I have to agree with you. Sensei Mattson does not get near enough credit for all the hard work that he does, and I hope that he will continue for many years to come. However, the inevitable will occur at some point where Sensei packs up his golf clubs and moves to Florida to play 36 holes a day. :-) The question still resides. What then? Who will have the reputation, the savy, the know-how to put people together the way Sensei does? You? Me?(I doubt I will ever have that kind of energy). What's in store for the next generation of Uechi/Shohei karate-ka? I don't know the answer, but it certainly makes me wonder what's in store for my students. That's why I push them to get to the summer camp, and other seminars. You never know when the last one will be.
I think that every class is a seminar. The teacher gets up in front of the class and imparts his/her knowledge. And I agree with whoever stated this, but the at a seminar there is one person who teaches and the rest are students, regardless of rank.
That brings up another interesting point. When you teach a class (everyone, not just Scott), do you teach for the class, or for your own workout. My personal belief is that the teacher is there for the students, not directly for himself/herself (although I agree that you learn a tremendous amount by teaching).
I believe that good Budo is taught in a circle. Just like Uechi where you learn Sanchin first only to get to Sanchin once the eight kata are learned, good Budo would mean that you start out as a students only to become a teacher, only to become a student once again. That means, as a teacher, my job is to produce other teachers. Don't you think? What then of all those students who have trained for many years but do no teaching? Are they getting the whole package then?
How about that for a tangent?