Thank you ; the feeling is mutual ; the future of Uechi-Ryu is in good hands with talented practitioners like you !
David –san and J.D.-san , I know exactly how you feel and I certainly respect your views ! Permit me to elaborate :
Lets not forget we practice a martial art shaped by the code of Bushido : Like the rules of chivalry that prevailed in medieval Europe, Bushido was based on such virtues as rectitude, endurance, frugality, courage, politeness, veracity and respect ! A code of conduct , if you will !
Respect can also be defined as consideration , honor , esteem , courtesy , due decorum ; qualities critical to a martial role model for generations to come !
If I ever met a person who embodied such fine ideals , it had to be Tomoyose –sensei ; fearsome underlying power manifesting through distinguishing traits of a man of good breeding with cultured general elegance of manners ! A calm imperturbable quiet pervading all his actions and thoughts !
Behavior is a mirror in which everyone shows his own image ! Sadly , the majority of martial artists is an ego-centric bunch suffering from innate bad qualities , foolish vanity , from indolence , stupidity , distraction of thought , contempt of others, and jealousy !
This quote I like : “ To have respect for ourselves guides our morals , and to have deference for others governs our manners “ __Sterne
The style shows the man and others ‘take notice’ [ another way to define respect ] !
In reality , there is pedantry in all our martial arts manners , i.e., the overrating of any kind of knowledge we pretend to , matched , more often than not , to a narrow vulgar soul which prevents us from seeing all sides and hearing all things !