Note: In the course of a month I get literally
thousands of e-mail. I don't normally place correspondence in the "Mailbag"
that are either labeled "personal" or contain information of
a personal nature. As I read and answer mail, if I find a letter that
I find interesting, amusing, topical or educational, it gets filed in
my "mailbag" for future use in this feature. I try to edit out
any personal information like addresses or telephone numbers, unless the
writer specifically requests that I publish it.
I welcome all e-mail and will answer everyone
in as timely a manner as possible. Don't be surprised if you find (or
don't find) your message in this section. However, if you are concerned
about your letter finding its way into the "Mailbag", simply
include in the header or at the beginning of message "personal"
and I will honor your request. GEM
Good Deeds and Nice
People in the Uechi World!
gets canine vest '
BY PHILIP LAURIA T OSSIPEE -
Because of the efforts of a 12 year-old Sandwich resident, a Carroll
County Sheriff's Department officer has a new bulletproof vest. Edge is
a narcotics dog. He didn't know Forrest Elliot, the young man who took
it upon himself to equip the two year-old black labrador retriever with
a specially-fitted canine bulletproof vest. But he may live longer for
having met him. Elliot raised $1,403 in less than two months.
The vest cost $725; he donated the rest of the money to the Sheriff's
Department for expenses related to the care of Edge. Elliot, a seventh-grader
at Inter-Lakes Middle School, raised the money by raffling off an Irish
quilt he had knitted in 2003. The raffle raised $348. Elliot wasn't done,
though. Taking pledges . for a karate kick-a-thon in which he performed
400 kicks, Elliot raised another $465.
After that, another $590 was donated to his cause. But where did his
cause come from? Where would a kid get such an idea? Elliot got his idea
the old-fashioned way: he read about it. In the back of the book "Chicken
Soup for the Pre-Teen Soul," a web page was listed that told how
to raise money for a canine bulletproof vest. "We sent for an information
package, and just went from there," said Elliot. Elliot presented
the vest to Edge and his handler, Deputy Sheriff Brittney Perley, in front
of a room full of law enforcement personnel at the Carroll County Sheriff's
Office in Ossipee last Wednesday (April 27). He made a brief speech after
helping slip the vest onto Edge. "I actually had fun doing this,"
Elliot said. "It's something that I will not forget." Deputy
Perley said she was very attached to Edge, and greatly appreciated the
gift. "I would specifically like to thank you," she said. "As
you know, Edge and I spend a lot of time together. He's my partner, and
I actually probably spend more time with him than I do the rest of my
family. So it's really important that he stays safe and that I can do
everything that is possible to keep him in my life and working for the
Sheriff's office. So thank you for doing this to help keep my partner
alive for longer."
Edge, who began working for the Sheriff's Department last year, has
already participated in 10 warrants that led to arrests, said Captain
Jon Hebert, also on hand for the ceremony. "He's already identified,
in the field, marijuana, cocaine, and other drugs," Herbert said.
"He's got a very good nose." Edge is currently working towards
a search and rescue certification, according to Captain Hebert. He will
serve as both a narcotics dog and a rescue dog for the Sheriff's Department.
Spring IUKF Black Belt
|Harvey Liebergott, promoted to Godan
||Gerry Gross, promoted to Godan
|Harry Skeffington, promoted to Godan
||Terrance Paul, promoted to Sandan
|Ovidio F. Raffa, promoted to Nidan
||Thanks to Mike Foley for taking the photographs
I attended my first class with Pat Saunders today which was great. I
noticed a small poster on the dojo wall that she mentioned was from one
of your summer camps and I wanted to ask if you had another that I could
purchase. (the uechi-ryu symbol with the dragon/tiger/crane)
Also I am working on my fathers Memorial for the website which I appreciate
once again and will send it to you upon completion. Thanks again for everything
and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely, Brett Heffernan
I'll try to find one of our last year's SummerFest
posters and will send it to you Brett. GEM
Dear Mr. Mattson,
I just noticed that I never mailed in the applications for me and my
son for Summerfest. Is there still room at the on-site location?
Still lots of room Neil! Looking forward to
seeing you at camp. GEM
First I regret I was not able to attend the recent Uechi Championships.
I enjoy attending since I am studying mostly on my own these days (I have
one student who I have been teaching for around 5 years) and the tournament
gives me an opportunity to watch and learn.
Second I enjoyed your articles on Uechi breathing BUT could not view the
videos. Windows player gave me an error: "Source Filter for this
file could not be loaded." This could be an issue unique to my system
but I pass it along in case others have the same issue.
I hope to visit Fedele a few times this summer while in RI but it's a
long drive to Natick from Bristol RI. Actually it's more the traffice
than the miles!
See you at Summer Camp
Update your Windows Media Player Norm. See
you at camp! GEM
New Kid's Forum!
My daughter Jessie (13) is interested in hosting a childrens forum. Kids
will be able to talk about the tournaments and other things. She is a
very good, prolific writer. If this is something of interest, let me know.
I could oversee her moderating.
Great idea Fred. Lets do it! GEM
Kind Words and a Correction!
I hope that you and Susan had a pleasant Memorial Day.
I have been enjoying the dvd's I just rec'd from you and am finding tons
of useful material both for my own development as well as to incorporate
into my classes.
FYI - vid mag 18A - Kanei's Birthday is incorrect - dvd says June 22,
1911 - s/b June 26th?
Just Kind Words! :)
I train with Bob donnelly in Australia and we were talking about your
website the other day. It has helped me with my Seisan and I like all
the footage you have.
Bob was saying the other day that he would like to get in touch with you,
and had some really nice things to say.
He as you know also trained with Mr. Uechi, and often speaks about his
many times training in Okinawa.
My website: www.roshillsconstructions.com.au I would look forward to hearing
from you, and to pass on any messages to Bob, if you would like.
I am a friend/former student of Joe Pomfret, and I had seen an instructional
DVD he made of the submission holds and take downs. He told me to get
in contact with you to see about obtaining the DVD. I am currently in
DC training with the State Department, in Diplomatic Security, and would
love to see the video again. Anything you could do to let me know how
to get a copy would be great. Thank you.
An excellent instructional tape/dvd. It and
a second dvd by Joe may be found in the Uechi store.
I have been doing research on my father who passed away about 15 years
ago. His Karate teacher was Harry E. Brawley, Jr. in Norwood back a number
of years ago. I was looking up his name and kept coming across yours and
hoped you could help me possibly contact him via email or mail. Any information
would be appreciated. I am in the beginning statges of martial arts but
wanted to stay the path of my father which I am only to assume was whatever
the "Mattson Academy of Karate" teaches. Thank you so much for
any helpful information on the style of karate and Mr. Brawley. Have a
Hi Brett: Good to hear from you and sorry to
hear about your father. Harry has been "retired" for a number
of years and now lives on a house boat in Maine! Your father (whom I remember)
studied Uechi-ryu at my Norwood dojo. Where do you live now? I'll try
to get you into a good dojo. If you have a picture and bio for your father,
I'll post it in our "Memorial" site.George,
That is great! I will see what I can do to write up a bio and get a picture
to you for the memorial site I am sure he would love that. Did you teach
my father or was it Harry?
I look forward to hearing from you again. Thanks alot for the infomation
it is much appreciated. Talk to you soon.
Greetings from Venezuela:
the reason for the present is to give to him to a great greeting, locate
its Web page by chance and very interesting just as IUKF Argentina, the
reason for the present is the one to have information on organizacion
that You preside over since in my pais do not exist schools of Uechi ryu
Karate Do, at the present time I am 5to Dan de Goju Ryu Karate and kobudo.
reason by that nobody that of the information can give in way to concoer
to his organization. Congratulations
Noé Rodríguez Sensei
I'll put you in touch with Carlos Ciriza. Good
luck with your training. GEM
Looking for a dojo/instructor
Thank you for all the work you do, and for keeping me informed.
One of our familes and friends are moveing to America to live, and start
Although we are not Uechi ryu we do have an interest.
Renshi Jim Haulse has provided us with some insight and as a concequence,
I feel that my friends will benifite best if they enrole into Uechi ryu
karate when they arrive in America.
. . . They are moving to North West Tampa in Florida
I was hoping you could give us a a Name and address of a Sensei and Dojo
who teach children, and adults in or near this area. I would be grateful
if you could forward to me this information.
PS Martin Watts (White Crane Martin sends his regards) We train together
while he is here in the UK before he returns to spain.
Thank you again
Dear Mr. Mattson!
Although I have a ton of questions I am limiting myself to just one: Do
you know if there are any legitimate Uechi practitioners/sensei in Finland?
Officially there are no Dojos in Finland, but perhaps there might be someone
who practices the art, and could teach it.
Juha Rantakari, Helsinki, Finland
Unfortunately, I don't think so. I'll post
your email in the June mailbag and you can also post something in our
"looking for dojo/instructor" Forum.
Of course you can always come
over here to train and open your own Uechi dojo when you return! :) GEM
Ok, thanks. Still a question. I do have your old book,
The Way of Karate. In the book you've explained Sanchin and Seisan katas
with illustrations. I have trained Wado-ryu. We don't have Sanchin, and
Wado Seishan is something completely different from your Seisan. Do you
think I could somehow get the idea of Sanchin by following the books instructions,
watching the video clips on your site, and perhaps learning the Goju-ryu
Sanchin? Is the Goju Sanchin very different from Uechi Sanchin? One of
my Senseis is the coach for the Finnish national kata competition team,
I believe she knows the Goju version. If I could persuade her to take
some time to teach me this could be a solution. I am not concerned with
the movements and patterns, it is the breathing and tension-relaxation
that is hard to grasp without proper guidance.
If you think this will lead to the wrong road, then I will just drop the
idea. I don´t want to learn something wrong.
Thanks very much for your answer. I sorry to hear that,
although I suspected it anyway. I haven't heard anything about Uechi-ryu
in Finland. A big loss I believe. I'd really appreciate the chance to
meet someone who could at least show me in person the katas. I'd love
to come over to train, but I think I can't spend the next ten years in
US right now :) We have frieds living in Munich, Germany. There is a dojo
there, I might try to visit them next time I am in Germany.
As I am no teenager anymore (just turned forty) I tend to appreciate the
health and spiritual/mental aspects more every day. I have the feeling
Uechi-tyu could fullfill these needs as well. I'm fully serious, if I
you know of a Uechi practitioner studying or working in Finland, I'd like
to contact her/him.
From: Branham SSgt Roland C
Subject: UECHIRYU SOUTH CAROLINA
Sir, I am currently studying UechiRyu in Okinawa. I will be stationed
in South Carolina within the next few months. Do you know of any Uechi
Ryu schools in SC? Thankyou, Roland
Good day SSgt Branham:
Thanks for writing. I don't know of any dojo
in SC, but chances are there are practitioners there who don't stay in
touch. Most of the Uechi world reads the Uechi site though and with your
permission I'll add your email to my June "Mailbag". Most times
someone will respond with names and tel numbers of other Uechi people,
which may be of help to you.
What rank are you? Where do you study? Teacher?
I hope you will stay in touch, now that you
have found me. Lots of great things happening to Uechi-ryu here in the
USA, especially New England. I just moved to Florida, but travel around
quite a bit.
If possible, try to attend SummerFest in August.
Everyone shows up there.
Best, George Ps. You might post something in
the "Looking for a dojo/teacher" Forum. Good luck.
Sir, Please add my email to your mailbag. I am a 6th Kyu
under Asakiyo Kiyuna of the Kitamae Dojo. Thankyou for your help and for
the info on the Summerfest.
Hello sir. I understand you are a busy man. I'll try to keep this e-mail
short. I've trained in shito-ryu for 3 years back when i was 15 years
old until 19 years old. I went on to train in wing chun for about a year
and a half but found it wasn't my cup of tea. I left karate behind and
martial arts altogether. I'm 27 now and I want to study and train in karate
again, but the only problem is I haven't found a dojo in my area. Could
you please tell me is there a uechi-ryu dojo in my area? I live in San
Thank you for you time.
What an Opportunity!
Bill Bauknecht as a Calendar Model!
I'm pretty sure I told you that I was chosen to be one of the months in
the 2006 Bone Marrow Transplant Assoc. yearly calendar. They called me
today and everything is all set with me. The write up and the pics, they
just wanted to confirm that all was OK with it.
Anyway, they want me to send them all information like, local newspapers,
papers back in Ohio, any associations I am connected with, Chamber of
Commerce and such. My martial arts is mentioned in the write up and being
connected with our Uechi association I plan on giving them that info.
They will just send a flyer or something telling about my being in the
calendar and of course since it is for fund raising, (non profit organization)
they are looking to sell calendars to people who know me and such. So
if it's OK with you, can you post it somewhere on the web page? And if
so where should I have them send the info? To your PO address? It won't
cost you any money, I think it will just tell what it is and give the
address and the web site where the calendars can be purchased. I think
they are like $12.
I have seen both the 04 and 05 ones and they really are nice wall calendars.
Of course with me in there, well, down the tubes they go. lol. They are
supposed to be ready sometime in August. Let me know if it's OK, I won't
give them any info until I hear from you. Hope you are both good. That
cancer growth is back on my eye. No big deal, just close to a tear duct
and they want to dig it out. Played golf today, I'm really rotten. I can't
break 90 now. BUT,,,I still enjoy the pain. lol....Take care, best to
I can't wait to see this calendar Bill! Let
me know how I can purchase one. GEM
Point of View!
I am disappointed when I read articles where people hesitate of uechi-ryu
style effectiveness. I see that in your web site very often arise discussions,
which are better so coled “classics” or “realists”,
but I think that there are karate classical movements application in real
fighting – this is realistic classic”, and without this classic
impossible to fight, especially against few assaulters. I am very disappointed,
that so called “realists”, belittle uechi-ryu stile, which
from my pint of view is the most effective and practical stile. I practise
this stile 40 years and can prove that this stile is very practical if
done properly. Discussions among “classics” and “realists”
inspired me to write this letter.
Dear George, for many years You have done great work organizing uechi-ryu
karate federation and school. You have written books and articles and
have made this kind of martial art popular in all over the world. You
provide seminars, summer camps and many other activities. I think this
is natural that You have no time to think and to ask question: is this
uechi-ryu the same stile which Kanbun use to teach?
I think there is only a shadow of real uechi-ryu. What I see in your
video, even the best masters hardly can implement their movements and
technic in real fighting. So there is the source of such discussions.
You George have written that karate teacher must know karate very well
if he wants to be good teacher. Because every karate teacher must be able
to demonstrate program requirements. I think, that karate teacher must
be able not only to demonstrate program requirements but also to have
capacity to guide his students. He must to know how to guide and teach
his students and this is great art.
UECHI-RYU IN REAL FIGHTING
We can have many discussions on this topic, but we all want to know how
can we attain ability of effective self-defense, using "classical"
karate movements. I think, that most of people who come to karate schools
want attain ability of self defense and only after few years training
they are going to take part in sport competitions. But most of them don't
know how real fighting looks, because training in dojo with sparing partners
and according rules, that eliminate dangerous kicks and punches is very
different from real fighting where you are in very dangerous situation
without any rules and referee. I think that aim of karate training is
going to change after long years training, when student understands that
the most important thing in martial art is physical and spiritual development.
First and most important requirement of martial art is to be good will
person. Than inner being will be in balance and student is able to study
martial art. About this topic we can speak very much and this is even
separate topic. This inner attitude usually comes to students after long
years training. In the beginning it looks like paradox. Why students who
wants to be karate man has to be good will person. But it looks like paradox
only in the beginning. Long history of martial art proves this thing.
Martial arts have been created by Buddhist monks and they new that most
important thing. I repeat that this is one of great martial art secrets
and there are few very important secrets in martial art.
Many karate students and teachers fell, that they are not satisfied
of their karate training. I think that what they need is very close. Slight
change in your karate activity can bring you what you need.
Dear George, you have written in your letter to me in 1977 year, that
I have to make my training according your book "The Way of Karate"
and that I have to go my way and look not only what is written but to
think about things that are not written directly. Long years karate in
our country was forbidden, there was no any competition. Our aim of training
was self-defense in real situations. We trained very hard because we new
that each lesson (training) can be the last one.
Our country gained independence in 1991, since that year my work have
become teaching of Lithuanian president bodyguards. Here I was able to
implement all my experience and knowledge. I tried to create teaching
system and to apply uechi-ryu in real situations. Mr. Van Cann in his
article "self defense in reality" have written that very often
man in real situation experience shock, and fear do not let him to use
his skill of self-defense. I think that if during long years training
movements are established in students sub consciousness there is probability
that body will make self-defense movements automatically. To gain such
self- defense reflexes there are training methods.
Those training methods include not only training of movements but also
inner attitude that is very important in training process. Those training
methods have been verified in practice. And again there is a question
why karate students even after long years training hesitate about their
ability of self-defense in real situation? The answer can be that during
training process students want to gain belts as soon as possible, so they
are in hurry and they miss very important steps and afterwards they are
not able to go further. They miss fundamental things from very beginning!
Everybody knows that if little child cannot stand is to early for him
try to run. First and very important thing is to learn stances and students
have to start from "Zenkucu", "Kokucu", "Kiba"
and only after they can to learn "Sanchin". If students start
learning from "Sanchin" they will have problems in real fighting.
Training with jars is good for nothing. Stances in karate is wide topic,
I would like to say only one thing, that to learn stances each stance
has at least 5 indispensable requirements.
Without such requirements your fighting will be not effective enough.
If student is not able to stand properly, he cannot make blocks effectively
and in time, so his ability to contraatacking is not good. I have seen
many black belt masters who don't implement those 5 requirements and their
fighting is not nice and effective enough. When I read articles in your
Web site I see that people sometimes hesitate about uechi-ryu school effectiveness.
From my point of view IUKF program little changed can be effective until
you reach black belt level. I prefer to be with white belt but to have
black belt skill, than to have black belt and to be in white belt level.
Certainly you can ask: does our stances and movements are not good, does
our punches and kicks are not correct? I can answer: your stances and
movements are good inside uechi-ryu school and tournaments but not fit
in real fighting. If you want effectively fight in real situations you
have to change your movements, particularly stances and blocking movements
trajectory. After long years monitoring by special equipments I see that
speed of blocks and other movements depends on right trajectory and only
a little of physical strength.
More important is capacity to be relaxed during fighting and to have
right trajectory of all movements. There are special methodic to gain
such condition. Using these methods after long years training when practitioner
becomes older his motions becomes more and more fast and old age doesn't
matter. Energy "CHI" starts to move in your body and helps you
to be stronger even faster then many young people. I am older than 60
years, but my movements are much more faster than 30 years before.
To gain such condition there is indispensable to use proper breathing.
Breathing which usually they use in "Sanchin" is not good. This
breathing is good in case if you want to develop strong punch only. We
use a little changed "Buteikos" breathing. In real situation
assault usually is very fast and unexpected, when men stand "normally"
without preparation, not in stances but like you stand normally with hands
down. The best body reaction in this situation is step back in to "Stance"
and block, after contraatacking.
In higher level blocking and contraatacking goes in the same time. There
is no time for jumping like in tournaments. So again and again I repeat
that the most important thing is proper movements because attack is usually
not one punch or kick but punches and kicks that goes one after another
very fast and often happens that you are against few assaulters. To attain
required condition students have to study many years. First time I have
heard about karate in 1964, and since that time have passed 40 years.
Those 40 years of searching and hard training gave me more than I expected
at the beginning.
I would like to say few words about katas. They are indispensable part
of training. First of all students have to learn "FORM" and
only when they can perform movements properly possible to learn speed
of movements to learn strength and etc. For example "Kanshiva"
kata student have to study at least one year. Kata is main defense and
attack movements. When You learn kata, you actually learn main blocks
and punches, contraatacks and hidden fighting combinations. When student
learn kata in subconsciousness he writes right trajectory movements. Only
in this case your kata learning will be useful in reality. Kata is good
only in case if katas movements are completed properly.
I remember that You George have written, that "Sanchin" kata
has come from Bodhitharma times. This thing have inspired me for new quest
and I thing that there is different "Sanchin" kata performance,
application and different breathing from performance I see in IUKF. This
different performance has no bad results to your body. I am writing about
our school uechi-ryu main rules and guides, because I want to say, that
we didn't change classical movements, but on the contrary we do classical
From my point of view now in many schools those classical movements are
performed in wrong way and lost true meaning which new pioneers of martial
art many centuries ago. This is the main thing why arose discussion who
are stronger "classicals" or "realists". I am convinced
that TRUE "classicals" are the best "realists". In
old times when katas have been created there was now tournaments and sport
karate. Everybody has studied katas to gain ability of self-defense, not
to gain belts and ranks; so all "classics" were real fighters.
I would like to know your point of view about this topic.
Sensei V.R. Macius. firstname.lastname@example.org
Does one need to cross train to be a well rounded martial
Article submitted by Terrance Paul, for his Sandan test requirement.
There is an old saying that when two fighters of equal skill compete
against each other, it is the stronger fighter who will win the fight.
In my years of training, and watching other people train and compete,
I believe that a martial artist does need to cross train in order to continue
to improve or maintain his/her skill level.
One of the things neglected in the traditional Uechi Ryu training is
the cardiovascular conditioning. Some students may mention that they receive
cardiovascular condition doing the katas, bunkais, kumites, and sparring.
If the student desires to jump up to the next level in his/her training
then I would recommend running and/or jumping rope. The student doesn’t
need to run five miles or more but only needs a two or three miles at
a good pace to improve his/her cardiovascular system. And, if the student
prefers to jump rope then it would be ten or twenty minutes of jumping.
The student will gradually notice the difference in his/her training sessions,
and with time be able to give a hundred percent in training.
Another aspect of cross training is training with weights. The martial
art doesn’t have to life like a power lifter or train like a professional
bodybuilder. The martial arts will need to assess his/her physique and
determine what body part needs to improve. The best results are a basic
weight lifting routine that will improve the strength in the chest, shoulders,
back, arms, abs, and legs. A typically routine is preformed three times
per week using weights that allow to 10 to 20 reps. In a matter of weeks
the martial arts will notice the improvement in his/her punches and kicks.
In addition there is some muscular endurance gained from low weights and
One last thing in cross training is flexibility. When you start a flexibility
routine and your body has reached a comfortable degree of flexibility,
then you’ll notice an improvement in the delivery of your kicks
and punches. Flexibility is not just doing the splits but also includes
your shoulders, lower legs and the trunk of your body. In the morning,
a student should develop a program that would incorporate dynamic flexibility
training using the arms, shoulders, trunk of the body, and legs. Then
during the evening after workout out at the dojo, or even at home, you
should go into passive stretching because your muscles are more relaxed
and easy to stretch. Flexibility doesn’t come over night or next
week but it comes with time and practice. With increase flexibility the
student will notice an increase muscular relaxing, which translates into
more speed in the punches and kicks.
If the student explores these different avenues of training, the student
will progress in his/her Uechi Ryu training, and reach higher levels that
may not have been possible before. The side benefit to this is a the student
will reduce the risk of injury and a healthy student is a happy student.
The Uechi Ryu Karate Academy
Invites you to attend Three Conflicts Seminar
Taught by Master John Carria (7th Degree Black Belt, Okinawan Uechi Style
If you have never been to one of Master Carrias' energetic seminars,
then you are in for a treat. Be prepared for more than a lecture, this
is a hands-on seminar!
This program is for serious Okinawan Karate practitioners of all ages,
that are interested in getting a new view on old kata, kumite and bunkai.
Program: " Energetic Workout " Knowing Yourself, Your Abilities
and Limitations " Okinawan Body Conditioning Methods " Training
Plans & Concepts " Health and Nutrition
Where: Oaks Fire Company 260 Greentree Road Oaks, Pennsylvania 19456
When: Saturday, 4 June 2005 from 11:30 to 3:30 PM
Cost: $20/Student - $35/ Family (Register before 27 May) $30/Student
- $45/ Family (After 27 May or at the door)
This is an ALL BELT and STYLES Seminar
For more Information, please contact:
Sensei Stephen Drehobl at 610-454-1230 Or email DrehoblSensei@Yahoo.com
The Instructor - John Manuel Carria, Jr.
"My philosophy is that karate is a test of endurance, of pushing
yourself to the limits of your ability. If you can do this in karate,
you can certainly do the same in life."
In October 1969, John Carria began studying karate in Providence, Rhode
Island. He attained his Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 1973, and upon
graduation from college, served as an instructor at the Providence dojo.
He attained the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in 1975.
In 1976, Master Carria joined the Marine Corps, and requested to be transferred
to Okinawa and studied karate under Master Kanei Uechi. He was promoted
first to Sandan and later to Yondan (3rd and 4th degree black belts) by
Master Uechi, who also awarded him a teaching certificate. While in Okinawa,
Master Carria became involved in other aspects of the islands' culture.
He studied the language for two years, and attained the rank of Sankyu
(brown belt) in Japanese calligraphy with Master Ryuko Tomoyose (the past
President of the Okinawan Karate-Do Association).
After returning from Okinawa, Master Carria served as Chief Karate Instructor
at the Quantico Marine Corps Base for three years. During this time, he
also received a graduate degree from Central Michigan University.
In 1983, he resigned his Marine Corps commission to pursue a career in
the public sector and reside permanently in Woodbridge with his family.
He has studied with Master James Thompson since 1979 and attained his
Kyoshi (7th degree black belt) rank. During the past 35 years, he has
taught classes and seminars for several other systems as well as Uechi
Ryu in both the US and overseas.
Dear Sensei Mattson,
In some old films of master uechi we see him doing several double thrusts
and then clenching fists while in seeing younger students we see this
only done twice with the final thrusts and opening to sanchin arm positions,palm
Why are there differences between the old films and what we now see?
I was told that the formal sanchin kata has
three double thrusts and don't clench your fists on the last thrust.
The only time I ever saw Uechi sensei do more
was in that film, where he was a little nervous and did four. He laughed
about it later.
In books we use a set number of steps in sanchin,
but in practice we add more, in no particular formula.
Hope this helps.
Dear Sensei Mattson,
It does help and thank you. Also why was there so much variation with
the futenma dojo kata’s and what we are taught. I can see there
was discussion as to the differences in technique from father and son.
The videos are a great reference, and it is amazing as to the differences
in style of kata .
And again thank you, your experience is priceless.
We spend lots of time discussing these differences.
I believe a lot of it is individual "emphasis", rather than
actual physical movement differences.
The circle block has an infinite number of
acceptable, although at times controversial variations, beginning with
the arm movements and then adding body movement to the arm movements.
I've discussed many times why Uechi sensei created the "wall"
drill, which essentially was to stop the students from doing what he considered
to be a bad habit of performing a "flat" circle, diagonal to
the body instead of parallel to the body.
Small differences which create lots of confusion
among teachers and of course students. The system was much simpler in
1958 than now. Today we have modern science and elements of many outside
"eclectic" systems being added to the ever complex formula.
I try to explain the system from a perspective
of learning stages. Naturally the applications and understanding becomes
more "natural" and more "individual" with time, experience
and that ever changing body conditioning/dynamics.
Of course if it were easier, I'd be out of
a job! :)
hello, how r u?
I have a question about the history of Master Kanbun Uechi. Where did
the practice of the Tiger, Dragon Cobra forms come from in China and why
do I have a hard time finding any links or information about the history
of Uechi Ryu?
Lots of information on Uechi-ryu on my website, http://uechi-ryu.com .
Have you visited the forums and performed a search of any kind?
Check the "articles" section and the
"store" for a ton of reference work.
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Whats Happening with
KICK-START HOPE FOR DYING JAPANESE ART
By Clare Wall
AN Island martial arts expert completed a round-the-Island walk to raise
money for a trip to Japan, which might save a traditional form of karate.
Simon Lailey, 44, of Mary Rose Avenue, Wootton, tackled the anti-clockwise
75-mile course in 15 hours 40 minutes and raised £300 for a field
trip to Okinawa in July. There he will research and practise uechi-ryu
karate-do with Gordi Seizan Breyette, a ninth dan in the art.
They will be trained by Gordi's tutor, Toyama Seiko Sensei, a tenth degree
black belt and the only living link to Mr Lailey's original tutor, Guo
Kong Xi. Uechi-ryu karate-do originated in China and incorporates meditation
and Chinese medicine. Books have incorrectly recorded the practices of
uechi-ryu karate-do and it is Mr Lailey's mission to ensure it does not
die out with its masters. "There are very few masters left and most
of them are very old now. When they die, they take so much with them and,
if the books have wrongly recorded the art of karate, its traditional
form will die out.
My trip to Japan could re-write history." Mr Lailey is the chief
instructor of the Wight Wushuguan, the Island's first full-time martial
arts training and research academy. On his return, he will write a series
of essays on his experiences and the history of uechi-ryu karate-do and
hopes to write a book and hold lectures. 12 May 2005
Many people have asked me "What happened
to Simon?" Well, now we know. I believe the rank of Gordi sensei
is a "typo", but the rest of the article is quite good. GEM
NOTE: Breyette Sensei sent me the following,
which clarifies the "typo" remark by me:
The article in your June mailbag about Simon was sent to me a few times
with questions, yes there are some typos and misinformation, among them
my surprise 9th Dan promotion...! But then we're all familiar with the
"literary license" that reporters take. Much more interesting
to sensationalize; it sells more papers and attracts more readers. The
story simply warped the neatly-typed information that Simon gave the
reporter. Also, I am not the only person Simon will be meeting here;
he has several people to meet and interview. The visit with the Zankai
is one of a number. He has a lot of research and fact-gathering to do
in a very short time, and several teachers of various systems are happy
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