Mar 28 2015

Regional Workout March 21, 2015

Our all ranks regional workout, this past Saturday, was a great success with an attendance of 45 hard working practitioners. Uechi enthusiasts from Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts attended the afternoon workout. The after workout dinner at Morse’s was attended by over 20 workout participants and a good time was had by one and all.

Our workouts are catered primarily to Uechi-ryu students of all ranks. While primarily Uechi-ryu focused there are many who practice different styles related to Uechi-ryu and are willing to share their knowledge and skills. Folks got to practice their Uechi in different ways and with different partners than they do in their home dojos. This sharing of ideas enhances our understanding of Uechi-ryu as well as enhancing our martial arts skills.

I want to give a special thanks to Senseis John Spenser, John Griffin, Tom Piacentini and Ralph Cohen from Connecticut; Sensei John M. Scully who came all the way from Maine; Sensei Christian Maine who came from New Hampshire; Sensei Henry Tow from Rhode Island and all our friends right here in Massachusetts. I also want to thank Sensei John Hwee, Chief instructor at the Boston University Karate Club. Our regional workout success is built upon the diverse ranks, stylists and ages of attendees who share their experience and skills.

We are planning the next regional workout for June 2015. When a date is set, we will email date, time and location to you. Please forward to to anyone you feel would be interested in attending.

Thank you to everyone who attended our regional workout. If you enjoyed yourself, tell your friends and join us for a physical and educational Uechi workout.
For those who came and enjoy our regional, please make time to join us for all our activities and bring your friends Uechi-Ryu.

Respect, Honor and Strength,

Darin Yee

 

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Mar 23 2015

July 6-11 Koshukai

spencerSensei Mattson. I hope this message reaches you. John Spencer said you would be able to put a link in your website directing people to our July 6-11 Koshukai at UCONN. The link can be had at http://www.UechiKarate.com

many thanks

Respectfully,

John Griffin

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Mar 12 2015

Minimum Order Reached!

We have the paid orders necessary to fulfill the manufacturing requirements for our custom designed martial art ring and the order will be placed March 31st. The final price is $175, which includes shipping to USA.

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Feb 23 2015

Uechi-ryu Karate Championship Series

Greetings Brothers and Sisters of Uechi-Ryu,

04Tourney13I am happy to announce the anticipated Uechi-Ryu Karate Championship Series which our students have come to enjoy will resume this year 2015.  The anticipated dates are all Saturdays, April 11, June 13 and October 3.  I use the word anticipated because although the venue has approved these dates, the manager still have to follow protocol and announce these date to their committee.  Sensei Len Testa and I have also decided to start all 3 tournaments at 1pm.  This would allow our competitors to sleep late on a week end and have lunch prior to the start of the events.  I remembered many of the competitors being hungry while waiting for kumite.  No one wants to see their little ninjas hungry and uncomfortable.

The venue for all 3 tournaments will be held at The Natick Senior Center.  The address is 117 E. Central Street, Natick, MA 01760We chose this venue because of its central location to many of the dojos who have supported this tournament series in the past.  And a single, familiar location makes it easier for all our competitors, parents and judges.  It is certainly an easier ride for our central, western and northern dojos.  Tournament fees will be announced when our posters and applications are sent out.  Understanding the condition of our economy, we are trying to keep all fees as low as possible.  Very possibly lower then entry fees of the past.

The awards night will be held on October 17th, at the China Pearl located at 237 Quincy Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169.  The award night tickets will be $30 per person.  This includes the presentation of the championship trophies, kata and weapon performances from our champions and a 6 course meal.  Each table will seat 10 people.  All award tickets must be purchased in advance.  A $20 discount will available for “dojo tables”.  Instead of individuals from your dojo purchasing seats and sending in their checks to me, the dojo can send in $280 per table “which seats 10” and arrange their own seating and guarantee his/her dojo students and parents will sit together.  If there are parents, students or relatives who you cannot fit in your tables ordered, they will have to pay $30 and we will assign them to other tables where we have room.

Thank you again for being so patient with us. Let’s get ready for a great year in Uechi-Ryu.

Darin Yee

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Nov 11 2014

New Belt Pins – Available NOW!

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These very special pins, with a screw-back, have been out of stock for many years. I discovered the original art work for these pins during a storage unit visit and decided to have them recreated in a new 1″ diameter size and a 3/8″ screw-post. (To ensure a secure attachment.)

Retail price, only $20 for both pins. Click here to order

Contact me for quantity pricing. (A great special occasion gift)

 

 

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Oct 30 2014

Rank, Stripes and Titles

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For years, Uechi practitioners were satisfied with the gold stripes representing the titles of Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi. At one time, a board of Okinawa grandmasters awarded these titles. Kiyohide Shinjo and I were two of the first recipients of the Renshi gold stripe after being interviewed and tested by one of the Titles committee board member.

The practice ended shortly after it begun, for unknown reasons. IUKF renewed the process and formed a board to monitor and award the titles and gold stripes.

For the other Uechi organizations, the stripes didn’t represent anything other than the awarding of a master rank. And since the original purpose of the stripes didn’t have anything to do with rank, there was lots of confusion regarding how to divide three stripes into 5 ranks. Hence the logical conclusion was to simply sew on a stripe for every master rank.

This confusion over the purpose of the stripes was brought up at a recent IUKF board meeting and the consensus was that since the stripes has lost any relationship to the titles of Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi, IUKF should no longer associate the stripes with the titles.

I agreed with the decision of the board and beginning November 1, 2014, belt stripes will only represent the master ranking of 6th – 10th degree black belts.

The titles program will continue to exist in its present form. The board is considering issuing a special certificate and award that will replace the gold bar on belts.

Train often and train smart. . .

best, George 

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Sep 12 2014

Dojo Ownership

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Uechi Ryu Black Belts,

 

Have you ever thought about taking the next step in your Uechi Ryu training and possibly opening your own Uechi Ryu school?

 

If you imagine having a large school or a small dojo,  the IUKF can help support and guide you in your dream of being a dojo owner. The IUKF was formed in 1975 for a multitude of reasons including assisting dojos in their business needs and teachings of the art of Uechi Ryu.

 

Grand Master George Mattson started teaching in Boston, MA in 1958. Along with being the first Uechi Ryu teacher in the United States, he quickly grew Mattson Academy into a thriving dojo business. Today, many of his senior students run their own schools all over the world.

 

The IUKF can help you grow your Uechi dojo or even start a new dojo from ground zero including providing structure, experience, ranking and many other tools that will enhance your school.

 

The following is a list of some of the many benefits and reasons why you should consider aligning your dojo with the IUKF.

 

  • The IUKF is headed and lead by Grand Master George E  Mattson, Tenth Dan.

  • The IUKF is a world-wide organization that consists of regional Uechi-Ryu dojos that conduct black belt grading twice a year.

  • IUKF Dojo Committee, a committee of dojo owners.

  • Grading and testing is based on International standards in the Black Belt Test Guide interpreted and clarified by the IUKF Rules Committee.

  • Two international  training camps held every year with master ranking and testing.

  • Regional training.

  • Both internationally recognized Kyu and Dan certificates.

  • Uechi Ryu title certificates.

  • Monthly newsletters.

  • Online monthly trainings.

  • Online Teacher meetings.

 

For more information go to www.IUKF.net and contact Chairman of IUKF,  Henry Thom,

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Aug 10 2014

What a great SummerFest!

I wish to thank all of you who attended and supported this year’s martial arts SummerFest making it one of the most successful events since it was first created in 1983. Also thanks to all of you who sent me email expressing how much you learn and enjoyed the event. Certainly one of the most memorable email was from Lisa Tanner and I hope she won’t mind the reprinting of here. Perhaps some of you who elected not to attend camp this year will change your mind after reading Lisa had to say about she felt about attending


 

Dearest Sensei Mattson

Lisa Tanner on right.

Lisa Tanner on right.

I want to thank you again for creating such a wonderful experience thru Summerfest. We began our journey this year with mixed emotions; excited to once again have the opportunity to learn from such great martial artists, but with heavy hearts because our own leader was not joining us. Victor sensei has guided us to become part of a bigger Uechi Ryu community outside of our home province of Nova Scotia, and we are forever grateful that he has shown us the way…this is not just figuratively speaking…last year he literally showed us the way! he got us to Plymouth without getting lost and I cannot say the same about my cars GPS!

The weekend went by far too quickly and as we drove home Sunday and Monday I had time to reflect, I seriously believe I suffer from P.A.E.D (post awesomeness enlightenment disorder) because with each small task I was doing a phrase, Idea, or lesson will come back to me: “find the void”, in every void there’s an attack waiting”, “create a void”, “effortless effort”, “affirmative action” are only just a few.

Then there is the camaraderie…what can I say, It is displayed everywhere, on the field or in the lounge and even followed us to the sandwich shop, old friendships growing stronger and new ones setting seed.

I enjoyed how the new format played out, It allowed for extra time at a particular station, to me this was very relevant as I had Harry’s attention for kata exploration 30 minutes longer! I have been working on Seiru for over a year now and just wasn’t getting inspired by its movements, Harry peeled that kata like an onion helping me to see each layer and its relevance to the whole “onion”.

My time spent with you on Sunday morning prompted me to re-examine why I feel the need to “force’ breathing or strike too quickly (light bulb moment…is very different than swiftly with purpose to which I confused speed) as a smaller framed lady martial artist, I think I had preconceived the need to prove or show my strength (light bulb moment once again…the only person needing to know my strength is me…feeling it really is better than showing it).

As you can see, Summerfest is a journey of self discovery for me and finding out my roots in this art. The only way I could calm the overwhelming excitement on the drive home (two days and nineteen hours of driving) was to sit in the back seat and write my thoughts; that when read aloud to Patty and Kristin were identified as poetry…another moment of self discovery because when they exclaimed “we didn’t know you wrote poetry!” my response was “me neither”.

I am sending them along for your enjoyment, however I made Patty and Kristen promise me not to laugh when I read them aloud from the backseat of my VW, with dirty jungleplex feet and still wearing last nights make-up (traveling is not glamorous). Sensei Mattson…I give you permission to laugh, because i believe your heart laughs withe people and not at them!

Sincerely yours in budo
Lisa Tanner

P.S living, breathing, and BEING in sanchin, that is the epitome of our being. I may have never been to Okinawa, but I’ve been to Plymouth Ma, where many great masters gather. xo

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May 23 2014

IUKF Update. . .

gempicIUKF has been growing very quickly. Our new site administrator has made great progress re-designing and updating the black belt registry of rank and honors. The old registry has been one of our site’s most popular feature, accessed by thousands of people checking on their rank or others. Now that our registry is being incorporated into other style sites, it is likely that the registry will become the most recognized and accredited repository of traditional martial art rank and honors.

In the process of moving the names and ranks from the old registry to the new one, it is possible that some records might have been overlooked, so please check to make sure all of your ranks and titles are recorded. . . regardless of your style or organization. All existing records will be revised and updated and of course, all IUKF ranks are automatically listed.

Our new www.iukf.net website is almost completed. Recent board meeting changes will be incorporated into the new site and revised membership fees and dan test information will be updated at the end of June and will be in effect on July 1st.

Remember that you can join IUKF and schedule your Black Belt tests by going to www.iukf.net and clicking on one of the two arrows. Membership and dan test administrators will send you requested information and will help you with any question you might have.

Henry Thom is chairing a dojo membership committee. Henry will be very pleased to talk with any teacher or dojo owner about all the benefits in becoming an IUKF member dojo. Contact Henry by email him at: Henrythom(at)hotmail.com

Of course, all you Canadians can get in touch with IUKF-Canada by sending David Mott an e-mail at david@davidmottmusic.com .

Best,

George E. Mattson
President

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May 15 2014

New “Rank & Honors” Registry

new-registry-picMany thanks to the Uechi-ryu.com site administrator for all his hard work and perseverance in creating our new Rank and Honors Registry and. . . transferring the thousands of existing entries from the old Registry. . . in spite of the many technical and programming problems he faced.

 

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