Honolulu Uechi-Ryu 2020 Gasshuku

Contact us at: al@worldclassproductionz.com or 808-221-6873
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Date: January 11 & 12, 2020
Place: Magic Island, Honolulu Hawaii
Time 7:00 am to 12:00 noon 

Sharing the Love of Karate in the Spirit of Aloha – Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Gasshuku: Traditional Intensive Training!

An open invitation to all friends of The Honolulu Uechi-ryu Karate-do Club! Join us January 11th & 12th 2020 for a two-day informal, but intensive, training session at Magic Island in Honolulu Hawaii!

There is a special kind of training event that typically lasts for a few days, the Japanese Budo tradition of the Gasshuku.

Gasshuku, meaning “lodging together”, immerses keen students in a lifestyle of coming together, and training for several hours each day. Quite often, it is remote places, some students may lodge together and depending on the facilities, Gasshuku participants may even share the duties of meal preparation.

While workshops and seminars are geared towards the instruction of new material, Gasshuku serve as an extension of regular class curriculum; the special difference being, however, that it is outside the common atmosphere and familiarity of the students’ home training hall.

As much of the Gasshuku is conducted out-of-doors, the diversity of training methods and activities is quite broad, and the senior organizers have the responsibility of arranging creative training exercises and activities to challenge the participants based on the surrounding environment of the Gasshuku; for instance, performing kata shin-deep on the beach as the surf comes in. Additionally, certain themes, ongoing challenges, and rules can be observed that add creativity and fun to Gasshuku training.

What especially distinguishes this tradition of Budo practice is the element of cohabitating with fellow students, socialization during meals and after training hours, and the bonds practitioners form throughout the experience. Gasshuku is not just a part of the student’s day, but a lifestyle gear-change, and important part of their mosaic of Budo training.

Please consider joining us at Magic Island in Honolulu Hawaii on January 11th and 12th 2020 for the first annual Honolulu Uechi-ryu Gasshuku.

Intensive training, knowledge sharing, challenging seminars, beach potluck barbecues and sunset kanikapila (Hawaiian for musical jam sessions/sing-a-longs). And of course, the usual tourist activities of beautiful Hawaii also make this an idyllic vacation . Make your travel plans today!

Anyone wishing to attend from out of state will need to arrange their own transportation and accommodations.

Contact Al by email at al@worldclassproductionz.com for any information and to RSVP.

A schedule of training segments for the two day period will be posted as time gets closer. Check for updates frequently. Aloooohaaa!
Sensei Darin Yee - President of IUKF 
​Sensei Darin Yee Kyu-Dan, Hanshi-sei, President IUKF

1959 - White Crane Kok-Min Tong (Boston China Town)
1962 – Tiger Style Kok-Min Tong (Boston China Town)
1964 – White Crane Bamboo Hut (Boston China Town)
1969 – Uechi-Ryu Mattson Academy (Boston Hancock Street)
1975 – Boxing Huntington YMCA
1978 – Hung Gar/Choy Li Fut Taishan, China

Seminar Topic:

Exploring the "Soft" in Half Hard/ Half Soft Paingai Noon 

Grand Master Henry Thom -  Hanshi ,10th Dan IUKF
Honolulu Uechi-Ryu's Mentor​ and Chairman of IUKF Advisory Board

Henry is a 10th degree black belt (Hanshi) certified by ​the IUKF. In addition to Uechi-Ryu Karate, Mr. Thom is also trained in Hung Gar and North Shaolin Kung Fu. Henry received his ​​​original black belt in 1967 from Master George Mattson, the pioneer of Uechi-Ryu Karate in the USA.

Seminar Topic: 

Thinking Outside The Box - Non-Traditional Uechi-ryu  Bunkai ​ ​


Check back regularly for some exciting news in the works. Confirmed presenters will be added as we get more information. Although still in the planning stages, this promises to be an awesome event!
The ​​​Honolulu Uechi-ryu Gasshuku 2020 Confirmed Presenters
The Ala Moana Hotel located directly across from Magic Island is offering a special Promo Code Discount for all attendees of the Honolulu Uechi-Ryu 2020 Gasshuku!

​ ​​​To access the special rates, attendees are encouraged to please book by either of the following:

Online at
www.alamoanahotelhonolulu.com, using Promo Code: HNL20

​or by phone, calling their reservations department. If calling reservations, please mention Promo Code (HNL20)

Ala Moana Hotel reservations can be reached at:

1-800-367-6025 from the U.S. Mainland; 1-800-446-8990 from the neighbor islands; and 955-4811 from Oahu

​​Alternatively, special rates are also available for ex-military at the Hale Koa Hotel. It is also very close to Magic Island.

Notice: This page is still under construction!
Dr. Paul A. Swift, PhD, 5th Dan Uechi-Ryu

Involved with​ Uechi-ryu karate since the 1980s. He has done research, teaching, and training projects in Okinawa and China. Dr. Swift received his doctorate from Duquesne University in 1995. He is the author of Becoming Nietzsche: Early Reflections on Democritus, Schopenhauer, and Kant (Rowman and Littlefield) and has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Values in Higher Education. Dr. Swift serves as a peer-reviewer for multiple academic presses and has had some success as a songwriter and musician. He has presented work to the Society for the Study of Philosophy and the Martial Arts. Paul trained under Charles Earle from 1986 to 2006 and is a current student of George Mattson and part of the IUKF Chibushi Dojo in Rhode Island.

Seminar Topic:

Kanshu Bunkai: Where is the Dojo?

​Students will learn and practice Kanshu Bunkai with a special emphasis on different interpretations of how Bunkai can mediate between kata and real-world application.

Open to Rokyu students and above.

Sensei Richard Bennett​ - 6th Dan Uechi Ryu, 3rd Dan Matayoshi Kobudo, 1st Dan Aikido 

​​Richard Bennett is the owner and chief instructor of Bennetts Karate based in Erie, Colorado. Richard has been doing Uechi Ryu Karate Do for over 30 years, starting when he was 4 years old, and currently holds a 6th degree black belt under his father Allen Bennett and Master James Thompson. Richard also holds a 3rd degree black belt in Matayoshi Kobudo, and 1st degree black belt in Aikido. He has made more than 12 trips to Okinawa, Japan since 2007 for Uechi Ryu and Kobudo, allowing him to train with more than 30 masters on the Island across many of the main karate and kobudo systems. These trips to Okinawa has allowed Richard to participate in many events on the island including two Okinawan International Championships in 2009 and 2018, Karate Day demonstrations, and as an assistant instructor to the World Seminars in Okinawa in 2015, 2017, and 2018 for Matayoshi Kobudo.

Tentative - Not Yet Confirmed
Richard Bennett will be running an hour long training session on the various joint locking, take downs, and throws that exist across Uechi Ryu pre-arranged kumite drills and bunkai. Many of these techniques are said to exist in Uechi Ryu exercises and are pointed out often in seminars or in the dojo, however the goal is actually practice these techniques and look in depth on many of these to see how they are incorporated in our exercises. Richard has developed his own 15 point throwing exercise that takes out these applications from various Uechi Ryu organizations across Okinawa including Uechi Ryu Okikukai, Kenseikai, Konankai, Shinkokai, Kenyukai and Master Thompson's organization Uechi Ryu Kokusai Kyokai. We will cover the throws throughout pre-arranged kumite #2 and kyu kumite, as well as various dan kumite and advanced black belt kata bunkai taught in many Uechi Ryu organizations. The seminar is intended for all kyu ranks and dan ranks under the idea that participants are able to fall well enough and use proper ukemi. Although we may lightly go over the right falling procedures for each technique, the class is not designed to teach participants how to fall properly.