I am still recovering from what proved to be another great camp!
I second Van sensei's comments and want to thank him for his presence and involvement in the camp. We are truly fortunate in our style of Uechi-ryu to have such a great group of Senior-seniors -- Van Canna, Art Rabesa, Bob Bethony, Al Wharton, Clarence Wilder, Bob Campbell, Wingsong and others, who willingly give so much of themselves to those who followed with sincerity and dedication.
My other thoughts...
My gratefullness on seeing my friend and old instructor, Clarence W, up and around. My appreciation of Bob C. for having been my sensei, though I take it for granted a lot until I see the reaction of others to his amazing knowledge and skills.
Thanks, Mike Murphy, for showing the "formal" way for uke/tori. All my years and never learning that...
Wes Taskers and Greg Postal, thanks also for sharing your beloved Shintai with us (and the first time ever in public) and working with this beginner on the finer points of edge and stick weapons.
My thanks for the care and healing hands of Pat (the accupunturist), Big Keith (in the store), Rich Mooney, and Margaret Chojin.
My respect and admiration for all those in the exhibition matches. Thanks to Gary K and Roy B for getting it together for the rest of us. Also thanks and respect to the Great referees. I especially want to acknowledge Steve Perry for his spirit, skills and tenacity. Steve forces the best from me. Faced with his intensity, the world reduced to nothing beyond him and me in a twenty square foot ring. Nothing else can exist but us and the MOMENT...
My congratulations to all the testees, but especially to my friend and dojo mate and fellow traveler, Mike Aceto. Also, my heartfelt congratulations to Paul Giella.
I also loved the opportunity to sit with the forumites and break bread. It's nice to share with you, more so with the opportunity to do so face to face. Hey, Rick W., thanks for another book on stretching. I need it!
I thank those who treated my training partners, Debbie and Siu, with such kindness and consideration, even THOUGH they are not Uechi practitioners.
Last but not least... Heartfelt thanks to GEM and Susan for putting the whole thing together. George Sensei is a living icon and represents for me the good that can come of martial arts practice.
[This message has been edited by david (edited 08-02-99).]