Hello Sensei Mattson I hope you and Susan are doing well and I am looking forward to seeing you in August. I have some news about what has been happening here in Uechi ryu. There will be a new inductee in the Karate Nova Scotia’s Karate Hall of Fame , Duncan MacLeod. He is being …View full post
I spent a really great extended weekend in N.H. with Buzz and Judy Durkin. They invited me to teach a class on Friday that that I really enjoyed. What hard working, energetic students and teachers. Thanks to all who attended. See you all in August at my annual Martial Arts Summerfest. This will be a …View full post
This year’s Winterfest featured, what I consider to be, a very interesting and important self-defense topic and test.The ability to combine a calm alertness with the skill to go from a normal walking or standing posture into a reaction-ready fighting mode able to deliver a strike within a fraction of a second . I’ve been training …View full post
Dec 09 2008
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Dec 09 2008
Al Ford: 6th degree black belt “Renshi”.
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Dec 09 2008
Thomas D. Graziano, August 4, 1958 – March 6, 2001
Tom began his Uechi study in 1970, at the dojo of the late Forrest Sanborn and Carmine DiRamio, in Quincy, MA, where he taught the children’s class from 1977 until Forrest’s passing in 1984. Tom then formally became a student of Walter Mattson in Framingham, MA, where he achieved Yondan in 1987. His considerable size and strength coupled with his humility and gentleness, brought out the best in Tom’s training partners. Tom left us all too soon as a result of kidney disease since age 18. He is sorely missed and fondly remembered by his Uechi family.
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Dec 09 2008
Dr. Merton Cochran, discharged honorably from the Marine Corps, serving from 1955-1959. Continuing his education, he graduated in 1973 from the University of Oregon receiving his Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Merton did extensive work with patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. He also was a coordinator for the employees assistance program at the Sheridan Wyoming Veterans Administration Hospital. During this time he was the Chief of Psychology Services.
In retirement, at age 59, he began his study of Uechi Ryu Karate Do under Renshi Rokodan, Peggy Hess in Jensen Beach Florida.
His training and study became an important aspect of his life. Mert’s interest in the martial arts developed later in life, therefore some things didn’t come easily. This lack in natural ability was overcome by his strong will, perseverance, dedication and hard work.
A devoted Uechi Ryu practitioner, he was proud to achieve the rank of Shodan on December 4, 1999 under the watchful eye of Kyoshi Hachidan Jack Summers.
His passing was sudden and unexpected. He is survived by his wife Diane and three children.
He will sadly missed by his family, friends and dojo mates, but his spirit will surely live on.
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Dec 09 2008
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Dec 09 2008
Our mentor Ahti Kaend left us on August 7, 2001. He will live on in our hearts and in our practice. He was a great kareteka, and he earned respect worldwide from all that took the time to listen to him and understand him. His practice was as meticulous and as sharp as he kept his dojo and everything else in his life, and he demanded that same level of excellence from those that trained with him. There is much to say about Ahti. Please visit:
and take the memorial link under Ahti’s picture to:
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Dec 09 2008
Tribute to David Ryan, by Laird Elliott:
Sensei Mattson, I clicked on the link to the memorial site tonight and was shocked to see that David Ryan had died. I went to high school with David in Greenwood N.S. and we played lacrosse together. After high school we lost touch for 3 or 4 years. When I joined Jim Maloney’s Dojo I discovered he was one of the teachers. He was a nidan then. When I left Halifax we lost touch again.
I have often considered asking on the forums if anyone knew of his where- abouts. He was an exceptional guy!
He was way too young to die. His entire life he was extremely fit, even in junior high. (he was a competitive swimmer back then)
He was a great instructor, and committed to Uechi. I once trained 5 nights a week for seven months straight. He never missed a night, he taught a class and took a class every night. It was a long streak for me but just the norm for David!
I use to love to watch him spar, he was so relaxed, circling looking for an opening. Striking and resuming his circle in the blink of an eye. He had an exceptional feel for distance. In and out make you pay, good hand speed!
Davie Ryan was always a warrior. Though those of us who played lacrosse with him didn’t realize it. We started playing lacrosse at 14/15. The next year most teams folded so our team ended up playing junior league, and the next year senior men’s league.
One game we played against a team that had two guys we all referred to as the “gorilla brothers” These guys were semi pro hockey goons. This was in the late sixties very early seventies when goon hockey was big. These guys were just trying to stay in shape over the summer, improve their fighting skills and hopefully crack the ranks of the NHL. The “gorilla brothers ” ran about 6′ 2″ and 215/220 lbs. They were men. We were kids. “Little Davie” ran about 5′ 7″ and 140 lbs. when he was 16.
Well it happened right in front of our bench, David and one of the Gorilla brothers started throwing punches. We started climbing over the boards to help him out. The coach pulled me back onto the bench screaming sit down he’s winning! We all stopped and took a look, sure enough David was peppering the gorilla with punches. The gorilla was bleeding. David continued his attack. The big ape never landed a punch. Bloodied and frustrated he covered his head with his arms and ran to the penalty box. The ref didn’t even have to break it up.
It was the first time we saw Davie fight. In five years the only time! He was a gentle person.
I had hoped that one day we might again meet at summer camp. I guess I took to long to come back to Uechi.
Thought you might enjoy a story of his youth. He’s been gone a long time while, but for me he just left tonight.
thanks for listening George!
With respect and sorrow
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Dec 09 2008
“Women and Dan Testing”, by Anne Sevin
“. . .’Karate spirit’ is in some ways the opposite of traits that are usually considered ‘feminine’ by our society. It is especially important for women to show good spirit both in their kata and when working with a partner so that they can overcome this cultural stereotype. . .
“. . .Even if you do not actually teach, you are a role model. And as a woman you are a role model for the female students below you. It is up to you to show the other women in your dojo that women can work out hard and be strong and develop good karate spirit.”
The Black Belt Test Guide,. Peabody Publishing Company. 1988
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Dec 09 2008
In September 1991, Tommy was not quite 7 years old , weighing 49lbs, he stood 3’7″ when he began his study and training under Peggy Hess, in Jensen Beach, Florida.
He positively touched many lives and was involved in a variety of school and community activities. Tommy was mature, outspoken, popular and strong willed . Possessing an exceptional work ethic, he always gave 100% at everything he did. He was an avid surfer, honor roll student, and lead guitarist in a local band who enjoyed writing, composing and singing love songs.
Generous, soft-spoken and kind, he was known throughout his school and community to be a young man of character who never drank, smoked, did drugs and who was always a champion of the underdog.
A three year cross country and track letterman, he would have been the team captain in his senior year. His plans were to attend University and major in Sports Medicine.
Tommy was very tight with his mom, dad and sister Carrie who all were truly his best friends and a major part of his life.
Under the watchful eyes of Jack Summers, he obtained his Okinawan Shodan certification December 5, 1999, receiving the highest score for the day.
He is fondly remembered and recognized as a true hero and model and is sadly missed by all whose lives he has touched.
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Dec 09 2008
Memorial to Joe “Buddy” Hurley
Joe “Buddy” Hurley died at home after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Randolph M
ass Joe passed away on December 16th, 2002 of cancer at the age of 56.
Joe was a devoted husband and father of three small boys who was well liked by everyone who knew him. Active in little league, soccer and karate Joe gave of himself right up until the time he died. From the diversified attendance at Joe’s reposing, it can be said that Joe lead a very interesting and colorful life. Joe worked as a professional land surveyor.
Joe, a GoDan, was a member and instructor at the Okinawan Karate Club of Stoughton. Everyone liked and looked forward to his class because of the energy and love for Uechi Ryu that Joe projected. Joe participated in many camps and seminars training under the watchful eye of Okinawan visiting instructors every opportunity he got. Unfortunately he never made it to Okinawa, one of his long time dreams.
Joe also taught the karate program at the YMCA in Easton for many years and evening adult education self defense programs at Stoughton High School. As well as being a skilled martial artist he was a talented artist also. Many of Joe’s ‘works’ can be found hanging in the OKC Stoughton and dojos around New England and Florida. One of Joe’s specialties was calligraphy, going so far as to engrave popular Okinawan sayings on slate. Joe will always be remembered for his dedication, honesty and loyalty. He is sadly missed by his immediate and extended Uechi family and all of the students and teachers who knew him.
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