The Eight Uechi-Ryu Kata
Uechi-Ryu kata should be learned in sequence, according to rank. While a student could memorize all eight kata in a few months, he or she would not be learning the kata. Learning requires memorization, synthesis, and evaluation. The higher-level learning can only be accomplished over time, with steady input and guidance from instructors, which leads to self-evaluation and insight.
|Sanchin||3 steps or 3 conflicts|
|Kanshiwa (Conchabu)||Perfect peace unity|
|Kanshu (Daini Seisan)||Second thirteen|
|Seichin||10 (positions of defense and attack)|
|*Seisan||13 (positions of defense and attack)|
|Seirui||16 (positions of defense and attack)|
|*Sanseirui||36 (positions of defense and attack)|
*Indicate the three main kata which were taken from pangainoon and taught by Uechi Kanbun.
The remaining five are bridging kata which were developed by Uechi Kanei.
In a number of cases, the English terms are not literal translations of the Japanese terms.