Aug 26 2012

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Aug 12 2012

New Milestones for Uechi-ryu

I forgot when I created the first martial art website. It was quite primitive to be sure, but I realized the internet was something that I should explore and make part of the Uechi-ryu community and I was eager to become part of that group of pioneers who experimented with this technology.

During those years my web creations took many forms. I actually enjoyed playing around with the newest and most creative methods of communicating with the martial art world. Today marks another milestone in the Uechi-ryu website which includes newer and easier way to manage the site, enabling more of my friends and associates to contribute directly to the site’s content.

This month (August, 2012) also marks the 30th anniversary of my Martial Art SummerFest! We celebrated this occasion with a record number of senior Uechi practitioners attending and a Masters Celebration with a record number of awardees.

Without my knowledge, Susan and my friends decided that they should combine celebrating the SummerFest anniversary with my 75th birthday, which doesn’t happen formally until September 12th. Allan Azoff decided that a dual celebration deserved a king-size cake and brought one to the post Masters Celebration party.

Although I fully expect to live another 50 years, I have decided to share more of the work and responsibilities of IUKF and other martial art activities to others. In addition to creating a hard working Board of Advisors in 2000, headed by Dr. Paul Haydu, I’ve just appointed Darin Yee as Vice President of IUKF. As his first assignment, I asked him to appoint a new committee, in charge of Titles and Awards.This committee, headed up by Dr. Joan Neidi and Jim Witherell, approved three titles for 2012.

I hope you enjoy the new website and will contribute to it whenever possible.

Lets work together and enjoy the exciting future ahead for Uechi-ryu.

George E. Mattson
President, IUKF


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Aug 08 2012

More SummerFest Comments

This year’s SummerFest is being featured in quite a few FaceBook posts, along with really great pictures from last weekend’s event. Just received this note from IUKF Vice President, Darin Yee. . .


Hi George,

Just a quick note to tell you how much my students and I enjoyed your 2012 summer fest.  I’ve been involved these last 13 years and realized I should have been involved for the last 30.

We had a lot of exciting and informative teachers demonstrating a lot of effective, innovative and new things for everyone to experience.  I’ve been involved in the study of martial arts for over 53 years and was introduced to many new looks at how things can be done.  Instructors like Rory and Bucky adds a lot of input that compliments a lot of what I’ve done and taught for many years.

Paul Haydu was teaching a lot of movement involving essential body dynamics.  If more instructors understand and teach all the things Dr. Haydu was teaching, their students could possible perform stronger and better kata.  I personally look forward to working out with Paul Haydu again.

The most enjoyable part of this week was the opportunity to rekindle old friendships and to meet our new generation of karate greats who are going to carry the torch of Uechi-Ryu Karate here in America.  I felt energized to think I can and might have in some way help shape the next generation.

We had another great success with Jr. Fest.  We had children ageing from 4 years old to 16 years old.  I’ve told the older children they could choose to join the adults rather then work out with the younger children.  I was told they rater be with the younger group which was alright with me.  We had one 4 year old, two 5 year old and five 6year with us.  I was very surprised they all lasted the full 7 hours and was disappointed our session was over at 4pm.

A special thanks goes out to Pat Saunders from the Stow Martial Arts Karate Do for being such an incredible presence and leading so many of the drills, exercises and games.  She is such a phenomenal organizer and facilitator.  The IUKF is very fortunate to have dedicated members like her.

I also like to thank Gary Wong, Sam Balch, Jordan Littman, Brianna McCarthy, Melisa McCarthy and Joy Tierney from The Budokan Martial Arts dojo; Russ Chase from the Brockton Uechi Karate Dojo and all who has help with making this Jr. Fest something to look forwards to next year.

As I’ve mentioned already, I was very surprised when the littlest ones were the most disappointed after 7 long hours of activities.  Perhaps we should consider taking a separate picture of the children in Jr. Fest for next year and give them their own little acknowledgement.

Darin Yee

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Jun 29 2012

Three Conflicts: Three treasures

Three Conflicts: Three treasures

David Mott
Cold Mountain Dojo

Probably most, if not all, of us have heard that Sanchin Kata translates as Three Conflicts.  And  we have certainly heard that “all is in Sanchin”, as though the key to unlocking the mysteries of Uechi-ryu is simply in practicing that very basic but all inclusive kata.  Usually, at some point, we may wonder if that’s really true, if it’s possible to become a master through performing those rather simple repetitions of three steps and arm strikes forward, turn and repeat, turn back forward and repeat, and so forth.  It’s a fairly generic and limited set of movements, and, while they form the basis for many of the movements that follow in the other Kata, they hardly seem sufficient on their own.  So to what does “all is in Sanchin” refer ?  I suggest that we remember the Three Conflicts.

What are the Three Conflicts?  One of the original symbols of Uechi-ryu, the three interlocking tear drops, offers an elegant answer.  Whatever the conflicts are, it is clear from the symbol that they form a whole.  Taking that knowledge a step further, what appears to be conflicting can offer resolution in wholeness and through integration.   One of the basic series of three conflicts is Form/Speed/Power.  This is the domain of the physical, an important domain.  However, an overemphasis on one of those aspects usually occurs to the detriment of the others.

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Jun 26 2012

Editing a Website!!!

Tried my best to post a large photo of my M.A. SummerFest Newsletter here, but kept messing up the home page. I’m tryuing to disprove the old saying “You can’t teach an old dog. . .”, but after a dozen tries, finally gave up.

This newsletter will be the only information notice that will be going out to those on my mailing list. If you aren’t on my general mailing list, please Click Here and sign-up. I only send out a newsletter occasionally, and certainly would never give anyone access to my mailing lists.

And if you would like read this special edition newsletter, Please click HERE. It is a pdf file, which can be opened with a free Adobe Acrobat viewer.

Please talk-up the SummerFest in you dojo and try to get a gang to accompany you to this year’s camp. I promise you will have a great time, learn a lot and meet the most pleasant, friendly and helpful martial artist in the world!

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Jun 09 2012

$#%@^&%# Junk e-mail!

I don’t know about you, but my e-mail in-box is overflowing with junk messages every morning. No matter what programming trick I create or anti-spam program I buy, the “spammers” always prevail and somehow end up in my “in” box.

Although a hundred or so junk e-mail get through every day, my anti-spam systems get 2-300. Not bad you say. . . Well, because my systems work “fairly” well, my “junk” box also collects about 25 e-mail that I do want to get. So guess what? I must now go through my junk mail folder every day to pull out the mail I want before deleting the rest.

I just started doing this, since earlier I would just automatically delete everything in the junk folder. Until. . .  I began sending my newsletters (I put out 5-10 a month) to myself as a way to check how they look using different browsers. . . Hmmm, I wasn’t getting any!

Finally, after complaining to the newsletter people and getting the responce: “Did you check your junk folder”, did I discover my own mail was being caught in the spam snare. After doing quite a bit of research and continuing to watch the 100+ junk mailings get into my “in” box, I realized how inadaquate today’s e-mail process has become.
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May 21 2012

GEMattson visits New Hampshire

SummerFest is fast approaching! First weekend in August! View Short Clip Here

George spends a long weekend in New Hampshire with Buzz Durkin and students.

Mattson states: “I had a great time and met hundreds of dedicated Uechi-ryu students and teachers at my seminars and Saturday’s graduation ceremonies.” George arrived Thursday afternoon and taught a children’s class and a two hour adult class at Allan Azoff’s dojo in Lexington, MA. Friday, he enjoyed a round of golf at the Atkinson Country Club, where he stayed.

Friday afternoon and evening he spent at Durkin sensei’s beautiful Atkinson, NH dojo, spending an hour with the children’s class and then teaching a two hour seminar to a packed house. Robb Buckland conducted a fascinating “realist” seminar at the Atkinson dojo on Thursday evening.

Saturday was a busy day for everyone, expecially for George and Buzz, who posed for pictures with every one of the nearly 200 black belt recipients who were awarded their belts at the evening ceremonies. Buzz thought that everyone would want to have a photograph representing four generations of Uechi-ryu and based on the number of students who took advantage of this opportunity, they did!

Obviously, the weekend wasn’t all work. Here Robb, George, Buzz and Allan enjoy a brew following the Thursday night seminars at the Atkinson Country Club.

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Apr 17 2012

SummerFest 2012 Website

We still haven’t finalized the schedule, but you can still register and get lots of information related to this years SummerFest by

Clicking Here

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Apr 15 2012

The Inner Art of Karate

Shambhala Publications just sent me Kenji Tokitsu’s latest book to review. Tokitsu, you may remember, also wrote a wonderful book on the life of Musashi (reviewed in this section) and therefore I was most interested to see what he had to say about Karate.

I was most pleased that he focused on karate as an art instead of simply another way to kill an opponent or win a tournament match.

“Budo, the way of the martial arts, is at heart a path of spiritual cultivation and self-realization whose aim is to develop a strategic mind that makes combat unnecesary. Kenji Tokitsu explains the philosophy of karate as budo and looks deeply at the key concepts that are essential for developing the budo mind in karate practice. These concepts are:


  • distance and timing
  • rhythm, anticipation and intuition,
  • and the cultivation of explosive but focused energy.
These concepts are difficult to teach, but mastering them is the ultimate goal of any true martial artist. Tokitsu expertly guides the reader through these elusive ideas with clarity and a practical view.”
Sound familiar???
The book is available at bookstores and Amazon.


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