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Here are a few snapshots of last Thursday evening’s class at the TKRIVA dojo. Doug Bleecker sensei of the Roanoke Okinawan Karate School and several of his students made the trek to join us for an evening of looking at Chinte kata and selected applications. It was very interesting to watch Uechi Ryu practitioners performing a Shorin kata with some rather Goju-esque applications…and the ROKS students can hit HARD- even the younger ones! After getting so much out of my visits to their school, I’m glad that we were able to return the favor. Bleecker sensei’s students are to be commended for their enthusiasm, politeness and hard effort in training. It was a great evening and we look forward to the next exchange.
A look at opening passage: shiko dachi/hands in a triangle sequence…
Continuation to the next sequence: takedown following a smash to the mastoid process and a healthy cranking of the attacker’s neck.
I came across this article from Bugeisha magazine while looking for a good photographic depiction of Kotekitae, specifically as practiced by Uechi folks. In this article, Uechi Ryu practitioner George Mattson provides a clear walk through of basic “arm rubbing,” the circular tanren-style arm pounding, a Chinese influenced version, and a composite “sparring” version.
As a follow-up to the very thoughtful post on conditioning from the Ikagi blog, below is a link to a very sensible discussion on body conditioning by Uechi Ryu practitioner George Chaplin.
I’d like to extend a very big thank you to the folks at the Roanoke Okinawan Karate School. I’ve been able to visit Doug Bleecker sensei and his students from Roanoke and VA Tech a few times this fall/winter to pick their brains about the Uechi Sanchin and Sesan kata, and Uechi Ryu in general. Each time they have welcomed me into their dojo with a friendly attitude and spirited training. Bleecker sensei and a couple of his students attended our November seminar with Robert Miller at Ferrum College and helped to make it a big success. The open sharing of ideas and technique has been very valuable to me, and I look forward to more such exchanges.
I feel fortunate to have made a connection with yet another group of down-to-earth folks who just happen to enjoy whacking on each other- and who don’t let a style blindfold them to the rest of the karate world.
If you’re in the Roanoke Virginia area and you’re interested in authentic Uechi Ryu, or just a good group of people to train with, look them up.
Visit their website here
An article about Uechi Kanei was translated and posted by Mario McKenna on his blog:
There are several interesting intersections of historical karate figures in this article. Enjoy!