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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:25 pm 
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ImageSue and I continue to be very busy preparing for next month’s SummerFest. We have tried our best to consider all requests from the many regulars who support this activity every year and who want to make sure we continue to run a successful event.

Attendance has not been great the last few years. I suppose we can blame the economy for much of this decline and of course, I am no longer the only one holding seminars during the summer. But, in talking with my friends who conduct Summer Camps, none are really attracting that many students, which raises the question of “why”?

My feeling is that many dojos are being super protective about controlling what activities their members support. I remember one business organization promoting the motto: “If your students plan to spend a dollar on anything martial arts related - make sure that it goes into your cash register!” This doesn’t sound like a motto that will get teachers to encourage their students to attend a camp.

Although I fully understand the reasoning behind this philosophy, I believe it is terribly flawed. Sure, short term, attempting to control student’s movements and interaction with outside martial artists will keep students confined to your dojo, but I don’t think it will work in the long-run.

Historically, students who attend SummerFest, attend almost every year! And they continue to train at their dojo. They come to SummerFest to share experiences, meet other Uechi practitioners and explore the many martial arts that are related to Uechi. They not only learn about different martial arts, but they are shown how their Uechi -ryu can be performed, utilizing elements of these different disciplines. Students return to their dojo, recharged and revitalized with new information, techniques, applications and with a mindset that provides them with material to make their next year at the dojo something they will look forward to.

Teachers should be taking advantage of this opportunity to learn new material and new understanding of what they do on a daily basis. They too, should be in these classes, taking advantage of the energy found in every seminar.

One of the biggest problems I find in dojo that have been around for awhile is teacher “burnout”! It is very tough to teach classes two-three times a day, six days a week in some cases – and appear “interested” in giving a class an exciting lesson. Teachers - take a weekend off and get your batteries recharged! I promise you won’t regret it and if you have been putting it off, make this year the year to give it a shot.

I am very proud of the fantastic group of Uechi-ryu instructors who have sign-on to provide interesting and important instruction relating to your Uechi and I’m equally proud of the many teachers of related arts who are presenting very important instruction that you can incorporate into your martial art studies.

And of course, I’m going to be working all weekend, encouraging students and teachers to practice “smart” and master important “core” principles of Uechi-ryu that will enable you to continue your training for a long and healthful lifetime.

Please note – Although I am an IUKF member, SummerFest is not an event that focuses on organizations, politics and/or style variations. Never was and never will be!

We are all wearing a white tee shirt and white gi bottom with your karate belt. Its funny, but when people work out together, sweat together, learn together and have fun together – they bond as fraternal brothers and sisters of the martial arts.

That is the way it has always been with SummerFest. Be part of the energy this year. Register Today!

George E. Mattson
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SummerFest: August 5,6 &7 (Fri-Sun)

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:55 pm 
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Al Wharton e-mailed me last night saying he will be at SummerFest Friday and Saturday. This is very good news as Al is a very popular teacher at our event.

I'll be updating the schedule later today.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:48 pm 
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Thanks to Bill Glasheen for posting this note on his forum:

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I've taught traditional martial arts for 33 years, and noted how the interest waxes and wanes with time. A cool movie comes out and your classes fill. A new fad comes along and you're left with just "the faithful." Over time quality remains, and the whims of the fickle evaporate.

As for getting out of the dojo, just do it. If you have an instructor who insists you shouldn't study from others, you're a fool. If you're falling victim to the marketing crap spoken by one-stop-shop-only McDojos, you're being taken. If you're an instructor, you need your batteries recharged AT LEAST once yearly. In the past when I've brought students along, the "camp effect" is even more pronounced as my students see and appreciate things that I don't. In the end, the dojo wins.

Find a way to go. Bum a ride, bring a friend, borrow some cash... just get your asss out of the house and join us. I promise there will be non-Uechi things there that will flesh out your Uechi - if you allow it. I'm doing my best to put a posse together myself, and it's likely to be a good-old-fashioned car road trip. Maybe we'll even stash 4 people in a room meant for 2. Been there, done that. We don't even pay attention to the gender, so long as we're all ladies and gentlemen.

More later. Meanwhile... I hope to see you there.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:08 pm 
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I just completed the final schedule and posted it on the SummerFest site. Be sure to download and print out the schedule so you will be able to map-out what seminars you wish to participate in before showing up.

I'm very pleased with last minute registrations. Looks like we will be having a great event.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:35 pm 
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It sounds good...should be a great party and renewal of old friendships as well making new ones. This alone should be reason enough to attend camp.

People who don't make it...always wonder how things went...and ask questions of others who attended...like missing your prom date :P

It is an event where you will surely learn something new as martial arts are in a constant state of evolution...but even more important, it is a 'reunion' of old friends.

Plus it is in beautiful Plymouth...a few great days to break your usual boredom 8)

And you won't even get a sunburn this time around. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:19 pm 
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This is the latest from George
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Dear Martial Art Friends:

Susan and I are getting ready to head for Boston to run what is shaping up to be one of the finest SummerFests ever. Those who have checked out the schedule tell me that this is "The 'A' list of teachers and activities"!

Checking in for preregistered participants will be fast and simple. Late "walk-ins" must register and must pay in cash.

We have extended on-line registrations until tomorrow evening (July 28th) at 7PM (EST). Please do us and yourself a favor by getting your registration in today or tomorrow.

We have lots of surprises in store for this year's Saturday evening Masters' Celebration. If I have time I'll send out a newsletter with the details. Because we are only ordering chairs for registered participants and a few extra for walk-ins, we will be charging $20 at the door if you aren't a registered participant, presenter or special guest.

See you all next week,

George E. Mattson

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:05 pm 
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Now this should be interesting
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NEW: Impact Competition

This year IUKF is sponsoring a very special booth - We are conducting a contest to see who has the most powerful punch and front kick. Entrance fee is $5 (going to charity) and each contestant will be able to throw two of their best punches and two of their best kicks that will be measured by a new computerized sensor-driven program that measures the impact delivered to a target. We will have special prizes for children, men and women of all ages.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:08 pm 
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It will be a great event...don't miss it
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Mai Du Yee will be present and will perform one of her incredible athletic praying mantis forms. She may also be bringing some of her students to give us one of her powerful performances.


Sifu Michael Lowery and his family will also be present and he has agreed to perform a handset from one of the many systems in which he has trained. His Sifu was Master Lee Fan Fown who was at one time, prior to coming to the United States, a Chinese National Champion.


Shihan David McConnell, Ju-dan in Peter Urban’s Goju will also be present. He has been teaching for over 50 years and has one of the oldest karate dojos in Plymouth.


The New England Kung Fu Association will also be present and has agreed to demonstrate for us. They are the leading Kung Fu organization in the North East.


Fang Chi Lee who was a National Champion in Taiwan will be present and agreed also to perform with a few of her students. She is also a Taiwan National Kendo champion.


Fred Lohse. senior student of Sifu Liu, will give a demonstration of "Feeding Crane" Kung Fu and Matayoshi lineage kobudo.

Many honored guests will be present who, depending on time, will also demonstrate their martial art skills.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:26 pm 
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Thanks for updating the SummerFest topic Van.

I was amazed at the number of dignitaries from Boston's Chinese community who are coming to the Masters Celebration after learning that Darin Yee is being honored with the Uechi-ryu 8th degree black belt. And. . . they all would like to demonstrate following the awards ceremony.

Oh yes. . . everyone will have lots of fun testing their power punches and kicks with this very new device. Sensors are placed on top of target (In this case, a heavy bag) and it will record all kinds of data relating to the impact.

Maybe we can find someone who will demonstrate the power of their "chi"!! :)

See you all next week in Plymouth!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:28 pm 
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gmattson wrote:

Maybe we can find someone who will demonstrate the power of their "chi"!! :)

I already have - from long distance. We don't just do no-touch knockouts; we do LONG DISTANCE knockouts.

Is the Pen Mightier?

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In Boston and have already arranged a ride for tomorrow morning. Doubt if it will be early enough for George's first class, but I'll be there.

And, like a dork, I didn't read the 'white T-shirt and gi pants thing' until I landed in Boston, so I'll probably be the 'special' one in 5.11 pants and a black T-shirt. I actually considered packing a gi, but decided to save the luggage space. You can punish me by making me share scotch after the seminar.


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