Feb 03 2006

Forum Updates

The forums are really doing well. And have you noticed how interesting the topics are? It is very true, martial artist are a well rounded group. We work out hard and play hard. And of course, don’t forget we eat well.

Mary S. has volunteered to moderate the new "Chow Now" forum and it may be one of our most popular additions. Check it out and bring your favorite receipts and photos of these dishes. Click Here.

Kevin Guse is another highly qualified moderator in the conditioning field. He’s not just a gifted teacher. . . but he is someone who has taken the information he is giving us and used it in one of the toughest sports imaginable. . . Football. Check out his forum and ask him about your training routines. I know he will give you a helping hand. Click Here.

I’m hosting a couple of physical dojo forums. Since becoming involved with building a new dojo, I’ve become very interested in how the big dojo owners designed their dojo and how they conduct business. Although I don’t appreciate some of their "elitism" attitudes, I do respect how they are able to retain students and turn out respectable martial artist. Check out "Building a Successful Dojo" Forum and participate in the discussion. Click Here.

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Feb 03 2006

China Trip Update

The following letter is from Darin Yee (7th Dan) who is organizing an exciting trip to China.  If you’ve ever thought about going there, and experiencing the root systems from which ours was extracted, this would be the opportunity!

Contact Darin if you have an interest in going.
Paul Haydu
Chairman
IUKF

CHINA TRIP

Greetings to All,

As promised, I now have a firm price for our IUKF trip to China.  This price
will be $3,600 for an all inclusive 2 weeks trip from Boston, to China and
back.  Your individual price may vary slightly depending on your point of
origins.  This price will not include visa, alcoholic beverages, gratuities,
shopping or meals outside of the main group.

Depending on the selected airline, we will all meet in either San Diego, San
Fran or LA from our prospective airports and leave for Hong Kong together. 
Bob Campbell will greet us in Hong Kong and will be our host for the next
two days until we leave by boat to China (not a junk).  This boat will take
us into Gin Yoke (Chinese pronunciation, spelling may not be what is listed
in our maps)where we will be greeted by Sifu Wong and our transport to our
hotel in Toi San.

We will spend 10 days of working out and trips to other cities every other
day to shop and sight see.  Cities like Gwan Jou, Fosan, Hoi Pin, Toi Narm
and others.  We will also be invited to visit some of the most well known
martial arts schools in the area and surrounding towns.  There are some
night life in the area, but we’ll talk about that when the time comes.

What I need from all interested is your money deposit of $1,000 by the end
of March.  I will need your valid passport sent to me with another partial
payment of $1,000 by the end of April.  When I get your visas I will invoice
you for them.  By the end of June, 2006 I should have received your payments in full so I can reserve your rooms in Hong Kong, and various parts of
China.

Other then the money commitment, I will make up a form and post it on our
IUKF site.  Anyone can download and print out this form and send it back to
me.  My address will be listed.

This should be a great educational trip as well as a relaxing exchange of
culture.  We will not be going up north to see the great wall this trip. 
From where we are going to Beijing is an 8 hour plane ride.  We can plan
that for our next trip to China.

darinyee@hotmail.com

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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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