Toyama Sensei is a revered Uechi Ryu practitioner. I like him a lot because he was his own man, lived a healthy life, and was dedicated to that which he learned from Uechi Kanbun and others.
The first thing I want to point out is something I believe I've noted before. The sequence of mirror image moves from 1:00 to 1:07 are "non-standard" in contemporary Uechi Ryu. However the way he does those moves is captured in the relatively new Uechi Ryu form Seichin (near the end after the eye strikes). Furthermore, Toyama Sensei starts the form with a "salutation" that's also captured as "technique" in Seichin. That begs the question as to why. Was Kanbun at one time ambivalent about the moves he taught in several places within "The Big Three" forms of his original style? If so, it speaks to several possibilities:
- That which we know as "the style" could have been in somewhat of a flux when Kanbun brought his body of knowledge from Fuzhou to Okinawa.
- That which we know as "the style" could have been a little less classical (fixed) and a little more jazz (improv).
- Or maybe Toyama Sensei liked personalizing his martial choreography, and had the blessing of his teacher to do so.
Meanwhile, good stuff. Even Toyama Sensei's idiosyncratic nuances are fun to watch.