I wish to extend my thanks to everyone who attended Summer Fest and one big “we missed you” to those of you who for one reason or another could not be here. It was a great time seeing a lot of friends whom I have not seen since last year. Next year, I was hoping some of you could come a few days earlier. It would be my pleasure you show you around Plymouth. I have lived here for 34 years and I know what to see and where everything is.
Although I am sort of set in my Martial arts ways because of my 54 years in martial arts training and 44 years of Uechi-Ryu, there is always something I can learn from another. Even if it is something I may not use, it is always refreshing to understand the mentality and thought process of other well trained martial artist. In these unions and meetings, we have the opportunity to see those we’ve only heard about and gain a healthier respect for one another.
My personal, selfish reason for attending Summer Fest and Winter Fest is the opportunity to see and train again with family. If we are Uechi-Ryu students in America, we are in one way or another connected to the seeds which were planted by Sensei George E. Mattson some 50-60 years ago. Organizational lines were not thought of or drawn until some believed they wanted to build their own castles. I congratulate all who have successfully accomplished their goals. Still, Bushido dictates loyalty and integrity. Regardless of whom you’ve studied from in America, your senseis were in one way or another connected to Sensei George E. Mattson.
This is Sensei Mattson’s forum for all Uechi-Ryu people. As Americans North and South, these are our roots. We are all families tied to these roots. Together, we can only become stronger. I hope to see more of you next Winter Fest and Summer Fest. Next time, let others know of the great time you’ve had and bring some friends. Have your friend bring their friends. No one will be disappointed.
The ones who attended can attest to the wonderful time we had together. We worked out hard, learned a lot, ate in some of the best restaurants and visited some of the local historical sites. I understand a lot of us did not get a lot of sleep but it’ll add to our memories.
See you at the next big one