Greetings Brothers and Sisters of Uechi-Ryu, I am happy to announce the anticipated Uechi-Ryu Karate Championship Series which our students have come to enjoy will resume this year 2015. The anticipated dates are all Saturdays, April 11, June 13 and October 3. I use the word anticipated because although the venue has approved these dates, …View full post
Hello Uechi Brothers and Sisters, I am happy to announce our first regional workout for the year 2015. As always, I would like to invite all respectable Uechi-Ryu practitioners regardless of rank or organization. The main objective is to bring our Uechi-Ryu family together for an invigorating workout and to familiarize each other with one …View full post
I have been exploring the possibilities of adding a reasonably priced martial art ring to our on-line store. Our designer and manufacturer of silver, made to order rings sent a design based on our Shoken pin, which we now sell. We are also considering doing a ring of the Pinwheel design, should there be interest. …View full post
The South China Martial Arts Alliance (SCMAA.net) held its first formal dantest since reorganization took place in 2014. President, Thomas Bentley and Chairman George Mattson headed up the test board for the yondan (4th degree black belt) Shitoryu and Okinawa Kobudo test of Kelly Saunders. At the same test, the International Uechi-ryu Karate Federation (IUKF) …View full post
Warm, Sunny and Snow Free Mount Dora, Florida WinterFest is March 6 & 7th! Sign-up Today My one and only reminder about this year’s Martial Arts WinterFest, being held in beautiful, warm and snow-free Mount Dora, Florida the weekend of March 6th and 7th (Friday and Saturday).Once again, we are expecting a stellar cast …View full post
Mar 22 2011
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Mar 06 2011
Suggestions for Generating Power in Uechi-ryu
Understand the nature of force: Li is muscular and is observable as effort. Chi is a metaphor for our naturally occurring and flowing energy. Jin is the expression of power which is the result of optimal channeling of chi, by direction of the will. Visualize, and it will happen, if your mind and body are relaxed. Through relaxation and resilience, one can generate internal power by optimum vector of forces. Internal power appears as an unexpectedly robust manifestation of force, especially considering the minimum apparent effort. With Li, the point of contact is itself the target. However, when a target is hit with Jin, the energy passes though and causes internal disruption. On a basic level: Hit through, not to.
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Feb 25 2011
Hi to all Uechi-ryu students and teachers:
Hope all is well and your training strong. Just a quick note to inform you of our 2011 Uechi-Ryu Karate Championship Series. We had a great time last year and we hope to improve this year. We’ve done much to insure fairness and consideration to all competing. Please download our application from the attachment above. If you would prefer, please write me back with your dojo name and address and I will mail you a poster and the amount of applications needed.
This is one event where all different association are welcome and come together as one united Uechi Family. All 3 of the promoters are of different organizations but encourage the same goal of unity. Those with misguided, elitist attitudes and false claims of superiority has not been invited.
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Feb 24 2011
My good friend Martin Watts runs a very interesting training holiday and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about this system.
George E. Mattson
Yong Chun White crane Kung Fu and beaches Mallorca
The next kung fu holiday residential week training course is the week starting May 16th.
We are also running a seminar here on the island with Ian Armstrong from the Nam Yang Pugilistic association ( Tiger Crane from Singapore ) on the following weekend. Anyone who is on the residential course will be able to attend the Seminar for free ( providing their sun tan is good enough ).
Information about the course / monastry / location with photos etc:
please do have a look if you are interested.
Places are limited by the rooms in the monastry. I do not have email contact with all the people who have been on my seminar courses, so if you know anyone this might interest please pass it on.
If you run a club and need help setting up your own mediterranean training week that is also something I can help you with. Just contact me for more details.
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Feb 10 2011
What a great time everyone had, including me! Seminars went off without any problems other than the weather not fully cooperating. Mornings were too cold for outdoor classes so we decided to go indoors both days. A few hardy youngsters stayed on the field Saturday morning and wanted to compete in the FireDragon Challenge in spite of the near freezing temperatures. Many thanks to FireDragon coach Jim Baggett, for staying on the field and putting the kids through their paces. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Martial Art Fest and special thanks to Shihan Tom Bentley and his very talented student, Keith Sanders, for conducting a fascinating three hour session involving partner drills focusing on the many uses of “Tai-sabaki”
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Feb 09 2011
What Don will be teaching at WinterFest:
Interpretation of Kata, Energy Strikes & Close range fighting skills
Shihan Donald Joyner has been with involved with Uechi Ryu for over 35 years and trained with many of the great karate masters from all over the world including Master Kanei Uechi, James Thompson, Toshiyuki Itokazu, and Shinyu Gushi.
8°dan 11-21-08 Uechi Ryu Ryukokaku Certification #8006 Kyoshi 11-21-08 Uechi Ryu Ryukokaku Certification #8006 Shihan Certification #169 by the Okinawa Karate-Do Association [OkiKuKai] 7°dan in 2000 Okinawa Karate-Do Association [OkiKuKai] by Walter Mattson 6°dan in 1994 Okinawa Karate-Do Association [OkiKuKai] by James Thompson 5° in August 1989 Uechi Ryu Soke Shubukan by James Thompson 4°dan in 1984 Uechi Ryu Soke Shubukan by James Thompson 3°dan in 1982 Uechi Ryu Soke Shubukan by James Thompson 2°dan in 1980 Uechi Ryu Soke Shubukan by James Thompson 1°dan in 1976 Uechi Ryu Soke Shubukan by Bill Keith
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Jan 28 2011
No question about it, when Roy Bedard shows up for camp, everyone gets excited. His seminars have captivated audiences since he called me one day many years ago and asked if he could participate in SummerFest! During one break during the Friday session, he demonstrated to a group of seniors how he could tweek their noses from six feet away with a powerful punch and he would give anyone ten bucks who could touch his arm with a defensive movement. Hmmm. . . sounds like an easy ten bucks. . . But no one collected that day and I know because I was one of the seniors who tried!
The next thing we knew, Roy was teaching a sport sparring class, using some of his winning techniques for targeting, evading and destroying opponents in the ring. From that year on, Roy has been on both the Summer and WinterFest schedules.
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Jan 23 2011
Important Notice! All WinterFest and FiredDragon Challenge participants must be registered by February 8th in order to receive a free lunch at the site. We must order food on that day, so please register today!
This year’s Martial Art WinterFest will begin the day with what Uechi-ryu Black Belt Dana Krolick says will be an energetic and healthful experience for open-minded martial artist. Dana’s seminar will focus on pilates exercises that will help martial artist in their quest to become better practitioners.
The fundamental principles focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breath. Pilates enhances a core strength that increases flexibility, coordination and spacial awareness. Pilates engages the whole person, not just the muscles. For everybody from an athlete to mother, Pilates will develop and enhance stamina, posture, alignment & core strength for elite performance to everyday activities.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
- Elongates muscles without building bulk.
- Slims problem areas, i.e., Hips, buttocks and thighsStrengthens the back by building support in the abdominals.Increases flexibility while building strength.
- Improves posture, coordination, circulation and overall health.
- Lowers risk of injury by eliminating tension and stress on joints, back, and neck.
- Increases better range of motion.
- Promotes relaxation and a sense of well being.
Who can benefit from Pilates?
- People needing special consideration to injured and problem areas: including back pain, scoliosis, shoulder issues, fibramyalgia etc.
- The super fit: athletes, dancers, and martial artists.
- Women who are pre and post-natal.
- Anyone wanting to shape and define their body.
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Jan 22 2011
I remember Summer Camp nights where I would be exhausted. You on the other hand… The Energizer Bunny went out with friends to the famous Bourne “biker bar.” It was your time to be all you with friends who would protect you and look out after you, but let you shine like only you could.
Tonight a biker bar in Bourne is playing a song – in your honor.
I was dreamin’ when I wrote this
So sue me if I go 2 fast
But life is just a party
And parties weren’t meant 2 last
War is all around us
My mind says prepare 2 fight
So if I gotta die
I’m gonna listen 2 my body tonight
Yeah, they say two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999
It is you, my dear friend. Somewhere in heaven, God just inherited a party.
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Jan 20 2011
I am announcing to the world that a true warrior has passed. Herman Yee passed away around 9am Wednesday, January 12, 2011. These last few years of battling his illnesses have finally overcome him. The warrior that he is, Herman fought to the very end. Strangely enough, Herman’s fight was not for himself but for all who loved him.
During the early 1970s when Mattson Academy fighters was the ones you need to get passed to hope for a chance at a championship, Herman was one of those feared obstacles. As a fighter, he was a tough, resilient, relentless and possesses more skill and ability then one would imagine.
All of us who really know Herman understand him as a reserved, selfless individual who would rather give then take. There are many who benefited from his generosity and offered back nothing but grieves and didn’t give him the time of day. Herman’s remark was “The truth of a man is reveal by his actions. Enough said”.
Unlike much of the fables going around the internet about “fighting in the street” to booster ones imaginary image, Herman Yee who mentioned nothing was one of the few who actually practiced much of our training in the streets of the South End, downtown Washington Street and Chinatown. Fighting alongside Herman, I knew there was always someone watching my back.
Those of you who never met Herman Yee and do not know of him, Herman was a man of honor, respect, integrity, strength and most of all compassion. He began his training of Uechi-Ryu in 1969 along with many of his friends from the South End. He continued training until a year ago when his health did not permit him to do so. We will miss him.
The brothers from birth are circumstantial. There will always be a connection. Our brothers through friendship are by choice.
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