Letters from Old Friends!
Greetings from California. Just thought I’d drop a note to say
I see that you have relocated to Florida. I must tell you that I’m
deeply disappointed because I can no longer give you a hard time about
uninhabitable New England weather!!
As you may be aware I occasionally enjoy glancing at the forums to see
what kind of misbehavior is occurring. I looked in on the Verbal Self
Defense forum (my first time there) and noticed a controversy regarding
an individual’s (apparent) outspoken opinions regarding pre-arranged
kumite. I do really enjoy these things because, as I read the posts and
the responses, it occurred to me that if a particular individual doesn’t
care for these drills he can do one of two things: evaluate how he can
make the drill fit into his preconceived notions about his practice (make
them work for him, which is something we should all do), or simply don’t
do them! I tend to think that if said individual (or anyone, for that
matter) doesn’t see the value of these drills he’s not really
understanding them, but, this is my opinion.
I’ll tell you, the reason I only rarely make comments on the forums
is that, in the end, my opinions are only valuable to me. There were times
through the years that I questioned the validity of certain aspects of
our system only to find out, as time went on (and hopefully, experience
and understanding), I found that perhaps maybe I, amazingly, just didn’t
understand the lessons lying within those aspects! Imagine that.....
Our Central Coast group is planning to compete in Fumio Demura’s
Shito-ryu Invitational on Feb 27 so we’ve been busy practicing drills
that conform to WKF expectations and rules. (How about that!) I’ve
told my folks that, while winning is fun, our real goal is to let the
other systems know we are effective, safe competitors. Should be fun.
Anyway, hope all is going well with you and Susan. Please give her my
I hope you are enjoying Florida. Never been there myself.
I just spoke with Susan the other day and I am happy to know you are settling
in your new home in sunny Fla. A well earned change for a deserving person.
I pray God will Bless your new home and ventures as well as good health.
Damian returned home right before Christmas from Iraq, after his fourth
tour. He will be staying state side now. An answer to my prayers. Scott
has recovered from his mild stroke, but the doctor wants him to go to
a specialist anyway. Katie is doing well in school, and her music band
is really taking off. She is starting a t-shirt co. This kids incredible,
no worries with her except she is driving now. AHHHHH!!!!!!!! Theresa
has met someone special and they are talking about the M word. He lives
in Orlando,has two jobs and a condo plus he is going to school. He was
here visiting, seems like a very nice young man.
I am going in for, hopefully, my last surgery, next week. Too much to
go into, but recovery will take awhile. I am using the Summer Camp maybe,
test as a goal. Even if I do not go up I am going to make it a target.
Brooks lives not to far from here, so when I am able, I am going to work
out with him, plus I still have about 10 students waiting for me to get
That is all for now, say hi to Susan for me,
Love+God Bless, Rose (Dyer) 2-1-05
I just spoke with Rose on the Phone today (3-4-05)
and discovered that she is doing very well following her very difficult
neck surgury. She will be with us at SummerFest, helping out with the
I was on your site today and read about how you were sitting in the
back yard enjoying the weather. I'm jealous. We have a foot of snow coming
in this week.
Just a quick hello from Joanne and I up here in good old NS.
We are doing very well and staying busy. I was just flipping through the
site and decided to say a quick hello. Hope all is well for you folks.
Another Warrior Gone!
We have lost Mark Waye at a young age of 22, he passed away of natural
causes (unexpected) in his sleep. Mark joined our dojo when he was 13,
he was a very timid and sensitive boy who embraced Uechi to become a determined,
outgoing and kind man. Mark reached Nidan and was instrumental in helping
launch the Lunenburg dojo, Mark was always available for anyone who needed
him, and never asked anything in return. At his wake his certificate was
proudly displayed by his father. Both Marks Mom (Marks Mom passed away
2 years ago), and Dad (and other relatives) were proud of how he overcame
obsticals placed in his path, they both were openly thankful of the Uechi
he loved and the people in it that touched his short life. Mark was an
only child and I can not imagine the hardship his father now bares. marks
family wishes to express this feeling "up the ranks" as Mark
(and them) admired those who made Uechi available in North America. A
moment of silence (sincere) was given at last Sundays Maritime championship,
Martial spirit takes so many forms.
George; Mark attended a recent seminar given by Bob Bethoney in Truro
(Duncan`s club). I didn`t attend but Mark was very fueled by Bethoney
Sensei, I wish him to know that he made a huge positive impact on a young
man. How would we teach knowing for some it may be one of their last days,
Bob was able to do that quite well without ever knowing Marks unfortunate
And now, we must move on.
"Old vs New" Exercises
Interesting discussion going on about rotation exercises. (On Bill
Glasheen's Forum) I sent the link to my friend who is a uechi yondan
and orthopedic surgeon in Florida, (operated on my knees finding that
I needed the replacements) asking his take on the exercises. Without getting
too technical he said 'they are useful because they key in proprioreceptive
responses before the start of other types of exercise' . Everything should
be done in moderation and not take to extremes. Jeff asked how he can
respond to the posts. It would be nice to get his prospective as a ortho
surgeon. As I read, I experienced in Okinawa a much slower warming up
session giving the body adequate time to slowly stretch and react to the
exercises being done. What I see here in many dojo is a marathon warm
up session with the class leader hurrying through the exercises to get
them done. I have taught Sr. classes where I took the exercises to a snails
pace and with great results.
Anyway, you will experience a much better stretch in Florida with your
body relaxed and warm.
Everyone at my dojo is getting itchy for spring and preparing for the
tournament. I am being asked by parents when the applications will be
sent out. I have posted the web info etc so everyone is informed about
the new location.
.. . .
See you in April.
Thanks for another interesting point of view,
especially since Jeff offers a positive reason for continuing the Uechi
warm-ups. Regarding the April 30th tournament: I'm working on dojo kits,
which will be mailed to teachers later this month. GEM
A P.S. from Steve:
Proprioception refers to the connection between the brain and every structure
in the body - a relay of information about "where the body is in
space" - it is something like hand-eye co-ordination. When you run
on uneven surfaces, your proprioceptive responses prevent your foot from
turning too much to the outside, or inside, and when you twist your ankle,
this response 'catches' your foot before the muscles, tendons and ligaments
are stretched beyond recovery. Particularly in the case of an injury,
these communication channels need to be re-established to prevent further
injury to the weakened area.
Great exercises to improve balance for "the
Sadly, we only refine our proprioceptive responses and balancing skills
in the physiotherapy room following an injury. But, incorporating these
exercises into your daily routine will prevent weaknesses and injury by
teaching and enforcing correct body positioning and neuromuscular control.
SINGLE LEG STAND: Stand on one leg. Do not lock your knee but keep it
slightly bent with the kneecap aligned over the middle toes of the foot.
Alternate legs. Increase difficulty by slightly moving up and down. Work
up to 2 minutes on each leg. To be done without shoes.
AEROPLANE: Stand on one leg as in the previous exercise, but now FLY like
an aeroplane. Extend your arms out like wings and move your body forwards,
backwards and sideways. Focus on maintaining your balance. Work up to
2 minutes on each leg. To be done without shoes.
UNSTABLE SURFACE: Perform the above two exercises but try standing on
an unstable surface: a wobble board, sprint mattress, trampoline or a
pile of pillows. Allow the body to correct itself naturally and don't
hold on to anything to steady yourself. Work up to 2 minutes on each leg.
To be done without shoes.
CROSSING OVER FEET: Walk sideways like a crab by crossing one leg in front
and then behind the other, keeping your feet facing forward. Find an open
area where you can run sideways for at least 10 steps. As your co-ordination
improves, try running. Work up to 5 minutes. With or withour shoes.
HOP-ALONG: On one leg, practice these three exercises. A) Hop from left
to right. B) Hop forward and back. C) 'Draw' an upsidedown triangle as
you hop from your starting position (green dot).
It is not necessary to hop fast. Rather concentrate on hopping lightly
while maintaining your balance and an upright posture. Look ahead and
not down. As your ability improves, increase the distance between your
landing points, really get those ankles and muscles working. To be done
Balance is a much needed skill on foot - for when you're scrambling over
tricky terrain - and on a mountainbike. Especially when you're jumping,
you need to feel confident in your ability to leap from one point to the
next, maintaining your balance as you land.
Thanks to Steve Banchick for sending me these
two exercise articles. Following is Steve's reply to my email to him:GEM
I’ve been doing these exercises forever and feel they have helped
me remain in good shape. However, many of my students have had knee/hip/ankle
problems and I now am not sure how much my training was responsible in
some way for their condition. GEM
Don't blame yourself. We have been doing the same exercises and I am
the only one in my dojo with knee problems. I feel it's the luck of the
draw. I don't think these exercises have anything to do with the problems
you mentioned. It has more to do with physical make up, life style, diet
and genetics more than these movements we have been doing. Who do we blame
for elbow and shoulder problems?
It is good however that you are thinking through all the discussion.
As we get older we can't continue at a 20 year olds pace. Have to be kinder
and gentler on the joints.
George Mattson's Monthly
I have tried to subscribe to your newsletter but keep getting an error.
I will keep an eye on the site for more information.
Don P. Rapsinski
Sorry for the problem. I'll look into it. If
anyone else who reads this has NOT received the March Newsletter, please
contact me and I'll manually subscribe you. GEM
If there is going to be a Friday night award ceremony. Would we be passing
out the IUKF Referee certificates and awards that same Friday night? In
place of doing it on Saturday night.
. . .
Yes Jay, that is a great idea and one we will
run with. I'm working with our Board of Directors to select some real
nice awards for our hard working officials. By keeping the application
fees for the kids real low, this event is one that should be supported
by all Uechi dojo. Having a wonderful group of officials, who are objective
in their calls and attentive throughout the tournaments is also a big
plus. IUKF will make sure they get the recognition, appreciation and thanks
they deserve at this year's SummerFest. GEM
I'm having a bit of difficulty sorting out which information is for summerfest
2004 and which for 2005 including application and cost? I'm assuming it
is dorm type housing for which we can pay and meals for those days? Perhaps
I am just a bit early in wanting to sign up and get sorted out.
I am finding an interesting irony in that I was one of two white belts
in 1990, and will be still a green belt (having only returned to this
in the past several months after family illness and such) again this summer.
I had a super time then and expect this will be just as great.
So, I just need to know what to pay and what to fill out............if
I can email even better.
Where is your dojo in Florida? I get down to Palm Beach Gardens from
time to time as my parents live there most of the year. Would *love* to
be able to come and work out if I get back down this year (and happy to
pay any fee for so doing!)
Hi Suze: I finally got the correct Acrobat
summerfest application up on the web. You shouldn't have any problem now.
Yes, you can sign up for the complete camp, including food, lodging and
seminars (oh yes, the parties, domonstrations and lectures too) Please
fill out and send in the application or you can bring it with you if you
just want to send in payment through our secure store site, where you
can pay by credit card. My new dojo is the Eustis Senior Center. I have
just a couple of students at this time, so you are more than welcome to
join us. I'm hoping to see a few New Englanders visit me soon. GEM
Your Summer Fest looks very interesting - do you
have dates for the 2005 Summerfest?
Do many teens attend it? It looks like it might be mainly geared towards
adults. My son is a 15 y-o orange belt (will definitely have advanced
past that by summer). Will he find many other people his age and his level?
We do get quite a few teens Neil, many who
are accompanied with their parents, who can either work out in our beginners
programs (should they not be m.a. students) or they can go on many Cape
Cod sight seeing opportunities that are available. gEM
(Note: Neil and his son both signed up for
We hope the move to Florida has been successful and that you and Susan
are enjoying retirement. [Hey, I didn't retire!:))Forrest
hopes to make it back to Junior SummerFest this year. I thought I would
update you on what Forrest is doing these days. Any day now, he will receive
the stripe on his green belt, and he is diligently studying for the written
test to earn his brown belt. Even though he is no longer in 4-H due to
his busy schedule with karate, junior high school, and nordic ski racing,
he decided to take on a community service project. His project is to raise
money to purchase a ballistic vest for our local sheriff's department
canine officer, Edge, a Laborador Retriever trained to search for narcotics.
In 9 days, Forrest has already raised $290 of the $725 needed to purchase
the vest. I've attached an article from one of our local papers that tells
about Forrest's project.
He's a great kid who will go places when he gets older, and we are very
proud of him. He has also made the honor roll both quarters so far this
year. Forrest's karate studies have greatly helped to give him the confidence,
self esteem and focus to do well in life. Your book has a permanent home
on his night stand. Hopefully, the next time you are in Massachusetts,
Forrest can make it to one of your classes.
With regard to the Junior SummerFest, would it be possible to have some
workshops geared to more advanced junior karate students? After watching
the program from the sidelines last summer, I noticed that many of the
participants were not yet karate students but were testing the waters
to see if they would like to study karate. I think if you offer some advanced
junior workshops, you would more participants at the event.
Take care and be well,
Jen . . .
Yes, Forrest is a great kid! He did a fantastic
job a camp last year and we are looking forward to his return this year.
I've been working with our JrFest committee and gave them your suggestion
about having the classes broken down by rank. Although most of the kids
in this program are not karate students and are attending to see if they
like it, this year we are anticipating quite a few kids who are studying.
We are encouraging the new kids to continue training with dojo in their
area after camp. Last year most of them continued their training at local
I am interested in attending and participating in the Summerfest. And
I would like the opportunity to show, demo, and sell my Punch/Block Power
Charger while I am there. Can we work out an arrangement for that?
Voice & FAX 888-439-4302
We have a number of booth spaces available
for the weekend, for which we charge $100. The program, (food and lodging)
I hope your company is doing well and I hope
you will be able to join us this year.
PS. If any other company would like booth space,
please contact me ASAP. GEM
I am looking for your books and the books of Allen Moulton. Can you tell
me where I might purchase them? Thanks Paul Richmond
Best place to buy them is at the "Store":
George E. Mattson
This year's 8th Dan Candidate
Hope all is going well with you and family.
Sue and I are finally settled in and pretty
much got everything unpacked. I’m teaching at a local community
center and keeping busy with other projects.
Now… to the reason for my writing:
I recommended you for this year’s 8th
dan promotion celebration and all seniors I asked about this recommendation,
completely agreed. So. . . If you can assure me that you can attend this
year, I would like you to attend our Saturday masters’ event to
receive you 8th dan certificate.
This is an important ceremony, since it is
attended by your peers and approved by them as well as your instructor.
Please confirm that you have received this
message as soon as possible so I might include this announcement with
the SummerFest mailing and promotion.
Congratulations and best wishes,
The last few years have been very difficult for me; however, whats life
without a few challenges.....stressless!
I,m glad to hear that you are both finally settled; i,m very aware of
what relocating can be like.
Sensei, thanks for the reccommendation for 8th dan promotion this year.
I am very honoured and humbled by this consideration. I have a problem
with my right leg at the moment; hopefully it will be better by then;
i would not want to dissapoint you, my peers, or myself.
I will try to hold off my students re their grading until then.
Book Corrections and other things!
Hope all is well with you and Susan. I wanted to ask you a few questions,
first your Uechiryu karate do book, I never had much of reason to read
past what I was learning, so recently I have been looking at Konchin,
there ia a typo on page 388 after the wrist blocks, step off, block, kick,
it says left kick the first one is a right kick, something that you may
already know but if you plan on using the same text for your new book
it may be overlooked.
Then I wanted to use the book as a reference for San- Sei- Ryu, and it
isn't in the book. I hope you have pictures of Master Uechi , or yourself
doing the kata and you will include it in your new book. I wonder why
the big three kata aren't in the book? Speaking of the new book how is
There as been some talk of a 30 min video/dvd on ebay with footage of
your trip to Okinawa in 1964, It contains kung fu masters doing monkey
and drunken style,all in black and white. I am interested in stuff like
that do you have that footage for sale? I couldn't find it on the Uechi
web store, I figured you shot the footage with Charles Earle, his web
site doesn't mention .
What does the search for Sushiwa I-II-III contain? Is all that footage
in those dvd's?
Well classes are going well, hope to see you soon and thanks for taking
some time to answer my questions
Hi Ovi: Thanks for pointing out this misake.
I've received many similar letters from people with the mistake you mentioned
a few others. I will correct them in my 50th anniversary publication.
Sanseiryu will be in the new book as well, since it has been included
in other publications after my book was released. That 30 minute video/dvd
is in the store. Check out the 10, 11 and 12 Vidmag series. The "Search
for Shushiwa is priceless. Tons of very interesting and historical information
and lots of wonderful footage of a fast disappearing China. GEM
Looking for a Dojo!
Hello Sensei Mattson,
How are you? I am very interested in learning uechi-ryu. I work in Boston,
and would like to know where you would recommend. Do you still teach in
Although I am only a "visiting" instructor
now, the program in Newton is going full blast with our capable and highly
talented senior instructors. Drop in any Saturday for both the 9am and
10am class. GEM
New Uechi Dojo!
I spoke with you months ago I believe I purchased one of your videos
and you were asking for some tips on selling on Ebay. Anyway it has been
a while but we have finally opened up our own dojo. We are located in
Brentwood, CA and our Sensei, Justin LaVasse is a 15 year student of Sensei
Alan Dollar. He has been teaching for over 6 years and has finally fulfilled
his dream of opening up his own dojo. It is very traditional, in looks
Our Grand Opening is this Saturday, February 5th and we are all very
excited. I would like to find out how to be included in your dojo directory
and joining the IUKF. If you would like, I can send you pictures of our
Our dojo information is the following:
7351-B Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood, CA 94513
www.thebamboovillage.com - website
email@example.com - email
Beautiful Dojo Bianca. I've updated our dojo
listing to include your dojo. Good luck and stay in touch. GEM
I Can Appreciate John Graden's
Feelings Regarding this Subject!
When Your Program Director Positions Himself as The Founder by
John Graden [From latest issue of MATA]
As a Tampa Bay resident for nearly 40-years, my brothers and I
suffered through what seemed like an endless curse of rooting for one
of the worst teams in the history of the National Football League, The
Tampa Bay Bucs.
In 1996, Tony Dungy came to town as our new coach. He rebuilt the
team based first on character and then teamwork. The Bucs went from
worse to first until he was released in 1999.
The next year, the new head coach Jon Gruden, took the team all
the way to the Super Bowl. The first words out of his mouth when he
accepted the Championship Trophy were, "I know I benefited tremendously
from the foundation left by Tony Dungy and his great work with this
team." It was a first class acceptance speech that echoed one of
the most basic tenets of integrity:
"Give credit where credit is due."
The January 2005 issue of Martial Arts Professional was devoted
to the massive impact and improvements NAPMA had on the industry in
the ten years of its existence. There are pages of articles, histories,
testimonials, guest columnists all touting how NAPMA had been the catalyst
for the professional movement.
As the founder of Martial Arts Professional magazine, NAPMA and
the ACMA (also lauded in the article), it was nice to see that my original
vision, risks and hard work had done what I had planned which was to
leave the martial arts industry in better shape than when I found it.
It was extraordinarily satisfying to see page-after-page of school
owners who credited NAPMA with changing their professional lives and
providing their families with a higher standard of living. It was odd
though that some of the testimonials were years old and from people
who have since cancelled their NAPMA membership. Still, it was clear
my idea of helping people make martial arts a viable career had worked
on a large scale.
I am by nature a teacher and nothing is more rewarding than to
have your efforts recognized in such a high profile manner by so many
of my peers. The only problem was, my name was nowhere to be found on
any page. Like writing the Indians out of American history, I had been
erased from the history of the organizations I created and built.
I took a huge risk by selling my schools to launch NAPMA against
a sea of doubters, skeptics, and critics.
Though he has never owned a school nor any business of his own
that I know of, I was happy to be able to give my former program director
and now NAPMA "President" Rob Colasanti his job. I was also
proud to give John Corcoran a job as editor of MAPRo. Yet, this 84-page
magazine described a history that excluded the founder.
We've made a lot of progress in this industry over the past decade
and I'm proud to have played a part in it. It was satisfying to be able
to provide many of my friends, family and students, jobs at NAPMA, like
Colasanti. I greatly appreciate all of their contributions over that
decade. However, just like your student shouldn't take credit for creating
and building your school, it's my hope that, despite this revisionist
history, our industry doesn't recognize the program director as the
To which I replied:
In spite of what is said, the facts remain
the same. You are “the man”!
Move on. . . don’t look back. . . Let
and I received this reply from John:
Thanks George. MATA just broke 700 members, so we’re off to good
Martial Arts Teachers’ Association
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From: IUKF Discussion Groups
When: March 15, 2005, 8:00pm-9:00pm EST
Where: IUKF Learning Center
Audience: IUKF Members
So, you want to open a martial arts school… Come join the discussion
on opening a martial arts school. We will discuss the ins and outs of
starting a school. From picking the right location to scheduling classes
will be just some of the topics covered. In this open forum members will
share experiences as well as suggestions for getting started.
All are welcome. The session is free. Limited to first 25 people who
contact Board Member, Harry Skeffington
to receive their username/password needed to attend.
Thanks Harry. This sounds like a great idea.
I'll be there and hoping to see many of our M.A. friends there as well.
News From Okinawa
Thanks to Gordi (Seizan) Breyette
Guam is a US protectorate or territory (not sure).
This can be found on the Net at
Yes - this can happen in the USA, even in your state...
The Office of the Attorney General of Guam Guam Code Annotated
Previous: Title 9: Crimes and Corrections
Title 10: Health and Safety Division 3: Public Safety
10 GCA - HEALTH AND SAFETY Div. 3 - Public Safety Ch. 62 - Karate and
Judo Experts - 2000 - p. _ PAGE _1_
Karate and Judo Experts
§62100. Registration Required. §62101. Applicability. §62102.
Registration. §62103. Fees. §62104. Definition: Karate or Judo
Expert. §62105. Penalty. §62106. Effect of Registration.
§62100. Registration Required. Any person who is an expert in the
art of karate or judo, or any similar physical are in which the hands
and feet are used as deadly weapons, is required to register with the
Department of Revenue and Taxation. SOURCE: GC §8960, as renumbered
by P.L. 10-101.
§62101. Applicability. This Chapter shall not apply to duly authorized
and appointed peace and law enforcement officers, nor to members of the
Armed Forces of the United States. SOURCE: GC §8961, as renumbered
by P.L. 10-101.
§62102. Registration. The Department of Revenue and Taxation shall
register each karate or judo expert who applies therefor and shall keep
a roster of such experts. On issuance of the registration certificate
by the Department of Revenue and Taxation, the applicant shall bring such
certificate to the License Division of the Department of Revenue and Taxation,
which shall bill the applicant for the required fee. On payment of the
required fee to the Treasurer of Guam, the Treasurer shall receipt therefor
on the face of the registration certificate and return such certificate
to the applicant. The registration certificate with the receipt of the
Treasurer marked on the face therefor shall constitute evidence of registration.
SOURCE: GC §8962, as renumbered by P.L. 10-101.
§62103. Fees. The fee for the registration of a karate or judo expert
shall be Five Dollars ($5.00). Such registration shall be perpetual and
need not be renewed. SOURCE: GC §8963, as renumbered by P.L. 10-101.
10 GCA - HEALTH AND SAFETY Div. 3 - Public Safety Ch. 62 - Karate and
Judo Experts - 2000 - p. _ PAGE _1_
§62104. Definition: Karate or Judo Expert. A karate or judo expert
required to register by the provisions of this Chapter shall be a person
trained in the arts of karate, judo or other hand-to-hand fighting technique,
whereby the hands, feet or other parts of the body are used as weapons,
who shall have completed at least one level of training therein and shall
have been issued a belt or other symbol showing proficiency in such art.
SOURCE: GC §8964, as renumbered by P.L. 10-101.
§62105. Penalty. Any person required by this Chapter to register
who fails to do so, or who registers but fails to pay the fee, shall be
guilty of a misdemeanor. SOURCE: GC §8965, as renumbered by P.L.
10-101; amended by P.L. 13-187.
§62106. Effect of Registration. Any registered karate or judo expert
who thereafter is charged with having used his art in a physical assault
on some other person, shall upon conviction thereof, be deemed guilty
of aggravated assault.
SOURCE: GC §8966, as renumbered by P.L. 10-101; amended by P.L.
Trip to China!
I was very excited to hear a group trip to China. Is there any information
yet available? I believe we would have at least two people from PA that
would be interested.
It sounds like you are enjoying Florida life, hope all is well. See you
at summer camp.
We've Been Waiting For This!
Starting on March 19th, 2005. The New England branch of the IUKF will
be hosting a monthly Black belt instructor’s workout. We are bringing
back this old New England Uechi Ryu tradition. Except this time around
it will have some new and innovative changers to it.
The guidelines for attendance are very simple. All adult black belts,
Shodan level or higher. Are invited and welcome to attend. Regardless
of your organizational or group affiliation. All you need to be is a Uechi
/ Shohei Ryu Adult Black Belt.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF THE IUKF TO ATTEND – EVERY ONE
Please read the outline of the class below.
- There would be NO CHARGE for attending. The class is FREE.
- The class will be held once a month at various dojo’s –
Watch for schedule
- The class will alternate days and times each month.
- Class will be held on a Saturday one month, and on a Sunday the next
- Each class will have a different Instructor leading the class.
- The main emphasis of the class will be on just an old fashion work
Class Schedule: The First Class will be.
Saturday, March 19th – 2:00 to 3:30 pm – Location
– Mike Murphy’s dojo Randolph, Ma.
Mike Murphy will be the first scheduled instructor.
There will be a different instructor each month leading the class.
I will post a complete schedule soon.
FAQ – Why are we doing this?
It gives us all a chance to share and exchange knowledge and viewpoint’s
on Uechi Ryu and teaching skills. In a none political environment. Just
a group of instructors and friends, who are working out together in one
class. Exchanging ideas, and training techniques together to improve our
own teaching ability and classes for our students. To learn from each
It is not a political venue or soapbox. No one will try to get anyone
to leave his or her present affiliated organization, or teacher.
Who ever is leading the class that particular month will not be making
any corrections on anyone. No one will be going around saying, do it this
way, or do it that way, or what you are doing is wrong. No one will be
criticizing or insulting anyone else. We will all work out together as
It could give many a chance to learn some material that they have never
seen before. IE: Sanseiryu Bunkai, Yakusaku Kumite, Grappling techniques.
Whatever the material the scheduled instructor would like to include in
the class. Here's a way to learn some new material that you could share
with your students.
Last but not least - Who knows you may even make some new friends.
Please give some thought about attending. It will cost you nothing, other
If I can answer any questions concerning this new instructors workout.
Please contact me.
Thank you – Jay Salhanick
I had the pleasure of spending an evening with Hunter Thompson.
He was an intense individual and although his lifestyle was perhaps not
one to emulate, he took everything to the limit. Good, bad or whatever,
it is a perspective that is now lost. God Speed.
"The edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the
only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over."
Hunter S. Thompson
Anyone else remember Hunter? GEM
With advanced apologies to the British!
Advanced wedding pictures!