Sep 09 2010

Whats Happening this month!

Webinar for Summerfest and Winterfest fans!

This year’s Summerfest was smaller than usual and caused a number of participants to contact Susan and me with suggestions for making future events more popular. I think a lot of people were concerned that we might stop hosting the events because of lack of interest.

I’m sure the economy has played a big part in people expressing interest in attending but not showing up. Others speculate that the interest in mixed martial arts has taken away excitement formally reserved for karate events. Whatever the reason, be assured that our SummerFest and WinterFest will continue!

During the next couple of months I will be hosting a series of online webinar focusing on different subjects and I would like our first Webinar to tackle the subject – “How can we make SummerFest more appealing to Martial Artist?”

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Aug 27 2010

Gang Fighting

Very interesting topic on Van Canna’s Self Defense Realities that involves gang attacks. We don’t spend a lot of time dealing with gang attacks in the dojo, although our advanced Konshiwa Bunkai is a multiple attack and part of the defense is making sure you move in such a way that you only have to deal with one attacker at a time. Jason posted a couple of clips in which one victim used this strategy quite well.

I’m not sure, but it appears that more and more gang violence is taking place now than any other time I can recall. Obviously avoidance is the best defense, but when you don’t have a choice, do you have a defense???

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Aug 13 2010

2010 SummerFest Slide Show

2010 SummerFest

Photos from the SummerFest.



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Aug 07 2010

Wheaton Terrior Available

So many people love our “Harley” (Wheaton Terrior) that when I learned that one is available for adoption, I wanted to give the Uechi world a “heads up”. My golfing buddy, Bill Hollingsworth,who is a volunteer for a Florida rescue center, requests that anyone interested in “Molly”, contact Melissa:
Melissa Nelson in Miami, Florida
Rescue Co-Coordinator
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Greater Tampa Bay

Remember – Sue and I drove all the way to Kansas for “Harley” and would do it again in a second.

Here is more information:

George–this Molly is the dog that has to be placed in a new home due to financial reasons–the current owner has three Wheatens and is in a divorce process and can’t afford the upkeep on more than one dog–she is keeping the 13 year old — the third dog was placed  last Sun.–Molly is available (without a fee).

Molly is 10 years old and has been with the same owner since it was a puppy. she is AKC registered and a very sweet girl I’m told. I have not seen the dog but have talked to the current owner who is so sad she has to give the dog up!! Molly needs groomed and brought up-to-date on meds. Because the current owner had to go back to work the dogs are left alone for 10 hours a day and that is sad!!! If you can help find a home for her you would be a HERO and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Fl. would be greatfull!! Thanks for looking and hopefully helping–Bill

This information is from the rescue center:

Molly and Morgan are pure bred Wheatens. They have been together since they were puppies and tragically, they now need a new home. Their person has fallen on hard times and can no longer afford to take care of them. Molly is 10 and Morgan is 13. If you are an older person, they would be a perfect pair for you. They are sweet, healthy dogs just looking for a loving home to live out their golden years. We would like to place them together but will separate them if we must. Could you find it in your heart to adopt these two wonderful dogs? They are located near Cocoa, FL. There would be no adoption fee. Please call us or go to our website at and click on Rescue to fill out the adoption application.

Molly and Morgan is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered

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Aug 05 2010

Advertise Here!

We do lots of free announcements for our friends, but if you can afford to advertise and want really great exposure to over 1/2 million enthusiasts a month, check out our advertising page:

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Aug 04 2010

Rory Miller Interview in Boston

Rory was at SummerFest all three days and conducted numerous seminars on subjects covered in his “Meditations on Violence” book and topics that will be in his new book that is being published soon. Rory will be in Boston all week and if you have the opportunity to participate in one of his seminars, please do.

In this Youtube video, Sensei Jason Gould of Boston’s Emerald Necklace Martial Arts sits down with Rory Miller, self-defense and tactics expert and author of “Meditations on Violence.” The two discuss martial arts and real world violence: decisonmaking under stress, legal and ethical aspects of self-defense, conflict de-escalation, and the dynamics of fighting.

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Jul 25 2010

Raffi Update. . .

Summer Camp 2010!!!!

Hello everyone, 
I just wanted to take a second and say I am really looking forward to seeing all of my Uechi friends/family next weekend. 
Sadly, I am only able to attend on Saturday. Should be there around 10:30 or so. Won’t be able to stay the entire day but will stay as long as I can. I will teach as much or as little as Sensei needs. 
It is great to say I have two JKD students coming to camp (they will be there earlier than me for sure) as well as one Uechi student. My JKD guys are looking forward to working with Rory as they bought his book and are anxious to meet him. 
I will be teaching a class on weapons. Specfically stick and knife. This will be a very combative class. No drills or patterns. Just some nasty Filipino stuff. Perhaps some empty hand tactics as well. 
I will NOT have many extra sticks and knives. Please bring your own if you can. 
Sensei, please set aside one copy of your new book for me. 
Take care folks, 

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Jul 25 2010

Joe Lewis Conference

Attention all Uechi-ryu students and instructors. . .

This is a program you don’t want to miss. . .





Dear JLFS Black Belts and Fellow Martial Artists,

You are cordially invited to attend my 11th Annual Joe Lewis Research Conference. This one-of-a-kind event takes place October 7-10, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. It will be hosted by Mike Allen and Eddie Dominguez at the Hilton Airport Westshore Hotel in Tampa, Florida.

The event is fewer than 80 days away so start making your reservations now in order to get the best travel rates.

Imagine taking part in the world’s only and most challenging research conference that offers personable, accessible, beneficial, and unique training—and yet— personally mentored by the first martial artist to open up a kickboxing school in North America (Dr. Maung Gyi), the Legendary Father of American Kickboxing (Joe Lewis), and also the first World Champion to establish kickboxing on National television (Bill “Superfoot” Wallace).

In addition to these three legends’ seminars, we have a distinguished line-up of guest instructors who will be sharing with you their knowledge and experience. Each seminar has a unique theme and every instructor is either a JLFS certified Black Belt as well as having certification in numerous other systems, or has widespread recognized credentials as being the top cutting-edge instructor in his field. We also have 3 Grandmasters of their own system teaching at the camp. We only pick the top cutting-edge instructor candidates to ensure that you not only have knowledge access from them, but also that you will acquire and fully gain the best possible experience.

True Breadth of Knowledge—“Second to None”

Whether you are a world champion fighter, a successful school owner, or a newcomer, each year we turn it up another notch by consistently raising the bar, offering a blend of both old school and modern day martial arts training skills. The following is a list of our featured instructors and their respected disciplines. Private lessons are available besides our regular scheduled classes. Thursday, Oct 7th, is our beginning day set aside for greetings, sparring, and those being tested for black belt rank.

The instructors for this year’s conference include:

(click “Ctrl” key and the name of the instructor to view their website)

(Private lessons scheduled by request)

2010 Conference Theme:

“Putting the Life Back into Your Training”

“It’s not the amount of training you’ve done in your life,

It’s the amount of life you’ve put into your training.”


Attention: Auditioning Brave Martial Artists Only

Martial artists used to train hard, sometimes for hours every day. Honor and respect traveled both up and down the chain of command. There was no “King of the Hill” or school bully.

A place in time where the most appropriate environment for learning was a level playing field—where the weakest white belts were allowed, and felt accepted and supported. You were never made to feel inadequate or less than those who were stronger—and yet, you felt at home training side by side with world champions. The doors to the workout floor were always open whether you were in top shape or struggling to get back into it.

You did not have to wonder whether or not if what you were being taught was the best cutting-edge methods to ever exist. And when you trained, you felt that indomitable fighting spirit that permeated the entire classroom.

Do you ever miss leaving the classroom with this same, familiar surge of passion anticipating the next class, because in your gut there was that freshly released energy that even words could not describe? Wasn’t it great in those days when valorous camaraderie was always the order of the day?

You think martial arts only used to be that way—-IT STILL IS!

I extend to you the challenge of a lifetime to come and train with those who represent an association that speaks to the dignity of that which is still the soul of a true martial artist.

Looking forward to greeting you,

Joe Lewis

Former World Karate/Kickbox Champion

United States Marine Corps (Member of 1st combat unit in Viet Nam—8th Marine Brigade)

“I will show you the pathway, but the answer about discovering

how to get to where you want to go is left up to you.”

Conference Information:

Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

2225 North Lois Ave.
Tampa FL 33607

We have a dedicated contact from the Hilton to address any issues related to this event including hotel reservations.

Cindy Colley Senior Sales Manager
Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

2225 North Lois Avenue

Tampa, Florida 33607

(d) 813-874-5015

813-877-6688 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 800-445-8667 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 800-445-8667 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Toll Free)

(Request “JLFS Conference Rate – $99) – Rate code is “JLEW

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Jul 22 2010

FireDragon Challenge!

Sorry. . . No More Advanced Registration

Bring your own lunch and register at the Maritime Academy (See Susan) DayTrips Only. . . $150
Looking forward to seeing you all Friday morning at 6:30AM. Meet at the tent!

FireDragon Honor Role (5th year)


The FireDragon crest and Lapel pin will be awarded, at no charge, to all those who participate and pass the FireDragon tests, held on Saturday at SummerFest.

Congratulations to all who participated in this extreme test of physical fitness and endurance. (list of winners)

George E. Mattson

Bill Glasheen


VideoClip description and overview of the FireDragon Challenge

To be listed, all performance tests must be authorized by administrator and certified passed by two approved witnesses.

The Test:

Stage 1: Maximum push-ups that can be done in a minute. These will be flat-handed pushups, with elbows rubbing against the body (sort of like karate fist pushups). I’m still debating on whether or not to ask for fist pushups. Right now I think not, but opinions welcome here. 

Quickly go to stage 2. 

Stage 2: Maximum pull-ups that can be done in a minute. (This is the one I want to do a little more research on.) You get one shot here. Once your feet touch the ground, you are done. 

Quickly go to stage 3: 

Stage 3: Maximum sit-ups that can be done in a minute. These will be bent-knee situps with a partner holding your feet. 

Quickly go to stage 4: 

Stage 4: You get one minute to do 2 tries at a standing broad jump. Your best effort is your score. 

Quickly go to stage 5: 

Stage 5 : Maximum number of “squats” that can be done in a minute. A squat is to be done down to thigh-parallel, and then stand completely up. Any squat that doesn’t go down that far, or goes all the way down does not count. Judge will stop you if form gets unacceptable. 

Quicly go to stage 6: 

Stage 6: A one-mile run.


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