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There are many stories about him and GEM sensei and their feud.
Is Harry Benfield "passed" to use an American euphemism..............
John Giacoletti wrote:I remember seeing some of his classes which he took out of the gym and into an outside quadrangle between the Social Arts, Science, Library and Cafeteria/Bookstore buildings. He introduced hundreds if not thousands of students in those years to Sanchin, Junebe undo and Hojo undo. Many continued their training in his Kresge Academy.
After Uechi Kanei Sensei appointed Master Tosh to administer Florida as a separate Uechi jurisdiction, many of Master Tosh's first students were, of course, Kresge's Black Belts and senior students. I believe Kresge's standards were quite conservative and demanding. He didn't promote more than forty students to Shodan.
The influence of Kresge and then Tosh contributed to the differences in the regional paths in the growth of Uechi in the US. Earl, the two Mattsons, Thompson and Tosh each developed through their individual creativity, interpretation and understanding Uechi-Ryu training as we know it today.
With his characteristic reticense and reserve, Seizen Breyette told me he had reviewed the correspondence between Uechi Kanei and Ted Kresge. I state this only to confirm that Kresge did, in fact, have a regular communication with Kanei Sensei in Okinawa. And that Uechi Kanei Sensei obviously wanted the Uechi style to flourish and grow.
There was some question as to whether or not my Shodan certificate from Kresge was valid because it wasn't from Okinawa. I didn't care about that and didn't feel I needed anyone else's validation or approval.
The older I get, the more I realize most things in life people think they have control of are illusions. We can only control our own actions and attitudes to the best of our ability. As time passes, most people forget the specific things you said or did, but they never forget the way you made them feel...
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