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Kata, Martial Arts choreography.

Uechi Ryu Karate has eight Kata. Three original Kata, Sanchin, Seisan, and Sanseiryu were brought from China to Okinawa by Kanbun Uechi; and the other five were developed by his son Kanei Uechi.

As you progress in the Martial Arts, you learn new Kata. It's said that Kanbun Uechi practiced Sanchin thrusting for the first three years of his study.

The first five Kata are studied as prerequisites for Black Belt. The last three Kata are practiced by Black Belts as Black Belt Kata. Not that the first five aren't practiced by Black Belts, they are, especially Sanchin. Others might say Seisan is practiced as much as Sanchin.

Kata found in Uechi Ryu are:

 
 
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