Masaaka Ueki Profile
Masaaki Ueki, born 24th March 1939, started karate at the age of sixteen, during his third year of high school under Sensei Sugiura, with only one other student participating.
Despite beginning with judo, he found himself too small, but became interested in karate because of its emphasis on speed. Therefore, he trained and developed through the grades, and after graduating from Asia University he was encouraged to join the instructor’s programme.
Ueki Sensei’s karate places deep emphasis on very strong basics and stances, and believes to fully appreciate and totally benefit from kata training you should pull the kata apart. Practice its sequences and totally try and understand the nature of the techniques.
As a young man, he was also very interested in competition, and at the 8th JKA All Japan Karate Championship (1965) he became tournament Grand Champion placing 1st Kata and 2nd Kumite, improving on this three years later at the 11th JKA All Japan Karate Championship (1968) where again he was tournament Grand Champion placing 1st Kumite and 1st Kata.
Despite many successes like this, he remained humble, and is today considered one of the most popular instructors at the JKA Honbu.
Ueki was also used in Nakayama’s Best Karate series, performing kata beautifully and technically superb. Of Ueki Sensei, M. Nakayama wrote ‘the hands and feet of Masaaki Ueki are worth watching, for they are very fast and truly sharp. It is not surprising that many opponents have been defeated’.
Ueki still teaches today, and holding an 8th Dan grade, he is one of the most senior Instructors not just teaching at the Honbu, but in the world.