Okinawa Karate Association U.K.
Uechi-Ryu Karate Clubs in the United Kingdom
Okikukai U.K. est. 2010


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The Okinawa Karate Association U.K. is affiliated to the Okinawa Karate-Do Association, in Okinawa Japan. The Okinawan parent Association was formed 1989, by many of the high ranking black belts of the Uechi-Ryu Karate Association of Okinawa.

For some years the name of Uechi-Ryu was still used to describe the style, however on November 16th 1996, the Board of Directors of the Okinawa Karate-Do Association created a new name for the style calling it it Shohei-Ryu. The name was made from two Chinese characters, sho and hei. Sho meaning to shine brightly and hei meaning fairness, equality and peace. In 2017 it was announced that the name of the style would revert back to Uechi-Ryu.

The Okinawa Karate-Do Association have also added new kata, bunkai and kumites to the system.

The headquarters of the Okinawa Karate-Do Association is in Chatan-Cho, Okinawa, Japan.

On the 1st January 2010, the Okinawa Karate Association U.K., Okikukai for short, was formed by Paul Natzyl, Kyoshi 7th Dan, after receiving the title of Shihan (Master) Instructor from the parent Association. Paul Natzyl's Essex based group of clubs known as the Shi Gakko Shudan (Four School Group) formed the basis for the new Association U.K.. which were to be joined shortly afterwards, by Derek Charlton's club in Bromley, Kent. Then on the 5th May 2011, Lee Adams club from Herne Bay, Kent. On the 18th July 2012, Tony Coles club in Grays, Essex and on the 5th November 2012, Nicholas Wilkins Club in Cambridge, Cambs. Lee Adam's has since left the Association, Tony Coles and Nicholas Wilkins have closed their clubs and Paul Natzyl has handed his clubs, the Shigakko Shudan, to Barry Coles. In the Summer of 2017 Paul announced he is to open clubs in North Essex and Derek Charlton's student Rodolfo Picciau has applied to the Associationis to open a club in Tonbridge Wells.

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