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IN THE EYES OF SENSEI
 
(6/8/2016):
Jim Maloney 
CANADATE FOR UECHI-RYU GRAND MASTER 
Jim told me a story about his childhood. Sitting in a one room shack at the table with his father, ?son get me the gun?. Jim said whenever his father spoke he jumped. Jim got him the gun BAM his father killed a rat on the dirt floor. ?Son put the gun back?, and on they went as if nothing happened. 
I met Jim in the late 60s .George Mattson took Jim in and started teaching him uechi ryu karate. Sensei Art and I would go to George Mattson's Boston school, which was the biggest around, on the third Thursday of the month and we would have this massive sparring classes where Jim and I would fight each other. I even remember Bruce Lee visiting the dojo. Jim had a chance to fight Bruce; in fact there is a picture in Bruce Lee's book with Jimmy and Bruce squaring off. Bruce was a very nice man but it was just like sparring each other. We traveled all around the United States and Canada competing in tournaments. I remember, to get Jimmy going when he was sparring, I would pound out the Indian war drum beat on the floor louder and louder. It was as if I was calling the Indian Chiefs spirits to come down and join Jim's body. It sure looked like they did because after that jimmy was fighting like a God. When I look at the last scene in the movie THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, where the father, who just seen his son killed, rushes up the mountain slaying dozens of Indians in his way without breaking his stride and with the eye of the tiger in Mooshin , finally gets to the person who killed his son and is able to take revenge with fantastic power and technique, I think of Jimmy. Hell he even looks like a guy. I remember at a tournament, Jimmy and I sitting down watching this guy fight. They called him the Hulk and one of us had to fight him next. After the fight finish Jimmy turned to me and said, ? There's nothing there ?. He was right. What other people were scared of didn't bother us. 
Jim moved to Nova Scotia and opened up a karate school. We were all running Uechi Ryu new schools now. Jim had the biggest and most effective school in Nova Scotia in the 70s. He produced so many great fighters? great students. Some are even today running their own schools. Jim also trained Ralph, the middleweight Canadian champion in boxing. I would travel up to Nova Scotia many, many times to help him with his tournament. Jim always put on these amazing demonstrations like when he pretended to be a robot smashing wood, bricks and everything in his sight. Displaying the ability of producing maximum power over a small amount of distance. Boy could he jam packed the house and of course his students always won. After all the excitement, he would take us up to the Lodge where his students built this incredible lodge in a few days out of respect for Jim. We all went hunting .It was awesome. 
In 1988 we all went to Okinawa. We had trained many, many times with sensei Kanai Uechi, at George Mattson's super summer camps, but it was now our turned to show Okinawa what George had passed down to the American people. Imagine this, walking off the plane in Okinawa, Art Rabesa, Jim Maloney, Bob Campbell, Buzz Durkin, Al Wharton and George Mattson. Jim turned to me and said, this island will never be the same. We visited all the dojo's .I remember Jim standing with his Gi top off being tested in Sanchin by these ruthless Okinawan Masters. They were trying to make Jim submit, yeah, like that was going to happen. After we all went up Jim went back and said again, so we all followed him. The Instructor was worn out from hitting us in Sanchin test. We all went to sensei Kanei Uechi's home. He cooked for us with his wok in the middle of the table with his beautiful wife, who I believe is now celebrating her 100-year-old birthday. I remember Art having trouble eating with the chopsticks so he started stabbing the food. Bob Campbell, who can tell a Chinese man how to act at a formal event in China, said stop doing that Arthur you?ll have bad luck. Art said great I'm starving and now I got bad luck too. Bob Campbell said you know you can eat with your fingers. You should of seen the smile that came over Arts face, me too. There was a fish being served on the table. Jim said to sensei Kanai do you eat the eyes. Sensei Kanei smiled and said no. Jim grabs the eye of the fish, shoved it in his mouth and said the Indians do. And we all went out of their full. Jim, Art and I would always do this slow motion skit. Jimmy and I would fight each other slow-motion and Art would referee. It was a comedy routine. I remember Jim taking me down and falling very; very slowly as I held on to maintain the slow-motion look. When I landed on the floor my head was right near his leg so I bit it. Jimmy in slow-motion show the facial expression of someone being bit. We were right in front of kanei Uechi .You should of heard him laugh and laugh and laugh. It was so nice to see sensei kanei Uechi laugh out loud, God rest his soul. While we were in Okinawa, they had their Kumite championship. Sensei Arthur asked me to fight so I did. It came down to me fighting Miamea(sp) a three or four time Okinawa champion .Great Great fighter. While I was up there I could hear the chants from Jim, Arthur, Buzz, and Al. I realized that I wasn't fighting for myself. I was fighting for those guys. What an honor. After the fight I walked off the stage and sensei Kanei Uechi stood up and held out his hand and when I shook his hand he said Bethoney San good Kumite. wow. Before we left We visited the grave of Kanbun Uechi and of course Bob Campbell showed us the proper way to present ourselves .As we were leaving I sat down beside Jim on the plane Jim said that the island will still be rocking for days. Jim always knew and used these cool phrases like now. He calls us kata queens. 
Just recently I went to Buzz Durkin's fabulous promotion event with his 16 schools. God bless him I don't know how he does it. Buzz has taught more people in the whole entire world Uechi ryu which teaches people basically, how to live a better life. Buzz turned to me and said, Jim is such a casmatic guy isn't he and he fills the dojo with his seminars. I said you got that right. What a tribute Buzz gave to Kanmai Uechi, Kanei Uechi?s son, on his passing. God bless him and may he rest in peace. 
JIM MALONEY 
The Father of three beautiful girls. Grandfather, Husband to a beautiful wife, by the way she can fight to, Indian chief, sensei to thousands, candidate for grand master in uechi ryu, instructor in police academies, and my friend. 
More to come 
 
Respectfully, 
Bob Bethoney 

 
- Sensei

(5/17/2016):
The call came around two o'clock today it was the boss telling me that the HERO (God bless him) mentioned my name several times in the way that I trained him to get through it. It's an incredible feeling to know that you helped someone in such a way I tell my students be careful what you say and make sure it's correct because the children will remember you for the rest of their life. The feeling that you go through thinking about it making sure that everything you say is, from the HEART is from experience to ensure that it's the right thing to do the right thing to teach. At 930 Joe called me up and told me that less than a month ago he was running backwards firing several rounds at an individual that was chasing him with a knife explaining how the body was responding as the bullets hit the body and couldn't understand why the person was still coming and had to sidestep and fire one into the head explaining to me how sanchin stepping help him get through. The several days of the adrenaline rush that would not go away. The constant over and over and over again that you play out in your mind. Can't sleep don't want to sleep too many things to learn to many things to try to understand to be a better teaching too many things to understand even better when I remember when I was shot at and when I was fighting, watching my friends being taken out in an ambulance .Butch lying there who red hair freckles eyes closed smelling salt won't work won't respond never see him again this won?t happen to me I beat Butch in the last tournament must be better fighter. Maybe his mother won't sign the release including death got to bruises hide bruises from my mom she won't sign again don?t limp .Suk the Korean teacher who always though his students were better I knew they weren't fought many of them and won but realized it when he said? this not karate tournament this bloodbath we go? nice excuse I was right. George why did you make those rules that way it was wrong the pads were designed for that but what a learning experience. The picture my eyes closed standing on the top podium to remember ,Paul G on the second step ,now crying because I hurt my friend, John D on the third bleeding over left eye .Maybe that?s why you left George P. Throwing up again maybe this one will win or get HURT remember Mark my brother. All in a l split second remember that line I told you about. They say that experiences a great teacher it's the understanding of the experience that makes you a great teacher. And then being able to be put in a position to know the things learned from the experience work, Drug Raids. To know that a man when he is shot in heart is clinically dead but no one told him so he goes on. To know that the head is the fastest way to shut him off. Whether it is a bullet punch or a kick. Especially against a worthy opponent and in all cases must be assumed. If not he will go on to make him mentally and physically a more worthy opponent as you create a monster by taking too long and his chemical cocktail grows.. As you think about these things you sometimes second-guess yourself. The only Time that you have dominion over is the present smell, sight, feelings and more, physical. Intuition, Perception, reaction, instinctive, mental. Even though it was a split second those are the things that make it the right things. To put in your report. That is why you responded the way you did. That is the truth. Just like its not right to act when you're mad, or write a report right after it happened. Time in this case must be taken. Time to wait for the mind the body and the spirit to return to normal in order to document properly, understand correctly, or learned so you may teach. That is why I will wait till tomorrow to publish this. My ears are ringing blood pressure is up. Lilacs smell nice

 
- Sensei

(5/4/2016):
 
 
Sometimes I draw a line on the wall and asked the students what they see of course some of them say I see a line others say you split the wall and half top and bottom. The answer that am looking for is that it's a thousand points put together to make that line. You see that's the way you look at the movements in Kata the constant breaking down and defeating the individual inside you means that tomorrow's adversary will be less of a person. The more I break down movements things like covering my telegraph before I attack are less and less because the very slight movement of him is detected. If all my movements are broken down, like that line, sometimes I feel as if I'm in a different time zone than my adversary. Something like the old photography 56 frames per second is slow-motion while at 22 frames per second is normal viewing. It seems like my adversary is in slow-motion. I am not moving any faster than him I just can't read everything he's doing a lot sooner because I have worked extremely hard in stopping those things from happening when I move. It also works in the mind because if you constantly breaking down what people are saying and listening to what they're saying you can almost virtually tell where he's going with the conversation and if it is a conflict come back with the perfect saying like a knockout punch because you have more time to think of the answer . Sometimes that doesn't come to you until later when you say ? if I said this when he said that I would have really got my point across. You must also remember when you have developed such a talent always remember that you have two ears and one mouth and use them proportionally even though you know where the conversations going. Some people would call it being in the zone. I remember one karate tournament a student came up to me and said Sensei nobody in the whole tournament got a point on you and it was because of this, I knew what they were going to even before their brain got the message to the body. It was shortly after that that I retired from fighting because I truly believed I had achieved what I needed to at this stage in my training. Don't get me wrong I fight almost every night with my students in hopes to give them the same intuition because again the goal of a good sensei is to make students better than him.

 
- Sensei

(5/2/2016):
In the world of science facts are proven and because of the facts a theory is designed . In karate it's the same thing. Like in kumite three and in D a n kumite. When you first learn these you'll go forward very slowly trying to remember the movements and the blocks. As you get better at it you move faster and faster and the time span in which the thought process is getting shorter and shorter. When you get up against a high-ranking black belt and he goes to it very very fast the body is almost acting instinctively because thought processes so small .That's some of the facts. The theory behind that is (MOOSHIN), clear mind. Sometimes people come up with some figure of how many times a movement has to be done to make it instinctive. I can tell you this as you advance in martial arts that repetition is less and less because of the early development of Mooshin. I am not talking about the simple movement like in the old West drawing and firing that pistol. That's only one muscle group ,you have over 500. However when you achieve that with a small muscle group because the mind body and spirit has been there before to get there with other muscle group or as we say the whole body you need fewer and fewer repetitions.

 
- Sensei

(4/28/2016):
 
In the beginning of doing sanchin we all believed it was all physical especially with the test in second speed. But just like a tiger my nose felt like it was, going to bleed and the back of my hair stood up 10 seconds before I found the person who escaped from the jail and was considered armed and dangerous. I knew it was nature's way of telling me something's wrong because I've been there before in karate. When the brain tries to tell you something instead of saying whoops d?j? vu stop listen and dwell on that thought process as long as you can this is the start of premonitions. The brain is constantly giving us messages of what's going to happen in the future we just failed to take the time to listen. And the more we break it down just like a physical move the longer it stays and the more we understand what it's trying to say. Gordon and I were traveling on a side street down the Cape in his Porsche and I said that Gordon I got a bad feeling that there's a radar trap in front about a mile and a half 2 miles later there was. Gordon looked at me like I had two heads. Sometimes you just know. One day in the dojo I said to guy I got a feeling I'm going to see Tony today now I haven't see Tony in 10 years. About an hour later in walks Tony of course guy thought I had been in touch with him and I told him go ask Tony. Of course some people may say it's just a coincidence and that's why they can't do it or even start to develop it. It starts on the physical level when while fighting some of your black belts you point to the leg that they're going to throw before they throw it. While during a drug bust who had a beer bottle in his hand and then quietly stealth like changed him the position that he was holding the bottle to the neck getting ready to hit me with it until I told him you don?t want to do that.  

 
- Sensei

(4/26/2016):
Through the eyes of sensei is a type of a forum where I will speak about my experiences in uechi ryu for 50 years. 50 years of running a dojo every night on the floor training and teaching not just owning a gi. Even today I show up at my dojo around 4 o'clock now that I'm retired from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department work out running and lifting and then enjoy four hours of teaching and training. I will also include my experiences with the 57 titles I took in my early career of uechi ryu fighting all over the world including the kumite in Okinawa. Also the experiences I encountered for 26 years in the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department where I was a master instructor at the police academies and how I did not feel comfortable teaching the police until I worked and lived in their world. I did not want them to think I was just another karate guy so I volunteered for all the dangerous details including undercover drug buys, drug raids, where I was first in the door long before body armor, and automatic weapons, warrant apprehension, fugitive from justice team, and much more. I was a certified instructor in firearms, self-defense tactics, baton, physical fitness,taser, apply patrol procedures and much more. 
Sanchin, the first kata of the uechi ryu system. I remember when I first started karate Dave T and I used to say it was all downhill once we finished the testing and sanchin. 1966 in the back room of the Brockton YMCA a man that is still my sensei today wearing a green belt and he had the attitude that if you want to stay and learn great if not by. Arthur Rabesa, that's right still my sensei after 50 years how many people can say that. Sensei's sanchin test was incredibly demanding. On second speed sanchin the gi tops came off you lock down into the stance and held it while he went through each and every person in the dojo and proceeded to pound on us not to show how tough we were, though maybe, but to develop our bodies and the positioning of our bodies to be extremely resilient to pain, taken us out of focus, or taking off our path of sanchin and much more. I will refer to sanchin many times it is the building block of the uechi ryu system and life. I gave my life to karate and in turn karate gave me a way of life.  

 
- Sensei

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