Jul 15 2010

Important SummerFest Update

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JuniorFest Update Newsletter! Very important information for anyone interested in bringing their children to SummerFest on Saturday only!

There are many articles, photographs and updates now available on the new SummerFest 2010 link, found in the left frame of this website. One update you should read and print out can be found HERE. The new schedule of activities and seminar categories link is part of this update.

Buzz and Judy Durkin will be teaching seminars on Saturday and possibly on Friday. Andy Moore will be with us as well and will give everyone a taste of what his SummerCamp specializes in. You don’t want to miss it!

Be sure to bring your Bo weapon and take advantage of John Hassell’s fantastic instruction.

I’m getting many calls from senior instructors like John Spenser who will be with us and teaching. John will be teaching Friday –  Sunday!

Oh yes, I’ll be bringing a copy of my new book and it will be on display in the Registration room. Susan will be taking orders and I’m expecting most if not all the remaining copies will be spoken for by Sunday.

Haven’t sent in your application yet??? Please do it now. You don’t want to miss this year’s SummerFest.

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Jul 15 2010

SummerFest Presenters

Notice. . . .

Notice: A record number of senior Uechi instructors and guest teachers from other systems will be teaching this year. Check the Uechi home page to review the list of presenters for this year… see you at SummerFest! G.E.Mattson

Rory Miller

Rory  Miller

Rory Miller has been studying martial arts since 1981. Though he started in competitive martial sports, earning college varsities in judo and fencing, he found his martial “home” in the early Tokugawa-era battlefield system of Sosuishi-ryu kumi uchi (jujutsu). He is a veteran corrections officer and with hundreds of unarmed encounters has thoroughly examined the gulf that exists between training and application.




Buzz and Judy Durkin will be teaching seminars Friday and Saturday. Judy will be teaching a special seminar for women. Buzz will be teaching “core” Uechi-ryu material along with George Mattson.

John Thurston, Peter MCulloch and Erik Obrien will be teaching TaiChi basics and this arts’ relationship to Uechi-ryu on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

JKD is the martial art that was created by Bruce Lee. It is a blended system of boxing, kickboxing, Wing Chun, Ju-Jitsu, and several other arts. It’s concepts and principles draw from many different systems and styles.

My intention is to teach that which will enhance the students and practitioners of Uechi-ryu. Much of what we do in JKD blends well with our Uechi style. I will cover some rudimentary flow drills (from Wing Chun Gung Fu) and Trapping Techniques which will include countering your opponent’s block.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Raffi Derderian

Joe Pomfret will be a SummerFest Presenter again this year! Although there may be one or two of the 3/4 million people who visit this site every month who don’t know Shihan Pomfret or his superstar student, Joe Lauzon, I suspect the vast majority of you will recognize his name and incredible fighting skills.
What many of you may not appreciate, though, is that Joe is one of the world’s most talented as well as “gifted” martial art instructor, capable of clearly and simply transmitting his knowledge to students.

Even though Joe is a superb “ground” fighter, he has never abandoned his “stand-up” core-uechi-ryu fighting background. Joe and his students win many of their MMA matches with their powerhouse “standup” techniques.

Looking for a way to prepare for Joe’s seminars? Why not order Joe’s two DVD and begin practicing the fundamentals of ground fighting, taught by best.

Most important – Get those SummerFest applications in early! Oh yes. . . Joe Lauzon is scheduled to be with us as well! ( He has been a regular at SummerFest for years! – Lauzon was the featured UFC fight on Thursday, June 14th on SPIKE Cable )

Joe has two really great DVDs for sale on this site. The first one, VidMag 24: Joe Pomfret’s Grappling for ‘Stand-up’ Martial Artists is a “must have” video for the traditional “stand-up” martial artist. Learn the basics of GroundFighting, including the “Shoot”, “Hooks” and other very workable techniques. Learn how to get your opponent to the ground, how to keep him there and how to apply submission holds. Demonstratred and taught in an easily understood manner.

Pomfret’s RSD II

Joe Pomfret, assisted by Joe Lauzon, has come up with a dynamite follow-up to his fantastic basic grappling video. This DVD focuses on a new type of grappling pre-arranged kumite that Joe suggests will aid the traditional martial artist improve their ground fighting skill. Another “must have” for your library and one that you will use over and over in your training

Some of the other seniors who will be teaching this year:

John Spencer, Peter Blackman, Buzz Durkin, Judy Durkin, Vinny Christiano, Joan Niede, Rob VanDerVolgen, Al Wharton, Dave Mott, Mario Rizzo, John Felipe, Jim Maloney, Bill Glasheen, Roy Bedard, Darin Yee, Bruce and Jim Witherell, John Hassell, Art Rabesa, Tracy Rose,

Judo takedown possibilities in the Uechi Kumite framework.

Sensei Mattson:

A brief description of what I hope to teach at the Summerfest.

Kuzushi in Uechi and how to use it grappling.

Ukemi both as a way of breaking the force of a fall and also a way of initiating a throw.

Tenshin grappling drill

Takedowns which occur in Dan Kumite

The throw in Point 2 which is blocked to the side, we’ll take to where it is supposed to go.

The throw possibility after the catch of the roundhouse in Point 3, two different takedowns there.

Same with 4 and point 5, maybe a hip throw for point 1.

Various alternative throws in point 6, renrakuwaza or combination throws, throws for the opponent being thrown to reverse it otherwise known as sutemiwaza. Also some Sambo methods which I find make the standard point six takedown work better.

A lot to cover and rather ambitious but we’ll get it done

I’ll cover this on Friday and Saturday if You would like.


Fred Channell

Dynamic Kid’s Classes
Junior Program Administrator
Rose Dyer is in charge of the children’s program. She has the amazing talent for keeping his charges busy all day long, alternating physical outdoor classes with indoor role playing, games and innovative programs. Rose will be assisted by Ken Shiff and his team of instructors.
Topics to be covered will include:

· Self-defense techniques specifically designed for kids. These defense maneuvers are easily learned, remembered, extremely effective and practical;

· The class will instill confidence;

· Children will learn personal safety for and in all types of real life situations;

· Techniques on how to achieve and maintain emotional control when faced with violent situations either physical or verbal;

· Where personal boundaries are when faced with adults in social situations;

· How to recognize dangerous situations and to say no with confidence;

· Each seminar will discuss one safety topic in addition to practical skills. Children will then demonstrate several of the techniques that they will have learned during the demonstration period held in the evenings.

I have taught this class to my own students for the past eight years with tremendous results. I am looking forward to teaching this safety-kids program at this year’s summer camp. These seminars will be co-instructed by Tracy Capone, Sandan and assisted by Katie Dyer. The classes are designed to be taught at every session.

Thank you for the opportunity to share with our Uechi family.


Rose A. Dyer Instructor/Godan

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Jul 15 2010

New England Kid’s Tourney update

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Dear Friends and Sensei,

We need referees and Judges for the second tournament in the 2010 UKCS. The event is going to be held at 100 North Main Street, Carver MA on Saturday, August 21 at 12:00 PM. The Junior tourney will be held first and the adult portion will be held immediately following around 3:00 PM.

Once again I will be coordinating the judges for this event. Please let me know by replying to this email if you can or cannot attend. If you can attend, can you judge the Juniors and adults?

I will send all the details of the tournament to those that are attending.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Sensei Len Testa

55 Oak Street Extension
Brockton MA 02301




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Jul 10 2010

The Reason For SummerFest


When I first ran SummerFests back in 1983 and ’84, we had more than 500 people show up during the five-day event on Thompson Island. The camp was a new experience for the Uechi community and no one quite knew what to expect.

Everyone was amazed by the great experience of spending a week with the living treasures of Okinawa and China. Imagine, having Grandmaster Kanei Uechi taking you through kata and providing corrections and fine tuning of your form. Imagine meeting many of the most famous Okinawan teachers, who before that week, students had only read about. And now you were actually working out with them! Imagine meeting all the senior North American instructors and being able to practice with them and learn many new and varied applications and techniques contained in our system.,

SummerFest was born and it was a huge success. With the passing of time and fracturing of Soke into more than 30 organizations, SummerFest survived and flourished, albeit with fewer numbers.

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Jul 10 2010

G.Mattson’s “Virtual” Dojo





Join George Mattson’s
“Virtual” Dojo.
Monthly on-line classes
and technique critique.
Supplement your regular training
or work with sensei full time.
CLICK HERE for further information.

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Jul 06 2010

Raffi to teach at SummerFest

I should be at camp on Saturday at 1:00.  If you are agreeable, I would teach some Stick and Knife tactics. These tactics would focus more on the combative side of Filipino Kali. I will go over disarming your opponent, follow up striking, taking them to the ground and finishing techniques. If time permits, I will cover some empty handed applications as well.

It will be a fun and informative class.

As always, looking forward to seeing you and Susan as well as my Uechi brothers and sisters.


Raffi A. Derderian Jr.



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Jul 05 2010

New Seminars for SummerFest



Our good friend Jake Steinmann will be one of our new presenters this year. He just sent me a brief summary of what he will be teaching. You don’t want to miss this one!
Introduction to the Muay Thai Clinch, PT. 1

These sessions will cover the fundamentals of the Thai style of upright wrestling, or clinch work. Sessions will focus on fundamental strategies, concepts, positions, and strikes from the clinch, as taught at the Sityodtong Muay Thai Academy.

Introduction to the Muay Thai Clinch, PT. 2

This session will build on the material covered in the first session, adding some escapes and throws, as well as more live drilling to help develop and cement skill in the clinch.

Introduction to the SPEAR System

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and drills behind Blauer Tactical Systems SPEAR system. We’ll discuss the physiological and biological roots of the system, and review some drills that are at the core of the system.

SummerFest Applications are coming in by fax and e-mail. Susan and I want to thank all the students, teachers and guests who took the time to pre-register.

We really do appreciate this extra effort on the part of SummerFest participants and presenters.If you haven’t sent in your registration, please do so as soon as possible.

You can register by e-mail (Click Here) or you can print out an application (Click Here) and fax it to us at 352-653-3132.


Thank you,
George E. Mattson

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Jun 28 2010

June 28, 2010 Newsletter

This newsletter will be viewable until July 30th.

Click Here to view now

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Jun 18 2010

Uechi-ryu Seminars

Darin Yee, an IUKF board member is willing to teach seminars in all IUKF dojos upon request and if time is available.  They need to call or email Darin to arrange a date and time.

This is a fantastic opportunity to train with one a senior Uechi instructor who has an extensive Chinese Martial Art background and more importantly, able and willing to help Uechi practitioners understand how our art relates to its Chinese heritage and the many different systems Uechi-ryu is derived from.

A most interesting and educational experience.

Darin is one of the senior presentors at this year’s SummerFest. Don’t miss working with him. Best,

George E. Mattson

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