Mar 23

A Message from Darin Yee, IUKF President

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I sincerely hope you are well and practicing good sanitation habits suggested by our educated, seasoned health professionals. At times like this, we need temporarily set aside all the things we want to do and follow the protocol of what we should do.

As an extrovert, I find it very difficult to sit patiently at home and watch all the bad news on television. I’ve already informed my friends who come to work out with me to hold off and stay safely at home until this virus is eradicated.

I’ve continued to stay active by performing all 8 Uechi-Ryu katas followed by tiger/crane, Choy-Li-Fut, and every kung-fu form I remember. I’ve even brought home from my dojo some of the Chinese Weaponry and found enough room to go half-speed carefully.

In consideration, I’ve emailed my students and suggested we can meet online to train together. We have done it 2 times already and are learning what we can do and how we can do it. The IUKF has a GoTo Meeting program where we can entertain a total of 151 participants.

I understand some of us have very diverse processes of training, but the bottom line is, we are all family, and I encourage all to advance and grow in our path. Without sounding political, my philosophy has always been the fact that we all need to be supportive and not regulatory. Since my appointment as president of the IUKF, I’ve been a bit more liberal than some would like, but I believe no one knows what we want better than each individual, and I, for one, respect our individual beliefs.

If anyone would like to join our online workouts, please let me know, and I will include you in my notifications of time and what we will be working on in that particular workout. Please email me at darinyee@hotmail.com.

I understand these workouts would not be as vigorous as when I am standing next to you, pushing you to go 110%. The bottom line is you will get out of these workouts that you put in.

Anyways, please stay healthy and well. When this is over, I look forward to seeing everyone again. I may set up another regional workout so we can be gathered together as good families should do periodically.

Please stay vigilant, practice good sanitation habits, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Darin Yee

Mar 23

Sensei Cecilia Salbuchi Visits Brazil

(Please note that this message was translated and may not be 100% accurate!)

On Friday, March 13, Sensei Cecilia Salbuchi traveled to Brazil to represent Uechi Ryu IUKF on the occasion of the seminar that Sensei George E. Mattson (10th Dan) and Darin Yee (9th Dan) were going to offer that weekend. Abruptly the event had to change its organization due to the expansion of the coronavirus in America. That same week, with very little notice, the senseis from the United States had to suspend their trips on medical advice first and because the airlines began to suspend their flights.

Because Argentina and Brazil continued with their open borders within South America, the event could be held with only the delegations of Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, and Buenos Aires. Attentive to the provisions of the government of that country, no training was carried out in closed dojos, only in open spaces (courts and public parks) and the recommended hygiene measures were adopted.

Sensei Salbuchi shared exercises and concepts that were demonstrated in the previous WinterFest in the USA where she had traveled on several occasions, in order to be faithful as possible to the style that characterizes IUKF. In the general seminar on Sunday the importance of practicing Sanchin was discussed to strengthen the body correctly, without doing harm and at all times helping the practitioner to overcome their own limits. They carried out practical exercises of pressure on the practitioner who executes Sanchin, with the focus placed on achieving a strong skeletal-muscular structure and the rooting-based balance that characterizes this kata.

IUKF Poster

Then we worked on different levels of bunkai of the Kata Kanshiwa, stressing the importance of the black belt always having a different training from the colored belts, so we exercised a level of analysis in the way we call bunkai Ura or Tori Te. At the end of the seminar, some varied endings of Yakusoku Kyu Kumite were seen and various ideas were discussed around it.

Representatives of dojos from different locations within Brazil were present at this seminar, as well as Sensei José Vieira, President of the Federação De Karatê Dos Estilos Okinawanos – FKEO, who was very satisfied with the holding of the event despite the vicissitudes of public knowledge.

The rest of the classes that were held were attended by the brand new IUKF representatives in Brazil: Senseis Luiz Monteiro, André Tavares, Paulo Monteiro, and Wesley Almeida. We had the opportunity to review concepts, train all the katas of the style and enrich each other by sharing Danish training methods. Each of these teachers has knowledge that makes them unique and valuable, and that they shared with humility and generosity with their Argentine counterpart.

We also have videos that Sensei George Mattson sent us sharing some of the material they offered at the Winterfest held a week before this event, as well as videos sent by Sensei Darin Yee about their notions of the soft side of our style.

From Argentina, as representatives of IUKF and also of FAKKO, we appreciate the hospitality and warmth with which the representatives of IUKF Brazil and FKEO received us.

Dome arigato!

Mar 14

Clarification of IUKF Rank and Title Promotions

IUKF Dan Promotions: Ian Quitilen Chairman

Candidate must be a member of an “IUKF dojo in good standing”

Candidate must be recommended by dojo Shihan

Dojo Shihan must apply online and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee.

Please provide

  •             NAME as it should be on the certificate.
  •             RANK being promoted to
  •             IUKF REGISTRY NUMBER (if you do not have one, one will be assigned)
  •             DATE of the test

Applying 60 days prior to the test is recommended.

The test will be a dojo test according to the Shihan’s discretion. May follow suggestions within the BBTG.

Certificates will be mailed to the dojo and will be awarded by the Shihan if the candidate passes.  Should be torn if not.

Upon request, the presence of an IUKF master rank could be arranged.   

All awards will be presented at the end of the testing or at an IUKF sponsored event        

IUKF Master Rank Promotions: Ian Quitilen Chairman

Candidate must be a member of an “IUKF dojo in good standing”

Candidate should be recommended by an IUKF uplink.

Must apply online and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee.

Please provide:

  •             NAME as it should be on the certificate.
  •             RANK being promoted to
  •             IUKF REGISTRY NUMBER (if you do not have one, one will be assigned)
  •             DATE of the test will be listed when we receive all passing votes.

Providing a resume of the candidate would help to verify the time in grade and total time in training.

Must provide a recording of all 8 katas to be judged by 3 anonymous master rank.  The judges will only provide negative comments (if any) and submit a yes or no vote.

One “NO” vote will constitute a need to retest no sooner than 6 months.  All comments will be provided upon request.  The second attempt will be sent to another 3 master ranks.

All awards will be presented at an IUKF sponsored event

Oversight Promotion Committee: Al Wharton Chairman

Candidate must be a member of an “IUKF dojo in good standing”

Candidate should be recommended by an IUKF uplink.

Must apply online and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee.

Please provide:

  •             NAME as it should be on the certificate.
  •             RANK being promoted to
  •             IUKF REGISTRY NUMBER (if you do not have one, one will be assigned)
  •         DATE of the test will be listed when we receive all passing votes.

This committee was created for any and all IUKF members who feels they have missed promotions due to substantiated, uncontrollable situations.  An example is the Shihan for some reason is no longer present at this dojo but the dojo remained in existence and this candidate continued training.  Another example would be moving away from your home dojo and opening your own dojo to continue working out and teach.  Simply stating you continued to work out is not enough verification of you continuing to work out.

Injuries are not acceptable.  If you are injured, you certainly have not been working out.

To say you’ve continued to work out on your own is not acceptable.  There is no substantiation of your claims.

Each claim is different and must go through the oversight committee.  

Must present all copies of past promotions.

Please be informed this committee gathers and verifies all the information submitted.  Decisions to allow testing will be determined by our senior board members and candidate must still pass required testing.

IUKF Title: Bruce Witheral Chairman

Candidate must be a member of an “IUKF dojo in good standing”

Candidate must apply online by an uplink and pay the non-refundable application fee.

Please provide:

  •             NAME as it should be on certificate.
  •             TITLE to be awarded
  •             IUKF REGISTRY NUMBER

Note: Uplink must submit a recommendation letter.

Uplink’s recommendation letter must be accompanied by 3 more verifying letters from people who actually know this candidate. 

Please understand a rank does not automatically include a title.  Unlike most organizations, the IUKF realizes a rank is what you’ve work and train to achieve. 

A title is awarded by an organization to a person for the goodwill and advancement he/she has unselfishly contributed to the IUKF and our Uechi-Ryu community.

Please be informed this committee gathers and verifies all the information submitted.  Decisions to award a title will be determined by our entire senior board members.

Mar 01

Pictures from Cuba

Sensei Noslem Torres of Cuba was so kind as to send the IUKF pictures of him visiting dojos in Cuba!

Collage of Students from Cuba

Thank you, Sensei Noslem Torres!

Dec 27

Seasons Greetings

Fireworks on New Years

Hello All,

As I do every year, I remember all the great martial artists I’ve known throughout the years and feel I need to reach out to wish you strength, health, and prosperity this new year and the many new years to come.  I have experienced many tough years, but I realize I’ve had many great years. Through Uechi-Ryu, I was granted the opportunity to meet and interact with so many wonderful people. I feel truly blessed.

Thank you for your friendship. I wish you and your family the very best in your training and your life.  May all your good deeds come back to you in multiples of 10.  

Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Man.

Darin Yee
President of the IUKF

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