"The purpose of karate training is to discipline the mind and to master the art of self-defense"

-- Kanei Uechi

Welcome to the Edmonton Okinawan Karate School (EOKS) website. Here at EOKS we teach a style of Karate known as Uechi-Ryu (way-chee roo). So named in honour of Master Kanbun Uechi. The Japanese word "Ryu" means style or path. The word "Karate" is broken down into two: "kara" - empty, and "te" - hand. "Do" means "The Way".

Chief instructor - Sensei Doug Smith, 7th degree black belt practicing Uechi-Ryu for over two decades and a certified master instructor. Sensei Smith is a student of Mazakazu Kinjo, 8th degree black belt and co-founder of the Uechi-Ryu Hozonkai in Okinawa. Sensei Smith ensures strong school ties with Okinawa by travelling there once a year to train and study with Master Kinjo.

In addition to Karate we also offer classes in traditional Okinawan weapons - Kobudo. Sensei Smith holds a 4th degree black belt in Ryukyu Kobudo under the teachings of Sensei Kinjo, 7th degree Ryukyu Kobudo black belt.