May 23 2006

IUKF encourages tournament participation

The IUKF supports its member’s participation in tournaments, both inside and outside the organization.  The Board feels that experiencing other rules, and competing with other schools, organizations and styles helps give the participant perspective that allows a fuller understanding of our own style.
Regarding personal disputes between practitioners, the IUKF does not take sides.  It is up to the individuals involved to sort things out for themselves.  The more senior the people involved, the better they should be at solving disputes, and putting matters in perspective.

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Apr 30 2006

Featured Article

Welcome to the Eastern Arts Articles Section. Here you will find interesting and educational martial art subjects covering a wide range of historical, technical and personal information. We welcome your contributions to our on-line library.

Note: This article by Mike Murphy was submitted over a year ago and was lost in one of my frequent computer failures. Fortunately I found a back-up copy on CD. With a sincere apology to Mike, I would like to "kick off" this new feature with his excellent article. GEM

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Apr 27 2006

Thanks and Congratulations!

The IUKF Board of Directors would like to thank Jay Salhanik for his many years of dedicated service to the group.  His special talent and passion has been Tournament direction, and uniformity of Dan testing.  These are areas where Uechi students learn to explore their art and progress strongly.  Jay has been a very hard worker and innovative influence, and has set a standard of work ethic that others will want to follow.  We thank him for all he has done, and wish him well in taking some time off for personal and family matters…. A rest well deserved!

We would also like to congratulate John Page who has been Jay’s assistant, and will be taking over as the IUKF Tournament Director.  John has already expressed many good ideas for his area of interest, and has the experience needed to make good decisions.  Being a lawyer will be a related asset in his day to day management skills.  The Board of Directors welcomes John officially into his new role and look forward to working with him!

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Apr 19 2006

E-book now available for both new and current members

Current IUKF members who would like to receive a copy of George Mattson’s exciting, new-edition Black Belt Test Guide in electronic form may write to George with their email and postal addresses, plus phone numbers.  In return, George will email them the e-book URL, so that you may access it online.  He can be reached by emailing him at  There will be no charge for IUKF members.  Those who are not members but wish to receive this book, should consider joining, and will receive this book at no cost, as well as many other benefits, including discounts on camps, seminars, training gear, books and videos.

          This book is the most readable of any e-book I’ve seen.  The pages turn like a physical book.  But unlike a hand-held book, when you’re reading the table of contents and find a section that you’d like to read, you just click on its page, and you’re there.  The contents are revised, and will be updated and upgraded as when changes are made by the Board.  Videos are included and accessible just by clicking.  The Forward gives a historical account of the IUKF, and explains it’s current mission and function.
          All in all, I am sure you be very pleased and interested by this cutting edge, and very enjoyable book.

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Apr 18 2006

New Accurate IUKF Membership Directory

New accurate membership directory

The IUKF is very interested in being able to reach all its members, accurately and rapidly.  To that end, we are asking all those who are members, or who are thinking about the advantages of membership to write our Membership Coordinator, David Berndt at, giving him your email address, your postal address and telephone number.  This will help us reach you more quickly, when important news or offers occur.

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Apr 03 2006

China Trip Update 4-3-06

Hi All,
Please be reminded about getting your passport, 2 passport photos and a
check in the amount of $1,000 to me before April 30.  I will ned that to
reserve your seat on this trip.  I will process payments to the agent the
first week of May.  If I receive your deposit after I’ve given our first
payment to our agent, it may cost you more then I’ve promised.

Please be vigilant about your shots needed for this trip.  I know some of
them are give in a series.  Could take 6 months to get them all.  I would
also advise antibiotic pills from your doctor.  If you don’t like the food,
there is no Burger Kings there.  (I think I remember a Mickey D there). 
Long lines for a horse burger.

I will also need your jacket size as I will be passing out an IUKF jacket to
all attending this trip.  Not like I can’t identify our group of caucasian
with the natives but it may identify us as a group to the natives.  I’ll
need your size also, Bob Sensei as you will be our beacon in HK.

Remember the purpose of this trip is for the opportunity to working out with
some of the well known kung fu teachers of Southern China.  Many of the
people traveling with us, the IUKF members, there will also be students of
sifu Wong.  We will make side trips to visit other martial art schools,
museums and Southern Shou-Lin.  We might also be coming home by way of
Quan-Jhou airport.  If so, we will be in Quan-Jhou the last 3-4 days where
we can shop till we drop.  Quan-Jhou is one of the largest cities in
Southern China.  Not as inexpensive as in Toi-San but much better quality. 
Please consult me before you do any shopping (could prevent any possible
arrests).  China is also famous for their canning methods.  I will also do
all your money exchange.  I can not promise the best exchange rate because
some street hawkers can give you better rates.  I can promise you the
authenticity and guarantee for every penny I give you.

Don’t need to bring more then one suit case.  Cloths there are the price of
throw aways.  They also have laundry service there.  If you plan to bring
items home, beware to the spending limits enforced by customs and the price
of another suit case is very inexpensive.  Chinese suit cases (burlap bags
tied at the opening) is free.

Our agenda is as follows:

We will depart from our perspective airport and meet in either San Diego or
San Francisco on October1.  After everyone has arrived, we will board our
plane to either Japan or directly to Hong Kong.  We will arrive in HK on
October 2, sometime in the PM (HK is 12 hours ahead of our time).

While in HK, Sensei Robert Campbell will be our gracious host.  He knows HK
like the back of his hand and time with Bob in Hong Kong usually becomes
legendary.  We will be in HK for 3 nights and 2 full days.

On the morning of Oct. 5, we will board a small ship to Ging-Yoke, a small
pier-town on the River way.  Sifu Wong will meet us there with our
transports and bring us to our hotel in Toi-San.  We will be in Toi-San for
1 full week and leave for Quan-Jhou on the 12th.  While in Toi-San, we will
work out on a daily bases (optional).  We will go on a few daily tours to
Wong Fai Hung’s museum, Southern Shau-Lin Temple, Fout-San where they are
famous for their martial arts supplies,  Hoi-Pen, their new up and coming
metropolis (still primitive).  I’ll make sure there will be rest days in

Quan-Jhou will be where we will board our airplane home.  We will be there
from the 12th to the 15th where we will be tired and glad to head home.  By
the way, Quan-Jhou is also where our US embassy is located.  I’m sure we can
visit that also if you’ll like.  I know a few people there.  If needed, I
will get you boarded on your plane home and the next stop will be LA or San
Diego (all the stewardess speak english).  I may need to stay a few more
days to attend some personal business.  If not, you’ll have to put up me all
the way back to the state also.

All is welcome to come along.  If you are not able to attend and already on
my list, please do not hesitate to call or write to let me know (I fully
understand this is a hugh undertaking).  We don’t want you on my other
unmentionable list (just joking).  If sight seeing is what you are looking
for, I’ll prepare for that and set you up for sightseeing the next time
around (I will be going to China twice a year).  If you’ve sent me your
deposit already and want to change your mind and want to cancel or go
another time, you’ll have to let me know by April 30 before I give your name
and deposit to the agent.


Thank you very much.  Looking forward to a great, informative, china
experience for all.

Strength and Honor,
Darin Yee

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Mar 26 2006

Membership news

Our Membership Coordinator, David Berndt, recently reported 36 new IUKF members, and 34 renewals!  All of us members should speak with at least two dojo mates, or friends in other dojo, to share the advantages of joining.  The larger our membership, the more activities we can organize and all benefit from.
The IUKF Board of Directors is working an a Lifetime Membership, that will save money in the long run.  It also gives prestige, since those who take advantage of this option will show their dedication!  Stay tuned for information regarding cost.
Anyone reading this entry should email our Membership Coordinator ( with your name, your postage address, and your telephone number.  In this way, we will have a complete database on our membership, and this will allow us to send hardcopy information, and to contact by phone if necessary, when we have important and fast-breaking news.

Paul Haydu

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Mar 24 2006

Black Belt Test Guide, 2nd Edition, e-book

There is great news for all IUKF members…. George Mattson has revised and updated the Black Belt Test Guide, creating a second edition.  Best of all, it is in e-book format, which allows immediate availability to all Uechika who are members of the IUKF.  Because it’s in electronic format, it can be updated if any changes are required.  And it has illustrations that are video clips, when clicked on.  Watch for it soon… I am sure you will be as enthusiastic about it as I am!

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Mar 02 2006

Chinese Medicine Traumatology Seminar

George, Didn’t know if you’d received this already.  Perhaps there are some Uechika who would be interested in this, especially those on the West Coast. I use some Di Da Jow formulated by Sifu Chu from the Yip Man receipe… really works.  Sifu Chu is a TCM and Acupunture practitioner and teacher, who knows his stuff, and gives excellent historical background to his presentations .

Subject: Chinese Medicine Traumatology Seminar


Please Post! Upcoming Traumatology Seminar!

Chinese Medicine Traumatology As taught by Robert Chu, L.Ac., QME, PhD 15 Hours approved CEU’s (7.5 CEU’s per day)
Increase your clinical effectiveness with two days of dynamic presentations Saturday and Sunday, March 18 – 19, 2006, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Learn the essentials of Gu Shang Ke (Bone/Traumatology) and Chinese Die Da (Fall or Strike) medicine for the clinic. Students and practitioners will be taught the most essential herbs, formulas, points, wrappings, dressings, cupping methods to use in the clinic acute or chronic trauma. Hands on practice and demonstration will be a part of this class.
8:30 a.m. registration at the Southern California University, School of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture 1541 Wilshire Blvd. 3rd floor (corner of Wilshire and Union) Los Angeles, CA 90017 Seating is limited!
Fee: $325/2 days, students $250/2 days, $25 discount for early registration by March 3, 2006, No refunds
Call (626) 487-1815 to register
Robert Chu, an exciting and charismatic speaker, has been practicing the Martial and Chinese healing arts since childhood. As a master martial artist and acupuncturist to Olympic athletes, he shares his secrets for treating pain and musculoskeletal disorders arising from trauma. He is the Founder of the International Association of Optimal Acupuncture and Clinical Chinese Medicine, an organization that focuses on the best practices of clinical applications of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
In mid 2005, he founded ITARA (International Tung Acupuncture Research Association), a non-political organization devoted to the preservation, standardization, education, and research of Tung Acupuncture, offering classes for the spread and advancement of Master Tung Acupuncture.

In July of 2004, Dr. Chu was selected as the Acupuncturist to Olympic athletes at the Olympic Trials held in Sacramento, CA. Since 2002, he has lectured nationally and internationally at various functions including CSOMA, AAOM, ACAOM, Samra University, AIMC, Emperor’s College, Southern California University SOMA, and other facilities on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Many thanks!

Robert Chu, L.Ac., QME, AHG, PhD

See my webpages at:

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Mar 02 2006

March Instructors workout class.

Just a reminder that this Sunday (March 5th), at 10 am Darin Yee will be teaching the March Instructors workout class.

The class is being held at Sensei Fred Channel’s dojo, located in Hingham, Ma. 

Directions are below, supplied by Fred Channel.

Hope to see you there.

Take care – Jay Sal

Directions: Fred’s dojo.

Everyone should get to Route 3 South Cape Cod.
Follow this South to exit 14.
Take exit 14, left off the ramp which is 228 North.
Go through one quick light after turning.
(Darin and anyone from South will have only one light to pass through)
Another one .2 miles down the road.
Follow road for 3.8-4 miles. It’s a pretty drive with lots of old colonial homes.
This is the tricky part as the road winds around to the right and you must bear left around an island onto Central Street. There is a big yellow house on the corner if that helps.
Go down Central Street one mile to the corner of South and Central. There is a blinking red or yellow at this intersection.
My dojo is in the Hingham Community Center on that corner.
Lots of street side parking. Don’t park in CVS they might tow you.


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