Feb 10 2011

WinterFest 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

New & Exciting WinterFest Presenter!

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

Top Cop at WinterFest!

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

Dana Krolick “kick Ass” Seminar!

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.

Click here to register early and receive a discount. (Discount ends February 4th)

 

 

 

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Jan 22 2011

God just inherited a party

My Dearest Vicki,

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.

Prince 1999

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.

- Bill

Click Here to read “Tribute to Vicki”

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Jan 20 2011

A True Warrior Has Passed

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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Jan 17 2011

Masters Magazine Announcement

Sent: Monday, January 17, 2011 7:58 AM
To: George
Subject: MAGAZINE and BOOK

Dear Sensei, your article is printed. We have copies next week and also the full interview just been printed in KARATE MASTERS Vol. 4 Please give an address to send you some copies!
Warmest regards!
Jose
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Hi Jose:
My students have been “bugging” Books a Million for the past few weeks and were standing in line yesterday when the store assured them that the new issue would be on the shelves. I even got excited and drove over to purchase what I believe was their last copy!

You did a great job with the grizzly-old-man pictures you had to work with. Hopefully some of your readers will appreciate my view of traditional MA and will understand how important steady and healthful training is in what many of us practice and love.

Again, thanks Jose.

Best,
George

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Jan 17 2011

WinterFest Update . . .

IMPORTANT > > > Discount for early registration ends February 4th!!!>>>

I am very proud and honored to announce that Shihan Tom Bentley, a martial art Icon here in Central Florida, has agreed to conduct a three hour special seminar at this year’s WinterFest. His seminar will be available in three sessions, with a short break between segments. Participants have the option to participate in the complete three hour seminar or one or two sessions.

Here is Sensei Bentley’s seminar breakdown:

CURRICULUM FOR SEMINAR SESSION

 

Center maintenance, target awareness, weapon selection/preparation, and establishing appropriate maai during technique delivery.

 

Concepts utilized during the training will include, but not be limited to, the following:

Sen

Sen no sen (Go no sen)

Sen Sen no sen

Kime

Eight Directional Coverage

Tai-sabaki  (koshi-sabaki, ashi-sabaki, te-sabaki)

 

Movement techniques utilized during the training will include, but not be limited to, the following:

Taiju no Ido

Ayumiashi

Yoriashi

Tsugiashi

Surikomiashi

Kaiten

Kagami

 

Selective partner training will include, but not be limited to, the following to enhance training:

Ipponkumite

Yakusoku ipponme

Yakusoku nihonme

Yakusoku sanbonme

Ohyogumite yonhonme

 

A multitude of tsuki, geri, uchi, and uke techniques will be employed during the training to emphasize concept reinforcement.

 

Seminar instructor Tom Bentley has trained in the martial arts for fifty plus years and holds dan rankings in Shito-ryu, Goju-ryu, Wado-ryu, Ju-jutsu, and Kobudo.  He has been awarded Renshi and Shihan titles.

 

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Jan 15 2011

A Sanchin Experiement. . .

A Sanchin Experiment. . .
by Paul Giella (DMH)

Hi, Sensei

Thought I would fill you in on an experiment in progress. I recall you saying, many years ago, that the Old Masters would say “all you need is Sanchin” and that it was possible to keep up a high skill level with regular Sanchin alone. So I have set the month of December (actually, a little before) to do the long, thousand step Sanchin every day for a month. I am up to day twenty and feeling good. It takes about forty minutes. I am heated and sweaty by the middle and really into the groove by the end. It is like a massage from within, and the muscles feel electrified for several hours afterwards. The only danger so far seems to be the risk of a repetitive strain injury (like tendonitis) in the elbows, so I have softened the focus at the end of the strikes to minimize that risk. Except for the full workout in the Saturday class at the Hut, I am trying not to do any other formal exercise, in order to isolate the Sanchin effect as much as possible. So far, very interesting! I’ll keep you posted.

Paul Giella,PhD, CCICMHC


Thanks for the update Paul. How about a photograph of you doing Sanchin and a bit more background on why you created such a difficult challenge. Also a bit more on the different levels/interpretation of Sanchin. I’ll be honored to post an article on the site.

Best,

George 


Hi, George,

So, I finished the month of long sanchins daily. I had wanted to try to isolate the ‘sanchin effect’ so I set aside thirty days, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and performed the three part, thousand step sanchin each morning. And no other exercise except the unavoidable day to day tasks (snow shoveling one day, wood chopping another, etc) and the Saturday full class at the Hut. I wanted to test out the old legend that “all one needs is sanchin”. Not being a purist, though, my sanchin was not just the classic, classroom form. Three hundred steps/strokes in the classic form; three hundred chambering with the step; three hundred striking with the completion of the step, and allowing for greater freedom in the third phase so there were a few kicks, a few foot sweeps, some punches and elbows and ridge hands, etc…and the wa-uke series at three levels with the classic first, emphasis on the circle block second and the hard push out third… but all following the sanchin principles of eyes, breathing, posture.

Here is what I found:

Overall, it was a worthwhile and enjoyable experiment. I felt energized and the muscles ‘electrified’ for much of the day.

Some excessive strain on the elbows, and I had to modify (soften) the focus so as to avoid something like tendinitis.

By far the hardest part was getting started in the morning (I had to start at 4:45am so that I could get to work on time… facing the cold and dark when I would rather have pulled the covers over my hard was very tough on some days. But I managed to do it, and by about a hundred steps I was cooking. By the last phase I was really into the zone, and the moves just shot out like arrows.

Going back to the regulation ten step sanchin felt strange… like jogging a hundred yards and calling it a workout. (the thousand step sanchin took about forty minutes and the overall exertion effect felt about like a three mile easy run).

I did miss the other moves from the kata, and I don’t think I could live with just sanchin alone forever… that was why I put some of the other moves into the third phase. Getting back to the regular kata workout after the experiment was over felt good and natural.

My timing changed somewhat over the month. Heck, thirty thousand sanchin strikes should lead to some improvement in flow, wouldn’t you think? Felt more natural, with less obsessive attention to classic detail but much more of the ‘natural man’ feel; a good thing that has stayed with me in the couple of weeks since I finished.

If I think of other effects I will send another note. Please feel free to post this on Van or Bill’s site if you would like. I would certainly encourage others to repeat this experiment, or come up with others of their own. It’s not as if our art is so perfect it cannot be tested or improved.

Hope you and Susan are well and Happy New Year!

Paul Giella,


George:

I thought I had a camera for a picture but I don’t! As far as why I created the challenge; always searching for the ‘perfect workout’… also an age related thing to try to find a workout that would leave me energized without the muscle soreness. And with the Winter doldrums coming, I wanted to challenge myself to something that I could feel new and accomplished. Which I did. I’ve been encouraging the boys at the Hut to try this. So far, only Justin said he’ll try a thousand step sanchin. About the different levels: first level is the classical one. Second level is to step into a chambered and bladed position and then shoot out the strike. Third level is to strike with the step, so the strike and the step end together. I guess people would have to see this to grasp it. Whenever I have someone try it for the first time they feel awkward and anxious, like they are violating some sacred taboo. But after awhile, when they get used to the differences in timing and the flow most people really like it. Eyes, breathing and posture coordinate quite well at the third level! The hardest thing of all is to get people to realize that there is some freedom to experiment as they study. Would you believe I have been told that I have no right to do this. Why? Because they don’t do it on Okinawa! Maybe they haven’t thought of it there yet! Again, hard to get people past the superstitious belief that sanchin is so perfected that it cannot ever be tampered with… like some religious ritual. Someone once said the hardest thing about getting new ideas in is to get the old ideas out… and in this case the old idea is the one that says ‘don’t experiment’. Anyway, if this is such a sin, then I plead guilty… better, though would be for people to keep the mind open and give it a try. Or come up with their own experiment. If there is no value to it it will fall by the wayside…


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Jan 12 2011

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