May 25 2009

Feeding Crane Seminar

Feeding Crane Seminar With Liu Chang’I

July 18 & 19, 2009, Boston, MA


Liu Chang’I

Liu sifu is the lineage head of the Liu family Feeding Crane system, from Taiwan. Feeding Crane was brought to Taiwan in the early part of the 20th century, from Fuchow, China. The system has been passed down unchanged in the Liu family, and contains a complete and traditional curriculum, including power development (kung’li), forms, application, chi’gung, body conditioning, as well as herbal medicine and other traditional practices. Liu sifu’s power is amazing, and his technique is superb. The system also shows clear connections to Okinawan karate, making it of unique interest to those interested in the roots of the Okinawan martial arts.


If you would like to see Liu sifu in action, there are a number of videos on his Chinese language website:, and there are a number of videos of him on YouTube. His website is also very informative, though it is in Chinese. There is an interview with Liu sifu here: .


This seminar will introduce the Feeding Crane system. It will cover some of the power development exercises (kung’li) that give the system its incredible power. Introductory forms including 3 Battles (Samchien/Sanchin) and applications of the forms, as well as other training practices will also be taught. These training methods will be of great interest to Okinawan karate practitioners as well as practitioners of traditional Chinese martial arts.


Saturday July 18

9:30 am– 10:00 am Sign in, warm up

10:00 am– 12:00 pm Feeding crane practice

12:00 pm– 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Feeding Crane practice

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Questions

Sunday July 19

9:30 am – 10:00 am Sign in, warm up

10:00 am– 12:00 pm Feeding Crane practice, building on material from Day 1

12:00 pm– 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Feeding Crane practice, building on material from Day 1

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Questions, photos

Please dress in work out clothes- gi pants, sweat pants or shorts and a t shirt.

Feeding Crane Seminar with Liu Chang’I

July 18 & 19, 2009, Boston MA


The seminar will be held at 410 Great Road, Littleton, MA. The training space is large, open, and has a padded floor.


One or two days of seminar: $100.00

To register, print this form, fill in the required information, and enclose it along with a check or money order made out to Fred Lohse and mail to:

Fred Lohse

56 Monument St

Medford, MA 02155

You may also contact Fred Lohse to register via email or phone. Participation is currently limited to 25 people so please register early.

For inquiries about the seminar, please email Fred Lohse at:, or telephone at: 781-801-6492.

Feeding Crane Seminar with Liu Chang’I – Registration Form

I will attend (check one):

One Day (circle day you will attend): Saturday / Sunday

Both days

Amount Enclosed: $_______

Name:____________________________________ Age:_________


Phone #:___________________________ Email: __________________________

I __________________ submit my application for participation in the above named seminar with Liu Chang’I on individual or consecutive dates from July 18 to 19, 2009. I

understand that there are risks of injury in participating in this seminar. I claim full

responsibility for myself in this event. I hereby waive and release any and all claims, cause of

action, losses, damages, cost, expenses, either known, now existing or arising in the future,

that I may have of whatever kind or nature against Liu Chang’I, Fred Lohse, Kodokan Boston, seminar organizer or director and/or anyone involved in any way with the seminar.

Signature __________________________________________ Date:____________

(Parent or Guardian if under 19 years of age)


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May 25 2009

Navigate the Store!

You can navigate to our store by CLICKING HERE!


Once you are in the home page of the store, check out the items in the left frame. Click on the category or item listed there and you will be taken to that product’s section.

Select the individual item you wish to purchase or get more information on and click on the photograph or description (If there is no picture).

When you have made your selection, be sure to click any drop-down menue and chose any options for the product selected. Finally, click on “add to cart”. Once you are in your “shopping cart”, you can click “Continue Shopping” or “Check Out”.

When you have finished shopping and have clicked “Check Out”, you will be taken to the “Check Out” section where, if you are shopping here for the first time, you have the option of “Skip Sign-up” or to  “Sign Up” in the right frame for a “Quick Check-out Account”. (Once you have signed up, the next time you shop, you can just fill out the short-form in the left frame.)

Be sure to fill all form items containing a * . Be sure to use an e-mail address that you will be keeping and be sure to write down the password you select.

Once your complete filling out the “quick check-out application” or elect to simply “skip sign-up”, you will automatically be taken to the final check-out form.

Fill out the form accurately and click “submit”.


Should you have any trouble with the process, send me an e-mail describing your problem.


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May 25 2009

Post to the Forums

How Do I Post to the Forums?

must register for the forums. It is a different website from

1.Go to top of page (of the forums) and click on “register”.

2.In the “registration agreement terms”, click “I agree to. . .” on bottom of page.

3.Fill out the registration form. (be sure to complete every entry with a “*”.

4.Click “Submit”

The registration form goes to me for approval.

5.You will get an “approval” notice at the e-mail address you registered at.

6.Go to the forums and “log-in”, using your user name and password that you used to register. Be sure to click the option to have your computer log you in automatically.

Once you are logged-in and you have read the various posts, we are hoping you will “jump-in” and introduce yourself to the readers.

More information:


Please Read Carefully:

To participate in the Forums, you must register and you must use your real name. Because a few very persistant “children-at-hearts” spend all their free time sending in bogus registrations, I simply delete all dumb “usernames” like “iamadummy” immediately! If, for some reason I deleted your legitimate registration, please send me an e-mail with your full name, address, phone number (which I check) and the username you will be registering. I will then be watching for it and will activate your username.

Thanks. — GEM

Section 1(The Archives) : Uechi-ryu Online Kyohon

This section consists of the “Best of the Best” posts and threads from all the active and retired forums since 1995. The four administrators who monitor and supervise the forums are in charge of selecting the “threads” and posts added to our archives.

Please read and understand our rules!

Section 2: Community Discussions

Here are where the active discussions take place. Our rules are strictly enforced. Offending posts are deleted. Continued inappropriate behavior will result in banning.

These forums are the property of Eastern Arts. a 501-c-3 non profit corporation. The rules under which people are allowed to use these forums will be stictly enforced.

Section 3: Specialty Forums

As the name implies, this section will focus on areas with special appeal and with a smaller audience.

Section 4: Marketplace & Events

We encourage martial art dojo and seminar presenters to post their activities here. News of SummerFest will also be posted and of course, people looking for a teacher or dojo are also invited to post. Spammers please do not waste your time – your spam will be deleted.

Technical Assistance: Computer & Web

Our fourm posters include many people who are both familiar with computers and are willing to share their knowledge with our community. Our on-line learning center is for IUKF members. Monthly meetings and seminars on many subjects take place there.

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May 24 2009

Locate articles and writing articles

I’ll try to locate some of the many hiding places for articles here. I’ll also walk you through the process of submitting articles for publication on the site.Of course you must be registered on the site in order to do this.

  • Locate the “MailBlog”. Here you can read interesting current mail and if you register (or are already registered) as a Google member, you can post comments on the various letters. Click Here!
  • Find recent articles written by martial artists. Just Click Here!
  • Find some early Title’s thesis. Just Click Here!


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May 24 2009

Find Information regarding I.U.K.F

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May 19 2009

Update. . .

Wow!!!! SummerFest is in Sight!

Time to fill out those applications and get them back to me. This should be a great year. . . quite a few people have been contacting me, saying that they couldn’t find the camp application anywhere. Well, the reason for that was Sue didn’t get the final prices from the Maritime Academy until yesterday. Because many participants don’t eat all their meals at the academy, we have created new price categories to including different meal options. You can still buy your meals at the cafeteria should you change your mind and decide to eat there.

Please print out the application HERE and be sure to make up copies for your friends and class mates. You can either mail it in (be sure it gets to us before the deadline) or Fax it to us.

Just when I had my primary computer working very well, the darn thing crashed and the operating system was destroyed. Couldn’t even boot it with the original system CD. Hired a techi to fix it and after an hour of essentially doing what I had done, reported that I would have to buy a new computer. Naturally, the computer was 3 months over the warranty period!

I’m also having trouble with the website. Not sure what is going on, but I’m having trouble posting some articles. Hope this one makes it. Oh yes, I haven’t been able to modify John Felipes article and he sent in a really neat video clip URL the local TV station shot of his demonstration and open house. It can be loaded by clicking HERE.

If you have tried to contact me by e-mail, please be patient and I’ll eventually get back to you. Nearly 100% of my time is being devoted to the reconstruction of my computer files and programs.


George Mattson

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May 17 2009

Canadian Uechi-ryu

Canada Uechi-ryu Update. . .

I just wanted to let you know that Uechi-Ryu katas are starting to make there mark at regional tournaments. My son Aidan is now the 2009 Atlantic kata champion in 12 to 13 yrs old blue to brown belt.

On May 9th Aidan competed in the Atlantic Karate championships in Charlottetown PEI. The best karateka in kata and kumite were in attendance from all four Atlantic provinces.

It has been a lot of hard work and answering a lot of questions from other styles but we are now starting to be understood.

Victor Swinimer

Bridgewater Uechi-Ryu Karate Do’

Nova Scotia





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May 15 2009

John Felipe dojo expansion

John Felipe Open HouseGeorge Mattson Sensei,

I am sure that you will be happy to hear that John Felipe had a very wonderful and well attended celebration for his dojo’s 15th anniversary and opening of the addition to his dojo today. His dojo expansion has basically doubled the size of his already large dojo in Pittsberg, California.

The celebration started with a prayer by his pastor, followed by speeches from representatives of the City Council and the local Chamber of Commerce, and followed with my presentation on behalf of IUKF and you to John your congratulatory certificate. The ceremony then followed with demonstration by John’s fantastic Demo Teams. The exhibitions by the Demo Teams are just absolutely impressive. They must have practiced hours upon hours to be able to perform at that caliber. The afternoon followed with seminars on advanced Brazilian Jujisu, knife fighting and karate-gymnastic. All and all it was a very successful and impressive ceremony. We are definitely very prouid of John’s accomplishment and wish him further success.

I am attaching a few pictures of the celebration and the dojo.

Take care.

Henry Thom

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May 15 2009

Outstanding Citizen Award!

Town of Atkinson Recognizes
Martial Arts Instructor

Recently Sensei Buzz Durkin was recognized for his contribution to the community and received an “Outstanding Citizen Award” from the town of Atkinson, NH. The award was presented by the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen prior to their regular meeting and was televised to the local community as well. Sensei Durkin was recognized for the numerous community service events and fund raising activities his school has conducted through the years.

A unique plaque was also awarded to Sensei Durkin by the Town of Atkinson acknowledging his promotion to ninth degree black belt.

Pictured above: Selectman Bill Friel, Chairman of the Board of Selectman
Paul Sullivan, Sensei Durkin and Selectman Fred Childs.

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May 10 2009

Harry Benfield Dies!

Dear George

Apologies for being the bearer of bad news but Harry died, last month, after a long term illness stretching over 5 years known as Pick’s disease (a severe form of alzheimers).

Before that he spent the last 15 years teaching with a small group of loyal students with which he continued to train in a very traditional style but also innovated many techniques within a conditioning routine that we nicknamed ‘Benny ryu’.

Unfortunately, he stopped teaching about 7 years ago after the dojo was demolished but the signs of the illness were there and he had no motivation to look for another dojo.

If you wish to send a card to his wife then she can be contacted at:

Barbara Benfield
14 Rothbury Road
L14 4AL

I’m sure she would appreciate it. If I cna be of any further help please don’t hesitate to ask.

John Murphy

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