Apr 30 2008

tournament with John Griffin and Ernie Harriman

On April 26, I gathered a few of my students and headed to Cromwell Connecticut.  I met my first student at 5 am in the morning and drove an hour to Braintree and picked up another student who volunteered to take this ride to represent me and compete in a tournament hosted by 2 of the nicest guys I’ve had the pleasure to meet. 

The ride there wasn’t bad because they both fell asleep there leaving me alone with the radio and my great voice.  The ride was a little longer then I’ve thought because it was still dark out and my voice wasn’t so good.  No complaints from my two students because they were asleep.

Upon arrival, I was greeted by John Griffin and Ernie Harriman, the promoter of this tournament.  Both of them great people and long time Uechi-Ryu practitioners. I’d offered to help and did what I could to help their progress.

The tournament started with the singing of the national anthem by an actual person.  We then separated the different categories and proceeded with weapons, followed by kata and then kumite.

In between, there was a breaking demonstration which I have not witness since the early “70s”.  This was performed by Tom Piacentini, John Griffin and Rob Schulman.  They were very impressive as they broke 2×4 over their arms, shins and body.  The last was breaking a baseball bat with the wrist.  Kids, don’t try this at home.

The tournament was a huge success.  My students had a great time.  If invited back, I will try to bring a few more of my students next time.    

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Apr 23 2008

John VanderLaar Dead at 48

John VanderLaar Dead at 47!
(Submitted by James Gemmell)
John VanderLaarWord of longtime Uechi-ryu practitioner John VandeLaar’s passing has saddened the martial-arts community in Michigan. A Battle Creek resident, VandeLaar, 47, began studying Uechi-ryu in June 1979 under Sensei Bill Keith, and shortly thereafter became a student of Sensei Jim Thompson’s during the transitional period in which Thompson bought the Okinawa Karate Academy in Kalamazoo from Keith. In later years, VandeLaar dabbled in Goju-ryu, Shotokan, Kobudo (under sensei’s Estrada and Nagazato), Kendo and aikido.

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Apr 13 2008

First Tournament

I am happy to inform everyone the first tournament of our “Uechi Karate Championship Series” turned out very well. As usual, most of the active Uechi community in the Northeast took part in these get together. There were more then 120 competitors this tournament and we are looking to improve with each passing tournament.
My tournament called “The Rumble in the Jungle” is next. This will be held at the Jungleplex located on 8 Natalie Way, in the historic town of Plymouth, June 7th. Unlike most other tournament locations, the Jungleplex has an operating café where we can purchase break face, lunch and snacks. There are soda machines at many locations. A designated eating area You can change into your gi right at my dojo, which is located across from the competition area. I will give lunch vouchers to all working officials as a token of my appreciation.
I will take all precautions to insure the best possible tournament I can with the little experience I have at running these things. I will insure an award to all entries. After all, this tournament is for all children brave enough to “gi up” and face an unfamiliar opponent. Not just for the exceptionally gifted, the unusually big and strong or the ones whom sensei goes from ring to ring trying to intimidate the judges.
Although there will be fierce competitions, the concentration for this tournament is for people young and old to gather and in a tent of friendship, interact as one. Those who choose to be here as friends are welcome. Those who feel they are better then everyone else, I’m telling you to stop kidding yourself. Prove it! JUNE 7th 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.

Darin Yee

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Apr 03 2008

David Mott’s New Video!

Update on the N.E. Junior Tournament Series: 

VinnyDear 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.
Manny Neves


Welcome to the the newest IUKF Board Member.
Roy Bedard
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!

Sunday, May 18, 2008 – Mount Dora Workout

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
gmattson@uechi-ryu.com!


David Mott Video2nd Look at David Mott’s New DVD

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
Derick Bagogloo

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Apr 01 2008

March 3rd Chinese Freemasons Dinner Celebration

Mason Dinner

On March 3, The Boston Chinese Freemasons held their celebration of the beginning of a new year

at the Empire Garden Restaurant on Washington Street, Downtown Boston.  The Chinese Freemason organization is the largest and most prestigious Chinese organization in the world. 
 
There were approximately 900 plus in attendance.  The cities represented were New York, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Baltimore, Cleveland, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.  Also present were a host of City and State politicians.
 
Uechi-Ryu people who attended this event were Darin Yee, Gary Wong, Jose Aja, Herman Yee, Manny Neves, Kenny Schiff, Fedele Cacia, Thomas Hallahan, Frank Pucci and Fred DeCubellis. 
 
The event started with a spectacular lion dance performed by the Gung Ho Club, know as the best performance team in New England.  According to Chinese tradition, only martial arts schools perform the lion dance.  Many of the Gung Ho Club members trained directly under Darin Yee and Gary Wong.
 
Following the lion dance, we were entertained by professional entertainers from a New York agency which included a belly dancer.  They sang and danced while we were served a stunning ten course authentic Chinese banquet.  I was very impressed by Manny Neve’s children because they tried every dish that came out of the kitchen.  The open Bar offered everything from beer to Hennessey XO.
 
I’m sure everyone found this to be a new and unique experience.  We are now looking forwards to next year’s event.  There will be a Chinese Mason national convention this year in May.  Let’s see if they will be receptive to a Uechi-Ryu demonstration. 

 

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Mar 11 2008

“Chow for Now”

Mary

Chow for Now!
One of the forums’ most popular feature. . .

Although I don’t contribute a lot to Mary’s forum, I do read it every day and print out the recipes for Susan to try. . . especially the ones Vicky contributes as her favorite dessert dishes! :)
I’m a big Bagel fan, so really enjoyed Todd’s article. Hope you do too. . . Click Here to visit her Forum!

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Mar 11 2008

Wow!!!!

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.


New “surprise” website Launched today!

anniversary dinner

I knew Patty was working on something . . . she kept pestering me for information about my history in the Army, my early years teaching and she kept asking to go through my old picture albums!

Now I know why.

This morning she sent me the following e-mail:

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Mar 05 2008

Bill Bauknecht

From Paul Haydu: 1984 Seminar by G. Mattson in Cardiff, CA.
Cardiff seminar

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bill Bauknecht
Bill bauknecht
Down many times – but he always bounces back. . .

Bill Bauknecht, Survivor and good guy, celebrates his 50th wedding anniversary!
Susan and I sent him and his bride “Suzie” a congratulatory message last week and received the following from Bill today. We thought all his friends would enjoy his response. . .

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Thank you. We had a very pleasant celebration, our kids played a trick on us. Saturday, we had them over for cake and ice cream for David’s birthday,,,the 23rd, his 37th!!.

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.

Love from the old timers
Bill And Suzie


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Feb 29 2008

Review: A neat project management site

check it out for a testdrive… I’m now using it for my On-line "Virtual" Dojo program.

I recommend Central Desktop for Collaboration

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Feb 28 2008

This Power Thing!

Hi Art,
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 ?.

Max.
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This Power Thing


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.
Art

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