Kata Name and Meaning
1. Sanchin - The names means three conflicts, three battles or three tactics. This kata was the first form that Chou, Tsu Ho, taught in his Pai Gai Noon style Kung Fu that Kanbun Uechi brought to Okinawa from China. The kata can be pronounced Sanchin, Sanshi or Sanchian in Chinese. The three conflicts of the self are mind, body and spirit. The tactics are focus, stance and timing. The practice of Sanchin is called Shi-Go-Ki. This means conditioning your body against pain and your mind from fear.
2. Kanshiwa - Designed by Kanei Uechi in 1954. The kata name combines the firstpart of Kanbun Uechis first name and Shu, Shiwas first name. The kata was previously called Kanshabo from the pronunciation of Shu Shiwas name in Chinese which was Chou Tsu Ho (Shu sha bu). (Chou, Tsu Ho, is pronounced as Shu, Shiwa in Japanese. In Japanese and in Chinese, the last name is pronounced first and so in English we would call him Shiwa Shu or Tsu Ho Chou). The kata originally had three shoken punches which were later changed to standard closed fist punches. It is the only Uechi-Ryu kata that uses a closed fist punch.
3. Kanshu - Designed by Seiki Itokazu. The kata name combines the first part of Kanbun Uechis name and the last name of Shu, Shiwa. The kata was originally called Dai Ni Seisan.
4. Seichin - Designed by Saburo Uehara in 1963. The kata name means ten conflicts. It employs techniques from Okinawan Karate combined with Chinese Pai Gai Noon Kung Fu techniques.
5. Seisan - The kata name means thirteen. It is pronounced Shisan in Chinese. This was the second kata that Shu, Shiwa taught in his Pai Gai Noon Kung Fu system.
6. Seirui - The kata name means sixteen. It was designed by Kanei Uechi. It is different from all the other Uechi-Ryu kata because it demonstrates a unique circular block that is very esthetic. This kata emphasizes the cat stance (pronounced nekko dachi in Japanese).
7. Kanchin - The name of the kata means Kanbuns conflicts. It was designed by Kanei Uechi. This kata resembles the Sanseiryu kata.
8. Sanseiryu - This kata name means thirty six. This was the third kata that Shu, Shiwa taught in his Pai Gai Noon Kung Fu system. It is called San-Shi-Liu in Chinese. Kanbun called it Sandairyu. This kata involves attacks from eight positions.
9. Suparempe - The kata name means one hundred and eight steps. This was the fourth kata that Shu, Shiwa taught in his Pai Gai Noon Kung Fu system. Kanbun Uechi never taught this kata publicly and may have never learned this kata while he was in China. It is commonly called the lost kata.