Jun 20 2011

1st Open Uechi-ryu Webinar

First Open Webinar big success

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Jun 18 2011

Harry Cook will be sentenced on Friday 17th June

Harry Cook pleads guilty to sexual assault charges. The martial Art world is shocked!!!

Details and e-mail by the father of one of Harry’s victims on Bill Glasheen’s Forum!

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Jun 16 2011

Robb Buckland Seminar in Ayer, MA

Saturday July 30th 11 AM – Rising Star East in Ayer,,about 3 hours – cost $25-30 based on attendance.


Topics to include:

“aggressive defense” vs blocking, Footwork, “the Fluid Posture” and “human makiwara” among others

Contact TOWNSNDLAW@aol.com for information


Mr Buckland’s bio:

FEARS Ltds’ founder is a veteran of over 35 years in the martial arts and the grandson of ‘Hockey Hall of Famer’ Frank Buckland.

A nationally certified nutritional consultant and personal trainer (IFPA and ACSM), Buckland began his early martial arts training as a student of Masters Joe Shartrand and Frank Gorman in 1973.

Master Buckland through his association with Uechi Ryu Karate, pioneer and American founder George E Mattson, is mentored by Legendary fighter / trainers Jim Maloney, Arthur Rabesa and Bob Bethany ; known  as “The Three Animals of Uechi Ryu.”

Buckland is recognized as a Shihan (master instructor) in Uechi Ryu Karate and received a lifetime achievement award from the Uechi Ryu Hong Kong Karate Association in 2010. Through his mentorship by Hong Kong Uechi Ryu Karate Association founder Master Robert Campbell, Buckland studied under Tan Dao founder Master Lawrence Tan and is recognized as an ‘elder’ in Tri Harmony Gung Fu.

Robb began training with Kickboxing Legend / American Karate pioneer Joe Lewis in 1984. Grand Master Lewis, who was voted by his peers as  “The Greatest Fighter of all Time”, awarded Buckland a 6th degree black belt (Renshi) in his Joe Lewis Fighting System. Buckland says, his understanding of the attributes of a warriors spirit: courage, honor, and ‘heart’  are lessons he learned from his experience “Sparring with Mr. Lewis”. 

Through Mr Lewis’ mentorship, Buckland met and trains with Grand Master Dr. Maung Gyi  American Bando (Burmese Boxing) pioneer . While dominating on a national level in professional fights, Robb was recognized as a 6th degree black belt by The American Independent Karate Instructors Association (AIKIA), founded by Dr Jerry Beasley, Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace and Joe Lewis.

As MMAs’ popularity grew with the UFC, Buckland turned to Judo Master instructor Harry Chandler at his Dalton Judo Club. Master Chandler’s mentorship in the sport of Judo are some of Buckland’s fondest memories ‘on the mat’. This training led to several training sessions with Olympic medalists Jimmy Pedro and Jason Morris.    


In early 1990 Robb began his association with Soke Michael DePasquale Jr. founder of the International Federation of Jujitsuans (IFOJJ) and the Screen Action Stunt Association (SASA).  Mr. Buckland is a recipient of the prestigious Samurai Lifetime Achievement Award and the Samurai-Bushi award for continued excellence by the (IFOJJ). Action Martial Arts Magazine awarded Master Buckland a Silver Lifetime Achievement Award after Soke DePasquales’ nomination. Mentorship by Soke DePasquale and Grand Master Joe Hess allowed Buckland numerous film, television, and magazine appearances as well as advanced stunt and Ju Jitsu training. 

Mr. Buckland is now a sought after seminar performer for the martial arts and action film industry. Buckland has appeared in numerous television documentaries including The Discovery channels “Hollywood’s Greatest Stunts”, The Learning Channels’ “Martial Arts The Real Story”, and A &Es “Mystical Origins Of The Martial Arts”. Buckland is also featured in the action films “Miami Vice”, “Pirate Soul”, “Red On The Blue”,  and “Bloodmoon”. “Requiem for a Pit Fighter” and “Quan Yin” include Robb in action sequences choreographed by Michael Depasquale Jr. , Joe Lewis, and directed by Art Camacho.

Mr. Buckland has served in the United States Army and in a security / executive protection capacity for such notable performers as Jo Dee Messina, Kevin Bacon, Joan Jett, Seigi Ozawa, Winton Marselles, Diamond Rio, Tony Hawk and others. Buckland acted as “Intercept team leader” for the Seminole Hard Rock Casino  Resort in Hollywood Florida. Buckland is currently in preproduction for a series of Combat Fitness videos.  

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Jun 14 2011

Accomodations for SummerFest

All of our friends who are coming to this years’ Summer Feast should be calling the listed hotels to make their overnight accommodations. Plymouth is very active during the summer months and the rooms are filling out fast.
Please look at the list provided and call to see who has what opened. There is not much available now. If you wait too much longer, you will have no place to stay.



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Jun 12 2011

Subscribe to GEM Free Newsletter

. . .I publish a number of free newsletters during the month, mostly relating to martial arts generally and quite a lot of issues involving the uechi-ryu community. Should you like to receive an occasional “from the gut” communications from me, click the “Subscribe” link.







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Jun 05 2011

June 12th Tourney. . . Don’t miss this one!

Hi Folks,

Just a friendly reminder we are running our tournament on June 12th.  It is this Sunday at the Jungleplex at 8 Natalie Way, Plymouth, MA.  The tournament for adults will start at 10am and the children will start at 12 noon.  I would suggest everyone to arrive an our or 30 minutes early.  I an also hoping to encourage all dojos to speak to their adults about competing. 
In the past around the early 70s, all competitions comprised of 75% adults and 25% children.  Now I see 99% children.  Whats up with our adults?  I feel it’s more important for our adults to get involved and meet others with like/kind interest.  How are we going to know one another if we never leave our little Idaho?
At this time, if you have anyone who may want to compete, you will need to go to www.uechiryukaratechampionshipseries.info to down load and application to send in.  If I receive it by a workable time and get their application processed, it will still count as pre-registered and pay the pre-registered fee. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me.  My direct office number is 508/746-3533.  If I am not in, your call will be transferred to my cell phone.
Thank you for your time.  Lets get our Uechi-Ryu spirit back.  We have a wonderful karate family.  Last year, Bob competed with Syd in our series and they are in their 70s.  That was one of the high lights of my martial arts experiences (and I’ve been in martial arts since 1960).  They were both awesome.  Lets use this venue to get together. 

Darin Yee

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Jun 02 2011

Canadian Uechi-ryu Workout

Hello all

On Sat. June 11th the Okinawan Uechi- Ryu Association will be hosting it’s first workout. This will be held at Patty Young’s Dojo in New Minas. The purpose of this is to get as many students and instructors from the clubs in the Province together for a fun sweat. There will be activities for juniors as well as adults.

It has been some time since we have tried having a Association in the Province and as different clubs take new  directions in their Uechi we need times to just have fun and workout together.

I have included a poster which I hope everyone can open. If you have any questions please contact me. Also if there is anyone and I know I don’t have everyone’s email please pass this on.

Victor Swinimer

Okinawan Uechi-Ryu Association

Contact Information
E-mail: victorsuechi@hotmail.com
Phone: 902-543-9551

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May 08 2011

Professional Titles in Uechi-ryu Karate

Professional Titles in Uechi-ryu Karate

Editors Note: The titles used in martial arts vary according to the different associations. When I tested for my Renshi, this examination took place at the Chairman of the Okinawa Karate Federation’s dojo following my 6th degree black belt test. Upon successfully passing this examination and test, I was allowed to put one gold bar on both ends of my belt. Typical political issues intervened and shortly after this, individual organizations began their own method of issuing these titles.

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Apr 26 2011

Sensei Joseph Frisella passes!!

Senior Uechi-ryu Black Belt teacher dies!

Joseph Frisella passed Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the age of 71. He began his study of Uechi-Ryu in 1970 with Charlie Earl at the Providence dojo. Joe worked out faithfully with Joe for 37 years. In 2007 Joe ran the dojo in Wakefield, RI and continued working out with Everett Chrisman.

During the past 2 years, Joe had been working out in both Rhode Island and driving twice a week to Plymouth, MA to work out with Darin Yee.

Joe was a Kyoshi-Nanadan in Uechi-Ryu. Joe had also compiled many years of Yang Tai-Chi. Recently, Joe began learning a southern darn doe form, southern stick form and Wong Fai Hong’s tiger crane hand set.

Joseph Frisella was indeed a great martial artist. He was open minded enough to understand our learning is never ending and maintained his quest for a better understanding. Joe was also educated and trained beyond any questions that he was a true master.

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Apr 21 2011

SummerFest Website

Click Here to view the all new Martial Art SummerFest website.

Currently we have updated a great deal of the information relating to this year’s event.

Check it out!


George Mattson

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