Wednesday, June 12, 2024
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Administration

Grandmaster

George E. Mattson

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President

Darin Yee

Duties: To oversee and maintain all aspects of the IUKF functions.

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Secretary

Rosario Mario Silippo Rizzo

Duties: To inspect and implement all legal aspects of the IUKF

Treasurer

Andrew Fink

Duties: To review and manage all IUKF financial dealings

Committees

Chairperson of IUKF

Henry Thom

Duties: To maintain operation of all committees of the IUKF

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Black Belt promotion Administrator

David Berndt

Duties: receive promotion request from IUKF dojo Shihans up to the 5th degree (Godan) which is all dojo promotions. A board can be requested. If a local-only board cannot be arranged, we may suggest an online promotion board. We also suggest that the board will be present to offer their critiques but should not recommend pass or fail as this should be the decision of the dojo Shihan.

Rokudan and above must be recommended by the dojo shihan or if there are no higher rank in that dojo, the dojo shihan may request a recommendation from any of the seniors in the IUKF. All master advancements will be awarded at an IUKF event. Preferably Winter Fest.

All master applicants upon approval to test must record all 8 Uechi-Ryu katas plus 8 usable techniques which they understand to be from any of the 8 katas.

Their recording will then be sent to 5 anonymous master ranks to judge. If any of the judges can provide adequate and acceptable reasons for a fail judgment, the candidate will fail. The judgments will be discussed among 3 senior master ranks who may decide to move forward with the advancement. If not, the reasons will be explained in writing to the candidate why the advancement did not go forward and he/she must try again next year.

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Dojo Administrator

Dan Maestas

Duties: To receive and answer all applications for IUKF dojo membership. To list and maintain all contact information of every IUKF dojo and to inform all dojo members of their yearly contributions. All reminders should be sent at the beginning of November and all dojo yet to send in their contributions should be reminded by email in mid-December. If we still have not received their commitment by the end of January, we should inform the delinquent dojos of their IUKF membership being suspended and all privileges on hold.

email: d_maestas@hotmail.com

Awards Committee

Bruce Witherell

Duties: Bruce and his team should review all the senior members in the IUKF and every 2 to 3 years, suggest a person worthy of a lifetime achievement award. All recommendations must be approved by both Sensei Mattson and myself before an announcement can proceed. All awards must presented at Winter Fest. I expect due diligence in their research.

Bruce and his team will also receive requests for any title dojos may want to award their students. We want to support all dojos and their request however, we urge the dojos to understand the titles and to remind all dojos upon their request what any particular title means.

Bruce also needs to list all possible titles and our expectations for awarding them. We will then allow dojos to make their own choices.

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Oversight Committee

Alton Wharton

Duties: To receive requests from all candidates who feel they have been overlooked for advancement due to reasons beyond their control. “Time in Grade” has been a primary excuse for many applicants. However, “time in grade” should never be the reason anyone requests an advancement nor would we approve of an advancement due to “time in grade” alone. Candidates must also provide proof of their workout time. The dojo floor is the only place we can mature in our training and studies. I would also suggest an honest, vigorous test to verify knowledge and understanding of Uechi-Ryu.

I would also like to see their past grading, review of their past training, and with whom and their awarding organization. I have experienced many who lied about their training and years they claimed they have trained.

This committee is very important, as all candidates need to be investigated regardless of how well they smile. Friendship is never the reason we approve of anyone’s advancement.

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Advisory Board Members

Paul Kronschnabl
🇩🇪 Germany

mail: paul.kronschnabl@web.de

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Cecilia Salbuchi
🇦🇷 Argentina

mail: csalbuchi@gmail.com

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Luiz Monteiro
🇧🇷 Brazil

mail: luizmonteirom@gmail.com

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Lee Adams
🇬🇧
United Kingdom

mail: Shogun640@gmail.com

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Noslem Torres Miranda
🇨🇺
Cuba

mail: noslemkako@gmail.com

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Lionel Reynaud
🇨🇵
France

mail: lionel@oryukan.com

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Paulo Monteiro
🇧🇷 Brazil

mail: pvcabralmonteiro@gmail.com

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