Apr 21 2014

Remember. . . Regional workout Notice!

Hello Friends and Senseis,


Early Regional Workout – From our “Archives”

This is a reminder of our regional workout is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, at 2pm at the Natick Senior Center.  The address is 117 E. Central Street, Natick, MA.  It is a new building with a full size gym which I have rented for our workout.  This location was chosen because of it’s central location.

There is no politics.  Just a great workout with our Uechi Family and a dinner/social afterwards at a nice pub right across the parking lot.  All respectable dojos are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This 2 hour workout will consist of a few warm ups, stretching exercises, punching and kicking drills, performing all 8 katas, discussion and practice of choice techniques within all 8 katas and if we have any time, we can train some of the fighting techniques I used during my fighting days.

The mat fee is $15 per person.  This will cover the rental of the space, the payment for a custodian and insurance which was required for the rental.

This is opened to all ranks.  I have assigned black belts to work with students who don’t know the higher katas.  At the last regional workout, I invited some of my Jr. black belts and they had a great time.  I am again allowing them to attend.  Please ask your Jr. black belts to attend also.  Remember they will be the future of our system.  We should want to get them involved and prepare them for the future.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  You have my email address.

Darin Yee

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Apr 21 2014

Feeding Crane Seminar With Liu Chang’I June 14 & 15, 2014, Boston, MA

Liu-ChangIFeeding Crane Seminar With Liu Chang’I
June 14 & 15, 2014, Boston, MA
If you would like to see Liu sifu in action, there are a number of videos on his Chinese language website: http://feeding-crane.myweb.hinet.net/, and there are a number of videos of him on YouTube. His website is also very informative, though it is in Chinese. There is an interview with Liu sifu here: http://www.dragon-tsunami.org/Dtimes/Pages/article36.htm .
This seminar will introduce the Feeding Crane system. It will cover some of the power development exercises (kung’li) that give the system its incredible power. Introductory forms including 3 Battles (Samchien/Sanchin) and applications of the forms, as well as other training practices, will also be taught. These training methods will be of great interest to Okinawan karate practitioners as well as practitioners of traditional Chinese martial arts. For those people who have attended other seminars with Liu sifu, this seminar will expand on the material covered in previous seminars.

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Apr 18 2014

What “Can be” . . . when people work Together!

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. . .

nh celebration group picture

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Apr 17 2014

“The Swordsman’s Handbook”



swordsmanThe 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

Regional Workout – April 26th

Regional WorkoutsHello 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 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.

Darin Yee

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Mar 27 2014

More Archives discovered


As we continue to work on the Uechi-ryu site following the move to a new server, we have been discovering quite a few new-old treasures that I will be sharing with everyone:

Check out the Bugeisha articles and others at ISSUU Publications.

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Mar 13 2014

Join us for Buzz Durkin’s 40th Anniversary Celebration!


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Feb 13 2014

website Update. . . All is fixed!!

website-downThe IUKF.net, SCMAA.net and the mountdorakarate.com sites are now back on line. On Wednesday, February 24th, this site, uechi-ryu.com and Eastern Arts Forums are functioning 100%

George Mattson

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Jan 15 2014

Want to compete in the Uechi WorldCup?

darin yee 5-18-08-C  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 (darinyee@hotmail.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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