The nice thing about Florida is that aside from a
hurricane or two, the seasons are pretty much the
same. My friends in New England keep reminding me
through e-mail how lucky I am, since they have been
experiencing non-stop recurring snow storms for the
past couple months. I keep trying to schedule a visit,
but Jet Blue Airlines keep telling me to "stay home"!
Say Harvey. . . When will the sun shine again???
|N.E. Junior Uechi-ryu Karate Championship Series
Although our tournament Grand Championship
Home at the Plymouth Sports Dome
was blown down during the January snow storm, Fred
Channel was able to help me
secure the Hanover South Shore Vocational
Technical High School. The school
hosted Fred's event and everything went smoothly,
so I expect we will have an
equally well run Grand Championship on April
New England Junior Uechi-ryu Karate Championship
Karate World Championships
April 30, 2005
South Shore Vocational
Technical High School
476 Webster Street
Hanover, Ma 02339
The International Uechi-Ryu Karate Federation (IUKF)
Registration begins at 8:00 AM
First divisions start at 9:00 AM SHARP!
All competitors will receive an award for
Medals & Winners Points will be awarded to
those who finish 1st thru 4th
96 Total Divisions
for Kata, Prearranged Kumite, Point Fighting,
a Demonstration Division for team entries
16 Separate divisions for Junior Black Belt
We will be using IUKF rules.
We also plan to make this series as affordable as
possible by keeping the
registration and spectator fees very reasonable. The
same fees will apply for
each and every tournament in the series.
We hope to make this Series a worthwhile and
memorable event for all who
partake, spectators included. Staff will be on hand
throughout the event to
answer any questions and to keep things moving
We look forward to seeing you on April 30, 2005!
For questions or if your dojo needs application
forms, please email or call
Uechi-ryu World Championship
|2nd Annual JuniorFest!!
Last year's Junior SummerFest was a big success.
This year we will be hosting 100 children of all ranks
at the Maritime Academy. If your dojo knows of some
deserving kids who would benefit from the program
but cannot afford to attend, please contact Brian
Finnerty(FIA1958@aol.com) And. . . if you would like
to help raise money for this scholarship fund, talk to
|Sensei Al Wharton to be honored at this year's SummerFest
The senior instructors of IUKF has voted
to honor sensei Al Wharton to
be tested for the rank of Hachidan (8th degree Black
Belt) at this year's
No more than one candidate a year gets the nod
for this most important rank.
The rank is all the more important because the
testing is done in front of the
candidate's peers, family and friends.
Dr. Paul Giella moderates this
memorable and moving celebration.
All in attendance agree that the Master's testing is
the highlight of the
Date: Saturday, August 13,
Where: Mass Maritime Auditoriu
|Plan Ahead - Committment - Success!
Be sure to start preparing for this year's
SummerFest. Every year, following our program, I get
lots of calls and e-mail from people who are so
disappointed that they didn't attend. Generally the
reasons for missing boil down to not planning ahead.
Sure, many will be able to come "last minute", but
most of us need to plan vacations, save up the funds
necessary for this vacation and most important,
commit to attending. This year we have a payment
plan where you can send in a small amount every
month so you won't be faced with that "last minute"
crisis. You know you want to be there; on the
beach, under the tent, at the demonstrations and
parties. All it takes is a wee bit of planning ahead
Chairman of the IUKF Board, Dr. Paul Haydu, will be
introducing the entire IUKF board of directors,
committee heads and will be discussing the various
projects IUKF is working on.
1st On-line Discussion
IUKF Board Member, Harry Skeffington announced
recently that his "On-line Learning Center"
committee will be conducting their first meeting on:
March 15, 2005 at 8:00pm EST
Subject: "So You Want To Open a Dojo!"
Special Guests: George Mattson, Wendi
Page and Gary Khoury.
The IUKF Learning Center can accommodate 25
The first 20 people who email me will be receiving
the username and password required to participate.
No fee or special requirements.
Open to anyone
contemplating opening a dojo and looking for advice
or answers to questions.
This is a wonderful
opportunity to ask the experts who have "been there"
and "done it"!
The Learning Center can be accessed by anyone,
anywhere in the world. Two way telephone quality
communications at no cost to the user. DSL or
Broadband is preferred, but 56k modem will work.
If you have a topic you would like to discuss on a
future date, please send it in to Harry
Find out more about the "Learning Center"....
Martial Art SummerFest 2005