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.
All training in the park sessions are completely free of charge.
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: Arm Banging Yakusoku Kumite: Kyu & Dan Kumite - Pre-arranged Sparring Jiyu Kumite - Free Sparring
We encourage all HURKC members to join the International Uechi-Ryu Karate Federation (IUKF) and attend the Summerfest and Winterfest training seminars in Boston and Florida. Click the IUKF Logo for a link to the IUKF website.
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 Promoting Self Defense, Health, Harmony, and Self Realization
"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.
The Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Karate Do Club coordinator is Albert J. Cloutier. Albert has been a student of Okinawan Karate since 1974. He is a certified Black Belt under the International Uechi-Ryu Karate Federation.
Albert considers himself very fortunate to have been accepted as a student of Hanshi Henry Thom sensei, Chairman of the IUKF Advisory Board .
Anyone participating in Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Karate Do Club training for an extended length of time is encouraged to join the IUKF. Those who join (at a cost of $50 per year) will receive an IUKF crest patch, a membership certificate, the IUKF monthly newsletter, a digital copy of The Black Belt Test Guide, and are eligible for rank testing.
Rank testing is based on demonstrated core competency and time in rank requirements set forth by the International Uechi-Ryu Karate Federation, as outlined in the Black Belt Test Guide.
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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, proponents claim the style is more practical for self-defense than most other martial arts.