News from Eastern Arts #009
Eastern Arts Newsletter A Periodic Letter from George E. Mattsoln
March 2005

Dear George,

The nice thing about Florida is that aside from a hurricane or two, the seasons are pretty much the same. My friends in New England keep reminding me through e-mail how lucky I am, since they have been experiencing non-stop recurring snow storms for the past couple months. I keep trying to schedule a visit, but Jet Blue Airlines keep telling me to "stay home"! Say Harvey. . . When will the sun shine again???

in this issue
  • 1st On-line Discussion
  • N.E. Junior Uechi-ryu Karate Championship Series
  • 2nd Annual JuniorFest!!
  • Sensei Al Wharton to be honored at this year's SummerFest
  • Plan Ahead - Committment - Success!

  • N.E. Junior Uechi-ryu Karate Championship Series

    Although our tournament Grand Championship Home at the Plymouth Sports Dome was blown down during the January snow storm, Fred Channel was able to help me secure the Hanover South Shore Vocational Technical High School. The school hosted Fred's event and everything went smoothly, so I expect we will have an equally well run Grand Championship on April 30th.

    3rd Annual
    New England Junior Uechi-ryu Karate Championship Series
    11th Annual

    Uechi-ryu Karate World Championships

    April 30, 2005
    South Shore Vocational
    Technical High School
    476 Webster Street
    Hanover, Ma 02339

    Sanctioned by:
    The International Uechi-Ryu Karate Federation (IUKF)

    Registration begins at 8:00 AM
    First divisions start at 9:00 AM SHARP!

    All competitors will receive an award for participation.

    Medals & Winners Points will be awarded to those who finish 1st thru 4th

    96 Total Divisions
    for Kata, Prearranged Kumite, Point Fighting, Weapons and
    a Demonstration Division for team entries

    16 Separate divisions for Junior Black Belt

    We will be using IUKF rules.

    We also plan to make this series as affordable as possible by keeping the registration and spectator fees very reasonable. The same fees will apply for each and every tournament in the series.

    We hope to make this Series a worthwhile and memorable event for all who partake, spectators included. Staff will be on hand throughout the event to answer any questions and to keep things moving along.

    We look forward to seeing you on April 30, 2005!

    For questions or if your dojo needs application forms, please email or call
    George Mattson

    Tournament Promoter
    Uechi-ryu World Championship


    2nd Annual JuniorFest!!

    Last year's Junior SummerFest was a big success. This year we will be hosting 100 children of all ranks at the Maritime Academy. If your dojo knows of some deserving kids who would benefit from the program but cannot afford to attend, please contact Brian Finnerty( And. . . if you would like to help raise money for this scholarship fund, talk to Brian.

    Sensei Al Wharton to be honored at this year's SummerFest

    The senior instructors of IUKF has voted to honor sensei Al Wharton to be tested for the rank of Hachidan (8th degree Black Belt) at this year's SummerFest.

    No more than one candidate a year gets the nod for this most important rank. The rank is all the more important because the testing is done in front of the candidate's peers, family and friends.

    Dr. Paul Giella moderates this memorable and moving celebration. All in attendance agree that the Master's testing is the highlight of the weekend.

    Master's test

    Date: Saturday, August 13, 2005
    Where: Mass Maritime Auditoriu
    Time: 7-8PM

    Plan Ahead - Committment - Success!

    Be sure to start preparing for this year's SummerFest. Every year, following our program, I get lots of calls and e-mail from people who are so disappointed that they didn't attend. Generally the reasons for missing boil down to not planning ahead. Sure, many will be able to come "last minute", but most of us need to plan vacations, save up the funds necessary for this vacation and most important, commit to attending. This year we have a payment plan where you can send in a small amount every month so you won't be faced with that "last minute" crisis. You know you want to be there; on the beach, under the tent, at the demonstrations and parties. All it takes is a wee bit of planning ahead and committment!

    Next Issue
    Chairman of the IUKF Board, Dr. Paul Haydu, will be introducing the entire IUKF board of directors, committee heads and will be discussing the various projects IUKF is working on.

    1st On-line Discussion

    IUKF Board Member, Harry Skeffington announced recently that his "On-line Learning Center" committee will be conducting their first meeting on:

    March 15, 2005 at 8:00pm EST

    Subject: "So You Want To Open a Dojo!"

    Special Guests: George Mattson, Wendi Barker, John Page and Gary Khoury.

    The IUKF Learning Center can accommodate 25 people. The first 20 people who email me will be receiving the username and password required to participate. No fee or special requirements.

    Open to anyone contemplating opening a dojo and looking for advice or answers to questions.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to ask the experts who have "been there" and "done it"! The Learning Center can be accessed by anyone, anywhere in the world. Two way telephone quality communications at no cost to the user. DSL or Broadband is preferred, but 56k modem will work.

    If you have a topic you would like to discuss on a future date, please send it in to Harry Skeffington

    Find out more about the "Learning Center"....
    Whats Happening in the Martial Art World...

    Bill Glasheen's Forum "Dynamic Knee Rotations"...How healthy?

    Auction for Al Moulton's last Uechi-ryu 2000 books

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