Category: George Mattson’s Corner

Articles by Sensei George Mattson on many subjects

Name and Face Recognition project

Recently I received an excellent suggestion from Jay Salhanick, that we create and post information of interest to IUKF members, and those thinking about joining the organization.  Board member Henry Thom, recently back from 6 months in China on business, jumped in with both feet!  Henry is in the process of writing about both Uechi …

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Forum Updates

The forums are really doing well. And have you noticed how interesting the topics are? It is very true, martial artist are a well rounded group. We work out hard and play hard. And of course, don’t forget we eat well. Mary S. has volunteered to moderate the new "Chow Now" forum and it may …

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China Trip Update

The following letter is from Darin Yee (7th Dan) who is organizing an exciting trip to China.  If you’ve ever thought about going there, and experiencing the root systems from which ours was extracted, this would be the opportunity! Contact Darin if you have an interest in going. Paul HayduChairmanIUKF CHINA TRIP Greetings to All, …

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WhatsNew!

Wow!!!!While I’ve been traveling and busy with non-karate business, Van Canna has been setting records on the Forums; recently logging in a seemingly impossible number of posts (50,000) on his Reality based forum. Van works hard creating controversial¬†and interesting topics. To do this,¬†he will often take positions that force traditional martial artist to dig deep …

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The History of the Dan Test and Bunkai

Recently a number of Cyberdojo members began questioning when the bunkai began and whether the teachers of old practiced them. As a charter member of the “old gizzer’s” club, I offered the following experience from my memory bank: One of the few benefits of being a member of the “old gizzer” club is that occasionally …

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Training on Okinawa in the 50’s

I wrote the following, in response to many CyberDojo articles being submitted about the “modern” dojo and “modern” training methods. Much of the discussion included lots of training that had very little to do with karate. Some of the participants asked about training on Okinawa, especially as karate was practiced many years ago. My statements …

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A Message from the Editor

To all Uechi-ryu Practitioners: Why did the Okinawan Uechi-ryu Karate Association split? The second most common question is, “How does this split affect my dojo’s relationship with the other side?” I generally respond to these questions by relating the recent history of Uechi-ryu, as I recall it, from direct experience and by interpreting as best …

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George Mattson’s response

George Mattson’s response to a Uechi student who proclaimed that his style is closer to the original Chinese method than other Okinawan systems. Comment was made on the “Cyberdojo”: To Karateka on the Cyberdojo: I have enjoyed reading the ongoing exchange of viewpoints for the past six months, happily allowing others do the work. . …

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“Living in the Now”

by George E. Mattson An exerpt from his new book: “Dynamic Uechi-ryu Karate” This passage in the book deals with the concept of “A mind like water” as it applies to dealing with violence. When Paul Verge asked me the question about how an average person reacts to danger, I felt this segment might help …

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Fight or Flight Syndrome

by George E. Mattson An exerpt from “Dynamic Uechi-ryu Karate” Peabody Publishing Company. Brockton, MA Any stressful condition can trigger this syndrome. The danger may be emotional or physical in nature. The victim generally finds himself, usually unexpectedly, in a situation of extreme stress. Although the danger may be real or perceived as real by …

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