Feb 03 2006

Welcome to the Chairman’s Corner…

On behalf of the IUKF Board of Directors, I would like to wish everyone the best of what I believe is going to be a very good year for Uechi-Ryu. We wish all of you a successful 2006! The IUKF Board has been very busy on your behalf. Many of the seeds sown in 2005 will start to bear fruit in this coming year.
The Board has resolved that the IUKF shall function to support its membership. We have pledged that our organization will be supportive, by bringing Uechika together in group activities, and enhancing communications. We do not intend for it to be a regulatory organization, and it won’t be replacing testing boards, or interfering with individual dojo function. The IUKF recognizes all legitimate groups, teachers, rank and honors, and respects what Uechi sensei called "The dojo Sacred Space". In other words, our goal is to assist individual Uechi practitioners and dojo owners who are geared toward effective martial arts with "traditional roots".
The IUKF honors and respects all rank issued by any legitimate organization. It will oversee rank standards and testing procedures for dojo and individuals who wish to be awarded rank, or honorary teaching certificates.
The IUKF has been set up so that the benefits for its members will provide discounts that will more than pay for the annual membership fees. These discounts will apply to DVDs, martial arts equipment, clothes and shoes, and other items in the Website store. Discounts on tuition for WinterFest and SummerFest will amount to $50 per event. Tournament discounts will also be provided for members. Members will also receive a $50 discount off the cost of Dan certificates, compared with non-members.
Other benefits will include access to special parts of the new Uechi-Ryu website. Instructors who belong can have enhanced listing of their dojo, with hyperlinks for email and website addresses. With the Uechi-ryu.com website getting more than 400,000+ hits per month, the exposure given by enhanced listing alone, would be worth more than the yearly IUKF fee. Discounts from products bought, and the break on SummerFest tuition alone would more than pay the cost of annual membership.
Perhaps more important is the strength and stability that the worldwide and US Uechi community will gain by increased dojo and individual membership in a consolidating organization dedicated to enhancing the art through the sharing of information. Currently many of us enjoy the benefits of viewing videos, reading worldwide mail, participating in forums and staying in touch with the most advanced Uechi thinking worldwide. This takes money and effort to keep it going, and participation by everyone would allow the IUKF to expand and improve its offerings to all of us.

IUKF sanctioned regional and instructor’s workouts are already in progress and will be expanded. They are already very successful.
I am pleased to witness a growing international membership. Recently we have added members from Germany, Canada, Argentina, and Scotland. The story that follows comes to us from Scotland:
FROM NOVA SCOTIA TO THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Terry Donoghue. (Highland Dojo) IUKF Representative Scotland, reported that:
The first home grown Scottish Uechi-ryu students to achieve Dan grades from Gary Geddes (left), were Alan Henderson and Angus Henderson, pictured here with the IUKF Scotland representative Terry Donoghue.

In an excellent example of the international spirit of the IUKF, the Highland dojo recently welcomed the visit of Gary Geddes from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to our group based in Dingwall, Scotland. Having originally met up with Gary at SummerCamp some 11 years ago, I was pleased to be able to offer him the opportunity to see his ancestral home after visiting and working out with him previously in Nova Scotia.

In search of an external assessor of the quality of my two candidates for Shodan, I approached Gary after discussing the matter with George Mattson at last year’s WinterFest.
The Dan test went well on September 1ST, (with me probably more relived than those being tested) and the two successful candidates were very pleased to have measured up to an international standard.
It was good to be able to share what we have with someone who was willing to travel so far to give us the benefit of his experience and understanding. I think that his readiness to support our group, is an exemplar of how the work of the IUKF might support the activities of all members, and how they in turn, can support the aims of the IUKF.
And speaking about international involvement of the IUKF, Darin Yee has been working hard on our upcoming trip to mainland China. It will be a two week trip beginning and ending in Hong Kong, with Sensei Robert Campbell. The mid-portion will involve visiting and working out in Southern China, including the village where Wong Fei Hung was born.
There will be translators, and daily Uechi-Ryu workouts with respected Chinese kung fu masters who will watch our work-outs and make suggestions on how they view and would use our style, plus there will be Kung Fu demonstrations by accredited martial arts schools.
The IUKF Treasurer and Membership Coordinator is David Berndt. All those who would like a membership packet, or just want to find out more should contact him at DCBerndt@aol.com.
Please feel free to email him or me if we can be of any service, or answer any questions for you. I can be reached at phaydu@adelphia.net.
Thank you for your interest.

Best wishes,

Paul Haydu

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Feb 02 2006

Deadly Arts: The National Geographic Series

Deadly Arts DVD
We have The DVD version of the popular National Geographic series “Deadly Arts”It is a 2 DVD set with the 6 episodes of the series.

The series explores 6 different martial arts, Aikido, Capoeira, Karate, Kalaripayyattu, Savate and Muay Thai, in the country of their origin and examines technique, culture, history and philosophy.

Our host Josette Normandeau trains with the masters in each martial art. The series has proven popular worldwide and we believe the DVD will be as well.

Deadly Arts takes a comprehensive look into the world of the martial arts.

This is the series everyone is talking about. Get yours by clicking here!

 

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Feb 02 2006

Iaido & Judo Seminar

Iaido and Judo seminar in Salt Lake City, Utah.

March 4 & 5, 2006 – Yama Oroshi Dojo

Taught by Nicklaus Suino Sensei

Iaido – 7th Dan Shihan

Judo – 6th dan Shihan

Author of: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

Arts of Strength, Arts of Serenity

Budo Mind and Body

Contact Sensei Max Roach at the Yama Oroshi Dojo:

3474 South 2300 East

Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Dojo: (801) 272-0707

Sponsored by the Shudokan Martial Arts Association (SMAA).

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Feb 01 2006

The Art of japanese Swordsmanship

Iaido and Judo seminar in Salt Lake City, Utah.

March 4 & 5, 2006 – Yama Oroshi Dojo

Taught by Nicklaus Suino Sensei

Iaido – 7th Dan Shihan

Judo – 6th dan Shihan

Author of: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

Arts of Strength, Arts of Serenity

Budo Mind and Body

Contact Sensei Max Roach at the Yama Oroshi Dojo:

3474 South 2300 East

Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Dojo: (801) 272-0707

Sponsored by the Shudokan Martial Arts Association (SMAA).

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Jan 08 2006

Instructors’ Class for February in New England

February, 2006 Instructor’s Workout
Hello All:

The next scheduled New England instructor’s workout class will be held on Sunday, February 12th, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

The February 2006 scheduled instructor will be Darin Yee (7th dan). The workout will be held at Sensei Fred Channels dojo located in Hingham, Ma.
Location: Hingham Community Center, 70 South Street, Hingham, Ma. 02040

Note: This class is open to all adult Uechi Ryu and Shohei Ryu adult brown & black belts.

Hope to see you at the next workout.

Take care – Jay Sal

Thank you.

Jay Sal.

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Jan 06 2006

Join IUKF Today…

Lots of benefits, like getting a substantial discount for SummerFest!
JOIN IUKF TODAY!

IUKF has proven through the years that working together, encouraging students to get involved in non-dojo activities and expanding their experiences makes good sense.

IUKF isn’t trying to replace your teacher, your promoting organization or the method of your training. It has limited and fairly specific guidelines involving teacher codes of ethics and conduct along with student rights that are essential in this age of abuse and cultism that are rampant in the martial arts.

People belong to many organizations. The martial arts has been laboring under the misconception that the teacher is some kind of guru, who knows all and deserves unquestionable loyalty and respect. Too often, students discover all too late, that the guru’s shiny coat of armor hides a rotten interior. The martial arts should be viewed as an activity, no better, no worse than any other activity. To attempt selling what we do as something else is both unethical and deceiving. Allowing students to belong to an independent fraternal organization such as IUKF should not be viewed as a threat to what might be considered by some teachers as "private property".

Students and teachers are invited to send IUKF’s secretary David Berndt an email, requesting an information kit. Please include your mailing address.

We’ve had many years of non-cooperation and elitist isolation with stagnation and no growth – Lets try working together to see if we can build our dojo and the system. GEM

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Jan 06 2006

Bugeisha III by G.E.Mattson

Conditioning drill now being practiced in Uechi-ryu, that came originally, from Fuzhou, China. With a few innovative twists by the author.
Click here to view the article.

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Jan 04 2006

Bugeisha II

Evolution of "Traditional" Karate: by GEM

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Jan 04 2006

Bugeisha

Uechi-ryu Karate Do Article by George E. Mattson

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Jun 14 2005

Uechi Breathing & Cooperative Drills

From the Newsletter archives: June, 2005

 

In my last newsletter I described an experiment that I hoped would validate what I had learned from Kanei Uechi and Ryuko Tomoyose involving Sanchin breathing and Uechi-ryu breathing. Although I felt comfortable with what I was doing and teaching, there was a part of me that questioned the validity and effectiveness of the training, based on what some of my colleagues and associates were saying on the forums.

On the second “thread” in Van Canna’s Self Defense Realities Forum, after eleven pages of posts, all the posters agreed that what I was teaching was OK or had merit and although new and different, warranted further evaluation and testing.

Needless to say, this consensus of opinion on such a volatile subject has been a huge breakthrough for a subject that up until now, saw few Uechi practitioners agreeing on anything. Conceding that there is something called “Sanchin Breathing” which teaches a  repeating breathing method and when used during “stressed” effort, enables the student to draw on and use in a “natural” manner (Uechi breathing) a variation of the Sanchin Breathing. (Which often is very similar to more recognized and recommended breathing methods. WHEW. . .)

Ok, one Uechi target eliminated. Now. . . If we could only find someone to defend the old and venerable “cooperative drills”!!! :)

And as though  “Doctor (MD) to be”, Greg Postal read my mind, in the mail today I received the today’s featured article,

Uechi-Ryu Yakusoku Kumite As A Self Defense Training Progression

I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did. If you wish to communicate with Greg and continue the discussion of the “cooperative” drills, please visit Bill Glasheen’s Forum and “get involved”!

George E. Mattson

Click “read more” to read the article on “cooperative” drills.

 

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