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