Note: There was a Forum outage last night. It was repaired around noon on January 10th. Some posts were lost in the process. I’ve received quite a few email from people who are still unable to get on the forums. This is because your web browser’s history is pulling up the saved forum page and not allowing you to view the latest. Just clear your browser’s history and you should be OK. Sorry for the problem, but these things do happen on occasion. Many thanks to Ted Suzman for repairing the Forums.
Hello Sensei Mattson I hope you and Susan are doing well and I am looking forward to seeing you in August. I have some news about what has been happening here in Uechi ryu. There will be a new inductee in the Karate Nova Scotia’s Karate Hall of Fame , Duncan MacLeod. He is being …View full post
I spent a really great extended weekend in N.H. with Buzz and Judy Durkin. They invited me to teach a class on Friday that that I really enjoyed. What hard working, energetic students and teachers. Thanks to all who attended. See you all in August at my annual Martial Arts Summerfest. This will be a …View full post
This year’s Winterfest featured, what I consider to be, a very interesting and important self-defense topic and test.The ability to combine a calm alertness with the skill to go from a normal walking or standing posture into a reaction-ready fighting mode able to deliver a strike within a fraction of a second . I’ve been training …View full post
Jan 11 2011
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Jan 07 2011
This year the Mount Dora Recreation Department will be hosting the FireDragon Challenge that is being conducted at the Martial Art WinterFest. We are inviting martial art schools to bring teams to compete in categories ranging from 5 year old children to 70+ year olds. The Challenge will be conducted Saturday, February 12th from 9AM – noon. Martial art instructors will be teaching basic sessions during the afternoon that will include introductory lessons in Uechi-ryu, sport karate sparring and traditional Okinawa weapons.
Registration for the Challenge begins at 9AM and will include lunch plus introductory martial art lessons during the afternoon. Registration fee only $15! (Click on image to view and print FireDragon poster)
Of course, George Mattson will once again head up a stellar list of senior martial art masters teaching at WinterFest on Friday and Saturday (February 11th & 12th). Details and registration information
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Jan 07 2011
TRIBUTE TO MY COUSIN MANNY NEVES
By: Manny Neves, 8th Dan, Kyoshi, Uechi-ryu Karate-Do
My cousin, Manny Neves, of Pawtucket Rhode Island died on November 22, 2010. He was a boxer, kickboxer, Muay Thai practitioner and Karate expert (8th Degree Black Belt). He was a mixed martial artist. He was the first to bring MMA to the state of Rhode Island. He held many State and Regional Championships along with numerous title belts. He was the reigning World Light Heavyweight Muay Thai Champion and the Rhode Island MMA Light Heavyweight Champion in 1999. In 1995-96 he received the prestigious Instructor of the Year award and was inducted into the Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2007. All fighting combined he had 108 wins and 12 losses. He ran the Elite Martial Arts academy in RI and was the founder of International Combat Entertainment (ICE Fighter). He’s my cousin, my friend and one of only two of my martial arts heroes. He was, an always will be, the real deal when it comes to fighting.
Mixed Martial Arts is one of the best things that’s happened to the martial arts in a long time. There’s no mistake as to who won a particular match. No 5-points and stop, no referee bias, no b-s. If I were younger, I’d definitely be in the ring with those guys. Keep the Faith, Continue the fighting spirit. Be true to yourself and know that there’s an angel in heaven looking after you warriors.
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Dec 23 2010
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Dec 16 2010
My children’s class really enjoyed 7th dan, Vincent Christiano’s visit last night (12/15/10). Vinny took the kids through a Sanchin kata, then went on to explain the five principles of Sanchin that make this unusual and unique kata so important in our system.
Following the advanced class, Vinny agreed to perform his favorite kata for the camera so I could post it as part of the Uechi-ryu “masters” dvd series. Clip his picture to view the kata and also those five principles of Sanchin which he explains so eloquently.
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Dec 15 2010
This is the first instructional video tape made on Uechi-ryu and one of the first on any martial art system. For many years it was the most popular video and later, when converted to DVD, continued to be the most popular title in the Uechi store.
When I decided to have the original tapes professionally restored and edited, this “Overview” tape was selected to be one of the first to undergo the full treatment. The finished product is a quality two DVD set that covers the “core” Uechi system along with over a half hour of timeless quality tips and suggestions for learning this great karate system.
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Dec 13 2010
Back in the mid 90s I got the idea that our karate association should communicate with our members more often and decided to publish a monthly video newsletter and mail it out to subscribers. Obviously this was before Facebook and way before the internet was something everyone could access. I purchased a very expensive, state of the art video editing machine, a $3000 brand new “hand held” video camera and began cranking out video newsletters.
I thought you might be interested in where my head was back then and will be posting clips from VidMag 1 that were just returned to me after being restored and edited. One of the segments of this first video focused on the 1995 Uechi-ryu World Championships and the preparations our team went through putting it together. Here is a short audio clip I pulled from the video, relating to what our team envisioned to be the attributes of a true Uechi-ryu Champion:
Sue wants me to remind everyone that she must mail my new book out this week in order for you to get it in time for Christmas. Don’t wait until you have to buy it on Ebay!!!
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Dec 08 2010
Dear KARATE Lovers
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It introduces One of the oldest ryu-ha “Kojo-ryu”.
One of the oldest ryu-ha, Kojo-ryu was established in 1392 when the best and the brightest Chinese called “Kume 36 families” came to Ryukyu kingdom and became a nationalized citizen of the country. The primogenitor of Kojo-ryu, Sai Jo, was from Fujian Province, China.
Sais started living in Kume village with other “Kume 36 families” and one of Sais family was named Kojo. Kojos became one of the warrior classes of Naha province. They worked for Ryukyu government for a long time and supported the kingdom. In the end of the 17th century, Kojo Pechin got together all the techniques of Kojo style and taught it to other Kojos. So Kojo-ryu as we know it today is based on Kojo Pechin’s style. The feature of Kojo-ryu is that you keep punching to attack and then finish with join constraint or throwing.
The original, Kojo Pechin was called “Umare Bushi,” means born warrior. The second, Sai Syo I was called “St. Tanme,” means great master. The third, Kojo, Isei was also called great master and he went to China, at that time Ming Dynasty, to practice Chinese martial arts under Chinese worrior, I Fa, with his cousin Kojo, Taitei.
Kojo, Isei also went to Ming in 1879, back in when Ryukyu became one of the Japanese prefectures. Hoewver, Ming was unquiet days at that time to change Qing Dynasty. Isei remained China and opened Karate Dojo there. As an aside, the primogenitor of Uechi-ryu, Kanbun Uechi practiced Karate under Kojo, Isei when he when to China.
Kojo, Isei’s cousin, Kojo, Taitei was also one of the greatest Karate masters and was good at many kinds of martial arts and Confucianism. It is famous that he argued with Kanryo Higaonna on Sanchin. And it is said that he taught Karate to Gichin Funakoshi for the first time.
The forth, Kahou Kojo [1849 ~ 1925]
The fifth, Saikyo Kojo [1873 ~ 1941]
The sixth, Kahu / Yoshitomi Kojo [1909 ~ 1996]
The seventh, Shigeru Kojo [1934 ~ 1999?]
All the masters of Kojo-ryu were great, but the seventh, Shigeru Kojo closed his dojo in 1975 because of sickness and after that, there is no listed dojo of Kojo-ryu in Okinawa. Since we don’t have Kojo-ryu dojo about 35 years in Okinawa, Kojo-ryu is called “Illusory Karate.” However, there is a Kojo-ryu dojo in Tottori prefecture, by Shingo Hayashi, disciple of Kahu / Yoshitomi Kojo.
It is said that every kata of Kojo-ryu was made along with Chinese zodiac.
In China, 36 mean many, a lot of. So “Kume 36 families” means “Many people of Kume village.”
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Dec 07 2010
I’ve been working very hard reworking the hundreds of archived films in my library. Since many of the films are of the seniors in Uechi-ryu, I’ve decided to start a series called the “Masters of Uechi-ryu”. In checking the many videos, I came across a really fascinating one and a half hour film taken in master Kosuke Yonamine’s dojo following the historic 1985 Okinawa WinterFest.
Yonamine sensei is truly one of the greatest martial artist I have ever known. He was the person who probably had the strongest body and techniques in the martial arts. Although the feats of strength he routinely peformed, amazed everyone, he strongly proclaimed that he was experimenting with his own body and asked that we all hold off practicing these extreme training methods until he could proclaim that such training was safe and something that might be added to the Uechi-ryu curriculum.
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