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

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


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, 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







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

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

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.


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 or

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


Registration Form
Name:               _______          ____________                                               


Address:                            ___________________________________________               
City:       _____________________                  State:               Zip:     ______           

E-mail address:               __________________________________________________________

Phone:     ____          ____________           

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



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.


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.


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.
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)


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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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Sep 14 2006

You are going to like the changes to our Forums!

Sep 12, 2006 Lets look at our Discussion Forums… Where we started, what we’ve accomplished and where we are headed.
The Future of our Forums.
Certainly a lot has happened in the martial art world since I created one of the first martial art websites on the internet and invited Bill Glasheen to host the first on-line martial art discussion forum.

We enjoyed a simpler time prior to the new millennium and 9/11. Who could predict the proliferation of mixed martial art fights and “fight club” type back yard battles that find their way onto the web and into the computers of wanna-be warriors. A merging of real fight club matches and the violent reality games found in these same computers create a world that future psychologists will find fodder, for a whole slew of books, theories and disorders; all related to the violent times we live in, recorded and exaggerated by the advance in technology that blend imagination with reality.

I shudder to envision our lives five years from now!

Visitors to my website are a mix of old world martial artist, modern “if it works – use it” practitioners and of course, wide eyed newbies of all ages, who are enrolled in a dojo, trying to make sense over what is one confusing, contradicting, frightening and at times amusing mountain of advice, suggestions, admonitions and at times intimidating posts, fascinating articles, links, video clips, jokes and a few great food recipes.

All the volunteers involved with the website work very hard in what everyone understands is a thankless and weary job. Someone asked me last week “why do you keep spending so much time on something that is so time consuming and often troublesome “?

Wow, that was a tough one to answer. In the beginning, I wanted to be able to communicate with the Uechi community and share training methods, discuss martial art history, explore new and exciting self defense techniques and to provide an on-line (as Bill Glasheen described it) “Roundtable” social club where interesting and timely topics of all persuasions could be discussed among new and old friends.

I’m not going to speculate why the website or forums should continue. Certainly none of the moderators, volunteers or I need the site because we lack other interests, work or hobbies. We all spend quality time in our dojo, working out, teaching and helping with our various martial art organizations. I would guess that each of us continue because we are still trying to communicate with like-minded people, validating our personal and professional goals relating to the martial arts and where possible, trying to influence others to share our beliefs.

Hence, the purpose of this article, “The future”! Looking ahead to where we are headed based on where we began and where we have been.

I’ve pretty much covered “where we began“. I didn’t have grandiose plans or any preconceived ideas about where the website was headed. I simply wanted a place where like-minded people could discuss the martial arts and Uechi-ryu in a friendly and helpful manner.

Where we have been” is a bit more difficult to explain. Certainly we have covered much ground in dissecting our traditional martial arts and rightfully exposed unexplained rituals, outdated myths and harmful and potentially dangerous mindsets. This useful and interesting goal is a double edged sword and has resulted in deep cuts to the art while excising harmful practices.

Where we are headed“: I’ve tried in many ways to accommodate the traditional with the modern warrior mindset. There certainly isn’t any reason why the person who practices his traditional Uechi-ryu shouldn’t also be able to defend himself when necessary. Ironically, most traditional Uechi practitioners completely agree, but during the past five years there has been a steady and ever increasing trend away from traditional training, into the mindset of “eliminate anything we don’t understand and focus on only what we believe works” mentality.

I would like to see more discussion pertaining to the benefits of the traditional and an attempt to understand (rather than dismiss) anything we don’t like to do or don’t understand.

For the traditional forums group, I would like to see less “mindless” posting and more thought going into concise and thoughtful threads. I have always believed that it is the quality of the discussions that matters, not the quantity. I would like to see this group of forums become a place where people interested in reading interesting discussions on traditional subject can do so without having to plough through dozens of off topic posts.

I look at the management of the forums in a similar way to the way I try to schedule activities at SummerFest. There is a time and place for serious traditional martial art training. This includes a focus on the core system as well as the many applications, interpretations and modern “add ons” to what we practice.

There are times and places for the respectful treatment of our seniors. A time and place where we honor the history, tradition and the art of our Uechi- ryu.

Finally, there is a time and place for relaxing, enjoying the comradery and friendship of our community – celebrating and perpetuating those unexplainable traditions that like glue, hold us together and provide an unspoken bond that lasts a lifetime. And, without question – there are times when I enjoy the banter of good natured humor and tasteful cartoons.

The Eastern Arts forums of tomorrow will take on the philosophy and focus of my SummerFest. This means less emphasis on the number of posts, but on the quality of posts. I envision a place where Uechi-ryu as an art will be balanced with Uechi-ryu as a fighting system and where Uechi-ryu will be explored as a healthy lifestyle as well.

Within the archives of Eastern Arts lie thousands of interesting and “readworthy” posts.
In order to place the best posts related to karate training will be stored (as in a library) in a category called:

Uechi-Ryu Online Kyohon
“An inter-active reference site for principles, drills, concepts, and traditions related to training Uechi- Ryu Karate. Post (or repost form another forum) what you’d like to remember and be able to reference. A great way to learn new and old ideas from the variety of traditions in our family of Uechi- ryu.”

Within the Kyohon will reside the best information pertaining to: Kihon (basic training drills), Kata (All about Uechi Kata), Kumite (Pre-arranged to Full Contact), Body Conditioning (Cardio & Stretching to Iron Shirt), Grappling, The Dojo – (we will be combining The Physical Dojo and Building a Successful Dojo)

Following the new online Kyohon will be our popular community discussions and a new forum where we can all get to know each other a little better.

Member Introductions
New members and old members are invited to introduce (or re-introduce) themselves to the community.

Community Discussions
Van Canna’s Self Defense Realities, Bill Glasheen’s Dojo Roundtable, Women and the Martial Arts, Tough Issues, Dave Young’s “Reality” – Your World or Mine!, Laugh a little..Live longer!, Chow for Now, Martial Arts and the Law

(Other forums have a “Lounge” for off-topics that aren’t martial arts related) I’m considering asking Panther if he’d like to expand his “tough issues” forum in to the “forum lounge.”

Specialty Forums
Kombat Kids, Mind-Body-Spirit Forum, WMAC, , Women’s Locker Room, Western Martial Arts & History, World Modern Arnis Coalition, Creative Heart & Soul Forum, Special Needs, Verbal Self Defense

Marketplace & Events

Events, Products & Services, Locate a Teacher or Dojo, SummerFest News, IUKF Tournament News,


New England Black Belt Test

Date: Sunday, October 15th, 2006
Time: 10AM – Noon
Where: Khoury’s Karate Academy
Tewksbury, MA
This test is a very important one for IUKF. It is the first test being administered by Gary Khoury.
There has been quite a bit of confusion and frustration regarding testing in New England. This was mostly because the seniors in New England wanted to make their testing tougher than in the rest of the Uechi world. They felt their students should train longer than students elsewhere in the world and they believed that the administrative process involving the New England test should be more business-like and requirements strictly adhered to.
Actually, I like most of what was decided, but where the process failed, was the individual dojo and teachers who were not part of the decision making, for whatever reason, didn’t understand the nature of the changes and in some cases didn’t like the changes. Instead of creating a more unified New England group, the changes resulted in dissension and chaos. The seniors involved with the testing process finally decided to allow any dojo or group of dojo that wanted to do things themselves, to run their own tests in an action that held the organization together, but what generally was considered a temporary measure.
When I asked Gary to take on the job of test administrator, he understood I wasn’t giving him a posh job with a title. He knows that the job comes with a “damage control” rebuilding job description along with the regular administrative tasks that goes along with the title.
People have been contacting me, asking about the Fall dantest. They have candidates that under the “International” rules, qualify for testing, but under the New England rules that few want to follow, some fall short of time or time in grade. Because I’m asking all dojo to be part of this October 15th test, I’ve asked Gary to use “International” uechi-ryu test rules as described in the Black Belt Test Guide. (All members of IUKF receives an on-line 2nd edition of this book or you can purchase a printed version in the Uechi store.)
The IUKF Board of Directors has formed a test standard/requirements committee and is nearly ready to issue the official International Testing guide, that will clarify and expand on the testing rules found in the Black Belt Test Guide. These rules, with minor administrative modifications, have been working very well throughout the Uechi world, since 1958, when I was the first person tested using a formal testing process. (All the test forms and explanations for the test then and now are described in the Test Guide.
I would ask everyone interested in the physical testing standards and requirements to read the book. Its all there and has been there since the book was written in 1988. The test, as explained, has been very successfully given to black belt candidates in this manner, since 1958. Teachers understand this method. Students understand this method and test board members understand this method.
“If it isn’t broke – don’t fix it! “
In the coming months I’ll be discussing the physical test in great detail. But October 15th I am asking all NE, IUKF Uechi dojo to support Gary and IUKF by bringing your candidates to Tewksbury and become part of a most important day in your student’s martial art life. We owe it to our students to provide them with a day when their skills can be fairly tested by a dedicated and objective test board. A test board that is “pulling” together, directed by a highly qualified and respected test administrator.
Please call Gary or John Page (Helping Gary with this job) at 978-858-0123 and let them know you are supporting their efforts to conduct the best dan test ever held in New England! Please call today.


IUKF members
Did you know members have their own private forum? This is where the Board of Directors communicate with the membership and update them on committee work.
Darin Yee is all excited about the IUKF group tour he is leading to China next month. Although it is too late to join the tour, you might be interested in all the activities they have planned. Bob Campbell is going to be meeting them in Hong Kong for a full day of site seeing and entertainment.
If you are a registered member of the forums and a paid up IUKF member, send me an email and I’ll add your name to the membership forum list.
IUKF Seniors (Godan and above)
Board director Henry Thom is in charge of the new IUKF senior’s Gallery, which has just been set up. The gallery will contain pictures and biography of all IUKF godans and above ranked individuals. To learn more, e-mail Henry at:
Eastern Arts

George Mattson
phone: 321-273-0409

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