Nov 13 2013

Fall Regional Workout

New England Seniors

New England Seniors

            The IUKF sponsored Fall Regional Workout was held In Middletown, Rhode Island this passed Saturday hosted by Sensei James Nuzzo.  Sensei Jim was a student of the late Sensei Charles Earl who was an early student of Sensei George Mattson when our original dojo was still on Columbus Ave, Boston.  Sensei Charlie Earl was a tall and powerful man and good portion of Sensei Jim’s seminar reflected much of Sensei Charlie Earl’s teachings.  Sensei Jim has grown and evolved into an excellent Uechi-Ryu student and teacher.  He has indeed absorbed all that was taught to him and custom fitted that knowledge on his path to becoming a master.

            These workouts are indicative to the values of everything we teach.  We as individual must learn from the roots of Uechi-Ryu and transform that which we are taught to merge with our personal mind, body and spirit.  All of our workouts lead by the different senseis has certainly demonstrated that.  I find that the more people I work out with, the more I enrich my understanding regardless of how many years I’ve dedicated to the study of martial arts.

This workout was attended by approximately 35 enthusiastic practitioners ranging from hachi-dan and down.  Our workouts are meant for all who seek knowledge and not haunted by rank, arrogance and ego.  Our guests are from many different Uechi-Ryu organizations.  As a matter of fact, Our Kenyukai brothers have offered to host a workout and that will be announced when a date is confirmed.

I offer these workouts to a few of my younger black belts and they had a blast.  I will do the same for the future workouts as I can clearly see the benefits and the experiences these workouts have given them.

ne-reg-workout2-2013            I encourage all respectable dojo owners, senseis and dojo managers to please follow our regional workouts and come join us.  There are no political agenda or obligations.  We simply want to get to know our Uechi-Ryu family and to share from our learning and experiences.   

Darin Yee

Note from Jim to Darin:


I hope you left with some take-a-ways from Saturday’s seminar.  It’s always worthwhile when a large group of Uechi-Ryu Black Belts get together to share thoughts and techniques.

All of you drove long distances to work out with me.  Thanks you for your support.  Hopefully, there were a few things to add to your training.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from teaching it’s the teacher who is the student and student is truly the teacher.  Thank you for all the lessons you brought on the mat.

Thanks for coming down, look forward to seeing you at your school.  Feel free to call me if you’d like to pick a time to train together.

Shihan Jim

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Oct 25 2013

IUKF N.E. Regional Training

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The next New England regional training will be held by Sensei James Nuzzo of Amerkick
Martial arts. Please join us Nov 9th Saturday at 2:00 pm for a two hour class. Fifteen
dollars for the class and please join us for dinner after class. The following will be just a
few of the thing that Sensei will be covering in the class:.

  • Uechi why it’s “offensive” and not “defensive” concept behind the “baseball” theory.
  • Sanchin’s hidden moves
  • Wauki Blocks why they are superior to other styles
  • How and why Uechi techniques differ from Kenpo
  • Theory and application of stepping forward towards attack.
  • Uechi moves beyond traditional practice weapon attacks, takedowns,breaks and more.
  • Uechi applications in sparring and kickboxing

For more information on James Nuzzo and Amerikick Martial Arts please visit or call 401-644-5709

RK Plaza gNext to Job Lots & McDonaldsh
288 East Main Road
Middletown R.I. 02842

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Sep 28 2013

Introducing the “MyHerman” Impact Trainer

video-clip-imageThe NEW wireless Herman Interactive Training System is now available! Click Here to access the new site.


The remarkable Herman Impact Trainer was first introduced to the martial arts community at the 2010 SummerFest. Roy Bedard and Robb Buckland proved that their punch and kick techniques out powered everyone else’s, documented by Herman’s sensitive sensors and recorded in detailed statistical charts.

Since that introduction of this fascinating training tool, I’ve been learning many ways this training tool can be used in the dojo or at home. Whether a complete aerobic workout is selected or a complex set of reaction-time tests, the Trainer;s controller quickly and simply creates your workout. Herman builds your workout and is ready for action in less than a minute.

Kids absolutely love the trainer. . . and Herman’s versatile sensor can be fine-tuned to register the softest of hits from your six year old child to the earth shattering kicks of a Roy Bedard or Robb Buckland!

I’ received so many requests for information regarding the Trainer, that I began selling them last year in the Uechi-ryu store and last week decided to create a short clip showing how the Trainer can be used and how simple it is to set up.

I’ve made a special arrangement with the manufacturer that lowers the price quite a bit for orders received until the end of October. Check out the clip and order yours today during this very special offer. Order yours today in our Uechi-ryu secure store!

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Aug 25 2013

IUKF NE Regional Open Workout


The IUKF had another great regional training class on Sat August 24th. Practitioners from all over New England made their way up to Plymouth,New Hampshire to train with the students of White Mountain Karate. WMK and Christian Maine would like to thank Sensei Dave Kelly for making the trip to teach us various applications of kata and energy movement with our kata. Dave Kelly is an outstanding practitioner and teacher that trains with Sensei Buzz Durkin and the Butokukai association. Along with over 30 years of training in Uechi Ryu, Dave retired from the NH state police as a Major and has real world experience in self defense.

This class was the 3rd regional training of the year and along with the first two, it was a big success. I wanted to make sure to thank the IUKF and Sensei George Mattson for all the hard work over the years.Without the Federation and its members we would not have the opportunity to have this gathering of fine martial artists. The Federation gives us the segway to plan and coordinate the regional events.

I would like to thank Sensei Darin Yee yet again for being the man on the front line here in New England. Darin is a huge help to the dojos that are hosting these events by getting the word out and helping with any planing to make the event a success.

Finally on behalf of W.M.K. and its students, thank you to all the practitioners that made the drive up. We hope to train with you all again soon. If you’re ever up in the beautiful White Mountain Region of N.H. you’re more than welcome to stop by the dojo and train with us.

Christian Maine

White Mountain Karate


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Aug 19 2013

WinterFest Dates . . . March 7th and 8th, 2014!

gem_03The split weekend (Friday, Feb 28 and Saturday, March 1st) resulted in miscommunications with the Mount Dora Rec Department.

The correct dates are Friday and Saturday, March 7th and 8th, 2014!

Thank you very much and I apologize for any confusion in scheduling this might have created for you.



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Aug 07 2013

What Participants are saying!!!

gem and girlsDear Sensei Mattson

I had a blast at Summerfest!

I was in awe of all the knowledge and skill coming together under one roof with just one purpose, to teach and learn from each other. I witnessed teachers becoming students and also students learning to be good teachers. I traveled from Nova Scotia with Victor Swinamer and his son Aiden, I thought I was embarking on a journey to learn Karate and improve my Uechi ryu studies.

My journey was much more than that, from the moment the car turned onto the highway I felt like I was in the company of “old friends” even though I have only known Victor in passing, My own Sensei, Kristen Amirault was also with us and although we see each other at the Dojo regularly have not had the opportunity to really get to know one another, by the end of our weekend we were finishing each others sentences like an old married couple.

Dave Lamb and his students were staying at the same hotel as us and we clinked glasses, broke bread and shared  life stories, we found out that even though living in different countries and coming from so many different paths, we are all on the same road, and alike in so many ways, we share many of the same interest, but what really stood out was the respect and caring nature of all these students of Uechi Ryu, I think that this is the un-taught lesson in Uechi style, it just happens, and when it does we become better versions of ourselves.

I am a nurse here in Canada, and I remember a dying patient once asking me “do you think we are all just born to die” I did not answer this question quickly, but after a pause I replied that “its what you do with the in-between that really matters” and as we drove back from summerfest I realized what I had to do with my “in-between”, I left feeling re-energized and renewed, ready to live my life in the moment. As a nurse I see many older people not living their lives to the fullest, I now know that I should not fear getting older, I was proved this many times over the weekend as I looked around, Sensei Spencer has hands that are much faster than my eyes and I could not block any of his reikens( even though on his instruction I had my hands up and knew what technique he was throwing….WOW!) It was an absolute honour and privilege to be able to perform sachin for you and Sensei Durkin,( even though I found myself in the hotel bathroom mirror at 3am, working on getting my shoulders down) and even better when I was able to show my correction the next day.

Also, thank you for signing my book and standing for pictures, I understand how busy those days of summerfest must be for you, but you did so graciously.

I am counting down the days until next summerfest, and would like to extend an open invitation to you and Susan if you are ever planning a trip to Nova Scotia, that you will always have a place to rest your head and be catered to.

sorry for rambling, but I just wanted to let you know what summerfest has done for me, and without you there would be no summerfest…so thank you again.

Sincerely yours

Lisa Tanner

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Aug 06 2013

Another Fantastic Event!!

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I wish to extend my thanks to everyone who attended Summer Fest and one big “we missed you” to those of you who for one reason or another could not be here.  It was a great time seeing a lot of friends whom I have not seen since last year.  Next year, I was hoping some of you could come a few days earlier.  It would be my pleasure you show you around Plymouth.  I have lived here for 34 years and I know what to see and where everything is.

Although I am sort of set in my Martial arts ways because of my 54 years in martial arts training and 44 years of Uechi-Ryu, there is always something I can learn from another.  Even if it is something I may not use, it is always refreshing to understand the mentality and thought process of other well trained martial artist.  In these unions and meetings, we have the opportunity to see those we’ve only heard about and gain a healthier respect for one another.

My personal, selfish reason for attending Summer Fest and Winter Fest is the opportunity to see and train again with family.  If we are Uechi-Ryu students in America, we are in one way or another connected to the seeds which were planted by Sensei George E. Mattson some 50-60 years ago.  Organizational lines were not thought of or drawn until some believed they wanted to build their own castles.  I congratulate all who have successfully accomplished their goals.  Still, Bushido dictates loyalty and integrity.  Regardless of whom you’ve studied from in America, your senseis were in one way or another connected to Sensei George E. Mattson.

This is Sensei Mattson’s forum for all Uechi-Ryu people.  As Americans North and South, these are our roots.  We are all families tied to these roots.  Together, we can only become stronger.  I hope to see more of you next Winter Fest and Summer Fest.  Next time, let others know of the great time you’ve had and bring some friends.  Have your friend bring their friends.  No one will be disappointed.

The ones who attended can attest to the wonderful time we had together.  We worked out hard, learned a lot, ate in some of the best restaurants and visited some of the local historical sites.  I understand a lot of us did not get a lot of sleep but it’ll add to our memories.

See you at the next big one
Darin Yee

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Jul 02 2013

…and he vowed never to teach again.

By Robert Hunt

(Originally published in the July, 2013 Wado Newsletter – reprinted with permission)

A white ceiling of hazy clouds floated across the Cape Cod sky like a friendly
wraith holding the sizzling July sun at bay. The breeze off the Atlantic ruffled my hair
and dried the salty sweat on my skin like a popsicle on Arizona blacktop.



I strode across the green grass of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a couple
miles from the entry to Cape Cod Bay, 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 a Sempai doing what Sempai have felt the urge to do for centuries – conjure diabolical exercises to make
students ask themselves the eternal karate question, “What am I doing here?”
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