Category Archive: Titles Projects

Oct 23 2012

IUKF Titles Application Due!!!

Hi IUKF Members: Joan and I would like to get a reminder up on your site that all applications for titles need to be submitted to us before May 1. There was just too much running around at the last minute this past year. We also wanted to remind people that most know when they …

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Jul 27 2012

SummerFest Masters Ceremony Awardees

2012 Summer of the Tiger Martial Arts SummerFest IUKF Masters Celebration Saturday 7-9PM Inductees: 8th Dan: Henry Thom, Peter Blackman, Bill Bauknecht 7th Dan: James Witherell, Rosario M. F. Rizzo, John Felipe, Paul Giella, 6th Dan: Fedele Cacia, David Berndt, Gerry Gross, Robb Buckland     William E. (Bill) Bauknecht I was raised on a …

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May 08 2011

Professional Titles in Uechi-ryu Karate

Professional Titles in Uechi-ryu Karate Editors Note: The titles used in martial arts vary according to the different associations. When I tested for my Renshi, this examination took place at the Chairman of the Okinawa Karate Federation’s dojo following my 6th degree black belt test. Upon successfully passing this examination and test, I was allowed …

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May 19 2010

Uechi-ryu “Titles”

Gold Bars on your belt. What do they represent? In 1967 the All Okinawa Karate Federation was formed and one of its primary functions was to bestow “titles” to deserving martial artist. These titles were Renshi (one gold bar), Kyoshi (two gold bars) and Hanshi (three gold bars). There was also a “Hanshi-sei” award, for …

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Dec 13 2008

Renshi Dissertation

The following represents material that the author may want to publish at a later date. It is understood that those who evaluate this document may need to copy and distribute it to others who may be in a position to judge the candidate for the title of renshi. However the author requests that no other …

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May 02 2008

Masters’ Celebration

Note:The Board of Directors met on Sunday, May 4th and unanimously approved the recommendations for rank.Masters’ Celebration at SummerFest 2008 I am very proud to announce the following candidates names have been submitted to the “Titles” Committee by the candidates’ instructors and the IUKF Committee of Hanshi and have been submitted to both the “Titles” Committee and the …

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Jul 04 2007

Pre-Summer Camp Developments 2007

Original students of Sensei George Mattson Van Canna and Art Rabesa will be honored at Summer Camp on Saturday night, where they will receive their 9th Dan certificates from the IUKF.  This will be an historic evening. The IUKF Board is currently discussing and developing a set of guidelines for conferring the titles of Renshi, …

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Apr 09 2007

Van Canna Sensei promoted to 9th dan & Hanshi title

Eastern Arts Newsletter Proudly announces. . . Van Canna sensei, awarded 9th degree black belt and Master’s title of “Hanshi”. April 9th, 2007   The I.U.K.F. honors Van Canna’s many years of service to the Uechi-ryu community with this master’s title and rank. George Mattson, the president of I.U.K.F. and Van Canna’s teacher, recommended to …

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Jan 12 1995

Renshi Dissertation

A Dissertation on the Benefits of Myotherapy In Conjunction with Uechi-ryu Karate By Bruce Witherell Renshi Thesis I have been studying and practicing Uechi-Ryu Karate since January of 1971. Like most students who practice the arts, we get involved for the physical aspect of the art. Some of the qualities which attract students to this …

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