I’m proud and pleased to report that the international organization I created many years ago, with it’s charter focusing on member benefits, activities to promote friendship and fraternity among Uechi practitioners plus codes of conduct and ethics that guide the member dojo, teachers and students, is in place to continue guiding our Uechi-ryu into the future.
The seniors appointed as the first Board of Advisors to the International Uechi-ryu Karate Federation (IUKF) has been in place since 1998. They are:
[Top row L-R]Dr. Paul Haydu, Chairman, David Berndt, Treasurer and Membership Director and Darin Yee, PR Directory.
[Bottom row L-R] Harry Skeffington, Henry Thom and Roy Bedard.
Note: One of the major projects being worked on is “The Way Museum”, which is scheduled to open in the near future near Orlando, Florida
Role of IUKF
IUKF is defined as an international fraternal group focusing on both amateur and professional teachers and dojo. The organizations primary responsibility is to define and enforce reasonable standards for the black belt ranks.
A secondary role of IUKF is to certify dojo, instructors and "Shihan" specialist. This involves training, testing and certifying all instructors in the organization. High standards are expected and demanded for certification, regarding all aspects of conduct and teaching, based on the IUKF codes of conduct and ethics.
The IUKF will support all legitimate dojo activities and training standards, providing this focus does not violate the spirit of the IUKF codes of conduct and ethics.
Build IUKF into an organization that offers valuable services and monetary advantages to its members. Members, by including their IUKF I.D. number with product orders or on applications for events and seminars, will receive a member discount.
Keys to Success
Build a prestige factor into IUKF membership. Make the organization a place dojo and teachers want to join.
Bring back the prestige, normally associated with the black belt, through high standards.
Rebuild the art of karate while building a well-rounded curriculum.
Establish a credible black belt curriculum and standard, acceptable to the majority of Uechi dojo and instructors.
Establish a guide for sparring and training methods that focuses on technique and control.
Establish "instructor's" programs for the development of skills necessary for a well rounded martial artist.