2018 Seminar Instructors
Tsuyoshi Uechi 9th Dan Isshin Ryu
An early student of Shotokan karate in mainland Japan where he worked after high school, returning to Okinawa Uechi Sensei joined the Isshin Ryu Honbu dojo in 1975 and studied with Kichiro Shimabuku (son of the Founder) until 1986 when he became a member of the Okinawa Isshin Ryu Karate Kobudo Kyokai under Angi Uezu. In 2003 Uechi Sensei formed the Okinawa Kobu-do Kyokai which in May 2007, became the Isshin Ryu Okinawa Dento Karate-do Kyokai.
Kunio Uehara, Chan Shorin Ryu 8th Dan
Kunio Uehara studied engineering in the United States, and spent much of his career as an engineering consultant to the US Military. Originally a student of Eizo Shimabuku, his strongest karate influence was that of his last teacher, Shoko Toguchi. With the permission of the Kyan family, they renamed their style, Chan Shorin Ryu to identify and show their respect for their Founder, Chotoku Kyan (Chan Mi Gwa).
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