Nov 15 2019

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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Jun 09 2019

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.

The soft side is an overlooked and important facet of Uechi-ryu. This is especially true in today’s modern karate where women and children are an intricate part of the dojo. The soft side gives a smaller or weaker individual the ability to defend themselves against a bigger, stronger attacker. No matter how big and strong you think you are there’s always a chance your attacker is bigger or stronger.

At our school we are always looking for a deeper understanding of movements, looking for bunkai not typically associated with the movement or set of movements in a kata; throws, takedowns, or a strike that could be a block and vise versa. Master Yee’s insight into the soft side of Uechi-ryu has given us new techniques to add to our repertoire, but more importantly help open our minds to even further explore the depths of Uechi-ryu.

Thank you Master Yee for taking the time to share your knowledge with our students at the Knoxville Uechi-Ryu School. Please feel welcome to come back and share your knowledge and friendship whenever you are able.


Thank you,


Knoxville Uechi-ryu

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Apr 11 2019

GrandMaster Ryuko Tomoyose Passes!

Death Notice from Okinawa:

Attached are Ryuko Tomoyose’s funeral announcement. One is Japanese message as a death announcement ( I send this document as authentication!) and my translation. There are more articles about him by master Nakahodo and his profile from Okinawa Time on the same day. I have to go to his funeral this afternoon; therefore, I will translate the same for the above articles around tomorrow about this time. Here is today’s his funeral message. 

Tsukasa(Scott) Higa


Ryuko Tomoyose passing away notice-Date: Okinawa Times -Thursday, 11 April 2019:

1. Father Ryuko Tomoyose: (92 years); Rest at home-Ota Uruma city
He passed away a natural cause of death on 11:06 AM April 11, 2019 and journey to the heaven for an eternal sleep. We, Tomoyose family, truly appreciated for a 5th floor of Nakagami Hospital’s a doctor in charge and his staffs for generous treatment. Therefore, we forward this message to accept our deepest condolence.
The funeral service will be following.
a. Date: Thursday 11 April 2019 from 16:00 Hour to 16:30.
b. Place: Gushikawa Funeral Service (1st Floor)
Phone: 098-973-4095-Gushikawa 1508 Uruma City
The event of * 7 X 7 (See note below) ceremony will proceed after the end of funeral. The 49 days of event will commence this funeral home this date, please accept our condolence. The year of Heisei 31st, 11 April.
Family participants: The oldest son-Michihiro Tomoyose: His wife Satomi: The oldest daughter-Akemi Kubota: Her husband Norio Kubota: Second oldest daughter- Kazue Tomoyose: Grand Childs Michiya; Kuniyasu Tomoyose: and all relatives Naoko Tomoyose; Nariko Kubota: ;Miiyu Tomoyose; Ryusen Tomoyose; Takatsugi Tomoyose; Nobumasa Tomoyose; Katsuko Tomoyose; Hatsuko Tamaki; Nobuko Shokida; Isamu Shokida; Yoshie Gushiken and others.

2. An honorary chairman of association:
Mr. Ryuko Tomoyose-Please accept our deepest condolence for his passing on 10 April
The year of Heisei 11 April. Okinawa Karate Association (Uechi Ryu)
The chairman of Okinawa Karate Association- Seicho Tobaru

3. The Special counselor of association (Okinawa designated non-figurative cultural asset holder)
Mr. Ryuko Tomoyose: Please accept our deepest condolence for his passing on 10 April
The year of Heisei 11 April. Okinawa Karate Assembly
The Chairman of Assembly – Zenpo Shimabuku
4. An honorary senior of assembly:
Mr. Ryuko Tomoyose; Please accept our deepest condolence for his passing on 10 April
The year of Heisei 11 April.
Uechi Ryu karate Do Assembly
The Chairman of Assembly – Sakae Uechi

*Note: 7 x 7 event meant- In Buddhist idea, A person deceased, his/her soul will seek peace and conformity for 49 days (7 x 7) before journey to the heaven. Therefore, all his family and relatives shall keep calm and peace for his departure.


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Mar 12 2019

2019 Winterest review

Very nice letter from a long time student and friend, Harvey Liebergott to George Mattson. He has attended 99% of the camps since we started.

I have never been on facebook.  What I wanted to say about the camp is that it was beyond my expectation.  I learn something every time you and (during the last few camps) John Spencer take me through a kata.  But quite aside from that, I watched (because the four inch gash in my leg from an injury before the camp kept me out of) one of the best classes I have seen in more than forty years of training and camps.  Roy Bedard taught an unforgetable, lucid, class in how to read an opponent and lead him out of position.  I had never taken a class with Roy because I thought that I was too old for what he was teaching.  But in fact, I needed exactly what he teaches and even though I could not participate, I agree wholeheartedly with the great Yogi Berra, “you can observe a lot by watching.”  It would have been worth driving fifteen hundred miles for that class alone.

That is not to say that the other classes were not great.  In fact, winter camp felt like the early Uechi camps of the 1980s.  And what I found particularly inspiring was seeing the senior seniors learning from each other.  The greatest athletes and musicians and actors have coaches.  And it occurred to me that the best martial artists are not the ones who think they know everything, but the ones who keep working.  I have not been to Okinawa, but I am guessing that I would not see the “great names” there working together the way they do here. 






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Feb 05 2019

2019 Winterfest Schedule

1983 SummerFest GEM

Deadline for Registering is February 8th! Susan must have a paid, filled out registration form (Found Here) in hand by this Friday. Of course seminar presenters don’t have to pay. . . but must register with a filled out application. . .

Weapon training will be outdoors and we can take additional registrations for Gushi sensei’s seminars, which will be held all three days.

Dinner reservations will only be counted for participants registered by this Friday. 

This should be a great event and I’m looking forward to seeing and working out with everyone.


George E. Mattson

2019 Winterfest schedule-3


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Dec 30 2018

Happy New Year!

Last workout in 2018 was a great class with Tim and Patty Dado and Joe Bellone , special guest from New England. 

Joe is an amazing Uechi-ryu practitioner who has a boxing and mixed martial background that gives him an insight into the many layers often overlooked in traditional martial arts.

We are looking forward to seeing Joe back at Winterfest where we can continue exploring the fascinating art of Uechi-ryu.


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Nov 23 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

The IUKF is extending a sincere wish to our Uechi family for an abundant Thanksgiving. Every year that passes presents different obstacles and so many new gifts. I pray our blessings outweigh any and all our burdens.

Please remember the IUKF is your martial art family. We are at the pinocle of the martial art world and yet we continue to grow and expand.

Rest and enjoy those love ones among you. The IUKF wish you a bountiful and fulfilling day. These types of days should remain with us forever.

Darin Yee

President – IUKF

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Aug 29 2018

Darin Yee – New IUKF President

I want to thank Sensei George Mattson for his trust in me to carry on the IUKF as president. Along with this position comes a huge responsibility involving fairness, compassion and understanding while keeping in mind our enormous affiliations throughout the world.  We must also maintain our insistence to all rules and guidelines with no exceptions. 

Every effort will be utilized to grow and to advance the IUKF.  As expected small changes will be announced.  Please follow our posting on our website. 

I appreciate all the well wishes I’ve received and look forwards to working with all our dedicated members. 

I would also like to announce the IUKF is an official 501-C3 organization which means we are a non-profit organization and all funds forwarded to the IUKF could be tax deductible.   

As President, I have been a businessman owning and operating businesses for over 30 years.  Our Secretary Mario Rizzo is an attorney at Law who will address all our legal issues.  Andrew Fink is a CPA with an abundance of experience dealing with the IRS and well versed with “non-profits”.

The IUKF thanks you for your support through the past years.  We hope to maintain our relationship as the torch is passed and continue to help grow and improve the legacy of Sensei George Mattson our Grandmaster.        

Darin Yee

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Feb 08 2018

WinterFest 2019 Update


Notice to Winterfest Participants
Friday’s party will be at the 1884 Restaurant in Eustis. 6PM.
BTW golf begins at 11am on Thursday. The old course at Mount Dora.

WinterFest – 2019

 2019 Uechi-ryu WinterFest
March 1st,2nd and 3rd, 2019


I am pleased to announce that the 2019 Uechi-ryu WinterFest will again be held in the beauiful city of Mount Dora, Florida.

This event is sponsored by Mount Dora Parks and Recreation.

Besides a stellar cast of Uechi-ryu masters, who will be conducting seminars, This year we are honored to be hosting Tsukasa Gushi, sensei, who will be teaching the Kobudu made famous by his father, master Shinyu Gushi.

WinterFest will be held March 1st – 3rd, 2019 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from 9Am- 3PM with lunch from noon to 1pm.

Tuition: Two or three days -$150. One day – $100

Please e-mail me if you are planning to attend 2019 WinterFest or if you have any questions. 

I am working on the WinterFest website , which will contain links relating to directions, site seeing options, Chamber of Commerce information and local attractions.

I promise, no snow and beautiful weather. Plan your Winter vacation around WinterFest!

Looking forward to seeing you March 1st – 3rd!

George E. Mattson

Tsukasa Gushi

Kobudo schedule 

Friday– staff fundamentals, seijuno bo and other bo  kata(s) critiques.

Saturday– review of staff,….then oar (can use a staff). 

Sunday– giffa and sai. Review of seijun no bo, eku ,giffa and sai. 





Friday, , 9AM: – 3PM  (Schedule to be released soon).

Lunch from 12 – 1PM Served at the facility.

3:00PM – 6:00PM – Free time – sightseeing.

6:00PM – 9:00PM – Dinner and music : 1884 Restaurant: (Click Here for directions)


Saturday – WinterFest Seminars 9AM-3PM

Saturday: 9AM-3PM: All day workout. . . Traditional Uechi-ryu, Okinawa traditional weapon training, Grappling, Sport competition, Standup-Jujutsu, Realist “mindset” training and much more. 

Sensei Mattson will be conducting speed, reflex and power competition utilizing Herman Trainer, throughout the day. Lunch from 12 – 1PM Served at the facility.

3PM – 6PM: Free time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Mount Dora

Saturday evening: Everyone is on there own for Dinner. Great restaurants near by.



Sunday: Dan tests, Adult weapons and Uechi seminars. 9AM-11 Noon on the patio.
Sunday: 9am– 12 Noon. Junior Class
.Inside, open practice from 1:30PM – 3PM 

Tuition, $150 per person for the 3 days,
children under 14 years old, $35 per day.
Day Pass $100 per day for a Friday or Saturday.
$35 for Sunday.


Presenters: Posted as they are confirmed: George Mattson, Darin Yee, Tim Dando, Patty Dando,  David Berndt, Roy Bedard, John Spencer, George Schriefer, Joe Guidry, Harry Skeffington, Tom Bentley, Dan Del Sonno and Greg Postal.


Kata Bunkai – Most Uechika understand applications of kata only on the most rudimentary level (e.g. ‘turn, block, counterpunch’), practicing kata and self-defense techniques in isolation from one another as if they were completely separate entities. Learning to interpret kata movements in more advanced/sophisticated ways and then drilling those applications with a partner facilitates significantly greater progress in self-defense techniques inherent in the Uechi-Ryu curriculum. After learning and drilling some applications in the seminar, we will move to some general principles of kata bunkai; tools which should allow students to utilize this learning process in future training.

Yakusoku Kumite – Every drill has inherent limitations, often deliberately built in to allow fairly realistic training without serious injury to practitioners. Mistaking these representations for reality, rather than training method can lead to complacency and overconfidence however dispensing with these drills in favor of only jiyu kumite results in an equally flawed practice. Instead, by training kyu or dan kumite while varying distance, timing, speed, etc. one can develop significant improvements in real world self-defense application that static, stilted versions of these drills cannot achieve.

Discussion, training and application of the Bo staff (six foot stick), the Jiffa (hair pin/fastener) which is also known as a Tinaka (small inside hand weapon) and the Jo, as they relate to martial arts training and more specifically to Uechi Ryu training and development. The focus will be on body movement and the development and application of power.

The weapons training complements and supplements good Uechi training by the utilization of the whole body – arms, shoulders, hips, legs, etc.,. Applications of the techniques will demonstrate the interrelationship of weapons and empty hand movements as they relate to the effective execution of Uechi movements. Hopefully, all attendees will leave with a better understanding of the Uechi system and an improved ability to execute their Uechi techniques.

This is going to be a fantastic year. Make your plans early to be part of the action. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.


George E. Mattson

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