May 17 2009

Canadian Uechi-ryu

Canada Uechi-ryu Update. . .

I just wanted to let you know that Uechi-Ryu katas are starting to make there mark at regional tournaments. My son Aidan is now the 2009 Atlantic kata champion in 12 to 13 yrs old blue to brown belt.

On May 9th Aidan competed in the Atlantic Karate championships in Charlottetown PEI. The best karateka in kata and kumite were in attendance from all four Atlantic provinces.

It has been a lot of hard work and answering a lot of questions from other styles but we are now starting to be understood.

Victor Swinimer

Bridgewater Uechi-Ryu Karate Do’

Nova Scotia





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May 15 2009

John Felipe dojo expansion

John Felipe Open HouseGeorge Mattson Sensei,

I am sure that you will be happy to hear that John Felipe had a very wonderful and well attended celebration for his dojo’s 15th anniversary and opening of the addition to his dojo today. His dojo expansion has basically doubled the size of his already large dojo in Pittsberg, California.

The celebration started with a prayer by his pastor, followed by speeches from representatives of the City Council and the local Chamber of Commerce, and followed with my presentation on behalf of IUKF and you to John your congratulatory certificate. The ceremony then followed with demonstration by John’s fantastic Demo Teams. The exhibitions by the Demo Teams are just absolutely impressive. They must have practiced hours upon hours to be able to perform at that caliber. The afternoon followed with seminars on advanced Brazilian Jujisu, knife fighting and karate-gymnastic. All and all it was a very successful and impressive ceremony. We are definitely very prouid of John’s accomplishment and wish him further success.

I am attaching a few pictures of the celebration and the dojo.

Take care.

Henry Thom

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May 15 2009

Outstanding Citizen Award!

Town of Atkinson Recognizes
Martial Arts Instructor

Recently Sensei Buzz Durkin was recognized for his contribution to the community and received an “Outstanding Citizen Award” from the town of Atkinson, NH. The award was presented by the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen prior to their regular meeting and was televised to the local community as well. Sensei Durkin was recognized for the numerous community service events and fund raising activities his school has conducted through the years.

A unique plaque was also awarded to Sensei Durkin by the Town of Atkinson acknowledging his promotion to ninth degree black belt.

Pictured above: Selectman Bill Friel, Chairman of the Board of Selectman
Paul Sullivan, Sensei Durkin and Selectman Fred Childs.

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May 10 2009

Harry Benfield Dies!

Dear George

Apologies for being the bearer of bad news but Harry died, last month, after a long term illness stretching over 5 years known as Pick’s disease (a severe form of alzheimers).

Before that he spent the last 15 years teaching with a small group of loyal students with which he continued to train in a very traditional style but also innovated many techniques within a conditioning routine that we nicknamed ‘Benny ryu’.

Unfortunately, he stopped teaching about 7 years ago after the dojo was demolished but the signs of the illness were there and he had no motivation to look for another dojo.

If you wish to send a card to his wife then she can be contacted at:

Barbara Benfield
14 Rothbury Road
L14 4AL

I’m sure she would appreciate it. If I cna be of any further help please don’t hesitate to ask.

John Murphy

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May 10 2009

BJJY Summer Camp in Calif


August 14-16, 2009

Canyon Country [Santa Clarita], CA [30 miles north of Los Angeles]



If you do ju-jitsu, this camp is a MUST! This is your opportunity to personally train with Prof. Kirby [and other top black belts] to improve your knowledge of Budoshin Jujitsu. This training camp is sponsored by the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Dojo, Inc. and the American Ju-Jitsu Association. Testing is available on Sunday for those who prequalify.


Camp Schedule: August 14-16, 2009: [topics & instructors subject to change.  *=black belt promo req.]






Seminar A: Location, Location, Location: Manage Your Attacker —  Kirby



Seminar B: Multiple Technique Flow* — Prof. George Kirby



Lunch              [on your own]



Seminar C: Applying Empty Hand Tech to Weapons* — Prof. George Kirby



Seminar D: Distance & Timing – Sensei Chris Hendricks



Vincenzo’s [pizza] or other similar venue



Seminar E: Legal “Stealth” Weapons* — Prof. George Kirby



Seminar F: Nage Footwork: Jujitsu vs Judo: Sensei Marc Tucker [5th dan]



Lunch             [on your own]



Seminar G: Submissions/GroundWork Part 1* — Sensei Mark Jordan



Seminar H: Submissions/GroundWork Part 2* — Sensei Mark Jordan



on your own or something might get planned



Seminar I: Cane Techniques – Sensei Tony Damigo


10:15- 12:15pm

Testing: Chris Hendricks [for 5th dan] & Tony Damigo [for 4th dan] tentative

or Seminar J [if no testing]: Multiple Attackers – Sensei Steven Castorena



Lunch & promotions at a local restaurant


Seminar Location:  
North Oaks Park Community Room, 27824 N. Camp Plenty Rd. Canyon Country, CA 91351. Although MapQuest can give you good general directions, it will not direct you to the park entrance which is on Nadal Rd., just after Canyon High School. There’s an accurate map in the complete registration packet at


Things your family can do in Santa Clarita while you’re at “camp”:

Within 5-20 minute drive: Six Flags Magic Mountain & Hurricane Harbor, great golf courses, Valencia Town Center Mall, Mountasia [arcade games, rides, roller skating], Ice Station [ice skating], Mentryville.

Within 30-75 minute drive: major studio tours, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland, Pacific Ocean [Ventura/Oxnard], Ojai, lakes & fishing



Registration Info

               To Preregister up through 8/5/09:
[1] Download a complete registration packet at , including the Participant Agreement.
[2] Mail your registration form to Budoshin Jujitsu Dojo, Inc., P.O. Box 801854, Santa Clarita, CA 91380
[3] Pay for camp in 1 of 3 ways:
a] mail a check for full amount [made out to “Budoshin Ju-jitsu Dojo, Inc.”, & your preregistration [sent  

               to above address]. Checks MUST BE RECEIVED BY 10AM ON August 5, 2009!       

        b] To use PayPal go to the Budoshin Jujitsu Store at & bring the Participant Release  & the Registration Fee form with you to camp.

               To register after 8/5/09 use PayPal, mail, or register at the door [call or e-mail if space available –

                              space usually is] & pay by cash, check at the door. All registration materials available at the door.


Registration Fees:

Days & Times:

Package includes:

Pre-registration fees for BJJY members if paid by 8/5/09

Pre-registration fees for non-BJJY members if paid by 8/5/09

Registration fees after 8/5/09 or at the door

[all 3-days]

training, pizza Fri night & Sunday luncheon





training only [no meals]




Any 2 days

training only [no meals]




Fri or Sat [one day only]

training only




Friday Eve Pizza dinner  [You pay for alcoholic beverages]

if ordered separately




Sunday luncheon [You pay for alcoholic beverages]

if ordered separately




T-shirt if available [incl. CA sales tax]






*includes 9.25% CA sales tax on meals & t-shirts
^Includes 15+% tip on meals


XXL add $1

XXL + tall add $2

° group discounts for 2 or more from same dojo if there’s space. Please email Sensei Kirby at


Where to stay in Santa Clarita:

Some of the places listed below are very nice & others are very “inexpensive”. Also, check out ,, & [plus other travel sites] for additional places to stay, prices & booking information.

Best Western Valencia 800 528-1234 661 255-0555          Comfort Suites  800 228-5150 661 254-7700
Extended Stay America 800 398-7829 661 255-1044          Fairfield Inn by Marriott 661 290-2828
Hampton Inn 661 253-2400            Hilton Garden Inn  800 445-8667 661 254-8800 [closest to Magic Mountain]
Holiday Inn Express  661 284-2101          Hyatt Valencia [best location] 800 233-1234 661 799-1234
Marriott Residence Inn 800 331-3131 661 290-2800          **Super 8 Motel   661 252-1722

**Travelodge 661 252-1716

**Closest to North Oaks Park but furthest from anything else in Santa Clarita [both on Sierra Hwy] 

If you’re flying into southern California, Burbank [Bob Hope] Airport is a lot closer and saner than LAX.

For up to date information, registration materials & maps go online to





July 18,’09: AJA National Convention in Towson, MD. Contact AJA President Dennis McCurdy .


Aug 14-16,’09: BJJY Summer Camp [1-3 days], North Oaks Park, Santa Clarita, CA  Contact George Kirby


Mid Oct,’09: Camp Budoshin 2009, So. Calif. Contact George Kirby


Check out for AJA Calendar of Events


Most respectfully, George Kirby


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May 10 2009

Soccer anyone????

Van CannaVan Canna came up with a great idea for SummerFest this year. I suggested for our first match, lets pit the Canadian “Bears” against the USA “Pitbulls”. We can run the match on the Maritime Football field Friday evening after dinner. I asked Van if he would write something and perhaps help organize the match. Here is his response:


Sure, this should not really be a problem. What we want to get across is that this year we have in mind a novel idea for the usual evening sporting event that would consist of an international soccer game between US Uechi and Canada Uechi, with all potential players subject to draft from all volunteers in attendance at camp with a soccer background so as to put together two good teams.

So the call would go out to any Martial art discipline students attending camp and to anyone else from anywhere who has a passion for soccer, to show up at camp and be drafted into one of the two teams.

The call should also go out to anyone who has some experience in being a Referee and linesman to complete the set up. We can make do with only the Ref if linesmen are not available. But we want the game to be organized just right in order to make it interesting.

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May 02 2009

May 16 Calif seminar


Please register before may 1st, registration at the door is $35.00

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Apr 29 2009

swine flu

Bill, how bad do you think it will get?

I note that the first US death from swine flu was reported this morning in Texas. How widespread do you think this will get and with what toll?

John Page


The most honest answer is this – we need more data .

My hunch is that this isn’t “the big one.”

Just to put this in perspective… Typically around 35,000 people die in this country every year from influenza. We now have one (1) death from a new strain – from a 23-month-old child.

The worst case scenario is the H1N1 virus that killed about 50 million people worldwide during and after World War I. That’s a bigger human slaughter than that caused by the bubonic plague. That virus (either from swine or avian origin from a farm in Kansas) jumped species and subsequently took a few years to wreak its toll. The fact that we had a World War going on with people tightly packed in barracks and individuals under great stress traveling the globe to fight aided in the spread. But it’s more than that.

Typically influenza is most likely to kill the very young and the very old. It is in fact one of the ways Nature culls the elderly in our population. Influenza leads to pneumonia which leads to death from respiratory failure. Epidemiologists often refer to the U-shaped risk curve by age, with the very young and the very old having the highest probability of death from infection.

World War I’s H1N1 was different. For reasons that we’re still trying to understand now, it caused immune systems to overreact. Thus the very healthiest ended up having their strong immune systems attack their lungs. Within 24 to 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, some of our very healthiest ended up turning so cyanotic from poor ventilation that it was said you couldn’t tell what race they were. Thus for this virus, the risk of death by age was characterized by a W-shaped curve. The very young, the very old, and the very healthiest were most likely to succumb from the disease. The results were frightening to say the least.

Why are people so concerned about this virus? Here are the following reasons.

* The virus is also an H1N1, although its precise behavior is still being monitored and documented.

* Some of the deaths in Mexico were from seemingly healthy young people.

* The virus is part swine, part avian, and part human in origin.

* It has just jumped species, AND has now shown easily to be passed from human to human.

* It is new, and it is spreading outside the typcial flu season.

However… For whatever reason, the cases in the U.S. have been relatively mild in comparison. Why is that? We don’t know yet. It could be that the virus has mutated as it developed its ability to pass from human to human, and became less virulent in the process. Or it could be that there are many, many more undocumented cases of influenza in Mexico, that their Public Health system is incapable of detecting (hence a bigger denominator when computing risk of death).

Right now its spreading in this country, albeit at the tail end of flu season. We may escape a major outbreak before a vaccine is developed by fall. But its going to run its course in a manner that we have yet to be able to predict at this point.

My suggestion is to make sure you wash your hands, stay away from closed, unventilated spaces where you are exposed to cough and sneeze spray, and encourage your friends to stay home when they get sick. And EVERYONE needs to learn how to cough and sneeze. View the following video.

Why Don’t We Do It In Our Sleeves?

Send a copy of this link to everyone you know.

Also… Make sure you have a family doctor. This virus appears to respond well to anti-viral medication (Tamiflu and Relenza). It’s expensive and it shouldn’t be taken prophylactically because you don’t want the virus to develop an immunity. But if you get the medicine within a few days of the onset of symptoms, then you can significantly blunt the course of the illness.

No need to panic yet. Stay tuned.

– Bill Glasheen
Topic being discussed on the Uechi forums.


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Apr 14 2009

Florida Seminar with Gushi Sensei

1010 Hwy. 574 Seffner , FL 33584
(813) 654-4238

Invites all students of KARATE to take part in a weekend of training in karate and kobudo with one of the nation’s highest ranking Okinawan karate and kobudo masters in the art of Uechi Ryu , all styles are invited to take part.  This training session and demo has been organized as a memorial for Master Toshiuki Itokazu who passed away on April 15th 1985. Special Guests include: Master Shinyu Gushi 9th Dan Master Rick Potrekus 8th Dan

Schedule of Events: ”    Friday, April 17, 2009 o    6:30 to 9:00 pm – SANCHIN

  • Saturday April 18, 2009 o    9:00 to 11:00 am – Hojo Undo, the perfection of Kanshiwa and Kanshu Kata o    11:15 to 12:15– Seichen Kata o    12:15-1:00pm– Break for Lunch (provided) o     1:00-3:00pm-Seisan and higher Kata o    3:30-4:30pm-Demo o    6:30-9:00–Dinner at Sensei Dana’s House and Dojo ($15.00)
  • Sunday April 19th, 2009 o    10:00- 12:30-Kobudo Training o    12:45-2:00-Opportunity to socialize with Master Gushi and Guest

Fee’s for the Weekend: Friday and Sunday $35.00 for each day Saturday $50.00 All Three Days $100.00 (Includes Sat. Dinner)

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Apr 11 2009

Toyama Sensei

The Uechi World Mournes the Loss of a Great Karate Master!

At the end of mourning, there is still sadness, but it is a wistful sadness that is tempered by the happy memories that we still possess.


Toyama Funeral

Toyama Family and friends

From Seizan (Gordi Breyette)And Sumako Matsuda-Breyette

Hello Friends, Students and Family,

I am sorry there is not so much time to write many individual responses to your messages and letters.  However I want to share two photos with you from Sunday.

One is of the flower arrangement in the Zakimi Shubukan.  The tied white bundle below Toyama Sensei’s photo is his burial urn containing his bones and ashes.  After the funeral, it was placed in the tomb behind his home.

The other photo is of the Zankai seniors and family members who attended that day.  Not all of them, but many of the principals.

Be sure to address any regular mailed cards, letters, or messages to “Naomi Toyama”, Sensei’s daughter who is handling all arrangements and procedures:

Naomi Toyama 956 Zakimi Yomitan-son, Okinawa 904-0301 Japan

Again thank you for your care and support in this sad time for the Toyama Family.  The 49th Day after passing is May 28; anytime during this ensuing period is appropriate for letters or donations.

Deepest Appreciation from the Toyama Family and all ZanKyoKai members,

Seizan and Sumako Okinawa KarateDo UechiRyu ZanKyoKai Nagahama Shibu Dojo Okinawa Japan

Passing of a Master!

The Uechi world was shocked to learn of the passing of the most senior Uechi-ryu master in the world yesterday.

This from G. Seizan Breyette:

Toyama Seiko Sensei, Hanshi Judan, Toyama Seiko Sensei, Hanshi Judan, Founder and Owner of the Okinawa KarateDo UechiRyu Zankai, passed away peacefully in his home in Zakimi on Friday 10
April 2009 at 05:41. He was 81 years old.

and Received today from Breyette Sensei:



Dear Friends, Students, and Family,

On behalf of Toyama Sensei and the Toyama Family, thank you for your wonderful, heartfelt messages. Without exception all messages were delivered to Mrs. Toyama and daughter Naomi, who handled this weekend’s family schedule. They were summarized at todays event for all to hear, but will be translated in detail during the next week or so. Yours was great and appreciated support in this time of loss.

Against all odds, Toyama Sensei battled his illness – he wrestled alone with his enemy for 11 years, fully 8 years beyond medical predictions. He opted to hospice at home, were he outwardly continued a normal life. He allowed no signs of his increasing illness, no show of weakness, up until the last moment. He was an active participant in Dan testing up to late February, and those who visited socially with him in that time saw no sign of weakness or tiring, departing his home believing he was still strong and healthy.

He didn’t simply pass away. His kata of life finished, he chose his time and bowed out with the quiet dignity and grace worthy of the great Master he was, in the comfort of his own home and in the bosom of his family. He wished to express “tenju wo mattoosuru” – living fully to the natural extent of his life. At the last, he had no regrets and was fulfilled.

The funeral was beautiful and smoothly run by Kitamura Sensei, the Buddhist Priest who officiated at our ground-breaking ceremony when the Nagahama dojo was built, and blessed the home and dojo after completion. His sonorous voice and beautiful sutra are tailored for the individual, and this time he and his apprentice gave an exceptional performance – he knew Toyama Sensei for more than 20 years, and had the deepest respect.

The final viewing was this morning (Easter Sunday) at 08:00. Toyama Sensei was taken to the crematory to begin the cremation process at 10:00, so there was a break of 3 hours. At 13:00 all Toyama Family members and closest friends and students returned to the crematory; along with the others, Sumako and I took one of Sensei’s bones and placed it in the burial urn. We then returned to the Toyama Home for the funeral ceremonies.

Sumako and I were among the senior guests at the closed family funeral which took place in the Zakimi Shubukan at 14:00, followed by the public funeral at 15:00. All then walked to Sensei’s tomb which is just behind his home.

Kitamura Sensei finished the ceremony and had the tomb opening closed up, and the members of the closed funeral service lit and placed incense before the tomb. Then all others placed their incense, and an afternoon meal was served.

To those who never met Toyama Sensei personally, it is a wonder and a comfort to the family to hear your words from across the world, telling how he impacted your lives in such positive and inspiring ways. Mrs. Toyama was deeply moved.

To those who either performed for him or just met him briefly, you know how his goodness and encouragement to do more and better touched us all powerfully. Most of you who visited the Zakimi Dojo are remembered by Mrs.

Toyama and Naomi-san. They are comforted and thankful for your words, and for sharing your heart with the Toyama Family at this time.

To those who are my students and who worked with Toyama Sensei under my direction or tested at the Zakimi Dojo, he soul-crafted our hearts and minds in a way no other teacher ever did or ever will. He gave instruction specific to our individual performances and spirits – such instruction extending to our lives as well as our karate. How we cherish those moments of simultaneous kindness and severity! He often told that he cannot teach his Way, he can only show and we can follow. On his last night he said “Don’t be sad – I only go ahead to prepare a place for our continued work”.

For those of us who spent considerable time with him in the Zakimi Dojo, the most eloquent and emotional descriptions fall short. Seeing and working with him daily, feeling the power of his instruction, suddenly “seeing the light” in a technique, laughing with his gentle humor over a cup of tea (it was a special delight to make him laugh), listening to his stories of Kanbun Sensei and his youth – all these made an everlasting impact on our lives.

We will feel his presence as we pass his street, see his home, or enter the Zakimi Dojo. That he will not physically be there in his dojo waiting for our greeting and to begin training is almost beyond imagination. Van Canna Sensei (Foxboro Massachusetts) expressed what we all felt, even up to this

moment: “I always cherished the thought that somehow Toyama Sensei might be immortal, infused as he was by the great Uechi spirit. And now, he surely sits by the side of his karate father, Kanbun…”

There are far too many equally eloquent messages from around the world to quote here. We thank you all.

Toyama Sensei was not a man who changed our lives; his impact hasn’t stopped, and he is still changing our lives. In this way, he has indeed achieved a sort of immortality.

Finally, I apologize that this response to all your gracious and well-written messages and cards that came so swiftly was not immediate.

Since Sensei’s passing we were all occupied with preparations, in-person meetings, carrying out Sensei’s wishes regarding today’s procedures, and receiving Sensei’s last guidance through the Toyama Family.

Traditionally the time of mourning is 49 days including the day of passing.

Every Thursday (or Sunday as an alternate) for the next 6 weeks Sumako and I will visit the Toyama home to light incense and breathe a prayer of thanks for knowing the man who impacted our lives in ways and depth beyond words.

We will be happy to offer a message to Mrs. Toyama and Family on your behalf anytime. If you prefer, you can mail directly to the address previously provided (care of “Naomi Toyama”), or send message via any other means or acquaintance available to you. Also, Sensei’s tomb is right next to his home; he expressed that all are welcome to visit him anytime.

I will write some personal messages to my own students, expressing some of Toyama Sensei’s sentiments and wishes in which they figure directly. But I wished to share a much more detailed description of the past few days with you who sent supportive messages.

On behalf of the Toyama Family and from the depths of our hearts, Sumako and I thank you. Please keep in touch and follow Zankai events as time goes on.

Best regards to all,

Seizan (Gordi Breyette)

And Sumako Matsuda-Breyette

Okinawa KarateDo

UechiRyu ZanKyoKai

Nagahama Shibu Dojo


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