Photos from the SummerFest.
For years, Uechi practitioners were satisfied with the gold stripes representing the titles of Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi. At one time, a board of Okinawa grandmasters awarded these titles. Kiyohide Shinjo and I were two of the first recipients of the Renshi gold stripe after being interviewed and tested by one of the Titles committee board …View full post
On behalf of the IUKF Dojo committee I am very excited to announce that Grand Master George Mattson will be conducting a seminar for the IUKF Dojos and IUKF members on Saturday Nov 8th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Owner Sensei Peter Pippos of Peter Pippos Karate Center in Acton Mass will be hosting …View full post
These very special pins, with a screw-back, have been out of stock for many years. I discovered the original art work for these pins during a storage unit visit and decided to have them recreated in a new 1″ diameter size and a 3/8″ screw-post. (To ensure a secure attachment.) Retail price, only $15 for …View full post
Thank you very much for attending our timekeeper, scorekeeper and corner judging seminar. We are striving to make our tournaments as fair, impartial and enjoyable as possible for all our students. I also want our judges to understand tournaments are not a “must win” for our personal dojos. We are all Uechi-Ryu and we wish …View full post
Uechi Ryu Black Belts, Have you ever thought about taking the next step in your Uechi Ryu training and possibly opening your own Uechi Ryu school? If you imagine having a large school or a small dojo, the IUKF can help support and guide you in your dream of being a dojo …View full post
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Aug 07 2010
So many people love our “Harley” (Wheaton Terrior) that when I learned that one is available for adoption, I wanted to give the Uechi world a “heads up”. My golfing buddy, Bill Hollingsworth,who is a volunteer for a Florida rescue center, requests that anyone interested in “Molly”, contact Melissa:
Melissa Nelson in Miami, Florida
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Greater Tampa Bay
Remember – Sue and I drove all the way to Kansas for “Harley” and would do it again in a second.
Here is more information:
George–this Molly is the dog that has to be placed in a new home due to financial reasons–the current owner has three Wheatens and is in a divorce process and can’t afford the upkeep on more than one dog–she is keeping the 13 year old — the third dog was placed last Sun.–Molly is available (without a fee).
Molly is 10 years old and has been with the same owner since it was a puppy. she is AKC registered and a very sweet girl I’m told. I have not seen the dog but have talked to the current owner who is so sad she has to give the dog up!! Molly needs groomed and brought up-to-date on meds. Because the current owner had to go back to work the dogs are left alone for 10 hours a day and that is sad!!! If you can help find a home for her you would be a HERO and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Fl. would be greatfull!! Thanks for looking and hopefully helping–Bill
This information is from the rescue center:
Molly and Morgan are pure bred Wheatens. They have been together since they were puppies and tragically, they now need a new home. Their person has fallen on hard times and can no longer afford to take care of them. Molly is 10 and Morgan is 13. If you are an older person, they would be a perfect pair for you. They are sweet, healthy dogs just looking for a loving home to live out their golden years. We would like to place them together but will separate them if we must. Could you find it in your heart to adopt these two wonderful dogs? They are located near Cocoa, FL. There would be no adoption fee. Please call us or go to our website at http://flwheatenclub.org/ and click on Rescue to fill out the adoption application.
Molly and Morgan is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered
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Aug 04 2010
Rory was at SummerFest all three days and conducted numerous seminars on subjects covered in his “Meditations on Violence” book and topics that will be in his new book that is being published soon. Rory will be in Boston all week and if you have the opportunity to participate in one of his seminars, please do.
In this Youtube video, Sensei Jason Gould of Boston’s Emerald Necklace Martial Arts sits down with Rory Miller, self-defense and tactics expert and author of “Meditations on Violence.” The two discuss martial arts and real world violence: decisonmaking under stress, legal and ethical aspects of self-defense, conflict de-escalation, and the dynamics of fighting.
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Jul 25 2010
Summer Camp 2010!!!!
I just wanted to take a second and say I am really looking forward to seeing all of my Uechi friends/family next weekend.
Sadly, I am only able to attend on Saturday. Should be there around 10:30 or so. Won’t be able to stay the entire day but will stay as long as I can. I will teach as much or as little as Sensei needs.
It is great to say I have two JKD students coming to camp (they will be there earlier than me for sure) as well as one Uechi student. My JKD guys are looking forward to working with Rory as they bought his book and are anxious to meet him.
I will be teaching a class on weapons. Specfically stick and knife. This will be a very combative class. No drills or patterns. Just some nasty Filipino stuff. Perhaps some empty hand tactics as well.
I will NOT have many extra sticks and knives. Please bring your own if you can.
Sensei, please set aside one copy of your new book for me.
Take care folks,
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Jul 25 2010
Attention all Uechi-ryu students and instructors. . .
This is a program you don’t want to miss. . .
Dear JLFS Black Belts and Fellow Martial Artists,
You are cordially invited to attend my 11th Annual Joe Lewis Research Conference. This one-of-a-kind event takes place October 7-10, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. It will be hosted by Mike Allen and Eddie Dominguez at the Hilton Airport Westshore Hotel in Tampa, Florida.
The event is fewer than 80 days away so start making your reservations now in order to get the best travel rates.
Imagine taking part in the world’s only and most challenging research conference that offers personable, accessible, beneficial, and unique training—and yet— personally mentored by the first martial artist to open up a kickboxing school in North America (Dr. Maung Gyi), the Legendary Father of American Kickboxing (Joe Lewis), and also the first World Champion to establish kickboxing on National television (Bill “Superfoot” Wallace).
In addition to these three legends’ seminars, we have a distinguished line-up of guest instructors who will be sharing with you their knowledge and experience. Each seminar has a unique theme and every instructor is either a JLFS certified Black Belt as well as having certification in numerous other systems, or has widespread recognized credentials as being the top cutting-edge instructor in his field. We also have 3 Grandmasters of their own system teaching at the camp. We only pick the top cutting-edge instructor candidates to ensure that you not only have knowledge access from them, but also that you will acquire and fully gain the best possible experience.
True Breadth of Knowledge—“Second to None”
Whether you are a world champion fighter, a successful school owner, or a newcomer, each year we turn it up another notch by consistently raising the bar, offering a blend of both old school and modern day martial arts training skills. The following is a list of our featured instructors and their respected disciplines. Private lessons are available besides our regular scheduled classes. Thursday, Oct 7th, is our beginning day set aside for greetings, sparring, and those being tested for black belt rank.
The instructors for this year’s conference include:
(click “Ctrl” key and the name of the instructor to view their website)
(Private lessons scheduled by request)
2010 Conference Theme:
“Putting the Life Back into Your Training”
“It’s not the amount of training you’ve done in your life,
It’s the amount of life you’ve put into your training.”
Attention: Auditioning Brave Martial Artists Only
Martial artists used to train hard, sometimes for hours every day. Honor and respect traveled both up and down the chain of command. There was no “King of the Hill” or school bully.
A place in time where the most appropriate environment for learning was a level playing field—where the weakest white belts were allowed, and felt accepted and supported. You were never made to feel inadequate or less than those who were stronger—and yet, you felt at home training side by side with world champions. The doors to the workout floor were always open whether you were in top shape or struggling to get back into it.
You did not have to wonder whether or not if what you were being taught was the best cutting-edge methods to ever exist. And when you trained, you felt that indomitable fighting spirit that permeated the entire classroom.
Do you ever miss leaving the classroom with this same, familiar surge of passion anticipating the next class, because in your gut there was that freshly released energy that even words could not describe? Wasn’t it great in those days when valorous camaraderie was always the order of the day?
You think martial arts only used to be that way—-IT STILL IS!
I extend to you the challenge of a lifetime to come and train with those who represent an association that speaks to the dignity of that which is still the soul of a true martial artist.
Looking forward to greeting you,
Former World Karate/Kickbox Champion
United States Marine Corps (Member of 1st combat unit in Viet Nam—8th Marine Brigade)
“I will show you the pathway, but the answer about discovering
how to get to where you want to go is left up to you.”
Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
2225 North Lois Ave.
Tampa FL 33607
We have a dedicated contact from the Hilton to address any issues related to this event including hotel reservations.
Cindy Colley Senior Sales Manager
Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
2225 North Lois Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33607
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(Request “JLFS Conference Rate – $99) – Rate code is “JLEW”
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Jul 22 2010
Bring your own lunch and register at the Maritime Academy (See Susan) DayTrips Only. . . $150
Looking forward to seeing you all Friday morning at 6:30AM. Meet at the tent!
To be listed, all performance tests must be authorized by administrator and certified passed by two approved witnesses.
Stage 1: Maximum push-ups that can be done in a minute. These will be flat-handed pushups, with elbows rubbing against the body (sort of like karate fist pushups). I’m still debating on whether or not to ask for fist pushups. Right now I think not, but opinions welcome here.
Quickly go to stage 2.
Stage 2: Maximum pull-ups that can be done in a minute. (This is the one I want to do a little more research on.) You get one shot here. Once your feet touch the ground, you are done.
Quickly go to stage 3:
Stage 3: Maximum sit-ups that can be done in a minute. These will be bent-knee situps with a partner holding your feet.
Quickly go to stage 4:
Stage 4: You get one minute to do 2 tries at a standing broad jump. Your best effort is your score.
Quickly go to stage 5:
Stage 5 : Maximum number of “squats” that can be done in a minute. A squat is to be done down to thigh-parallel, and then stand completely up. Any squat that doesn’t go down that far, or goes all the way down does not count. Judge will stop you if form gets unacceptable.
Quicly go to stage 6:
Stage 6: A one-mile run.
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Jul 20 2010
“Train Hard and Train Smart!”
Functional and fun drills for all ability levels to improve ones speed, strength and overall athletic ability.
Joint mobility exercises that will allow you to keep training for years to come.
Andrew E. Moores
Director of Training
Atlantic Karate Training Center
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Jul 15 2010
There are many articles, photographs and updates now available on the new SummerFest 2010 link, found in the left frame of this website. One update you should read and print out can be found HERE. The new schedule of activities and seminar categories link is part of this update.
Buzz and Judy Durkin will be teaching seminars on Saturday and possibly on Friday. Andy Moore will be with us as well and will give everyone a taste of what his SummerCamp specializes in. You don’t want to miss it!
Be sure to bring your Bo weapon and take advantage of John Hassell’s fantastic instruction.
I’m getting many calls from senior instructors like John Spenser who will be with us and teaching. John will be teaching Friday - Sunday!
Oh yes, I’ll be bringing a copy of my new book and it will be on display in the Registration room. Susan will be taking orders and I’m expecting most if not all the remaining copies will be spoken for by Sunday.
Haven’t sent in your application yet??? Please do it now. You don’t want to miss this year’s SummerFest.
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