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Takamine Karate Dojo

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What Uchi Te Ryu has to offer:


All styles of karate claim to teach self-defense; most of them actually teach punch-and-kick with a few joint locks or throws added. Uchi Te Ryu offers the grappling art known as Tuite and the nerve point techniques called Kyusho Jitsu.

Kyusho Jitsu (Vital Point) Techniques

The striking techniques of Uchi Te Ryu are some of the most sophisticated in the martial arts. Properly used against selected anatomical points of the nervous and circulatory systems, they will temporarily disable an opponent beyond his or her ability to respond and renew the attack. Precision, not strength is the key to assuring the quickest and safest resolution to a threatening situation. Kyusho Jitsu knowledge, too, is gained by studying kata.

Training Techniques


A kata, or form, is a choreographed pattern of movement, somewhat resembling a dance, that expresses the basic movements of karate. The katas, many of which are over 500 years old, are the alphabet from which the words and sentences of self-defense are constructed; each movement holds subtle meanings not readily discernible to the untrained eye. Many martial artists have heard of the hidden art within the katas, but in Uchi Te Ryu, the study of this art is a primary focus.

Tuite (Grab-Hand) Techniques

All bodies are weak in the same ways - they all have nerves, joints, tendons and muscles that will respond in a certain way to a certain type of pressure. The grappling art of karate exploits these weaknesses, so that with an appropriate application of Tuite techniques, a big, strong person is as easily controlled as a small, weak one. Tuite involves knowledge of many diverse disciplines, such as human anatomy, human nature, grappling techniques, mental development and immobilization techniques. Tuite techniques are acquired by closely studying the twelve katas.

Control of the Opponent

Uchi Te Ryu students are trained in the prudent use of lethal force in a life threatening situation. However, because the attacker most often will be someone known to the victim - friend, spouse or co-worker - people will not use killing or maiming techniques on them and thus cannot defend themselves, unless they also know techniques that will allow them to control an opponent with a minimum of injury to the attacker. Uchi Te Ryu provides a wide variety of techniques so that the student may select the amount of force appropriate to the attack.


A vast arsenal of weapons lore supplements Uchi Te Ryu’s formidable array of empty hand techniques. In American karate, weapons are frequently taught as a sidelight, if at all; in Uchi Te Ryu, however, weapons training is an essential, integral part of martial arts training. Students may learn up to 3-4 katas for each of the traditional weapons, plus an assortment of techniques drawn from those katas. They are taught the interrelationship between empty-hand movements and weapons techniques, stressing the value of weapons training in the perfection of open-hand techniques.

Physical Training

Stretching, strengthening and stamina are the result of the Uchi Te Ryu workout; coordination and balance also improve quickly. Karate provides an exercise program that will push each student to his or her individual limits, challenging each to stretch those limits just a little further with every class. The result is improved mental and physical self-discipline, more complete self-awareness and increased self-confidence.


Of course, no martial art would be complete without the excitement of sport karate. Free-style sparring, known as bogu-kumite, is characterized by full power punches and kicks and the use of bogu gear (face masks and body armor) for protection. This enables fighters to use techniques safely - that might otherwise kill or seriously injure an opponent.


A little competition is always healthy, and it’s a good way for students to learn to think on their feet. Not only the sport of bogu-kumite, but also empty-hand and weapons kata’s (forms) are featured at occasional tournaments. A good tournament is fun and exciting, with goals to reach for and immediate rewards for a job well done.