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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Oct 13 2011

Masters Magazine interviews G.Mattson

In case you didn’t see this issue of Masters’ Magazine, check out George Mattson’s interview on http://issuu.com/gmattson . Masters Magazine is one of the few publications that focus on traditional martial arts. It is published quarterly along with a book of favorite interviews, selected by the editor.

Check out the scanned copy of the original 1983 Grand Master Kanei Uechi speech at the first SummerCamp’s Hall of Fame Banquet. You can view it at the linked site above.

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Oct 12 2011

To all the golf balls in my life.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls..

He then asked the students if the jar was full.   They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.    They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.    The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed..

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life..

The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car..

The sand is everything else—the small stuff .

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

Take time to get medical checkups..

Take your spouse out to dinner.

Play another 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter.

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’

The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Please share this with   someone you care about. I JUST DID!

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