​​​Honolulu Uechi Ryu Karate Do Club in Honolulu Hawaii is an  organization dedicated to promoting Traditional Uechi-Ryu Karate in the State of Hawaii.

Please join us for our 8 am workout at Magic Island Park, Picnic Site No. 38  on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Beginners are very welcome

​Honolulu Uechi-ryu is an affiliate member Dojo of the International Uechi-Ryu Karate Federation (IUKF). 
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​

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 Al at 808-221-6873​​. Or just come down to observe or participate in a training session and see if you like it. 

Uechi-Ryu practitioners from other places who are visiting Hawaii are always welcome to workout with us. ​​ 

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".

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

Kanbun Uechi
Kanei Uechi
We are deeply indebted to Grandmaster Henry Thom for mentoring us and sharing his knowlege of Uechi Ryu Karate Do during his regular visits to Honolulu. 

Henry is a 10th 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.

Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Founder & Instructor

Albert J Cloutier

​Uechi-ryu Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) 
Takeuchi Ryu Bitchuuden Jujutsu  (Nikyu - novice beginner Brown Belt - 2 years of study - active student)
​Muso-Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai - Classical Samurai Sword Art (Novice beginner - 2 years of study - active student) CPR/First Aid Certified 

How Uechi-ryu Karate-Do has positively impacted Al's life:

​​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 59 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. 

Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Club
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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.

Ryuko Tomoyose
George Mattson
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Honolulu Uechi-ryu Dojo is a proud member of theInternational Uechi-ryu Karate Federation. As such, we adhere to all performance and testing standards set forth within the Black Belt Test Guide. All students are sent an electronic copy of the BBTG upon joining our dojo. Please click the logos to the right and left for more information about the IUKF. 

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