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The Kōnan Ryū style is one that split from the Uechi Ryū style, founded in 1990 by master Itokazu Seiki (1915-2006).

 

Itokazu Seiki was born in Nishihara - Okinawa in 1915. In 1933, he began to practise Shuri-te under the instruction of Kyan Chōtoku (1870-1945). In 1938 he went on to practise the Pangainūn style with Uechi Kanbun, and on the death of Master Uechi, he continued to practice under the guidance of his son Uechi Kanei (1911-1991).

 

In 1997, the Itokazu master was recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage in the field of Karate and Kobudō by the Government of Okinawa.

 

 

 

 

 

Shu Shi Wa (1874-1926)

Uechi Kanbun (1877-1946)

Uechi Kanei (1911-1991)

Itokazu Seiki (1915-2006)

 

 

Master Uechi Kanbun was born in Motobu - Okinawa, in 1877. At the age of nineteen (1896), he travelled to Fuzhou (China) where he remained until 1909. During that time, he learnt a kenpō system called Pangainūn from the master Shu Shi Wa. Pangainūn is a style based on the fighting techniques of a tiger, a dragon and a crane.

 

In 1932, Master Uechi Kanbun formally opened his dōjō in Wakayama (Japan) to teach the Pangainūn style, although the style would later be renamed Uechi-ryū in 1940 by his son Uechi Kanei.

 

The name Pangainūn in the Fujian dialect means Half Hard - Half Soft, thus making reference to the principle of the combination of hardness and flexibility in the techniques used in that style. The Japanese reading for Pangainūn would be Han Nan, so the line created by Master Itokazu, called Kōnan Ryū, is reaffirmed in the style that was initially transmitted by Uechi Kanbun sensei.

 

 

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