Beginning of Uechi-Ryu
The history of Uechi-Ryu begins with the birth of Kanbun Uechi in 1877.
The older son of Kantoku Uechi and Tsuru lived in a town of Motobu (north
of Okinawa) and grew up working in the field. When he was 19 years old
he fulfilled his dream of travelling to China to learn Chuan-fa (Kenpo)
techniques and he made it with his friend Tokusaburo Matsuda. Both went
to the famous school of Kusuguku in Fuzhou (actually this style itfs in
Okinawa), shortly after Kanbun left the school he was lucky to learn with
expert monks techniques about dragon, tiger and crane. The master Kanbun Uechi didnft learn Chuan-fa with Shu Shi Wa (Zhou Zi He), he did it with several master of different specialties in a temple of
China. (The name of Shu Shi Wa (Zhou Zi He) appears in the history of Uechi-Ryu since the 1970.) Without knowing the language and Chinese costumes, he trained hard in
quality of disciple and ten years later he managed to be the first foreigner
master of Chuan-fa in China.