Jun 07 2009

SummerFest Time!!!

Shihan Joe Pomfret!

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.

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

See you “on the beach” for Sanchin!


George E. Mattson


Uechi Rocks Ts now available!

Order your Tshirts now! Available on your Uechi Store Site. Just CLICK HERE!

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Jun 04 2009

Uechi-ryu Seminars in Plymouth, MA

All are invited to workout in Plymouth, MA this Friday!. . .


Lets workout


An adult get-together will be on Friday, August 7. This event will start at 7pm with a light workout. At 8:30pm we will change back to our street cloths and go into our lounge where there will be a band waiting to play for our enjoyment. I will have munchies for us. If you would like some real food, I will ask the café to stay open for a heavier meal. I am asking for a $10 contribution from each adult but it’s not mandatory.


I would like to do this once a year so the Uechi family can get together in a non competitive situation and enjoy each other’s company in friendship and fun. Please invite your significant other to attend with you as I will hire a band and dancing is a definite possibility.

I will even make deals with neighboring hotels for you if you feel you live too far to drive after a few drinks. We hold many sports events here and have a very good relationship with many of the hotels.


I hope you will support this as we do not get together often enough to know, understand respect each other.

Strength, Honor and Respect,

Darin Yee


Click Here for directions and “JunglePlex website!

Darin Yee can be reached at 508-958-7000 should you have any questions.

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Jun 02 2009

New “Uechi Rocks” Tshirts

New Special edition “Uechi Rocks” T-shirts!

Max and Mia, two future Uechi Champions, designed a new Tshirt for this year’s SummerFest. And in today’s FedEx is the result! Available in all sizes and four colors. Very limited number will be available this week. Watch for details.


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May 25 2009

To Contribute Articles


We are looking for Uechi-ryu.com Editors:

The process is very simple. You must contact me and let me know the kind of column you would like. Although it doesn’t have to be martial art related, I’d prefer articles that would be of interest to the M.A community.

I’m looking for someone to cover the mixed martial art tournament scene. Someone else who would enjoy discussing Okinawa M.A. history. How about a column on “the teachers” of Uechi-ryu; especially articles on some of the many Okinawa teachers who don’t get a lot of publicity.

A good column requires interesting photographs. Our new website allows you to copy photos from the web or from your computer. Submitting an article is real simple as well. You just click a link, write your article and click a button. All the work is done for you.



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May 25 2009

SummerFest Archives

SummerFest Archives:

As we unearth old and forgotten articles and photographs, they will be included here in the “Archives”. If you have something interested that you would like to contribute, please e-mail either the length or the actual material to me and I will post it.

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May 25 2009

Local Lodging

Susan and I have checked out nearby Motels and have rated them based on location, facilities and cleanliness. I suggest that you make your reservations early, since our camp is conducted in “high” season when most rooms on the Cape are booked. Call Motels for information and reservations. Although we checked out these facilities, they are in no way associated with our camp or with the camp’s directors.

Susan’s Rating Motel Name Other ratings Address Price, if available
***** Bay Motor Inn AAA rated 223 Main St. Buzzards Bay MA 02532 Room rates available in Feb
**** Yankee Thrift Motel
Good value, lrg rooms, best w/full kitchen Rt28 & Trowbridge Rd $49 – $70
*** Buttermilk Bay Inn
60 years old. Near road to (rocky) Onset Beach 3224 Cranberry Highway, Buzzards Bay MA 02532 $75 – $190
**** Inn on Onset Bay
Large selection of cottages 181 Onset Ave Onset, MA 02558 Call
***** Onset Pointe Inn
Vry popular, may be booked! 9 Eagle Way
Onset MA 02558
$85 – $200
*** Eastern Inn
Good value 6 Bourne Bridge Approach Sat&Sun camp price: $190
*** Best Western
Nice but expensive 100 Trowbridge Rd. Bourne, MA 02532 $139 – $169

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May 25 2009

SummerFest Important Information

2010 SummerFest Highlights

IUKF believes that “master” ranks should be awarded for meritorious deeds and services performed for the Uechi community. We believe that it is important for the recipients of these ranks and titles receive their awards in the presence of their peers, family and students. Therefore IUKF has set aside Saturday evening at SummerFest for this very moving and formal ceremony.

This year (2010) I am very proud to announce the promotion of Robert Campbell to the rank of 9th dan. Van Canna will be accepting the certificate on Robert’s behalf and will be presenting it to him in September when Robert will be in the United States.

Receiving theirNanadan (7th degree) promotions will be Jerry McDonald and Gary S. Santaniello. Receiving their Rokudan (6th degree) promotions will be Justin Testa and Harry Skeffington.

The ceremony will be held Saturday evening. GEM The ceremony will be held Saturday evening from 7-8PM. GEM


NOTE: Please bring and use lots of Sunblock on all exposed skin! (Don’t forget your feet!) Bring a “fanny” pack to store your room key, money and other valuables. Make sure your name is on the pack in case you lose it. $25 charge for all lost keys A locksmith must change locks when you lose a key!  Drink lots of water! WEAR A HAT!!!!!

All camp participants must wear name tag at all times. Maritime personnel will be patrolling site. For insurance purposes, only registered people (wearing a badge) may participate in activities.    

Updates will be posted at the Bell and will be announced hourly.

I wish to thank you for attending this, the most important Uechi-ryu event of the year. The Summer Camp has evolved into an annual gathering of martial arts friends. . . a time to share experiences, training tips and techniques. . . a time to focus on the pure enjoyment of “working out”!

There are no politics at the camp. Regardless of the style, association or origin of your martial art, you are welcome here. We are only interested in your willingness to work together in friendship and in the “Budo” spirit demonstrated by Grandmaster Kanei Uechi during his lifetime and especially during his visits to our Summer Camps.

The Maritime Academy has proven to be a wonderful host for our camp. In our many previous events at this location, they have allowed us a great deal of freedom, while providing the essential services needed for a successful weekend. In order to maintain this relationship, please note the following rules:
1 Emergency Telephone number: Campus Police: 508-726-0798 Remember… emergencies Only.
I can be contacted at 352-434-9906 ANYTIME.

In-house Phone Numbers:
Non emergency: 1025
Campus Police: 911
Bourne Police: 9911

2. No furniture is to be moved or exchanged between rooms.

3. Keys must be returned by 1:30pm Sunday. However… you may use your room to shower following the Sunday afternoon session and you may leave your luggage in the room until 5pm.

4. No linen will be supplied by the Academy. You must bring your own.

5. No bare feet inside any building. (State Law)

6. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed anywhere except during the Friday and Saturday night parties in the Spinniker Lounge. . No drinking, smoking or partying in the dorms!Campus police will check this year!

7. Minors are not allowed any alcoholic beverages! All adults are asked to help enforce this.

To make the seminars more enjoyable:

8. New/er students: Work out your schedule with a senior. Participate in seminars that are geared for your rank. You may participate in “specialty” seminars in order to determine interest or to satisfy your curiosity. Be very careful when practicing. You are responsible for your actions!

9. We are fortunate to have many martial art dignitaries present with us this weekend. Please introduce yourself and ask questions.

10. Don’t lose your meal coupons. They are like cash and are needed for admission to the Dining Room. They cannot be replaced!

11. Name tags must be worn at all times while at the Maritime Facility.

12. Cars must be parked in the designated area along the canal on Academy Drive and in the Storer Parking lot.. The school will ticket and TOW.

13. Visit the Camp Store. Lots of interesting T-shirts, Books and Videos available.

14. The Gym pool may be open: To be announced at Bell. (See George Mattson for information)
Have a wonderful time.

George E. Mattson

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May 25 2009

General Information

1. Click on the link
2. Print out the application
3. Fax or mail the completed application
Thanks for registering early! GEM

New Schedule posted.
**Bus Service from Logan Airport to Bourne**
A second Bus service from Logan to Bourne
Then call George 352-434-9906 for a ride

SummerFest Program Book : Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4.


See you at SummerFest! Over 50 “fighting art” seminars. . . 3 days of training, practice and excitement. Register NOW!. . . Full program includes food, lodging, seminars and entertainment. Daytrippers also welcome.

To keep costs down, I’m not doing individual mailings. Your dojo will be mailed packages of applications and programs. If your dojo doesn’t have these kits, please contact me ASAP. Everything in the mailer can be found on this site, including the application. (which can be easily printed) If you have any problems downloading the application, please send me an email, with your name and address (or your fax number) and I’ll mail or fax one to you. This year promises to be a fantastic SummerFest. Susan and I hope you will be able to join us at this year’s event!GEM


The weather on the Cape is always changing. Since we have been holding SummerFest at the Mass Maritime Academy, we’ve been fortunate in having cool and dry days and evenings. We get an occasional shower, but most of us continue to train and enjoy the experience. Forcasts are fun, but seldom are very accurate on the Cape. But for those who insist, Check Here.

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May 25 2009

FireDragon Challenge

FireDragon Honor Role


The FireDragon IUKF Performance Team Honor Role

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.

SummerFest 2005 Test 1

SummerFest 2006 Test 2

SummerFest 2007 Test 3

SummerFest 2008 Test 4

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.


The above crest will be awarded, at no charge, to all those who participated in the FireDragon tests and passed this test.

Congratulations to all who participated in this extreme test of physical fitness and endurance.

George E. Mattson
Bill Glasheen

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May 25 2009

Sfest Reviews

What Others Say About SummerFest:

Sensei David Lamb:
“WOW! In spite of the rain, another invigorating SummerFest! Every year, you find a way to help us rekindle old friendships, initiate new ones, experiment with new techniques and ideasl . . . and have fun! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned at the same time.
From Sanchin on the beach, to grappling, to new approaches to Uechi techniques to anti-grappling, there was something for everyone. I especially love coming to camp so I can be a student again as I’m always learning. I also find this to be a time to recharge my batteries, as I discover something new/different, and can return to my classes with fresh ideas. With my renewed energy, this re-energizes the students as well.
So thank you George, for being such an inspiration. Your open mindedness, your positive energy, your insightfulness and your visions for Uechi are indeed, inspirational. Because of all this, you have an impact upon others evident at SummerFest with all of your students and seniors. For this, I thank you greatly.
Yours in Budo,
David Lamb (Nebraska)

Sensei Van Canna:”. . .This will be a great camp, many people are coming, the training will be hard but fun and Bob Campbell will do something special for us.

There will be a huge tent with chairs and tables and room for seminars out of the sun, for people who cannot bear the hot sun..
The fun is unbelievable the training extremely intense.
Come on down, don’t wake up when it is over and kick your ass for missing it. Not many chances like this in life.
When you say: too busy; too expensive; my wife won’t let me; there is nothing I can learn there ..look at yourself in the mirror to see how foolish you look.
Get there, make some new friends and learn something you did not know existed.”

SummerFest 2004

By Robert Hunt

I knew it was going to be a great weekend.

A white ceiling of hazy clouds floated across the Cape Cod sky like a friendly wraith holding the July sun at bay. The breeze off the cool Atlantic ruffled my hair and dried the salty sweat on my skin as fast as my pores could expel it. I strode across the green grass field at the heart of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and stopped to watch a small legion of diehards in dirty white karate pajamas (rapidly assuming the camouflage colors of earth and grass) kick and punch, jump, run, scramble and shout to the cadence of someone who was doing what karate teachers have felt the urge to do for centuries – conjure up diabolical exercises to make students ask themselves the eternal karate question, “What am I doing here?”

I knew it was going to be a great weekend.

A large white canvas canopy stood in the middle of the field and a variety of teachers/students talked and demonstrated and watched and listened and existed underneath it, lending to the canopy the happy feel of an open sided circus tent. Over in a corner of the field, a couple of twenty-first century ancient warriors whipped bo’s around their heads in mock battle. Someone was shouting somewhere.

It was Friday morning, July 30, 2004. I forgot all about last night’s red-eye from Phoenix and the 4 hours of sleep I snatched in a cozy Comfort Inn in Providence, Rhode Island. Excitement filled the air. The smell of the Atlantic filled my senses. Sea birds greeted me overhead. People punched and kicked all around me. It was karate Disneyland. It was as if I were coming home, as John Denver once sang, to a place I’d never been before.

I knew it was going to be a great weekend.

George Mattson strode my way with a large, lanky stride, a smile across his face and his hand outstretched. Although I had heard his name mentioned off and on for 40 years, I had never met the man, but it took about ten words to make me feel like a long awaited brother. That’s the effect his gentle manner has on you and that’s the same gentle manner that permeates his organization. I’ve been to tons of karate events in the past 40 years and there is generally enough ego around to sink a small ocean liner.

Out of every hundred or so people you’ll find a half dozen masters, a pile of grandmasters, twenty great-grandmasters, a few Shihans, a couple of Saiko Shihans and at least one know-it-all jerk you can’t get rid of. But this camp was not like that, at least not among the people I met. Everyone was a commoner the same as I, regardless of how many decades of karate had turned their black belts white, with no mention of rank or position, except in regard to the popular instructor Dave Mott, who was promoted Saturday night.

And who could pick a better place, for goodness sake, than Cape Cod Bay?
When I first considered attending this event I pictured myself wandering aimlessly down some lonesome beach, experiencing nothingness, or something equally Zen-ish. But there just wasn’t time. All weekend I had the edgy feeling that if I wasn’t right there in the middle of things, I might miss something.

I had been invited to George Mattson’s Summerfest to talk about my newly published book, “The Art and the Way”, and teach karate history and weapons, but ended up again more the student than the teacher. I was lounging on the grass under the tent Saturday afternoon listening to Mr. Wong and his translator talk about one Chinese approach to our common pursuit. As I watched, I became aware of a figure practicing sai and bo kata off in the field behind them. The bo flowed smoothly and the sai cleanly and I found I had a hard time concentrating on the lesson at hand. The kata performer was John Hassell and at first polite chance, I donned my student hat, introduced myself again and spent that evening letting John berate me to keep my elbows down and move from my center. I was a student once more. Sweat trickled down my nose. I was tired. My back ached. My feet burned. My legs begged for rest. It was heaven. If I could only make the bo cut the air with the same woosh that John did.

As the weekend passed I found that there were plenty of other arts to sample, with people around to teach most any weapon from Philippine escrima to Okinawan bo to Chinese spear. There was all the kata one could handle, tai chi, grappling, jujutsu, pressure point techniques, acupuncture, tai massage and a pile of things I can’t even get myself to remember right now.

Even as I write this, all the events that took place over the three days seem to be fighting for their place on this page in front of me. The task of sorting them out in order of interest and importance is truly daunting – and probably not necessary. If you study karate, you know what I mean. (And if you are reading this you probably study karate.)

The afternoons grew warm, but the breeze never ebbed, and evening descended over the Academy accompanied by a quiet mist, framing each light bulb in a soft halo and soothing the body and soul from the day’s intense activity. After-dinner time was passed in the clubhouse doing what karate people do best – talk about karate. There was, of course, the omnipresent guitar and an impromptu rock band that changed members regularly as the evening progressed. Calling it “friendly” would be faint praise.

I remember sitting in the clubhouse at a table with David and George from Florida, fellow travelers John and Hoshin, Patrick the acupuncture man and a quiet guy who looked just like Paul Sorvino. We talked about karate history, Japan, Okinawa, Kanbun Uechi and a myriad of other things you might expect at a karate camp. I like karate. I could talk about it all night. If my wife hadn’t dragged me off to our dorm room, I would probably still be there.

Early Sunday morning I meandered along the water’s edge past the dormitory and studied the ocean lapping against the sand. Two locals stood thigh deep in the surf digging for clams. Bits of last night’s mist still hung in the fresh air like fluff from a fading blanket, the breeze off the sound just beginning to nudge it all away. I peered down the beach. A woman stood facing the ocean, as still as Lot’s besalted wife, her arms outstretched toward the incoming surf in a heartfelt welcome to the morning at hand. She never budged a centimeter during the several minutes I stood there marveling. Behind her a figure in typical karate white repeated Sanchin over and again, following the four directions of the compass, and then started once more at East facing the Atlantic in the same direction as Lot’s wife. Behind him another warrior waved his six foot bo over his head and around his body in loopy circles as if directing a symphony of waves to break uniformly on the shore, which, in turn, seemed to obey. It was very inspiring.

I met Windsong Blake. Windsong is a Wompanoag Indian. They were the ones who spent that mythological first Thanksgiving meal together at Plimouth with the Pilgrims and who have regretted it ever since. Windsong began his karate training in the ’50’s by reading and practicing the moves from Nishiyama and Brown’s book because there weren’t any karate teachers around. He went through Shotokan, Kyoyushinkai, back to Shotokan and on to other arts and adventures.

He talked about going down to New York City in a rattling ’37 Chevy to take part in his first real karate training (with Mas Oyama). Here was someone who has been to the mountain and back again and who was behind me mimicking the bo kata I was teaching. I had the distinct feeling that the wrong person was standing in front of the class.
I took Windsong to be about 65, and, although he looked pretty fit, I wondered why a guy that age would be learning one more bo kata after all these years. I asked his age. He’s seventy-nine.

Sunday about 3:00 in the afternoon we faced the inevitable end. I hung around the Academy like the last robin of summer, soaking in the ocean breeze and the camaraderie. I practice karate in Phoenix. Oceans are important to me. Water in general is important to me. I try to stay as close as I can for as long as I can every chance I get to approach any body of water larger than a swimming pool. Hence this place was double fun – karate with a sea breeze.

I bade my farewells, waved goodbye to George Mattson and headed back across the green grassy field that I had crossed the first day in the other direction. The white canopy somehow looked sadder empty. The sea birds laughed at my foolish attempt to put life in some order and wondered why I just didn’t stay there on Cape Cod Bay. I know that’s what they were thinking. What else would they be thinking? I wondered it, too.
But I was happy. I had grabbed a few hours of karate among people who followed the same call as I. And I had the sea and the sun, the birds, the salt breeze, a few good memories, my bo and three hundred new friends to grab it with me.

I knew it was going to be a great weekend.

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