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 Sensei Kanbun Uechi (1877-1948)
Grandmaster of Uechi Ryu Karate-Do
  Kanbun Uechi, the Grandmaster of Uechi Ryu Karate-Do, was born in 1877 in Ryukyu Kingdom.

[The Legendary Stories]
  To avoid the Japanese conscription, Kanbun Sensei travelled to Fuzhou in 1897. Afterwards, Kanbun Sensei met "Shushiwa", the teacher of Southern Chinese Martial Arts, and he started to learn "" Kung Fu (includes the three elements of "Dragon", "Tiger", "Crane", and focuses on the style of "Tiger") under "Shushiwa". In 1906, Kanbun Sensei opened a dojo in Fuzhou; however, he returned to Okinawa in 1909 and decided not to teach Martial Arts anymore, because one of his students accidentally killed a guy.

  In 1924, Kanbun Sensei moved to Wakayama of Japan. In 1926, A man called Ryuyu Tomoyose tried to convince Kanbun Sensei to teach Martial Arts in their working place, and later Kanbun Sensei held a simple dojo called "Ryu Tode-Jutsu Research Institute" (流唐手術研究所).

  In 1932, Kanbun Sensei found an official dojo which opened to the public, and named it "Ryu Karate-Jutsu Research Institute" (流空手術研究所).

  In 1940, the "Ryu Karate-Jutsu Research Institute" (流空手術研究所) was again renamed to "Uechi Ryu Karate-Jutsu Research Institute" (上地流空手術研究所), and confirmed to use the family name of Kanbun Uechi for the name of their Martial Arts style as "Uechi Ryu" (上地流), in order to give the honor to Kanbun Sensei.

  In 1946, Kanbun Sensei handed over his Wakayama dojo to Ryuyu Tomoyose and returned to Okinawa again. In 1947, Kanbun Sensei opened a dojo in Iejima, and later passed away in 1948.

  The Uechi Ryu Karate-Jutsu which passed down by Kanbun Sensei, only includes the 3 Kata "Sanchin", "Seisan", "Sanseiryu" and Kote-Kitae (arms conditioning), and the style was focused on the fighting techniques of close quarter range, which is good at the Kung Fu of Fingers, Palms, Shoken (小拳突), Uraken (裏拳), Tettsui (鉄槌), Hiji zuki (肘突), Sokusen geri (足先蹴).

Sensei Kanei Uechi (1911-1991)
Second Soke of Uechi Ryu
  Master Kanei Uechi, the Second Soke of Uechi Ryu, was born in Okinawa in 1911.

  In 1927, Kanei Sensei moved to Wakayama of Japan, and started to learn Ryu Tode-Jutsu (流唐手術) from his father, Kanbun Uechi. Kanei Sensei opened one dojo in Osaka in 1939, and one dojo in Amagasaki in 1940.

  In 1942, Kanei Sensei returned to Okinawa. He opened one dojo in Nodake of Ginowan and one dojo in Kanzatobaru of Naha in 1949. The Nodake dojo in 1955 and later the Kanzatobaru dojo in 1957 were moved and combined as one dojo in Futenma. The dojo name of "Uechi Ryu Karate-Jutsu Research Institute" was officially changed to "Uechi Ryu Karate Dojo" afterwards.

[Reformation of Uechi Ryu]
  After the death of Kanbun Uechi in 1948, Kanei Sensei and several seniors of Uechi Ryu joined together and started to reform the style. They created and added the 5 Kata "Kanshiwa", "Kanshu", "Seichin", "Seiryu", "Kanchin", as well as the Junbi Undo, Hojo Undo, Yakusoku Kumite into the system, which formed the structure of the mainstream Uechi Ryu Karate today. In 1991, Kanei Sensei passed away.

Sensei Ryuko Tomoyose (1928-2019)
Hanshi & Judan of Uechi Ryu Karate-Do

Skill Holder of
Intangible Cultural Asset in Okinawa
  Master Ryuko Tomoyose, Hanshi & Judan of Uechi Ryu Karate-Do, was born in 1928. His father, Ryuyu Tomoyose, was a student of Kanbun Uechi.

  Before the World War II, Ryoko Tomoyose studied under Chojun Miyagi, the Grandmaster of Goju Ryu; however, the training was later stopped because of the chaos of the war during the 1 Sep 1939 to 2 Sep 1945. In late 1945, Tomoyose Sensei started to learn Uechi Ryu Karate-Jutsu under Kanei Uechi.

[The Root of the Tree]
  Years 1956-1958, Tomoyose Sensei taught Uechi Ryu to Mr. George E. Mattson, an American serviceman of military base in Okinawa, and he told Mr. Mattson to spread Uechi Ryu Karate-Do in USA. Afterwards, Master Mattson and his students would have many chances to learn from Tomoyose Sensei, Kanei Uechi Sensei, and other Okinawa masters in both America and Okinawa.

  In 2000, Tomoyose Sensei was appointed as the Skill Holder of Intangible Cultural Asset in Okinawa. On the 10 April 2019, Tomoyose Sensei passed away.

上地流国際唐手道協会(香港支部),簡稱: 上地流国際(香港支部)
Uechi Ryu International Karate-Do Association (Hong Kong Branch), also known as: Uechi International (HK Branch)