The Father of American Uechi-ryu Karate Reflects on the Old Way

Article written by Roy Bedard Ph.D. for Bugeisha Magazine

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2022 Uechi-ryu WinterFest


WinterFest – A time to recharge our interest, motivations and goals, while meeting new friends and “catching up” with old friends.

2022 Uechi-ryu Karate WinterFest Update

Friday and Saturday’s seminars will be conducted from 9AM – 3PM at the Eustis Service Center. Lunch will be served at the facility from 12-1PM. Saturday, the Masters’ Celebration will be conducted.

The Eustis Service Center is tucked beside Sunset Island Park, which sits a large banquet hall, overlooking an oak canopy that is sure to impress. This 3400 square-foot hall has a full-service kitchen and a view of a backyard courtyard that will be use for outdoor workouts, seminars and Kobudo. The Center is located at 301 West Ward Avenue, Eustis 32726.
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Sunday’s session
will be held at the Central Florida Karate Studeo, 2800 Old W. Highway 441 in Mount Dora, FL 32757.
Weapon classes will begin at 9am and run until noon.

We are arranging reservations for group dinners on Friday and Saturday evening for those who have arranged to attend. Details will be available on Friday when signing in. (We are also looking into the possibility of scheduling a barbeque on either Friday or Saturday)

Seminar Schedule: We have a super grand schedule of Presenters for all three days. Friday, each presenter will conduct a 30 minute review of material, attended by all participants. The object is for the Presenters to summarize what their course is all about and to give a lesson that will provide all with both an understanding of material presented and determination what Presenter they will wish to work out with on Saturday, where multiple seminars will be conducted at the same time and times will be determined by the teachers.

Presenters – Seminars – Schedule

Friday 3/25/2022

Eustis Service Center


9am-9:30am – George Mattson & Tim Dando:
Kon-li exercises with Tim Dando
High Energy Action with Mattson Sensei

9:30am-10am – Bruce Hirabayashi
Power thru Body Alignment

10am-10:30am – Lee Adams
Applied Technique from Kanshiwa Bunkai with Aiki connections

10:30am-11am – Rik Listrito
Harmonious Receiving – an Insightful Look at WaUke

11am-11:30am – Paul Kronschnabl
3 way Combinations out of Katas as practical applications

11:30am-12 noon – John Spencer
Techniques in Bunkai

12-1pm LUNCH

1pm-1:30pm – Justin Testa
Uechi Movement Resistance Training

1:30pm-2pm – George Schriefer
Sanchin Movement & Applications

2pm-2:30pm – Harry Skeffington
Hard and Soft in Training

2:30-3pm – Richard & Heather Bennett

(Note: Rob, Darin and Roy will not be presenting on Friday, due to lack of time)

March 26th

Eustis Service Center
301 W Ward Ave
Eustis, Fl 237268am Doors Open

George Mattson &
Tim Dando
Following Seminars will be given concurrently with 3 choices per hour

A)Bruce Hirabayashi
B)Lee Adams
C)Rik Listrito

A)Paul Kronschnabl
B)Roy Bedard
C)George Schriefer

12 noon LUNCH Provided

A)Justin Testa
B)Harry Skeffington
C)The Bennetts

A)Robb Goff
B)Darin Yee
C)John Spencer

3pm Masters Ceremony

4pm Doors Closed

Sunday – 3/27/2020

Central Florida Karate
2800 W Old Highway 441
Mount Dora, Fl 32757
Doors open 8:00 am

9am-12noon -Kobudo

A)Richard & Heather Bennett
B)Mac Hutchinson

11 am -Open Hand Workout
C)Darin Yee

Presenters and their Seminar content

George Mattson – Uechi super-action drills
Timothy Dando – Konli Exercises
Bruce Hirabayashi – Power Through Body Alignment
Lee Adams – Applied Technique from Kanshiwa Bunkai
Rik Listrito – Harmonious Receiving an Insightful look at Wauke
Paul Kronschnabl – 3 Way Combinations From Katas as Practical Applications
John Spencer -Techniques in Bunkai
Justin Testa – Uechi Movement Resistance Training
George Schriefer – Sanchin Movements & Applications
Harry Skeffington – Soft and Hard Training
Darin Yee – Generation of Power
Roy Bedard – Sanchin Transition to Free-Fighting Strengths
Robb Goff – The Art within Your Art
Richard & Heather Bennett – Matayoshi Kobudo
Mac Hutchinson -Yamanni Ryu

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Plan to “Train Often – Train Smart” at 2022 WinterFest in Florida!Train Often, Train Smart

George Mattson

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My Journey – to Shodan to Nidan

My Journey from Shodan to Nidan


Stacy Smith

On Monday I was awarded my Nidan. This was not something I had set my sights on when I returned to karate after a long absence. What I value most about this promotion is that it has served to more deeply validate and honor my commitment to Uechi-Ryu Karate. 

I first earned my Shodan in Sitka, Alaska when I was 17 years old. I then headed to college and, over the next few years, continued to practice on my own and dabble in other forms of martial arts. But I was unable to sustain this over time and eventually stopped. As the years went by, I often thought about getting back into Uechi-Ryu Karate, but I had no idea how to do this without the support of a community in Anchorage, Alaska where I lived.

A year ago, my sensei from Sitka, Duane Swanson, contacted me out of the blue. He encouraged me to attend Darin Yee’s online workouts, and offered to be my sensei again. I enthusiastically agreed and began participating in all of Sensei Darin’s online sessions, as well as meeting with him and Sensei Duane via Zoom on weekends. After such a long absence from Uechi-Ryu, I struggled to remember and perfect the moves, and to learn new approaches and variations. But I persisted and practiced daily.

It is difficult to express the immense gratitude and admiration I have for Sensei Duane and Sensei Darin–their generosity, kindness, encouragement, guidance, and passion and expertise in the martial arts. I am proud to be a member of the Sitka Alaska Uechi-Ryu Club and the IUKF. If there is one shining light I located in the pandemic, it is my journey back into karate and the Uechi-Ryu community. 

Stacy Smith


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Okinawan Uechi-ryu Karate – At Home!

Join the Mattson Academy and train with Grandmaster George E. Mattson on a regular basis. How much you train is up to you and will be based on the goals you set.

If you belong to a dojo and have a teacher, Mattson sensei will act in the capacity of a “coach”. He will help you create and achieve your martial art goals, supplementing your regular “in-dojo” experiences. If you do not have a teacher, he will be your sensei and will guide you through your martial art studies as he has with thousands of his current and past students. . . many who now run their own successful dojos.

Mattson sensei devotes most of his time now to members of the Mattson Academy. He is the pioneer of on-line training, not only for the martial arts, but for many other industries and educational organizations.

Members of the academy who qualify for advanced rank, will be tested on-line through an innovative system created by Mattson and successfully used to test many senior black belts and senior teachers within the system.

The International Uechi-ryu Karate Federation (IUKF) has implemented with Mattson, an effective “pre testing” method of working with prospective black belt candidates that is considered to be one of the best and fairest testing methods for determining whether a candidate is ready to be tested for advanced ranking.


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Lee Adams Appointed Chairman BAA

From October 2020 I will be assuming the role of Chairman of the British Aikido Association, The BAA was established in 1966, one year before the Japan Aikido Association so is recognised as the oldest official Aikido association in the world, although primarily supporting Tomiki Aikido the BAA today is the Association of choice for many Non Tomiki Aikido Clubs and has recently opened its affiliate membership to other Aikido Styles and other Martial Arts.

Professor Kenjo Tomiki  skills and dedication to training were such that, after being the captain of the Judo Team at Waseda University in Tokyo, he became an uchi-deshi (live-in student) of Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo. It was through his association with Kano that Tomiki Sensei came to be acquainted with Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Already holding an 8th Dan in Judo, O’ Sensei awarded Kenji Tomiki  a Menkyo ( roughly equivalent to 8th Dan) and as such is recorded and Aikido’s first ever 8th Dan.

Kenji Tomiki’s style of Aikido is a style that strives to combine the competitive excitement of Judo with the spiritual serenity of traditional Aikido.

I am honoured to be asked to represent Tomiki Aikido on the world stage as I am to represent the IUKF and Uechi Ryu here in the UK, I believe that the two have much commonality and will continue to dissect, analyse and experiment with both for self-improvement and enlightenment.



Lee Adams  IUKF GB and the BAA


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President Darin Yee of IUKF 2019 Visit to Honolulu Uechi-ryu Karate-do Club

November 14, 2019

Darin Yee works with kid’s class

In the Hawaiian Language, the word “ALOHA” mostly functions as a salutation and a greeting. But the word actually conveys a deeper sense of meaning, which the locals expound upon, by breaking the individual letters down into other Hawaiian terms:

A – Akahai: Kindness, expressed with tenderness

L – Lokahi: Unity, expressed with harmony

Darin Yee with Al

O – Olu’olu: Agreeable, expressed with pleasantness

H – Ha’aha’a: Humility, expressed with modesty

A – Ahonui: Patience, expressed with perseverance

Aloha is more than just a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. Aloha means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. Aloha is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. Aloha means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen, and to know the unknowable….

On November 9, 2019, Darin Yee-Sensei travelled 5,046 miles from Boston to Hawaii to share his extensive knowledge of Uechi-ryu, to offer his continued support of our Dojo, and to spend his valuable time with us. From the multiple meetings and training sessions throughout the week, we gained much insight into the Tiger, Dragon, Crane roots of our art. We are so grateful to have been shown a new perspective from which to dissect, analyze, and maximize our effectiveness in Kata performance and applications. I’m particularly impressed with the humble manner in which Darin-Sensei interacted with our group. From the youngest member, to the oldest member, he showed patience, kindness, and understanding in freely sharing his knowledge.

Sensei Yee, thank you for your on-going efforts in building a highly supportive International Uechi-ryu Karate Federation, and especially for travelling so far across the globe to help us become better Karateka! Mahalo nui loa for embodying the Spirit of Aloha! We are proud to be an IUKF affiliated Dojo and look forward to your next visit on January 11th and 12th 2020 for our Honolulu Uechi-ryu Gasshuku Regional Workout.


Albert Cloutier

Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Karate-do Club

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IUKF President visits Knoxville

Recently 9th degree and newly appointed president of the IUKF, Darin Yee, paid a visit to our school in Knoxville, TN. It is a privilege to be able to learn from Master Yee’s vast knowledge from not only Uechi-ryu but also his many other martial arts styles.

These influences are easily seen, especially Wushu and Wing Chun, when exploring the soft side of Uechi-ryu. Even though most original styles of karate advocate being both a hard and soft style, through the years of evolution of karate, many styles have the lost the soft side. Master Yee’s seminar focused on the soft side of Uechi-ryu. Continue reading

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