Uechi Ryu (way-chee-roo) is a traditional Okinawan style of karate brought from China by Kanbun Uechi in the early 1900’s. Its roots are centuries old. The original name of the style was Pangai-Noon (pwan-guy-noon), which means “half hard half soft.” Upon the death of Kanbun Uechi, his son Kanei, who had also become a famous instructor, renamed the style Uechi Ryu (style of Uechi) in honor of his father. Kanei died in 1991, and now his son, Kanmei, is the senior family member of the style in Okinawa.
George Mattson who established his school in the Boston area brought Uechi Ryu to the United States in 1958. He is now the senior Uechi representative in the U.S. and holds the rank of 10th degree black belt. Over the years, Mr. Mattson has trained many people who have gone on to become instructors. They have spread out throughout the U.S. and Canada making Uechi Ryu a very popular style of karate.
Allan Azoff’s Martial Arts Academy is one of a group of schools making up the Butokukai association, headed by Buzz Durkin who was a student of Mr. Mattson’s. Mr. Durkin holds the rank of 10th degree black belt and has been studying and teaching Uechi Ryu karate since 1966.
As a member of the Butokukai, our school’s mission is to make our students more successful in life through the practice of Uechi Ryu karate. This is done by teaching karate as a complete discipline (mind, body and spirit) which in addition to developing physical defense encourages the formation of high personal standards and respect for our fellow men and women. Through our practice, teaching and student service culture, we strive daily to produce individuals who are positive, respected and contributing members of society.
Allan Azoff is a 7th degree black belt with over 35 years of experience in Uechi Ryu karate. He started studying with George Mattson in 1978. He now studies with Sensei Buzz Durkin.