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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Sep 24 2011

Congratulations Victor

Congratulations!!

On September 18th, 2011, Victor Swinimer from the Bridgewater Uechi Ryu dojo, passed his Kumite test and was promoted to “National  Kumite Judge B”.  Victor has worked very hard to achieve this and deserves much recognition. Please congratulate him on his accomplishment.

The clinic was a stunning success with about 40 participants from all over eastern Canada and a few coming from as far away as Ontario and Alberta.  I am pleased to see the number of participants from Nova Scotia at this clinic and I would like to encourage them to continue to study and improve their officiating skills.  I would also like to encourage them to take advantage and participate in the officials program within our own province.

One of the major factors in the success of this clinic was the involvement of the athletes from New Brunswick and Newfoundland.  Their contribution and support were crucial to the effectiveness of the practical component of this clinic.  They also benefited from being able to take advantage of the “officials perspective” and get feedback from National and international referees.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind our membership of the provincial officials clinic on Saturday, October 15th at the Windsor Karate Club from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  A more detailed itinerary will follow shortly.

Respectfully submitted,

David Griffin, NSKA Chief Referee

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Sep 08 2011

Sifu Liu Seminar. . . October 15

Liu Chang’I

Liu sifu is the lineage head of the Liu family Feeding Crane system (Shi He Quan), from Taiwan. Feeding Crane was brought to Taiwan in the early part of the 20th century, from Fuchow, China. The system has been passed down unchanged in the Liu family, and contains a complete and traditional curriculum, including power development (kung’li), forms, application, chi’gung, body conditioning, as well as herbal medicine and other traditional practices. Liu sifu’s power is amazing, and his technique is superb. His system is also interesting due to its relationship to Bai He, and other southern Chinese chuan’fa like Wing Chun. Its relationship to Okinawan karate, in particular Goju and Uechi Ryu, is also obvious in the movement and application.

Feeding Crane Seminar With Liu Chang’I

October 15 & 16, 2011, Boston, MA

If you would like to see Liu sifu in action, there are a number of videos on his Chinese language website: http://feeding-crane.myweb.hinet.net/, and there are a number of videos of him on YouTube. His website is also very informative, though it is in Chinese. There is an interview with Liu sifu here: http://www.dragon-tsunami.org/Dtimes/Pages/article36.htm .

SEMINAR FOCUS

This seminar will introduce the Feeding Crane system. It will cover some of the power development exercises (kung’li) that give the system its incredible power. Introductory forms including 3 Battles (Samchien/Sanchin) and applications of the forms, as well as other training practices, will also be taught. These training methods will be of great interest to Okinawan karate practitioners as well as practitioners of traditional Chinese martial arts. For those people who have attended other seminars with Liu sifu, this seminar will expand on the material covered in previous seminars.

SCHEDULE

Saturday October 15

9:30 am– 10:00 am Sign in, warm up

10:00 am– 12:00 pm Feeding crane practice

12:00 pm– 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Feeding Crane practice

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Questions

Sunday October 16

9:30 am – 10:00 am Sign in, warm up

10:00 am– 12:00 pm Feeding Crane practice, building on material from Day 1

12:00 pm– 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Feeding Crane practice, building on material from Day 1

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Questions, photos

Please dress in work out clothes- gi pants, sweat pants or shorts and a t shirt.

Liu Chang’I

Liu sifu is the lineage head of the Liu family Feeding Crane system (Shi He Quan), from Taiwan. Feeding Crane was brought to Taiwan in the early part of the 20th century, from Fuchow, China. The system has been passed down unchanged in the Liu family, and contains a complete and traditional curriculum, including power development (kung’li), forms, application, chi’gung, body conditioning, as well as herbal medicine and other traditional practices. Liu sifu’s power is amazing, and his technique is superb. His system is also interesting due to its relationship to Bai He, and other southern Chinese chuan’fa like Wing Chun. Its relationship to Okinawan karate, in particular Goju and Uechi Ryu, is also obvious in the movement and application.

Feeding Crane Seminar with Liu Chang’I

October 15 & 16, 2011, Boston MA

LOCATION

The seminar will be held at Anthony Mirakian sensei’s dojo at 151 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA. The training space is large, open, and has changing rooms and facilities.

COST

One or two days of seminar: $130.00

To register, print this form, fill in the required information, and enclose it along with a check or money order made out to Fred Lohse and mail to:

Fred Lohse

56 Monument St

Medford, MA 02155

You may also contact Fred Lohse to register via email or phone. Participation is currently limited to 40 people so please register early.

For inquiries about the seminar, please email Fred Lohse at: fwliii@verizon.net, or telephone at: 781-801-6492.

Feeding Crane Seminar with Liu Chang’I – Registration Form

I will attend (check one):

One Day (circle day you will attend): Saturday / Sunday

Both days

Amount Enclosed: $_______

Name:____________________________________ Age:_________

Contact:

Phone #:___________________________ Email: __________________________

I __________________ submit my application for participation in the above named seminar with Liu Chang’I on individual or consecutive dates from October 15 to 16, 2011. I

understand that there are risks of injury in participating in this seminar. I claim full

responsibility for myself in this event. I hereby waive and release any and all claims, cause of

action, losses, damages, cost, expenses, either known, now existing or arising in the future,

that I may have of whatever kind or nature against Liu Chang’I, Fred Lohse, Kodokan Boston, seminar organizer or director and/or anyone involved in any way with the seminar.

Signature __________________________________________ Date:____________

(Parent or Guardian if under 18 years of age)

 

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