Website created and maintained by Patty Dando:
Website created for people interested in the “Virtual” Dojo experimental Program:
I wish to thank all of you who attended and supported this year’s martial arts SummerFest making it one of the most successful events since it was first created in 1983. Also thanks to all of you who sent me email expressing how much you learn and enjoyed the event. Certainly one of the most memorable …View full post
IUKF has been growing very quickly. Our new site administrator has made great progress re-designing and updating the black belt registry of rank and honors. The old registry has been one of our site’s most popular feature, accessed by thousands of people checking on their rank or others. Now that our registry is being incorporated …View full post
Many thanks to the Uechi-ryu.com site administrator for all his hard work and perseverance in creating our new Rank and Honors Registry and. . . transferring the thousands of existing entries from the old Registry. . . in spite of the many technical and programming problems he faced.View full post
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Dec 26 2008
Important seminar that you and your martial art family and friends should attend. July 11 & 12, 2009
The telephone interview explains his program and how it fits in to our traditional martial art training.
NTC RedMan Training
Dave Young, Director of Training
1.888.NTC.7144, Ext. 1632.
RedMan Training at Northcentral Technical College (NTC) offers a series of specialized law enforcement training programs that provide hands-on, realistic scenarios to prepare participants for critical decision-making when real-life confrontations arise. Instructors provide knowledge and skills in courses such as Immediate Use of Force, Edged Weapons Defense, Water Safety Survival, Force Management Protection, Cell
Extraction and more.
Instructor/Program Director: Dave Young
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Dec 21 2008
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Dec 18 2008
Tia: May 10, 1994 – Dec 17, 2008
|Yesterday, Sue and I maintained our regular daily routine with Tia. We both knew our beloved Tia was failing, yet neither one of us wanted to talk about what we needed to do. Tia was suffering from Cushing disease, which she had for more than five years, but wasn’t officially diagnosed until 7 months ago. Medication slowed down the disease and other than a steady weakening of her rear legs and loss of some hair, you couldn’t really tell she was sick. Bullies are a hearty breed and Tia was no exception. Yesterday was the first time her tail wasn’t wagging when a guest came to our house. We took her to her Vet who confirmed what both Sue and I knew. . . It was time to say goodbye.|
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Dec 18 2008
Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Happiness Is Contagious
Do you ever wonder whether happy people have something that keeps them cheerful, chipper and able to see the good in everything? It turns out they do, they have happy friends.
New research from Harvard Medical School and the University of California suggests that happiness is influenced not only by the people you know, but by the people they know. The study shows that happiness spreads through social networks, sort of like a virus, meaning that your happiness could influence the happiness of someone you’ve never even met.
“We have known for a long time that there is a direct relationship between one person’s happiness and another’s,” says study co-author James H. Fowler, PhD, University of California. “But this study shows that indirect relationships also affect happiness. We found a statistical relationship not just between your happiness and your friends’ happiness, but between your happiness and your friends’ friends’ happiness.”
They concluded that the happiness of an immediate social contact increases an individual’s chances of becoming happy by 15 percent. The happiness of a second-degree contact, such as the spouse of a friend, increases the likeliness of becoming happy by 10 percent, and the happiness of a third-degree contact, or the friend of a friend of a friend, increases the likelihood of becoming happy by 6 percent.
Surround yourself with happy people, because happy friends can make you happy.
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Dec 17 2008
Workouts with George E. Mattson
You are invited to workout with George Mattson any time you are in the Central Florida area. Regular classes are on Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 7PM. (Children’s classes are held 5-6PM)
However, George teaches private lessons and special seminars with some advance notice. The Central Florida Martial Arts Academy is located in the Mount Dora “Pagoda” in the middle of the park in downtown Mount Dora.(Donnelley & 5th Ave) Be sure to call before coming: 321-273-0409.
So…. You want to study Uechi-ryu! But you don’t live near a teacher – or you simply want to enhance your dojo training by taking private lessons with me and taking advantage of my 50+ years experience. . . . using the latest communication and internet technology. . .
About 8 years ago I made a video tape that is still running on our Video Website. On this tape I predicted that web technology would soon enable teaching the martial arts on-line within five years!
Well, although the technology was available even before the five years prediction, few of the individuals who requested my help, had the computer equipment needed to accomplish this.
By 2005, most people who wish to either supplement their dojo studies or lacking a local dojo, actually progress through the ranks, enabling them to qualify for testing by a certified test board.
What equipment do you need to participate in this program:
How program works:
Sign-up today for your special “evaluation” session. Send me an e-mail and I will schedule our on-line meeting with you at a convenient time for us both.
Looking forward to hearing from you and working with you.
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Dec 14 2008
I often tell the story of my early training on Okinawa in the ’50s and a new student who, after his first lesson, wanted to “test” his fighting skills in a bar, just using his newly learned Sanchin!
I tried to explain that Sanchin wasn’t something you could simply “turn on” and win fights, but he couldn’t be talked out of trying it out. Naturally the test ended badly for my buddy. It was embarrassing and laughable to the Marine he insulted . . . as he took his Sanchin stance and arm position, while readied to wreak havoc on his opponent. As I helped him up he told me “This Uechi crap isn’t for me!” Of course, he never returned to class, which was probably a blessing for Tomoyose sensei and for Uechi-ryu in general.
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Dec 13 2008
November 25, 2006:
I’ve received hundreds of email from people who looked forward every month to my “MailBag” feature. Unfortunately, because of an ever increasing work load associated with my importing business, I can spend less and less time on the Uechi website. I do answer all email in a timely manner, but attempting to build a webpage at the end of every month was a task that kept getting more time consuming. I’ve been feeling a little guilty since April, when my work load prevented me from getting out the MailBag. During the months since April, I’ve tried to figure out a way to revive the MailBag, while eliminating the work and time usually associated with this feature.
I try to keep on the “cutting edge” of web technology and from a personal necessity, am always looking for ways to provide the most interesting material with minimum programming and editing. My biggest problem is getting the rest of the martial art world (who frequent my sites) to take advantage of all this fancy technology. I still get at least a dozen phone calls a week from my close friends who ask if they can send something to me, that I in turn can publish to one of the self-publising areas of the site!
There is also that nagging feeling (I presume) among contributors, that if they first send something to me, I will edit out anything that might be grammatically incorrect or misspelled. (This has never bothered me, as you English majors may have already figured out) . People are funny. They enjoy seeing their articles and letters published, but at the same time, they are concerned that they may be laughed at or embarrassed by publishing something without the intervention of an editor.
So, my new Blog “MailBag” will remain a bit of a mystery for awhile. I’m going to make it as easy as possible to use. . . with a few safeguards in place to minimize the “troll” factor. . . and hope that all you hundreds of MailBag fans will make this feature as popular as the old MailBag.
I’m archiving all the old MailBag letters, as an incredible amount of very interesting material exists for those who wish to forage into the past.
Watch the “MailBag” link on the home page for the all new BlogMailBag. I’ll be reading it every day and will be contributing often.
When possible, please address your correspondence directly in the
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Dec 13 2008
JENNIE CROFT/ JU JITSU
“Ooh, better not get on the wrong side of you, you’ll knock my block off!” I have lost count of the amount of times people have said that to me since I started practicing Ju Jitsu over three years ago.
Well the time has come for me to dispel the myths I have encountered about the Japanese ‘art of gentle control’.
One of the most common misconceptions within society is that Ju Jitsu is a sport – It is not. It is an actuality of self-defence, designed to enhance mind and body co-ordination, to enable individuals taking part, to respond to situations immediately. This particular martial art is, or can be, very severe. Over time students learn techniques for virtually any kind of attack known to man.
In today’s society I think it is important to be able to react and stand up to an attacker with confidence and necessary aggression. If muggers and sadists continue to attack defenseless people in the street, deviants in our society will continue getting worse because none of their fore-fathers are learning the valuable lessons needed, which basically are, if you don’t want to suffer – don’t threaten the lives of others.
Ju Jitsu has become an important part of my life in the time I have been a member of my local guild in Grimsby. Being a woman, I find it very empowering. It has improved my self-confidence no-end and I would definitely recommend it to other women who have even the remotest interest in taking it up.
I have noticed that the ratio of men to women is very high where I train. Plenty of women join, but not many persevere. I don’t know whether it has anything to do with their pain threshold or the embarrassment of such close contact with men they don’t know. A lot of people leave the club because they seem to think they can get a black belt in a matter of weeks. OK, but let’s be real, if you could learn the skills needed in a few weeks we’d all be doing it and no specific clubs would exist would they?
The fact is, it takes time to learn and appreciate all that is involves in any martial art, but I guess you don’t need the likes of Bruce lee to tell you that. The best way I’ve found to progress and really get to grips with Ju Jitsu is when I pass on my wisdom to others. Although it’s when you try to teach that you can realize how little wisdom you’ve actually got. I mean it takes me long enough to begin to execute a technique, but trying to explain and demonstrate it can be mind boggling, but I get by.
It is a great feeling to foster the art and see beginners improving more and more as they attain higher grades of achievement.
Now just because a Do-Jo is turning mummy’s little angels into ultimate fighting machines, it does not mean that everyone practicing martial arts believes that they can’t be defeated. Although that is another fallacy that has been thrust upon me by members of the dear public, who are ignorant to the art.
The fact is that students of martial arts would probably be the last to start a fight or encourage any kind of trouble upon themselves. Self-defence is exactly what it claims to be. Someone is hardly defending him or herself when they march up to a gang of violent individuals and provoke them for the sake of it. That, my friends is just madness.
Although, there are odd occasions where someone takes up the challenge of gaining knowledge in martial arts and enter the Do-Jo with the wrong attitude. They walk onto the mat believing that once they leave or at least become a yellow belt no-one can touch them, but somehow, throughout training their attitudes change and they become much more aware of the basic principles of self-defence, and can experience greater self respect.
I know that when some people hear a martial art mentioned, their brain jumps straight into a Jackie Chan frenzy of tackling and beating three men against one, but what people don’t take into consideration is the philosophy and spiritual awareness surrounding martial arts.
Greater physical awareness techniques are an absolute necessity the majority of times one may be faced with an attacker. If that individual cannot tune into the spiritual awareness of the art however, and learn to channel their energies to centre themselves and handle the situation with as much ease as possible under the circumstances – to say they may be wasting their time could be an understatement.
When I mention spiritual awareness I don’t mean that people find god all of a sudden. The spiritualism is inside the individual; it can just awaken to such a degree that the effect can be life changing.
For example I remember a shy young girl walking into a Do-Jo for the first time, scared stiff. She was not scared of being injured or getting hurt particularly, she was scared of fitting in. She lacked self-esteem and confidence in her own abilities, but she has progressed to become a 3rd kyu (green belt) so far, and sees the other club members as an extension of her own family. Her life and personality have improved to such an extent that people who’ve known her a long time can’t believe she is the same shy, introvert little girl of the past.
Yes I remember walking into that Do-Jo for my first training session like it was yesterday – phew, thank god I managed to overcome the nerves is all I can say. It has been the most life-enhancing experience of my life so far…and that is not a myth.
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