Aug 12 2008


10/24/2008 – Early Registration Discount!


Make plans to attend WinterFest in February. Register NOW to earn a big discount! Planning ahead is the best way to ensure best prices on airfare and lodging. . . Remember,  February is a very hot vacation month and Florida is where everyone wants to go!
If you stuck your head out of the door early this morning in the Northeast, you probably got a taste of the cold weather that is coming. Sure you can take it for a couple months, but by February I’m sure you will welcome a martial art vacation in picturesque (and warm) Mount Dora, Florida!
I will be teaching one seminar each day. The theme will once again be “Building a Strong Uechi-ryu Core” andthe emphasis will be on the method of teaching Uechi-ryu I have used successfully for many years – based on what I originally learned on Okinawa.
In this era of mixed martial arts, many Uechi teachers are losing confidence in their “core” Uechi strengths and skills. Instead of focusing on what students are really searching for, teachers are attempting to shore-up their programs with eclectic methods of training that have no relavency to the Uechi system. We will once again be reviewing the Uechi core system and working on how practitioners of all ranks can achieve their personal goals, regardless of what they may be. We will explore how the system, like the hub of a wheel, can relate to advanced and unique specialities within the martial arts, but always with a strong link to the core system. . . The “hub”.
Click Here to reserve your spot at the 2009 WinterFest and to reward your foresight, Susan will discount your payment by a whopping $50.00! Discount ends January 15, 2009. 

P.S. Make sure you bring your golf clubs and swim suit!



Register Today for the 2009 WinterFest in Mount Dora, Florida:

WinterFest is coming along nicely. Getting lots of inquiries regarding the schedule and questions about when the application will be posted.Well, if you click the photograph, you will be taken to the WinterFest website. If you click here, you can sign-up for the event. (be sure to let me know if you will be playing in the Thursday’s “Warrior’s” golf tournament. This year we will be having multiple seminars being conducted each hour of the day. . . like SummerFest. I’ll be conducting a whole series focusing on various Uechi “components” and how they work to make your Uechi such a realistic fighting system.

Quite a few “presenters” will be helping make this year’s event a most interesting and valuable supplement to your ongoing training. Please contact me if you would like to be a “presenter” and be sure to include a summary of the seminar you would like to teach.

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Aug 11 2008

What’s New in 2009

With the closing of 2008, I’m looking forward to the beginning of a new era in the development of the Uechi-ryu karate system practiced by IUKF members. I’m ‘kicking’ off the new year with a brand new website format that is easier for me to edit and possible for contributors to help build.

I’ll be  looking for editors who will be contributing articles on subjects of interest to the martial art community. And of course there will be opportunities to discuss these subjects in greater depth on our very popular forums. Since the site gets thousands of visitors every day and most of these people don’t visit the forums, I’m hoping this feature will motivate people to drop in and contribute to the forum community.

My “virtual” dojo will be entering a new era come 2009. After nearly three years of experimenting with different programs and teaching methods, I’ve developed a “long distance” dojo that works. Now that the program is working smoothly, I’m in the process of adding new subjects to the curriculum. Dave Young has volunteered to be the first guest instructor and will be offering a fantastic on-line civilian course in “realistic” self defense. Included will be all the techniques, drills and training necessary to take your “traditional” martial arts to another “realist” level.

Lots of training in “force continuum” will also be covered. . . understanding how the law, judges and juries look at “preemptive” strikes, fight communication and all those things many macho martial art teachers gloss over in class and on the internet. 

Dave will be conducting a series of on-line seminars in 2009 as part of the “virtual dojo” program. I hope you will be joining us at Dave’s seminars, both on-line and the ones he is conducting at dojo around the country.

Many people have already signed up to purchase advanced copies of my new book, “The Way of Uechi-ryu Karate”, due out early in 2009. I had hoped to have it published for SummerFest in 2008, but with all the other projects demanding time and attention, our team has had to delay the date of release. 

The new website is a work in progress. There are literally thousands of articles, features and photos that have to be edited and moved. I don’t know if I’ll be able to move all the registered members of the old site to the new one, but we are trying. If not, please re-register so you will be able to view all the restricted features open only to registered users.

Have a peaceful, happy and prosperous holiday season and new year.


George E. Mattson



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Aug 11 2008

mannyneves tournament 2008

Greetings Senseis and Black Belts,

kids tournament series

This message comes with my sincere wish that you’re all doing well and training vigorously.
In the past several months, four of your brothers in Uechi-ryu Karate-Do (America) have been working diligently to unite the younger members of our style in some friendly competition. Those brothers are, Bob Bethoney, Darin Yee, Len Testa and Me.

I’ve been training  in Uechi-ryu Karate long enough (since 1967) to know that, no matter what rank you are, what you do for a living, how many degrees you have, how many students you have, who you study with or how many trophies you’ve won, you’re nothing unless you exhibit what is known as Bushido.

In the spirit of Bushido (The warriors way) I would like to invite you and your students to our third event of the 2008 Uechiryu Karate Championship Series. I’m calling this tournament:

UECHI FORCE KARATE TOURNAMENT in honor of the great  Master Uechi Kanei.

Please find the time Saturday, October 4, 2008 to attend the event
at the Jungleplex, 8 Natalie Way, Plymouth, MA. We’ll have opening ceremonies at 9:00am sharp. The black belt meeting will be at 8:30am. This Series is doing great!  Bob and Darin set a good pace for success. I hope I can do the same. We’re having a banquet in November to award the Champions their trophies, we’ll talk about Uechi-ryu, make friends and have a great meal together.
Lastly, some of you may not know me. I’m  willing to go to your dojo and tell you about my up-coming tournament and the Series. I’m also willing to teach a class for you. I go to Okinawa (Master Arakaki’s Yagibaru Dojo) every year for training in Karate-Do and Kobudo. I’m sure you’d find the things that I teach are something you’ve never seen before in Uechi-ryu.  
The flyer for the event is attached.   Please hang it on your bulletin boards to let your students (17 and younger) know about the event.     

Manny Neves

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Aug 09 2008

uechi-ryu and self-defense

Self-defense role in the Traditional Dojo

[From G.E.Mattson’s new book, “The Way of Uechi-ryu Karate” – to be published soon]

9/11 is one of the most powerful and emotional terms in the English language. The day was burned into the memory of every American. I can only recall one other day having such impact. The day President John Kennedy was shot – a day that will forever be a bookmark in my memory. The tragedy of 9/11 affected the martial arts and spawned a whole new breed of innovators in the self defense field. The term “real­ism” crept into the staid and musty dojo, providing a benchmark by which everyone began to measure the effectiveness of their training.

Traditional martial arts have always survived by emphasizing the spiritual and mental benefits. Early proponents bragged that what they taught was the “ultimate” in self defense, but few were tested and few were aware of either their strengths or weaknesses.

9/11 changed all that. For some reason or other, “reality” was very much evident in our daily lives. We didn’t just read about terrorism that happened to other nations, we were now in the middle of it. Where formally we trained in lofty ideals where actual fighting didn’t exist, we now questioned our methods, our instructors and our mindset. The dojo became a place where theoretical and reality crossed paths.

One of my greatest fears during this transition was that people would abandon the traditional martial arts in favor of programs based on pure self-defense skills (Jutsu), absent of any values inherent in the traditional martial arts (Do). I believed that the old ways contained all the elements of fighting that was needed to make a person combat ready, but was hidden in the rituals of kata (one person sets) and bunkai (multiple person drills). All I had to do to retain the traditional while intro­ducing the realistic, was to redefine the methods of interpreting the old methods.

After all, boxing went through much of the same type of evolution. It began as rig­idly defined sport with rules that perpetuated the rituals while discouraging any experimentation and modifications. People will argue about whether the old-time fighters are better than the modern ones, but aside from making interesting conver­sation, few will really believe a Jack Dempsey would last long against many mod­ern professional fighters. Techniques, training methods, coaching and diet all give the modern fighter an edge that cannot be overcome with ritual and tradition.

Faced with these decisions, martial art schools had to decide on an action plan. A majority of dojo, when threatened by this transition, withdrew into redefining Karate from a self-defense based training program where physical and mental were equally emphasized, into a kind of babysitting service where children were taught good manners, respect and discipline, using traditional martial art basic training. Nothing really wrong with this, except they still call what they do “Karate”! In the early years of karate, people viewed what we did as the “ultimate in self defense”, today people are being brainwashed into believing that karate is a form of baby sitting, where their kids are given “good manner” instructions unavailable and unattainable from their conventional schools.

Other dojo buried their collective heads in the sand, pretending that what they do is still the “ultimate” in self defense and that the “old” ways remain not only the best, but vastly superior to what is being offered by the eclectic “flavor of the month” self defense programs being offered by everyone who has ever been in a street fight or bounced at a local nightclub.

The schools that I believe took the most reasonable approach, simply redefined the fifty percent physical training being offered and measured its effectiveness by today’s standards of fitness and practical/realistic fighting methods.

Where in the past we practiced defensive and counter moves against primitive weapons seldom if ever used on the streets, today we acknowledge the presence of guns, knives, baseball bats and tire chains as being weapons a person might poten­tially encounter on the street.

Within the fifty percent “mind” part of our program, we factor in “mindset” and verbal self-defense as part of what makes up our self defense arsenal. Knowing the law concerning weapons and self-defense is also a very important part of what a traditional dojo must offer its students.

In other words, today’s traditional dojo is no longer just about punching and kick­ing. In other sections of this book I will touch on these subjects. Here I will describe some of the training methods that can bridge the theoretical and traditional with the realism. . . In a relatively safe manner..

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Aug 09 2008

G.E.Mattson’s dojo in Florida

George E. Mattson Classes:


Mount Dora Community Center: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-7PM


Mattson Academy “Virtual” Dojo program.


Private Lessons: Call 321-273-0409













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Jul 30 2008

SummerFest “Grab Bag”

SummerFest “Grab Bag”!
Many Thanks to David Berndt, , this year’s SummerFest “Grab Bag” Sponsor.
Grab Bag
David came up with the idea of creating a gift bag for all participants of SummerFest and filling it with neat gifts from various martial art merchants and sponsors.
We won’t have time to implement the program this year, but it certainly sounds like a great idea and one that will be appreciated by our participants.
If anyone reading this wants to participate in this program, please contact me ASAP. We will be limiting the “grab bags” to the first 250 who register.
Susan asked me to notify all participants to pick up their “Grab Bag” along with their T-shirts (A ticket will be in your registration packet and should be picked up at the Welcome Center located next to the dining room)
Note: The Masters’ Ceremony will be held Saturday evening in the auditorium. The room will only hold 200 people. Guests (senior instructors) and ticket holders will be admitted first. If you currently don’t have tickets or haven’t yet registered, you may not be able to get into the auditorium.
We have lots of room still on the field for people who wish to participate in seminars, discussion sessions “under the tent” and eveing parties at the Spinniker Lounge. You may register when you arrive at the Welcome Center. Admission per day is $150, cash only.
The next time you visit Florida, be sure to work out with George and David in our Mount Dora dojo. Also, be sure to spend a day sight seeing in downtown Mount Dora and drop in to say hello to David at the Mount Dora Estate Jewelry Company:

At Mount Dora Estate Jewelry Company we are proud to carry beautiful lines of fine jewelry in our store and, in addition, find it a pleasure to offer the following services: Private Consultations, Confidential Liquidation, Consignment Services, Watch & Jewelry Repairs, Insurance and Estate Appraisals.
Owned and operated by David Berndt, G.G., C.G., Mount Dora Estate Jewelry Company boasts a complete Gemological Identification Lab on-site. David is a GIA Graduate Gemologist, American Gem Society Certified Gemologist and Lake County’s ONLY Certified Gemologist with over 30 years experience in his field.
International Clientele
Mount Dora Estate Jewelry, Lake County’s full service jeweler, is also popular with an international shopper. Now part of the Internet Global Marketplace, our Clients shop with us from far away as Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia, France and Austria, to name a few.
Appraisal services are available for insurance coverage or estate appraisal. David’s appraisals accurately represent each item with reference to age, condition, and gemological details.

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Jul 27 2008

SummerFest Uniforms

LATE BREAKING SUMMERFEST NEWS!Joe Lauzon found out he has a PR commitment this weekend and can’t make SummerFest. Joe Pomfret will be with us on Saturday morning. Sunday’s schedule will remain the same as posted on the SummerFest site. GEM

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

2008 Firedragon Test

The FireDragon Honor Role
Will your name be on this year’s honor role?

Stephen Perry flying during his long-jump last year!

SummerFest 2006 Test 2

SummerFest 2007 Test 3

SummerFest 2008 Test 4

The Test:

Stage 1: Maximum push-ups that can be done in a minute. These will be flat-handed pushups, with elbows rubbing against the body (sort of like karate fist pushups). I’m still debating on whether or not to ask for fist pushups. Right now I think not, but opinions welcome here.

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
Bill Glasheen

ps. a Firedragon lapel pin and jacket crest are awarded all who pass the test.

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Jul 14 2008

SummerFest Presenters


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. . .

Robb Buckland and Dr. Ian Marshall
FEARS Ltd. "Art Meets Reality"

Ian and Robb

Fear has the power to control you.
         Distort your senses…
              immobilize you
              when you most need to act.

What do you fear?

Are you terrified of assault… abused… a violent, drug crazed attacker?

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

Lee Iacocca

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes? 
Lee IacoccaHe is now 82 years old and has a new book; Where Have All The Leaders Gone,some excerpts Lee Iacocca Says:

“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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