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Mario McKenna

Taira, Shinken (1897-??)
By Mario McKenna

Biography of Shinken Taira, karate and Okinawan kobudo expert and pioneer in full contact fighting

Uechi-ryu Karate ? A short History: Part 1
By Mario McKenna

Uechi Ryu Karate is a powerful Okinawan style which originated in China. It shares many similarities with Goju Ryu karate and the lesser Naha-Te styles of To'on Ryu and Ryuei Ryu.

Uechi-ryu Karate ? A short History: Part 2
By Mario McKenna

Having returned from China it took years of prodding for Uechi Kanbun to finally begin teaching his art. It eventually grew into one of the best known styles of karate on Okinawa and has spread worldwide.

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