Aug 26 2007

Celebration of First Blackbelts

This is a seminar you don’t want to miss. . . 

On the body there are a great number of accessible entries to nerve structures that will cause a loss of body control, reflexive actions and other disruptive affects on the body’s normal functions.   Typically when attacking the body the results were based on mass, strength and condition, but when attacking the nerves these limitations are no longer as concerning.This special knowledge of accessing the human anatomy is called Kyusho (Okinawan term for Vital Point).  And as all nerves lay between muscle, tendon and bone structures the Art of Uechi Ryu maps and teaches the practitioner how to correctly target these accessible targets, rather than the supportive structures surrounding them.  By using the pre-arranged training drill of Dan Kumite, this powerful knowledge is quickly and easily assimilated, yield much more effect and potential in your Art.

In an article from Dragon Times with Shinyu Gushi Sensei on Kyusho in Uechi Ryu…

Dragon Times: When you were learning karate as a young student, did the seniors teach you kyusho (nerve points)?

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Aug 14 2007

IUKF SummerFest Newsletter

IUKF’s first newsletter. To subscribe, send mailing address to Dcberndt@aol.com

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Jul 09 2007

SummerFest Historical Moment!

10th (Now Annual) “Bay State Karate Championships” 
Shines Light on Local Competitors.
Uechi-ryu Martial Artists Are The Big Winners

by:  Manny Neves

10th annual Manny Neves tourney

Although the Boston Tae Kwon Do Academy of Randolph, MA,  took the three (3) Grand Championships in Jr Black Belt Forms, Adult Black Belt Forms and Adult Black Belt Kumite it was the many Uechi-ryu Karate-Do competitors that were the big winners!

 

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Jul 04 2007

Pre-Summer Camp Developments 2007

Original students of Sensei George Mattson Van Canna and Art Rabesa will be honored at Summer Camp on Saturday night, where they will receive their 9th Dan certificates from the IUKF.  This will be an historic evening.
The IUKF Board is currently discussing and developing a set of guidelines for conferring the titles of Renshi, Kyoshi, Hanshi as well as Shihan.  Age, rank, and accomplishments are being considered.  It appears likely that the IUKF will be offering the title of Renshi as early as Godan, to those who have made special contributions to the art.
A Master’s and Titles committee has been established, and its members are George Mattson, Van Canna, Art Rabesa, Joan Neide and Bill Glasheen.  Its task will be to review the qualifications of Uechika recommended for promotion above Godan.  This group will also help deserving candidates to qualify for honorary titles.  They will review the individual’s service and contributions, plus their impact on students and the art.
George has assembled a fine group of presenters for the 2007 Summer Camp.  The emphasis this year is on re-invigorating our Uechi practice, sharpening our skills and enhancing our appreciation for the depth of our art.  There will be an outstanding selection of sessions from which to choose, each and every day of this event.  If you can attend even one day, I urge you to take advantage of this special three-day weekend.   The things you’ll see will supply your training with inspiration that will last throughout the year!
Best wishes,
Paul Haydu
We hope you can make this rewarding yearly summer event.

 

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Jul 02 2007

Roy Bedard… A True Uechi Champion!

Roy BedardRoy Bedard. . . A true Uechi Champion. . .

Traditional Uechi- Ryu background

Though many people consider me a ‘defense expert’ in police tactics, my qualifying background is directly from Uechi-Ryu Karate along with a mix of other martial arts that I have studied since the age of thirteen. Always fascinated with combatives, my first experience with  organized sport fighting was during my freshman year in high school when I began Greco-roman (107 pound weight class!) wrestling in Lake Worth Florida. During that same year I met William Hall and I began a study of Uechi-Ryu Karate which I have now practiced for over twenty-eight years.  Under the direction of William Hall I earned my Shodan in 1983. Hall and I operated the Florida Institute of Martial Arts, Inc. (FIMA) a not-for-profit martial arts school which hosted  Ju-jitsu, Judo and Karate classes. I left West Palm Beach for college in 1984 and since then have progressed to the rank of Godan in Uechi-Ryu Karate and Washin-Do jujutsu both awarded in 1993, the Uechi-ruy rank being confirmed by the IUKF in 2001.

The day I moved to Tallahassee Florida to attend Florida State University, my first order of business was setting up a karate training center, in order to teach and practice my Uechi-Ryu  in my new home. To understand why I thought this was so important I need to point out that in the Summer of 1984, I had been invited by Karate’s NGB (the USAKF), to participate in the TEAM USA selections being held in Ripley, Virginia. At this time, I was just seventeen and had been a State Champion and consistent national finalist in the youth divisions for several years. At that time I was the youngest competitor ever to be invited to participate in this prestigious event. I attended the event and after a week of competition, I was selected to represent the USA as part of the ‘team pool’. In those days, each International competition required a ‘fight-off’, and to be included in the fight-off invitation you had to be in this pool. By then I had grown to a 6’1 competitor (Now weighing 189 pounds!).  I was in the heavyweight class (though on the extreme low end of it.)  In truth, my own selfish interests were what led to the opening of the first FIMA school in Tallahassee. I was heavily into fighting competition and needed to stay in practice. Looking back on those years, it was actually the Uechi kata that kept me in fighting form for the first few years of operating my own school. It took a couple years to develop new students capable of running me around the ring and pushing me to my competitive limits. In the pursuit of this I unwittingly created several State and National champions of my own, even fielding one to compete with TEAM USA. My highlight in Competitive karate was making the USA World Team in 1994, where I competed in the WKF World Karate Championship in Kota Kinabulu, Malaysia. I retired from competition the following year.

Judo and Aikido

My primary disciplines of karate and jujutsu were further augmented when I partnered with the Leon County Judo Club. I trained in Kodokan Judo with Bobby Fukushima and Fred Hand, two of the finest Judo instructors I have yet to come across. This highly competitive Judo Club was responsible for placing two athletes on the 1996 and 2000 Olympic teams and creating a multitude of State and National Champions. Brian Olsen and Atu Hand our local Olympians, were examples of the quality training that was offered at our institute. I trained with these guys to stay in shape, and though I could never hold a candle to their skill levels the process of training was able to further merge and blend these Judo skills I learned with my knowledge of Uechi-Ryu Karate. Later, FIMA Tallahassee opened an additional club offering Aikido, taught by one of my Uechi-Ryu Shodans, Tony Carangi who was also a Sandan at the time in Classical Aikido. From 1984 until 1998, the Florida Institute of Martial Arts operated in Tallahassee as a branch of our West Palm Beach headquarters. Throughout those years, I taught traditional Uechi-Ryu Karate, later joining with George Mattson’s organization  during the Uechi-Ryu ‘explosion’. My attempt to unite and reunite politically disenfranchised Uechi schools after Kanei’s death brought me to my first Summerfest and I have continued attending, networking and sharing ideas since that time.

“Reality” fighting

When I became a police officer in 1986, it was a welcome change from being a ‘bouncer’ at a local college bar. At that time, I felt that the only real skill I had was wrangling and controlling bad guys, so it seemed natural that I would gravitate to the types of work that allowed me to do that. I will tell you candidly that I never really thought about being a ‘cop’ as a kid. It wasn’t until I ended up with a few of them in my dojo that the interest and intrigue of the profession drew me in. In fact, my first desire to enter the academy had nothing to do with wanting to become a law enforcement officer. I wanted only to be a better trainer of law enforcement officers, many of whom I had come to know as a karate instructor. Having some level of notoriety due to my US TEAM status, I was immediately recognized and courted by the academy staff while still in the police academy, to “help out” with my own groups defensive tactics portion.  I was hired as an academy instructor in defensive tactics even before becoming a police officer. This was definitely the turning point in my life’s ambition and ultimately my career.

The competitive travel circuit had given me an opportunity to network with martial artists from all over the world and has opened my eyes to some of the ‘reality’ of combat. I am cautious using that word, since it means many different things to many different people. For me I was able to understand that the mystery of martial arts, it’s esoteric qualities and fantastic reputation; steeped in stories of mysticism, magic and the common claim of spiritual intimacy with the supernatural world… was far simpler.  Already then I was shedding the blanket of mysticism that was wrapped around my mind – some of it from my direct instruction, some of it from hearing and repeating things that others had told me.  My experience in fighting Internationally taught me that no nationality had a claim on martial excellence, and that technical prowess was found in hard training, not in the genes. I have been both beaten and have done my share of beating martial artists from nearly every culture and country. I discovered while traveling that there are no martial arts gods – no perfect techniques, and no absolute answers to the solution of human victory or survival.

As I began training police officers, I was forced to look at combat differently than I had ever done in the past. I was now dealing with professionals who might actually use the stuff I taught. It was an amazing weight on my shoulders. The consequences of my tactics actually working were extreme. For me there was no more promoting anything that couldn’t actually be demonstrated and performed. For me the stories of the old sages who lived on the hilltop working miracles with their mystical martial skills were gone. This was my dose of reality and I took on the task of re-inventing my philosophy about defense and re-looking at what was actually important in combat training. In economic terms I became a ‘demand side’ instructor rather than a ‘supply side’ instructor, focusing not on what I knew as an ‘expert’ but rather on what others needed to know to win their battles. I looked at why cops won and lost in order to identify common characteristics and themes of victory. I looked at the physiology of technique and how it would best be executed if you added the elements of stress. I looked at performance based upon non-optimum conditions and tried to craft a philosophy about combat that took into account the possibility of being seriously injured or even killed. My ideal archetype was now mortal, fallible and capable of losing. This was the biggest mental distinction between my old and new training method.  Interestingly, for me, every technique still had to pass the “Uechi” test. It had to comply with the foundation of my own fighting experience, because that was all I knew.

As most people know, I have created programs, patented products , copyrighted materials  and developed a business out of police tactics. It has been my life’s work since 1986. My reputation has morphed from being the Uechi-Ryu Instructor to being the Police Tactics Expert. My method of instruction today involves a calculated blend of karate, judo and aikido, flavored with bits of kobudo all encased in modern legal theory. I have, unwittingly become eclectic in my approach to combat, which I now find amusing, since I was one of the die-hard claimants of dogmatic practice out of ‘traditional’ necessity.  Today I intentionally incorporate ‘change’ into my method of instruction as new technology, new laws, new awareness and new demands are placed on professional combatants (i.e. cops, solders, security personnel). I am no longer just an ‘empty-hand’ enthusiast as I incorporate chemical agents, batons, dart firing stun guns, and firearms into my training regimen. But still Uechi-Ryu  remains my compass for proper technical guidance in everything that I create, develop and put out to the profession.

I’m happy to share with our group an overview of how I think our Uechi-Ryu fits into all of this, how it forms the foundation of a solid ‘reality’ base, and how though sometimes it may lack in my opinion, practical application, it is ripe with principle. I can, in particular – give you my take on Sanchin – something I have spent the last few years of Camp listening to, rather than participating in when it comes to academic discussion. As you might guess, I see it a little differently, viewing it through a combative looking glass and analyzing the science behind it for achieving balance, power, mindset and combat endurance. Otherwise, I am happy to sit and listen some more.

Best,

Roy
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Highlighted Competition Experience

  • 1995 Pan American Games/ U.S. Team Trials U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1994 – U.S. Team Player – World Karate Championship, Kota Kinabula, Malaysia
  • 1994 – Awarded 5th Degree Blackbelt by World Karate Federation, Kota Kinabula, Malaysia
  • 1994 – USA National Championship, Jacksonville, Fl.. Silver Medalist
  • 1993 – U.S. Team Player, Kuwait Liberation Cup, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • 1993 – Team Florida Member USA National Championships, Phoenix, Arizona Silver Medalist
  • 1992 – U.S. Team Player, North American Cup, Vancouver, Canada Bronze Medalist
  • 1992 – USA National Team trials, Akron, Ohio Bronze Medalist
  • 1992 – Team Florida member USA National Championships, Dallas, Texas Silver Medalist
  • 1991 – U.S. Team Player, North American Cup, Monterey, Mexico – Silver Medalist
  • 1991 – Sunshine State Games, Sarasota, Fl. – Gold Medalist
  • 1990 – U.S. Team vs. Egypt Goodwill Competition, Akron, Ohio – Gold Medalist
  • 1989 – USA National Championship, Orlando, FL
  • 1988 – USA National Championship, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1987 – Captain of the United States Team, Pan-American Championship San Pedro Sula, Honduras Bronze Medalist
  • 1985-1994 – United States National Karate Team Member
  • 1980-1994 – Fourteen Time National Qualifier and Competitor
  • 1987-1992 – Five Time United States Karate Federation Florida State Fighting Champion
  • 1981-1984 – Three Time Amateur Athletic Union Florida State Fighting Champion

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Jun 24 2007

Civilian Self-defense Program

This is a really great program that is perfect for the martial art community.

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Jun 24 2007

SummerFest Updates

Shihan KyushuEvan Pantazi
will be teaching a class with Shihan Bill Glasheen relating to the Kyushu points in Superempi. A second class will focus on these points in the main three kata of Uechi-ryu.
From Evan:Mattson Sensei,

Thank you. As always I appreciate the opportunity to once again share the Kyusho possibilities in Uechi Katas.  The focus will be on Sanchin, Seisan and Sanseiru… oh and just to stir up a bit of controversy… Suparempi!
Kyusho is real, it has been through a major resurgence over the last couple of decades and been through the rigors of doubters and controversy on every level.  It has withstood the turmoil and is more widespread than ever with Martial Artists, Doctors and Scientists from around the world.

 

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Jun 20 2007

Jim Maloney

Jim & GEMShihan Jim Maloney called last week and confirmed that he will be teaching at this year’s SummerFest!

In keeping with this year’s theme of "All is in Uechi-ryu", Jim will be focusing on Uechi kata and many self defense applications not usually identified with our kata. Jim will also be demonstrating and teaching a number of interesting variations he sees in kyu and dan kumite.

I’m sure many of our first time SummerFest attendees have heard about Jim’s popular "pressure point" seminars and would be disappointed if Jim didn’t spend some time teaching how Uechi-ryu can be "cranked-up" by targeting pressure points. Jim correctly explained that all moves in Uechi can, with practice, include the use of the most sensitive pressure points taught in his seminars.

Jim has a number of DVD training courses available in the Uechi store. His pressure point course is absolutely one of the best available anywhere. Check them out here!

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Jun 17 2007

Al Wharton

Al Wharton

Al Wharton will be at SummerFest

July 27 – 29th, Teaching his Innovative Seichin Combat Bunkai.

Those of us who were present at Shihan Wharton’s Hanchidan ceremony in 2005, were amazed at the Seichin Combat Bunkai demonstration he gave following the promotion ceremony.

This exciting application of Uechi-ryu’s Seichin kata uncovers some of the mysteries of this amazing kata. Although Seichin is taught to students before Seisan (the second of the big three Uechi forms), many teachers agree that this form is generally under-rated by the Uechi community.

I remembered when Al first questioned me about this complex kata, that pretended to be a green belt assignment. "I’m intreged and fascinated by what I’m discovering hidden within this set of movements", explained Al. "What do you thing about my taking some of what I see in these moves and creating a bunkai"?

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Jun 14 2007

Joe Pomfret at SummerFest!

Joe Pomfret will be a SummerFest Presenter again this year!
Although there may be one or two of the 3/4 million people who visit this site every month who don’t know Shihan Pomfret or his superstar student, Joe Lauzon, I suspect the vast majority of you will recognize his name and his incredible fighting skills.
What many of you may not appreciate, though, is that Joe is one of the world’s most talented as well as “gifted” martial art instructor, capable of clearly and simply transmitting his knowledge to students.

Even though Joe is a superb “ground” fighter, he has never abandoned his “stand-up” core-uechi-ryu fighting background. Joe and his students win many of their MMA matches with their powerhouse “standup” techniques.

Looking for a way to prepare for Joe’s seminars? Why not order Joe’s two DVD and begin practicing the fundamentals of ground fighting, taught by best.

Most important – Get those SummerFest applications in early! Oh yes. . . Joe Lauzon is scheduled to be with us as well! (He has been a regular at SummerFest for years! – Lauzon will be the featured UFC fight tonight Thursday, June 14th on SPIKE Cable)

Joe has two really great DVDs for sale on this site. The first one, VidMag 24: Joe Pomfret’s Grappling for ‘Stand-up’ Martial Artists is a “must have” video for the traditional “stand-up” martial artist. Learn the basics of GroundFighting, including the “Shoot”, “Hooks” and other very workable techniques. Learn how to get your opponent to the ground, how to keep him there and how to apply submission holds. Demonstratred and taught in an easily understood manner.

Joe Pomfret, assisted by Joe Lauzon, has come up with a dynamite follow-up to his fantastic basic grappling video. This DVD focuses on a new type of grappling pre-arranged kumite that Joe suggests will aid the traditional martial artist improve their ground fighting skill. Another “must have” for your library and one that you will use over and over in your training


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