Mr. Derderian, we look forward to your participation and meeting you in person. The first workout will not be hosted by a particular dojo or association. It will be held in a gym off of 495 or 93 for easy access. All will be invited with the caveat that they line up and workout.
It is a fantasitc idea (although not original). All we have to do now is implement. Anyone and everyone is welcome. We will be soliciting participation from all factions of Uechi. Yes, we will call schools with different patches and philosophies and ask them to participate. If they choose not to then they lose out. Maybe in the future they will participate.
Just the feedback is necessary. Teachers need to compare how well they are teaching their students. Some are better at conveying kata vs. kumite et cetera. We are having "GASP!" non-organizational visitors. They even [Say it is not so!--Ed.] teach some of the informal seminars! [My smelling salts!--Ed.]
It is going to be a workout, nothing more nor nothing less. No comparision other than crossing arms. The only feedback needed is what the student takes home with him/her from performing kumite/kata/sparring with 100 other motivated Uechi people!
The more the small-fry mix the better it will be. It will be hard for some seniors to behave, but, I thought, mature behavior was the mark of a senior!
The workout will be geared for all students regardless of rank. There will be no room nor tolerance for misbehavior. Yet, no misbehavior is expected. Uechi seniors know how to behave, they don't have to be reminded by myself or anyone else. Our seniors are examplatory.
The future could very well be a bunch of distinct "alphabet" self-promoting organizations facing state regulations. No one visits Okinawa and Okinawa does not visit us. Good practitioners choose other styles.
Dojos are "closed" without proper patches. A sad, sad but very possible future.
Who will be to blame? Regional workouts in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast , West , Cananda etc... A represenative group selected from all regions to go to Okinawa.... Where is the downside? If nothing comes from this at least we had a few good workouts and memories. At least everyone will know who is on the floor and who is not.