I have been studying Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do since 1986. I was a member of the original Gloucester Dojo under Ron LaBrie @ Browns Mall. Ron moved away after having some conflicts with his sensei over lets say philosophical differences. I have taught at the Magnolia Library, the YMCA and in Pigeon Cove. I find myself without a dojo, which is fine. Being out there without a school affiliation has given me the freedom to learn things on my own. It has been very liberating.  So I will be teaching and sending out my message through this medium. This blog will be my dojo. If anyone would like to learn about Uechi-Ryu and just discuss karate in general please follow my blog.  I am willing to help anyone to find a dojo or give you help in your own Uechi-Ryu training or just chat about karate. So drop me a line lets have a healthy discussion about Uechi-Ryu or just martial arts in general.


Thom Fitzgerald

5th Dan Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do/Karate Tutor


Look Around.

I would like to challenge everyone to rededicate to their training.  Next time you’re at your dojo just look around. Is everyone just standing around chatting? One thing my teacher always did would make sure people did more work and less talking. He would always tell us get in the back of the room and use the mirrors.  I wasn’t the best student in the dojo, but I never got out worked. I would get to class early and practice one block and one kick one hundred times. Every time I got a promotion I would say it’s time to get serious. The one thing I always look for when I visit a new dojo. Are the students working at their art or are they just standing around talking. If you look around and see more talking, just go to the back of the dojo and start working, time to get serious!

I had a friend tell me that he really wanted to try karate. But was so far out of shape he just didn’t see how he could do it, plus a hip surgery and a shoulder problem. Another worry he had is very common, him thinking he wouldn’t be able to do the karate that well.  I told him that is what dojoplus is all about. My goal is to take someone with no martial arts experience and out of shape. Help that person have a smooth transition into a healthier lifestyle and learn martial arts. So I came up with a workout program for him and anyone else with the same issues.  I call it the 12 Minute Workout. First thing you have to do is get a stopwatch or a stop watch app if you have a smartphone. Then you pick twelve exercises. Try to pick six common exercises (push-ups, sit-ups or jumping jacks etc.) and six karate exercises nothing to technical (punching drills, kicking drills, squat-kick drill). I even printed pictures of each exercises and put them in a three ring binder. So here is what you do, set the watch to 50 seconds, turn the binder to the first exercise. Do as many of the first exercise as you can. Go at your own pace; if you can only do one or two that’s OK, After the 50 seconds take a ten second break. Flip to the next page and do the next exercise the same way, continue until you are done with all twelve of the exercises. That will take 12 minutes; you’re done for the day. Do that every day, at your own pace. When you’re ready do more, do reps of the workout. The key to fitness and good health is to start slow and go at your own pace. Listen to your body it will tell you when to do more or when to ease up. But don’t be afraid to push yourself. I was taught that if you can’t do what you did the day before then you went to hard the first day. You should be able to work out every day. So give it a try and let me know how you do.

Hello everyone, I will be having a free DojoPlus seminar. Just a friendly sit and talk to tell everyone about DojoPlus. I’m going to be at a new location. The Masonic Hall on Eastern Ave in Gloucester. If enough people sign up I’ll be doing a Monday night workout at the Hall.  It will be Monday April 22nd from 6:30PM until 8:00Pm. All are welcome, come and learn about DojoPlus.


Starting this year DojoPLus will be offering private lessons. Sometimes people get nervous about starting new things. Like going to a Dojo or a gym. So I will come to your home, in your comfortable surroundings. I will help you get comfortable enough to join that gym or that dojo.

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I am no longer teaching at the Magnolia Library. See you down the road.

DojoPlus, Fitness
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All are welcomed at DojoPlus. DojoPLus is not style specific. Although my back ground is Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do all styles are welcome. If you have never studied, or if you have studied for years. Come by and give DojoPlus a try. From beginner to advanced, it’s all about fitness. If you are into fitness or want to get back into good shape. If you enjoy the Martial arts and want to learn more, join Thomas Fitzgerald 5th degree black belt, Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do, every Monday evening. Learn the best of traditional martial arts while building outstanding overall fitness. As long as you’re over 18 and willing to work —hard — DojoPlus is for you.

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