Dec 09 2008

Ann Sevin

Anne Sevin: 1946 – 2-27-2002

Women and Dan Testing”, by Anne Sevin

“. . .’Karate spirit’ is in some ways the opposite of traits that are usually considered ‘feminine’ by our society. It is especially important for women to show good spirit both in their kata and when working with a partner so that they can overcome this cultural stereotype. . .

“. . .Even if you do not actually teach, you are a role model. And as a woman you are a role model for the female students below you. It is up to you to show the other women in your dojo that women can work out hard and be strong and develop good karate spirit.”

The Black Belt Test Guide,. Peabody Publishing Company. 1988

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Dec 09 2008

Tomas Lacayo, Jr.

Tomas Lacayo,Jr. died unexpectedly in a traffic accident June 21,2002. He was 17 years old. Despite use of his seatbelt, “Tommy”, a passenger, was fatally injured in a car that lost control in the rain as they came off a local bridge. 

In September 1991, Tommy was not quite 7 years old , weighing 49lbs, he stood 3’7″ when he began his study and training under Peggy Hess, in Jensen Beach, Florida. 

He positively touched many lives and was involved in a variety of school and community activities. Tommy was mature, outspoken, popular and strong willed . Possessing an exceptional work ethic, he always gave 100% at everything he did. He was an avid surfer, honor roll student, and lead guitarist in a local band who enjoyed writing, composing and singing love songs. 

Generous, soft-spoken and kind, he was known throughout his school and community to be a young man of character who never drank, smoked, did drugs and who was always a champion of the underdog. 

A three year cross country and track letterman, he would have been the team captain in his senior year. His plans were to attend University and major in Sports Medicine. 

Tommy was very tight with his mom, dad and sister Carrie who all were truly his best friends and a major part of his life. 

Under the watchful eyes of Jack Summers, he obtained his Okinawan Shodan certification December 5, 1999, receiving the highest score for the day. 

He is fondly remembered and recognized as a true hero and model and is sadly missed by all whose lives he has touched.


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Dec 09 2008

Joe Hurley

Memorial to Joe “Buddy” Hurley

Joe “Buddy” Hurley died at home after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Randolph M


ass Joe passed away on December 16th, 2002 of cancer at the age of 56.

Joe was a devoted husband and father of three small boys who was well liked by everyone who knew him. Active in little league, soccer and karate Joe gave of himself right up until the time he died. From the diversified attendance at Joe’s reposing, it can be said that Joe lead a very interesting and colorful life. Joe worked as a professional land surveyor.


Joe, a GoDan, was a member and instructor at the Okinawan Karate Club of Stoughton. Everyone liked and looked forward to his class because of the energy and love for Uechi Ryu that Joe projected. Joe participated in many camps and seminars training under the watchful eye of Okinawan visiting instructors every opportunity he got. Unfortunately he never made it to Okinawa, one of his long time dreams.

Joe also taught the karate program at the YMCA in Easton for many years and evening adult education self defense programs at Stoughton High School. As well as being a skilled martial artist he was a talented artist also. Many of Joe’s ‘works’ can be found hanging in the OKC Stoughton and dojos around New England and Florida. One of Joe’s specialties was calligraphy, going so far as to engrave popular Okinawan sayings on slate. Joe will always be remembered for his dedication, honesty and loyalty. He is sadly missed by his immediate and extended Uechi family and all of the students and teachers who knew him.

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Dec 09 2008

Shigeo Izumi

Shigeo Izumi 1942-2003

*Year of birth ; 1942

*Address ; Okinawa city, Okinawa, Japan

*Rank ; Karate Kyoshi 7Dan
Okinawa Karate-Do association 
Koza Dojo 
Kobu-Do Renshi 6Dan
Ryukyu Kobu-Do Hozon Shinkou Kai

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Dec 09 2008

Joe Cody

Joseph Christopher CODY, Joseph Christopher – 49, Halifax, N.S., passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 30, 2003. A talented musician and composer, a lover of the Beatles and Neil Young, Chris enjoyed performing in local theatre and was a lifelong student of Uechi-Ryu karate attaining the rank of 3rd degree black belt.
He was a professional graphic designer for Print Atlantic Nova Scotia and leaves behind many friends there and everywhere. He will always be lovingly remembered by his sister, Frances, brothers, John, Michael (Fredericton), Peter, Paul, Laurence and his sisters-in-law, by Angela, Sean, and his many other nieces, nephews and great-nephews. Chris’ journey along his “Long and Winding Road” has lead him to his Eternal Maker and his beloved mother, Mildred (Langille), and father, John in the glorious House of our Lord. Visitation will take place today 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. under the direction of Cruickshanks Funeral Home on Robie Street. Chris’ funeral mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, in St. Theresa’s Church, 6351 North St., Rev. Thomas White presiding. Donations to Kidney Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Branch or to Fabry’s Research at Dalhousie Medical Research Centre would be appreciated by the family. At Chris’ request, please sign your donor card.

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Dec 09 2008

Bill Finnerty

William J. Finnerty
August 20, 1928 – February 6, 2003
William J. Finnerty was born in Cambridge, MA on August 20, 1928. He was the son of the late Mary (Murphy) and John Finnerty. His father was born in Ireland and became a citizen of the US when he served in the Army during World War I. Bill lived in Cambridge and graduated from Rindge High School. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps upon graduation in 1946 and was discharged Christmas Eve 1952. Prior to the Korean War he was stationed in the Philippines and was sent to Korea when the conflict began in 1951. Bill was wounded at the Chosen Reservoir and was awarded a Purple Heart.

Bill returned to the United States in January 1952. While serving in the Philippines he became interested in the martial arts and began to work out at the YMCA with George Mattson in the late 50’s. Bill married Nancy (Bernini) in April 1953 and they subsequently had six children, one daughter and five sons. Bill retired from the Post Office in 1989.

When he retired he continued to pursue his interest in Karate. He wrote several articles that were published in the Fighting Arts Newsline. Bill’s interest in the martial arts became a way of life for him. He was a member of the Uechi-ryu Karate Association. Throughout the early years he taught at the YMCU as well as the YWCA. Bill also taught at the Karate Academy that George Mattson founded in Boston; however, Bill was a purist somewhat of a maverick.

Bill took part in tournaments and earned his black belt. He traveled to Okinawa, Japan and China and worked out the other Karate followers. He made a great many friends and enjoyed working out the the Chinese contingent when they traveled to America. Bill was always open to learning new techniques and was proficient with the sword and fans.

Bill was diagnosed with prostate cancer early in 2002 and succumbed to the disease on February 6, 2003.

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Dec 09 2008

Don Brown

Donald Hudson Brown, 61, of Sudbury, MA died on April 11, 2004 in Corcord, MA. He was born in Boston and grew up in the Boston area. He moved to Sudbury in 1972.

Donald was a passionate martial artist and outdoor enthusiast. He spent many years teaching and working as a graphic designer before opening a Karate School in Stow, MA with Pat Saunders.

Donald was a loving father and is survived by his son Colin and daughter Lindsay.

A rememberance celebration will take place on Sunday, April 18 at the Stow Martial Arts Center, 117 Great Road, Stow, MA. Visiting will be from 1:00 to 2:30 followed by a memorial service from 2:30 to 3:00.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Sierra Club.

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Dec 09 2008

Mark Waye

Mark Andrew Waye
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Passed away quietly at the age of 23 on January 26, 2005.
Mark was a dedicated member of the Bridgewater Uechi -Ryu Academy for 10 years. Mark was also instrumental in launching the nearby Lunenburg Dojo, helping instruct both adults and children.

Despite what many would find overwhelming physical challenges, Mark achieved the rank of Nidan and participated in every aspect of the style he so much enjoyed.

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Dec 09 2008

Michael Heffernan

Michael E. Heffernan 01/12/43–08/20/89:
Being only ten years of age when my father passed the memories of his karate studies are limited. One clear memory I have is going from dojo to dojo with my father at age 8 or 9 and him not letting me sign up because the styles were all so different from what he believed in which was Uechi-Ryu. My mother had kept a select number of his karate items in a chest which I recently asked for just prior to signing up at a local Jiu-Jitsu dojo. Thankfully I found enough to get to this point redirecting my studies to a Uechi-Ryu dojo 25 minutes away.


I had discovered a business card (Mattson Academy of Karate, Norwood Branch) of Harry E. Brawley, Jr.’s, a black belt and a patch with the Uechi symbol. It took hours of searching the web with no luck finding Harry Brawley, Jr. before I came across George Mattson’s email and wrote to him only to find out he had taught a number of classes in Norwood while my father was there and even remembered him. I appreciate all your help Sensei Mattson and hope to meet you along this journey.


Michael E. Heffernan left behind his wife Christine and four boys Lance, Christopher, Grant and I. –Brett Heffernan (

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Dec 09 2008

Al Moulton

Al Moulton – – – Suffers fatal heart attack!

February 15, 2005: I received a call this morning from Chong, Al’s wife, informing me of his death. Until the end, Al continued to post on these forums. His last email to me was February 2nd:

The latest news isn’t so good, George. Actually considering the alternative, maybe it is. A week ago Thursday I was rushed to the hospital with chest pains ala 911. Spent the weekend there. Beat the Grim Reaper again. Today, received results of the tests. I have permanent damage to the ole ticker. I guess dieting and exercise sometimes don’t make any difference. I’m going out for Pork Ribs and beer tonight, . . .l.




Al was a very proud person. He didn’t complain, even though he lived his last twenty years of his life (following a serious accident) in constant pain. He was a tireless advocate for Uechi-ryu and participated in as many activities, tournaments and classes as possible.

Al is best known for writing a number of excellent Uechi-ryu text books and for his contributions to these forums.

Because of his illness, Al was unable to work for the past year. They didn’t have insurance and his health problems drained all savings. Although she didn’t ask, I believe she would appreciate any financial help the Uechi community could provide.

Please send any donations to:

Chong Moulton
45830 High Way to Heaven Lane
Great Mills, Maryland 20634

[Please visit the Special Needs Forum for comments from his friends.]

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