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 $20 for …View full post
For years, Uechi practitioners were satisfied with the gold stripes representing the titles of Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi. At one time, a board of Okinawa grandmasters awarded these titles. Kiyohide Shinjo and I were two of the first recipients of the Renshi gold stripe after being interviewed and tested by one of the Titles committee board …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
I wish to thank all of you who attended and supported this year’s martial arts SummerFest making it one of the most successful events since it was first created in 1983. Also thanks to all of you who sent me email expressing how much you learn and enjoyed the event. Certainly one of the most memorable …View full post
IUKF has been growing very quickly. Our new site administrator has made great progress re-designing and updating the black belt registry of rank and honors. The old registry has been one of our site’s most popular feature, accessed by thousands of people checking on their rank or others. Now that our registry is being incorporated …View full post
Apr 30 2008
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Apr 23 2008
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Apr 13 2008
For more information, please go to our web site, www.uechikaratechampionshipseries.info. If you have any question for any of us, there are telephones numbers listed in the web sit. Please call.
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Apr 03 2008
Dear Fellow Uechi-ryu Practitioners,
In support of our friend, Darin Yee, I would like to encourage you to try your best to attend future get together for training and tournament series talk. His tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 7 at the “Jungleplex” in Plymouth.He does a great job in conveying his perspective on tournament play at his meetings. The Uechi-ryu Karate Championship Series was designed to assist young practitioners to understand the competitive aspects of martial arts.
I know that many of you are thinking, What’s the value of competition? My school teaches our students how to protect themselves. My school teaches them how to be upstanding citizens, etc. That’s great. Beyond that, is something deep inside all martial arts practitioners, that can only be understood by a competitor. That something, in part, is real self understanding. What are you really about? How do you stand up in the face of adversity? Does what I do really work?
Those questions get answered very quickly with someone your age and rank (skill level) during competition. With the correct guidance from a caring Sensei the student becomes more self confident and also a caring citizen. The thing is, you know what, never underestimate the value of losing. Losing will bring out the best in most kids. Because a loss will bring out something in that kid that will help him succeed his whole life.
Try to support our Series. Sensei Bethoney, Sensei Yee, Sensei Testa and myself are not perfect. But I firmly believe, we’re here not just for the kids and their parents, we’re here for you too–our fellow Uechi-ryu Sensei and practitioners. Send me an email anytime, I guarantee a response.
Welcome to the the newest IUKF Board Member.
Roy Bedard has been appointed and he has accepted the position as a board member of IUKF.
Roy is a 6th degree black belt and holds the Renshi title.
Besides all his other Uechi related projects, Roy is working with me as the editor for my 50th anniversary “memories” book, scheduled to be published this August. GEM
Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss!
A group of Bostonians are coming to visit and ask me to set up a workout for them. What a great excuse for a group get-together!
I’m planning to make a day of it.
10AM – Noon (Morning session
Noon – 1PM (Lunch at the dojo)
1PM – 2PM (aftenoon session)
If you would like to workout with us, please email me at
Hi Sensei Mott,
I have had a chance over the past couple days to try your excercises. I think that they are a great compliment to our training as Uechi Ryu students.
Folowing the instructions of the DVD you have created is like taking a guided tour of the body. It encourages awareness and intention , a place that we are often to preocupied to be in.
I found your exercises encouraged a more intimate sense of what your muscles should be doing in a movement. For example, you very quickly connect with relaxing the muscles which don’t need to be in a state of action. Tensing every muscle in our body is such a common temptation in our training.
At best most of us develop a sense of connecting with mother earth and drawing energy up through the hips and out the arm. Your exercises encourage more movement not only in the physical body but also in the energy you are generating and how it moves. As opposed to moving energy from earth straight up the body and out the arm it takes on a more circular action which provides an opportunity for much a much more efficient and powerful technique.
These exercises provide an opportunity for Uechi Ryu students to connect with elements of body mechanics and energy flow at an earlier stage of their training . I think this is important because many students stop training before they ever come close to experiencing any of this. I feel your DVD will inspire students as it did me to look at themselves and their Uechi training with more depth.
Again I thank you Sensei Mott for sharing through the DVD you have created. I will recommend this DVD to all Uechi students I come in contact with here in Nova Scotia.
Wishing You and your family all the best
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Apr 01 2008
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Mar 11 2008
Chow for Now!
One of the forums’ most popular feature. . .
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Mar 11 2008
Old Gallery discovered... Some of you “regulars” might remember a very large “Gallery” on this site that covered the years 2001 – 2004. Lots of very interesting pictures. BTW – you must be a “registered” member of the Uechi-ryu Karate site to access this very special gallery. (For those who are still trying to figure out how to find things - look to the “Table of Contents” in the left frame.) Click on “Galleries”. If you don’t see “Gallery 2″, you are not registered. Remember… This site is on a different server than the Forums and require a separate registration process. It is easy, painless and free.
Now I know why.
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Mar 05 2008
Vicki had warned us, make no plans for Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. We figured we would all be going to Foxwood’s or something, as we did on Mother’s Day.
So Sat. before they left they gave us directions to North Conway, NH. Now we have always liked it there, both in the winter, when we all skied, and in the fall too. They couldn’t come as most were busy. So we left around noon Sunday and it was a dull trip as we are thinking how we do like it up there, but, we have no one to celebrate our 50th with. Suzie had a couple crying spells.
Anyway, to make a long story short,,we had to call Vicki several times to find the “condo”, the itinerary would be in the condo. W finally found the place and thought how nice, they had the people put a large Happy 50th anniversary out in front of the place. We took our stuff and went inside, it was a four story condo and we didn’t know where we were supposed to stay. I looked in the bedroom on the first floor and didn’t find any “itinerary”.
We went to the second floor where there was a large fireplace with a big fire going. Once again I thought they had the people fix things up and ready for us. Well, the third floor was open with a railing across and when both of us got to the fireplace, all hell broke loose. Everyone,,the whole bunch yelled surprise!!!
Happy Anniversary. It was ALL the kids and All the grandkids. We were so surprised, this ole tough guy was in tears. We had a ball, it couldn’t have been a better celebration and we were and are just tickled. We always have such a good time with the whole family but it’s hard to get them all together. But they all were there, had their cars hidden.
They had food there plus we went out for our anniversary dinner. Some went sking, and I had been promising Suzie a sleigh ride for 50 years but never produced . Well, they had it all arranged, we went for our sleigh ride. We got home late yesterday.
What’s funny, I have been sick with the flu for 3 weeks, I still felt kind of bad when we left Sunday. All my symptoms left, I feel great and I slept better than I have for months. Tom even cooked my eggs in the morning, to perfection. lol. It was perfect. We are so thankful we have such a wonderful family, sometimes you forget, then something like this brings everybody together. There were lots of hugs.
One thing I really wanted more than anything, was to make it to our 50th. I told Suzie this morning, might as well go for 60. Thank you for your wishes, thank you for being our very good friends. We have been very fortunate.
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Feb 28 2008
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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