It is so easy to talk bad and spread juicy, often untrue, rumors about others and so hard to talk good about them. Why?
Why is it that human nature has it that it takes 5% effort to spread 95% hate and discontent in stride but to get 5% success in generating bonds of union, comraderie and friendship it requires 100% continued commitment and vigilance.
I learned a lot more of and about Uechi-ryu and related groups and their people that I care to since I wrote my first Uechi-ryu book in 1995 than I have during the entire 20 years prior to that. Some people from different 'groups' continually fed me negative information; most I have since learned from research, was pure unadulterated bull****.
One thing that I learned during that time was that there is a common thread, an adgenda if you will, to turn people against others. And it sometimes sounds too convincing. so there's good and bad. I'll take the good.
Another thing I learned over the past 3 years was a piece of who Mattson Sensei is. He is one of the few who posesses the shining qualities of the Oak, the Pine, and the Willow in abundance.
Real blunt? If it were not for he, there would be no Uechi-ryu in the USA today, only splinter groups of what could have been. Not only has he survived, but he has thrived; and because of him so has Uechi-ryu. No one else could have done it.
Is there anyone else of his stature and continuously in the public eye who frequently welcomes
EVERYONE into a circle of friendship,
no matter which master they hail to?<font color=red>Allen
[This message has been edited by Allen M. (edited 03-13-99).]