How's everyone? And thanks for the intro, Mike!
The comment of mine Mike refers to was one made over the continued splinterization of our beloved Uechi (read: whatever) ryu.
What I was referring to was the lack of interest in participating in Uechi events these days. No numbers at our tournament, no interest in holding regional competitions and/or events (yes, Virginia group, I'll give you your "props"!), no real exchange between dojo and no discussion (outside these forums) between the students/teachers themselves!
My theory: 10 years from now, no one will say: Hey, Tom, remember that Thursday night workout. . . But they might remember that summer camp, that tourny, that special workout with Sensei Whatever.
Our Uechi events DEFINE our karate experience and are the richest aspect of our training, our dojo and ourselves.
My message: get involved!
My prediction: In another decade, we will only know each other by our screen names and/or but some other form of cyber-ridiculousness.
Get out of your dojo! Get on your teachers' backs! Call them out of their caves, awaken the old guard -- and the new -- from their slumber! Uechi is slipping away from us. If it does during our watch, it will be this generation's fault!
Gary J. Khoury http://www.uechi-ryu.com/khoury