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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Aug 24 2006

Okinawan Karate and 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.


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


After September 25, 2006:

After September 25, 2006:

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: _______ ____________ Age:
Address: ___________________________________________


City: _____________________ State:Zip: ______
E-mail address: __________________________________________________________
Phone: _______ ____________ Emergency Phone:
Rank: _______ Instructor: __________________
Camp T-Shirts $15.00 ea. Sm___ Med___ Lg___ XL___ XXL___ XXXL___
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 301-559-3400 (fax)
202-210-6364 (cell)

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Aug 22 2006

Kobudo Camp


       Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan USA Camp
                         September 14~17, 2006
                               San Diego – USA


GUEST INSTRUCTOR:                       
                            Franco Sanguinetti Sensei:
Okinawa Goju Ryu Roku Dan (6th Dan), Matayoshi Kobudo Go Dan (5th
                            Dan) & Iai-Do Sho-Dan (1st Dan), Sensei Sanguinetti is the Chief Instructor of the Bushikan Budo Kyokai
                            and the Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan USA with Honbu Dojo in San Diego. He is the instructor responsible
                            for Kobudo in the Shorei Shobu Kan organization and is a representative of the Mayayoshi Family in the
                            U.S.A. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Kobudo for the USKA organization.
                            He has trained in Karate and Kobudo for over 34 years. His karate and Kobudo background includes
                            intensive training in Japan and Okinawa. He has been a member of the Peruvian and Venezuelan National
                            Karate Teams.

     Bushikan Budo Kyokai – Honbu Dojo
                           1665 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., Suite A
                            San Marcos, California – USA * see map at: 

DATES:              September 14~17, 2006

HOST:                Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan USA – Franco Sanguinetti Sensei
                        (760) 744-5560

EVENT:              6th Annual MKKU Gasshuku

        Matayoshi Kobudo
                              Please see more details at:

PARTICIPANTS:  Beginners, intermediate, advanced & instructors.

TIMES:                  Thursday: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
                                Friday:     4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
                                Saturday:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
                                Sunday:    9:00 am – 1:00 pm

REGISTRATION: ON LINE: login to our web page and register on-line at:
                                Visa and Master Card accepted.
                                 BY MAIL:
  login to our web page, print Registration Form and mail in with your payment to:
                                 Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan USA
                                 1665 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., Suite A
                                 San Marcos, California 92078 – USA

CERTIFICATE:    All Gasshuku participants will receive a MKKU Certificate of Completion.

WEAPONS:           Everyone must provide their own weapons for training.  If anyone would like
                                to order weapons, or has any questions regarding the necessary weapons,
                                please contact Sanguinetti Sensei at (760) 744-5560.

DINNER:               There will be an optional reception and dinner Saturday, September 16, 2006
                                The cost for the dinner will be $25.00 per person. Attire: Jacket & tie please.

HOTELS:               Motel 6 – Carlsbad  (760) 438-1242
                                La Quinta Inn – Vista  (760) 727-8180
                                Ramada Inn Suites – Carlsbad (760) 438-2285

ATTRACTIONS:  World famous San Diego Zoo (619) 234-3153, Sea World (619) 226-3901
                                and the Wild Animal Park (760) 747-8702, as well as many other attractions.


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Aug 22 2006

Cops learn how to do their jobs in water

Written by Todd McInturf / The Detroit News
Law enforcement personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Oakland County Sheriffs Office and Macomb County Sheriffs Office Marine Divisions train on Lake St. Clair Friday on suspect apprehension, officer water survival and victim rescue when in the water.

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Aug 20 2006

Traditional Karate Tournament Schedule


DATE: August 26-27

EVENT: Seminar

LOCATION: Rochester Recreation Center-Rochester, NH

STYLE: Shotokan

ORGANIZATION: Shotokan Karate International Federation

INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Kenzo Dozono

CONTACT: Mr. Mike Cook at (207) 491-5874 or

DATE: September 10

EVENT: Tournament

LOCATION: Hawthorne High School-Hawthorne, NJ


CONTACT: Mr. Ed DiNardo at (973) 423-5555 or
DATE: September 23

EVENT: Sports Medicine Symposium

LOCATION: Long Island University-Brooklyn, NY

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Milorad Stricevic and Ms. Meral Olmez

CONTACT: Mr. Georges Aschkar, Jr. at (718) 740-3493

DATE: September 24

EVENT: Tournament

LOCATION: Long Island University-Brooklyn, NY


CONTACT: Mr. Georges Aschkar, Jr. at (718) 740-3493
DATE: October 6-7

EVENT: USA Karate Federation National Championships

LOCATION: University of Akron-Akron, OH

CONTACT: USA Karate Federation HQ at (330) 753-3114 or usakf@raex
DATE: October 14-15

EVENT: Seminar

LOCATION: Syosset Martial Arts Center-Syosset, NY


STYLE: Shotokan

ORGANIZATION: American JKA Karate Association

CONTACT: Mr. Avi Azoulay at

DATE: October 28

EVENT: Kobudo Seminar

LOCATION: Royal Regency Hotel-Yonkers, NY

STYLE: Yamani Ryu Bojutsu

INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Toshihiro Oshiro

CONTACT: Mr. Cleveland Baxter at 914-665-2752 or
DATE: October 28

EVENT: Referee Seminar

LOCATION: Baxter Karate Dojo-Mt. Vernon, NY


INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Cleveland Baxter

CONTACT: Mr. Cleveland Baxter at 914-665-2752 or

DATE: October 29

EVENT: Tournament

LOCATION: Westchester Community College-Valhalla, NY


CONTACT: Mr. Cleveland Baxter at 914-665-2752 or
DATE: February 3-4, 2007

EVENT: Disneyland Martial Arts Festival

LOCATION: Disneyland Resort-Anaheim, CA


CONTACT: Mr. Gene Tibon at (209) 465-0943 or
DATE: February 11, 2007

EVENT: Florida Citrus Cup

LOCATION: Broward Community College-Coconut Creek, FL


CONTACT: Mr. Gilbert Venero at (954) 443-8182
DATE: March 3, 2007

EVENT: Arnold Schwarzenegar Karate Championships

LOCATION: Nationwide Arena-Columbus, OH


CONTACT: Mr. Tokey Hill at or (516) 625-9695

DATE: April 5-8, 2007

EVENT: Ozawa Cup International Karate Tournament

LOCATION: Flamingo Casino and Hotel-Las Vegas, NV


CONTACT: Mr. James Tawatao at (702) 873-0891 or

DATE: April 6, 2007

EVENT: USA-NKF Junior Olympics

LOCATION: Caesar’s Palace-Las Vegas, NV

CONTACT: USA-NKF Headquarters (206) 440-8386

DATE: April 7-8, 2007


LOCATION: Caesar’s Palace-Las Vegas, NV

CONTACT: USA-NKF Headquarters (206) 440-8386

DATE: April 12-15, 2007

EVENT: Training Camp

LOCATION: Holiday Inn Boardwalk-Atlantic City, NJ

ORGANIZATION: USA Shotokan Karate Federation

INSTRUCTORS: Mr. Thomas Casale, Mr. Paul Lopresti, Mr. Sal Lopresti, Mr. Ged Moran, and Mr. Ron Romano,

CONTACT: Mr. Sal Lopresti at (856) 589-5126 or

DATE: July 13-15, 2007

EVENT: USA-NKF National Championships

LOCATION: Charleston Convention Center-Charleston, WV

CONTACT: USA-NKF Headquarters (206) 440-8386
Well that’s all for now. Hope you are doing well.


Ray Toy

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Aug 15 2006

Redman article


RedMan “101 “

Where they come from and where they are now!
“Multilevel Training Platform”



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Aug 14 2006

Articles (New)


If you are new to Uechi-ryu and are looking for an excellent basic visual instruction, please check out my

new four hour private lesson Basic course .

Also: GrandMaster Kanei Uechi’s Kyhon…. Text translation by David Smith.

Also: All new 3rd edition Black Belt Test Guide with latest video clips covering all segments of the Shodan Black Belt Test requirements.


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Aug 13 2006

Naihanchi’s Mook Jong Drills

Naihanchi Mook Jong by Ron Shively (Adobe format) August, 2006

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Jul 10 2006

Lifetime Membership now available!

     After doing considerable research, including looking at over twenty well-known international organizations, the Board has completed its work on Lifetime Membership.  This will be a good offering for serious Uechi practitioners, who plan to be working out, and part of the IUKF 10, 15, or 20 years from now.  This elite membership identifies you as a serious practitioner, and supporter of the IUKF.  It also will protect you from inflation-driven higher costs of membership in the future!

     Please contact our Membership Coordinator, David Berndt for more information, at

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