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”


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


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. . .


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 ?.


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.


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?


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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Feb 19 2008

Photo Gallery Specs

From Paul Giella. .

Cambridge St dojoThe Hut group is going strong. We have developed a new kumite for 2008, called the “push/grab kumite”, meaning the all the attacks are pushes or grabs and all the defenses are jujitsu/judo/aikido-like adaptations of Uechi-ryu moves. We have also learned the new kata from Okinawa, ‘Ryuko’, and are practicing it as a group. Have you seen it yet? Lotta strong, simple moves, not unlike your ‘Yankee Kata’ but much longer.we are also doing the Long Sanchin, the Sanseiryu Bonkai … in case people want to come by and see or learn them.

Everyone is healthy and well.

The Hut group is going strong. We have developed a new kumite for 2008, called the “push/grab kumite”, meaning the all the attacks are pushes or grabs and all the defenses are jujitsu/judo/aikido-like adaptations of Uechi-ryu moves. We have also learned the new kata from Okinawa, ‘Ryuko’, and are practicing it as a group. Have you seen it yet? Lotta strong, simple moves, not unlike your ‘Yankee Kata’ but much longer.we are also doing the Long Sanchin, the Sanseiryu Bonkai … in case people want to come by and see or learn them. Everyone is healthy and well.
Say hello to Susan.

By the way, I forgot to add, that picture that Henry Thom sent in was from a picnic at Plum Island, Newburyport. I can’t recognize anyone in the picture, but I was there, as was Rich Baptista, Bruce Murphy and some of the other teens from that time period.

From Henry Thom. . .Henry and Fred 1968

How are you? Just came home from Felipe’s dojo working with the group that will be testing this summer camp. They are coming along fine.

Your latest home page shows some old photos and asked for more. Attached is an old one from my file. It was taken in June 1968 during one of your beach workouts. I wonder if anyone recognize those guys and if anyone remembers that workout.

Henry Thom

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Feb 13 2008

Fedele Cacia Racing at Sebring

A Day at the Races!Fedele and GEM

While at WinterFest, Fedele Cacia invited me to the famous Sebring Raceway in Central Florida to watch him race his custom Porsche!

Wow, what an experience!
And what a difference from my racing days in the 1960s, when I completely rebuilt a 1958 TR3, turning a tame little sports car into one of the fastest division 3 (I think it was) vehicle on the local circuit. Back then, you had to really become part of your car while racing. You not only had to negotiate the track; knowing the line to take, when to downshift or brake and when to accelerate, but you had to master the art of speed-shifting a rather (by today’s standards) primitive transmission and knowing the limits of your suspension while "drifting" through the corners.

Top speed on the straight-aways approached 110 – 120 MPH, which was quite thrilling, considering that you could reach outside your door and touch the pavement with the palm of your hand!

Fedele’s concerns during his runs were many of the same ones that I had, only magnified many times due to the speeds attained with these unbelievably durable and powerful cars. Limitations imposed by the earlier race cars are now virtually non-existent today. Now the major concerns are: How far can I power into this turn at speeds approaching 160MPH, before downshifting and/or braking! A split second too soon and he will lose precious yardage that may allow the car behind him, to pass and gain an advantage. Of course, delaying the downshift might prove disastrous to driver and/or car. In today’s racing, there is virtually "0" tolerance for error.
Sure, today all Fedele has to do when shifting up a gear is push a button. Every shift is in the "red-line" zone of RPM and Fedele can, if he wants, get the maximum speed out of a shift, by taking advantage of a warning light that flashes just before the engine will self-destruct!

Lines going into a corner are micro-managed. Being off a couple inches will extend the cornering limitations and may mean a spinout or if you are unlucky (as one driver was on Sunday) it may mean turning a $250,000 car into junk!

Anyone who knows Fedele, knows he is a perfectionist and watching him in action, will see the same concentration, control and endurance he demonstrates in his Uechi-ryu.

I’m not sure what Fedele’s long-term goals are, but I know that whatever he wants to do, he will master.

Lots of pictures from Sebring now available in our Photo Gallery.

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Feb 02 2008

Heard it through the “grapevine”

From Andre:


Thank you for the good wishes.. This weekend has been amazing! I was hoping for a twofer, HOF and 4th Superbowl..

The team played well and I our QB gave us a chance to win even with seconds still left on the clock!

But Brady is still young and drive and fire in the belly is still hot! We’ll be back!
I’m in a place I’ve only dreamed about and now its a reality, and all I can say is WOW!!!

Best in all things,

PS- thank you for the acknowledgment on your website!!

I’m not much of a football fan. . . generally waiting until the playoffs to get involved. . . especially if the Patriots are playing

Last night I remained riveted to the TV, watching what had to have been, the best game ever played! Not a lot of touchdowns, but what a fantastic lesson in defense tactics on the part of both teams. Naturally I was rooting for the Pats and was looking forward to seeing them play a perfect season of football from a “stats” perspective.

From a spectator’s perspective, the game will remain one of best sporting events every held. In my heart, the Pats won. The score is unimportant! :) GEM

Heard it through the “grapevine”. . .Fred Dean, Darrell Green, Art Monk, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippet and Gary Zimmerman have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 4:50 p.m.

Andre Tippett, Patriot Hall of Fame Linebacker
and Okikukai Godan/Shihan !!!!

Congratulations Andre! From all your Uechi-ryu friends.


Submitted by Dr John Morenski

Andre Tippett Q&A

byJeff Cournoyer

The Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker discusses the 1985 team,
the 20-year reunion and his life today

Andre Tippett played his entire 12-year career with the New England Patriots.  He earned five trips to the Pro Bowl, and is one of just seven linebackers in NFL history to record 100 career sacks.  The former Iowa product was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1999.
The former Iowa standout was the leader of the Patriots’ defense in 1985 when the team won the first AFC Championship in franchise history.  He sat down with Patriots Gameday to discuss his current position as Patriots Director of Football Development and Promotions, and the 1985 AFC Championship team.

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Jan 27 2008

WinterFest 2008

artandbill****Check out Art Rabesa’s New Forum!!!Looking for students who would like to attend an Art Rabesa seminar in Florida!

Watch for details!!!! You don’t want to miss this one!!!!



WinterFest 2008

WinterFest 2008 Photo

Everyone had a fantastic time at this years event. We began on Friday with an all-day golf tournament, an evening of Karaoke – an all day Uechi workout on Saturday and a rest day on Sunday where everyone did their own thing. Mount Dora is a great place to spend the day, with fabulous restaurants, shops and other sightseeing attractions.
A group of us just returned from Orlando where we feasted on some of the best Chinese DimSum outside of China.
I wish to thank all the schools who supported the event, expecially all the New Englanders who fled the cold and snow to enjoy a few days in Paradise! :)
Special thanks to Sensei Kimo Wall who helped ease the training pain with his healing KonLi exercises and Sensei Roy Bedard who taught the last session of the day on “realism” as being a process of the mind and the application of technical skills that are found in classical martial arts.

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