Buzz Durkin and his senior students, celebrate their organization’s 2014 Black Belt promotions
What a week! What a great group of seniors and students. I was so honored and proud to be part of this historic event. . .
Hello Everyone, I have been receiving a lot of calls regarding our regional workouts. Most of the calls were asking when and where the next workout is going to be. I’m sorry it took so long to get this one together because I have been very busy these last few months. I am working hard …View full post
Hello all I am very pleased to announce the upcoming seminar with Sensei Dave Mott. The OURA has been working very hard over the past few years to make this possible. We have held several workout at OURA member dojo across the Province with great turnouts and will to continue to do so in the …View full post
Apr 18 2014
Buzz Durkin and his senior students, celebrate their organization’s 2014 Black Belt promotions
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Apr 17 2014
The Swordsman’s Handbook is the definitive collection of writings that reveals the study of swordsmanship not only is essential to life and death, but as transcendent of life and death as well. All of the authors of this book taught that dealing with conflict is an art that requires grace and courage. In this way, their words speak to us today with surprising immediacy and relevance. Included in this collection are writings by Kotada Tahei Toshitada, Takuan Soho, Yagyu Munenori, Miyamoto Musashi, Matsura Seizan, Issai Chozanshi and Yamaoka Tesshu.
“Always place the sword in the sheath of the mind, and where it in the sash of etiquette.”
What is it about the art of swordsmanship – whether it be kendo or Iaido – that makes it the popular practice that it is, not only in nearly every small village in Japan, but in many cities in the United States and around the world? Unlike karate, judo or aikido, it is not immediately practical for self-defense. As opposed to marksmanship, the weapon it uses cannot be learned in a few weeks, months, or even years, and cannot be carried concealed on the street for one’s own protection
Yet there is a grace, dignity and etiquette to swordsmanship, accompanied by techniques that demand both mindfulness and physical coordination, that seemed to manifest the immediacy of the human condition – both physical and spiritual. And this while handling a blade that symbolizes the fine line between existence and non—existence.
Translated and edited by William Scott Wilson, who also translated best-selling Japanese and Chinese classics, Hagakure, The Book of Five Rings and The Lone Samurai, a biography of the legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi.
Published by Shambhala Publications, Inc.
320 pages, $19.95/$23.95 Canada
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Apr 14 2014
I have been receiving a lot of calls regarding our regional workouts. Most of the calls were asking when and where the next workout is going to be. I’m sorry it took so long to get this one together because I have been very busy these last few months. I am working hard to get an indoor/outdoor flea market in my facility.
After a lot of thought, I decided on a place which would be centrally located and assessable by all interested dojos. I concluded that Natick would be a great middle area for a regional. This would be an hour and a half closer for the people from NH. Newton is right next door. A little shorter for RI and about 1 hour closer for CT people.
The address is 117 E. Central Street, Natick, MA 01760. The date is Saturday, April 26 at 2pm to 5pm. We have the gym for 3 hours but I think we are just going 2 hours. We will begin sign-ins at 2 pm and begin the workout at 2:30 pm. We’ll stop around 4:30 or so.
Our workout is simply that, a good workout. There will be very little teaching. I will however answer questions if anyone ask. We will do some of our regular Uechi warm-ups and stretching then go into partner stretching. We will work on punches, kicks and combinations. We will work on katas for all ranks. For a finish, we will work on our controlled personal techniques with a partner.
It will be a blast to be able to experience working with friendly people from other dojos and to learn from what they do. You will not be pushed to go faster or to go harder. Work at your pace and with someone you want to work out with.
I hear there is a great little pub next door within walking distance to eat before we go home.
This is an open invitation to all respectable dojos who would like to get together with other Uechi people for a great workout and a social time afterwards.
The mat fee is $15 as this place is charging a lot more then running this at my own dojo. I had to rent this facility and provide an insurance certificate. This place is pretty big so please ask every adult in your dojo to participate. If any of your mature junior black belts want to come, please let them know they are welcome also.
A few of my junior black belts went to the last one and they had a blast. They asked if they can come to the next one. Since I am allowing my juniors, I am certainly welcoming yours. The other consideration is these juniors will be our next generational Uechi stars to carry on our where we leave off. I think it would be very advantageous to our Uechi Family to bring them together to develop mutual respect for one another. Please encourage them to attend.
Thank you and hopefully I’ll see you on the floor.
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Feb 13 2014
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Jan 15 2014
I’ve promised to field a Uechi-Ryu team to compete in this year’s Uechi World cup held in Miami, FL this year on June 9th 2014. I want to invite any and all Uechi student in the northeast to come work out with me once a week either on Friday nights which is a sparring night for my dojo or on Saturday afternoon from 11am to 1pm.
I have received many inquiries and many who have expressed interest. To date no one has committed to a routine on needed workouts. I will enter a competent team who will do well. I do not doubt that. My matt fee is $25 per workout and I will require a competitor to attend the minimum of 25 workouts. This will assure he/she will demonstrate to me the necessary skills to compete in the standard which I expect.
Also be informed if you make this team, I will pay your airfare to sunny Miami, Florida. I will also pay for your entry fee to compete. Just bring money for food and expenses for 7 days, 6 nights in the designated hotel. I will pay for your entry to the tournament.
Please be assured you will have to maintain your professionalism while you are with me and representing the IUKF. There will be a curfew prior to the first night of the tournament and every night while you are still involved. There will also be light workout on a daily bases (time to be determined). I will also need to be informed of your whereabouts at all times if you are under the age of 21. I will also not allow underage drinking of alcohol in any form or for any reason.
If you are interested, please let me know by email (email@example.com) or call me on my cell phone (508)958-7000. At present I have 5 of my adult students going to compete and 1 of my students from Cuba competing if his job will allow. I also have 2 young ones who want to go. Their parent will make that decision as time grows near. I would like to invite any Uechi-Ryu students regardless of affiliation to be part of this team but you must make the commitment to be trained with me for this event tournament. You cannot imagine the growth you will experience by being a part of this.
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Dec 20 2013
Greetings and happy holidays to all our Uechi-Ryu brothers and sisters throughout the world. It is festive times like this we collect our thoughts and think about our entire Uechi-Ryu Family regardless of associations and organizations. This is the most compelling reason we began our regional workouts.
These regional workouts foster no restrictions such as rank, dojo or organization. All we require are you come with an open mind and a smile. Although this series of workouts was created by the IUKF, we’ve invited and welcomed anyone and everyone to participate and if so desire to organize and run a workout. If you are interested in running a workout, please contact Darin Yee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christian Maine at email@example.com. We will work with you to make your workout as successful as all the others have proven to be.
I apologize for not having another host and site ready before spring but indoor facilities are difficult to come by during the winter and most dojo won’t hold 40 plus people working out. At this time, I believe Sensei Pat Saunders is creating a workout at her dojo sometime in March.
Sensei Christian Maine has offered to run a workout in beautiful Plymouth, NH during the summer and Sensei John Griffin from CT has offered to host a workout in the fall. Please check this web site for updates as this is one of our greatest social connections.
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Dec 18 2013
“Music is the communication and transference of energy that is within the medium of sound, occupying time/space.
It is able to activate a mystery, a magic beyond itself. Music can stir the profound as it entertains the senses”.
- REGARDING STARLIGHT
- THE STORY
Three solo pieces of mine have just gone up on the internet. Here is the link: http://www.musicasenergy.com
I hope that you enjoy them! Please pass them on to others who might enjoy them so that they appear in cyberspace.
By the way, I’d have never been able to create and meet the physical challenges of these pieces without Uechi-ryu. Thought I’d better get them out there while I’m still able to play them.
Love your work David. . . but I would list the three differently, based on my personality and sensibilities. Listened to the three twice – once in your order and the second time, I started with “the story”, then “continuum” and finishing off with “regarding starlight”.
I just liked the feeling generated by the progression of sounds from the three pieces as I was drawn into the music and taken on a very exciting and exotic journey that finishes in a calming and healing manner.
Thanks for sharing your work with us.
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