The Association in Japan and the U.K.
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,
Headquarters and dojo (training hall in 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
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Head of the U.K. Association Paul Natzyl
Born in Upminster, Essex, England, Paul Natzyl started Karate in 1977
under Ron Ship at the Shenfield Sports Centre, Brentwood, Essex and has
been teaching professionally since 1986. He achieved his Shodan (1st
Dan Black Belt) in 1982 and in 2009 was also awarded the title of
Shihan (Master Instructor) by the Okinawa Karate-Do Association, Japan.
In 2010 Paul visited Okinawa and successfully passed a grading
examination for the Master rank of Kyoshi 7th Dan.
Paul has made a study of other martial arts including Tai Chi, Ju
Jitsu, Judo, Boxing, Kickboxing and Kung Fu along with other Karate
styles. In addition to teaching the Uechi-Ryu syllabus, he often blends
the techniques from these other arts and styles into his training
sessions along with general Self-Defence.
Paul is Founder and President of the Okinawa Karate Association U.K.
and the Shi Gakko Shudan based in Billericay, Brentwood, Rayleigh and
Wickford in Essex and is an official representative in the U.K. of the
Okinawa Karate-Do Association, Japan.
Kanbun Uechi taught his son Kanei Uechi
Kanei Uechi taught George Mattson - Chairman of North American
George Mattson taught Ron Ship from England
Ron Ship taught Paul Natzyl