Jan 11 2011

Forums Update!!!

Note: There was a Forum outage last night. It was repaired around noon on January 10th. Some posts were lost in the process. I’ve received quite a few email from people who are still unable to get on the forums. This is because your web browser’s history is pulling up the saved forum page and not allowing you to view the latest. Just clear your browser’s history and you should be OK. Sorry for the problem, but these things do happen on occasion. Many thanks to Ted Suzman for repairing the Forums.

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Jan 07 2011

WinterFest FireDragon Challenge

This year the Mount Dora Recreation Department will be hosting the FireDragon Challenge that is being conducted at the Martial Art WinterFest. We are inviting martial art schools to bring teams to compete in categories ranging from 5 year old children to 70+ year olds. The Challenge will be conducted Saturday, February 12th from 9AM – noon. Martial art instructors will be teaching basic sessions during the afternoon that will include introductory lessons in Uechi-ryu, sport karate sparring and traditional Okinawa weapons.

Registration for the Challenge begins at 9AM and will include lunch plus introductory martial art lessons during the afternoon. Registration fee only $15! (Click on image to view and print FireDragon poster)

Of course, George Mattson will once again head up a stellar list of senior martial art masters teaching at WinterFest on Friday and Saturday (February 11th & 12th). Details and registration information

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Jan 07 2011

Tribute to my cousin


By: Manny Neves, 8th Dan, Kyoshi, Uechi-ryu Karate-Do

My cousin, Manny Neves, of Pawtucket Rhode Island died on November 22, 2010. He was a boxer, kickboxer, Muay Thai practitioner and Karate expert (8th Degree Black Belt). He was a mixed martial artist. He was the first to bring MMA to the state of Rhode Island. He held many State and Regional Championships along with numerous title belts. He was the reigning World Light Heavyweight Muay Thai Champion and the Rhode Island MMA Light Heavyweight Champion in 1999. In 1995-96 he received the prestigious Instructor of the Year award and was inducted into the Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2007. All fighting combined he had 108 wins and 12 losses. He ran the Elite Martial Arts academy in RI and was the founder of International Combat Entertainment (ICE Fighter). He’s my cousin, my friend and one of only two of my martial arts heroes. He was, an always will be, the real deal when it comes to fighting.

Mixed Martial Arts is one of the best things that’s happened to the martial arts in a long time. There’s no mistake as to who won a particular match. No 5-points and stop, no referee bias, no b-s. If I were younger, I’d definitely be in the ring with those guys. Keep the Faith, Continue the fighting spirit. Be true to yourself and know that there’s an angel in heaven looking after you warriors.










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Dec 24 2010

Holiday greeting Newsletter from GEM

Uechi-ryu News November 25, 2010
Happy Holidays from George, Sue, Harley & Peanut…
How time flies. Seems like I was writing last year’s holiday newsletter just a few weeks ago. Must have something to do with aging and enjoying life! Today Sue and I are joining friends for a Thanksgiving “Brunch” at a local resourt famous for its two magnificent golf courses and five star restaurant. I always feel that eating there is somewhat wasted on me, since I can only eat a small sampling of what is offered. I’m usually fully satiated after a couple trips to the buffet table while I watch others enjoy endless trips, enjoying all of the dishes.
Goals for 2011. . .
My biggest goal is to breath new life into our aging martial art camps. I’ve been going over the archive photos, newsletters and SummerFest documents. Being the first such camp meant lots of groundbreaking and imaginative thinking. I felt the need to bring Uechi practitioners together where our training methods could be critiqued and where new and innovative methods shared. My original idea was to invite the Okinawan Uechi community to attend and be part of this exchange and where their students could interact with our students. This didn’t work out for some reason, but what has happened to Uechi-ryu politically might have been much different if this could have succeeded.
The first camp was 100% devoted to working on core training, which was essentially doing what we do in class. I continued to invite our Okinawan teachers, but expanded the list to include other martial arts that were compatible with our Uechi-ryu. Delegations from China began to attend starting in 1984, along with grandmaster Kanei Uechi and his family. For the first time we saw and studied root systems from Fuzou China that were very much part of what we were doing. In 1985 I conducted the first Martial Art Tour to Okinawa (Which was also the first WinterFest) that over 100 attended.
As time went on, SummerFest evolved into a high energy event where students and teachers could learn more about their Uechi-ryu through other arts with similar origins yet with different interpretations and applications. There is no question that Uechi-ryu outside of Okinawa became more popular and relevent due to the camps.
I conducted an online “webinar” a few months ago that was very well attended by Uechi seniors. The theme was “How can we make SummerFest better!” Many very interesting and useful ideas were proposed and after I published a newsletter on the subject, I received quite a few e-mail with more excellent ideas.
One of the things that I discovered was that I failed to publicize the camp’s theme sufficiently. I simply asked people to attend, without a clear message as to what the person might expect to achieve. Others hoped that I could come out with a more detailed and planned itinerary, so students could put together their schedule prior to being there.
These and many more improvements will be made in 2011. Of course, one of the biggest changes is moving from the Mass Maritime Academy to an indoor/outdoor facility in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Although many of us will miss working outside in view of the ocean, we decided that Plymouth was much easier to reach by car or bus and the usual gridlock on the weekend could be avoided for the “daytrippers”.
The next SummerFest will be held the 1st weekend in August and many more seniors will be assisting in the planning and implementation of the event and from the calls I’ve made so far, everyone is very happy about the new plans.
WinterFest is looking to be another great event. This year it is being hosted by the Mount Dora Recreation Department and is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 11th and 12th. This year, like SummerFest, the event will be focused on Uechi-ryu study and practice, with emphasis on technique involving core principles of our art. Susan and I have been working with the Chamber of Comerce and have many wonderful places to visit that will make the 2nd weekend in February a great place to take your Winter vacation. Next month’s newsletter will be devoted to the Martial Art WinterFest in Mount Dora.
Other Goals:
I would like to see the Uechi community throughout the world delete all the internet video clips of teachers breaking things over the bodies of their students and clips where viewers are entertained watching teachers beating the $#%^ out of their students while the students stands like a statue, submissively taking the beating. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of trying to explain to people that Uechi-ryu is not the famous karate system where people learn how to break things over their bodies and learn how to win fights by allowing their opponents to punch them until the opponent’s fist breaks!
Yes, it would be nice if Uechi practitioners could say they can all fight in a UFC match and win with their skill, but we can’t. It would be nice if Okinawa could brag about how tough their teachers are and how they can beat up any person in a fight, but they can’t!
Accept these facts and focus on what makes Uechi-ryu such a great physical art that has benefits that many people wish to have. Benefits that don’t include being a punching bag for the teacher.
If you have any questions about what our Uechi-ryu is all about, talk to the senior-senior members of our community. . . the ones who studied under Kanbun and remember the correct and healthy way to train their students. . . that does not include breaking things over their bodies or using them as makiwaras.
Gifts that you may enjoy giving or receiving…
I’ve received many e-mail from readers who plan on getting or giving my new “The Way of Uechi-ryu Karate” book for Christmas. Get your copy now!
From the Editor:
Note: As our inventory diminishes, the market price of this book rises. Get your copy now while a few copies remain!

Visit the book’s facebook page for reviews, comments and a look at the book’s contents. Click HERE!In the Fall of 1956, PFC George E. Mattson embarked on a journey to the Far East as a member of the US Army. An average Midwest kid, slight in stature and ignorant of the world, Mattson didn’t realize that he would one day be considered one of the fathers of modern martial arts.

The Way of Uechi-Ryu Karate is the story of one man’s journey of more than 50 years as a practitioner and teacher of classical Okinawan karate.

In his own words, Mattson recounts for the first time, the story of bringing the style of Uechi-ryu back from Okinawa to the United States. Written in novel style, Mattson takes the reader on a cultural tour of Japan and Okinawa before landing them in the city of Boston, MA where he set up his first dojo (hall of training) and began to teach the art of karate.

With Mattson’s honest writing style, the reader will get a visceral feel for the interesting events and characters that helped shape the face of modern karate. Mattson shares several behind the scene stories and tells of both his struggles and successes as he built Okinawan Uechi-ryu into one of the most successful and respected karate styles in the world.

Laced with history and culture in both text and imagery, the book can be enjoyed by anyone who has an interest in the martial arts.

This beautifully bound hard cover book is a library quality keepsake that can be passed on for generations. With nearly 500 pages of text and photos spanning over fifty years, it is a  documented time capsule of the life of George E. Mattson and the development of Uechi-ryu karate in the United States. Complimented by a Gold embossed black hard cover, the book is surrounded by a sanguine-red dust jacket adorned with a beautiful new Chinese dragon.

The Way of Uechi-Ryu Karate includes an enormous appendix of articles and transliterations from a variety of sources and contributing authors, giving each book owner an instant library of excellent martial art reference materials.

Roy Bedard

International Uechi-ryu Karate Federation   , www.uechi-ryu.com

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Dec 23 2010

Its that time of year!


To all our friends. . .


Have a very merry Christmas!

From George, Susan, Harley & Peanut











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Dec 16 2010

Sensei Vinny visits Mount Dora

My children’s class really enjoyed 7th dan, Vincent Christiano’s visit last night (12/15/10). Vinny took the kids through a Sanchin kata, then went on to explain the five principles of Sanchin that make this unusual and unique kata so important in our system.

Following the advanced class, Vinny agreed to perform his favorite kata for the camera so I could post it as part of the Uechi-ryu “masters” dvd series. Clip his picture to view the kata and also those five principles of Sanchin which he explains so eloquently.

Thanks Vinny.





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Dec 15 2010

Another Archive Treasure!

This is the first instructional video tape made on Uechi-ryu and one of the first on any martial art system. For many years it was the most popular video and later, when converted to DVD, continued to be the most popular title in the Uechi store.

When I decided to have the original tapes professionally restored and edited, this “Overview” tape was selected to be one of the first to undergo the full treatment. The finished product is a quality two DVD set that covers the “core” Uechi system along with over a half hour of timeless quality tips and suggestions for learning this great karate system.

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Dec 13 2010

More Archives. . . The VidMag Series

Virtual Dojo Information HERE

Back in the mid 90s I got the idea that our karate association should communicate with our members more often and decided to publish a monthly video newsletter and mail it out to subscribers. Obviously this was before Facebook and way before the internet was something everyone could access. I purchased a very expensive, state of the art video editing machine, a $3000 brand new “hand held” video camera and began cranking out video newsletters.

I thought you might be interested in where my head was back then and will be posting clips from VidMag 1 that were just returned to me after being restored and edited. One of the segments of this first video focused on the 1995 Uechi-ryu World Championships and the preparations our team went through putting it together. Here is a short audio clip I pulled from the video, relating to what our team envisioned to be the attributes of a true Uechi-ryu Champion:

G.E.Mattson Video Archives – VidMag1-1-a clip

Sue wants me to remind everyone that she must mail my new book out this week in order for you to get it in time for Christmas. Don’t wait until you have to buy it on Ebay!!!


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Dec 08 2010


Dear KARATE Lovers

Thank you for checking our OKINAWA BBTV web site, “OKINAWA KARATE!”

It introduces One of the oldest ryu-ha “Kojo-ryu”.

One of the oldest ryu-ha, Kojo-ryu was established in 1392 when the best and the brightest Chinese called “Kume 36 families” came to Ryukyu kingdom and became a nationalized citizen of the country. The primogenitor of Kojo-ryu, Sai Jo, was from Fujian Province, China.

Sais started living in Kume village with other “Kume 36 families” and one of Sais family was named Kojo. Kojos became one of the warrior classes of Naha province. They worked for Ryukyu government for a long time and supported the kingdom. In the end of the 17th century, Kojo Pechin got together all the techniques of Kojo style and taught it to other Kojos. So Kojo-ryu as we know it today is based on Kojo Pechin’s style. The feature of Kojo-ryu is that you keep punching to attack and then finish with join constraint or throwing.

The original, Kojo Pechin was called “Umare Bushi,” means born warrior. The second, Sai Syo I was called “St. Tanme,” means great master. The third, Kojo, Isei was also called great master and he went to China, at that time Ming Dynasty, to practice Chinese martial arts under Chinese worrior, I Fa, with his cousin Kojo, Taitei.

Kojo, Isei also went to Ming in 1879, back in when Ryukyu became one of the Japanese prefectures. Hoewver, Ming was unquiet days at that time to change Qing Dynasty. Isei remained China and opened Karate Dojo there. As an aside, the primogenitor of Uechi-ryu, Kanbun Uechi practiced Karate under Kojo, Isei when he when to China.

Kojo, Isei’s cousin, Kojo, Taitei was also one of the greatest Karate masters and was good at many kinds of martial arts and Confucianism. It is famous that he argued with Kanryo Higaonna on Sanchin. And it is said that he taught Karate to Gichin Funakoshi for the first time.

The forth, Kahou Kojo [1849 ~ 1925]

The fifth, Saikyo Kojo [1873 ~ 1941]

The sixth, Kahu / Yoshitomi Kojo [1909 ~ 1996]

The seventh, Shigeru Kojo [1934 ~ 1999?]

All the masters of Kojo-ryu were great, but the seventh, Shigeru Kojo closed his dojo in 1975 because of sickness and after that, there is no listed dojo of Kojo-ryu in Okinawa. Since we don’t have Kojo-ryu dojo about 35 years in Okinawa, Kojo-ryu is called “Illusory Karate.” However, there is a Kojo-ryu dojo in Tottori prefecture, by Shingo Hayashi, disciple of Kahu / Yoshitomi Kojo.

It is said that every kata of Kojo-ryu was made along with Chinese zodiac.

In China, 36 mean many, a lot of. So “Kume 36 families” means “Many people of Kume village.”


Okinawa Karate Kobudo Jiten

Seisetsu Okinawa Karate-do


Okinawa Karate Retsuden Hyakunin

Thank you and please check our Web site! OKINAWA BBTV

OKINAWA BBTV is a free site, now why don’t you check it out?


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Dec 07 2010

More restored archive videos

I’ve been working very hard reworking the hundreds of archived films in my library. Since many of the films are of the seniors in Uechi-ryu, I’ve decided to start a series called the “Masters of Uechi-ryu”. In checking the many videos, I came across a really fascinating one and a half hour film taken in master Kosuke Yonamine’s dojo following the historic 1985 Okinawa WinterFest.

Yonamine sensei is truly one of the greatest martial artist I have ever known. He was the person who probably had the strongest body and techniques in the martial arts. Although the feats of strength he routinely peformed, amazed everyone, he strongly proclaimed that he was experimenting with his own body and asked that we all hold off practicing these extreme training methods until he could proclaim that such training was safe and something that might be added to the Uechi-ryu curriculum.

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