Feb 12 2012

WinterFest 2016 – Uechi-ryu in the sun!

2016 Uechi-ryu WinterFest
March 5th & 6th (Friday and Saturday)

Saturday & Suncay- Event will be held indoors at the “Park” Building (see picture) on corner of Donnelley and 5th Ave.

Click Here for map from Orlando Airport

2013 WinterFest information


Friday, , 9AM: – “Warrior Golf Tournament” 18 holes of Championship golf.

I need to know the earliest time you can be at the course to set up our tee times. Early is best for the course.

Mount Dora Golf Club





Saturday – WinterFest Seminars

Tuition, which includes lunch: $100 for one day, $150 for both days.

Friday: 9AM-3PM: All day workout. . . Traditional Uechi-ryu, Okinawan traditional weapon training, Grappling, Sport competition, Realist “mindset” training.

Lunch from 12 – 1PM
3pm-7PM: Sightseeing, free time
7PM- 11PM: Party at “Crazy Gators”

Sunday – WinterFest Seminars

9AM-3PM: All day workout. . . Traditional Uechi-ryu, Okinawan traditional weapon training, Grappling, Sport competition, Realist “mindset” training.

Lunch from 12 – 1PM:
3pm-7PM: Sightseeing, free time
7PM- 11PM: Party at the Cuban restaurant in Mount Dora

Presenters: Posted as they are confirmed: George Mattson,Tim Dando, Patty Dando, Jim Baggett, David Berndt, Darrin Yee, Roy Bedard, Fedele Cacia, John Spencer, Bill Glasheen, George Schriefer, Rick Potrekus, Joe Guidry, Harry Skeffington and special guest, Tom Bentley. Plus, many more scheduled to come. . .

[New] Winterfest Weapon Seminar Bo & Jiffa

Discussion, training and application of the Bo staff (six foot stick) and the Jiffa (hair pin/fastener) which is also known as a Tinaka (small inside hand weapon) as they relate to martial arts training and more specifically to Uechi Ryu training and development. The focus will be on body movement and the development and application of power.

The weapons training complements and supplements good Uechi training by the utilization of the whole body – arms, shoulders, hips, legs, etc.,. Applications of the techniques will demonstrate the interrelationship of weapons and empty hand movements as they relate to the effective execution of Uechi movements. Hopefully, all attendees will leave with a better understanding of the Uechi system and an improved ability to execute their Uechi techniques.

George Schriefer, Tom Bentley and Joe Guidry will be working with the Bo and Jiffa on Friday and Saturday.Rick Potrekus will be with us on Saturday, working with advanced students. I will be teaching a traditional Uechi-ryu class on Friday and Saturday morning from 9-10AM.

FireDragon Challenge Update : (March 21st)The City of Mount Dora will be helping us with this competition this year and we are expecting around 100 kids to participate.

This is going to be a fantastic year. Make your plans early to be part of the action. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.


George E. Mattson

The on-line application w/payment now available

Print-out & mail/fax application is available here and now!

Good web resources:

Mount Dora: What you need to know


Points of Interest in Mount Dora:

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Feb 07 2012

First OURA workout of the year

Hello all

Directly following the AGM on March 3rd we will be hosting the first OURA workout of the year. It will be from 1PM to 3PM with a short break after the fist hour. The first hour will be for all ages and ranks with the second hour being for adult or advanced juniors. It will be held at Patty Young’s Dojo in New Minas. For directions please check her web site at Young’s Uechi Ryu and Fitness.

The AGM will start at 12PM and end about 1PM.

If you know of anyone else that would like to join us please forward this email to them.

See you all there

Victor Swinimer

President OURA ( Okinawan Uechi Ryu Association )

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Feb 07 2012

Seminar – April Way of Knife, New England

This seminar will cover: * Knife vs. unarmed attackers
* Knife vs. stick attackers
* Knife vs. knife attackers
* Knife vs. dealing with gun threats
* Knife grappling and knife takedowns
* Countering the ambush
* Standing and ground knife problems
* Special sessions on Filipino knife
* Knife skill and flow exercises
* Legal, military and crime fighting issues
* Potential knife course ranks and instructorship options
* …and much more!
* No experience needed. Go at your pace.Location… Raffi Derderian’s Derderian Academy of Martial Arts, 1478 Atwood Ave, Johnston, Rhode Island.

9:30 am to 6 pm Saturday. 10 am to 5 pm Sunday.

Fly right into the Providence, Rhode Island Airport itself. Many affordable hotels are right outside the airport. There are hotels in Johnston also, all searchable on the internet.

Please bring all your gear, your training knives, sticks and guns, and please wear street clothes – pants with pockets and a belt.

Pre-register online or with Raffi by 1 April and pay only $199. $239 at the door after 1 April. Get in on this deal. It will be $125 per single day. Enroll right here.

“This is my one big knife event of this year. My old friend Raffi and I decided to organize the event this year at his big school near Providence, in Johnston. Lots of knife themes and knife subjects. Raffi, a certified Inosanto Systems instructor and vet of other FMA and martial programs will cover FMA knife. And we got the Silverback Jim McCann to come in and cover knife ground fighting as only he can. If you are interested in Knife Course ranking and/or instructorships, this is the one to attend. Or just simply train for knowledge. If you live in the region, come meet Raffi and continue your training. Raffi is highly skilled and solid as a rock in many systems.” – Hock

Seminar – April Way of Knife, New England-April
$239.00 $199.00 On Sale!

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Feb 03 2012

Enjoy your WinterFest visit

Lots of enjoyable and exciting things to do before and after this year’s Martial Art WinterFest here in Central Florida. Of course, everyone knows about Disney World, but you may not know that there are many more interesting places here that you can visit and enjoy. I’ll be posting a few of them here.

If you haven’t sent in your application, please do it today!




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Jan 31 2012

1000 step Sanchin Class!!

Help Paul Giella Celebrate his 60th Birthday. . . .

To celebrate Sensei Paul Giella’s sixtieth birthday, he plans to lead the group at the Hut in a Thousand Step Sanchin. Strenuous and exhilarating variation on the classic exercise!. All invited; Saturday, 2/11/12 at 10:00 at the Hut.

Sounds like a blast!!! Don’t miss this opportunity for a energetic workout! Wish I could make it Paul. Congratulations on your 60th birthday.



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Jan 14 2012

2012 Winter and SummerFest

2012 WinterFest!Last weekend in February. . . Enjoy a fantastic weekend in Mount Dora Florida with a great group of senior martial artist. Traditional Uechi-ryu and Okinawa weapons will be featured. Roy Bedard will be there as well and can be counted on for a couple of exciting and educational “realist” training. Lots of fun side trips will be available for Sunday and of course, Golf on Thursday. Don’t delay. . . send your registration in to Susan today!


Getting lots of e-mail about this year’s Martial Art SummerFest. “What are the dates?” “Where will it be held?”

OK. The dates are:

Wednesday, August 1st – SummerFest Golf Tournament/ Course TBA.
Thursday, August 2nd – SummerFest “Event”. All day seminars with your favorite teacher.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: August 3,4 &5th – SummerFest for All!!!

Where: At the Plymouth, Massachusetts “JunglePlex”.

Rooms will be scarce in the area during this peak season period. . . SO… make your reservations early.

More information will be posted after we finish February’s last weekend Martial Art WinterFest in Mount Dora, Florida.

Don’t miss out on the fantastic training and good times.


George E. Mattson

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Jan 12 2012

IUKF Members’ Meeting Sunday!

1963 World Karate ChampionshipSensei Victor Swinimer has sent me a schedule of his presentation for this Sunday’s meeting. I’ll be opening the meeting with a short film clip of the 1963 World Karate Championship and a 70s tournament that took place in New York (I think). My new editing equipment has sharpened the old video and competitors can be identified. (although they look much different today than when the matches were filmed)

I’ve sent out the IUKF conference center link. If you are a member and didn’t get the invitation, please contact me ASAP.

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Dec 22 2011

Two New Video Clips

January has started off with a number of exciting projects.

Sensei Dan Maestas has been working on a video production relating to my Mattson Academy “Virtual” Dojo program. Dan has taken IUKF’s challenge to make his future gold stripe (Renshi) degree something more than just slapping on a stripe when he gets promoted to 6th dan. He believes, as I do, that “on-line” education has a very positive future for martial art dojo and his four year study, documenting his experiences and progress has become his Renshi thesis project. The first phase of his study involves this short video clip that I have been given permission to use in promoting the Mattson Academy. Although Dan has a few more years to go before qualifying for Rokudan, he says that his project will take that long to complete. View Dan’s “Virtual” Dojo Study Here!

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Dec 06 2011

Limited Special Edition Books Available

[December 9th Newsletter-click Here]

Looking for a perfect Holiday gift for yourself or for someone special in your life?



The Way of Uechi-Ryu Karate

What readers say about the book. . .

George sensei,

Just wanted to let you know that I’m loving the new book. The background and history of the “early days” of Uechi Ryu here in the US are awesome. Great job! The book is an exciting yet smooth read and certainly contains plenty of the fascinating detail everyone was hoping for. All the folks I talk to agree that it’s big hit. Congratulations again.

Peabody Publishing still has remaining inventory and if you order your book now we will send it to you Priority Mail, in time for Christmas.

Click Here
to Order your signed and numbered limited edition
(only 500 copies were printed) book.

Susan Sussman
G&S Consulting

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Nov 13 2011

The “Reviews” section!

A couple years ago I had what I believed a great idea for this website – A book, video, movie, TVshow or whatever, review section. I asked one of our sites “regulars” to take on the role of editor and we got the segment off to a great start with contributions from the two of us. Unfortunately, the editor got busy with other projects and I didn’t follow up with the recruitment of someone to take his place and unfortunately the segment languishes as an “archive” in our extensive Uechi-ryu web library.

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