EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER/CHAIRMAN: MASTER GEORGE E. MATTSON
Uechi-ryu Grandmaster George E. Mattson is rightfully considered a martial arts pioneer and author. Leads the International Uechi-ryu Karate Federation.
First American to earn a Uechi-ryu Black Belt Certificate and known as the first American to bring Uechi-ryu from Okinawa to America.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER/PRESIDENT/TREASURER: DAVID BERNDT
David Berndt has been practicing Martial Arts since 1965, starting in Isshin-Ryu. He currently holds the rank of Shichi-Dan and the Titles of Shihan and Kyoshi, awarded by his direct Sensei, Grand Master George E. Mattson, and IUKF.
He also holds Dan rank in Isshin-Ryu and Gushi-No Kobudo. He had been the Treasurer of IUKF for 8 years and a Director.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER/VICE PRESIDENT: TIMOTHY DANDO
Tim has directly trained under Grand Master George E. Mattson, continually for the past 15 years in Mount Dora, Florida. Owns and operates The Mattson Karate Academy, under Sensei Mattson, teaching children and adults Uechi-Ryu karate.
He has studied and trained Martial Arts for almost 30 years including Shito-Ryu, Tai Chi, Tang So Do, Hung-fut Pia Kung Fu and Traditional Lion Dancing. Current training and expertise also includes Okinawan & Chinese Weapons and Aiki Jo.
DIRECTOR: JOE GUIDRY
Sensei Joe Guidry retired from GTE as a Circuit Design Engineer and Senior Administrator in Special Services. He was also a member of the U.S. Marine Corp.
He began his study of Uechi-Ryu in 1966. His current rank is Hachi Dan. He also holds Dan rank in Gushi-no Kobudo and Ryukyu kobudo. Joe has served on numerous Black Belt test boards, trained in Okinawa and a presenter in various martial arts clinics.
DIRECTOR: JACK M. SHELDON
4th degree black belt Shinto Yoshin Ryu, trained and taught Martial arts for over 35 years. 2004 international instructor of the year.
Has trained in Uechi-ryu Karate Do, Kuntao Silat, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Shinto Yoshin Ryu.
Promotes tradition, loyalty, and excellence while attending numerous seminars throughout the United States.
DIRECTOR: SHIHAN RAY BRYANT
We are saddened to report that Shihan Ray Bryant has passed away earlier this week. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and his friends and students around the world. He will be greatly missed.
Shihan Ray Bryant is a 6th degree in Karate Shito Ryu. He has an impresive academy with several students and 3 locations, with more than 40 years of experience in teaching Martial Arts.
Bryant and his students travel around the world to compete, having excellent results in each championship. He is ISKA US Director and Team Coach.
He also owns a company that manufactures sporting goods for martial arts called Natural Born Fighter.
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVE: CECILIA SALBUCHI
Sensei Cecilia Salbuchi is a 5° Black Belt in Uechi Ryu Karate, and a 4° Black belt in Taira Ryu Seishinkan Kobudo.
She is a member of SPAD (www.spad.com.ar), an organization dedicated to the development of self-defense methods.