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2019 Uechi-ryu WinterFest
March 1 – 3rd

Note: Canadians will receive a discount! (because of their dollar devaluation)

The on-line application w/payment now available


Click Here for map from Orlando Airport


Friday and Saturday Facility: We have outgrown the indoor space used in earlier WinterFests and have reserved the MLK Hall in Mount Dora for Friday and Saturday. (Click Here for Directions)



Friday, , 9AM: – 3PM Uechi-ryu Seminars by Master Instructors. Sensei Mattson will be conducting speed, reflex and power competition utilizing Herman Trainer, throughout the day.

Lunch from 12 – 1PM Served at the facility. (Food prepared in MLK kitchen by volunteer cook) (Looking for that volunteer! 🙂

1PM – 3:00PM Uechi kata and drills for adults

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

6:00pm – ? Dinner and music : 1884 Restaurant: (Click Here for directions)


Saturday – WinterFest Seminars 9AM-3PM

Saturday: 9AM-3PM: All day workout. . . Traditional Uechi-ryu, Okinawan 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 – ?: Free time to enjoy the sites and sounds of Mount Dora


Sunday facility: Mount Dora Donnelly  Building. (Click Here for Directions)

Sunday: Dan tests, Adult weapons and Uechi seminars. 9AM-11:00AM Lu2013 WinterFest informationnch hour

:30PM – 3:00PM. Junior Class on the patio.

Inside, open practice from 1:30PM – 3PM 

Tuition, which includes lunch:

$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.
Friday evening party: 7PM- 11PM: Party at Restaurant to be determined

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 and others, to be announced.

Discussion, training and application of the Bo staff (six foot stick) and 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.

George Schriefer, Joe Guidry and Tom Bentley will be working with the Bo, Jiffa and Jo on Friday and Saturday. I will be teaching a traditional Uechi-ryu class on Friday and Saturday morning from 9-10AM.

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

The on-line application w/payment now available

Good web resources:

Mount Dora: What you need to know


Points of Interest in Mount Dora:


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