These very special pins, with a screw-back, have been out of stock for many years. I discovered the original art work for these pins during a storage unit visit and decided to have them recreated in a new 1″ diameter size and a 3/8″ screw-post. (To ensure a secure attachment.) Retail price, only $20 for …View full post
For years, Uechi practitioners were satisfied with the gold stripes representing the titles of Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi. At one time, a board of Okinawa grandmasters awarded these titles. Kiyohide Shinjo and I were two of the first recipients of the Renshi gold stripe after being interviewed and tested by one of the Titles committee board …View full post
Uechi Ryu Black Belts, Have you ever thought about taking the next step in your Uechi Ryu training and possibly opening your own Uechi Ryu school? If you imagine having a large school or a small dojo, the IUKF can help support and guide you in your dream of being a dojo …View full post
I wish to thank all of you who attended and supported this year’s martial arts SummerFest making it one of the most successful events since it was first created in 1983. Also thanks to all of you who sent me email expressing how much you learn and enjoyed the event. Certainly one of the most memorable …View full post
IUKF has been growing very quickly. Our new site administrator has made great progress re-designing and updating the black belt registry of rank and honors. The old registry has been one of our site’s most popular feature, accessed by thousands of people checking on their rank or others. Now that our registry is being incorporated …View full post
Feb 28 2012
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Feb 14 2012
Don’t forget Sunday’s WinterFest Webinar – 8PM – 9PM
The purpose for this get-together is to discuss the class schedule for this year’s webinar. We have a great group of senior instructors participating and I want to hear what everyone has to say about how we should schedule the seminars. This may be the first year where we conduct more than one seminar every hour. . . depending on what the participants want. . . So, if you are coming to WinterFest (Friday & Saturday – Feb 24,25) please drop in to say hello and let me know your thoughts on the subject. Oh yes. . . I may find a neat video from the Uechi archives to play during our meeting. Send me an email for the webinar information if you didn’t receive my earlier Newsletter.
From WinterFest Presenter, Shihan Darin Yee:
This year, I will be teaching a seminar on Chinese Weaponry. As there will not be enough time for anyone to learn a complete form in any of the weapons, I will explain the nuances of each of the basic weapons and bring some to demonstrate.
I will spend most of my time allotted to talk mostly about the hard weapons which are the easiest to use. I will also teach some of the techniques and bring a few extra weapons for participants to use and actually perform/practice those techniques.
The weapons I will be working with will be the Chinese knife (broadsword as it is referred to by non-Chinese) and the long stick. Anyone who may have their own weapons should bring their own as one of the importances is to be familiar with your own personal weapon.
Although the Chinese stick is made of a flexible worm wood, you may also use a Japanese Bo Staff. It’ll be a little stiff but depending on the amount of people learning the movements, we may need more sticks.
I have been studying Chinese weapons almost as long as I’ve been learning martial arts.
I’ve been training and studying since 1960. There is much our community did not learn from the old traditional ways. Please know I will be willing to work with any student of the martial arts and not only those of at the winter fest for Uechi-Ryu.
Please call Sensei George Mattson if you are not a Uechi-Ryu student and would like to attend my seminar on Chinese Weaponry. I’m sure sensei will work something out with you. Thank you and see you at winter fest.
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Feb 12 2012
2014 Uechi-ryu WinterFest
March 7 & 8 (Friday and Saturday)
Friday & Saturday- Event will be held indoors at the “Park” Building (see picture) on corner of Donnelley and 5th Ave.
Thu, , 9AM: – “Warrior Golf Tournament” 18 holes of Championship golf.
I need to know the earliest time you can be at the course to set up our tee times. Early is best for the course.
Friday – WinterFest Seminars
Tuition, which includes lunch: $100 for one day, $150 for both days.
Friday: 9AM-3PM: All day workout. . . Traditional Uechi-ryu, Okinawan traditional weapon training, Grappling, Sport competition, Realist “mindset” training.
Lunch from 12 – 1PM
3pm-7PM: Sightseeing, free time
7PM- 11PM: Party at “Crazy Gators”
Saturday – WinterFest Seminars
9AM-3PM: All day workout. . . Traditional Uechi-ryu, Okinawan traditional weapon training, Grappling, Sport competition, Realist “mindset” training.
Lunch from 12 – 1PM:
3pm-7PM: Sightseeing, free time
7PM- 11PM: Party at the Cuban restaurant in Mount Dora
Presenters: Posted as they are confirmed: George Mattson,Tim Dando, Patty Dando, Jim Baggett, David Berndt, Darrin Yee, Roy Bedard, Fedele Cacia, John Spencer, Bill Glasheen, George Schriefer, Rick Potrekus, Joe Guidry, Harry Skeffington and special guest, Tom Bentley. Plus, many more scheduled to come. . .
[New] Winterfest Weapon Seminar Bo & Jiffa
Discussion, training and application of the Bo staff (six foot stick) and the Jiffa (hair pin/fastener) which is also known as a Tinaka (small inside hand weapon) as they relate to martial arts training and more specifically to Uechi Ryu training and development. The focus will be on body movement and the development and application of power.
The weapons training complements and supplements good Uechi training by the utilization of the whole body – arms, shoulders, hips, legs, etc.,. Applications of the techniques will demonstrate the interrelationship of weapons and empty hand movements as they relate to the effective execution of Uechi movements. Hopefully, all attendees will leave with a better understanding of the Uechi system and an improved ability to execute their Uechi techniques.
George Schriefer, Tom Bentley and Joe Guidry will be working with the Bo and Jiffa on Friday and Saturday.Rick Potrekus will be with us on Saturday, working with advanced students. I will be teaching a traditional Uechi-ryu class on Friday and Saturday morning from 9-10AM.
FireDragon Challenge Update : (March 21st)The City of Mount Dora will be helping us with this competition this year and we are expecting around 100 kids to participate.
This is going to be a fantastic year. Make your plans early to be part of the action. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.
George E. Mattson
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Feb 07 2012
Directly following the AGM on March 3rd we will be hosting the first OURA workout of the year. It will be from 1PM to 3PM with a short break after the fist hour. The first hour will be for all ages and ranks with the second hour being for adult or advanced juniors. It will be held at Patty Young’s Dojo in New Minas. For directions please check her web site at Young’s Uechi Ryu and Fitness.
The AGM will start at 12PM and end about 1PM.
If you know of anyone else that would like to join us please forward this email to them.
See you all there
President OURA ( Okinawan Uechi Ryu Association )
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Feb 07 2012
This seminar will cover: * Knife vs. unarmed attackers
* Knife vs. stick attackers
* Knife vs. knife attackers
* Knife vs. dealing with gun threats
* Knife grappling and knife takedowns
* Countering the ambush
* Standing and ground knife problems
* Special sessions on Filipino knife
* Knife skill and flow exercises
* Legal, military and crime fighting issues
* Potential knife course ranks and instructorship options
* …and much more!
* No experience needed. Go at your pace.Location… Raffi Derderian’s Derderian Academy of Martial Arts, 1478 Atwood Ave, Johnston, Rhode Island.
9:30 am to 6 pm Saturday. 10 am to 5 pm Sunday.
Fly right into the Providence, Rhode Island Airport itself. Many affordable hotels are right outside the airport. There are hotels in Johnston also, all searchable on the internet.
Please bring all your gear, your training knives, sticks and guns, and please wear street clothes – pants with pockets and a belt.
Pre-register online or with Raffi by 1 April and pay only $199. $239 at the door after 1 April. Get in on this deal. It will be $125 per single day. Enroll right here.
“This is my one big knife event of this year. My old friend Raffi and I decided to organize the event this year at his big school near Providence, in Johnston. Lots of knife themes and knife subjects. Raffi, a certified Inosanto Systems instructor and vet of other FMA and martial programs will cover FMA knife. And we got the Silverback Jim McCann to come in and cover knife ground fighting as only he can. If you are interested in Knife Course ranking and/or instructorships, this is the one to attend. Or just simply train for knowledge. If you live in the region, come meet Raffi and continue your training. Raffi is highly skilled and solid as a rock in many systems.” – Hock
Seminar – April Way of Knife, New England-April
$239.00 $199.00 On Sale!
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Feb 03 2012
Lots of enjoyable and exciting things to do before and after this year’s Martial Art WinterFest here in Central Florida. Of course, everyone knows about Disney World, but you may not know that there are many more interesting places here that you can visit and enjoy. I’ll be posting a few of them here.
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Jan 31 2012
Help Paul Giella Celebrate his 60th Birthday. . . .
To celebrate Sensei Paul Giella’s sixtieth birthday, he plans to lead the group at the Hut in a Thousand Step Sanchin. Strenuous and exhilarating variation on the classic exercise!. All invited; Saturday, 2/11/12 at 10:00 at the Hut.
Sounds like a blast!!! Don’t miss this opportunity for a energetic workout! Wish I could make it Paul. Congratulations on your 60th birthday.
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Jan 14 2012
2012 WinterFest!Last weekend in February. . . Enjoy a fantastic weekend in Mount Dora Florida with a great group of senior martial artist. Traditional Uechi-ryu and Okinawa weapons will be featured. Roy Bedard will be there as well and can be counted on for a couple of exciting and educational “realist” training. Lots of fun side trips will be available for Sunday and of course, Golf on Thursday. Don’t delay. . . send your registration in to Susan today!
Getting lots of e-mail about this year’s Martial Art SummerFest. “What are the dates?” “Where will it be held?”
OK. The dates are:
Wednesday, August 1st – SummerFest Golf Tournament/ Course TBA.
Thursday, August 2nd – SummerFest “Event”. All day seminars with your favorite teacher.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: August 3,4 &5th – SummerFest for All!!!
Where: At the Plymouth, Massachusetts “JunglePlex”.
Rooms will be scarce in the area during this peak season period. . . SO… make your reservations early.
More information will be posted after we finish February’s last weekend Martial Art WinterFest in Mount Dora, Florida.
Don’t miss out on the fantastic training and good times.
George E. Mattson
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Jan 12 2012
Sensei Victor Swinimer has sent me a schedule of his presentation for this Sunday’s meeting. I’ll be opening the meeting with a short film clip of the 1963 World Karate Championship and a 70s tournament that took place in New York (I think). My new editing equipment has sharpened the old video and competitors can be identified. (although they look much different today than when the matches were filmed)
I’ve sent out the IUKF conference center link. If you are a member and didn’t get the invitation, please contact me ASAP.
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Dec 22 2011
January has started off with a number of exciting projects.
Sensei Dan Maestas has been working on a video production relating to my Mattson Academy “Virtual” Dojo program. Dan has taken IUKF’s challenge to make his future gold stripe (Renshi) degree something more than just slapping on a stripe when he gets promoted to 6th dan. He believes, as I do, that “on-line” education has a very positive future for martial art dojo and his four year study, documenting his experiences and progress has become his Renshi thesis project. The first phase of his study involves this short video clip that I have been given permission to use in promoting the Mattson Academy. Although Dan has a few more years to go before qualifying for Rokudan, he says that his project will take that long to complete. View Dan’s “Virtual” Dojo Study Here!
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