Apr 01 2011

SummerFest 2011

What – When – Where
Special Event at 2011 SummerFest: Thursday, August 4th.
SummerFest: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 5,6 & 7th
JunglePlex located in Plymouth, MA.
Welcome to my first Martial Art SummerFest update. Running a successful camp is a lot of work and requires lots of support and help from my friends. After many years of conducting the camp at the Mass Maritime Academy, Sue and I decided to try out a different facility and to make a few important changes that many people have suggested.

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Mar 22 2011

In-house tourney Invitation


Just want to confirm to remind you about my “in-house” tournament.  Please be informed this tournament is as much for us the judges as it is for the children.  Although I call this an “in house” tournament, it really isn’t a tournament.  What it is actually is a work out for our children  and judges alike.
Instead of rank, our children will be grouped according to size and ability as witnessed and classified by our black belts in attendance.  We will then rotate groups from one ring to another to perform kata for judges in those particular rings.  The judges will critique and comment on each individual’s kata rather then giving them points.
This way, everyone benefits.  The student will have different black belts from 2 or more rings comment on their kata.  Each of the children will be allowed to take these comments home to better understand what judges watch for while they are judging.  The black belt board will have an opportunity to witness kata of students from other dojos and writing comments can work on and strengthen their judging skills.
As for sparring, there are many who pay to compete but only have 1 or 2 matches.  This ”tournament”, we are going to match size and skill rather then rank.  Everyone will spar in a round robin.  If there are 6 people in his/her ring, they get 5 matches anyways.  All judges will have plenty of chances to practice.  There will also be other standing on the side to step in if you are tired.  Although there will be points called, there will not be points accumulated.  This way, everyone is a winner and there will be a trophy for every competitor.
Your student will get plenty of practice for tournaments and judges will get plenty of practice also.  If you have black belts wishing to get into judging, this will be a great venue to do this.  In such a tournament of practice and friendship, everyone is a winner.
The cost of this tournament is $30 which includes lunch for the competitor.  If parents or sibling are present and want lunch, they can purchase it from the cafe.
Please let me know by April 1st because I will need that time to get all the prizes and check all the printed name labels.  Can’t make any promises if your entry comes in late.
In you don’t have any students interested and you want to come and practice, please do not hesitate to inform me as everyone is welcome.  My number is 508/746-3533 and I suppose you have my email.
At this time, I have a little over 30 entries.  Don’t know how many more I can except.  Great practice for everyone.
Darin Yee

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Mar 06 2011

Generating Power in Uechi-ryu

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

New dates for Karate Championship Series

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

White Crane KungFu Mallorca Training Holiday!

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

Training Holiday

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:

here in this web page: monastry_courses_2011.php

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.

Best Wishes

Martin Watts

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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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