Style Workout Program Facility


About the Style:

Most Asian martial arts systems are descended from Chinese Kung-Fu. While most of these various systems have developed into fighting styles that are quite distinct from their origins, Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do (way-chee ree-oo) is probably closer to its mother style than any other system. Uechi-Ryu comes from a southern Chinese boxing style called pangai-noon, which translates as 'half-soft'. Uechi-Ryu has become quite popular on Okinawa, from which many styles of karate originate, and has spread widely through the world. Uechi-Ryu differs from other styles of Japanese and Okinawan Karate, in that it emphasizes circular, deflecting blocks, instead of angular blocks, which allows the defender to utilize an attackers strength against the attacker. In training, almost every striking technique is preceded by a defensive circular blocking action. Since the practice of Uechi-Ryu is not limited to the restrictive types of stylized fighting found in many modern sport-oriented martial arts, it contains a wealth of self-defense principles and techniques. Many of the in-close fighting skills found in Uechi Ryu are found in serious self-defense courses throughout the world. Uechi Ryu combines quite well with various grappling-type martial arts, which provides the student with more options than strikes alone. Economy of motion is important in Uechi-Ryu, and this is in part accomplished with single-strike-effective techniques, and combinations of movements.

The Uechi Ryu Group Workout:

The class starts with warm up and stretching exercises. Then technique exercises teach the student the strength and control of block, strike, and moving drills. The Sanchin kata follows, which further develops mental, physical and spiritual focus. A variety of two-person routines help the student learn proper application of the techniques, as well as to promote a cooperative spirit between the individual students. The class performs together the advanced katas, which completes the regular class time. Warm down stretching exercises may follow the class period.
The training philosophy emphasizes a step-by-step building block approach, where the beginner learns a number of skills, and improves on those skills over time. The student's progress is shown using the belt ranking system. As the student advances, more material is added to their training, but the basic skills learned as a beginner remain important

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Uechi Ryu Karate Programs:

  • Adult Program - Classes are an hour long twice a week for women and men ages 15 and older.
  • Youth Program - ages 7 to 15 Classes are an hour long twice a week. Students must be responsible and keep good grades in school.
  • Little Tigers - ages 4, 5, 6 and 7. Classes are 40 minutes long, twice a week. Classes are fun while rich with real karate skills.
    Parents must remain in the building and may watch classes from the comfort of the waiting room.

About the facility:

  • Comfort and safety are important aspects in the design of the school.
  • The training floor is professionally designed and built to be ‘barefoot-friendly’ for training in Martial arts. Not just carpeting or foam over concrete, we instead use plywood ‘floated’ on cushioning blocks. This avoids the long-term and short-term damage caused by training directly on concrete. The vinyl non-slip surface is easily kept sanitary.
  • Mats and other equipment are available to enhance the training experience.
  • There are changing rooms for men and women.
  • Classes may be observed and monitored from the comfort of the reception area.

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