Apr 08 2009

Working with George

Working with and working out G. E. Mattson


George MattsonMany people visit Florida for vacation or on business. While here, plan to attend a class or two with George. Just call ahead to let him know when you will be in town.

Just want to review the Uechi curriculum on DVD? The Uechi store has many courses on DVD that will be perfect for you.

1. A four lesson basic course in “easy book” format. View like a book on your computer.  (The Private Lesson series)

2. A basic – intermediate course, contained in four DVDs. An excellent study program for new or existing students of Uechi-ryu.

Something for everyone. If you have any questions about any of these programs, call George today.


Organizations you may wish to consider supporting:

I.U.K.F. (International Uechi-ryu Karate Federation.


Believes in thinking globally and acting locally. The IUKF is a world-wide organization that consists of regional Uechi-ryu dojo that conduct black belt grading twice a year, based on Internationally recognized standards documented in the Black Belt Test Guide and interpreted/clarified by the IUKF “Rules Committee”.

The IUKF is a member of the South China Martial Arts Alliance [SCMAA] and the Okinawa Family of Uechi Organizations.

You can participate in the future of Uechi-ryu by joining the IUKF today!

S.C.M.A.A. (South China Martial Arts Alliance) and  the Okinawa Family of Organizations

Teachers of different martial art organizations with roots in China or Okinawa are invited to join this friendly and non-structured fraternal group of like-minded individuals. Click here for application!




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Mar 30 2009

March NE workout

New England Workout. . . Big Success! Congratulations to ALL Participants!

Hello All.

I just wanted to drop you all a line and tell everyone what a good time we all had at Sensei’s Fedele Cacia & Andrew Moores regional workout Saturday.  There were a total of 88 people on the floor all working out together in friendship.  There were no arguments, disagreements of any type, it was great.   Even though we all have many different points of view on how we teach and practice our Uechi Ryu / Shohei Ryu.  It’s just great that we can all come together on the floor and train in mutual respect, we showed and talk about our different ideas and opinions, in friendship and respect.    There were about 10 different Uechi Ryu Associations and groups represented,  along with at least eight to ten  – 7th dan’s or above present.   I was at the regional along with four of my students, Ed Duncan, Vladimir Fookson, Steve Diorio, Alex Cloherty.  Also Sensei Steve Diorio had two of his students attending also, for a total of seven students.  We all had a great time working out with old friends and making new friends. 

In attendance was special and honored guest, the most senior master present,  Master Sensei Van Canna 9th dan.   It is always great seeing you Van Sensei.  

Personal note – You all know my direct and life long sensei (1969 to date), is Robert J. Campbell.  However, what many do not know is that I am truly, truly  honored and humbled to be able to list the following Uechi Great sensei’s as my secondary instructors.  These are the men who’s class’ I attended regularly as I worked and trained my way to Shodan and beyond at the old Mattson Academy in Boston I am deeply grateful to them all.  – Just think about this, all these great instructors all in the same one dojo teaching.  There will never be anything like this again in one dojo.  Sensei’s: George Mattson, Van Canna, Walter Mattson, Arthur Rebesta, Jimmy Maloney, Ed Huff, Clarence Von Wilder, Justin Testa, Buzz Durkin, Tom Powers, Paul Simon’s.   I list them to show them respect and honor.  I never forget where I came from.  


This event was especially enjoyable for me, because I saw old friends that I have not seen in many years.  I saw friends that in some cases I have not seen in over ten years, and it was just like yesterday we were all on the floor training, talking and laughing again together.  Some friends I have not seen on over a decade were there, friends such as – Sensei’s: Tracy Rose 7th dan, from the Butokukai association, Joe Montanino 7th dan, from the Okikukai association, Chip Quimley 6th dan from the Okikukai association.  In addition to that, It was great sharing the floor again with my old friends and dojo mates – Sensei’s: Vinny Christiarno 7th dan, Peter Blackman 7th dan, Darin Yee 7th dan, Jose Aja 7th dan, Steve Perry 6th dan, Harvey Libergott 5th dan, Jerry Gross 5th dan, Harry Steffington 5th dan, Mike Ross 5th dan, Tom Hallahan 4th dan, and so many others, I lost count.

I can not forget to mention one special visitor that popped in during his lunch break from his C.P.A. office’s in Newton and Natick, just to say hello.  –  I just wish he brought a gie with him.  That would be my old friend Sensei Andrew Thom.   Some of you may know his brother, Uechi Sensei Henry Thom from California.  It was just great seeing Andy again.   This was truly an enjoyable event.  

If you were unable to make this event, I highly encourage you to try to make the next one.  It really was an enjoyable workout.

Again, a VERY special and personal Thank You to Sensei’s Fedele & Andrew for hosting this event.

Personal perspective – As I get older and I hope a little wiser. It’s time to put petty differences aside and remember who our true friends are.  As a very old and dear friend of mine for 35 years (Jerry Gross), told me yesterday.  along with the 170 pounds I lost,  I also lost the chip I had on my shoulder for many years.  He was right.   It’s hard for an old Marine to change his ways, but not impossible.  I did it.  In fact, some people did not even recognize me yesterday,  now that I weight 158 lbs.  

Life is good. 

Take care, Jay Sal.

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Mar 14 2009

New – Uechi-ryu Karate Do book now available on CD!

New – Uechi-ryu Karate Do book now available on CD!

In its new configuration, URKD has been expanded to include official black belt ranking beginning with the first official black belt test in 1958 and covering the years through 1983.

The quality of the photographs are excellent and the text clear and sharp. You will be impressed with this high tech duplication of one of martial arts most prized books.

The printed version of the book is not possible, but with the latest software technology, this important and historical book has been preserved in its original format and is now being offered for sale in PDF format on CD for only $39.95! (Mac friendly)


From the introduction of this 3rd edition:

Uechi-ryu Karate Do (URKD) publishing history

The first edition of this book consisted of 10 “booklets”, written and published by George Mattson in 1969-70 at his Boston dojo and sold by subscription to members of his dojo and others on his mailing list. The complete book was published in Newton, Massachusetts by Peabody Publishing in 1974. It was typeset on an ancient typesetting machine and printed by Grande Press of Boston. Five thousand soft cover copies were printed plus a 750 hardcover edition.

The first soft cover edition included all the black belt promotions made by the Uechi-ryu Karate Association from the first official test in 1958 through the publication of the first printing of URKD. Each of the eight printings had a different color cover. (The first printing had a yellow cover and the last a red cover) The hard cover special edition book had a black cover with a calligraphy embossed in gold. The author signed and numbered the hard covered books and this edition quickly sold out.

The book was well received by both the Uechi community and martial artist from other systems. It was retired after the eight printing because the “flats” (artwork from which the printing plates are made) were lost by the printer and the plates had deteriated and could no longer be used.

The soft cover book has since become highly sought after by book collectors and Uechi students. Used copies are being sold on e-bay and Amazon for very high prices. Although none of the hard cover edition has yet appeared (2009) on the market, it should be in very high demand.

Because the first official printing of URKD contained the promotion listing that subsequent printings did not have, it too has become very scarce and much sought after.

When it was decided to publish a new edition of URKD, using the technologically advanced scanning capabilities of today’s software, the first copy of the book was used. This book, besides having the best quality photographs and text from the new printing plates, also has the distinction of having taken a trip to Okinawa following the book’s publication, where autographs of many famous karate teachers were placed in the book as a keepsake. In addition to the original promotions (1958 – 1974), the list has been expanded to include additional years of official promotions (sanctioned by Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karate Association).

Click here to order your copy now!


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Mar 07 2009

WinterFest 2009

WinterFest 2009

Everyone had a great time this year. The seminars were energetic, educational and fun. The feedback so far has been helpful and will assist me in planning next year’s event.

A lot of this year’s emphasis was focused on Okinawan Bo techniques and how working with the Bo can help the student understand body motion during unarmed movement and techniques. George Schriefer and Joe Guidry did a fine job demonstrating the body dynamics of Bo applications and how they relate to Uechi-ryu movement.

Fedele Cacia taught the new Okinawan RYUKO KATA to the group in only two sessions. According to Fedele, this was a new record for learning this fairly long kata, which attests to the attentiveness of the WinterFest participants. (By the way – everyone liked the kata)

I taught three sessions demonstrating and teaching the benefits of kyu and dan kumite and the many variations of speed for development of balance, timing and distancing. I also taught my version of “fast-hands” kotikiti, which everyone enjoyed.

Gerry Hendwich showed us all how tight we were as he took us through a painful and eye opening set of stretches Friday and Saturday. Those of us who recall Gerry during his competition days remember him as a first class Champion, defeating all comers with his devistatingly effective head kicks and pyle driving punches. And more importantly, Gerry never violated competition rules regarding excessive contact while winning his many tournaments. No question but his remarkable flexibility and strength training enabled him to perform in tournaments so well.

Darin Yee conducted two very interesting seminars relating to the Uechi “wauke” and it’s multi purpose applications. He also discussed Uechi-ryu’s history in China and our system’s relationship to other Chinese martial art systems.

Roy Bedard taught three exciting seminars focusing on health, olympic style tournament competition and realistic submission techniques for the street. A great weekend for everyone.

Many thanks to all who attended and who made WinterFest so successful and enjoyable.

G.E. Mattson


This from Dana:



Hi George!

Thanks for all the work you do for the uechi community. It’s a lot of work to get those things together and I appreciate it.

I have a couple of comments to make. Of course! I’m a woman!!

I really enjoyed Roy Bedard’s sessions. I always enjoy them. He has so much experience and knowledge. On top of that he is a great public speaker, holding our attention and making us laugh with his witty remarks.

His classes focus on the real life situations and isn’t that what matters most? Fidel is also a very good teacher and a very gracious man. Darin Yee always makes me feel like part of the group which is very important to me at this point in my uechi life. Darin has passion and an excitement about martial arts that is infectious. I have the utmost respect for him.

Next year I’d like to see you have some more night time activities planned. Dinner reservations in advance to accomodate everyone would be nice. And perhaps a list of some places for night life for some. Also, I think ending at 5 and meeting at 6:30 is a bit difficult. I’d like to see ending at 4 so there is more time to wind down afterwards and get ready for dinner. Lord knows it takes me time to beautify myself!!

I took some photos and will be sending them shortly. Good luck with Harley, the escape artist!! I came home to find my dog had grown more in just three days!!




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Feb 24 2009

Jennifer Bustin


Founding member and principal violinist, Jennifer Bustin, has managed the group since its beginning and is one of Edmonton’s most active freelance performers dividing her activities between performing with the Strathcona String Quartet and frequent appearances in various ensembles in the province including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and the Citadel Theatre Orchestra.

Recently, Jennifer appeared as the concertmaster for the Edmonton Opera productions of King of Atlantis, and Weill in Weimar, 1929, and she performed in the same position for Opera Nuova’s productions of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Offenbach Opera’s Tales of Hoffmann and La Perichole.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Jennifer enjoys riding her quarter horse, practicing yoga, running, cross country skiing and holds a third degree black belt in Chinese/Okinawan Karate at the Northern River Karate School.

Jennifer maintains a full private teaching studio.


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Feb 17 2009

WinterFest Update. . .

WinterFest Update. . .

Bill Glasheen called and told me he will be coming to WinterFest this year.

He is especially proud of the fact that one of his students (Vicki) will be testing and he wants to enjoy the experience first hand by volunteering to be her “Uke” in the dan kumite and seisan bunkai segments. 

I bet Bill will also be willing to demonstrate his version of Superempi as well and perhaps teach it in one of the WinterFest seminars. 

Looks like this year will be a really great event. Hope to see you all  in Sunny Mount Dora this year.

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Feb 12 2009

N.E. Regional Workout

N.E. Regional Workout!

Sensei Fedele Cacia’s and Sensei Andrew Moores will be hosting a regional workout on March 28th, 2009 from 2-4 PM at Fedele’s dojo in Natick, MA.  Andrew states: “We are very excited to bring back this once important training session to the New England area.  We both feel strongly that an event of this nature is much needed within our beloved Uechi family.  We are both hoping for all groups and associations to participate in this great work out!”

Andrew continues: “I did some digging on Sensei Mattson’s site and found this great message that Sensei Tracy Rose had written about his regional workout hosted back in ’99.  His message very eloquently sums up what Fedele sensei and I are trying to accomplish with our regional workout.”

“I would like to thank you, Sensei Canna, all the instructors and students for creating a memory for all. By all accounts the workout was a success and so far has met it’s goals. I would like to remind people to follow through and go visit each other, complete that final goal. As stated at the workout, no one can get strong at this alone and no dojo get strong by it’s self, we need each other. We must continue building on the foundation our seniors have created. What a great time to be studying Uechi-ryu!! You could feel the electricity in the gym.

That is exactly what Andrew and Fedele are going for on March 28th.  The details of this great event can be found below.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or write.


New England Uechi-Ryu Regional Workout
When: March 28, 2009 2-4 PM
Cost: $10
Where: Fedele Cacia Uechi-Ryu Karate

            Part of Gold’s Gym

            1 HF Highway

            Natick, MA

Hosted By: Fedele Cacia Uechi-Ryu Karate and Atlantic Karate Training Center

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Jan 25 2009

Ground Survival Tactics Course

The Northcentral Technical College and IUKF is pround to present

Ground SurvivalTactics Course Taught by IUKF Shihan Dave Young

Location: Rising Star East Martial Arts

9 Depot Square, ayer, MA 01432

Cost: $199 if registered BEFORE June 1, 2009 – $250 if registered AFTER June 1, 2009

Dates: July 11-12, 2009 Times: 8am – 5pm daily



This 2-day (16 hour) “Ground Survival” program focuses on surviving ground assaults for real world attacks. You do not need 20 years to become proficient in these techniques and tactics. Learn field proven tactics from the professional who currently trains the professionals and learn a system that is courtroom defensible and will SAV YOUR LIFE! We will focus on common ground attacks and cover various force options available to you in real ground attacks. You will learn ground survival tactics for striking, kicking, easy escapes from common grips and grabs, simple and effective defenses against chokes, counters assault tactics for submission holds and other survival tactics you will encounter on the groung in a real fight!

Dave Young is one of the most experienced, innovative and recognized trainers in the business today, a former United states Marine, law enforcement and corrections officer and mixed martial artist. He has been in the survival world for over 30 years. The system he developed has been taught worldwide and he has trained thousands of professionals on how to stay alive in the street and in the courtroom.

Be the victim or the victor – ITS YOUR CHOICE!



GO TO redmantraining.net to register NOW!


  • Real World Survival Tactics
  • Striking Techniques
  • Choke Defenses
  • Hitting with stopping power
  • Escapes from common grips and grabs
  • Cross Mount Tactics
  • Preventing & Escaping the Mount
  • Terminology for testifying in court


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Jan 25 2009

How to Become an Editor

Any registered member may write article for submission

for our website.


How do you submit your article?


1. First, you must be a registered member of this “uechi-ryu.com” site. If you are not and would like to join, please click on the “create an account” link at the bottom of the left frame.

2.  In order to become an “Editor”. . . which is necessary in order to submit articles that will be published here, you must send the site administrator (me) an e-mail with your name, and your uechi-ryu.com registration name. (This is a different registration than the one found on the Eastern Arts’ Forums.)

3, Once I get this registration information I will upgrade your registration I.D. to “Editor” status. I’ll send you an e-mail at that time, letting you know your editor status has been upgraded.

4. Whenever you log-on to the Uechi-ryu.com site, be sure to log-in with your registration i.d. and password. You can “check” the box, requesting that your browser log you in automatically.

5. In the User Menu, click Article Submissions”. to write and publish your article.

7. You can write your article within your browser window or you can write in using an editing software program such as MS Office “word”; copying and pasting to the browser editing window once your article has been published.

8. Follow the simple instructions for publishing your article. If you have any questions, just contact me and I’ll help you complete the task.


What kind of articles are we looking for? Obviously it would be best if there were some relationship to the martial art field generally or Uechi-ryu specifically, but our readers are interested in just about any subject. Be sure your title and description accurately describes the subject matter. No profanity, obscene pictures either. 


George Mattson

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Jan 25 2009

Sue & George’s New Dog

2700 Mile Dog Rescue

Herman & Bally

Losing Tia was a devastating and heartbreaking experience for Susan and me.  She was part of the family for nearly 15 years and as any dog owner will tell you, “putting down” a pet is traumatic.  Since being together, Susan and I have shared three amazing and lovable dogs.  Herman was the first; a pit bull — standard poodle mix, Bally; a purebred “old family red” pit-bull and of course Tia, another purebred pit bull.

All three dogs were outgoing, friendly and poster dogs for the pit-bull breed.  They were healthy, independent, strong willed and loyal friends to their owners.  It is a shame that the breed has become better known for its indomitable fighting spirit and competitive nature that can be easily be abused by their human owners than for the breed’s positive features.  Faced with increasing public condemnation and potential legal problems associated with the breed, Susan and I decided that our next dog would not be a “bully”.

Susan had been doing a lot of research on different dogs and decided for a number of reasons that a Wheaten Terrier would be our next dog.  We both agreed that we would try to find one in a rescue facility. After many weeks of searching, Susan finally found a candidate she fell in love with after seeing his picture and reading the description penned by the person who found him wandering around and living off his 2500 acre farm near Manhattan, Kansas.

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