Apr 15 2012

The Inner Art of Karate

Shambhala Publications just sent me Kenji Tokitsu’s latest book to review. Tokitsu, you may remember, also wrote a wonderful book on the life of Musashi (reviewed in this section) and therefore I was most interested to see what he had to say about Karate.

I was most pleased that he focused on karate as an art instead of simply another way to kill an opponent or win a tournament match.

“Budo, the way of the martial arts, is at heart a path of spiritual cultivation and self-realization whose aim is to develop a strategic mind that makes combat unnecesary. Kenji Tokitsu explains the philosophy of karate as budo and looks deeply at the key concepts that are essential for developing the budo mind in karate practice. These concepts are:


  • distance and timing
  • rhythm, anticipation and intuition,
  • and the cultivation of explosive but focused energy.
These concepts are difficult to teach, but mastering them is the ultimate goal of any true martial artist. Tokitsu expertly guides the reader through these elusive ideas with clarity and a practical view.”
Sound familiar???
The book is available at bookstores and Amazon.


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Apr 15 2012

Health over Harmony

Uechi-ryu practitioner Paul Sweeney has written an excellent book . . .”Gleanings of a ten-year odyssey in Asian clinics, temples and dojo”. . . which all martial artist and alternate health enthusiasts should enjoy reading. Paul sent me this email along with a copy of his book:

Hi Mattson Sensei:

I just wanted to update my phone number under Arizona dojo listing if possible. I originally had the good fortune to train under Sensei Walter Mattson many years ago before heading to Japan(uechi) and China(whooping crane) to train in dojos and hospitals for 10 years. I received my yon-dan in Uechi from Uehara Sensei in 2000. As I became so busy with patients and research for many years, I got away from teaching. I will be back in Asia training and doing hospital work(acupuncture) again this summer. Hope to start a new class in the Fall at my Phoenix clinic/dojo.

I wanted to let you know that I published a book called “Health Over Harmony” a few years ago about insights I learned training in Asian clinics and dojo for ten years. It has patient case studies, oriental medicine essays, and microbiology/raw food research(paleo diets including raw meats). There is also a chapter called “Martial Arts and Brain Coherence”.

It is on Amazon etc and I will send you a copy just in case there is something in it which you may find interesting.Hope you and your family are well.

Thank You, Paul Sweeny

Paul Sweeney DOM CMH Acup Physician
Phoenix AZ 85016

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Apr 14 2012

Mattson Guest Instructor “Super Summer Seminars”

Check this out. . . Highly recommended Camp!



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Apr 02 2012

Great start for the FireDragon Fitness Challenge

View highlights of the Florida FireDragon Fitness Challenge HERE.


Everyone had a great time. . . especially the competitors. The Florida FireDragon Fitness Challenge was held in Mount Dora, Florida on Saturday, March 31st and everyone in attendance thought this was going to become an important program for children and adults of all ages.

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Apr 01 2012

What can you do???

For all, if you think any can help – do we have a voice…?
Do you have friends, loved ones, family, or a sensei on Okinawa?  Do you enjoy visiting Okinawa for travel, training, testing, competition?  While here, do you enjoy Okinawan food and drink?  Do you love the Okinawan children, and watching them play, compete, and grow?
Do you have relatives in the US Military stationed here on Okinawa?  If you are a military member, are you about to be stationed here on the island?
And will you bring your family – your spouse and young children – with you?

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Mar 10 2012

S. Henry Cho

S. Henry Cho passes.

Sadly, it must be announced that another long-time friend of mine is no longer with us.  Sihak Henry Cho, a pioneer of Korean Karate on the East Coast, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2012.

Many of my senior students will remember Henry, who attended all of my tournaments, with many of his formitable fighters.

He will be missed by all of his friends and many students.






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Mar 06 2012

A worthy Cause for a very worthy warrior!

At this year’s JLFS Annual Research Conference, the executive board passed a resolution to create National Joe Lewis Day. This initiative gives martial arts schools an opportunity to honor Joe Lewis on his birthday-week, with either a Kick-a-thon or Spar-a-thon fundraiser.

Mr. Lewis’ birthday is March 7th and Joe Lewis Day is set for the following Saturday, March 10th. All proceeds will go to a special fund set up to help and assist Joe Lewis as he continues to be treated and recovers from his brain cancer.

“Joe Lewis Day has been created to help with some of the huge financial burden that such a serious illness can create.” says Jim Graden, a 7th degree master in the JLFS and the person heading up this initiative. Jim continues, “Joe Lewis is the smartest and most giving person I have ever met. Considered by many to be the greatest American martial artist of the 20th century, Joe Lewis Day has been created to help a man who has inspired multiple generations of martial artists and has always given of his knowledge so unselfishly.”

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Mar 04 2012

2012 FireDragon Fitness Challenge

2012 FireDragon Challenge

Mission Statement:

The FireDragon Challenge was conceived by George E. Mattson in 2001 as a way to motivate karate students and teachers to test their physical potential with a challenging set of exercises that measures their martial art potential. Mattson asked Dr. William Glasheen, a scientist and martial art teacher, to design the challenge, using simple-to-perform and understand exercises that could become a widely accepted tool for measuring general fitness goals using popular competitive and individual motivating incentive and measurements.

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Feb 28 2012

Uechi-ryu World Cup

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