Uechi-ryu has eight kata.


Three conflicts. From China. The first kata learned in Uechi-ryu and the most important. Sanchin teaches the fundamentals of our style. Through studying sanchin one learns balance, power generation, targetting, striking, entering and tearing. Sanchin can be done fast and hard or soft as a moving meditation. It is the cornerstone or Uechi-ryu and although simple to learn, this form takes years to master.


Kanshiwa is a beginners kata and introduces the practitioner to dealing with multiple attackers. Basics are reinforced in this kata. It is simple and deals with attackers surrounding the defender.


The third kata Kanshu is sometimes called Daini-Seisan or little seisain. It features powerful, explosive, linear movements designed to overpower and rip through an opponent taking him out swiftly. There are many striking and a few controlling movements in this form.


Seichin is one of the hardest forms to learn. It is intermediate yet its feel is very different from the first three kata. Emphasis is placed on the softer side of Uechi-ryu. There are numerous joint-manipulation and trapping movements as well as evasive movements followed by explosive entering techniques. Seichin also teaches the importance of balance and centering in order to control your opponent.


Seisan - "13 attacks", from China. Seisan is the second of the original three forms brought from China. It builds off of Sanchin with its explosive power and controlling movements. Seisan is fast, brutal and effective. It is required for black belt.


Seiryu is learned at the shodan level. It emphasizes transitions and cat stances which encourage the practitioner to exhibit more control over body positioning and stance than previous kata, but is much shorter than seisan and appears deceptively simple.


The seventh kata, konchin, is an explosive combination of movements. A relatively lengthy kata, it includes both sanchin and "horse" stances and introduces a variety of new movements not seen in previous forms. It is learned as a nidan and most closely resembles sanseiryu.


36 Attacks. The third of the kata originally brought from China by Master Kanbun Uechi. It contains a sequence of three long stances in a row, something not seen in previous kata, and a very particular hand movement as one of the final movements that has become known as a quiddity of Uechi. This kata is learned as a sandan and is the one performed at all tests for yondan and higher ranks.