Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. We would like to suggest giving a Uechi ring. We recently placed an order, but there have been some requests for info since then. If there is enough interest, we will place another order. Rings must be ordered by January 14 to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day. Here is the …View full post
Hello to my Brothers and Sisters of Uechi-Ryu, Due to some over zealous training at my age, I will be facing some serious shoulder surgery this December 16th. I could be sidelined for about 6 months. If this surgery is successful, I will then have the same surgery performed on my left shoulder. This …View full post
Hi Sensei Mattson and Susan Just wanted to share this photo with you. On October 24th, the Chilliwack Uechi Ryu Dojo and the West Coast Uechi Ryu Academy, hosted Sensei David Mott. The day consisted of an IUKF Dan test in the a.m. Successful candidates were: Mathieu Vena, Shodan. Alexandra Tonn, Nidan. Matt Tonn, Nidan …View full post
Kyusho Self Protection, Health & Wellness Centers Kyusho Discussion 7 October 9, 2015 | Add a Comment Hanshi George Mattson – Florida, USA Going back to 1996, I was introduced to Hanshi George Mattson through a new friend I had met at a Jujitsu America convention, Steve DiOrio. From that introduction, Steve and I asked permission (yes folks …View full post
Jan 17 2016
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Nov 19 2015
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. We would like to suggest giving a Uechi ring.
We recently placed an order, but there have been some requests for info since then.
If there is enough interest, we will place another order. Rings must be ordered by January 14 to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day.
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Nov 14 2015
Hello to my Brothers and Sisters of Uechi-Ryu,
Due to some over zealous training at my age, I will be facing some serious shoulder surgery this December 16th. I could be sidelined for about 6 months. If this surgery is successful, I will then have the same surgery performed on my left shoulder. This could also result in another 6 months of babying myself. But watch out. When all is said and done, I will be challenging Sensei Mattson at the Mt. Dora Country Club where it has been rumored he has been hitting them long and straight. Hopefully I will be able to swing clubs by Winter Fest.
There has been a lot of request for a seminar on my Wauiki Bunki. The only time I have available is Sunday, December 13. The seminar will held at a relatively new facility The Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth, 9 Resnik Road, Plymouth, MA from 10am to 12pm. There are numerous restaurants nearby to eat lunch and to catch the New England Patriots game on TV beginning at 1pm. There is also a shower facility there.
Since 1969, I have researched, dissected, analyzed, experimented and formulated a process to practice and put in use the many possibilities of the wauiki movements. I’ve asked many of our Uechi practitioners if they think they applied Uechi techniques in their kumite. After all, we are Uechi students because we learned Uechi techniques from our katas. Many will honestly say no. I even get ridiculous answers from some of the master ranks that kata is just kata and has nothing to do with kumite.
Question is, how many of us honestly use the movements of the Wauiki in our kumite? If so, what are these movements and if not, why not? My seminar will expose to you a lot of hidden moves in our wauiki and how extremely effective these movements are.
Do we still use the Wauiki Guide? If you do, what are you learning from it? If not, why not? Grandmaster Kanei taught and used it. There are numerous pictures showing that. I remember a wauiki drill taught by Sensei Ryuko Tomoyose. He also used the guide. Why did some of us stop this practice? Maybe if we understand the true use, it would make sense and we will return to using this guide.
Let’s get together on Sunday, December 13 at 10am in Plymouth, MA at the Boys and Girls Club and discuss the many useful and practical advantages of our wauiki movements.
There will be a mat fee of $15 per person. Juniors 14 years and older are also welcome to attend. This charge will help to pay for the insurance and facility rental.
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Oct 30 2015
Going back to 1996, I was introduced to Hanshi George Mattson through a new friend I had met at a Jujitsu America convention, Steve DiOrio.
From that introduction, Steve and I asked permission (yes folks we did honorable things like that), from Hanshi to work a Kyusho Series of Videos within the main three Uechi Ryu Katas (Sanchin, Seisan and Sanseiru).
That began and involvement in the Art that I still practice today and that actually launched my international career, for which my gratitude to Hanshi Mattson can not be fully expressed.
The videos were developed in 1997 and with several instructional engagements with Hanshi and the International Uechi Ryu Karate Federation, was awarded the Shihan Title awarded (George Mattson I.U.R.K.F – 1999) for contributions to Uechi.
But the story does not end there as my passion for the art keeps evolving and growing, in 2001 I was again given the great honor to have a forward from Hanshi Mattson included in my first of 8 published books, “Kyusho Jitsu Vital Points”.
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Aug 27 2015
The wireless sensors are sturdy and weight about 1/2 oz and measure 1″X2″ and are 3/8″ deep. Being wireless gives the program tremendous versatility. Because the programs are created on the internet, you cannot alter them. You press “go” and the programs run. A voice gives minimum commands. . . “go” “stop” but do not interact with the participant like the old unit does.
The new unit has possibilities that the wired unit does not have, like hooking up the sensors to body armor during a sparring session and having the computer help in the judging by recording the first strike and/or the hardest one. No graphics other than a simple menu of measurements.
I would use the new unit to experiment with class, team and partner competition. My students liked the original system and absolutely love the new one. Every dojo should have at least one for training and testing purposes. Individuals will find the system perfect for monitoring their progress and individual workouts.
Prices for the wireless units:
For the 2-sensor sets, the retail price is $250.
For the 4-sensor sets, the retail price is $450.
CD with programs you can download to computer or iPad, Kindle – $20 (for use without wifi) Systems will be available this September.
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Aug 12 2015
I want to thank Sensei George Mattson and all the participants for another successful Summer Fest. It has always been a pleasure for me to see so many of the seniors whose spent a greater portion of their lives training, developing and sharing their individual skills and knowledge in this fascinating and adaptable art of Uechi-Ryu.
There is only one path for strong and hard which is straight forward, non-yielding and the development of more macho strength. In soft, the applications depends on the technician and his/her skill level. One must listen and learn from masters who have been around for numerous decades and determine if their accumulated knowledge can benefit you. As we age, the “hard” turns to “aches” and we must now rely on “soft”. There are no better ways to learn about the soft than from the masters who has trained in the soft method for years. When we find out we’re too mature (old) to continue training, it could be too late.
This camp provided all of that. There were masters who have been incredibly strong and powerful their entire careers teaching their hard, power techniques. There were masters who have trained both the hard and the soft teaching us how to overcome bigger and physically stronger opponents.
The Junior Fest was also well attended. There were all kinds of workouts and competitions where everyone had a chance to win and bring home individual and team prizes. Due to the size of the indoor air-conditioned facility, there were individual running races and team relay races. There were kicking, punching contest and sparring matches (for those who wanted to spar). A great time was had by all. Next year, I am expecting to triple our participation for Junior Fest.
I fully understand there are a few who believe they have a great sensei and they practice what they are taught. That loyalty is very commendable but no single individual knows everything. I’ve studied martial arts since 1960 and I’m still amazed at some of the incredible and talented people who come to the Summer Fest and share their knowledge and accomplishments.
Remember to keep the first week end of the first full week of August in your calendar reserved for the Summer Fest of 2016. It gets better every year. Meanwhile, I’m setting my sights on Winter Fest in Mt. Dora, Florida. We get to meet some of the big names from down south. It’s a great way to get away from the cold of the Northern States and spend a few days golfing and finish off the week with 2 days of karate and a group of good friends.
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Jul 20 2015
I’ve been working on the SummerFest schedule – Remember, many of the guest instructors will not be shown on the schedule. There will be a bulletin board on site with their photograph and day/time of their seminars. The 1st draft of the schedule can be downloaded HERE
I am hoping that this year’s SummerFest will be both an enjoyable and exciting experience for all participants. From Kyu belts, Black Belts, and Masters, juniors working out with Sensei Yee on Saturday, to those of us who are in our 60s, 70s and, yes, 80s. SummerFest is for us all!
The message I try to instill in all classes I teach, newsletters I create, and conferences I attend is, “Train Smart – Train Often.” What we practice is what we will do under stress, and HOW we train will affect how long we will be able to work out (and IF we will be able to work out!)
This year, once again, I will try to drive home the message that Uechi-ryu should be practiced for a lifetime and should contribute to a life-time of good health. I am encouraging all Presenters to conduct their seminars with this theme in mind.
Also, this year, I am asking all participants who wish to be on the dojo floor to be in a traditional white Gi. The primary reason for the Gi this year is to help celebrate the traditional and fraternal uniqueness of our beloved art, and to be proud of our history and commonality of what we will be doing this weekend.
I have been working with many of the regular presenters on how to select seminar subjects and the topics we believe will be most appreciated by the attendees. We came up with a number of subjects to be taught, along with the breakdown of attendees by rank and also subjects that are appropriate for all ranks. Because we have a large number of master instructors attending, each subject section (areas in the dojo) will have a seminar leader and other instructors who will assist in the session.
We will also will be honored with a number of very senior instructors who have agreed to spend time signing autographs, having pictures taken (with permission of course), critiquing kata and other components of Uechi-ryu, as well as answering questions about our art.
Additionally, we will have a number of guest instructors from other martial art systems who will be running basic, introductory sessions on elements of their art that relate to Uechi-ryu. This will include traditional Okinawa weaponry.
Sunday morning, following a formal bow-in, I will be conducting a traditional Uechi class for the Alumni of the Mattson Academy and students of the alumni. This class is free to all Summerfest participants. Fee for non-participants is $25. This class will also be a “white Gi” class.
I sincerely hope that you will attend the full weekend. I promise that you will enjoy yourself, plus have many stimulating and healthful workouts.
As always, if you have any questions, please call or send me an e-mail.
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Jul 14 2015
Personal defense is a prime reason that people study the martial arts. Preparing to defend yourself requires more than the study of techniques and the physical training of one’s body. It requires studying and understanding the principles of combat and preparing mentally to implement them. Among these principles are decisive action, aggressive action, and speed. The Uechi-ryu practitioner can achieve this goal within his usual course of study by incorporating changes in emphasis in the performance of kata, kumite, and exercises. My session will explore these changes, primarily through the use of kata.
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Jul 11 2015
This is the first opportunity I’ve had to discuss my trip to Great Britain and to formally tell all my old and new friends there what a wonderful time I had. Two all day seminars wore me out, but the Guinness after-workout-therapy sessions revitalized me completely!
The trip was made even more special because old friends and students, Al Wharton, Terry Daley, Steve McNally (Senior and Junior), Kuda Adams, Mick Pappas, Richard Dean Gibbons, John Neal and Steve Clifford were able to attend and worked out with me at the seminars.
Lee Adams and his “Life-mate”, Susan were especially gracious during the week and most helpful in organizing the event and making sure everything ran smoothly.
Al Wharton, who is now living in England, recommended Lee to be tested for Rokudan along with two of his Burmuda students who attended the seminars. Richard Gibbons for Godan and John Neal for Yondan. I assembled a test board consisting of myself, Al and Mick Pappas and conducted the test following Sunday’s workout. All three passed and were praised for their strong and accurate kata performance.
For those of you outside of England who don’t know Lee, let me share some of his martial art history: He started Judo Training in 1968 at a Dojo in Farnham in Surrey, then moved on to Wado-Ryu Karate with Sensei Barry Wilkinson, and trained with Sensei Tatsuo Suzuki, and even had the honour to train with Grand Master Hinori Ohtsuka founder of Wado Ryu.
After gaining his 1st Kyu, changed styles and started studying Uechi – Ryu Karate in the late in the early 1980’s under Sensei Nigel Coole who had been training in Hong Kong, and then Sensei Terry Daly in London., after gaining my Uechi Ryu Yon Dan in 1995 I started to supplement my martial arts knowledge by studying Tomiki Aikido I currently hold the rank of San Dan ( testing for Yon Dan next year) I am also a director and current vice chairman of the British Aikido Association.
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