Uechi-ryu (上地流 Uechi-ryū) is a traditional style of Okinawan karate. Uechi-ryū means “Style of Uechi” or “School of Uechi”. Originally called Pangai-noon, which translates to English as “half-hard, half-soft”, the style was renamed Uechi-ryū after the founder of the style, Kanbun Uechi, an Okinawan who went to Fuzhou inFujian Province, China to study martial arts and Chinese medicine when he was 19 years old.[2]

After his death, in 1948, the style was refined, expanded, and popularized by Kanbun Uechi’s son, Kanei Uechi.[4]