Written by George Mattson Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:18
This year's SummerFest is being featured in quite a few FaceBook posts, along with really great pictures from last weekend's event. Just received this note from IUKF Vice President, Darin Yee. . .
Just a quick note to tell you how much my students and I enjoyed your 2012 summer fest. I’ve been involved these last 13 years and realized I should have been involved for the last 30.
We had a lot of exciting and informative teachers demonstrating a lot of effective, innovative and new things for everyone to experience. I’ve been involved in the study of martial arts for over 53 years and was introduced to many new looks at how things can be done. Instructors like Rory and Bucky adds a lot of input that compliments a lot of what I’ve done and taught for many years.
Paul Haydu was teaching a lot of movement involving essential body dynamics. If more instructors understand and teach all the things Dr. Haydu was teaching, their students could possible perform stronger and better kata. I personally look forward to working out with Paul Haydu again.
The most enjoyable part of this week was the opportunity to rekindle old friendships and to meet our new generation of karate greats who are going to carry the torch of Uechi-Ryu Karate here in America. I felt energized to think I can and might have in some way help shape the next generation.
We had another great success with Jr. Fest. We had children ageing from 4 years old to 16 years old. I’ve told the older children they could choose to join the adults rather then work out with the younger children. I was told they rater be with the younger group which was alright with me. We had one 4 year old, two 5 year old and five 6year with us. I was very surprised they all lasted the full 7 hours and was disappointed our session was over at 4pm.
A special thanks goes out to Pat Saunders from the Stow Martial Arts Karate Do for being such an incredible presence and leading so many of the drills, exercises and games. She is such a phenomenal organizer and facilitator. The IUKF is very fortunate to have dedicated members like her.
I also like to thank Gary Wong, Sam Balch, Jordan Littman, Brianna McCarthy, Melisa McCarthy and Joy Tierney from The Budokan Martial Arts dojo; Russ Chase from the Brockton Uechi Karate Dojo and all who has help with making this Jr. Fest something to look forwards to next year.
As I’ve mentioned already, I was very surprised when the littlest ones were the most disappointed after 7 long hours of activities. Perhaps we should consider taking a separate picture of the children in Jr. Fest for next year and give them their own little acknowledgement.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 August 2012 13:14 Written by George Mattson Monday, 06 August 2012 13:11
Another great camp! Thanks to all the regulars and a couple of new presenters, this year's SummerFest was a blast. Watch the site and Facebook for lots of the pictures taken during the weekend. My thanks to Darin Yee, who is the hardest working camp volunteer anywhere. He made this 30th anniversary event both memorable and stress free for Sue and me.
Also, thanks to all of you who decided to join the 'clan' this year for the first time. I always get a kick out of listening to them at the end of the weekend telling everyone who will listen. . . "Wow, what a dummy I was for not attending before this yeat!"
Congratulations to all the masters who demonstrated their kata to peers, family and friends. What a great way to receive their new rank.
Three new titles were awarded by the newly expanded Titles Committee. The renewed concept of titles being something earned and not just something tacked on to certain rank is a worthwhile and worthy concept that has been revived by IUKF.
And thanks to John Page, our retiring Masters of Ceremony, for all his help in making the event run smoothly.
Bill Glasheen wrote a great camp review in his forums this morning. In case you missed it:
Congrats to the Canucks and to the Nebraskans for being the first clans to do the Fuzhou Suparinpei with staying power. George purposely turned part of the instruction of said form to Victor so he could get experience doing that and I could spend more time watching him in action. We had some interesting and entertaining discussions about "kata drift."
I had a great time working with a few people one-on-one on Sanseiryu. It never ceases to amaze me how much work we as an organization need on this form. Only a handful of people "get" how to use core energy in that form, and apply the principle of sequential summation of motion. (Or "mochi" as the Okinawans would describe it.) Fortunately I saw a few candidates on the Saturday night masters test who got it right. As long as we have a few, the knowledge will be out there for others to tap into.
Thanks to Sarah Colombe for asking me to work with her on Tsukenshitahaku no sai. It's a great form that I learned from an Okinawan Uechi master (I'm embarrassed to say I don't remember his name) at a 1984 Uechi camp. It's a very old, very long, and most awesome piece of choreography, and you won't find it out there on YouTube. But a handful of us in IUKF are keeping the tradition going.
Oh... and congratulations to Sarah for her upcoming nuptials.
Thanks to Tracy Capone for getting me off the street (hotels are ALWAYS booked...) and treating me like a prince in her most interesting home. Wow... I'm really impressed. It's a 200-year-old piece of semi-restored architecture that can be controlled from her smartphone anywhere in the world. This woman has talents!!
Always great to see Van, Rory, Buzzy, etc., etc., etc.
To the rest of you... you missed a great gathering.
Last Updated on Sunday, 29 July 2012 18:57 Written by George Mattson Saturday, 28 July 2012 07:38
Sunday: July 29- noon update. . . From Darin Yee:
It is my pleasure to announce I’ve convinced one of the most popular local musicians to perform for us on Saturday, August 4th in our lounge at the Jungleplex. Her name is Sherry Malone. She will be entertaining us after the Masters Ceremony.
On Saturday, Bob McClellan and Henry Tow would like to teach a cane kata and the use of a cane as a weapon for any of our participants wishing to learn how to use a cane as a weapon. They have both been certified as cane instructors.
As for the children program, there have been a few changes. It has been explained to me my program as sent out was too much of a work out and not enough fun activities for children. I have reformatted our children activities to combine working out and learning karate while accomplishing these values and have fun.
Our programs will begin at 9am sharp. We will stop at 12noon for lunch. There are 2 options for lunch. They can either bring their own lunch or eat at the Jungleplex where we have machines where they can purchase drinks. The second option is I have convinced a very popular all you can eat Chinese buffet restaurant across the street to reserve a room and charge our campers only $8 per person and they will even throw in a free large soda. I will personally walk with the children along with any instructor wishing to eat Chinese. The menu is large and there is something for everybody. If you are a vegetarian, the have meatless dishes. If you would prefer, you can go to the sushi counter and pick sushi made fresh right in front of you. You can also go to the hibachi counter and gather the vegetables you like with or without meat and the cook will cook it right in front of you. Visit these counters as many times as you like. Still only $8 and a free soda. I think the deal is $10 or $11 for dinner. I think you may have to ask me for a signed menu. I’ll try to get some card from the restaurant. Cards may be a little smaller and easier to carry.
9:00 am Meeting our participants and introducing each instructor present.
A quick tour of the facility pointing out where the lavatories are the drink machines and so on.
9:30 am Warn up exercises and stretching
10:00 am Kata and drills
11:00 am punching drills
12:00 pm lunch
1:00 pm blocking drills (game)
2:00 pm Sparring
3:00 pm lighting rod challenges
Sunday: July 29th: Updated Schedule posted.
I am very honored to announce that Rory Miller will once again be a featured presenter at this year's SummerFest. Rory will be teaching two sessions on Friday and Saturday. Don't miss them!
I am also very pleased to annouce that two of this year's Masters Ceremony awarees, Fedele Cacia and John Felipe will be featured presenters at this year's event. Both will be at SummerFest on Friday and Saturday! Looks like another fantastic weekend. Hope to see you all next week.
IUKF's First "Lifetime Achievment" Award will be presented to Sensei John Spencer at the Masters Ceremony!
Oh yes. . . if you are a IUKF member, watch for your monthly newsletter, sent out this weekend. Best, George E. Mattson
Last Updated on Monday, 06 August 2012 17:06 Written by George Mattson Friday, 27 July 2012 16:30
2012 Summer of the Tiger
Martial Arts SummerFest
IUKF Masters Celebration Saturday 7-9PM
William E. (Bill) Bauknecht I was raised on a farm with all the other animals. One sibling, older sister who passed when 47 yrs old. I attended and graduated from Milford High School in 1955 along with 58 others. (Mostly human)
Enlisted into U.S.A.F. August 10, 1955.Honorably discharged in 1961. Acquired highest security clearances after being accepted into Security Service and spent two years with a mobile unit in Alaska. This time was spent "playing games" with the Russians and working directly with National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland. After my discharge, I worked as an insurance investigator in Ohio until moving to Cape Cod in 1963.During the 50's, my brother in law (USAF) and family was stationed at Otis AFB; I spent some time in SAC, stationed at Westover Field in Springfield, MA. My parents would come to the Cape on vacation and I would drive over for the week ends. We all became well acquainted with the Cape. In 1959 my parents bought a small business in East Falmouth. They rented a few small boats, sold fishing tackle and bait, wholesaled and retailed shellfish, lobster, live and cooked and especially made our famous Green Pond Stuffer. A stuffed quahog known not only locally but even out of country.
Written by David Berndt Thursday, 26 July 2012 18:48
I don't want a promotion !
The rank is not important to me
by David Berndt, Renshi
by David Berndt, Renshi
How many times does a junior student or a lower dan rank hear this from their Seniors? Many times. Probably more often than not. We think what? You don't want higher rank? Why not?
Many of our martial arts Black Belts have different reasons. Some are that they are in a tournament circuit and are not allowed to compete past a certain rank. So they stay where they are for many years until they are done competing, either broken, worn out, or won it all. Then get back on a promotion schedule.
Then there are those who don't want the pressure of the responsibility for attaining higher rank, as more may be expected of them. One reason many drop out after Shodan. Been there done that attitude. More responsibility would be placed on a person to step up and perhaps start teaching. But, not every body is a teacher. Some should realize they don't all have to be teachers. There is nothing wrong with being a student. You can always help when new students start, but you don't want the responsibility of a long road with a new person.Just train. Many shodans go into debt to open a dojo, only to fail, due to lack of teaching experience, or other circumstances may be not planned for.
When you get your black belt, it doesn't automatically give you license to teach. I find in talking with Seniors, they would love nothing more than to line up with everybody else and just train.
On my trip to Okinawa years ago, that's what you saw. A couple "Senior Seniors"up front, and fifth, sixth and seventh dans in line. Being students. At heart, though, we all are students for the rest of our lives.
One final thought to ponder for you "rank is not important" people. Promotions are one way for our arts to continue, to perpetuate, to grow. Without them, we would have UFC rings to determine who's the boss. While ultimately not important, we must use the promotion process as a checks and balance system to gauge and judge those coming up behind us, as the heirs.
One last point, lets not forget the Titles. This is going the extra mile for the Art. The stripe, like the black belt, may not mean a lot to some, but it shows your dedication to the art and leaving a legacy.
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