Category Archive: Articles of Interest

Sep 09 2009

Towards a Dynamic Sanchin Stance

Towards a Dynamic Sanchin Stance by David Mott Grandmaster Kanei Uechi and Ryuko Tomoyose checks Tim Horgan’s Sanchin Sanchin stance is a brilliant stance.  It protects the inside surfaces of our legs, helps to protect our groin from upward sweeping kicks, helps to protect our knees from being damaged by an outside kick, guards the …

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Sep 01 2009

Collision Dynamics in Karate

Collision Dynamics in Karate   by Rick Garrelts I conceive that the chief aim of the physicist in discussing a theoretical problem is to obtain ‘insight’—to see which of the numerous factors are particularly concerned in any effect and how they work together to give it. For this purpose a legitimate approximation is not just …

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Aug 25 2009

Can training with Bokken help your Sanchin stance? Yes

Can training with Bokken help your Sanchin stance?  Yes! I developed a routine that might be helpful to students who train both weapons (Bo Bokken, Jo or other) and their Uechi-Ryu Sanchin. Here’s how: To paraphrase Musashi  ”Let your everyday walk become your warrior walk”. Keep that In mind. Oftentimes students practicing bokken drills will …

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Jul 28 2009

The Importance of Correct Conditioning!

What a fantastic SummerFest! [View photos HERE] I’m getting quite a few e-mail from students and teachers who attended and all the reviews were extremely favorable. As one of Uechi-ryu’s “senior” citizens, (72 next month) I try to get involved in as many of the seminars as possible and whenever appropriate, will demonstrate one of …

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Jun 26 2009

Five Weapons of Uechi-ryu’s Hiraken Strike

Update from Darin Yee. . .   Hi George, Can you please list on your site I will be canceling my July 11th event for children due to the time I need to spend on a couple of my kids look to get promoted at summer camp.  If they want this to happen, I can’t …

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Jan 25 2009

How to Become an Editor

Any registered member may write article for submission for our website.   How do you submit your article?   1. First, you must be a registered member of this “uechi-ryu.com” site. If you are not and would like to join, please click on the “create an account” link at the bottom of the left frame. …

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Jan 06 2009

Uechi-ryu & “Real” Fighting

So You Wanna be a “Real” fighter! OK. . . in my last editorial, I shocked many by stating “if you really want to learn how to fight, I don’t recommend that you try to accomplish it at a Uechi dojo or any other martial art dojo!” So, if you want to be a fighter …

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Jan 01 2009

“Reality” check from George Mattson’s “Swamp” dojo!

“Reality” check from George Mattson’s “Swamp” dojo! I’m going to tackle a subject that I’ve covered many times in the past.  Although most of my students and many of my associates clearly understand my position on the subject, others continue to hammer away blissfully, shadowboxing with words and rallying enthusiastically against a foe that only …

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Dec 28 2008

Happy New Year

              Happy New Year to all. . . 2008 was both an exciting and enjoyable year for the Mattson family. SummerFest was a huge success, with friends and associates taking the opportunity to work out together while helping me celebrate 50 years of teaching Uechi-ryu karate. 2008 WinterFest was also …

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Dec 14 2008

Art of fighting vs Reality

One of the  most misunderstood concepts students have while training, is the relationship of our Uechi-ryu art to actual fighting. I often tell the story of my early training on Okinawa in the ’50s and a new student who, after his first lesson, wanted to “test” his fighting skills in a bar, just using his …

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