The North American Uechi Karate Association, Inc. (NAUKA) was originally formed as an association in January of 1975 by, Charles Earle and the then other leading instructors of Uechi-Ryu in the United States. The original Constitution and By-Laws were personally approved and signed by Kanei Uechi. The primary purposes of the organization was to improve the training of body and mind through the practice of Uechi-Ryu Karate, to further develop Uechi-Ryu far and wide in North America, to enhance mutual friendship among members and to be the direct representative of the Okinawan Uechi Karate Association on the North American Continent.
The organization was instrumental in overseeing the training of Uechi-Ryu Karate, communication among schools in North America and guiding the teaching and examination of students. In March of 1982, the association became incorporated as a non profit corporation in the state or Rhode Island. Much of its purposes remained the same, but included setting guidelines for testing and examination and certification of dojos.
After the death of Kanei Uechi, many masters and teachers of Uechi-Ryu went in separate ways. NAUKA as an organization maintained its purpose and oversaw the testing and instruction of students affiliated with Master Charles Earle. After the death of Master Earle, his senior students ensured the survival of NAUKA and strive to maintain its goals. NAUKA continues the operation of a school for the students of Charles Earle and his affiliated dojos.
In 2008, NAUKA applied for and received tax-exempt status by the IRS under section 501(c)3 as an educational and charitable organization.
Cup Optional Tournament
Taken from the 1985 All Okinawan Karate Tournament Flyer