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hirabayashi seminar germany2016 1A great Uechi Ryu Karate seminar with Bruce Hirabayashi Sensei  (8 Dan) from the USA was held at Regensburg/Germany on October 1st and 2nd, 2016. The event was organized by Paul Kronschnabl Sensei and his students of Regensburg Dojo Uechi-Ryu. The main subject of the seminar was 'Sanchin - from the inside out'. Principles about how to improve stability and transfer power through a proper body alignment, relaxed muscles and a firm rooting to the ground. About 40 participants from six different dojos (Kenyukai Bad Kissingen, Munich and Wuerzburg, Okikukai Munich, OUKA Erlangen and IUKF Regensburg) joined the event. Since there are not so many Uechi Ryu seminars in Germany during the year, this was a good opportunity for Uechi-Ryu practitioners to gather and practice together, and, to meet old and make some new friends. 

(The photos and the information were offered by Thomas Podzelny Sensei)


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shimabukuro seminar dec2016Lazare Pouchard Sensei (4. Dan), chief instructor of the AKKO (Association Karate Kobudo D' Okinawa), organizes an Uechi-Ryu karate seminar in Larçay with Shimabukuro Yukinobu Sensei (9 Dan), technical director of Uechi-Ryu Shubukan Association in Europe and France.  The seminar will take place on 3rd and 4th of December 2016 in Larçay, at Salle François Mitterrand. The training is open to children and adults.

Participation fees:
For AKKO Members: Children: 2 € / Teens and Unemployed: 10 € / Adults: 15 €
Non-AKKO Members: Children: 5 € / Teens and Unemployed: 15 € / Adults: 20 €

Important Info:
Saturday, December 3: Children 7 to 12 years: 14:30 ~ 15:30/ Adults/Teens: 15:30 ~ 18:00
Sunday, December 4: Adults/Teens: 9:30 ~ 12:00

Venue: Salle François Mitterrand
Info: http://akko.unblog.fr/2016/09/21/stage-avec-maitre-shimabukuro-a-larcay/



Two wonderful videos were posted by Uechi-Ryu Shubukan Europe. Kansho Uechi Sensei and Kanyu Uechi Sensei, great grandchildren of Master Kanbun Uechi, are featured in the videos. In the first video, Kansho Uechi Sensei demonstrates Sanchin Kata and he is tested by his brother, Kanyu. In the second video the two Uechi brothers demonstrate the old Uechi-Ryu Dan Kumite. The videos were shot in 2009 during a seminar in Paris.

You can watch the videos here: http://www.uechiryu-europe.org/en/Demonstration-of-the-kansho-et-kanyu-Uechi/

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zilioli seminar nov2016Fulvio Zilioli Sensei, chief instructor of Okikukai Italy is leading one more seminar this November in the city of Rome. The seminar will be held in "Palestra del Liceo Scientifico - Francesco D'Assisi" in 12 and 13 of November 2016 and it has the support of Italian Karate Federation - FIK. The sessions will include Uechi-Ryu Karate and Kenryo Ryukyu Kobudo training.

Important Info:
Date: 12 ~ 13 November 2016
Venue: Palestra del Liceo Scientifico - Francesco D'Assisi, Viale della Primavera, 207 (zona Centrocelle)
Info: fulviog.zilioli[at]gmail.com and mutekigoju[at]gmail.com

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The Okikukai European Seminar was completed with success on Sunday, 18th of September (see the announcement on our previous post). The seminar was organized by Uechi-Ryu Great Britain in Oxford, under the guidance of its current chairman Pappas Mick Sensei (7 Dan, Kyoshi). Three great Okinawan masters led the sessions, namely Nakahodo Tsutomu Sensei (10 Dan, Hanshi), Okuhama Shinmatsu Sensei (9 Dan, Hanshi) and Yamashiro Hirokuni Sensei (8 Dan, Kyoshi). The three high-ranked instructors were escorted by the Okinawan karate champion, Kushi Yoshino (2 Dan), a student of Yamashiro Sensei. 

okikukai uk seminar 9okikukai uk seminar 10The seminar took place in the facilities of Rosehill Community Centre and was divided into 8 training sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, starting on Thursday the 15th up to Sunday the 18th of September 2016. Okinawan masters had the chance to experience the local hospitality and visited many wonderful sights. They even had the chance to visit and dine at Christ Church main hall (maybe the most prestigious college in the world), aka the Harry Potter Restaurant, the very same room where many of the scenes of the famous cinema series Harry Potter were shot.

A Dan grading was held after Sunday's morning training, in which several practitioners were successfully promoted to their new ranks after a demanding and challenging process. McNally Steve Sensei of Uechi-Ryu Liverpool Dojo and  Dally Terry Sensei of East London Karate Club  were promoted to the level of 7 Dan - Kyoshi. These promotions came as a result of many decades of dedication, and, continuous training and contribution to the art of Uechi-Ryu Karate. Furthermore, two younger practitioners, Cheeseman Georgina and Wilson Mabel were promoted to the levels of 3 Dan and Junior Shodan respectively.

The seminar was completed, as always, with a wonderful sayonara party in one of the finest restaurants in Oxford area!

okikukai uk seminar 13UechiRyu.eu salutes the wonderful event and congratulates Uechi-Ryu GB Association on taking this great responsibility to organize and bring all these great masters and the knowledge they carry, straight from Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate.