One week before my 20th SummerFest. I hope you will be able to join me in the training and celebration.
We are expecting great weather as usual. (In 20 years we've never been rained out) Of course, we do have an 80 X 30 foot tent and a huge gymnasium. . . Just in case!
I still get a few letters from new students who are wondering "What can I get out of SummerFest"? Well, besides being able to work out with some of the best Uechi-ryu teachers on the basics of Uechi-ryu, you will be able to participate in many of the seminars that are geared for beginners. Most of the non-Uechi-ryu seminars are "introductory" courses, designed to give the Uechi community an insight into the many other fighting arts available, that are compatible with our Uechi-ryu.
We also have a special area for the "Healing" arts. Everything from Tai massage, Chiropractory and Acupuncture to Reikei. You would be surprised to learn of all the aches and pains both received and cured at SummerFest!
One of the most moving ceremonies of the weekend is our annual "masters" black belt testing. On Saturday evening we will once again be inducting one person into the very exclusive Hachidan club (8th degree black belt) along with a group of 6th and 7th dan candidates. This year we are very proud to honor New York's David Finkelstien into the Hachidan club. David has been studying Uechi-ryu since the 1960s, while he was getting his law degree from Harvard.
Dr. Paul Giella will once again be hosting the Masters awards in the conference center following dinner.
The SummerFest has become the premier event of the year for Uechi-ryu. It is an opportunity for old friends to gather and work out together for three days. Evening are opportunities to watch demonstrations given by new presenters, relive the "good old days" and make new friends. The hardest part of the evening is saying good night!
Besides the many seminars, demonstrations and other activities, all the pioneers of Uechi-ryu are available to check out your kata and give valuable tips on how you can improve your techniques and form. Our Uechi-ryu champions, besides teaching seminars on sport karate and self defense methods, will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions and give advice on anything you may wish to ask.
Naturally, I will be very active all weekend. Besides teaching my 6:30AM "Sanchin by the Beach", I will be available at all times to critique your Uechi-ryu and help you make your training more productive, effective and enjoyable.
When you check in at the registration area, you will be given a complete schedule of seminars and activities. Be sure to take advantage of the hourly discussion sessions with the seniors, which will take place under the tent.
Don't forget to visit the Store and pick up your collectible SummerFest 2003 T-shirt. Susan is bringing down a huge selection of martial art clothing, DVDs and Videos. We are phasing out our VHS videos and will be offering our inventory at a huge discount.
OK! Now that you realize what a great time you will have at SummerFest 2003, the question is: "How can I register"?
The full program, with room and board, will be available until Wednesday. But you must call: 508-586-7678 and you must pay by MasterCard or Visa. Daytrips will be available with lunches until Wednesday for the regular price. Drop-in "daytrippers" are welcome, but you will pay $100 for the day with no lunch!
So please pick up the phone and call Susan at 508-586-7678 or you can register by FAX: 508-559-8913 (The application can be found from the home page: http://uechi-ryu.com
After you register, please read the information on the "Fest" page pertaining to the schedule, things to bring, etc.
See you Friday morning "on the beach". Oh yes, the Maritime Academy is "this side" of the bridge, so you won't be caught in the Cape traffic if you drive.
George E. Mattson