A Monthly Newsletter from George Mattson
Dear Archive reader,
I've been particularly busy following SummerFest and
haven't had the time to do my usual WhatNew"
column or contribute to the forums as often as I
would like. However, I was able to write a brief
article and post lots of pictures of SummerFest and
our new JuniorFest event. Links on the Eastern Arts'
Homepage (http://uechi-ryu.com) From the calls and
email I received, everyone who attended thoroughly
enjoyed themselves and as usual quite a few people
who couldn't make it, promised: "I'll be there next
year!" Well, if you are one of those who missed
camp, be sure to watch the site for information
about signing-up early for 2005. I plan to set up a
monthly payment plan for those who have a hard
time scraping up the money at the last moment.
I am in Florida on business and a friend graciously let
me use her computer and internet connection to
write this update. Thanks for subscribing. Please tell
your martial art friends to sign-up. (Please excuse
any typos or other mistakes. I have a class in ten
minutes and want to get this out.)
|New England Junior Karate Championship Series
|New Series begins Sunday, Oct 3rd
Brockton, Massachusetts 02303
August 23, 2004
Len Testa's Mass Challenge
I'm pleased to report that the first Junior Uechi-ryu
Championships series was a big success. Enough
Uechi dojo believe that a competitive outlet for their
students was both beneficial for their members and
the dojo. The effort made by Jay Salhanick's trained
officials and the hard working promoters were
appreciated and it looks like this year's series will be
Fred Channell, who heads up Public Relations, has
been visiting dojo from all Uechi associations and
feels that a number of new dojo will be fielding teams
for this year's series.
Watch the Uechi-ryu.com website for details.
Please go to the Junior Series Home page for up to date information pertaining to the Junior Uechi series.
|New Master's Test DVD
|Available from Scott Danginzer
2004 Masters' Test at SummerFest
I'm sure all of David Mott and Jerry McDonald's will
want this DVD. What a wonderful memory of a very
moving ceremony. If you couldn't be there, you
should check it out.
The formal ceremony accompanying the promotion
gives a whole new meaning to the advanced ranks.
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|Congratulations to the new IUKF Board of Directors
|Serving a two year appointment, beginning August, 2004.
Dr. Paul Haydu, from California
Dr William Glasheen from Virginia
Dr. David Mott from Canada
Mr. David Berndt from Florida
Mr. Darin Yee from Massachusetts
The new board was appointed by me for a two year
term. After that, board members will be elected by
the membership. I feel that the diverse group,
representing all members from all regions, will help
expand the scope of IUKF nationally and
internationally. I was given the title "Honorary
Chairman and "Good Will" Ambassador, which sounds
like a pretty good job for me.
One of the first assignments handled by the board
was the appointment of Mr. Berndt as membership
chairman. David, who has been President of the
Florida Rolls Royce club for a number of years, is well
acquainted with this job and what it takes to build an
organization. He will be working with volunteers from
the organization who will be able to talk with Uechi
teachers and explain the many benefits of belonging
to IUKF and most importantly, that membership in
IUKF does not mean denouncing your teacher or your
current diploma issuing association!
David will also be coordinating the expansion of
IUKF's sister organization, the South China Martial
Arts Alliance (SCMAA) and will push to build this
group into a strong and focused group. SCMAA will
work on the future growth of different traditional
styles of martial arts with roots in Southern China.
Beginning in the Fall, IUKF members will be receiving
substantial discounts for all products and events
sponsored by IUKF.
Bill Glasheen has taken on the tough challenge of
building an ongoing web-based conferencing system,
enabling IUKF and SCMAA to conduct on-line seminar
series, video critiquing and guest demonstrations and
discussions for members.
Interested in learning how to become a member?
Contact David Berndt and he will answer any and all
questions you may have. "firstname.lastname@example.org"
|New England Dan Test Committee Meeting
|Mike Murphy named "NE Test Administrator"
I wasn't able to make the meeting, but received a
number of e-mail saying that Mike did a great job.
Here is a summary of Mike's email to me following the
". . .Not much was discussed that wasn't before, but
it was all ratified by the people their unanomously. I
have posted an IUKF letter (hope it gets out to
everyone) about this Oct. test. Could you make sure
this information gets out in the other ways that you
have used? The test will be on Oct. 17 at Pat
Saunder's dojo in Stowe. People must have their
application into you by Sept. 17 or they cannot test
(this is a must). They must also have their written
portion of the test back to us by that day as well.
One difference here is that every candidate will be
forced to have an IUKF passbook with them before
they can test. If they don't have one before the
test, they may be able to purchase one there at a
cost of $10.00. As for thet test itself, any changes
will be graduated in over time. I will send out a
complete paper to you as soon as I have finished
I'll follow up with the rest later. Call me if you have
any questions. . .
|Martial Art Museum in Orlando
|Eastern Arts & Humanities Center, Inc. Project
In planning stage for over three years. . .
David Berndt approached me about this project over
three years ago. I thought it was a great idea and
that Orlando was a perfect place to host the
museum. David has been working on site acquisition,
financing and permits for nearly a year and has a
number of artist renderings of the site and building.
David has acquired a large number of historic martial
art books, art and memorabilia that will provide a
good beginning for the project. I've finally found a
perfect place for all my martial art materials that I've
been collecting for nearly 50 years. If you have
something you would like to donate to the museum,
contact David (email@example.com). All donations are
WinterFest is coming!
I hope everyone will be fed-up with the snow by
January and will be looking forward to spending a
couple days with us in Orland come February. Board
of Director David Berndt will be hosting this event
once again and he promises that this WinterFest will
be a memorable one! Not sure what he has planned,
but I'll be here and one of the presenters.
WinterFest will be held the first weekend in February,
Friday and Saturday. (4th and 5th) Sunday will be a
travel day. Plan to bring the family and spend some
time in the sun and enjoying the sites. Workout with
us on Friday and Saturday, fly home on Sunday.
Watch the Orlando site for updates
PO Box 217
Mount Dora, Florida 32756
NEW ENGLAND IUKF DOJO: Don't forget to get your
dan candidate application in, along with written
tests. No exceptions this test. . .