"What does Panganinun, the name of the focus of your dojo, mean in Chinese?"
"That style of boxing means 'extraordinarily fast'. Lately I've been thinking about naming it Uechi-Ryu instead of Panganinun. But now I've stolen enough of your time. Goodbye, take care!"
It's interesting that Uechi already in the early 1930s thought about naming his way of teaching "Uechi-Ryu".
Officially, this name only appeared in 1940 for the first time. In the original of the interview above, the Name "Panganinun" is not written in Kanji, so it's not 100% clear what the real meaning of the word is meant to be. It could be one of the following:
??? Pan-Ying Kuei (law of the half hard things)
??? Pan Ying-Jên (half hard, half flexible)
??? Pan Ying-Juan (fals hard, half soft)
"Half hard" is a way of categorizing Chinese fighting styles. Besides the category "half hard method", there is a distinction between "hard method" and "soft method". Therefore, Uechi's style of Chinese Boxing would not name a certain school but a certain system.
By Henning Wittwer