Jul 10 2010

The Reason For SummerFest

 

When I first ran SummerFests back in 1983 and ’84, we had more than 500 people show up during the five-day event on Thompson Island. The camp was a new experience for the Uechi community and no one quite knew what to expect.

Everyone was amazed by the great experience of spending a week with the living treasures of Okinawa and China. Imagine, having Grandmaster Kanei Uechi taking you through kata and providing corrections and fine tuning of your form. Imagine meeting many of the most famous Okinawan teachers, who before that week, students had only read about. And now you were actually working out with them! Imagine meeting all the senior North American instructors and being able to practice with them and learn many new and varied applications and techniques contained in our system.,

SummerFest was born and it was a huge success. With the passing of time and fracturing of Soke into more than 30 organizations, SummerFest survived and flourished, albeit with fewer numbers.

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Jul 10 2010

G.Mattson’s “Virtual” Dojo

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Join George Mattson’s
“Virtual” Dojo.
Monthly on-line classes
and technique critique.
Supplement your regular training
or work with sensei full time.
CLICK HERE for further information.

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Jul 06 2010

Raffi to teach at SummerFest

I should be at camp on Saturday at 1:00.  If you are agreeable, I would teach some Stick and Knife tactics. These tactics would focus more on the combative side of Filipino Kali. I will go over disarming your opponent, follow up striking, taking them to the ground and finishing techniques. If time permits, I will cover some empty handed applications as well.

It will be a fun and informative class.

As always, looking forward to seeing you and Susan as well as my Uechi brothers and sisters.

Respectfully,

Raffi A. Derderian Jr.

www.damajkd.com

www.derderian-academy.com

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Jul 05 2010

New Seminars for SummerFest

 

 

Our good friend Jake Steinmann will be one of our new presenters this year. He just sent me a brief summary of what he will be teaching. You don’t want to miss this one!
Introduction to the Muay Thai Clinch, PT. 1

These sessions will cover the fundamentals of the Thai style of upright wrestling, or clinch work. Sessions will focus on fundamental strategies, concepts, positions, and strikes from the clinch, as taught at the Sityodtong Muay Thai Academy.

Introduction to the Muay Thai Clinch, PT. 2

This session will build on the material covered in the first session, adding some escapes and throws, as well as more live drilling to help develop and cement skill in the clinch.

Introduction to the SPEAR System

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and drills behind Blauer Tactical Systems SPEAR system. We’ll discuss the physiological and biological roots of the system, and review some drills that are at the core of the system.


SummerFest Applications are coming in by fax and e-mail. Susan and I want to thank all the students, teachers and guests who took the time to pre-register.

We really do appreciate this extra effort on the part of SummerFest participants and presenters.If you haven’t sent in your registration, please do so as soon as possible.

You can register by e-mail (Click Here) or you can print out an application (Click Here) and fax it to us at 352-653-3132.

 

Thank you,
George E. Mattson

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Jun 28 2010

June 28, 2010 Newsletter

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Jun 18 2010

Uechi-ryu Seminars

Darin Yee, an IUKF board member is willing to teach seminars in all IUKF dojos upon request and if time is available.  They need to call or email Darin to arrange a date and time.

This is a fantastic opportunity to train with one a senior Uechi instructor who has an extensive Chinese Martial Art background and more importantly, able and willing to help Uechi practitioners understand how our art relates to its Chinese heritage and the many different systems Uechi-ryu is derived from.

A most interesting and educational experience.

Darin is one of the senior presentors at this year’s SummerFest. Don’t miss working with him. Best,

George E. Mattson


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Jun 18 2010

Free Seminar. . .

Darin Yee, an IUKF board member is willing to teach seminars in all IUKF dojos upon request and if time is available.  They need to call or email Darin to arrange a date and time.

 

This is a fantastic opportunity to train with one a senior Uechi instructor who has an extensive Chinese Martial Art background and more importantly, able and willing to help Uechi practitioners understand how our art relates to its Chinese heritage and the many different systems Uechi-ryu is derived from.

A most interesting and educational experience.

Darin is one of the senior presentors at this year’s SummerFest. Don’t miss working with him. Best,

George E. Mattson

 

From: TOWNSNDLAW@aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 20:41:56 -0400
Subject: Darin Yee’s Seminar

Dear Darin,

I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to come up and visit and teach at my Dojo on Memorial Day.  My students in attendance have been talking non stop about the different perspective you bring to Uechi teaching and the interrelationship between Uechi and your Kung Fu experience.

It is truly special to know that as an IUKF member and member school that we have access to such teaching and history.  My students have asked if you will be able to come back again soon and I assured them that we would definitely make that happen.

It is great to know that belonging to the IUKF affords us the opportunity, like we just had, to bring quality and different instruction into our Dojo to give the students the very best martial arts experience possible.

Thank you again my friend,

John Page, Sensei

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Jun 16 2010

IUKF Update

Free Seminars. . .

Darin Yee, an IUKF board member is willing to teach seminars in all IUKF dojos upon request and if time is available.  They need to call or email Darin to arrange a date and time.

This is a fantastic opportunity to train with one a senior Uechi instructor who has an extensive Chinese Martial Art background and more importantly, able and willing to help Uechi practitioners understand how our art relates to its Chinese heritage and the many different systems Uechi-ryu is derived from.

A most interesting and educational experience.


Darin is one of the senior presentors at this year’s SummerFest. Don’t miss working with him. Best,


George E. Mattson

 

From: TOWNSNDLAW@aol.com

Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 20:41:56 -0400
Subject: Darin Yee’s Seminar

Dear Darin,

I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to come up and visit and teach at my Dojo on Memorial Day.  My students in attendance have been talking non stop about the different perspective you bring to Uechi teaching and the interrelationship between Uechi and your Kung Fu experience.

It is truly special to know that as an IUKF member and member school that we have access to such teaching and history.  My students have asked if you will be able to come back again soon and I assured them that we would definitely make that happen.

It is great to know that belonging to the IUKF affords us the opportunity, like we just had, to bring quality and different instruction into our Dojo to give the students the very best martial arts experience possible.

Thank you again my friend,

John Page, Sensei

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Jun 13 2010

New Karate Kid Movie Review

Karate Kid – A major disappointment

By Bill Glasheen

Having seen this movie on the first night, here are my impressions.

* It isn’t karate. It’s kung fu. Correction… it’s mostly Wu Shu. Gone is the authenticity of the original movie, where virtually all techniques (except for the stupid crane thingie) were real and the pedestrian teaching methods ingenious. Now we have flash replacing real self defense. It’s Hollywood without a soul.

* Jackie Chan sold out being part of this movie. He’s a genuine physical genius. And yet we have just one fight where he takes on a gang of 13-year-olds. Okaaay…


* There’s nothing original about the plot. It’s a re-make of Karate Kid. Wax on, wax off becomes take the jacket off, hang it up, throw it down, pick it up. And as far as physical motion goes, it doesn’t transfer. I’ve used “wax on, wax off” to teach Uechi principles, as I have paint the fence and the house. But the clothing thing? It’s empty movement. There’s no effort involved in hanging a jacket up. Okinawan karate was about taking SERIOUS physical movement (farming and fishing), and transferring those body mechanics to martial movement. There’s no caffeine involved in lifting a coat.

* I know I’m going to offend people when I say this, but… What’s up with the fat chick in the Master Cho’s Taequondo Academy uniform hawking Korean martial arts in the lobby? To start with… this physical wreck of a human being needed a tailor. The obvious commercialism made me want to take a bath when I walked by her. And when they approached my 11-year-old son… Big mistake. Don’t send a girl out to do a woman’s job. And don’t send The Michelin Girl out to sell a commercial venture that’s supposed to be about fitness. (They’re certainly NOT about self-defense.) And the fashion statement? Don’t get me started.

* Gone is the charm of Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio. The movie is all about Jaden Smith’s acting debut. Ten years from now, people will be forgetting that it was a martial arts movie, and remembering that it was Jaden’s debut. Will Smith used martial arts, and gave nothing in return.

* What’s with the chi reference? Jackie Chan writes the character on the window of a train. And then of course they can’t really deliver on what “it” is. They could have skipped that entirely. But I did chuckle with Dre Parker’s (Jaden Smith) predictable “Star Wars” and the force allusion.

* The fight scenes in the tournament (yes, the plot is almost scene by scene a copy) were fun in a gymnastic sense, but I wasn’t inspired.

* Dre Parker (Jaden) is a kid and not a teenager. He doesn’t really pull the part off very well.

On the plus side…

* The movie makes my Snowball thread appear ingenious. Those involved in embellishing the plot get what I see in terms of the many benefits of music.

* The “swarming of the wolves” scene where the kung fu academy students hunt down Dre Parker was authentic, creative, and pulse-throbbing. This leads up to the predictable scene where Jackie Chan takes on the gang and then offers to teach young Dre Parker. Well done!

* Cheng (Zhenwei Wang) as the bully kid in the “bad” martial arts school steals the show (IMHO). His acting is almost as good as his martial skills. I wouldn’t be looking for “best supporting actor” awards, but his acting and his martial prowess save an otherwise bad movie. Look for him in future martial arts movies.

* The context of a family having to move from a depressed Detroit auto economy to a vibrant China auto industry was both poignant and… interesting. Wink

I’m not saying don’t see it. But I will say that the entire experience was a big disappointment. I remember how pleasantly surprised I was after seeing Karate Kid with my UVa martial arts buddies. This was as disappointing as that was surprising. And the movie is eminently forgettable.

It’s so bad that I guarantee someone will re-make the re-make. The opportunity is out there for the next generation. And this trio of movies will make for interesting material in some future college film class.

On a final note… The movie will probably do well anyhow. But not all commercial successes are works of art.

- Bill

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