The third junior Uechi-ryu regional kata and sparring tournament is being held at the Natick Community Center, Saturday, 10/3 from 1:00 to 5:00pm. This is a great series for the kids to continue to develop their sportsmanship and competitive skills. There’s a problem — more judges are needed. If you or any of your adult …View full post
I’ve been sent the new wireless unit to test out and must say that it works great. . . for an entirely different audience and purpose than the original “wired” sensor unit. The wireless sensors are sturdy and weight about 1/2 oz and measure 1″X2″ and are 3/8″ deep. Being wireless gives the program tremendous …View full post
I want to thank Sensei George Mattson and all the participants for another successful Summer Fest. It has always been a pleasure for me to see so many of the seniors whose spent a greater portion of their lives training, developing and sharing their individual skills and knowledge in this fascinating and adaptable art …View full post
I’ve been working on the SummerFest schedule – Remember, many of the guest instructors will not be shown on the schedule. There will be a bulletin board on site with their photograph and day/time of their seminars. The 1st draft of the schedule can be downloaded HERE I am hoping that this year’s SummerFest will …View full post
SummerFest Presenter Personal defense is a prime reason that people study the martial arts. Preparing to defend yourself requires more than the study of techniques and the physical training of one’s body. It requires studying and understanding the principles of combat and preparing mentally to implement them. Among these principles are decisive action, aggressive …View full post
Dec 31 2007
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Dec 12 2007
Happy New Year to All. . .
Have a safe and enjoyable Holiday and a wonderful New Year.
Don’t forget WinterFest. January 25, 26 and 27th. Get out of the snow and cold weather. Come on down!
Love to you all from Susan, George and Tia
The Uechi-ryu WinterFest will be held in the beautiful Florida town of Mount Dora on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 25-27, 2008. I’m very pleased to report that quite a few of my New England Uechi-ryu friends and students have already registered, including Roy Bedard, Darin Yee, Fedele Cacia, Harry Skeffington and John Page. Click here for the latest WinterFest updates.
Susan has checked out the local hotels, motels and Bed & Breakfast facilities which are posted on the WinterFest site.
I hear through the grapevine that a number of WinterFest participants will be either bringing the Motorcycles down or renting one for sightseeing. What a great idea!
Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas???
Won’t be long and I’ll be digging that old Santa picture out of storage and will be posting it here for a couple days. Maybe it is because I’m having so much fun, but it seems as though time is passing by sooooo fast. As we get older, everything seems to shrink. . . Hours, days, months. . . savings account!
For you history “buffs”….
I found a shoebox full of very old Cambridge Street Dojo photographs. Wow, what memories these pictures revive…
A couple of items:
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2. Because this website has been around for so many years and since I don’t delete anything, there is a tremendous amount of information on the server. Trying to compress everything into a few categories is misleading and often times requires a couple of tries to find where the information is located. Please let me know if you have any suggestions to make navigating easier.
3. I’m continuing to add information in the F.A.Q. section (Frequently Asked Questions). You can find the FAQs in the “Directories” section.
4. I still get quite a few e-mail every month from people who register here (Uechi-ryu Karate) and then discover that they can’t post on the Forums (Eastern Arts Forums). That is because a separate registration process is required to post on the Forums. The two features share the same server, but technically are different sites.
5. Beginning in January, our existing Store site will be discontinuing service. Sue and I (G&S Consulting) are taking this opportunity to create a new store, with new features and many less products. If you have any suggestions regarding products we should be offering, please send us an e-mail.
6. We have sold out of the deluxe Gi bag and don’t plan to reorder them. (storage is a problem here in Florida!) There are only six regular Gi bags left, with the embroidered uechi/IUKF logo. Being sold at cost…. $25.00.
7. Check out the old store before it disappears. Lots of interesting and probably “collectibles” residing there, soon to disappear forever.
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Nov 14 2007
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Nov 07 2007
WinterFest Update: Information & Registration forms now available!
Christmas came early for the Mattson Clan!
I’m sure most of the martial art world is familiar with one of North America’s “Living Treasures” – Sensei Kimo Wall!For three years he magically appeared at SummerFest for three days and nights, teaching non-stop from early morning until late at night. During our evening parties, Kimo would entertain everyone with his spectacular demonstrations and history of the 20+ traditional Okinawan weapons he had learned during the many years he trained on Okinawa.
Then, without explanation, he disappeared for twelve years. I heard rumors that he had been living in China and then decided to move permanently to Guatemala! As mysteriously as he had appeared at SummerFest, Kimo disappeared.
Then, two weeks ago, I received a forwarded email that Kimo had written, from his friend Jim Prouty. Imagine this. . . Kimo Wall has emerged from isolation, armed with a computer, website and e-mail address! WOW!
I wrote to Kimo and the next thing I knew, he accepted my invitation to celebrate Thanksgiving with Susan, Tia and me here in Florida.
While we were communicating by e-mail, catching up on the past 12 years, Kimo also accepted my invitation to teach at next year’s SummerFest. As an added surprise, Dr. Chang I Liu, Grandmaster of the “Feeding Crane” system will be accompanying Kimo and will be participating in the 2008 SummerFest.
Dr. Liu was with Kimo 12 years ago at SummerFest and amazed everyone with his spectacular “thundering” internal power and blinding defensive speed. Personally, I’ve seen quite a few martial artist over the years, but none that possessed the overall skill and power of Dr. Liu.
While Kimo was visiting, he taught one of Dr. Liu’s power drills to my class. In addition to our morning workouts, Kimo and I participated in a TalkShoe discussion which should be of interest to all Kimo Wall fans and students.
Tia wanted to jump in his van this morning as he prepared for the drive back to Georgia where he is staying with relatives. Although Tia was only a puppy when she last met Kimo, she greeted him with kisses and her favorite toy. (Something she only does for her favorite people.) As Kimo drove off, she watched attentively, not wanting to come inside. As I’m writing this, she is at the window, looking to see if he is returning!
While Kimo was visiting, we had an opportunity to reminisce about the “old” days on Okinawa and lots of very personal information about Kimo and his training. Fortunately, Kimo gave me permission to film one of our sessions so I created a “TalkShoe” interview to be shared with the martial art community.
You can access this half hour discussion by CLICKING HERE or on Kimo’s picture.
Kimo’s website is www.kimowall.netfirms.com
New Englanders…. don’t miss this…
On Sunday January 6 from Noon to 1:30, my Dojo will be hosting author Jay Nussbaum who will be signing copies of his latest novel, A Monk Jumped Over A Wall. Jay is also a longtime Uechi practitioner and following the signing we will also be hosting a workout led by Sensei Fedele Cacia.
I hope you can attend and please feel free to forward this to anyone else who may be interested.
Although not necessary, please RSVP in order to ensure that enough books are on hand.
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Oct 26 2007
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Oct 20 2007
Stress and Realism in the martial arts:
I was an avid motorcyclist back in the 70s and 80s. I had a Czechoslovakian race bike (CZ 500) that I raced through the Plymouth reservations three to four times a week with my good friend Dick Bettencourt, who owned the local Honda/Suzuki dealership in West Bridgewater, Ma.
Susan will remember the many days I would come home after a five-hour romp in the woods taking off my leathers, and displaying a body filled with bruises caused by the many falls resulting from the learning process of progressing from a bicycle to 250cc Honda street cycle to a high powered racing motorcycle.
I persevered, and eventually became adept enough to actually enter some amateur motocross races and further progressing to agree on participating in a month-long advanced motorcycle trek. Beginning in the black mountains of California and progressing to Mexico, where five of us retraced the Baja 500 motorcycle race, an experience I’ll never forget.
The point of my story, is to relate the original stress and tension of simply getting on a high-powered motorcycle and experiencing the thrill of speeding through a narrow wooded trail, inches from protruding branches tree stumps and over gaping gullies and down steep ravines and through water and mud valleys, attempting to keep up with the breakneck speed of the experienced riders.
Fast forward a month, countless bruises and aches and pains accompanying the training, and suddenly all of what appeared originally to be unattainable, suddenly became commonplace and as uneventful as driving a car.
Fast forward 30 years-and not having sat on a motorcycle all that time, and suddenly finding yourself on the seat of a simple 250 CC motor scooter and once again discovering both the thrill and stress of performing a new and different experience. Deciding to go on a 10 mile jaunt, I discovered at the end of the 10 miles, that every muscle in my body was sore. In spite of the fact that I did not encounter anything dangerous or out of the ordinary, my body exerted enough tension so as to drain all energy from my body.
My feeling is, that anyone studying the martial arts, will benefit tremendously, from the internalizing and reinforcement of fighting techniques that come from the repetitive performance of Kata, drills, Bunkai and free fighting. However, I equate this type of familiarization with fighting as more of a dry run than being ready to actually engage in a real life fight with inexperienced and tried/true streetfighter. It is important, that all martial art instructors realize the limitations and expectations resulting from their training. Having an arsenal of tools and the training to use those tools in the confines and safety of the dojo, is not the same as being surprised and overrun by one or more highly experienced (to the actual feeling of being hit, bloodied, incapacitated-on both sides of the giving/taking spectrum.) street Thugs who regularly engage in this type of fighting.
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Oct 16 2007
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Oct 11 2007
Teaching/Learning Traditional Uechi-ryu
does not mean ignoring reality!
My philosophy is that ground fighting is simply "doing kata while horizontal"! We work on moves and techniques (similar to the ones in Morne Swanepoel’s article) as sequence drills, then with a partner. I teach these techniques as part of my Uechi-ryu program. To me, they are important applications drawn from the Uechi-ryu "core" program. GEM
The Oxford dictionary explains positioning as follow:
‘ place occupied by person or thing; proper place; way thing is placed, mental attitude, state of affairs, situation, rank or status, strategic point ‘
The above explanation is clear, but what does this mean in the world of MMA and Submission wrestling ?
The goal to obtain superior positioning over ones opponent in the stand up and ground ranges to execute devastating strikes, submission and choke holds has become imperative for any combat athlete.
Attaining the mounted position is one of the most sought after positions for most fighters & students in MMA/Submission wrestling. This occurs when one fighter is on top of his opponent, astride his chest with both knees on the floor. There are various reasons why this position is sought after:
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Oct 07 2007
K is 4 Kill is the brainchild of Skye and myself, combining her need to address the lack of hawt and affordable women’s designer T-shirts and accessories and my desire to retire by the age of 30.
Well, one out of two isn’t so bad.
Seriously, this project has weathered everything from hard drive failures to woefully misadvertised slam poetry events. The designs are geared for both men and women, and we hope that you’ll check out our Web site and, if you feel so inclined, purchase a shirt. Our first T features San Francisco’s (and possibly the world’s) greatest zombie burlesque troop, the Living Dead Girlz ( http://www.livingdeadgirlz.com), in a limited edition print in metallic silver foil on black, red or blue on women’s cut T’s and in matte gray against black, charcoal or navy T’s for the men’s cut.
Please forward this email on to anybody who you think might be interested in what we’re doing. In the future, we hope to expand not just the product line, but create a com… but I’ve said too much. As Skye mentions in the first post on the site, we’re already shipping orders to Sweden, Japan, Australia, the U.K. and around the U.S. Not sure why Canada isn’t represented… anybody know any Canadians who wear T-shrits?
For those who’ve helped us incubate this project, we are extremely grateful.
Remember: Frump is out.
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