Looking for old Friends!
I hope everything is well with you and Susan.
I'll be going to (to the U.K.) on May 5th. I've never met Terry Daley
Sensei, and since i visit the U.K so often, it would be nice to meet
Would you happen to have his contact info?
I'll soon be sending a list of the camp attendees and those requiring
grading. Of course in Bda., commitment to Air-fares are first, then
everything else follows.
Terry's phone number enclosed Al. Pleased to
hear Bermuda will be well represented at this years' camp. GEM
I am a former student of Uechi Ryu Karetedo Kenukai in Saint Louis
under James Foley. Would you happen to know his email address or how
I might reach him? Thank You for your time
My most recent info is on our "dojo listings"
How are things going, I hope you are all settled in. Would you please
e-mail me the dates and times of your classes. I would like to come
up and join your class a couple of times a month if that is possible.
Take care hit them long and straight.
Still hitting them long and into the woods! :)
Looking forward to working out with you again. Maybe we can go out afterwards
and hit a few balls into the woods! GEM
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New Kyusho Book from our
friend, Evan Pantazi!
I hope the move for you went smoothly and you have not hurt yourself
Golfing too much!
As you may know I have been writing a couple of Books, the first of
which is due out in May, 2005.
The publisher wanted a few forwards written so they could select what
they need. If you would be interested, please write a forward for the
book on Kyusho Jitsu.
The catch is I was also told they I need it by next Friday... February
I am mailing this as I respect what you have done for the Martial Arts
in America as well as all of the courtesies you have given me over the
years. It is and has been an honor Sir.
In appreciation, and please convey my best wishes to Susan as well.
Will do Evan. I like those tough deadlines! :)
Interesting Mail from
people wanting to study Uechi-ryu!
While I was surfing on the net I found your information about your
style. I found your style impressive and very effective. From now on
I'm trying to find more information about your style. Unfortunately
there are very less about it in my country.
I'm a second degree black belt in both shidokan and shotokan karate
also I'm the owner of a dojo in Ankara (the capital city of Turkey).
Karate is not only a kind of sport or a self defense method for me.
It's my way of life and I think your style will help me to improve myself
and my students. As I mentioned before I'm very interested in your style
and if possible I want to learn and than I want to teach it to my students.
If you can send me more details about your style and information about
how can I be a member of your organisation I will be very glad.
Hoping to hearing from you soon
Muhittin Ercan BILGIN
Thank you for your reply Sensei Mattson,
I will be driving over to Eustis tonight to meet you and Sensei Berndt
and observe the class. I haven't been able to purchase a new gi yet...
so I'll bring some sweats and athletic shoes to participate with just
in case that may be possible.
I've heard many great things about you for so long. Truly looking forward
to meeting you tonight.
Always pleased to meet and workout with former
Uechi students. GEM
Subject: Re: I WANT HALP FROM YOU .I ALSO INTERESTED
TO JOIN H.Q.ALSO IN YOUR COMMING EVENT
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 07:22:02 +0000
RESPECTED SENSEI FIRST OF ALL,TAKE MY OSS!HOPE YOU ARE WELL. IAM ALSO
WELL WITH MY FAMELY BY THE MERSEY OF GOD. I WANT TO SEE YOU SENSEI .WE
WANT TO VIDSIT POLAND.
WE ARE INTERESTED TO GIVE YOUR AIR TICKET U.S.A TO POLAND TO U.S.A.PLEASE
GIVE YOU YOUR PHON NUMBER . SENSEI YOU WROTE THAT WE ARE NOT INTERESTED
TO VISIT USA.THAT IS WRONG .U.S.A IS BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.BUT U.S.A
VISA IS TO MUCH TUF.SO WE ARE INTERESTED TO GO POLAND. PLEASE GIVE ME
ALL THE DETALS.WE ARE MEET IN POLAND VERY SOON. OSS! SENSEI
Any IUKF sensei interested in visiting Poland?
Last Wednesday evening, I visited the Stoughton
dojo. I would like to thank you for recommending them. I very much enjoyed
working out with their class. I was lucky enough to participate in a
class taught by Marlin.
I was very much impressed with their dojo. The students and staff were
very friendly, and I really enjoyed class. As I went back to work at
the customers site on Thursday, I no longer felt 1300 miles from home;
but a little more connected, now that I had friends in the area! ( I
also had that good feeling you get after a work out, too!)
Jim Ingram Lincoln NE
SummerFest Questions and
Do you offer sleep over karate camps for boys ages 10 - 12?
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We are not equipped
to supervise unaccompanied children. We do have really exciting programs
for children though, but a parent or guardian must remain on-site during
This year Sensei Robert Hunt will introduce several weapons forms (bo,
sai or tonfa) and follow up on the bo kata he presented in 2004, Tokumine-no-kon
sho, with the longer form Tokumine-no-kon dai. Sensei Hunt will also
be giving a presentation on the history of karate. Additionally he will
be holding a discussion group and question and answer session on his
novel “The Art and the Way” in relation to the history of
karate and some advance information about his next book “One Moon”.
Dear George - Happy New Year! I hope that all is fine and dandy with
you both (and Tia) following your move to Florida.
I see from the Uechi Ryu web-site that this years Summer Fest is scheduled
for the 12-14th August. I take it that as usual, it will be held somewhere
on the East Coast? Do you have any firm plans yet as to the location?
This year's SummerFest will be held again at
the Mass Maritime Academy in Bourne, MA. Hope you can make it Barrie.
DVD playing problems
Received the dvd's. Thankyou, however on playing them it seems the
dvd's are faulty,
No1 DVD played for 67 minutes 29 seconds.
No2 DVD played for 25 minutes 28 seconds
No3 DVD played for 25 minutes 39 seconds
Could you please advise
Woops.... I just found out that DVDs should not
have a separate label attached to the face of the disk. Some DVD players
will have problems reading a disk where the label is not attached perfectly.
On the few "returns" where customers could not play the DVD,
we found that they worked perfectly on our machines. We just purchased
a new disk engraving machine, that will do away with this problem. GEM
....absent Friends, Here's a bit of news that those of you single malt
fanatics might be intrigued by: Recently at local bar in Brookline,
the Washington Street Tavern -- a distant cousin of the Matt Murphy
pub on Harvard Ave -- I tried a rock glass of scotch of a different
strype. Here's the story, not being much of a scotch drinker, I generally
steer towards the bourbon instead, this was a bit of a daredevil maneuver.
Certainly, since the last time I had scotch....that's another story.
I can safely say that this was not bad at all! Talisker Scotch 10 year
old, from the Isle of Skye was distinctive, has a bright peppery flavor
that bursts like a popped balloon. The price was steep so buy by the
bottle and shed the brown paper bag --- show off the label! Good day
to you, Sir!
Ethan B. Miller
Kanbun or Kanbun?
Do you know why some texts spell Uechi Kanbun's name K-a-n-b-u-m and
others spell it K-a-n-b-u-n? Are both correct?
I think I've got a main focus now for my little documentary. It's going
to largely have a West Michigan focus, because there is a great lineage
in this area and not a lot documented on video or text. However, your
original 1971 booklets, "Master Kanei Uechi's Karate" provide
an outstanding historical document. I will be sure to credit you if
I ever use anything. The interview segment we shot in Florida is superb.
Jim Gemmell Grand Rapids
Jim: BTW, I'll be publishing your articles in
the "Articles" section later this week. GEM
A Look Back at a time when we were "all together"!
Wish it were True Department!
I will like to place an order for:
Suggest shipping cost for the shirts Via Post Office Airmail 7-10 days
to Nigeria..What credit cards do you take?? Please confirm your availability
of the shirts.
Why thanks for this generous order Mr. Olabode.
Unfortunately, the credit card submitted is one of thousands of numbers
that your gang has stolen from unwarry people and if I put the order
through, I must reimburse the credit card company! So, please do business
elsewhere. :) GEM
Could you please list my dojo in the dojo directory?
Wendi Barker - Tiger Martial Arts - Freeland WA - email@example.com
Allen L. Moulton's Last
message to Uechi practitioners
I have been reading with interest the "Myth of Higher Standards."
I WAS impressed with YOUR response, the opposite with others, and a
few in between.
I feel that the new black belt test board is the best thing that's
happened to Uechi-ryu in years.
Fortunately for me I have enjoyed years of being involved in testing
of other styles as well as Uechi.
The formula for making Uechi testing successful for all concerned is
so simple that it's beyond belief that no one sees it yet. Only 2 things
are required to make Uechi testing superlative. However, the IUKF test
board is moving in that direction -- and that makes me happy.
Best to you in your move and relocation.
Views from the quiet majority!
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 called“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 practiced 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.
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
by V.R. Macius
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. Then 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
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"
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 movements. 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 no 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.
Wow. . . A wonderful article and many, many points
to consider. I am always happy to hear from people who have "been
there, done that" and who can say that our traditionally taught
Uechi-ryu works. Of course, you have learned on your own, what many
of us now understand about blending the old with the new. . . making
for a formidable and effective fighting system. GEM