KU Study Group

The KU PATHWAY leads to …


      …irrespective of style!

As traditional Japanese karate kata is linked to the ancestral Kata of Okinawan karate — which, in turn, traces its origins back to southern-based quanfa, before the modern emergence of “styles” — it stands to reason that what applied to the fundamental meaning of those progenitor forms also applies to today’s practices.  Having made a study of such history and conceptual practices, author & researcher, Patrick McCarthy, Hanshi 9th degree black belt, has been successful unravelling much of the ambiguity that had once shrouded the inner-workings of Kata. This has resulted in a much clearer understanding of Kata and the original art. 

McCarthy’s study was culminated in the development of a far more encompassing way to learn, practice and teach Karate as an art. Koryu Uchinadi is a contemporary reinterpretation of Okinawa’s original old-school fighting practices and based upon the most realistic contextual premise imaginable — those empty-handed and one-against-one acts of physical violence which habitually plagued the culture in which the original art evolved/aka HAPV [Habitual Acts of Physical Violence] In addition to the HAPV-theory KU is most responsible for having introduced and popularized a collective system of 2-person application practices, which breathe life back into Kata. 

Having already done the research, the KU Pathway saves the learner the time and trouble of wandering through an endless minefield of myth and mysticism, and the quagmire of half-truths and self-serving propaganda. The KU Pathway leaves no room for the kind of ambiguity exampled in modern/traditional karate; i.e., the kind of ambiguity which has given Kata a “bad name” in the ever changing and demanding world of functional self-defense practices.  


Rather than haphazardly teach “fighting technique,” or kata, and then show the application practices, after the fact, the KU Pathway introduces the learner to the habitual acts of physical violence [HAPV]—historically representing the original contextual premise on which prescribed template application concepts were first developed—through a system of 2-person drills. After gaining a reasonable level of competency [against aggressive resistance] learners are taught how to rehearse the prescribed solo application modules by themselves — culminating the lessons learned. By linking together the individual modules into unique geometrical configurations something greater than the sum total of its individual parts appear – Kata. The KU Pathway also explains how, when practiced by themselves, Kata also serve as creative mechanisms through which to express individual prowess while strengthening one’s overall mental, physical and holistic conditioning.

Koryu UchinadiRationale

However you choose to weave it, physical violence abides by no rules. Therefore, it should be understood that any rule-bound practices [such as those exampled in traditional karate styles] which address physically violent encounters with compliant partners, would not only be counterproductive, naive and incongruous, they would also be terribly imprudent. 

Koryu UchinadiRange of study
#1. Negotiating spatial distance, #2. Giving/receiving percussive-impact, #3. Dealing with the standing clinch, #4. Adhesiveness and grip control, #5. Balance displacement, #6. Ground-fighting, #7. Joint manipulation/Limb entanglement, #8. Attacking anatomically vulnerable structures, #9. Blood/air deprivation, #10. Escapes/Counters, #11. Augmentation [hair-pulling, biting, eye-gouging, head-butting, seizing the testicles, etc.] and #12. The Nexus [how it all works together].

The KU Pathway
The KU Pathway improves your understanding of karate as an art. If you always knew that karate offered more than what you were being taught, and are willing to look outside your peer group, or “think outside the box,” perhaps starting a KU Study Group within your dojo might be something which appeals to you or your instructor. If you’re looking for progressive mentorship, while not losing any of the value of tradition, perhaps the KU Pathway is something you might consider introducing into your dojo and or curriculum. 

We warmly welcome you to contact McCarthy Sensei c/o patrick_mccarthy@mac.com  to discuss how to get involved with our exclusive program.

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