Jun 26 2009

Five Weapons of Uechi-ryu’s Hiraken Strike

Update from Darin Yee. . .


Hi George,

Can you please list on your site I will be canceling my July 11th event for children due to the time I need to spend on a couple of my kids look to get promoted at summer camp.  If they want this to happen, I can’t afford to let any Saturdays go.  I will still hold the August 7 adult get together.  I’ve already hired a band to play.

If you have any questions, please give me a call.  Thank you.



Five Weapons of Uechi-Ryu’s Hiraken Strike

1984 SummerFestBy Ethan Miller, nidan

While testing for my shodan test in 1994 one of the questions I was asked by the test board was to name a strike that was being shown. It was the hiraken, and I was then asked to explain how it was used. After I did this, I of course wondered. What was I missing? The hiraken strike often shows up as a single or double strike to the temple area. This is convenient, because the trusted “iron arm” position also acts to deflect a strike or lift the arms of an opponent. My experience with the hand position is that it is much more versatile. In fact it seems to me to be the most composite of the strikes seen in Uechi-Ryu. I have seen the hiraken demonstrated two different ways by very senior practitioners. I call the first “flat” and the second “closed”. The flat position has a gap between the top thumb knuckle and the fingertips. The closed position has the fingertips tucked behind the thumb knuckle tightly. These two positions alter the fist shape and stress one weapon over another. In fact other styles may name the two positions differently.

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Jun 23 2009

IUKF Annoucement



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Jun 07 2009

SummerFest Time!!!

Shihan Joe Pomfret!

Joe Pomfret will be a SummerFest Presenter again this year! Although there may be one or two of the 3/4 million people who visit this site every month who don’t know Shihan Pomfret or his superstar student, Joe Lauzon, I suspect the vast majority of you will recognize his name and incredible fighting skills.
What many of you may not appreciate, though, is that Joe is one of the world’s most talented as well as “gifted” martial art instructor, capable of clearly and simply transmitting his knowledge to students.

Even though Joe is a superb “ground” fighter, he has never abandoned his “stand-up” core-uechi-ryu fighting background. Joe and his students win many of their MMA matches with their powerhouse “standup” techniques.

Looking for a way to prepare for Joe’s seminars? Why not order Joe’s two DVD and begin practicing the fundamentals of ground fighting, taught by best.

Joe has two really great DVDs for sale on this site. The first one, VidMag 24: Joe Pomfret’s Grappling for ‘Stand-up’ Martial Artists is a “must have” video for the traditional “stand-up” martial artist. Learn the basics of GroundFighting, including the “Shoot”, “Hooks” and other very workable techniques. Learn how to get your opponent to the ground, how to keep him there and how to apply submission holds. Demonstratred and taught in an easily understood manner.

Pomfret’s RSD II

Joe Pomfret, assisted by Joe Lauzon, has come up with a dynamite follow-up to his fantastic basic grappling video. This DVD focuses on a new type of grappling pre-arranged kumite that Joe suggests will aid the traditional martial artist improve their ground fighting skill. Another “must have” for your library and one that you will use over and over in your training

See you “on the beach” for Sanchin!


George E. Mattson


Uechi Rocks Ts now available!

Order your Tshirts now! Available on your Uechi Store Site. Just CLICK HERE!

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Jun 04 2009

Uechi-ryu Seminars in Plymouth, MA

All are invited to workout in Plymouth, MA this Friday!. . .


Lets workout


An adult get-together will be on Friday, August 7. This event will start at 7pm with a light workout. At 8:30pm we will change back to our street cloths and go into our lounge where there will be a band waiting to play for our enjoyment. I will have munchies for us. If you would like some real food, I will ask the café to stay open for a heavier meal. I am asking for a $10 contribution from each adult but it’s not mandatory.


I would like to do this once a year so the Uechi family can get together in a non competitive situation and enjoy each other’s company in friendship and fun. Please invite your significant other to attend with you as I will hire a band and dancing is a definite possibility.

I will even make deals with neighboring hotels for you if you feel you live too far to drive after a few drinks. We hold many sports events here and have a very good relationship with many of the hotels.


I hope you will support this as we do not get together often enough to know, understand respect each other.

Strength, Honor and Respect,

Darin Yee


Click Here for directions and “JunglePlex website!

Darin Yee can be reached at 508-958-7000 should you have any questions.

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Jun 02 2009

New “Uechi Rocks” Tshirts

New Special edition “Uechi Rocks” T-shirts!

Max and Mia, two future Uechi Champions, designed a new Tshirt for this year’s SummerFest. And in today’s FedEx is the result! Available in all sizes and four colors. Very limited number will be available this week. Watch for details.


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May 25 2009

To Contribute Articles


We are looking for Uechi-ryu.com Editors:

The process is very simple. You must contact me and let me know the kind of column you would like. Although it doesn’t have to be martial art related, I’d prefer articles that would be of interest to the M.A community.

I’m looking for someone to cover the mixed martial art tournament scene. Someone else who would enjoy discussing Okinawa M.A. history. How about a column on “the teachers” of Uechi-ryu; especially articles on some of the many Okinawa teachers who don’t get a lot of publicity.

A good column requires interesting photographs. Our new website allows you to copy photos from the web or from your computer. Submitting an article is real simple as well. You just click a link, write your article and click a button. All the work is done for you.



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May 25 2009

SummerFest Archives

SummerFest Archives:

As we unearth old and forgotten articles and photographs, they will be included here in the “Archives”. If you have something interested that you would like to contribute, please e-mail either the length or the actual material to me and I will post it.

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May 25 2009

Local Lodging

Susan and I have checked out nearby Motels and have rated them based on location, facilities and cleanliness. I suggest that you make your reservations early, since our camp is conducted in “high” season when most rooms on the Cape are booked. Call Motels for information and reservations. Although we checked out these facilities, they are in no way associated with our camp or with the camp’s directors.

Susan’s Rating Motel Name Other ratings Address Price, if available
***** Bay Motor Inn AAA rated 223 Main St. Buzzards Bay MA 02532 Room rates available in Feb
**** Yankee Thrift Motel
Good value, lrg rooms, best w/full kitchen Rt28 & Trowbridge Rd $49 – $70
*** Buttermilk Bay Inn
60 years old. Near road to (rocky) Onset Beach 3224 Cranberry Highway, Buzzards Bay MA 02532 $75 – $190
**** Inn on Onset Bay
Large selection of cottages 181 Onset Ave Onset, MA 02558 Call
***** Onset Pointe Inn
Vry popular, may be booked! 9 Eagle Way
Onset MA 02558
$85 – $200
*** Eastern Inn
Good value 6 Bourne Bridge Approach Sat&Sun camp price: $190
*** Best Western
Nice but expensive 100 Trowbridge Rd. Bourne, MA 02532 $139 – $169

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May 25 2009

SummerFest Important Information

2010 SummerFest Highlights

IUKF believes that “master” ranks should be awarded for meritorious deeds and services performed for the Uechi community. We believe that it is important for the recipients of these ranks and titles receive their awards in the presence of their peers, family and students. Therefore IUKF has set aside Saturday evening at SummerFest for this very moving and formal ceremony.

This year (2010) I am very proud to announce the promotion of Robert Campbell to the rank of 9th dan. Van Canna will be accepting the certificate on Robert’s behalf and will be presenting it to him in September when Robert will be in the United States.

Receiving theirNanadan (7th degree) promotions will be Jerry McDonald and Gary S. Santaniello. Receiving their Rokudan (6th degree) promotions will be Justin Testa and Harry Skeffington.

The ceremony will be held Saturday evening. GEM The ceremony will be held Saturday evening from 7-8PM. GEM


NOTE: Please bring and use lots of Sunblock on all exposed skin! (Don’t forget your feet!) Bring a “fanny” pack to store your room key, money and other valuables. Make sure your name is on the pack in case you lose it. $25 charge for all lost keys A locksmith must change locks when you lose a key!  Drink lots of water! WEAR A HAT!!!!!

All camp participants must wear name tag at all times. Maritime personnel will be patrolling site. For insurance purposes, only registered people (wearing a badge) may participate in activities.    

Updates will be posted at the Bell and will be announced hourly.

I wish to thank you for attending this, the most important Uechi-ryu event of the year. The Summer Camp has evolved into an annual gathering of martial arts friends. . . a time to share experiences, training tips and techniques. . . a time to focus on the pure enjoyment of “working out”!

There are no politics at the camp. Regardless of the style, association or origin of your martial art, you are welcome here. We are only interested in your willingness to work together in friendship and in the “Budo” spirit demonstrated by Grandmaster Kanei Uechi during his lifetime and especially during his visits to our Summer Camps.

The Maritime Academy has proven to be a wonderful host for our camp. In our many previous events at this location, they have allowed us a great deal of freedom, while providing the essential services needed for a successful weekend. In order to maintain this relationship, please note the following rules:
1 Emergency Telephone number: Campus Police: 508-726-0798 Remember… emergencies Only.
I can be contacted at 352-434-9906 ANYTIME.

In-house Phone Numbers:
Non emergency: 1025
Campus Police: 911
Bourne Police: 9911

2. No furniture is to be moved or exchanged between rooms.

3. Keys must be returned by 1:30pm Sunday. However… you may use your room to shower following the Sunday afternoon session and you may leave your luggage in the room until 5pm.

4. No linen will be supplied by the Academy. You must bring your own.

5. No bare feet inside any building. (State Law)

6. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed anywhere except during the Friday and Saturday night parties in the Spinniker Lounge. . No drinking, smoking or partying in the dorms!Campus police will check this year!

7. Minors are not allowed any alcoholic beverages! All adults are asked to help enforce this.

To make the seminars more enjoyable:

8. New/er students: Work out your schedule with a senior. Participate in seminars that are geared for your rank. You may participate in “specialty” seminars in order to determine interest or to satisfy your curiosity. Be very careful when practicing. You are responsible for your actions!

9. We are fortunate to have many martial art dignitaries present with us this weekend. Please introduce yourself and ask questions.

10. Don’t lose your meal coupons. They are like cash and are needed for admission to the Dining Room. They cannot be replaced!

11. Name tags must be worn at all times while at the Maritime Facility.

12. Cars must be parked in the designated area along the canal on Academy Drive and in the Storer Parking lot.. The school will ticket and TOW.

13. Visit the Camp Store. Lots of interesting T-shirts, Books and Videos available.

14. The Gym pool may be open: To be announced at Bell. (See George Mattson for information)
Have a wonderful time.

George E. Mattson

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May 25 2009

General Information

1. Click on the link
2. Print out the application
3. Fax or mail the completed application
Thanks for registering early! GEM

New Schedule posted.
**Bus Service from Logan Airport to Bourne**
A second Bus service from Logan to Bourne
Then call George 352-434-9906 for a ride

SummerFest Program Book : Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4.


See you at SummerFest! Over 50 “fighting art” seminars. . . 3 days of training, practice and excitement. Register NOW!. . . Full program includes food, lodging, seminars and entertainment. Daytrippers also welcome.

To keep costs down, I’m not doing individual mailings. Your dojo will be mailed packages of applications and programs. If your dojo doesn’t have these kits, please contact me ASAP. Everything in the mailer can be found on this site, including the application. (which can be easily printed) If you have any problems downloading the application, please send me an email, with your name and address (or your fax number) and I’ll mail or fax one to you. This year promises to be a fantastic SummerFest. Susan and I hope you will be able to join us at this year’s event!GEM


The weather on the Cape is always changing. Since we have been holding SummerFest at the Mass Maritime Academy, we’ve been fortunate in having cool and dry days and evenings. We get an occasional shower, but most of us continue to train and enjoy the experience. Forcasts are fun, but seldom are very accurate on the Cape. But for those who insist, Check Here.

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