Mar 07 2009

WinterFest 2009

WinterFest 2009

Everyone had a great time this year. The seminars were energetic, educational and fun. The feedback so far has been helpful and will assist me in planning next year’s event.

A lot of this year’s emphasis was focused on Okinawan Bo techniques and how working with the Bo can help the student understand body motion during unarmed movement and techniques. George Schriefer and Joe Guidry did a fine job demonstrating the body dynamics of Bo applications and how they relate to Uechi-ryu movement.

Fedele Cacia taught the new Okinawan RYUKO KATA to the group in only two sessions. According to Fedele, this was a new record for learning this fairly long kata, which attests to the attentiveness of the WinterFest participants. (By the way – everyone liked the kata)

I taught three sessions demonstrating and teaching the benefits of kyu and dan kumite and the many variations of speed for development of balance, timing and distancing. I also taught my version of “fast-hands” kotikiti, which everyone enjoyed.

Gerry Hendwich showed us all how tight we were as he took us through a painful and eye opening set of stretches Friday and Saturday. Those of us who recall Gerry during his competition days remember him as a first class Champion, defeating all comers with his devistatingly effective head kicks and pyle driving punches. And more importantly, Gerry never violated competition rules regarding excessive contact while winning his many tournaments. No question but his remarkable flexibility and strength training enabled him to perform in tournaments so well.

Darin Yee conducted two very interesting seminars relating to the Uechi “wauke” and it’s multi purpose applications. He also discussed Uechi-ryu’s history in China and our system’s relationship to other Chinese martial art systems.

Roy Bedard taught three exciting seminars focusing on health, olympic style tournament competition and realistic submission techniques for the street. A great weekend for everyone.

Many thanks to all who attended and who made WinterFest so successful and enjoyable.

G.E. Mattson

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This from Dana:

 

 

Hi George!

Thanks for all the work you do for the uechi community. It’s a lot of work to get those things together and I appreciate it.

I have a couple of comments to make. Of course! I’m a woman!!

I really enjoyed Roy Bedard’s sessions. I always enjoy them. He has so much experience and knowledge. On top of that he is a great public speaker, holding our attention and making us laugh with his witty remarks.

His classes focus on the real life situations and isn’t that what matters most? Fidel is also a very good teacher and a very gracious man. Darin Yee always makes me feel like part of the group which is very important to me at this point in my uechi life. Darin has passion and an excitement about martial arts that is infectious. I have the utmost respect for him.

Next year I’d like to see you have some more night time activities planned. Dinner reservations in advance to accomodate everyone would be nice. And perhaps a list of some places for night life for some. Also, I think ending at 5 and meeting at 6:30 is a bit difficult. I’d like to see ending at 4 so there is more time to wind down afterwards and get ready for dinner. Lord knows it takes me time to beautify myself!!

I took some photos and will be sending them shortly. Good luck with Harley, the escape artist!! I came home to find my dog had grown more in just three days!!

Sincerely,

Dana

 

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Feb 24 2009

Jennifer Bustin

 

Founding member and principal violinist, Jennifer Bustin, has managed the group since its beginning and is one of Edmonton’s most active freelance performers dividing her activities between performing with the Strathcona String Quartet and frequent appearances in various ensembles in the province including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and the Citadel Theatre Orchestra.

Recently, Jennifer appeared as the concertmaster for the Edmonton Opera productions of King of Atlantis, and Weill in Weimar, 1929, and she performed in the same position for Opera Nuova’s productions of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Offenbach Opera’s Tales of Hoffmann and La Perichole.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Jennifer enjoys riding her quarter horse, practicing yoga, running, cross country skiing and holds a third degree black belt in Chinese/Okinawan Karate at the Northern River Karate School.

Jennifer maintains a full private teaching studio.

 

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Feb 17 2009

WinterFest Update. . .

WinterFest Update. . .

Bill Glasheen called and told me he will be coming to WinterFest this year.


He is especially proud of the fact that one of his students (Vicki) will be testing and he wants to enjoy the experience first hand by volunteering to be her “Uke” in the dan kumite and seisan bunkai segments. 

I bet Bill will also be willing to demonstrate his version of Superempi as well and perhaps teach it in one of the WinterFest seminars. 

Looks like this year will be a really great event. Hope to see you all  in Sunny Mount Dora this year.

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Feb 12 2009

N.E. Regional Workout

N.E. Regional Workout!

Sensei Fedele Cacia’s and Sensei Andrew Moores will be hosting a regional workout on March 28th, 2009 from 2-4 PM at Fedele’s dojo in Natick, MA.  Andrew states: “We are very excited to bring back this once important training session to the New England area.  We both feel strongly that an event of this nature is much needed within our beloved Uechi family.  We are both hoping for all groups and associations to participate in this great work out!”

Andrew continues: “I did some digging on Sensei Mattson’s site and found this great message that Sensei Tracy Rose had written about his regional workout hosted back in ’99.  His message very eloquently sums up what Fedele sensei and I are trying to accomplish with our regional workout.”

“I would like to thank you, Sensei Canna, all the instructors and students for creating a memory for all. By all accounts the workout was a success and so far has met it’s goals. I would like to remind people to follow through and go visit each other, complete that final goal. As stated at the workout, no one can get strong at this alone and no dojo get strong by it’s self, we need each other. We must continue building on the foundation our seniors have created. What a great time to be studying Uechi-ryu!! You could feel the electricity in the gym.

That is exactly what Andrew and Fedele are going for on March 28th.  The details of this great event can be found below.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or write.

Details:

New England Uechi-Ryu Regional Workout
When: March 28, 2009 2-4 PM
Cost: $10
Where: Fedele Cacia Uechi-Ryu Karate

            Part of Gold’s Gym

            1 HF Highway

            Natick, MA

Hosted By: Fedele Cacia Uechi-Ryu Karate and Atlantic Karate Training Center

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Jan 25 2009

Ground Survival Tactics Course

The Northcentral Technical College and IUKF is pround to present

Ground SurvivalTactics Course Taught by IUKF Shihan Dave Young

Location: Rising Star East Martial Arts

9 Depot Square, ayer, MA 01432

Cost: $199 if registered BEFORE June 1, 2009 – $250 if registered AFTER June 1, 2009

Dates: July 11-12, 2009 Times: 8am – 5pm daily

 

 

This 2-day (16 hour) “Ground Survival” program focuses on surviving ground assaults for real world attacks. You do not need 20 years to become proficient in these techniques and tactics. Learn field proven tactics from the professional who currently trains the professionals and learn a system that is courtroom defensible and will SAV YOUR LIFE! We will focus on common ground attacks and cover various force options available to you in real ground attacks. You will learn ground survival tactics for striking, kicking, easy escapes from common grips and grabs, simple and effective defenses against chokes, counters assault tactics for submission holds and other survival tactics you will encounter on the groung in a real fight!

Dave Young is one of the most experienced, innovative and recognized trainers in the business today, a former United states Marine, law enforcement and corrections officer and mixed martial artist. He has been in the survival world for over 30 years. The system he developed has been taught worldwide and he has trained thousands of professionals on how to stay alive in the street and in the courtroom.

Be the victim or the victor – ITS YOUR CHOICE!

THIS IS A PHYSICALLY DEMANDING CLASS

LEARN TO SURVIVE TODAY – WHEN YOU NEED IT!

GO TO redmantraining.net to register NOW!

 

  • Real World Survival Tactics
  • Striking Techniques
  • Choke Defenses
  • Hitting with stopping power
  • Escapes from common grips and grabs
  • Cross Mount Tactics
  • Preventing & Escaping the Mount
  • Terminology for testifying in court

 

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Jan 25 2009

How to Become an Editor

Any registered member may write article for submission

for our website.

 

How do you submit your article?

 

1. First, you must be a registered member of this “uechi-ryu.com” site. If you are not and would like to join, please click on the “create an account” link at the bottom of the left frame.

2.  In order to become an “Editor”. . . which is necessary in order to submit articles that will be published here, you must send the site administrator (me) an e-mail with your name, and your uechi-ryu.com registration name. (This is a different registration than the one found on the Eastern Arts’ Forums.)

3, Once I get this registration information I will upgrade your registration I.D. to “Editor” status. I’ll send you an e-mail at that time, letting you know your editor status has been upgraded.

4. Whenever you log-on to the Uechi-ryu.com site, be sure to log-in with your registration i.d. and password. You can “check” the box, requesting that your browser log you in automatically.

5. In the User Menu, click Article Submissions”. to write and publish your article.

7. You can write your article within your browser window or you can write in using an editing software program such as MS Office “word”; copying and pasting to the browser editing window once your article has been published.

8. Follow the simple instructions for publishing your article. If you have any questions, just contact me and I’ll help you complete the task.

 

What kind of articles are we looking for? Obviously it would be best if there were some relationship to the martial art field generally or Uechi-ryu specifically, but our readers are interested in just about any subject. Be sure your title and description accurately describes the subject matter. No profanity, obscene pictures either. 

Regards,

George Mattson

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Jan 25 2009

Sue & George’s New Dog

2700 Mile Dog Rescue

Herman & Bally

Losing Tia was a devastating and heartbreaking experience for Susan and me.  She was part of the family for nearly 15 years and as any dog owner will tell you, “putting down” a pet is traumatic.  Since being together, Susan and I have shared three amazing and lovable dogs.  Herman was the first; a pit bull — standard poodle mix, Bally; a purebred “old family red” pit-bull and of course Tia, another purebred pit bull.

All three dogs were outgoing, friendly and poster dogs for the pit-bull breed.  They were healthy, independent, strong willed and loyal friends to their owners.  It is a shame that the breed has become better known for its indomitable fighting spirit and competitive nature that can be easily be abused by their human owners than for the breed’s positive features.  Faced with increasing public condemnation and potential legal problems associated with the breed, Susan and I decided that our next dog would not be a “bully”.

Susan had been doing a lot of research on different dogs and decided for a number of reasons that a Wheaten Terrier would be our next dog.  We both agreed that we would try to find one in a rescue facility. After many weeks of searching, Susan finally found a candidate she fell in love with after seeing his picture and reading the description penned by the person who found him wandering around and living off his 2500 acre farm near Manhattan, Kansas.



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Jan 24 2009

TigerMartialArts

HI!

 

Hope your new year is starting out Wonderfully!

 

I just wanted to share some awesome news!  We expanded the dojo by over 800 square feet and renovated the entire thing!  If you go to our website – www.tigermartialarts.info and go to the pictures page you will see the stages of the renovation.  We are almost complete.  I don’t have pictures of the murals that I have done yet – those pictures will go up when we have completed the whole thing.

 

The community was huge in this!  The project that would have cost – $20,000 ended up costing $10,000 through donations from various construction companies.  And through a bake sale and demonstration at the local high school we hope to cut that cost even more.


Have a Fantastic Day!

 

Wendi
Tiger Martial Arts
(360)331-5619
www.tigermartialarts.info

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Jan 15 2009

Shugyo Training Camp 2009

Dear Respected teachers,

I’m sending this email to you as a quick note that our annual Shugyo Training Camp will be June 5-7th, 2009.  I know last year there was some double bookings of events from all the different associations.  I hope this will give all teachers/groups a good enough heads up so they can plan their activities accordingly.

A formal invitation is in the works, but I wanted to at least get the word out to you as soon as I could.  If any of you have any questions as to the camp please don’t hesitate to write or call.  Our good friend Fedele has been a wonderful supporter of our camp over the years and we would love to see more of you wonderful teachers and students this summer.  I know there has been the perception that our camp is only for those that eat and spit nails and that only the strongest will survive.  I apologize if that is the perception and that is what has discouraged more participation in what we hope is a great camp for all.  We firmly believe in training hard…. But also training smart.  We believe that our camp is for all ages and abilities.  It is for those that want to push themselves and work hard.  My favorite attendee every year is my student Richard who is 65, with one fake hip, should and knee and has recently recovered from a near death motorcycle accident.  He pushes him self to where he knows he can and still get to work on Monday.  Strong spirit… but also strong mind…. He trains hard, but also SMART!

All my best,

Andrew Moores

Andrew E. Moores

Director of Training

Atlantic Karate Training Center

603-964-1555

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Jan 11 2009

Welcome to the IUKF article section

Any member of IUKF may write article for submission

for this “members only” section.

 

How do you submit your article?

 

1. First, you must be a member of IUKF. If you are not and would like to join, please go to THIS SITE and follow the instructions. IUKF is an independently run organization, with a board of directors consisting of hard working volunteers who are practitioners of Uechi-ryu and members of IUKF.

2. You must be a registered member of this “uechi-ryu.com” website. 

3, In order to become an “Editor”. . . which is necessary in order to submit articles that will be published here, you must send the site administrator (me) an e-mail with your name, IUKF member number and your uechi-ryu.com registration name. (This is a different registration than the one found on the Eastern Arts’ Forums.)

4. Once I get this registration information I will upgrade your registration I.D. to “Editor” status. I’ll send you an e-mail at that time, letting you know your editor status has been upgraded.

5. Whenever you log-on to the Uechi-ryu.com site, be sure to log-in with your registration i.d. and password. You can “check” the box, requesting that your browser log you in automatically.

6. In the Main Menu, click “Uechi-ryu Community”, then “IUKF Related”. As an editor, you should be able to see a category called “IUKF Article Submissions”. Click on it to write and publish your article.

7. You can write your article within your browser window or you can write in using an editing software program such as MS Office “word”; copying and pasting to the browser editing window once your article has been published.

8. Follow the simple instructions for publishing your article. If you have any questions, just contact me and I’ll help you complete the task.

 

What kind of articles are we looking for? Obviously it would be best if there were some relationship to the martial art field generally or Uechi-ryu specifically, but our readers are interested in just about any subject. Be sure your title and description accurately describes the subject matter. No profanity, obscene pictures either. 

Regards,

George Mattson

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