Mr. George E. Mattson, distinguished guests, my fellow uechi brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen: I esteem it a great honor to be able to bring my best wishes and greet mg to all who are present at this grand meeting.
This is a great histori
cal occasion offered in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of uechiryu karatedo foundation in the United States of America.
I congratulate Mr.
George E. Mattson and all others concerned on realizing their success in every program made for "Shubukan 1983 Uechiryu Karatedo Summer Camp:' When looking back on the past 25 years of uechi karate development m America, we come across with a man who can never be forgotten. Mr. George E. Mattson. Karatedo.
He is the Founding Father of American Uechiryu
He was the first man to bring forth on this
martial art, uechiryu karatedo, since then he
continent a new very strenuous
efforts and built up a strong foundation of uechi karate for its popularization. He established this firm base and uechi karate has, consequently, spread out all over the United States.
He achieved this great task.
road to success was not so simple or flat.
It had ups and downs.
fronted many difficulties but surmounted them.
He endured every hardship.
What he has done for uechi karate must be remembered forever.
measure of devotion to uechi karate must be highly valued in the history of the art. ed
Through his teachings and publications his name will be remember
widely as one of the distinguished American martial artists. We highly
honor him for being the pioneer of uechi karate in America. Now permit me to speak briefly about what karate is and the mental at titudes we must keep in our minds are as practitioners. Karate is one of the cultural assets of our ancestors.
mg product of human activity and the final justification for all the strivings of humanity to fight for truth. life.
Thus, we consider it as the noblest way of
It is an instrument of character building.
constantly practice ascetic workouts.
It enlightens those who
It teaches us how to act in our life.
Karate is, technically, the martial art of self-defense and, mentally, the martial way of self-perfection.
These principles should not be separated
but must be combined into one for better activation.
Then the practitioner
can develop into a healthy well-coordinated personality, both physically and mentally. The value of karate lies in its effects.
If it can only gIve pleasure,
however spiritual that pleasure may be, it is of no great consequence. The world is full of inevitable evils.
Karate teaches us not to escape them, but
rather to gather fresh strength to face and beat them.
It teaches us how
to be men of humility, tolerance, wisdom and magnanimity when we are in adversity. Through karate training we can attain the highest ideals of beauty and strength.
Beauty and strength are inner and outer, mental and physical re足
However, the greatest value of karate lies in right action.
drives us to take right actions whenever and wherever such actions need to be taken.
Isn't the very Master George E. Mattson whom we honor today
a living example of what I speak? The martially-well-oriented artist sets the highest value on courtesy. Courtesy is of prime importance. does not exist.
Without courtesy, the essence of karate
No one is qualified to be a martial artist without courtesy
e\-en if he excels others in his techniques.
This is the very reason why
karate practice begins and ends with the traditional bow.
The bow repre足
sents one's recognition of the meanmg of courtesy.
Courtesy must be con
stantly practiced not only during training periods but all the time in our daily life. Courtesy
It goes beyond everything such as nationality,
race, sex, age and religion. on the basis of courtesy.
Our human relationships should be developed
Our mutual relationships can be peacefully main
tained so long as courtesy is exercised towards others. We are all in the universal brotherhood.
We are all brothers and sist
ers under the name of UECHIRYU KARATEDO.
There will be no barri
ers for mutual understanding and reciprocal assistance among brothers and sisters even if our language differs from one nation to another.
of brotherhood will be strengthened by the strict observation of coutesy. It seems to us that neither age nor seniority is respected in America as
We have seen many cases of perspnal conflicts among
members of uechi family.
These conflicts are often called political strug
gles caused, in our opinion, by power hungry people who are disrespectful to their superiors and who have no sense of seniority. tool to be used for political struggles.
Karate is not a
If we are respectful to our superi
ors or seniors such power struggles will no longer exist.
sense tells that the senior is senior and the junior is junior.
chical distinction must be recognised by all people of the world of martial arts.
The senior must be looked up to as the senior.
be looked up to as the teacher. al tradition. exisi.
The teacher must
We wish you to learn the oriental spiritu
When you have learned it,
political struegles will cease to
we are able to maintain our traditional societal rules for the
world of martial arts.
Let's respect one another, and extend courtesy to others.
the philosophy of karate not only for self-mastery but also for the martial art itself.
Practice makes perfect.
Through the perfection of personality,
the techniques of self-defense become humanitarian arts. To conclude my address I would like to quote one statement from the Bible; Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Master Kanei Uechi President of the Uechiryu Karatedo Association.
Master Kanei Uechi's Message to the Participants
in "Shubukan 1983 Uechiryu Karatedo Summer Camp"
Uechi-ryu Karate-do Association
August 12, 1983