|Eastern Arts Newsletter|
Again, a very busy month coming up for the Uechi world. Len Testa is "kicking off" the IUKF N.E. Children's Championships this Sunday in Brockton, MA. I'll be there with Jay Salhanick's team of trained and certified officials. This tournament series has grown to be an important part of many kid's karate training and can only take place because of the support and participation from lots of volunteer workers and months of preparation by the tournament organizers. Hope to see you all at the West Junior High School on Sunday at 9AM.
George E. Mattson
Len Testa is a one of the hardest working Uechi-ryu teachers I know. He is always available when needed and always first to volunteer for the tough jobs. Some people believe running a kid's karate tournament is a high paying job and very much in demand. I don't think this is an opinion shared by the IUKF tournament organizers. We do it because we believe the competition is excellent experience for the kids and helps them develop confidence in themselves and confirms that the training works. Please help out by getting involved. We need more officials to keep the events moving smoothly and fairly. We want to continue allowing the kids to compete in multiple categories for a single inexpensive fee. But to accomplish this, we need many rings which require many officials. We also need volunteers to act as time keepers and score keepers. Lets support the tournament series by getting involved! See you Sunday.
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