Buzz Durkin and his senior students, celebrate their organization’s 2014 Black Belt promotions
What a week! What a great group of seniors and students. I was so honored and proud to be part of this historic event. . .
WHERE: Gettysburg YWCA 909 Fairfield Road Gettysburg, PA 17325 http://www.ywcagettysburg.org/ WHEN: Saturday, 29 April 2017 Seminar 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Dinner 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ATTENDEES: This event will be open to all ranks, and to all styles, with focus on learning from each other. TOPICS: Thompson Sensei has over …View full post
Very Important Note Regarding SummerFest! I wish to thank Buzz Durkin and the members of the Butokukai, for stepping up after I was diagnosed with cancer last August, offering to help organize and manage SummerFest until I recovered fully from my illness. 2017 SummerFest promises to be one of the best in the long history of …View full post
WinterFest coming this weekend! Honored guest from Cuba has arrived and is being shown the sites, including Disney World prior to WinterFest. A golf tournament will be held on Thursday at the Mount Dora Golf Association course. (“The Old Course”) Not too late to register! Dates: March 10 – 11 – 12, 2017 (Friday, Saturday …View full post
David sent me this wonderful book on the day Sue and I were leaving for Summerfest. I had time to open the package and scan the contents before heading for the airport. With all the lugage. . . nearly all Susan’s of course. . . I forgot to put the book into my backpack! My …View full post
Apr 18 2014
Buzz Durkin and his senior students, celebrate their organization’s 2014 Black Belt promotions
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Jan 15 2014
I’ve promised to field a Uechi-Ryu team to compete in this year’s Uechi World cup held in Miami, FL this year on June 9th 2014. I want to invite any and all Uechi student in the northeast to come work out with me once a week either on Friday nights which is a sparring night for my dojo or on Saturday afternoon from 11am to 1pm.
I have received many inquiries and many who have expressed interest. To date no one has committed to a routine on needed workouts. I will enter a competent team who will do well. I do not doubt that. My matt fee is $25 per workout and I will require a competitor to attend the minimum of 25 workouts. This will assure he/she will demonstrate to me the necessary skills to compete in the standard which I expect.
Also be informed if you make this team, I will pay your airfare to sunny Miami, Florida. I will also pay for your entry fee to compete. Just bring money for food and expenses for 7 days, 6 nights in the designated hotel. I will pay for your entry to the tournament.
Please be assured you will have to maintain your professionalism while you are with me and representing the IUKF. There will be a curfew prior to the first night of the tournament and every night while you are still involved. There will also be light workout on a daily bases (time to be determined). I will also need to be informed of your whereabouts at all times if you are under the age of 21. I will also not allow underage drinking of alcohol in any form or for any reason.
If you are interested, please let me know by email (email@example.com) or call me on my cell phone (508)958-7000. At present I have 5 of my adult students going to compete and 1 of my students from Cuba competing if his job will allow. I also have 2 young ones who want to go. Their parent will make that decision as time grows near. I would like to invite any Uechi-Ryu students regardless of affiliation to be part of this team but you must make the commitment to be trained with me for this event tournament. You cannot imagine the growth you will experience by being a part of this.
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Dec 20 2013
Greetings and happy holidays to all our Uechi-Ryu brothers and sisters throughout the world. It is festive times like this we collect our thoughts and think about our entire Uechi-Ryu Family regardless of associations and organizations. This is the most compelling reason we began our regional workouts.
These regional workouts foster no restrictions such as rank, dojo or organization. All we require are you come with an open mind and a smile. Although this series of workouts was created by the IUKF, we’ve invited and welcomed anyone and everyone to participate and if so desire to organize and run a workout. If you are interested in running a workout, please contact Darin Yee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christian Maine at email@example.com. We will work with you to make your workout as successful as all the others have proven to be.
I apologize for not having another host and site ready before spring but indoor facilities are difficult to come by during the winter and most dojo won’t hold 40 plus people working out. At this time, I believe Sensei Pat Saunders is creating a workout at her dojo sometime in March.
Sensei Christian Maine has offered to run a workout in beautiful Plymouth, NH during the summer and Sensei John Griffin from CT has offered to host a workout in the fall. Please check this web site for updates as this is one of our greatest social connections.
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Dec 18 2013
“Music is the communication and transference of energy that is within the medium of sound, occupying time/space.
It is able to activate a mystery, a magic beyond itself. Music can stir the profound as it entertains the senses”.
- REGARDING STARLIGHT
- THE STORY
Three solo pieces of mine have just gone up on the internet. Here is the link: http://www.musicasenergy.com
I hope that you enjoy them! Please pass them on to others who might enjoy them so that they appear in cyberspace.
By the way, I’d have never been able to create and meet the physical challenges of these pieces without Uechi-ryu. Thought I’d better get them out there while I’m still able to play them.
Love your work David. . . but I would list the three differently, based on my personality and sensibilities. Listened to the three twice – once in your order and the second time, I started with “the story”, then “continuum” and finishing off with “regarding starlight”.
I just liked the feeling generated by the progression of sounds from the three pieces as I was drawn into the music and taken on a very exciting and exotic journey that finishes in a calming and healing manner.
Thanks for sharing your work with us.
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Dec 11 2013
It has been my honor to have participated in many anniversaries, tournaments and celebratory events during my many years as a martial art participant. None have come close to the annual black belt presentations and celebrations that Buzz Durkin has created and hosted over the 40 years he has taught Uechi-ryu in New Hampshire.
I hope you enjoy the brief highlights his dojo has created, which you can view by clicking on the image. Congratulation on your first 40 Buzz sensei. I’m looking forward to helping you celebrate the next 40 as well. . .
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Dec 09 2013
To All Uechi Ryu Karate Do Practitioners and Masters
Through this letter, I have the pleasure to invite you and through you to all instructors and students to participate in the Championships called:
“5th Uechi Ryu World Cup”
The last World Cup was in 2012 in Argentina with 12 countries participating, now the 5th World Cup will be in Miami Florida United States from Junes 9th until June 16th organized by Sensei Gustavo Gondra & hosted by Sensei Facundo Gallero 5* Degree Black Belt Uechi Ryu Karate Do, the 6 World Cup will be in Cali city Colombia, hosted by Sensei Jorge Chamorro Molineros 6 Degree Black Belt Uechi Ryu Karate Do.
This event will be open to all Schools of Traditional Uechi Ryu Karate-Do, Shohei Ryu, Okinawan and Japanese lines. The overall organization of the Championship is in charge of Uechi Ryu World Cup Organization.
We will use Traditional Shobu-San-Bon for Adults Male and Traditional Shobu-Nihon for Children’s and Female, the Rules regulations will be complete at the Web Site:www.uechiryuworldcup.org
We especially invited to give seminars at the World Cup, Kancho Takemasa Gosei Okuyama 9 * Degree Black Belt Traditional Karate, President of Hachi-O- Kai World Budo Federation, Tsukasa Gushi 7* Degree Black Belt Ryukokaku and Hanshi Gustavo Gondra 9* Degree Black Belt Uechi Ryu.
Uechi Ryu World Cup Organization is an organization that promotes the Union of Uechi Ryu style around the World through a global event held every two years. Participation is free and open under the International Regulations that owns the entity.
All lines are welcome to join this movement without any political matters.
Hoping to have you here to create strong spirit and energy
9* Dan Hanshi – Shihan Master Instructor
President Uechi Ryu World Cup Organization
5* Dan Shihan Master Instructor
Member & Organizer
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Nov 23 2013
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Nov 13 2013
The IUKF sponsored Fall Regional Workout was held In Middletown, Rhode Island this passed Saturday hosted by Sensei James Nuzzo. Sensei Jim was a student of the late Sensei Charles Earl who was an early student of Sensei George Mattson when our original dojo was still on Columbus Ave, Boston. Sensei Charlie Earl was a tall and powerful man and good portion of Sensei Jim’s seminar reflected much of Sensei Charlie Earl’s teachings. Sensei Jim has grown and evolved into an excellent Uechi-Ryu student and teacher. He has indeed absorbed all that was taught to him and custom fitted that knowledge on his path to becoming a master.
These workouts are indicative to the values of everything we teach. We as individual must learn from the roots of Uechi-Ryu and transform that which we are taught to merge with our personal mind, body and spirit. All of our workouts lead by the different senseis has certainly demonstrated that. I find that the more people I work out with, the more I enrich my understanding regardless of how many years I’ve dedicated to the study of martial arts.
This workout was attended by approximately 35 enthusiastic practitioners ranging from hachi-dan and down. Our workouts are meant for all who seek knowledge and not haunted by rank, arrogance and ego. Our guests are from many different Uechi-Ryu organizations. As a matter of fact, Our Kenyukai brothers have offered to host a workout and that will be announced when a date is confirmed.
I offer these workouts to a few of my younger black belts and they had a blast. I will do the same for the future workouts as I can clearly see the benefits and the experiences these workouts have given them.
I encourage all respectable dojo owners, senseis and dojo managers to please follow our regional workouts and come join us. There are no political agenda or obligations. We simply want to get to know our Uechi-Ryu family and to share from our learning and experiences.
Note from Jim to Darin:
I hope you left with some take-a-ways from Saturday’s seminar. It’s always worthwhile when a large group of Uechi-Ryu Black Belts get together to share thoughts and techniques.
All of you drove long distances to work out with me. Thanks you for your support. Hopefully, there were a few things to add to your training.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from teaching it’s the teacher who is the student and student is truly the teacher. Thank you for all the lessons you brought on the mat.
Thanks for coming down, look forward to seeing you at your school. Feel free to call me if you’d like to pick a time to train together.
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