Dec 03 2009

See you all in a week!

Just a note to let everyone know I’ll be out-of-touch for a week, starting Friday. IUKF is conducting a dan test in Bermuda and David Berndt and I are leaving our cell phones and computers home for the duration.

I’ll be updating the WinterFest site in two weeks, but if you want to take advantage of the great airfares, be sure to book your flights now. Click Here for details and application!

Just confirmed. . . Bob Elder will be a presenter at WinterFest:


Bob Elder doing double cutToyama Batto Jutsu History:

See back pages of “Cutting Targets with the Japanese Sword – Practical Tameshigiri and Battodo for the Modern Swordsman” by Richard W. Babin, MD with Sensei Bob Elder.

Bob Elder Sensei Background: Bob is a native Floridian and has been involved in martial arts since 1971.  He studied Isshin Ryu Karate for 10 years from Bob Earls and later from his teacher Bob Bremer Sensei.  Wanting to learn Japanese Swordmanship for a long time and being a Japanese sword collector and dealer since 1979, Bob had to endure that wait for the right time and right teacher ordeal.  Bob knew several sword practitioners that came into his martial arts supplies shop (owned since 1979), but did not see what he was looking for until the seminar taught by Hataya Sensei at Art Rotts Chito Ryu dojo in Apopka took Place.  That was the turning point in Bob’s life.

We are very honored to have Bob as a presenter. He is an excellent practitioner and teacher.



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Nov 20 2009

Uechi’s China Link

Uechi-ryu practitioners are indeed very fortunate to have someone of Darin Yee’s ability willing to share his experiences in Chinese martial arts with us, helping us all understand the history and connection our Uechi-ryu has with China. . . the originators of the roots and core methods of our style. Darin has been reluctant to share this information, as many may feel he is attempting to take credit away from Okinawa and our teachers who learned our style from Kanbun Uechi. I’ve convinced Darin to present two seminars on this topic at WinterFest, which will be held in Mound Dora, Florida the last weekend in February. I hope you will all join us and benefit from what should be a very interesting and informative weekend. G.E.Mattson

For the past 25 years, I have been studying southern style kung fu in southern china especially around the Fujhou Providence.  The concentration was on styles which contain movements similar to those which we practice in our Uechi-Ryu.

As a result, I’ve found our movements in almost every major system practiced in southern china.  Most if not all our Uechi-Ryu movements are contained in the original, authentic hung gar style whose master form is the “Tiger – Crane double image”.  Although the movements are not performed with the same insight which we are taught, they are all done in the same motion and taught the exact way which they are to be used.  There is very little room for various, individual interpitations.

I know there are people who think my practice of Uechi-Ryu resemble kung fu and not the Uechi-Ryu karate everyone else has practiced their entire martial art life.  I do not disagree.  My practice of Uechi-Ryu does very much shout “kung-fu”.  After 50 years of kung fu and 40 years of Uechi-Ryu, my practice of the martial arts has to reflect my life’s studies.  After all, where did Kanbun Uechi study?  Was it not kung fu in southern China?


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Nov 02 2009


WinterFest, 2010

Thursday, February 25… golf: Join me and my Florida friends for a round of golf at the beautiful Mount Dora Golf Club. We will have extra clubs for those who don’t wish to bring their clubs.

Friday, February 26…Uechi-ryu karate and Okinawa weapon seminars. We are expecting a large turnout this year, including many of my friends and students from New England. Classes will be held indoors and outdoors at Mount Dora Donnelly Park Building in downtown Mount Dora. Friday evening we will party and karaokei at water’s edge at the picturesque Crazy Gator restaurant.

Saturday, February 27… Uechi-ryu karate and Okinawa weapon seminars will continue all day at the Donnelly Park Building.

Make your flight plans early to obtain the best prices. The weather is fantastic, the training will be, as always, excellent and I promise you will have a great time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Lots of Martial Art celebrities will be in attendance and will be teaching seminars this year. Click the WinterFest link to view the latest updates.

My new book will be officially released at this year’s WinterFest with a Friday lunchtime press conference and Saturday evening party at Crazy Gators.

Please Note: If this is the first time you have heard about the book’s publication, you must not be on my Newsletter mailing list (check the box in lower left frame). Click Here to purchase your copy before all 500 are sold!

George E. Mattson


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Oct 11 2009

Conflict Continuum Seminar

Highly Recommended!!!

If you are going to be in or near Florida On October 17th, January 30 (2010), March 20th or May 15, be sure to make plans to attend Rick Liebespach’s four part series focusing on Upright Fighting, Grappling, Ground Work, Weapons and Lessons of a Lifetime.

The first seminars in this series will be held October 17th in Brandon, FL at the Golden City Gymnastics, 930 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Times of the three sessions are 11am-1pm, 2pm- 5pm and 6pm – 8pm.

For detailed information, please e-mail Rick.

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Oct 08 2009

Invitation to test your Uechi-ryu!!!

I was asked to post this article by Darin Yee. . . A senior Uechi-ryu practitioner/teacher and Board member of IUKF.

By now, most of you know my position regarding “reality” vs “art” as it relates to running a dojo, but in case you haven’t read any of my books or articles, I believe that the best way to approach teaching Uechi-ryu is to honestly inform your students that we teach the “art” of Uechi-ryu that happens to consist of self-defense techniques, mindset and practice! This statement makes no claims or promises of future ability to defend yourself or guarentees that a student’s training will transfer into competent action when needed.

I teach Uechi-ryu as an art that can be practiced in whatever manner the student desires. What is practiced in the dojo is the development of tools and the reinforcement of those tools use through practice. 100/% of where this training evolves and where it can go is up to the student.

Darin eloquently addresses those teachers who lie to their students about their training and criticize anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their methods. I’ve certainly heard these argument many times in the past and even now listen to pompous Uechi teachers who brag about how tough they are and how their “special” brand of Uechi is so far superior over anyone elses! In the past we simply had to listen to the “talkers” but today there exists ways in which these “talk warriors” can demonstrate their skills and the value of their dojo “real” training.

So. . . all you word warriors who wish to validate your specific brand of Uechi. . . please take Darin up on his offer to place you in a cage where all your warrior skills can be demonstrated to the rest of us. But if you elect not to do this, please don’t spend any more time telling the rest of us how to train or teach.

George Mattson



It has been brought to my attention there are those who feel their Uechi-ryu is the one and only proper and usable Uechi-ryu training in existence. Not only are these improper teachings to your students but a detriment and an insult to all who train or teach.

We who are dedicated martial artist should approach all who train with respect and an open mind. No two persons are exactly the same and their perceptions of their training are in some way different. We are in many circumstances smaller, taller, stronger or faster then the next person. In absolutely no case are we in any way superior to the other because of our strengths or differences.

Any instructor who preaches this to his or her students either lacks self confidence or is beating his own drums too loudly out of sync. Someday their students will learn the truth in a very disappointing manner. Sadly enough, these will be the same instructors who will blame their students rather then themselves.

As I’ve always taught my student we are all connected to the tree of Uechi-ryu rooted in its humble beginnings as Pon Gai Noon. We as sensei are the branches all reaching in a slightly different direction. The many leaves are our students whom we nourish, feed and direct. Together, our tree grows larger and stronger. If we choose to break off and try to root individually, we may perish or if faith should have it, begin a slow growth.

If we are void the virtues of loyalty, respect, honesty and integrity, what are we really teaching our students? Can we truly tell them this is bushido? What happens when our followers learn their leader violated every aspect of virtue they preach? They propagate rules yet they implement them only when certain rules enhance their purpose. They plagiarize and take credit for its origins. They take heroic stories and place themselves as the main characters. They spin situations and tell half truths to create unnecessary drama. Not much difference in the situations at Jonestown and Waco.

In conclusion I would add I will be hosting 5 signed contracts for MMA events at my facility with several thousand spectators. Those who believe their training is far superior through the persuasion of their instructor could make a fair dollar from your unmatched training by contacting me to sign for a fight. I have a few students who will be willing to enter a cage but without that pompous attitude. I’m sure as the owner of the venue I can persuade the promoter to add a couple of fight to his card.

Darin Yee

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Sep 09 2009

Towards a Dynamic Sanchin Stance

Towards a Dynamic Sanchin Stance

by David Mott
Grandmaster Kanei Uechi and Ryuko Tomoyose checks Tim Horgan’s Sanchin
Sanchin stance is a brilliant stance.  It protects the inside surfaces of our legs,
helps to protect our groin from upward sweeping kicks, helps to protect our knees from being damaged by an outside kick, guards the shin bones from straight-on kicks, and distributes the weight of the body in a dynamic way.
We all know this.  What this article addresses, however, is that over the years, I have observed a tendency for Uechi-ryu karateka to assume the stance in a static way.  To be sure, for the body to accommodate the “pigeon toed” front foot and to make sure that the back foot is fully squared off takes work.  I doubt that anyone initially finds the stance comfortable or even meaningful.  But once body memory and an accurate feeling of the stance takes over and we don’t have to look down to see if we’ve correctly positioned our feet, the stance gets assumed as we get interested in the power of our strikes.  Actually, it is in direct relation to the power of our strikes that the stance becomes dynamic.

Here’s what I suggest you investigate.  At Cold Mountain Dojo the stance is taught using the model of either a motorcycle or a bicycle.  In both cases the driving force is through the rear wheel.  And in both cases the front wheel serves to stabilize (taking the bumps, steering etc.).  The toed in position of the front foot in sanchin stance brilliantly acts to stabilize the power connected to the rear foot.  (By the way, make sure that your knees are always in alignment with your feet.  The stance’s effectiveness is severely compromised by the knees pulled towards one another or bowing out away from each other.)  With this model, the legs are not stiffly pulled into opposition and the weight distribution is not precisely 50/50.  

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Sep 01 2009

Collision Dynamics in Karate

Collision Dynamics in Karate


by Rick Garrelts

I conceive that the chief aim of the physicist in discussing a theoretical problem is to obtain ‘insight’—to see which of the numerous factors are particularly concerned in any effect and how they work together to give it. For this purpose a legitimate approximation is not just an unavoidable evil; it is a discernment that certain factors—certain complications of the problem—do not contribute appreciably to the result. We satisfy ourselves that they may be left aside; and the mechanism stands out more clearly freed from these irrelevancies. This discernment is only a continuation of a task begun by the physicist before the mathematical premises of the problem could even be stated; for in any natural problem the actual conditions are of extreme complexity and the first step is to select those which have an essential influence on the result—in short, to get hold of the right end of the stick.

—A. S. Eddington


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Aug 25 2009

Can training with Bokken help your Sanchin stance? Yes

Can training with Bokken help your Sanchin stance?  Yes!
I developed a routine that might be helpful to students who train both weapons (Bo Bokken, Jo or other) and their Uechi-Ryu Sanchin. Here’s how:
To paraphrase Musashi  ”Let your everyday walk become your warrior walk”. Keep that
In mind. Oftentimes students practicing bokken drills will step forward and execute a downward strike in concert with the footwork. Timing is key and this is very handy drill, especially the 180 turn at the end as you resume stepping and striking along the line you started at.
However the more interesting drill and very useful adaptation is similarly stepping and striking downward while stepping forward in alternating 45 degree angles off to the left then right.  Advancing forward in a zig-zag like fashion. Lease note that timing the downward strike with the turn to 45 degrees off of center line will create and reinforce a good sanchin stance with back leg sharply coming into play to lock the stance as the bokken tip lowers. As you turn to the opposite 45 and execute another strike the alternate leg becomes the front leg, and once again the back leg moves forward sharply to complete the stance as the bokken tip comes down. Practice several sets of this enjoyable drill and you should see improvement in your sanchin footwork.
Best wishes training.
Ethan B. Miller

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Aug 22 2009

The 2009 Okinawa Traditional KarateDo World Tournament

By Manuel T. Neves, Jr., Hachidan Uechiryu KarateDo, Godan, Okinawan KobuDo

Recently, I, along with my son, Jared and daughter, Juliana had an opportunity to visit Okinawa. The main purpose of our visit was to see Yoshiharu Arakaki, Kaicho (Chief) of the World Uechiryu KarateDo Syoubukai Federation. He was moving the hombu (head) dojo of the federation (of which I am a member) from the Yaeguebaru District to the area of Gushikawa. I wanted to see it and be a part of the transition. Being one of Master Kanei Uechi’s most dedicated students, he’s doing a great job of keeping the dento (original) practice alive and well. We also went there for continuous KobuDo practice. KobuDo has become a significant part of our training at the Neves Karate Academy, both at the Lynn, MA and Plympton, Ma dojo.


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