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Dec 11 2008

Color yourself healthy

As you know, being active with others provides time to socialize and build relationships. Keep that in mind as the holidays approach. Remember to share delicious, healthy meals and to finish them off with some physical activity.

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Sweet potatoes – Color yourself healthy
The Sweet Potato is King; a nearly perfect food that’s low in calories and sky-high in just about everything else. If you don’t eat sweet potatoes very often, or only during the holidays when they’re smothered in marshmallow goo and baked until they’re unrecognizable, you’re missing out on one of nature’s truly perfect foods. They’re high in fiber, packed with vitamins and minerals, and are great for diabetics and people who are carbohydrate sensitive. So good for you is the humble sweet potato that Nutrition Action Healthletter once rated it the number one healthiest vegetable.

The deep orange-yellow color of sweet potatoes tells you that they’re high in the antioxidant beta carotene too. Sweet potatoes are also good sources of vitamins B-6, C, E, folate and potassium. They’re fat-free and low in calorie density, meaning you can have a larger portion size without racking up the calories.

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Dec 11 2008

Healthy Lifestyle

You can and should enjoy this time of year. But remember, no matter where you are, you always have choices. Always strive to make the best decision based on your options.

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Simple and Sensible
Of course you know this stuff, but in the interest of limiting the January pain, here’s a quick refresher course:

1. Change your definitions of full. After most meals, you should feel as if you could get up, go outside and take a brisk walk. Stop eating when you get to that point.

2. Make a plan. Think about where you will be, who you will be with, what foods will be available, what foods are really special to you vs. those that you could probably do without, what are your personal triggers to overeat and how you can minimize them. Once you’ve thought about all of these things, make a plan of action.

3. Quit judging yourself by the foods you eat. You’re not necessarily “good” if you eat a salad or “bad” if you eat fudge. They’re both just food. And all foods are allowed – it’s the amount you eat that you have to watch. Don’t rush through the experience.

4. Forget “all or nothing.” If you’re feeling that you’ve already “blown it” with a doughnut in the morning, don’t use that feeling as an excuse to raid the cookie jar at night. Instead, think of ways to be physically active 30 minutes a day.

5. Get a move on. In addition to burning calories, exercise is a great way to deal with stress. Exercise is the fountain of youth and one of the best investments you can make for your health. 

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Dec 11 2008

Tia likes diamonds!

We need everyone to wish us luck…


My friend Sarah gave me her diamond earings and bracelet last Friday so I could get a selling price for them from a jeweler friend. They were in a very small plastic bag so when I got home, I decided to put them in a jewelry pouch. I was interrupted by a phone call so I put the bracelet on my dresser and  the earings and bag were left on the corner of my bed.  After the call I went to put the earings in the pouch and didn’t see them. There was only the plastic bag???
I immediately thought, did Tia eat them when she came in the room?   She has NEVER touched anything in the 14.5 years I’ve had her. She was lying on the other side of the bed with her back towards me so I went over to her and saw one loose diamond in front of her.  My instinct was right. She ate one earing and the setting for the other. She must have chewed them so that one stone came loose…Thank god they weren’t huge, although she might not have touched them if they were. So we are on poop patrol   Guess we’ll have to blame the Cushings disease.
Wish us luck, no success so far. Tia had an xray Tues to make sure we didn’t miss the earing. It was still sitting in her stomach with the setting for the other diamond. The vet gave us some high fiber food to see if it would help move the earing. We go back for another xray tomorrow.


Sarah’s vet recommended endoscopy after she stopped laughing

Tia’s original vet  in MA said to try mineral oil first

Tia’s current vet recommends surgery


It probably will be cheaper to replace the diamond, but then we’ll end up checking poop for the rest of Tia’s life.


So pray that Tia passes the earing. I know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend but I always thought you wore them…


After you stop laughing, pray!!!



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Dec 11 2008

Dorothy Reitman

I am greatly saddened that we lost Dorothy Reitman last Saturday. She passed away peacefully at home in her sleep during the night.

Dorothy was well loved and I truly apologize if this is your first notice of this tragic news. I tried to contact everyone by phone before sending this out, but was unable to reach everyone.


Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 4, at the Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 S Valley Rd

Paoli, PA 19301. The viewing is open to the public at 10 AM. The Funeral service will be at 11 AM. A luncheon at the church will follow the service. The funeral procession will depart the church at about 1 PM. The graveside rites will be at 2 PM at Westminster Cemetery on Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.

Here are some brief directions to the church.

From Route 30 in Paoli, take Route 252 South for about 7 tenths of a mile.


Get DirectionsRIGHT onto Waynesbourough Road, just before the Waynesbourough Country Club.

The church is about a half mile down on the right hand side of Waynesbourough Road.


Please feel free to call me if you have any questions, need better directions, or just want to talk. I keep my cell phone with me almost constantly, but I don’t always hear it when I get a call, so if you leave me a message, I will return your call asap.


Stephen V. Drehobl

Home: 610-489-4418

Cell: 610-653-4745


It is with sadness that I bring news of the passing this morning of Nidan, Dorothy Reitman.  I know she had corresponded with you on numerous occasions and she attended the Summer Training camp on two or three occasions. 

Although she was the oldest by age in our school, she exhibited a spirit that I have seen in few Kareteka over the years. When she started training 8 years ago she was a grandmother in her early 60’s. It was my pleasure and honor to watch her grow and develop over the past 8 years from a white belt to earning her Nidan two years ago.  Although she physically was not able to do many of the techniques some of us more agile practitioners perform with ease, she never let that stop her from trying.  Many times we would have to hold her back so as not to potentially injure herself!

Although she credited me with teaching her much about the practice and art of Uechi-Ryu, I think I was the one who learned as much or more from her.

She will be missed but not forgotten

Andrew Peterson

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Dec 11 2008

Edward Gordon

Edward A. Gordon, shodan, died on April 17, 1999.

Dear Mr. Mattson,

I regret to inform you of the passing of Edward A. Gordon on April 17, 1999. He along with my father, Phil Christie, were students of Mattson Academy in the 1970’s. At his memorial service, there was a dedicated collage of Uechi-ryu pictures. I had forgotten how much your school and Uechi-ryu had meant to both Ed and my father. Ed’s daughter spoke of how proud he was to have attained the rank of Shodan. It was a very important aspect of his life. He had returned to Uechi in the early 80’s, at my father’s encouragement, at Buzz Durkin’s dojo. Unfortunately at that time, Ed would begin a very long and difficult fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. He fought courageously until the end. He died at home peacefully. I wanted you to know that you had a tremendous impact on Mr. Gordon and my father. Phil occasionally manages to get up to Buzz’s school for a workout. Not bad for a guy who’s 71. I, myself have been a student with Buzz for the last 8 years. We consider ourselves very
fortunate to have such a wonderful Sensei.I will try to locate a picture of Ed for your memorial site. I think it would mean a lot to him and his family to have a place there.
Thank you for your time,
Ana (Christie) McGettrick 

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Dec 11 2008

Lewis C. (Rad) Smith III

Lewis C. (Rad) Smith III, Nidan,

Rad Smith

Rad Smith is a nidan (second degree black belt) in Uechi Ryu, a traditional Chinese-Okinawan martial art. He achieved his rank while studying under George Mattson (presently 9th degree) in the latter 1960s/early 1970s when true, traditional karate was still a rare phenomenon. Rad moved to Charlottesville in 1973 to study in the graduate English department at the University of Virginia. In January of 1974 he started a karate club there. He left the University of Virginia in 1975 to pursue his
studies in graduate business at Harvard. The karate club seed that Rad planted in 1974 grew and prospered. Since it’s inception, several thousand students have received instruction from the Uechi Ryu Karate Club at UVa. Already there are “spin off” schools from Atlanta Georgia to Regensburg Germany. One of the students from his original class of spring 1974 has achieved the rank of master (renshi rokudan). All of the students from this original seed Rad planted understand the significance of his contribution.

To many of you, these are just words on a screen. To me, the grim reaper has cheated many people of the pleasure of a rare man and a dear friend. The cancer he died from was a senseless, random occurence. It affirms my belief that there doesn’t need to be a good reason for all events around us. Life is, and we all carry on. And I, a grown man, proudly shed tears in his memory.

My dear Students, Collegues and Friends:

Rad Smith, the original Uechi-ryu Karate-do instructor of my instructor, Bill Glasheen, passed away on 7 December 1998. Less than 50 years old, he was diagnosed with lung cancer in June, and had been fighting the disease ever since. Though he did not directly teach me or you, much of your Uechi-ryu development has, nevertheless, been directly influenced by his decision to open up the original University of Virginia (UVa.) Uechi-ryu Karate-do club in 1974 and by the informal, non-authoritarian style of teaching he established at UVa. during the first two years.

It’s hard for me to underestimate the effect Rad’s decision to open up the school at UVa has had on my life. My 20-year practice of Uechi-ryu Karate-do has had a key influence in determining how I approach life today. I met my wife Erica through Uechi-Ryu, with whom I have built a family complete with four wonderful “monsters”. Quite simply, had Rad not chosen to start a club at UVa in 1974, I would have been a different person leading a different life.

Bruce Hirabayashi

It is with profound regret that I learn of the passing of Rad Smith . His pioneering spirit and devotion to an ideal , won the admiration of all with whom he came in contact with .

May I personally , extend to Rena my deepest and sincerest sympathy !

” The air is full of farewells to the dying and mournings for the dead ” -Longfellow–

Van Canna

The Uechi world suffered a heartwrenching loss with the passing of Sensei Rad Smith. Rad and his two children were active in our Newton Dojo until a couple of years ago. Rad decided to retire early from the business world, his reasons were primarily so he could devote more time to his family and personal interests. Even though he was in excellent health and superb condition, he contracted cancer and after a short battle, lost his life to this insidious disease.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Rena and the children in their time of grief.

George E. Mattson

I had the great fortune to study Uechi Ryu with Rad Smith during his time at the University of Virginia. Rad was one of a small handful of people who truly and profoundly impacted me and changed the course of my life. He was a man of great skill, honor, and dignity. Rad taught me that I could achieve great things through hard work and dedication, that I could be better than I was, and that the things of greatest value in my life would be those things which I worked hardest to achieve. He broadened my vision of life and of myself. Thank you, Rad.

John Vidumsky


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Dec 11 2008

Carol Schiff

Carol Schiff:
Carol worked for me in Boston in the office. She also was a dedicated Uechi practitioner who attained the rank of nidan.

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Dec 11 2008

Dr. Mark Steven Chagnon

Dr. Mark Steven Chagnon, Nidan
DOB-DOD 7-15-53 – 8-13-97
Home Atkinson N.H

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