2014 SummerFest

by George Mattson

Summerfest 2013  432014 What – When – Where
32nd Anniversary Martial Arts SummerFest Conference

Receive a 10% discount for applications received before July 1st!

NOTE: From Susan:
Application deadline through the store is July 21st.

After July 21st, you must pay late fee at the door!
Cash only.
See you August 1st (Friday)

Click Here to Register and pay with credit card on our secure server

To mail-in registration and payment
Click Here to print out an application form

Click Here to view the Presenters Listing

Draft copy of SummerFest schedule Here (Although this is last year’s schedule, and the 2014 schedule can’t be completed until I hear from all presenters, last year’s schedule will give you a pretty accurate picture of the seminars that will be available.)

 The “Event”, featuring George E. Mattson, Thursday, July 31st

The “Event”, featuring Rory Miller, all day Sunday, August 3rd.

*****Registration for this event is independent of SummerFest!******

SummerFest-2014: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 1st, 2nd & 3rd
JuniorFest: Saturday, August 2nd (10am-4pm -with lunch)

JunglePlex located in Plymouth, MA. (Directions)


Weather permitting, we will perform “Sanchin by the Beach” on the outdoor Soccer field – 6:30am-7am (Fri, Sat & Sun)

Please print out a schedule so you will know where to go at the beginning of each class hour. (starts at 9am sharp) Check-in at the door will begin at 8am each day. Presenters and Pre-registered participants please enter where indicated at door. There will be a table to register for latecomers. Please bring correct tuition in cash.

NOTE: Saturday Masters Celebration admission fee for visitors: $20

There will be food for sale at the snack bar.


Payments at the door must be in CASH!


Welcome to the Uechi-ryu Martial Art SummerFest website. Running a successful conference is a lot of work and requires lots of support and help from my friends. After many years of conducting the camp at the Mass Maritime Academy, Sue and I decided to try out a different facility and to make a few important changes that many people have suggested.

Many of our participants are over 40 and found the dormitory room setup uncomfortable. . . especially trying to get into the bunk bed which was six feet off the ground! Rain, although something we never had to deal with, is always a possibility and a potential problem we didn’t want to deal with. The Maritime cafeteria served OK food, but for many camp participants, dining at local restaurants is a preferred option. Probably the biggest pain for everyone was the drive to camp while fighting Cape Cod traffic.

The new facility in Plymouth is easy to reach from Boston and other locations. Local hotels are cooperating by offering discounts for early reservations and we are working at getting local restaurants to give our people discounts.

And with 60,000 square feet of workout area, plus many rooms for “breakout” sessions and a full service lounge and cafereria for snacks, our camp should run smoothly and stress free.

I’ve been working with a number of senior martial artist who are skilled in conducting major sporting and educational events in order to find out other areas of SummerFest that need updating, modification and improvement. Some of the areas we are working on include:

1. Identify and finalize the Presenter list for the three days of camp as soon as possible.

2. Create a new and well organized website with easy to find links and topics.

3. Publish an advanced schedule of seminars in order for participants to review and sort out their list of seminars to attend during the three days.

4. Map out the facility with clearly defined seminar areas so presenters and participants will easily be able to find them.

5. Publish a list of local hotels and restaurants with discounted rates for camp attendees.

6. Because this will be a very important camp for many of us, it has been suggested that we adopt a dress code for working out. I would like to hear from you on how you feel about wearing a lightweight gi bottom, camp t-shirt and karate belt? I kind of like this idea.

I’ll be continuing to work on this site and hope to have all the important information up by the end of May. Early registrations, hotel room reservations and airline tickets should be done as soon as possible. Airline fares continue to fluctuate and you should start checking them out now to get your best deal.

Looking forward to seeing you at camp this year,

George Mattson

Note: New Home for SummerFest is Plymouth, MA at the
JunglePlex Sports Facility



The Junglelplex has 60,000 sq. feet, all air conditioned, so we won’t have to worry about the constantly changing New England weather. There is also an outdoor area for those who wish to work outside. If you are curious about the weather forecast, Check Here.


Notes about 2014 Uechi World Cup and this year’s SummerFest:

Just got back from teaching seminars at the World Cup held in Miami this year.  In 2016 it will be hosted by Columbia.  Already been invited to teach there by the host country and I plan to make the trip.

I’ve notice a lot of differences between what is expected in these international tournaments and what we accept and look for here in the northeast.  I think that will be the focal point of my seminars this year at the summer fest held this first week of August on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the Jungleplex here in Plymouth, MA.  Very interesting and beneficial to our training and teaching.

I will also be running the children’s program as I’ve done these passed 3 years.  Every year, we have a different program and every year, the children have a great time.  The children’s cost for 6 hours training is $50 per child.  That would be less then $10 an hour for fun filled exercises, training related games and a memorable day.  The cost for IUKF Jr. members is $35 per child.  Please apply another $5 discount for early enrollment by registering and paying by US Postal the same as adult registration. Chech the website for details.  Early enrolments must be received by July 20, 2014.  Also be informed “children enrolment fee does NOT include camp tee shirts, drinks or food.

Last year, the children jumped, ran, stretched, kicked, punched, sparred and competed in our lighting rod challenge.  They had so much fun no one wanted to end at 3pm.  Instead of teaching my seminar at 3pm, I stayed with the children for another 2 hours.

This year, please consider talking up this event for the children in your dojo.  I think they will have so much fun, I may have to keep thing going to 5 pm again.  No promises.  We’ll see. This program was designed for 9am to 3pm with an hour break for lunch at 12 noon.  Parents can pack their lunches.  They can purchase drinks from the machines at the camp or parents may take their children out to one of the 6 nearby restaurants.
Please ask your little students to bring their sparring gear (hand pads, feet pads, head protection, mouth piece, jock strap with cup and chest pad if so desire,  as we will go through sparring techniques in middle speed.  The gear is just a precaution.  I have taught children sparring since 1970 beginning at Mattson Academy on Cambridge Street and no one has ever been injured.  If they don’t have gear, I will have extra with me.  No guarantee the sizes would be a perfect fit and they have to share.  Would be better if they have and brought their own sparring equipment.

Hope to see you and your little ninja at summer fest this year.  They will have a memorable time.


Darin Yee

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George Mattson June 17, 2014 - 6:04 PM

Hi Marjorie:

I;m working on the 2014 schedule and list of presenters this week. Looks like most of last year’s seniors will be back for this year. Most pleased that Rory Miller will be able to attend and I;m waiting on a couple of new headliners to get back with me before I add their names to the schedule.

hthom May 21, 2014 - 4:28 AM

Can’t wait for this annual Uechi Ryu event. I will be booking my flight tickets and hotel reservation soon. This is a great opportunity for all Uechi Ryu students to improve his/her practice and to meet the Uechi Ryu master instructors, and to get whatever extra help made available by the master instructors. Hopefully Sensei Mattson can squeeze in a slot or two for me to hold my self defense sessions. Standup, ground, gun disarm, just let me know. See you there!
Henry Thom

Marjorie G. Swift May 5, 2014 - 2:40 AM

Draft schedule for Summerfest comes up as 2013. Is 2014 available? Also: I tried to leave comment on the regional workout April 26th. It was great & i was very happy to hear Bruce Witherell state he would be willing to hold a regional workout at his dojo. Marjorie Swift

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