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The Recipe There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning. -Christopher Morley- It doesn’t matter whether your baking a cake, some gluten free brownies, (ha ha Susan) or trying to develop a successful team with a sense of community……… The blending of ingredients is the benchmark of success, not the ingredients themselves. Grand Master …View full post
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
Nov 14 2007
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Nov 07 2007
WinterFest Update: Information & Registration forms now available!
Christmas came early for the Mattson Clan!
I’m sure most of the martial art world is familiar with one of North America’s “Living Treasures” – Sensei Kimo Wall!For three years he magically appeared at SummerFest for three days and nights, teaching non-stop from early morning until late at night. During our evening parties, Kimo would entertain everyone with his spectacular demonstrations and history of the 20+ traditional Okinawan weapons he had learned during the many years he trained on Okinawa.
Then, without explanation, he disappeared for twelve years. I heard rumors that he had been living in China and then decided to move permanently to Guatemala! As mysteriously as he had appeared at SummerFest, Kimo disappeared.
Then, two weeks ago, I received a forwarded email that Kimo had written, from his friend Jim Prouty. Imagine this. . . Kimo Wall has emerged from isolation, armed with a computer, website and e-mail address! WOW!
I wrote to Kimo and the next thing I knew, he accepted my invitation to celebrate Thanksgiving with Susan, Tia and me here in Florida.
While we were communicating by e-mail, catching up on the past 12 years, Kimo also accepted my invitation to teach at next year’s SummerFest. As an added surprise, Dr. Chang I Liu, Grandmaster of the “Feeding Crane” system will be accompanying Kimo and will be participating in the 2008 SummerFest.
Dr. Liu was with Kimo 12 years ago at SummerFest and amazed everyone with his spectacular “thundering” internal power and blinding defensive speed. Personally, I’ve seen quite a few martial artist over the years, but none that possessed the overall skill and power of Dr. Liu.
While Kimo was visiting, he taught one of Dr. Liu’s power drills to my class. In addition to our morning workouts, Kimo and I participated in a TalkShoe discussion which should be of interest to all Kimo Wall fans and students.
Tia wanted to jump in his van this morning as he prepared for the drive back to Georgia where he is staying with relatives. Although Tia was only a puppy when she last met Kimo, she greeted him with kisses and her favorite toy. (Something she only does for her favorite people.) As Kimo drove off, she watched attentively, not wanting to come inside. As I’m writing this, she is at the window, looking to see if he is returning!
While Kimo was visiting, we had an opportunity to reminisce about the “old” days on Okinawa and lots of very personal information about Kimo and his training. Fortunately, Kimo gave me permission to film one of our sessions so I created a “TalkShoe” interview to be shared with the martial art community.
You can access this half hour discussion by CLICKING HERE or on Kimo’s picture.
Kimo’s website is www.kimowall.netfirms.com
New Englanders…. don’t miss this…
On Sunday January 6 from Noon to 1:30, my Dojo will be hosting author Jay Nussbaum who will be signing copies of his latest novel, A Monk Jumped Over A Wall. Jay is also a longtime Uechi practitioner and following the signing we will also be hosting a workout led by Sensei Fedele Cacia.
I hope you can attend and please feel free to forward this to anyone else who may be interested.
Although not necessary, please RSVP in order to ensure that enough books are on hand.
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Oct 26 2007
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Oct 20 2007
Stress and Realism in the martial arts:
Susan will remember the many days I would come home after a five-hour romp in the woods taking off my leathers, and displaying a body filled with bruises caused by the many falls resulting from the learning process of progressing from a bicycle to 250cc Honda street cycle to a high powered racing motorcycle.
I persevered, and eventually became adept enough to actually enter some amateur motocross races and further progressing to agree on participating in a month-long advanced motorcycle trek. Beginning in the black mountains of California and progressing to Mexico, where five of us retraced the Baja 500 motorcycle race, an experience I’ll never forget.
The point of my story, is to relate the original stress and tension of simply getting on a high-powered motorcycle and experiencing the thrill of speeding through a narrow wooded trail, inches from protruding branches tree stumps and over gaping gullies and down steep ravines and through water and mud valleys, attempting to keep up with the breakneck speed of the experienced riders.
Fast forward a month, countless bruises and aches and pains accompanying the training, and suddenly all of what appeared originally to be unattainable, suddenly became commonplace and as uneventful as driving a car.
Fast forward 30 years-and not having sat on a motorcycle all that time, and suddenly finding yourself on the seat of a simple 250 CC motor scooter and once again discovering both the thrill and stress of performing a new and different experience. Deciding to go on a 10 mile jaunt, I discovered at the end of the 10 miles, that every muscle in my body was sore. In spite of the fact that I did not encounter anything dangerous or out of the ordinary, my body exerted enough tension so as to drain all energy from my body.
My feeling is, that anyone studying the martial arts, will benefit tremendously, from the internalizing and reinforcement of fighting techniques that come from the repetitive performance of Kata, drills, Bunkai and free fighting. However, I equate this type of familiarization with fighting as more of a dry run than being ready to actually engage in a real life fight with inexperienced and tried/true streetfighter. It is important, that all martial art instructors realize the limitations and expectations resulting from their training. Having an arsenal of tools and the training to use those tools in the confines and safety of the dojo, is not the same as being surprised and overrun by one or more highly experienced (to the actual feeling of being hit, bloodied, incapacitated-on both sides of the giving/taking spectrum.) street Thugs who regularly engage in this type of fighting.
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Oct 16 2007
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Oct 11 2007
My philosophy is that ground fighting is simply "doing kata while horizontal"! We work on moves and techniques (similar to the ones in Morne Swanepoel’s article) as sequence drills, then with a partner. I teach these techniques as part of my Uechi-ryu program. To me, they are important applications drawn from the Uechi-ryu "core" program. GEM
The Oxford dictionary explains positioning as follow:
‘ place occupied by person or thing; proper place; way thing is placed, mental attitude, state of affairs, situation, rank or status, strategic point ‘
The above explanation is clear, but what does this mean in the world of MMA and Submission wrestling ?
The goal to obtain superior positioning over ones opponent in the stand up and ground ranges to execute devastating strikes, submission and choke holds has become imperative for any combat athlete.
Attaining the mounted position is one of the most sought after positions for most fighters & students in MMA/Submission wrestling. This occurs when one fighter is on top of his opponent, astride his chest with both knees on the floor. There are various reasons why this position is sought after:
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Oct 07 2007
K is 4 Kill is the brainchild of Skye and myself, combining her need to address the lack of hawt and affordable women’s designer T-shirts and accessories and my desire to retire by the age of 30.
Well, one out of two isn’t so bad.
Seriously, this project has weathered everything from hard drive failures to woefully misadvertised slam poetry events. The designs are geared for both men and women, and we hope that you’ll check out our Web site and, if you feel so inclined, purchase a shirt. Our first T features San Francisco’s (and possibly the world’s) greatest zombie burlesque troop, the Living Dead Girlz ( http://www.livingdeadgirlz.com), in a limited edition print in metallic silver foil on black, red or blue on women’s cut T’s and in matte gray against black, charcoal or navy T’s for the men’s cut.
Please forward this email on to anybody who you think might be interested in what we’re doing. In the future, we hope to expand not just the product line, but create a com… but I’ve said too much. As Skye mentions in the first post on the site, we’re already shipping orders to Sweden, Japan, Australia, the U.K. and around the U.S. Not sure why Canada isn’t represented… anybody know any Canadians who wear T-shrits?
For those who’ve helped us incubate this project, we are extremely grateful.
Remember: Frump is out.
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Sep 28 2007
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Sep 28 2007
I really like the DVD and the exercises. I’ll probably need a few more for the various people
“David Mott recently made a DVD of Coiling Silk Exercises he has been quietly working on and sharing with his students at Cold Mountain School, in Toronto.
There are eight exercises in total and each derives its form from various physical phrases found directly in the practice of Uechi-Ryu.
I’ve shared them with my small class and have found them to be valuable in developing body integration, a deeper understanding of breath as it relates to movement, smoothing out small muscle control issues and opening a new chapter in the way Uechi kata can be perceived.
Besides that, performing these exercises makes me feel good.
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