(Submitted by James Gemmell)
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. We would like to suggest giving a Uechi ring. We recently placed an order, but there have been some requests for info since then. If there is enough interest, we will place another order. Rings must be ordered by January 14 to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day. Here is the …View full post
Hello to my Brothers and Sisters of Uechi-Ryu, Due to some over zealous training at my age, I will be facing some serious shoulder surgery this December 16th. I could be sidelined for about 6 months. If this surgery is successful, I will then have the same surgery performed on my left shoulder. This …View full post
Hi Sensei Mattson and Susan Just wanted to share this photo with you. On October 24th, the Chilliwack Uechi Ryu Dojo and the West Coast Uechi Ryu Academy, hosted Sensei David Mott. The day consisted of an IUKF Dan test in the a.m. Successful candidates were: Mathieu Vena, Shodan. Alexandra Tonn, Nidan. Matt Tonn, Nidan …View full post
Kyusho Self Protection, Health & Wellness Centers Kyusho Discussion 7 October 9, 2015 | Add a Comment Hanshi George Mattson – Florida, USA Going back to 1996, I was introduced to Hanshi George Mattson through a new friend I had met at a Jujitsu America convention, Steve DiOrio. From that introduction, Steve and I asked permission (yes folks …View full post
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
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!
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
Down many times – but he always bounces back. . .
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
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 ?.
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.
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Feb 19 2008
From Paul Giella. .
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.
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.
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