History of Uechi Ryu
As a result
of his acquaintance with Seiryo
, Kanbun Uechi
became fond of Seiryo's son, the exuberant Seiyu Shinjo.
Young Seiyu pleaded for years with his father to let him
study karate. Seiyu became a student at Kanbun Uechi's
Tebira dojo in 1939. He
was ten years old.
Seiryo began teaching his son at home, in addition to
Kanbun's teaching. Seiyu Shinjo was exposed to this
unprecedented learning opportunity for nine years.
Kanbun Uechi returned
in 1946, Seiryo Shinjo relocated with him,
taking his young son, Seiyu. After the death of Kanbun
Uechi, Seiyu Shinjo continued to train under Kanei
Kanei can be seen at the left of the adjacent picture
overseeing a sparring match with Seiyu
Seiyu Shinjo trained under Kanei Uechi,
Sensei Shinjo is on the left of the picture.
Seiyu Shinjo on the right in a group
of senior black belts of Kanei Uechi
Seiyu eventually took over the dojo
of his father, Seiryo Shinjo, in Kadena, Okinawa. For many
years, he taught students as Kanbun Uechi had taught him.
This dojo, now owned and operated by Seiyu's eldest son,
still operates on the same site as it has for three
Seiyu Shinjo and the Kadena Dojo in
Tournament day, 1974
-- Grand Master Kanei Uechi
Unfortunately, Seiyu Shinjo died at an early
age. After his passing, the legendary Kanei Uechi had this to
- "It already has been three years since the great loss to our
Association. Unfortunately, once Seiyu Shinjo became seriously
ill, modern medicine could not help him. He worked actively as a
teacher and as a board member of the Uechi Ryu Karate Do
Association. Karate was not recognized by society during the
1940's to 1970's. Mr. Shinjo made great efforts to popularize,
develop, and organize karate.
- Moreover, I could say that he was one of the persons who made
the greatest strides toward karate becoming internationally known
as a cultural inheritance of Okinawa. He was instrumental in
making the Uechi Ryu Karate Do Association, one with an
- There are many of Mr. Shinjo's students actively teaching
Uechi ryu karate all over the world. I can rely on Mr. Kiyohide
Shinjo, son of Seiyu Shinjo, to carry on his father's will."