2017 Uechi SummerFest

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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Van Canna » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:43 pm

Even better, have two real police officers, set up an 'interrogation room' and 'hit' upon some of us with questioning techniques...even absent the 'post fight' chaos...one would be surprised how badly they'll screw up the interview.
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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby William Leith » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:40 pm

Updated SummerFest Schedule. If you haven't signed up yet visit http://www.uechiryubutokukai.com/summerfest and use coupon code FEST5 to save 5% off training.
Pre-registration is required.

SUMMERFEST SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday

11:00 AM - SummerFest Entry Floor Opens
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Bonus Training Seminars
Bruce Witherell
Darin Yee
Robb Buckland
Gary Geddes
Adult Sankyu (Brown Belt) and above welcome
Adult White/Green Belts and Junior Black Belts welcome at sensei's discretion/permission
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Seminars with Hanshi-Sei (10th degree black belt) Instructors
1:00 PM - Art Rabesa
2:00 PM - George Mattson & Buzz Durkin
3:00 PM - Jim Maloney
4:00 PM - James Thompson
5:00 PM - Walter Mattson
Adult Sankyu (Brown Belt) and above welcome
Adult White/Green Belts and Junior Black Belts welcome at sensei's discretion/permission
7:00 PM: Master's Testing
6th through 9th degree black belt testing
Buzz Durkin test for his 10th Degree Black Belt
Followed by the ticket entry only Master's Banquet

Saturday

7:00 AM - SummerFest Entry Floor Opens
8:00 AM - Bonus Training Seminars
Neil Stone
Matthew Saindon
Vinnie Christiano
Adult Sankyu (Brown Belt) and above welcome
Adult White/Green Belts and Junior Black Belts welcome at sensei's discretion/permission.
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Training seminars with master (6th - 9th degree black belt) instructors
Master instructors rotate among all students with each instructor teaching for 35 minutes each
Application of Kata - David Kelly & Dan Dovidio
Practical Karate - Tracy Rose & Roy Bedard
Kata Training - Leyn Burrows & Bob Bethoney
All Adult ranks welcome
Juniors Black Belts welcome at sensei's discretion
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Lunch break (lunch included with registration)
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Training seminars with master (6th - 9th degree black belt) instructors continue
Master instructors rotate among all students with each instructor teaching for 35 minutes each
Application of Kata - David Kelly & Dan Dovidio
Practical Karate - Tracy Rose & Roy Bedard
Kata Training - Leyn Burrows & Bob Bethoney
All Adult ranks welcome
Juniors Black Belts welcome at sensei's discretion
Bonus Training Seminars
Al Wharton
Judy Durkin
John Whee
Adult Sankyu (Brown Belt) and above welcome
Junior Black Belts welcome at sensei's discretion
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Junior Training
Master instructors and assistants rotate among all students
Steve Dionne
Matt Saindon
Nathan Harker
All ranks and ages under 16 welcome
5:30 PM - Graduation Ceremony
Master Durkin receives his Judan (10th degree black belt)
6th - 9th degree black belt candidates receive their new ranks
Demonstrations and Video presentation
6:30 PM - Cocktail hour
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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Van Canna » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:17 pm

Well, this is going to be some camp...you'll be kicking your ass if you miss it.

Just got this from Marcus Traynor
We are really excited about your participation at this year’s Summerfest. It is promising to be an historic event.

Just to “keep you in the loop,” here is what is shaping up for the Masters Banquet. Is should be a great time with lots of old friends.

(the following is an excerpt from a post we are making on facebook)

The following is a partial listing of the (non Uechi) notable martial masters who are looking forward to celebrating Master Durkin’s promotion and the evening festivities: Grandmaster Greg Tearney (Goju-Ryu), Grandmaster Fred Degerberg (Degerberg Blend), Grandmaster John Beluschak (Hapkido), Grandmaster Zulfi Ahmed (Bushi Ban), Hanshi Larry Giordano (Kyokushin), Hanshi Ron Martin (Goju-Ryu), Kyoshi Richie Bernard (Goju-Ryu), Fred Kyoshi DePalma (Kenpo), Kyoshi Dave Kovar (Satori Alliance), Kyoshi Bill Taylor (Wado-Ryu), USA National Karate Champion Grant Campbell, Black Belt Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Wallace, National Sport Karate Champion Chris Rappold.


Sincerely,

Marcus Traynor

Head Instructor Buzz Durkin’s Karate School

Event Organizer Uechiryu Butokukai

Cell: (603) 339 1816

Dojo: (603) 893 8949
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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Van Canna » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:46 pm

SummerFest Packages Include:

Click Here to Register

Whole Weekend: $345
•Friday Training
•Friday Test
•Saturday Training
•Saturday Lunch
•Saturday Graduation
•Saturday Cocktail Hour
•Does not include Master's Banquet

Friday Training and Test: $225
•Friday Training
•Friday Test
•Does not include Master's Banquet

Saturday Training: $225
•Saturday Training
•Saturday Lunch
•Saturday Graduation
•Saturday Cocktail Hour

Saturday Junior Training: $95
•One hour training session
•Saturday Graduation

Graduation/Testing: $25 per event
•Tickets for guest not participating in training events
•Combo package available at a discount

Master's Banquet: $100
•Not included with any other package
•Buffet style sit down meal with special guest and live entertainment


This is one in a lifetime event you don't want to miss. If you do, you'll be kicking your ass for years to come.

So many outstanding teachers giving seminars, so much to learn...and in a fabulous place.
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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Otto » Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:48 pm

Hi Van,

Been away for a while, dealing with life and all it's nonsense. Was teaching a few folks at my buddy's dojo last night, happened to be wearing my Summerfest 2014 t-shirt. Couple of them asked me about afterwards. Told them it was the coolest thing I had been to in many years, then told them all about it.

Just wanted to say that any that have the opportunity to attend....and don't, are just plain nuts. And if you've never been before, oh, man, are you going to have fun.
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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Van Canna » Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:26 am

Thanks Otto, looking forward to seeing you again at camp.
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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Van Canna » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:36 pm

George Mattson
Hi

Summerfest is coming soon. We are anticipating a full house for all events and I sincerely hope you will be there for the seminars and banquet.

This year's event will be highlighted by the promotion celebration of a number of master ranks, including the 10th dan promotion of Sensei Buzz Durkin.

The Masters' Celebration is an important tradition and ritual within the Uechi community. . . an opportunity to perform the three primary kata in front of the candidate's peer group, as a form of recognition, acceptance and respect. These individuals have earned their rank and are willing to demonstrate their skills and abilities to their families, friends and fellow martial artist.


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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Van Canna » Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:56 pm

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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Van Canna » Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:03 pm

Watch our good friend Buzz Durkin's dedication to training in preparation for his 10th Dan performance at camp...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh3_IYdELh8
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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Van Canna » Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:20 pm

This guy also promised he'd be attending camp this year

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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Van Canna » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:38 pm

Uechi Ryu’s philosophy as a Traditional Martial Arts places great emphasis on respect for others, humility, confidence, responsibility, honesty, perseverance, and honor. Such is what we have observed over the long years in our contacts with the Okinawan masters.

The meaning of respect includes several things, all of which deal with your relationship with others.

The degree to which you trust, love and attempt to understand others and elevate them _ equates to the degree of respect you have for them. This is the hallmark of honor.

Attempt to extend yourself, to offer your heart so that not only _ you please others _but you also gain from the experience.

Enrich your life by respecting others.

And this is another great reason to be at camp this year for a total immersion experience in a brotherhood...two wonderful days in more ways you can imagine.

If you don't come because you 'Cheap out' on entrance fees...well shame on you.
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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Van Canna » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:32 pm

My beloved rowing club's shells Bay...

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Re: 2017 Uechi SummerFest

Postby Van Canna » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:59 am

There was a sense of tangible wonderment this year at Summer fest, the event being run by Buzz Durkin at the Hilton Double tree Hotel, certainly a time and a place to remember for all times to come.

As I sat there on the 10th Dan promotional board, I was struck with a sense of pride and awe for Buzzy as he calmly strode up before his peers for his Judan performance_ lean and in great shape.

As he settled into his Sanchin kata my mind flashed back to chapters 3 and 4 of his book “Success is Waiting” where as an Infantry Lt. _ he tells of his Vietnam experience of a life transforming Sanchin kata down in a jungle bunker awaiting the onslaught of 2000 North Vietnamese regulars advancing upon his depleted unit.

As the words of Sensei Mattson echoed in his ears “Don’t worry Buzz, all of our black belts have done well over there; you’ll be fine”_ he did his sanchin with his entire soul, connecting with something deep within himself_ a powerful calmness that he had never before experienced.

He emerged from the bunker in a sustained state of peace_
Uechi Ryu Karate and the Sanchin Kata had become part of him.

He was ready for anything…he waited.

Then the miracle: the North Vietnamese troops went entirely around his position_ no contact whatsoever.

This past Friday evening_ watching Buzzy perform a precise, powerful and yet very calm Sanchin _ found myself trying to identify with every possible feelings nuance he had experience then in Vietnam _ and was now experiencing amongst a veritable oasis of love and respect from all who attended camp.

Over the years I have always admired Buzzy’s whole moral code of living_ honor, integrity, training discipline, politeness, his looking after people, gentleness and generosity to us all of the Uechi brotherhood.

It was perhaps the ‘bunker sanchin’ that had imparted him the secrets of the special kind of qualities that comes from mind, heart and body_ with the most important of them all_ his ability to disregard his own ambitions, throw his ego out the door and to be the best he can be not just for himself but for the Uechi brotherhood, always elevating others before him.


Congratulations my dear friend.
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