Jan 14 2012

2012 Winter and SummerFest

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.

Best,

George E. Mattson

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Jan 12 2012

IUKF Members’ Meeting Sunday!

1963 World Karate ChampionshipSensei 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

Two New Video Clips

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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Dec 06 2011

Limited Special Edition Books Available

[December 9th Newsletter-click Here]

Looking for a perfect Holiday gift for yourself or for someone special in your life?

 

 

The Way of Uechi-Ryu Karate

What readers say about the book. . .

George sensei,

Just wanted to let you know that I’m loving the new book. The background and history of the “early days” of Uechi Ryu here in the US are awesome. Great job! The book is an exciting yet smooth read and certainly contains plenty of the fascinating detail everyone was hoping for. All the folks I talk to agree that it’s big hit. Congratulations again.
“Chip”


Peabody Publishing still has remaining inventory and if you order your book now we will send it to you Priority Mail, in time for Christmas.

Click Here
to Order your signed and numbered limited edition
(only 500 copies were printed) book.

Sincerely,
Susan Sussman
G&S Consulting

 
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Nov 13 2011

The “Reviews” section!

A couple years ago I had what I believed a great idea for this website – A book, video, movie, TVshow or whatever, review section. I asked one of our sites “regulars” to take on the role of editor and we got the segment off to a great start with contributions from the two of us. Unfortunately, the editor got busy with other projects and I didn’t follow up with the recruitment of someone to take his place and unfortunately the segment languishes as an “archive” in our extensive Uechi-ryu web library.

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Oct 13 2011

Masters Magazine interviews G.Mattson

In case you didn’t see this issue of Masters’ Magazine, check out George Mattson’s interview on http://issuu.com/gmattson . Masters Magazine is one of the few publications that focus on traditional martial arts. It is published quarterly along with a book of favorite interviews, selected by the editor.

Check out the scanned copy of the original 1983 Grand Master Kanei Uechi speech at the first SummerCamp’s Hall of Fame Banquet. You can view it at the linked site above.

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Oct 12 2011

To all the golf balls in my life.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls..

He then asked the students if the jar was full.   They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.    They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.    The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed..

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life..

The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car..

The sand is everything else—the small stuff .

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

Take time to get medical checkups..

Take your spouse out to dinner.

Play another 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter.

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’

The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Please share this with   someone you care about. I JUST DID!

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Oct 10 2011

Forum Hot Topics

There are so many really interesting topics on our forums. Yet, because we are all so busy, they often go unread or appreciated. Do yourself a favor and take a couple minutes every day checking out the new topics and then review some of the older-but-fascinating topics that get buried. Not sure how many of you are aware of different states approach to self-defense. . . some states will throw you in jail where you will reside for years, while you wait for trail. . . and all you did was defend your life. Read about Roy Bedard’s experience as an expert witness in a case where this happened. Of course, you won’t be surprised to learn it happened in Massachusetts!

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Sep 27 2011

Robb Buckland Seminar in Massachusetts

Hi All,

Robb called me last week to say that he thought it was time for a return visit to the “Beasts” of Ayer.

He and I have scheduled the next edition of Warrior Fitness for Saturday October 15th at 10:00.  This is open to all teens, adults and kickboxers!!!  If the last seminar was any indication then this one should be just as kick ass!

Cost is $30 and I request that you pre-register so that I can ensure that we have the correct amount of beverages, buckets ;-)   , etc.

Hope to see you there and obviously will see you at the Dojo soon.

John Page

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