Our May 11th “regional workout” like the previous 2 was a huge success. Our number of attendees were 50 plus. They came from all of the surrounding states and traveled as far as 3 to 4 hours to honor us with their participation. Sensei Gary Wong 8th dan and I were both part of the …View full post
This is just a quick note to thank you for joining me for the annual kung fu dinner in Boston. This was always a great reason for Uechi people to get together for festivities outside of a workout. We get to join the largest martial arts organizations in Boston’s Chinatown and their associates from the …View full post
Amazing how many videos, pictures and memories one can accumulate in a lifetime. I have a storage locker filled with memorabilia that I’m trying to catalog and digitize for the future Martial Art Library my friends are creating. Hope you enjoy some of the memories that didn’t make it into my last book, “The Way of Uechi-ryu …View full post
From my Newsletter Archives – 2003 Uechi-ryu Family of Organizations! by Steve Goss As many of you know, the late 1980′s heralded a major shift in organizations practicing Uechi-ryu. Prior to that time, most of us were members of the Uechi-ryu Karate-do Association. Now there are many more associations. During my last trip to Okinawa …View full post
Feb 29 2008
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Feb 28 2008
You mention your tournament days ,you must have had a certain explosiveness then ,was this the contributing factor in ,or towards your indepth study of explosiveness ,or was it something very different ?.
Interesting question Max, I’ll try to explain the difference in tournament fighting and reality. Tournament fighting is basicly point fighting, it has to be clear and visible..My problem in POINT fighting, when I first got started, I was a one man clash. I had to learn to make my techniques "cuter" and more visual. When I exploded into my opponent, I would land many strikes but they were confusing to the referee. I had to practice very hard, to clarify my techniques. To win the match one had to score points that were very visual. All I wanted to do was explode into my opponent with whatever came out. Many times my opponent would be on the ground but I was not awarded a "point." In my first book, KUMITE, I write about all of this. When I first started tournament fighting, I was quite frustrated until I learned how to be a "tournament" type fighter. Example: This was in the quarter finals in a New England tournament. The match was all even with time running out. My opponent came at me with a front kick which I clearly read and I smashed the kick around his ankle area, following up with a hard punch which put him down. The judges all yelled "STOP", and I, took the line waiting for them to award me the point and match. The point was given to my opponent because they said his front kick was in first, thus giving him the point and the match. My point here is, he could hardly get off the floor from the punch and his foot was broken as well. I felt nothing from his kick other than the solid block I had hit him with. He was unable to continue on in the tournament. That’s the difference in point fighting and the real thing. Max, I hope that gives you somewhat of an answer to your question.
THIS POWER THING
I will be taking a good amount of material from my "Exposive Karate" book. After all , its not plagiarism. My books are a training manual and not meant to be entertaining. Something to refer to if a question comes up. I will be explaining certain strikes involved in power infighting. First, we have to set the power base. Can’t shoot a strong arrow from a weak bow – right?
MUSCLE MASS- JOINT AND BONE ALIGNMENT
When the large muscles are involved in anything the body does, the result is very powerful. A coordinated muscular movement will involve all the helper muscles. These helper muscles will explode the limb toward the target in a swift strong motion. The smaller muscles of the arm need the help of the larger muscle mass in the back, trunk and legs to assist it. Upon impact, the arm is simply the arrow from the powerful bow. The fist is simply the instrument that makes contact. Behind that fist is the power of the hugh muscles of the back, trunk and legs. When the coordinated effort of all these muscle areas are brought into play the results are amazing.
If the arrow is not solid, and has any flaws in its makeup, it will splinter upon impact. The joints and bones of the body are no different.When propelling these fragile bones, attached to even more fragile joints, alignment is essential. This is why you will notice the strikes performed in an arc for added strength. The arc in the limb will bring power and stability to the blow and allow the strikes to come from different angles. Even the so called "straight punch" has a slight arc to prevent any elbow damage.
Next week lets look at the types of joints involved in the strikes. In this way it will be easier for you to understand the reasons for the positioning of the limb upon impact. I don’t want to bore you with an overload of body mechanics information, but, I feel one should have some idea of just where this power comes from. So take the time to absorb some of this, just to get a place to begin.
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Feb 19 2008
From Paul Giella. .
The Hut group is going strong. We have developed a new kumite for 2008, called the “push/grab kumite”, meaning the all the attacks are pushes or grabs and all the defenses are jujitsu/judo/aikido-like adaptations of Uechi-ryu moves. We have also learned the new kata from Okinawa, ‘Ryuko’, and are practicing it as a group. Have you seen it yet? Lotta strong, simple moves, not unlike your ‘Yankee Kata’ but much longer.we are also doing the Long Sanchin, the Sanseiryu Bonkai … in case people want to come by and see or learn them.
Everyone is healthy and well.
How are you? Just came home from Felipe’s dojo working with the group that will be testing this summer camp. They are coming along fine.
Your latest home page shows some old photos and asked for more. Attached is an old one from my file. It was taken in June 1968 during one of your beach workouts. I wonder if anyone recognize those guys and if anyone remembers that workout.
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Feb 13 2008
A Day at the Races!
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Feb 02 2008
Thank you for the good wishes.. This weekend has been amazing! I was hoping for a twofer, HOF and 4th Superbowl..
The team played well and I our QB gave us a chance to win even with seconds still left on the clock!
But Brady is still young and drive and fire in the belly is still hot! We’ll be back!
I’m in a place I’ve only dreamed about and now its a reality, and all I can say is WOW!!!
Best in all things,
PS- thank you for the acknowledgment on your website!!
I’m not much of a football fan. . . generally waiting until the playoffs to get involved. . . especially if the Patriots are playing
Last night I remained riveted to the TV, watching what had to have been, the best game ever played! Not a lot of touchdowns, but what a fantastic lesson in defense tactics on the part of both teams. Naturally I was rooting for the Pats and was looking forward to seeing them play a perfect season of football from a “stats” perspective.
From a spectator’s perspective, the game will remain one of best sporting events every held. In my heart, the Pats won. The score is unimportant! GEM
Heard it through the “grapevine”. . .Fred Dean, Darrell Green, Art Monk, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippet and Gary Zimmerman have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 4:50 p.m.
Andre Tippett, Patriot Hall of Fame Linebacker
and Okikukai Godan/Shihan !!!!
Submitted by Dr John Morenski
The Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker discusses the 1985 team,
the 20-year reunion and his life today
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Jan 27 2008
Watch for details!!!! You don’t want to miss this one!!!!
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Jan 09 2008
Kimo Wall just sent me an e-mail, saying he is coming to WinterFest!I’m very pleased with the response this year. Should be a full house. Sunday, Jan20th will be the last day to register.
Last Minute WinterFest Registrations!!!!
Jan 25-27, 2008
[update: it is fixed!}
If you tried to register on-line within the last couple days, we did not get the information. Our new store had a problem while moving some categories from the old store. We didn’t know about this until today. A new store item is being built, but may take awhile to show up on-line. Meanwhile, if you wish to attend WinterFest and you didn’t get a “approved” confirmation, please send me an email ASAP.
New Web Store
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Dec 31 2007
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Dec 12 2007
Happy New Year to All. . .
Have a safe and enjoyable Holiday and a wonderful New Year.
Don’t forget WinterFest. January 25, 26 and 27th. Get out of the snow and cold weather. Come on down!
Love to you all from Susan, George and Tia
The Uechi-ryu WinterFest will be held in the beautiful Florida town of Mount Dora on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 25-27, 2008. I’m very pleased to report that quite a few of my New England Uechi-ryu friends and students have already registered, including Roy Bedard, Darin Yee, Fedele Cacia, Harry Skeffington and John Page. Click here for the latest WinterFest updates.
Susan has checked out the local hotels, motels and Bed & Breakfast facilities which are posted on the WinterFest site.
I hear through the grapevine that a number of WinterFest participants will be either bringing the Motorcycles down or renting one for sightseeing. What a great idea!
Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas???
Won’t be long and I’ll be digging that old Santa picture out of storage and will be posting it here for a couple days. Maybe it is because I’m having so much fun, but it seems as though time is passing by sooooo fast. As we get older, everything seems to shrink. . . Hours, days, months. . . savings account!
For you history “buffs”….
I found a shoebox full of very old Cambridge Street Dojo photographs. Wow, what memories these pictures revive…
A couple of items:
1. I’m continuing to fix the table of contents on the left side of this page. Please register, if you haven’t already, to view all the items. You must use your real name and e-mail address. Otherwise you won’t get a confirmation email in response. Be sure to follow the simple instructions to complete the confirmation.
2. Because this website has been around for so many years and since I don’t delete anything, there is a tremendous amount of information on the server. Trying to compress everything into a few categories is misleading and often times requires a couple of tries to find where the information is located. Please let me know if you have any suggestions to make navigating easier.
3. I’m continuing to add information in the F.A.Q. section (Frequently Asked Questions). You can find the FAQs in the “Directories” section.
4. I still get quite a few e-mail every month from people who register here (Uechi-ryu Karate) and then discover that they can’t post on the Forums (Eastern Arts Forums). That is because a separate registration process is required to post on the Forums. The two features share the same server, but technically are different sites.
5. Beginning in January, our existing Store site will be discontinuing service. Sue and I (G&S Consulting) are taking this opportunity to create a new store, with new features and many less products. If you have any suggestions regarding products we should be offering, please send us an e-mail.
6. We have sold out of the deluxe Gi bag and don’t plan to reorder them. (storage is a problem here in Florida!) There are only six regular Gi bags left, with the embroidered uechi/IUKF logo. Being sold at cost…. $25.00.
7. Check out the old store before it disappears. Lots of interesting and probably “collectibles” residing there, soon to disappear forever.
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Nov 14 2007
Tel- Home – 978 597 0524
Dojo 978 772 5421
Chairman, IUKF Board
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