Nov 27 2006

Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques


Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques
by Gozo Shioda:
Review by George E. Mattson
I’ve always been interested in Aikido. In my estimation, it’s an art karate practitioners won’t appreciate until they have evolved way beyond their basic understanding and practice of their core system.

Twenty, thirty or more years into their practice of hard karate, many will be able to pick up a book such as Gozo Shioda’s and be able to read and view the lessons as logical extensions to what they now teach and practice.

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Nov 26 2006

“In The Dojo

“In the Dojo”, by Dave Lowry

I receive quite a few books from publishers that I try to read and review. those that deal strictly with technique and rehashed material I put aside or send to others to read and review. The Aikido book was an exception, since the techniques were so fantastic to view, try and practice. It was a book that had to be read immediately and savored for a lifetime.

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Nov 25 2006

Strength for the Streets

Frank DeMeoBOOK RELEASED Strenght for the Streets _
by my long time ago student, Frank DeMeo.
                                     by Van Canna

www.americanstrengthtraining.com

This is a training package geared towards trainer and /or coaches who want to enhance their offerings to their clients.

It also has online support for one year included.

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Nov 25 2006

Casino Royale faithful to Fleming – and authentic

Casino Royale faithful to Fleming – and authentic

by Bill Glasheen

Casino Royale was Ian Fleming’s first James Bond (007) novel. When it was introduced in 1952, it was quite racey by those days’ standards. Today however these are just "good books."

Those who grew up learning about 007 via the Hollywood screen rather than reading Ian Fleming have missed out on a lot. Gadgets and sex became more important than plot. In fact when you look at the original novels that many of the movies are based on, you’ll think that Hollywood had a disdain for plot. I guess that’s the result of B-rate directors and producers working with B-rate business people. Neither of them get it.

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Nov 23 2006

Jack London dies . . .


Ex-mayor, (Uechi black belt), dies

BY AMY DRISCOLL TERE FIGUERAS NEGRETE AND JAY WEAVER
adriscoll@MiamiHerald.com

Former Keys Mayor John L. ”Jack” London, a longtime Monroe County commissioner who pleaded guilty to tax evasion last year in a public corruption case, died Tuesday after being admitted to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital last weekend for an undisclosed illness.

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Nov 09 2006

2006 China Tour

October 26,2006
IUKF Chairman Dr. Paul Haydu’s report on the China Tour:

Dear Fellow Uechi-ka and Friends of the IUKF,
Last weekend we returned from a trip of a lifetime. We had the honor and pleasure of spending 15 days in Hong Kong and Southern China, with 12 other long-time and dedicated martial artists. What linked us together was our interests in the origins of our Kung Fu and Uechi Karate, and to see it practiced in its home of origin. The person tying us all together was Darin Yee.As most of you know, Darin is an outstanding 7th Dan Uechi practitioner, and teacher. He had years of fighting experience, and won many tournaments. He’s had occasion to test his skills outside the ring as well, finding our art to serve him well. Darin is also a student and teacher of Kung Fu.

During this trip we spent a wonderful time with Darin’s Uechi Sensei, Bob Campbell, in Hong Kong. We also spent ten in-depth days with Darin’s Kung Fu teacher, Wong Yi Man. The result of both of these visits was a cultural immersion. Though only two weeks in length, we got a personal, up-close look at how people live, on multiple levels, in both places. In Hong Kong, Bob Campbell showed us quite a bit of the lavish life, from the Repulse Bay Hotel, many years the watering hole of the rich and famous, to Stanley, now filled with plush villas that house the wealthy expatriates who call it home.We spent an afternoon in a beautiful floating restaurant in Aberdeen, on the south side of Hong Kong Island, formerly home to floating villagers who fished and lived on sampans. We also got dressed up and spent an evening seeing some beautiful night spots. Both by 70 foot yacht, and by private bus, Bob showed us much of the best that Hong Kong has to offer!

The sophisticated, big city life of Hong Kong contrasted sharply with our ten days spent in Tai Shan prefecture of Guang Dong province. Even though most of it is countryside, the city and high-rise apartment houses are rapidly encroaching on the rice fields and fish ponds. Within the city center, there are vibrant shopping areas, where jade can be bought, either in jewelry stores, or from street-side stalls. One street had only open tailor shops lined with seamstresses at sewing machines, on the street.

It was so full of clothes-making that most traffic was on foot. Many members of our group had dresses and suits made there, for very reasonable prices. Darin looked quite elegant in four different colored brocaded silk traditional Chinese jackets. There was also a number of fascinating tea shops, where many of us bought specialty teas that couldn’t be found in the US, or even on the Internet.

One favorite was “Teet Goon Yum” meaning Iron Goddess of Mercy, which is a delicious green tea. I brought back three half-pound vacuum packs of teas, two for my wife and me, and one for a friend.

The eating experience was one of the most memorable parts of the trip, both in Hong Kong and in Tai Shan. But it was in the latter where most of us experienced “soul-satisfying” Chinese food, much of it new to most of us. Many an afternoon or evening was spent at a restaurant recommended by Wong Sifu. Each meal was a surprise, with dish after dish brought out family-style, accompanied by green tea, and then local beer or soda.

The beer was a good way to avoid drinking the water, and may have prevented GI upsets in many of us, or so I’d like to think! Two of my favorite dishes, which I had never had before, were local eggplant stuffed with ground meat, and cooked with a sweet-sour sauce. The other was Ham Ha, which is pork cooked with salted shrimp paste. If I could only get those where I live now! I’ve got a craving for them both.

Of course, the main dish of this trip was the Martial Arts. Those of us who wanted to emphasize the connection between Kung Fu and Uechi Ryu worked out daily for two and a half hours with Darin. He emphasized familiarizing ourselves with the whip-like soft side of our “half hard-half soft” style. We learned how to use our hips, waist and shoulders in each movement, whether block, kick or strike. As we started to familiarize ourselves with this concept, we saw how we could rely on shoulder-arm strength less, while achieving greater effectiveness, and giving our joints a rest in the process. Good habits for life-long practice!
The rest of our group practiced Kung Fu routines with Wong Sifu and his senior instructors, and went on excursions with him. Some of the styles practiced in his Nam Pai system include Choy Li Fut, Hung Gar, Fut Gar and Five Animals style. For the Uechi oriented members Darin taught Lean Yu Kuen, a basic but essential Choy Li Fut form that frees the waist and relaxes the arms.
Besides our farewell dinner banquet in Tai Shan, another treat was being on Tai Shan Television. Two workouts, one in the lakeside city park surrounded by bamboo and palm groves, and the other at a nearby Kung Fu village both ended up in television footage aired the night after we left. We got to see it on the Internet. For those interested in seeing it, go to http://broadcast.taishan.gd.cn/index.asp?, look for the first listing for 10-13-2006, and it’s about 16 minutes into that segment.
For more in depth stories and personal experiences, contact any of the folks who went on this trip, including Darin Yee, myself, and Harry Skeffington. Members of the trip are already planning a return next year, and Darin says that with what he learned this year, the next trip will cost less. So any of you who are thinking that this might be your kind of adventure should contact Darin for further details!
Paul Haydu

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Nov 08 2006

Uechi Community Loss: Brant Christiansen

Hundreds of “China Trip” pictures (and videos to come) at IUKF Board member Harry Skeffington’s site:


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Sep 21 2006

4th Annual Nation’s Capitol Okinawan Karate & Kobudo Fall Camp

SENSEI DOUG PERRY

KYOSHI / SICHIDAN

INVITES YOU TO ATTEND THE

 

4Th ANNUAL NATION’S CAPITOL
OKINAWAN KARATE AND KOBUDO
FALL CAMP

Date:

October 6,7 & 8, 2006     
Friday 7:00 pm through Sunday noon

Where:
Bertie Backus Gymnasium
5171 South Dakota Ave N.E.
Washington, DC 20011
Who:

This camp is designed for all martial artists, white belt through black belt.

Age requirements: 10 or older.  Instructors may allow attendance of children under 10 on a case-by-case basis.  Only those children mature enough should attend.

Instructors:

Kyoshi’s Doug Perry, Kimo Wall, Bill Hayes & Shorinkan Kyoshi’s
Hanshi Jim Logue

Train with the best traditional Okinawan Karate and Kobudo instructors.

Dojo heads bringing (10) ten or more students may attend camp at no charge.

Camp Fees:

Camp fee only:
On or before September 25, 2006:   $100.00

After September 25, 2006:  $115.00

Hotel Information:
Quality Inn and Suites

7200 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20785
(301) 276-1000

Cost:  $89.00 per night (Must make reservations on or before 9/30/06).

Ask for: Welch’s Karate-Do

Camp Check-in
Check-in will start at 6:00 p.m. on
Friday, October 6, 2006 at the gymnasium.

For Information
Call (301) 559-3400 or (202) 210-6364 with any questions you may have. 

Ask for Eb or Vivian Welch or e-mail to renshiunlimited@verizon.net or www.welchkarate.com

Flight Information:
If you are flying in and need airport pickup, we will be happy to meet you and provide transportation to and from the hotel.  Please call and/or e-mail us in advance with your flight information.

Yours in karate-do
Eberhard G. Welch, Sr.
Camp Director


KARATE & KOBUDO FALL CAMP

Registration Form
Name:               _______          ____________                                               

Age:               

Address:                            ___________________________________________               
City:       _____________________                  State:               Zip:     ______           

E-mail address:               __________________________________________________________

Phone:     ____          ____________           

Emergency Phone:                                          
Rank:               _______          Instructor:                                                    
Amount Paid (Camp):  __ Balance Due:          __
ITEMS TO BRING TO CAMP
Gi, Extra Gi, toilet articles, casual clothes, camera and all karate and kobudo articles you would like to train with. 

DIRECTIONS TO BACKUS GYMNASIUM

95 SOUTH

Take Route 95 South to I-495 (Capital Beltway).  Travel North on Beltway to Exit 22B (Baltimore Washington Parkway).  Take Baltimore/Washington Parkway to
New York Ave.

(RT 50 West).  Follow directions for Route 50 West.


ROUTE 50 WEST

Take Route 50 West into Washington, DC to
South Dakota Avenue

(look for Tournament Signs).  Bear right onto South Dakota Avenue and travel passing a McDonald’s on left, make right on Hamilton Street and left onto the parking lot.

95/395 NORTH
Take 95/395 North to I-495 (Capital Beltway).  Go East to Woodrow Wilson Bridge.  Cross Bridge into Maryland and Take Exit #2 onto Route I-295 North.  Travel to Route 50 West (New York Avenue).  Follow Directions for Rt. 50 West.


I-66

Take Exit 9 onto I-495 South to Woodrow Wilson Bridge.  Cross bridge into Maryland and take Exit #2 onto Route I-295 North.  Travel to Route 50 West (New York Avenue).  Follow directions for Route 50 West.
BY METRORAIL/WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Take the Yellow or Blue Line from Reagan/National Airport to Metro Center. Then take the Red Line Train to Fort Totten Station.  The Gymnasium is across the street from the station.

Welch’s Okinawan Karate-Do
P.O. Box 29342
Washington, DC 20017-0342
301-559-3400 or 301-559-3401 (fax)
 202-210-6364 (cell)
renshiunlimited@verizon.net
www.welchkarate.com

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Sep 19 2006

How to evaluate a training program!

Although this article is directed at the law enforcement community, martial artist will benefit from what I have written.
“It’s your money and it’s your time; make sure you know what your getting before you sign up.”

Dave Young

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Sep 17 2006

Ebook basic course intro

E-books are the future. Yes, the old paper versions will remain, much the same way Newspapers will always be part of our lives. But like the Internet, e-books will offer inexpensive access to a much wider range of specialty subjects that will be of interest to a smaller audience. This is especially true for sports and less known martial arts.
e-Martial Arts, Ltd has many titles in the works. So far, we have published:
  • A four hour “private lesson” course in Uechi-ryu. (1st hour book is available)
  • The Black Belt Test Guide, 2nd edition. Available with the IUKF membership and will be available to the general public soon.
  • The companion book to Grand Master Kanei Uechi’s Kyhon. The complete text translated into English. 1st 700 pages now available.
  • Scissors, Rock, Paper. Harvey Liebergott’s excellent book will be available soon.
  • Art Rabesa’s “Explosive Karate” and “Kumite” will be added soon.
 Be sure to read the “Instruction” page before downloading.
Note to Kindle fans: So far, we have published “Uechi-ryu Karate Do” (First edition with new notes by me) , “The Way of Karate”, my first book, originally published in 1962 and Dave Smith’s “Kyhon” translation. These books can be obtained at the Amazon web site or in our Uechi Store. While there, pick up your on-line copy of “The Black Belt Test Guide” v 4.2.

Uechi-ryu Store

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