practitioners, as there were no Uechi-ryu schools in the Houston area.
On February 29, 2000 Al was involved in a terrible horse riding accident which shattered his right leg. His knee was completely facing backwards at the time of the accident. After two operations Al was placed in an external fixator device, with six metal rings encircling his leg, attached to 13 metal spokes going clear through his flesh and bone, and fixed into the tibia bone with 3 screws. The device immobilized his leg from his thigh to his foot. After 9 extremely painful and uncomfortable months, the metal spokes were cut off with bolt-cutters, the metal spokes pulled out of his leg with pliers, the screws twisted out, and the device removed (all without anesthesia). Now physical therapy began. Unfortunately, Al's ankle and heel had "dropped" from atrophy and his knee was frozen. He had to learn how to walk again. Progress proceeded agonizingly slowly. Al utilized a walker to get around for almost a full year. Although the orthopedic surgeon said it was "one of the worst breaks he had ever seen" and informed Al that he would "probably walk with a cane and a limp for the rest of his life", Al did not give up.
Al began practicing Sanchin Kata in the swimming pool where he lived as soon as he was able to stand in the water. The water helped hold him up and Al would go back and forth, from one side of the pool to the other, practicing the main kata of Uechi-ryu for hours at a time. Mentally, Sanchin gave Al the strength to push himself past his limitations. He slowly, but steadily, forced his knee to bend and his ankle to grow stronger. It was a long hard road, but today Al no longer walks with a limp and does not use a cane.
While Al is medically classified as handicapped, due to chronic venous insufficiency of the right leg (his leg can swell up to twice it's size, putting him at risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms), Al prefers to take a positive attitude and simply considers himself "challenged". At 58 years old, Al believes the best years of his life are still ahead of him. In spite of his physical challenges, he feels his karate is stronger than ever.
From 2000 until 2010 Al gradually rehabilitated himself to the point where he could more actively pursue his life-long passion for the martial arts. Unfortunately, there were no Uechi-Ryu schools in Hawaii either. On the advice of George Mattson sensei, Al started a small Uechi-ryu study group and began training each weekend at Magic Island.
Henry Thom sensei became Al's mentor some years after that and in January 2017 awarded him the rank of Nidan under the International Uechi-Ryu Karate Federation. In October 2017 Al also began training in Takenouchi Ryu Bitchuuden Jujutsu and Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido (as a very fledgling beginner), under the tutelage of Wayne Muromoto sensei.
Al is a "Double-Goal Coach" under the Positive Coaching Alliance and is First Aid/CPR/AED Certified.
He also has a successful career in Real Estate as a Professional Community Association Manager for the largest management company in the State of Hawaii.
In addition he has produced a feature length documentary film on the martial arts entitled WARRIOR ARTS DEADLY DANCE, which may be watched in it's entirety HERE for free.
Al's fondest desire is to grow the art of Uechi-Ryu here in the Hawaiian Islands (and to keep actively training and learning Budo as a life-long endeavor). He is absolutely convinced that his training in the martial arts gave him the strength, courage, and indomitable spirit allowing him to overcome several difficult challenges in his life. He is grateful to those teachers who have shared their knowledge with him, and he now seeks to "pay it forward". It is for this reason that Al shares the gift of Traditional Okinawan Karate with others.
The Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Club is the only Hawaii Uechi-Ryu Dojo currently listed on the IUKF website dojo listing page. To our knowledge it is the first and only Uechi-Ryu Dojo in the entire State of Hawaii.
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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.
The Honolulu Uechi-Ryū Karate-Do Club promotes Karate as a complete discipline (mind, body, spirit). In addition to developing physical defense, we encourage the formation of high personal standards and respect for fellow men and women. Through our practice and our student culture we strive daily to produce individuals who are positive, respected, and contributing members of society.