Jun 09 2019

IUKF President visits Knoxville

Recently 9th degree and newly appointed president of the IUKF, Darin Yee, paid a visit to our school in Knoxville, TN. It is a privilege to be able to learn from Master Yee’s vast knowledge from not only Uechi-ryu but also his many other martial arts styles.

These influences are easily seen, especially Wushu and Wing Chun, when exploring the soft side of Uechi-ryu. Even though most original styles of karate advocate being both a hard and soft style, through the years of evolution of karate, many styles have the lost the soft side. Master Yee’s seminar focused on the soft side of Uechi-ryu.

The soft side is an overlooked and important facet of Uechi-ryu. This is especially true in today’s modern karate where women and children are an intricate part of the dojo. The soft side gives a smaller or weaker individual the ability to defend themselves against a bigger, stronger attacker. No matter how big and strong you think you are there’s always a chance your attacker is bigger or stronger.

At our school we are always looking for a deeper understanding of movements, looking for bunkai not typically associated with the movement or set of movements in a kata; throws, takedowns, or a strike that could be a block and vise versa. Master Yee’s insight into the soft side of Uechi-ryu has given us new techniques to add to our repertoire, but more importantly help open our minds to even further explore the depths of Uechi-ryu.

Thank you Master Yee for taking the time to share your knowledge with our students at the Knoxville Uechi-Ryu School. Please feel welcome to come back and share your knowledge and friendship whenever you are able.


Thank you,


Knoxville Uechi-ryu

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Apr 11 2019

GrandMaster Ryuko Tomoyose Passes!

Death Notice from Okinawa:

Attached are Ryuko Tomoyose’s funeral announcement. One is Japanese message as a death announcement ( I send this document as authentication!) and my translation. There are more articles about him by master Nakahodo and his profile from Okinawa Time on the same day. I have to go to his funeral this afternoon; therefore, I will translate the same for the above articles around tomorrow about this time. Here is today’s his funeral message. 

Tsukasa(Scott) Higa


Ryuko Tomoyose passing away notice-Date: Okinawa Times -Thursday, 11 April 2019:

1. Father Ryuko Tomoyose: (92 years); Rest at home-Ota Uruma city
He passed away a natural cause of death on 11:06 AM April 11, 2019 and journey to the heaven for an eternal sleep. We, Tomoyose family, truly appreciated for a 5th floor of Nakagami Hospital’s a doctor in charge and his staffs for generous treatment. Therefore, we forward this message to accept our deepest condolence.
The funeral service will be following.
a. Date: Thursday 11 April 2019 from 16:00 Hour to 16:30.
b. Place: Gushikawa Funeral Service (1st Floor)
Phone: 098-973-4095-Gushikawa 1508 Uruma City
The event of * 7 X 7 (See note below) ceremony will proceed after the end of funeral. The 49 days of event will commence this funeral home this date, please accept our condolence. The year of Heisei 31st, 11 April.
Family participants: The oldest son-Michihiro Tomoyose: His wife Satomi: The oldest daughter-Akemi Kubota: Her husband Norio Kubota: Second oldest daughter- Kazue Tomoyose: Grand Childs Michiya; Kuniyasu Tomoyose: and all relatives Naoko Tomoyose; Nariko Kubota: ;Miiyu Tomoyose; Ryusen Tomoyose; Takatsugi Tomoyose; Nobumasa Tomoyose; Katsuko Tomoyose; Hatsuko Tamaki; Nobuko Shokida; Isamu Shokida; Yoshie Gushiken and others.

2. An honorary chairman of association:
Mr. Ryuko Tomoyose-Please accept our deepest condolence for his passing on 10 April
The year of Heisei 11 April. Okinawa Karate Association (Uechi Ryu)
The chairman of Okinawa Karate Association- Seicho Tobaru

3. The Special counselor of association (Okinawa designated non-figurative cultural asset holder)
Mr. Ryuko Tomoyose: Please accept our deepest condolence for his passing on 10 April
The year of Heisei 11 April. Okinawa Karate Assembly
The Chairman of Assembly – Zenpo Shimabuku
4. An honorary senior of assembly:
Mr. Ryuko Tomoyose; Please accept our deepest condolence for his passing on 10 April
The year of Heisei 11 April.
Uechi Ryu karate Do Assembly
The Chairman of Assembly – Sakae Uechi

*Note: 7 x 7 event meant- In Buddhist idea, A person deceased, his/her soul will seek peace and conformity for 49 days (7 x 7) before journey to the heaven. Therefore, all his family and relatives shall keep calm and peace for his departure.


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Mar 12 2019

2020 Winterest review



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WinterFest 2020…March 6,7,8…
Time to Plan…

Take a week off and enjoy a  Uechi-ryu vacation with George and Susan in Sunny Mount Dora and Eustis, Florida.  Three days of exciting, enjoyable workouts and seminars. A list of experienced senior presenters will provide valuable insights into the hidden treasures, healthful benefits and mind-body-spirit insights of our magnificent karate system, designed to charge your batteries, while enjoying the warm, summer-like surroundings. You won’t want the weekend to end, but if you were smart and took that well-deserved, week-long vacation, you will quickly get into the Mount Dora mood. . . Sleep a little late, enjoy breakfast at one of the many lakeside restaurants. . . then take a walk , perform a three-pack Sanchin set at one of the many lake-side areas, then just chill-out with a cup of coffee. The week will fly by and you will enjoy every moment.

Sue and I know, because we have been enjoying Mount Dora and the surrounding towns, lakes, restaurants and sites since moving here in 2004.
                          ================================Our last WinterFest was a huge success. . .
This year we will be growing and are planning a number of new, interesting and exciting features that I know you will like and enjoy.

First off, because of the large number of people who have e-mailed, called or have crossed paths with me, saying they were coming, our gym simply won’t be large enough for the seminars planned. Susan and I have signed a contract for the most beautiful building in the area. Large, with nice wood floors and an extra large stage where a class can be held. There is a sound system, but I don’t think we will need it.

Click her if you wish to sign up for all three days, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Weapons Session.

Click here if you wish to sign up for the Two Day package. (Friday and Saturday); (Friday and Sunday Morning), or (Saturday and Sunday Morning.)

Click here if you wish to only sign up for Sunday Weapons Morning Session .

Thursday, March 5th:  Golf outing at the “Old Course” of Mount Dora. Tee time, 12 Noon.

Friday, March 6th: A well organized series of seminars that are relevant to the Uechi system. A detailed seminar schedule and presenters will be published ASAP. There will be classes for students who would to have additional help and assistance for any area of their Uechi-ryu.

Classes begin at 9AM sharp and end at 3PM, lunch will be provided from 12 – 1PM.

Saturday, March 7th: Seminars will begin sharply at 9AM. Lunch will be from 12-1.. Seminars will continue until 3PM.

Sunday, March 8th: (To be held at our Karate Gym, where last year’s WinterFest was held)
We will be hosting a special three hour morning Kobudo seminar with Master Tsukasa Gushi. He will be assisted by Sensei Joe Guidry, George Shreifer and other senior Kobudo teachers.We will have a large assortment of weapons to use, but if possible, please bring your own.

There is an afternoon session planned, depending on interest. 

I will be sending out WinterFest updates on a regular basis. The dates, schedule of events and facilities have been locked in, so please mark the dates on your calendar. Now is the time to schedule your best airline prices and hotels.

George E. Mattson

Thursday, March 5th: Golf at the “Old Course” in Mount Dora: Tee Time: Noon! Be sure to let me know if you wish to join us.

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 Highlights from 2019 Winterfest

Very nice letter from a long time student and friend, Harvey Liebergott to George Mattson. He has attended 99% of the camps since we started.

I have never been on facebook.  What I wanted to say about the camp is that it was beyond my expectation.  I learn something every time you and (during the last few camps) John Spencer take me through a kata.  But quite aside from that, I watched (because the four inch gash in my leg from an injury before the camp kept me out of) one of the best classes I have seen in more than forty years of training and camps.  Roy Bedard taught an unforgetable, lucid, class in how to read an opponent and lead him out of position.  I had never taken a class with Roy because I thought that I was too old for what he was teaching.  But in fact, I needed exactly what he teaches and even though I could not participate, I agree wholeheartedly with the great Yogi Berra, “you can observe a lot by watching.”  It would have been worth driving fifteen hundred miles for that class alone.

That is not to say that the other classes were not great.  In fact, winter camp felt like the early Uechi camps of the 1980s.  And what I found particularly inspiring was seeing the senior seniors learning from each other.  The greatest athletes and musicians and actors have coaches.  And it occurred to me that the best martial artists are not the ones who think they know everything, but the ones who keep working.  I have not been to Okinawa, but I am guessing that I would not see the “great names” there working together the way they do here. 






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Feb 05 2019

2019 Winterfest Schedule

1983 SummerFest GEM

Deadline for Registering is February 8th! Susan must have a paid, filled out registration form (Found Here) in hand by this Friday. Of course seminar presenters don’t have to pay. . . but must register with a filled out application. . .

Weapon training will be outdoors and we can take additional registrations for Gushi sensei’s seminars, which will be held all three days.

Dinner reservations will only be counted for participants registered by this Friday. 

This should be a great event and I’m looking forward to seeing and working out with everyone.


George E. Mattson

2019 Winterfest schedule-3


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Dec 30 2018

Happy New Year!

Last workout in 2018 was a great class with Tim and Patty Dado and Joe Bellone , special guest from New England. 

Joe is an amazing Uechi-ryu practitioner who has a boxing and mixed martial background that gives him an insight into the many layers often overlooked in traditional martial arts.

We are looking forward to seeing Joe back at Winterfest where we can continue exploring the fascinating art of Uechi-ryu.


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Nov 23 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

The IUKF is extending a sincere wish to our Uechi family for an abundant Thanksgiving. Every year that passes presents different obstacles and so many new gifts. I pray our blessings outweigh any and all our burdens.

Please remember the IUKF is your martial art family. We are at the pinocle of the martial art world and yet we continue to grow and expand.

Rest and enjoy those love ones among you. The IUKF wish you a bountiful and fulfilling day. These types of days should remain with us forever.

Darin Yee

President – IUKF

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Aug 29 2018

Darin Yee – New IUKF President

I want to thank Sensei George Mattson for his trust in me to carry on the IUKF as president. Along with this position comes a huge responsibility involving fairness, compassion and understanding while keeping in mind our enormous affiliations throughout the world.  We must also maintain our insistence to all rules and guidelines with no exceptions. 

Every effort will be utilized to grow and to advance the IUKF.  As expected small changes will be announced.  Please follow our posting on our website. 

I appreciate all the well wishes I’ve received and look forwards to working with all our dedicated members. 

I would also like to announce the IUKF is an official 501-C3 organization which means we are a non-profit organization and all funds forwarded to the IUKF could be tax deductible.   

As President, I have been a businessman owning and operating businesses for over 30 years.  Our Secretary Mario Rizzo is an attorney at Law who will address all our legal issues.  Andrew Fink is a CPA with an abundance of experience dealing with the IRS and well versed with “non-profits”.

The IUKF thanks you for your support through the past years.  We hope to maintain our relationship as the torch is passed and continue to help grow and improve the legacy of Sensei George Mattson our Grandmaster.        

Darin Yee

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Feb 08 2018

WinterFest 2019 Update


Notice to Winterfest Participants
Friday’s party will be at the 1884 Restaurant in Eustis. 6PM.
BTW golf begins at 11am on Thursday. The old course at Mount Dora.

WinterFest – 2019

 2019 Uechi-ryu WinterFest
March 1st,2nd and 3rd, 2019


I am pleased to announce that the 2019 Uechi-ryu WinterFest will again be held in the beauiful city of Mount Dora, Florida.

This event is sponsored by Mount Dora Parks and Recreation.

Besides a stellar cast of Uechi-ryu masters, who will be conducting seminars, This year we are honored to be hosting Tsukasa Gushi, sensei, who will be teaching the Kobudu made famous by his father, master Shinyu Gushi.

WinterFest will be held March 1st – 3rd, 2019 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from 9Am- 3PM with lunch from noon to 1pm.

Tuition: Two or three days -$150. One day – $100

Please e-mail me if you are planning to attend 2019 WinterFest or if you have any questions. 

I am working on the WinterFest website , which will contain links relating to directions, site seeing options, Chamber of Commerce information and local attractions.

I promise, no snow and beautiful weather. Plan your Winter vacation around WinterFest!

Looking forward to seeing you March 1st – 3rd!

George E. Mattson

Tsukasa Gushi

Kobudo schedule 

Friday– staff fundamentals, seijuno bo and other bo  kata(s) critiques.

Saturday– review of staff,….then oar (can use a staff). 

Sunday– giffa and sai. Review of seijun no bo, eku ,giffa and sai. 





Friday, , 9AM: – 3PM  (Schedule to be released soon).

Lunch from 12 – 1PM Served at the facility.

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

6:00PM – 9:00PM – Dinner and music : 1884 Restaurant: (Click Here for directions)


Saturday – WinterFest Seminars 9AM-3PM

Saturday: 9AM-3PM: All day workout. . . Traditional Uechi-ryu, Okinawa 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 – 6PM: Free time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Mount Dora

Saturday evening: Everyone is on there own for Dinner. Great restaurants near by.



Sunday: Dan tests, Adult weapons and Uechi seminars. 9AM-11 Noon on the patio.
Sunday: 9am– 12 Noon. Junior Class
.Inside, open practice from 1:30PM – 3PM 

Tuition, $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.


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, Dan Del Sonno and Greg Postal.


Kata Bunkai – Most Uechika understand applications of kata only on the most rudimentary level (e.g. ‘turn, block, counterpunch’), practicing kata and self-defense techniques in isolation from one another as if they were completely separate entities. Learning to interpret kata movements in more advanced/sophisticated ways and then drilling those applications with a partner facilitates significantly greater progress in self-defense techniques inherent in the Uechi-Ryu curriculum. After learning and drilling some applications in the seminar, we will move to some general principles of kata bunkai; tools which should allow students to utilize this learning process in future training.

Yakusoku Kumite – Every drill has inherent limitations, often deliberately built in to allow fairly realistic training without serious injury to practitioners. Mistaking these representations for reality, rather than training method can lead to complacency and overconfidence however dispensing with these drills in favor of only jiyu kumite results in an equally flawed practice. Instead, by training kyu or dan kumite while varying distance, timing, speed, etc. one can develop significant improvements in real world self-defense application that static, stilted versions of these drills cannot achieve.

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

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

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Nov 30 2017

Teaching Tips

Some of my students are looking in my Black Belt Test Guide by Sensei George Mattson and questioning some of the content.  Our discussions were mainly on the section of “time in grade”.  Seems every student and their mothers think their little ninja is an exceptional student.  If not, it’s the sensei’s fault and they will leave and find a sensei who’ll believe their child is exceptional.  Please be informed this applies for adult rank more so then children as according to the guide, real black belts are awarded only to students 16 years of age and over. 

 I see many children wearing black belts and I must admit are very good.  The huge difference is they do not have the strength of an adult and regardless, they do not have the mentality of an adult.  A real black belt is someone with not only the knowledge and the physical abilities but one who has the proper mind set, attitude and control. 

Sensei Mattson listed in the kyu rank section the suggested workout hours required along with the time expected.  However, this was not so clear in the dan (black belt) section.  Therefore, it’s become an issue of discussion and there are many who’ll spin the wording to circumvent the spirit and intention of the guide and rules for self gratification and unwarranted gains.      

My explanation on this subject of “time in grade” is meant for a student to mature in their present rank.  That “time in grade” give that student time to workout and become more familiar with the movements in our system, gain greater strength and acquire an understanding of oneself.  We need to know what our strengths are and understand our personal limitations.  And that changes with age.  

We lose speed but we gain in knowledge.  This can only be realized if we have time spent on a dojo floor working out.  If we past our precious time watching television, playing on our computers or just staying home, we gain nothing.  Yet I see people coming back for promotions simply because they have the “required” time in grade and no evidence of working out.

A dojo must insist on dojo workouts along with that time passed (time in grade) to insure this student has really improved and obtained enough improvements to earn a promotion.

An average student works out twice a week which adds up to 104 workouts a year.  Taking holidays into consideration, I suppose we could accept workouts in the mid 80s plus their “time in grade” to be considered “average”. 

An exceptional student has little to do with their physical abilities but is a student who dedicates more of their time to working out and the understanding of the arts.  Those who commits an “exceptional” time to their study of karate are “exceptional” students.  A student is described as someone who studies not someone who is most physically fit.  You need to study in order to be a student.  The more you study, the more exceptional you are as a student.

I hope all senseis take my suggestions to heart and consider all factors before we promote.  We should not offer promotions to keep a student in our registry.  If we do not control some of the run-a-way promotions, we will hurt ourselves and weaken our entire system.  We must maintain respect by honoring the spirit of our regulations and suggested guides from pioneers and visionaries such as Sensei George Mattson.

These suggestions are already in place.  I am simply adding to the explanation to keep poorer, less honorable students from exploiting our organization.  I want people to view IUKF black belts as respected, quality students.  What would the world think of organizations who passes out promotion once a year regardless of the dedication, commitment, knowledge and maturity that only working out in that “time in grade” can provide us?  There is a lack of Bushido when you try to fool others.  It’s even worst when you fool yourself.  You are the one who’ll always know who you are regardless of the paperwork you’ve convinced other to issue you.

Darin Yee                 

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Nov 19 2017

Hole in 1 today! Can take off my bucket list!

Good day at golf today. . .

  1. Hole in one (160 yards)
  2. #1 in “B” division
  3. Closest to the pin #3 hold
  4. #1 Team competition





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