These very special pins, with a screw-back, have been out of stock for many years. I discovered the original art work for these pins during a storage unit visit and decided to have them recreated in a new 1″ diameter size and a 3/8″ screw-post. (To ensure a secure attachment.) Retail price, only $15 for …View full post
Dear Brothers and Sisters On behalf of myself and the International Uechi-Ryu Karate Federation (IUKF), I offer our most heartfelt sorrow on hearing about the death of Shigeru Takamiyagi Sensei. He was a brilliant man of many talents and spent a lifetime developing his craft. Much of what he taught has in some way influenced …View full post
Thank you very much for attending our timekeeper, scorekeeper and corner judging seminar. We are striving to make our tournaments as fair, impartial and enjoyable as possible for all our students. I also want our judges to understand tournaments are not a “must win” for our personal dojos. We are all Uechi-Ryu and we wish …View full post
Uechi Ryu Black Belts, Have you ever thought about taking the next step in your Uechi Ryu training and possibly opening your own Uechi Ryu school? If you imagine having a large school or a small dojo, the IUKF can help support and guide you in your dream of being a dojo …View full post
On behalf of the IUKF Dojo committee I am very excited to announce that Grand Master George Mattson will be conducting a seminar for the IUKF Dojos and IUKF members on Saturday Nov 8th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Owner Sensei Peter Pippos of Peter Pippos Karate Center in Acton Mass will be hosting …View full post
Jul 30 2008
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Jul 27 2008
Joe Lauzon (16-4) will return to action against Kyle Bradley (13-5) in a lightweight tilt at UFC Fight Night 15 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska, on September 17.
Joe Pomfret just called me and suggested the he and Joe Lauzon run a big “Ground Fighting” seminar on Sunday morning from 9:30AM – Noon! Because Saturday has so many seminars, Joe though that having his seminar on Sunday might attract a few more participants to stay over and perhaps might create an incentive to get a few people who weren’t able to attend on Friday and Saturday to join our gang for a little bit of “realism” and warrior “mindset”! Instead of talking about it, why not come on down and actually “do it”!
Sunday has traditionally been a slow day and this is a shame – This year we are going to complete the perfect SummerFest with a seminar by two of countries great fighters. . . one a UFC star! It doesn’t get any better than that. . .
Daytrippers welcome. Beside the ground fighting seminars Sunday, there will be a number of other classes available. So get off your computer, talking about how you will deal with stress and violence. . . come on down and actually do it!!!! Who knows, you might like it!
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Jul 24 2008
Will your name be on this year’s honor role?
Stephen Perry flying during his long-jump last year!
Quickly go to stage 2.
Stage 2: Maximum pull-ups that can be done in a minute. (This is the one I want to do a little more research on). You get one shot here. Once your feet touch the ground, you are done.
Quickly go to stage 3:
Stage 3: Maximum sit-ups that can be done in a minute. These will be bent-knee situps with a partner holding your feet.
Quickly go to stage 4:
Stage 4: You get one minute to do 2 tries at a standing broad jump. Your best effort is your score.
Quickly go to stage 5:
Stage 5 : Maximum number of “squats” that can be done in a minute. A squat is to be done down to thigh-parallel, and then stand completely up. Any squat that doesn’t go down that far, or goes all the way down does not count. Judge will stop you if form gets unacceptable.
Quickly go to stage 6:
Stage 6: A one-mile run.
Congratulations to all who participated in this extreme test of physical fitness and endurance.
George E. Mattson
ps. a Firedragon lapel pin and jacket crest are awarded all who pass the test.
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Jul 14 2008
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO RECEIVE A FREE SUMMERFEST T-SHIRT WITH YOUR REGISTRATION!
Also – Only a few more days to have food included with your registration. After the 23rd, Susan must submit a final food tally – so don’t delay – get your registration in today!!! After the 23rd, all late registered participants will have to purchase their food at the door.
New Presenters at this year’s SummerFest. . .
when you most need to act.
Criminals thrive on fear… they choose their victims by watching for weakness and vulnerability… they know you will hesitate. Criminals prey on hesitation and compliance… criminals don’t wait for you to be ready and they don’t fight fair… you deserve to be prepared. Confront reality… Master your fears… build the confidence to do what is necessary, before you become a victim.
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Jul 04 2008
“Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening?
Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder.
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Jun 28 2008
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Jun 22 2008
A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real-World Violence.
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May 19 2008
sent out this letter to Henry and cc’d me:
We are going to be conducting a Kick A Thon at my Dojo on June 7th with the proceeds going to the China relief efforts. In addition to the kids kicking and getting sponsors, we are going to have a raffle, bake sale, dunk tank and anything else that comes up in the meantime to help raise $$.
Maybe some other schools can do the same. There is not a lot of lead time but I figured the getting something happening right away was best. Maybe other IUKF dojos can join us in holding some type of fund raising event on that date or a date close to it?
The recent series of natural disasters and tragedies, from cylones to floods to earthquakes in one corner of the globe to the next, are undoubtedly overwhelming our psyche and taxing our ability to help, but help we must. We must do our share.
The news and photographs from the earthquakes in China are heartbreaking. Since our Uechi Ryu was originated from China, it should give us the additional incentive to help.
A picture worths a thousand words and I am not much of a talker, hopefully the two attached photographs will appeal to all those who have not yet taken the step to help. The first photograph shows a desperate son
with his mother on his back, the second photograph shows a tearful soldier being overwhelmed by the tragedies around him.
I am sure there are numerous other photographs and much more heartbreaking ones available online. My point is, we must help and we should count our blessings that we are in a position to help.
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May 12 2008
Darin is visiting Central Florida this week and will conduct a two part seminar at the Mount Dora Community Building this Sunday, May 18th.
The first session will be from 10am – Noon. Darin will be teaching “Winning Sparring Techniques”, a subject he is especially familiar with. Darin believes it is important to test your karate as part of your training. . . and the safest way to do this is by competing in the “point” tournaments. . . Darin practices what he preaches and has entered both the kata and freefighting divisions in literally hundreds of tournaments, beginning with the early “bash and mash” events back in the 70s and 80s and continuing non-stop through the present time.
Darin loves to compete and so do his students. Most importantly, he is very good at teaching the art of sparring. He promises that everyone attending his class will benefit from his unique and imaginative training methods.
Following lunch, Darin will be conducting a fascinating class where he will be teaching and exploring the Uechi kata, using his background in Chinese martial arts to help explain the key elements of our system.
Many of Darin’s friends and students will be attending from New England and Florida.
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