SummerFest 2015 Information Sheet & Friday’s Schedule
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This year on Friday, where fewer people attend, there will be one seminar held every hour that will be conducted by a senior presenter. Other teachers in attendance will be asked to occupy the other stations and critique kata or simply meet and greet participants, answering questions and signing autographs.

On Saturday, where we anticipate a very large attendance, all ten stations will be activated for every session. Presenters may select any station to conduct their seminars from, with the understanding that they must relate their seminar to the station category.  This will provide participants an opportunity to schedule their day based on what seminars they wish to attend. There will be stations that will attract more than one presenter. Although the senior presenter will determine how the session will be run, the other teachers will be asked to assist.
Sunday 9am—11:30am—George Mattson and senior instructors will be available to review kata or work on any other Uechi-ryu area that students would like to cover.

Friday’s Schedule of events
9-10AM—Welcome Address by George Mattson and coverage of his three levels of Sanchin performance. Emphasis on “core” principles of Sanchin and the importance of in-depth understanding of these principles as student advances through the ranks.

10-11:30AM– Welcoming Uechi-ryu Traditional Class by Darin Yee. Emphasis will on developing an understanding of Uechi-ryu as an Okinawa fighting system, preserved and evolved from Kanbun Uechi’s experiences studying at least three fighting systems in China. Darin’s class will be highlighted with examples of how Uechi-ryu is related to those Chinese systems and how this understanding can expand your knowledge and performance of your art.

11:30am—1pm — Lunch Break

1pm—2pm —- Art Rabesa will be featured this hour. In Art’s words. . .
“A good game to play in the class. Students pick a movement from any kata. Look at that movement carefully. Go over it quickly. What do you see? What does it mean to you? There is something there that you might have over looked. There is a meaning in every movement of every kata. Let’s pull it apart and see what it means. All my strikes come right from the kata. I steal everything I do from whats already there. I refer to it as cheating, because its given to us, all we have to do is use it “

 2pm—3pm —- Jim Maloney will be featured this hour.
Jim will be teaching the primal application of offensive moves from our kata. In today's society self-defense is considered too slow a response to a violent attack. We need to understand how to preempt the attacker’s thoughts and actions.
3pm—4pm—— Rory Miller will be featured this hour. This weekend, I'm going to work on three areas of self-defense:
1: Joint Locks. Done this one before and it's been popular.
Taught properly, joint locks are not complicated. Using a principles-based teaching methodology, I will get you improvising locks under pressure. Don't learn locks, understand them.
Fighting by touch. Touch is faster than sight, it is harder to fool. Often, bad things happen too close to use your eyes and too fast to think. Blindfolded work helps you to bypass the slower cognitive brain.
3: Structure and Infighting (New material) Manipulating the threat's structure and using your own structure in close fighting.
Sunday I will have a lot more time to get into these subjects in detail and help students and teachers incorporate them into their martial art training.

4pm—5pm—- John Hwee will be featured this hour.
Thank you again for the honor of being a part of your Summer-fest Instructor Team.  As I mentioned in our conversation, I have found over the years of teaching practitioners from many different styles that people will be able to retain and adapt the techniques being taught more easily if it is presented in concert with the way their particular style has been taught and learned.
In other words I will share techniques and concepts that will focus on joint locks, pressure points, trapping and chokes that are already in the Uechi Ryu system but offering them from a different perspective that blends in with the way the practitioner instinctively moves instead of trying to change their natural reflexes.
Additionally we will work on street-fighting concepts on how to avoid a full speed attack while defending, countering and closing the distance gap simultaneously.  I have found these street fighting concepts to be particularly useful against an attacker that is usually very powerful like the Uechi Ryu practitioner.


Saturday Station Categories:

Station 1 – self-defense from Uechi kata
Station 2 – self-defense from other sources
Station 3 – kata core principles relating to self-defense
Station 4 – sparring basics – drills and techniques.
Station 5 – intermediate kata Station 6 - Advance kata
Station 7 – traditional Okinawa weapons
Station 8 - Kyu and Dan Kumite
Station 9 - Uechi Ryu conditioning drills (and benefits) Station
10– Self-defense "non physical" skills and expertise – mental, legal, emotional.

Note: 1-5 dan testing will be conducted Friday at 5PM - Pre applicants only

Lunch break - 11:30am- - 12:45PM

12:45—1PM—Class of 2014 Photo

Thanks to the IUKF Titles Committee for their work regarding the awarding of Masters Titles, Title Certificates will be awarded, Saturday, August 3rd at 7PM to the following individuals:

Masters ranks and certificates will be awarded to the following seniors, who will perform Sanchin, Seisan and Sanseiryu for their peers, guests and family:
[To be announced]

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: The awarding of Judan (10th degree black belt) to Art Rabesa

Special Lifetime Achievement award from IUKF to Buzz Durkin

Party in the Lounge following the Masters Ceremony


+9:00 am Meeting our participants and introducing each instructor present. A quick tour of the facility pointing
out where the lavatories are the drink machines and so on.


+9:30 am Warn up exercises and stretching

+10:00 am Kata and drills

+11:00 am punching drills

+12:00 pm lunch

+1:00 pm blocking drills (game)

+2:00 pm Sparring

+3:00 pm lighting rod challenges |

Any adult black belt wishing to assist with jr. fest please let Darin Yee know before Saturday so you can be introduced at 9AM

Notes for SummerFest (Please bring Okinawa Traditional Weapons of your choice with you - Boken, Sai, Tonfa)

Note: To the best of my knowledge, the schedule is accurate, but subject to change.

Sanchin on the Beach will be conducted on the Soccer Field 6:30AM. George will be helping Vinny!


Note: Friday Lunch break: 11:30AM - 1:00PM.

Saturday Lunch break: 11:30AM - 12:45PM (Group Picture at 12:45PM)

Note: SummerFest uniform will be t-shirt, white gi bottom and belt

Note: 1-5 dan testing will be conducted Friday at 5PM - Pre applicants only

Note: Masters' Ceremony will be conducted Saturday at 7PM - Free to S.Fest participants - visitors $20 cash.

Masters must notify G.E. Mattson how many tickets they need for family by Monday, July 30th!

Note: Friday night and Saturday night party will be held in the JunglePlex lounge- 8:30PM.



George Mattson, Van Canna and Darin Yee and other "senior-seniors" will be "roaming" ambassadors, available for questions relating to Uechi-ryu-ryu.


All SummerFest participants will be issued a wrist band that must be worn at all times during the weekend.

The wrist band will also give you free access to the Saturday evening Masters Celebration.

Sunday Morning 9AM - 11:30AM: Open Practice. . . .All teachers who are not travelling and wish to conduct informal classes are invited to spend the morning with all students who wish to attend.

Rory Miller will be teaching an all-day seminar as part of the SummerFest "EVENT". Advanced registration is recommended. ($100) Day of event price $125!

George Mattson will be teaching an all-day EVENT on Thursday, July 31st. Advanced Registration Here

Special Events

Friday afternoon Dan Testing - 1st - 5th (Shodan - Godan) Harry Skeffingtong is the test "administrator", who is in charge of receiving test applications and test fees in advance of the tests and who makes sure all IUKF test requirements have been met by candidates. Master Ranks (6-9th dan) applications and fees are send to George Mattson.

IUKF Vice President, Darin Yee assembles the test board for ranks 1-5 dan and conducts the test.

IUKF's Competition Team workout at Darin Yee's Plymouth dojo. Space limited. Check with Darin for details.

The 2015 Kick/Punch Challenge - To be conducted at various times throughout the weekend. A donation, which is given to a charity, is the entrance fee for this challenge. Two of your strongest punches to the head and two of your strongest kicks to the body of "BOB" (training dummy) is measured for psi on a special computer recording devise and logged on a scoring program, in order of the best cumulative score for the four blows. Very accurate and visible test of your punching and kicking power. Currently, Robb Buckland and Roy Bedard hold the record and both will be back this year to defend their titles.