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[Head Quarter]
1-20-12 Ginowan Ginowan City Okinawa, Japan


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<Last up date /Jul.30,2021>


We would like to inform you that the President of OUKA, Mr. Katsuji Tamayose passed away early this morning (4:30 AM, July 24).
He seemed to have a health problem past a few months, but I have not been informed of the detail from his family yet.
I expect to get more information of funeral and so on shortly.


Headquarters of OUKA will hold seminars and general meetings on September 18th and 19th in OKinawa,Japan. Details will be announced separately.


Happy new year. Last year, due to the spread of coronavirus infection, the association was almost unable to work. We cannot predict when the coronavirus infection will end, but we pray for the beginning of the year so that our members can devote themselves to karate without being infected.

President Katsuji Tamayose


On Dec.6th OUKA HQ held dan testing.


OUKA HQ held a board meeting on October 25th at Ishikawa Dojo. The person in charge of external affairs will separately inform each branch manager of the decisions to be made.


On May,19th,2020, Shintoku Takara sensei and Tsutomu Nakahodo sensei were certified as an intangible cultural asset(Okinawa Karate) holder designated by Okinawa Prefecture. <By the Okinawa Times>

May.21 at Futenma Dojo


On Sunday, January 26, the New Year Party of the headquarters was held in Ginowan City. Executives and members such as Grand master Shintoku Takara sensei, President Katsuji Tamayose sensei, Chairman Kensho Kina sensei and Vice Chairman Kazuya Takara sensei participate in the party.
They were excited about topics such as spring seminars and overseas seminars to be held this year.


I hope all of you have a wonderful year, 2020.
It's already been 10 years since our organization was newly established.
Last year we got a new certified dojo in Israel as OUKA Israel Branch. This year I expect more members to join us from inside and outside of country.
Also I would like to mention that our Tokyo Branch is celebrating 25th anniversary this year. I would like to express my respect to Tokyo Branch members.
I would be very happy if everyone would make the best effort to improve own Karate technique and show continued dedication to support the organization.
All the best wishes in 2020!

Katsuji Tamayose
Okinawa Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Association


OUKA Tokyo Branch would like to announce about 2020 Spring events as follows.
It would be wonderful if all of you from overseas would join the events as well as Okinawa events.

May 9th (Saturday) & 10th (Sunday) : Tokyo 25th Anniversary Seminar, Social exchange and gathering in Kanagawa Pref.
May 16th (Saturday) & 17th (Sunday) : Okinawa Spring Seminar & Grading test, Social gathering, General meeting in Okinawa pref.


On November 1, HQ held the Dan testing for Mr.Thomas Podzelny(Germany).
At that testing, he promoted to 6th Dan.

Kata test

Group photo


On September 1, the Board of Directors of the OUKA approved the establishment of Israeli branch represented by Mr.Ori Elisshar.

Mr. Ori Elisshar who became Israel branch representative

group photo after Dan testing


Information of the seminor in Australia.


OUKA Headquarter held Spring event (Seminar, Dan Promotion Test and General Meeting) on May25th and 26th, 2019 at Okinawa Kenritsu Karate-kaikan.
OUKA directors and members from US, Australia, Russia, China,Tokyo ,Aichi and Okinawa participated in the event.
9 members were successfully promoted (1st - 9th Dan ) at the test. Details of general meeting will be reported shortly.


I wish all of you Year of 2019 filled with good health, peace and happiness. I would like to keep making effort to develop our organization together with you in 9th year of the organization.
Let me set 3 main purpose in daily practice of Karate in this year - For your health, For your own self defense, and For your entire life. As you know, bronze stature of Kanbun Uechi was established last year. I expect that this big event becomes a new phase for further development of Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do.
We plan to have Spring seminar and general meeting in Okinawa Karate Kaikan on May 25th and 26th, 2019. The detail schedule will be announced shortly.
Again, I look forward to your continued good health and good will in the coming year.

Katsuji Tamayose
Okinawa Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Association


Okinawa Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Association Members:
We will be having OUKA Annual Special Seminar and General Meeting in Okinawa according to the following schedule:

May 25th (Saturday) , 2019
*1:00 PM Seminar <Okinawa Karate Hall>
*3:30 PM Dan Promotion Test<Okinawa Karate Hall>
*6;45 PM Dinner party<It's being adjusted>

May 26th (Sunday), 2019
*10:00 AM General Meeting<Okinawa Karate Hall>

We would be pleased if you would save the dates for the events.

Best regards,
Katsuji Tamayose
Okinawa Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Association


Sensei Takara Shintoku's (Hanshi 10th Dan) coverage of the interview was published in the Okinawa Times on Sep,9th.

The Okinawa Times


At the 1st Okinawa karate international convention held in August 2018, Mr.Uechi / Futenma dojo won 1st place(adult class), Mr.Ohokawa / Futenma dojo won 2nd place(sinior class), Mr.Kawamitsu / Futenma dojo won the 4th place(junior class).



OUKA Headquarter held Spring event (Seminar, Dan Promotion Test and General Meeting) on April 21st and 22nd, 2018 at Yaedake Guest House where was the birth place of Kanbun Uechi in Motobu Town, Okinawa. OUKA directors and members from US, Australia, Russia, Tokyo and Okinawa participated in the event and they also attended the unveiling ceremony of Kanbun Uechi's bronze stature.
4 members were successfully promoted (2 to 5th Dan and 1 to 3rd Dan) at the test. A newly established dojo in Yomitan (Shihan Takenori Uechi) were officially approved by Board of Directors at the general meeting. (Details of general meeting will be reported shortly).


Okinawa Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Association members will participate in unveiling ceremony of Kanbun Uechi's bronze stature, Kata performance (led by Uechi-Ryu Soke) and celebratory gathering in Motobu Town on April 21st as well as participate in OUKA spring seminar.
Because it is the first time that a bronze stature of Karate master will be erected, this project will be a great honor for all of Uechi-Ryu people. We will report more about this on our website.


OUKA Headquarter held the first Directors meeting of 2018 and New Year's party. Schedule of April events was mainly discussed in the meeting.


This is the 8th year since establishing OUKA. Kanbun Uechi's bronze stature will be established on April 21st this year at his birth place. Let's combine our power together for further development of OUKA.
Wishing you all the best in year of 2018.

Katsuji Tamayose
Okinawa Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Association


On Dec,3 OUKA HQ held Dantesting and board meeting at Futenma Dojo.
The result of the deliberations of the Board will be notified to branch dojos later from the outside director.


The Program Committee of Uechi Kanbun's Bronze Stature announced in Town Hall of Motobu Town on September 22, 2017 that the bronze stature of Kanbun Uechi, the founder of Uechi Ryu Karate Do, will be unveiled on April 21st, 2018. The stature will be made by 7,750,000 JY donation and
2,500,000 JY from Hometown tax payment program of Japan. The stature will be established in Yaedake Sakura no mori Park with 165 square meters open space for Karate demonstration.


Futenma dojo article on Okinawa Tims "Weekly Karate news" , May,28,2017.



Okinawa Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Association sponsored Special seminar, Grading test, Social gathering party and General meeting on June 3rd and June 4th, 2017 with celebrating the 140th anniversary of the birth of Master Kanbun Uechi in the facility (named Yaedake Guest House) where was built on a memorial site Kanbun Uechi was brought up. More than 50 Uechi-Ryu members from the world participated in the events and deepened their friendship each other beyond the difference of dojos, groups, organizations and countries.


Seminor instructors(Jun,3)

Participant from Okinawa,Tokyo,Aichi,USA,Australia,Russia,China

Hojyo Undo

Grand master, Shintoku Takara<10th Dan>

Grand master,Walter Mattson<10th Dan>

Grand master,Arther Moulas <9th Dan>

Kata bunkai teqnics


Dan testing

Sanchin testing

Kotekitae testing

Yakusokukumite testing

Kata bunkai testing

Kata testing

Kumite testing

Group photo

Welcome dinner party

President Tamayose

Welcome dinner party

Break fast time(Jun,4)

General meething

Group photo


Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karate-Do Association will have a memorial event for thinking about goodness of late Kanbun Uechi the founder of Uechi-ryu at his birth place, Yaedake, Motobu Town on Jun 3rd (Saturday) and 4th (Sunday).

June 3rd (Saturday) : Memorial Seminar, Spring Promotion Test, Welcome Party
June 4th(Sunday) : General Meeting
※Original towel will be prepared at the event.

Yaedake Guest House




All Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karate Tournament for Cadet and Jounior was held in Kadena Junior High School Gym on February 20, 2017 with 180 participants. Many of our members from Futenma Dojo participated in the tournament and achieved excellent results. Many thanks to people for great cheers for them.


OUKA Headquarter held the occasional meeting and new year party in Okinawa City on January 22nd (Sunday).
The Board approved a new branch dojo setablished in Oita Prefecture (in Kyushu Island), Japan. It will be set up on March, 2017.


<New year's greeting message>

Grand Master

Shintoku Takara

Let us express the greetings of the season.
We would like all of all the members to join forces to improve ourselves and to develop the organization. May this year be a happy and great year for all of you.

Nobumine Ohomasa

A Happy New Year!
I wish you a year filled with peace, happiness and good health.

Walter Mattson

A Happy New Year!
I wish you a year filled with peace, happiness and good health.

Arthur Moulas
A Happy New Year!
I wish you a year filled with peace, happiness and good health.

Katsuji Tamayose
I hope all of you are greeting the New Year of 2017 in good health and peace.
This year will be the 7th year after establishment of our organization. I hope this year be a successful lucky seventh year by your continuing support and cooperation.
I wish everyone great health and success.
Chairman of the board of directors
Kensho Kina
I wish you a Happy New Year. I would like to say thank everyone for your attending the seminar, grading and general meeting in Okinawa last year. I can feel further development of the association year after year.
Karate Do, originated in Okinawa, was selected for the event at 2020 Olimpic games of 2020 in Tokyo. I hope it will give a good impact on our further growth of the association. We are scheduling to have Spring events in Motobu Town where Master Kanbun Uechi's birth place this year. I hope many of you to join the events on June.
Again, I wish for your good health and happiness.
Vice President
Kazuya Takara
Season's greetings and Best wishes for the New Year.
I would like to power up strength of the organization for further development of entire Uechi-ryu Karate Do. Now let me kindly ask for your cooperation.
Vice President
Keisuke Fujimoto
I wish you a happy New Year and the year of 2017 be prosperous for all of you and Uechi-ryu Karate-Do.
I look forward to seeing you in Okinawa on June.

Chosho Chinen

A Happy New Year!
I wish you a year filled with peace, happiness and good health.
David Hayward
I wish all Okinawa Uechi Ryu Karate Do Association members a happy and prosperous new year. Let's work even harder in 2017 to make our Association stronger whilst at the same time working with other Uechi Ryu associations in friendship and comradeship.
Director/Executive secretary
Tsutomu Shikiya
I hope Uechi-ryu Karate-Do acts as a bridge to connect our hearts together beyond organizations, countries and religions.
Best wishes for continuing good health and success.
Hiroko Hirao

A Happy New Year!
I look forward to seeing you in Okinawa on the seminar and general meeting.

Director/Communication Manager
Hitoshi Sumida
I'm very grateful to you for the kindness all of you showed me last year. I wish you a year filled with peace, good health and happiness.
Isamu Sakihama
I wish you a Happy New Year.
I would appreciate it if you could cooperate for further development of the organization.

Accounting audit
Sadayoshi Higa
A Happy New Year!
I wish you a year filled with peace, happiness and good health.


On Dec,30,2016,Futenma Dojo held Kyu promotion test & end year party.

Kata testing

Kumite testing

Awarding of certification

Sanchin Kitae for Ms.Matsui from Tokyo branch

Group photo

End year party

Message for the new year


<Event schedule of Spring, 2017 in Okinawa)

OUKA Headquarter is scheduling 2017 Spring event as follows. More detail will be updated as it will be decided.

*June 3rd (Saturday), 2017 :Seminar, Grading and Party in Motobu, Okinawa
*June 4th (Sunday), 2017 : General Meeting

Please start arranging your schedule to attend the events.


OUKA Headquarter sponsored annual event including special seminar, promotion test, general meeting and island tour on June 4th and 5th in Iejima island in where Uechi-Ryu founder, late Kanbun Uechi put his remaining years. He opened the last dojo here and brought up young students.
30 members from inside and outside of Japan visited memorial places and thought about the goodness of the deceased founder.
Decisions of a general meeting will be reported shortly.

Ie island(Jun,4)

On the ferry boat(Jun,4)

Walking tour at Ie island(Jun,4)

Photo with Kanbun Uechi's students since Wakayama dojo at the site of Kanbun Uechi's last dojo was located.
They told us that Kanbun Uechi used to train with Makiwara put next to Okinawan Banyan Tree behind.(Jun,4)

Climbing up Iijima Tacchu (Castle Mountain) (Jun,4)

Climing up Iijima Tacchu (Castle Mountain). Photo at the top of the hill. Kanbun Uechi oftern trained here with enjoying great view of the island.


Lunch Time (Jun,4)

Ie beach(Jun,4)

Special seminar in B&G Center Gym in the afternoon. Members from Okinawa, Tokyo, U.S, Australia, Germany and Russia participated in the seminar(Jun,4)

Two students of late Kanbun Uechi also joined the seminar
(middle and right in photo) (Jun,4)

Mr. S.K explained technique he learned from Kanbun Uechi in Wakayama dojo (middle in photo).

Sanchin (Jun,4)

Dan testing(Jun,4)

Dan testing(Jun,4)

Dan testing of Takara Kazuya sensei(Jun,4)

Sensei Kina's Kata demonstration for his 9th Dan promotion.

Takara sensei 's comments for seminor & testing(Jun,4)

Waktang sensei(Russia)'s demonstration(Jun,4)

Group photo(Jun,4)

Beach party(Jun,4)

Beach party(Jun,4)


Genelal meeting in B&G Center Gym (Jun,5)

Group photo(Jun,5)


Mr. & Mrs. Nikura (Tokyo Branch members) visited Futenma Dojo and Ginowan Dojo for Karate training.
It was very special occasion for Mr. Nikura, who took out the instructor license on March 1st, to improve his capability as OUKA certified instructor.

Futenma Dojo(May.18)

Ginowan Dojo(May.21)


Okinawa Headquarter held the Directors meeting with attendance of directors and officers from Okinawa and Tokyo on January 30, 2016. After the meeting, the headquarter sponsored New Year's Party at Ginowan Dojo inviting more than 20 people including OUKA directors, officers and many guests who shared a good time with enjoyable conversation, great food and lots of Awamori.

<Flash news from the meeting>

1. Schedule of 2016 Spring events:
June 4th, 2016 (Saturday) : Special Seminar, Grading, Sightseeing and Beach Party in Iejima Island.
* Visiting the last dojo of late Kanbun Uechi's.
* Inviting living students of Kanbun Uechi's in Iejima Island.
June 5th, 2016 (Sunday) : General meeting.

Students of Kanbun Uechi's who studied Uech-Ryu
at Wakayama and Ie island Dojo.
(left person;90 years old / right one ;80 years old)

Mt.Gusuku in Ie island. On the top, Kanbun Uechi trained Karate with them.

2. Uechi Ryu Karate Do 100th anniversary of its founding
OUKA start discussing about 2025 Uechi Ryu 100th anniversary events (ceremony, reception, seminar, commemorative items etc.)
OUKA tries to take the lead in calling out to Uechi Ryu organizations in Wakayama, Okinawa and mainland to ask for cooperation.
More detail will be announced later.

Board meeting

New Year's Party main dishes

New Year's Party "Kanpai"

Shintoku Takara sensei's speech

New Year's Party


OUKA New year's greeting message


Katsuji Tamayose
I hope all of you are greeting a new year. It was a busy year with 5th anniversary events of the Association and 20th anniversary celebration of Tokyo branch last year. On our 6th year, I would like to make the best effort for further development of the Association. Then I am looking at overseas, especially interested in South American countries and I think it will be great if we can visit there for seminars.When it will be happened, your cooperation will be appreciated.
I wish you a healthy year of 2016 and please encourage yourself for further improvement of Karate technique and spirit.

Chief Director of The Boards

Kensho Kina
A Happy New Year!
I appreciated your participating in 5th anniversary events last year on your busy schedule.
I wish all of you a healthy and prosperous 2016.

Walter Mattson
I hope you are enjoying holiday season with your family, friends and students.
Time goes so fast and 2015 is ending within a few days.
I would like to ask you to give me your new year's greeting message to our members. Short message will be fine. It will be uploaded to our website.
May 2016 be a healthy and prosperous year for all of you.


Arthur Moulas

To All Okinawa Uechi-Ryu Karate Do Members,
Angela and I would like to wish you and your families a safe and healthy New Year 2016, we are looking forward to meeting and training with you in June.
Best wishes to you all
Director of
the boards

David Hayward
"I wish all OUKA members a happy and prosperous 2016. I encourage all members to keep training hard to improve our standard of Uechi Ryu Karate.
For those who can make it, I look forward to seeing you at our annual seminar in Okinawa in early June."
Kindest regards

Dojo list in Okinawa !
<Renewed on Jun,28,2018>

Dojo's name
Master Instructor
Dojo's adress
Ginowan Dojo

Katsuji Tamayose
<9th Dan>
1-20-12 Ginowan Ginowan City Okinawa
Itoman Dojo
Nobumasa Omine
<9th Dan>
337 Kiyan Itoman City Okianwa
Futenma Dojo
Kazuya Takara
<7th Dan>
Ginowan City  
Ishikawa Dojo

Kensho Kina
<8th Dan>
Uruma City
Yomitan Dojo
Takenori Uechi
<5th Dan>
Yomitan Village  

Uechi-Ryu Okikukai Head Quarters
Activity Plan,2016

General meeting <Ie island>
Special seminor / Dan testing / Beach Party <Ie island>
Borad meeting / New year's party

Official Dojo Certificate

Uechi-Ryu Official Tie

Now Planning

Minute of Boad meetings

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