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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Dec 03 2010

1985 WinterFest on Okinawa

Click on the “Pictures” gallery in the top frame and check out the latest video clips I’ve uploaded on WinterFest 1985, which was conducted on Okinawa.

The first clips were taken during the training sessions and the last were of the All Okinawa Karate Championships. I put the tour together and over 100 participants came and enjoyed fantastic training, led by GrandMaster Kanei Uechi. We also enjoyed our evenings partying and having lots of fun.

The complete two hour film is available in our store.

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Nov 27 2010

Proper Way to Check a Student in Sanchin

This is what I believe proper ‘testing’ should be like….

by Van Canna

1. The instructor first applies simple pressure to the nukite [3.] then strikes the fingertips with his palms. The instructor seeks to “feel the floor” when pressing down upon the student’s fingers.

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Nov 16 2010

It is official . . .

SummerFest 2011 will be held the first weekend in August, 2011!

August 4 – 7th (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Note: Airfare on Jet Blue are very low right now. Susan and I booked our flight today!

The hotels in the area are offering very reasonable rates for our group and if finances are a problem, we have been given permission to offer free sleeping space at Sensei Yee’s nearby dojo. Just bring your sleeping bag! Weather permitting, we will be able to run seminars and other events outside in the spacious field adjoining the arena. Watch this site for updates.







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Nov 14 2010

2010 World Championship in Argentina.

Today was the first day of the 2010 World Okinawan Karate & Kobudo Rengokai Championship in Argentina.

With the participation of 800 competitors signed up, in the categories of Kata Kobudo and Karate Kata. Sensei Carlos Ciriza (Uechi-ryu Kenyukai) led a team of 5 competitiors representing Uechi-ryu:
1. Jorge Ortega,
kata category Danes over 40 years old:
total number of competitors: 36
obtained position: 18 ° place

2. Angel Gallardo
kata category Danes over 40 years old
Total Competitors: 36
Obtained Position: 8 th place

3 ° Monica Lasso
Category: Female kata 18 to 39 years old
Total Competitors: 26
Obtained position 13 ° place

4. Alejandro Cabrera
Category Danes male 18 to 39 years old
Total Competitors: 72
Obtained Position: 36 ° Place

5. Ziegler Diego
Category Danes kata male 18 to 39 years old
Total Competitors: 72
Obtained Position: 5 th Place

Ziegler Diego
Category Kobudo Sai Kata male Danes


total number of competitors: 28
Position obtained: 1 Place World Champion

Event Details:
The 2010 World Okinawan Karate & Kobudo Rengokai Championship in Argentina, was organized by the Okinawa Shorin Ryu Renshukan Argentina, directed by Sensei Pedro Fattore  8 th Dan.  controlled by Federation Argentina of karate,  only Karate organization recognized and endorsed by the Argentine Government through the Ministry of Sports of the Nation.

The President of the Tournament was Minoru Higa Sensei 10th Dan and President of Okinawa Shorin Ryu Kyudokan.

attended the Okinawan Masters: Yoshinobu Kawakani Sensei, 9° Dan Shodokan  Goju Ryu,  Sensei Iha Kotaro 10 ° Dan Ryukyu Ryukonkai Kobudo, Sensei Oshiro Yuzuro 9 ° Dan Shodokan  Goju Ryu, Miyagi Kaoru Sensei 9 ° Dan Shohei Ryu, Sensei Kakazu Shoshimaza 9° Dan Kyudokan Shorin ryu, Sensei Akamine Shigehide 7 ° Dan Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu & Sensei Akihito Yagi 6 th Dan Goju Ryu Meibukan.
Competed in the event 800 competitors,

the day Friday 12, seminars were held all the Okinawan masters who visited us, the day Saturday 13 was done on  Kata Kata Karate and Kobudo, and Sunday 14, competed in Kumite.

A hug Sensei George

Sensei Carlos Ciriza  7* Dan
Uechi Ryu Kenyukai Argentina

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Oct 31 2010

Master Ruan Dong RIP

I’m sorry to report that one of the original 1984 delegation from China that attended my Summer Camp on Thompson Island, passed away. A friend sent me an e-mail saying that he died last month (I’m assuming September) after a lengthy battle with stomach cancer.

I clearly remember the many hours spent with him and the other members of his delegation as he taught us a very lengthy but beautiful White Crane set. He will be remembered fondly by all who met him and were touched by his warm personality and enthusiastic teaching style.



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Oct 28 2010

Uechi-ryu for a lifetime!

Good day George,

I wanted write this e-mail to thank you for signing a copy of your book that I bought last winter for my son Alex; it was a great surprise for him and it meant a lot that it was signed from you to him.  The timing of the book  was a good motivator for him as Alex has struggled some in recent years as to finding his future direction with his karate.  Alex has been in Uechi-Ryu karate since he was 7 years old and is now 21 nearly ready for his Sandan test.  I know you won’t remember this so I enclosed a photo of when Alex  met you quite a number of years  ago at a karate event in Halifax, Nova Scotia when he was about 10 (he is the small blond purple belt on right).  At the time I asked you what keeps kids in karate for the long haul and you told me that if kids can get to 16 and get their black belt they would have karate for life, and I have to admit that it has worked so far for Alex.

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Oct 17 2010



by Renshi Graham Moughton

Three years ago I decided that it was time to build my own private dojo, several reasons why. Firstly the recession was on the horizion and I needed to reduce my overheads. Secondly and most imporntantly I needed my own space to work and teach in after 35 years of training, and researching the Oriental Martial Arts. Thirdly the weather here in the UK is inclement, that an outside decked area only provided me with training for a limited time of each year, and lastly, I was down to my last £2000 in the bank and the way things were going I would have nothing to show for my efforts as a professional martial arts instructor.

Today I will say that it was a good decision, even though the cost of materials for the dojo left me broke at the time. Ok three years later I am still struggling, but I am still here and things are looking up. Slowly but surely the class sizes are growing again and I think maybe in about twelve months time I will be able to say it was the best thing I ever did, I hope.

I called on a builder friend I knew and asked him if it were feasable to build a Dojo in my garden, he said that the planning rules have changed and that permitted planning would allow me to build as long as the building was a wooden structure and fitted into a strict set of rules regarding how far away the building is to be from the house, then I was able to build around 50% of the land. With this in mind I began to measure up and draw myself a few plans and put some ideas down on paper. Once I was happy with my design I measured up how much material I would need and once again asked my builder friend if he could help. He was able to get me all the materials I would need to build the frame work, and thank you Steve for supplying these at a really low cost.

Ok the frame was covered now I needed the 8′ x 4′ sheets for the walls and roof. I began asking around and one of the students said his boss was moving their warehouse and he had some of these boards laying around, he said he would ask if we could have them. Well the van turned up with enough boards to get the project finished, and they were donated, and a very big thank you to Dave for his help.

By the time I had all the material togther it was mid winter. I Began work in January straight after Christmass.

The first thing I needed to do was clear the land where I was planning to build the dojo, and it was a relative forest of plants trees bushes and a very large ornimental rockery with enourmouse stones.  Although back breaking work I managed to clear the land in eight weeks. Sensei Dan lent me a mulshing machine that helped me reduce the trees into bags of wood chips. Dan also helped me reposition my tool shed to the other side of my outdoor dojo, as the new indoor dojo was to be added to my out door area. I re distributed the stones around the garden and used the bigger logs to make a nice border area, which today looks really nice. The weather was cold and it rained most of the time I was clearing the land.


Once the land was cleared, I began to lay the floor area, I was lucky with the foundations as on the right side I had the old foundation concrete for the relocated shed and on the left I had filled in a large pond with concrete so these acted as my footings. Once the floor area was in place I put the four corner uprights in place, ready for the roofing beams.

I was really lucky with weather although cold the sun was out. It was around March and April.


I asked my lady ‘Fran’ to help me raise the beams, once the edge beams were in place I began to put together the roofing beams.


Once the frame was up it only took a couple of days to get the walls and roof in place, which really made the project come to life. Although I was enjoying the experience at this stage I became excited at the prospect of the finished artical.


As my intention was to make a traditional Okinawan looking building I set about making the windows. I was a little concerned as to how I was going to replicate the paper look, I did have a few ideas in the back of my mind, and when I looked into how much it may cost It became a slight issue, anyways un perterbed I carried on regardless and knew that a solution would eventually become reality.

Eventually I decided to approach a printer friend Steve at Verndadi, and asked him what he uses’s for his estate agent boards, and did they come in 8’x4′ sheets. He said they come in any size you want. Wicked! I measured up my windows, and door and Steve had the sheets cut and delivered the same day. Without hesitation I had the sheets installed, and was proud of my hard work as I stood and looked at the end result, actually not the end as I still had loads to do.


“Ok now I was really excited”

Now I was becomming impatient and all I wanted to do was get me gi on and do kata in my new dojo. But I knew I needed to start work on the inside. Getting the lights up, and the electrics in place, and making it look like a dojo. As it was Spring I had our first session on the bare wood floor, it felt good and everybody who attended said it was like training in a real Dojo.

Sempai Nick came up with a set of matts that the local Leisure Centre were about to dump, and we now have a fully functional dojo. Its a great place to train and has a really good atmosphere, plenty of fresh air, unlike the Leisure centre that we use which is stuffy and stale. I have slowly added training equipment over the last three years, and we now have weights, impact pads and mitts, Jo’s, Bo’s, Bokken’s, Tonfa, Sai, and swords available to use as and when ever we feel the need to hit each other with large wooden sticks.

The outside looks great with my Buddha, and trees, and in the spring when the flowers bloom its our little bit of Okinawa here in the UK.  Since these photos were taken the fer trees have been removed and spanking new fench has been put up on the border. I did like the fer trees though, but they were a bit of a nightmare and needed a lot of cutting back each year.

Since building the Dojo we have had some great class’s and courses here, it is probably the best thing I did, and the time was right for me to build it.

I am glad that I built the dojo, although a solitary experience and back breaking work at times, I found  that my Budo training gave me the spirit of perseverance to continue through the harsh weather, and somtimes frustrating bits of work that did not go as planned.

We have made it our dojo, and we all love training here. Russell has said that once changed and ready to practise its like being transered back in time & space to an earlier age.








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07598 318902

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