Master Tsuyoshi Uechi was born on Okinawa in May,
1951. Uechi Sensei runs the Camp
Foster dojo training US Marines, US Army, US Navy and US Air Force personnel.
For a period he taught at the Kadena Air base.
Sensei is a
of the Okinawa
Rengokai and is
Uechi Sensei traveled to the United States in 1999 and 2001 with the Rengokai
for seminars and the World Championship, respectively. Because of Uechi Sensei's efforts,
by top Okinawa
masters as a
In 1972 Uechi Sensei studied the arts of Shotokan
In 1976 he began the study of Isshin-Ryu Karate with
Grandmaster Tatsuo Shimabuku's #1 son Kichiro Shimabuku, and was a member of
Isshin-Ryu World Karate Association.
In 1987 he joined with Grandmaster Angi Uezu, who
is married to Chief Grandmaster Tatsuo Shimabuku's daughter,
Grandmaster Uezu and Uechi Sensei established the Okinawa Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do
and Kobudo Association (OIKKA). Grandmaster Angi Uezu was Soke Shimabuku's
representative in the USA for many years, and dedicated his life to preserving
his Isshin-Ryu system. Grandmaster Uezu suffered a stroke in 1995 and in
1996 he appointed Master Uechi as president of the OIKKA, and designated him as
his successor in the organization.
During 2002, Master Uechi resigned from the
OIKKA. In 2003, he joined the Isshin-Ryu International Karate-Do
In 2007, Uechi Sensei formed the "Isshin-Ryu
Okinawa Traditional Karate-Do Association"
(IOTKA). Uechi Sensei
appointed Kyoshi Karl Kazuo Hovey as IOTKA North American
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traditional teachings of Master Tsuyoshi Uechi as taught to him.
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