I do not know if any of my seniors will respond to your eloquent letter, but I feel that your very well-crafted and inciteful message to members of the Kenyukai deserves a response. I am writing this in no way as representative of the Shinjo family or the Kenyukai organization. I trust that my words, along with yours, may contribute in some small way to easing tensions between people and groups, between whom distrust and harsh words should not exist.
The members of the Kenyukai are students who have a lineage from the Shinjo family and their dojo in Kadena, Okinawa. As such, they have a completely different personal history than the majority of Uechi-ryu practitioners in North America, for whom George Mattson-sensei is the founding father. The Kenyukai group has its own heros, "old timers", and oral traditions. What may come across as "arrogance" is focus on our own training and ignorance of people and events which carry major emotional impact for members of Mattson-sensei's inheritors. We are also separated geographically from the Northeast U.S. center of this huge group, as well as sub-areas in Florida, Michigan, and across Canada.
We are proud of our lineage, from Shinjo Seiro-sensei, Uechi Kanbun's #4 student and founder of the Shinjo karate legacy to his son Shinjo Seiyu, his grandsons Shinjo Kiyohide and Shinjo Narihiro, and his great grandsons, Shinjo Shuichi and Shinjo Kiyohito. We are proud of Takayasu Takemi-sensei in France and Peter Kellogg in Okinawa. Here in America we are proud of Alan Dollar-sensei, Jim Foley-sensei,John Spencer-sensei, Marty Dow-sensei, Ric Lostrito-sensei, and Mike Nazar-sensei down here in Texas.... all different names than those which often appear in these forum messages. And I would add that every name on this list has been defeated... and gotten right back up. I believe that this is a characteristic inherited from Uechi Kanbun.
Finally, I would remind you and any readers that the Shinjo family has been and remains intensely loyal to the Uechi family. Whenever Shinjo Seiyu said "Sensei", we all knew he was referring to Uechi Kanei-sensei, whom he revered.
So, Dr. Glasheen, I hope that I have introduced our group to you and your readers and that you will respect our practice of Uechi-ryu, as we do yours.