hmmm- I'm no expert at all. What I "am" is one of the T/U's.
For me, the question became- why "continue" to train- I can't seem to do any of this stuff- which is exactly what "kept" me in the trouble (abuse) I was in, when I started to train.
So I will attempt to answer Allen's questions too- just as a T/U-
[quote]Help me out with the following, George.
How does one reagain interest in the fires of which the embers of excitement and desire hsve been fading and are now dying out?
*find your "doubt" and "depression" within sanchin- stand in our "stance" and check it for yourself- while standing- see what is "out" are your elbows out too much? Stance too wide? Too short? What are the things you could still work on or touch up?
Because each one of those things- has an emotional qualtty attached to them- and even if you don't know which emotional quality is attached to the mis-step in sanchin- working on your sanchin will get your sub conscious working on that emotion as well. You'll find yourself looking at the rest of your life as well as internal life- diffrently again-
and isn't that what happened when you first started?
Do I no longer have anything left in me to offer Uechi-ryu?
Does Uechi-ryu have nothing left in it to offer me?
***is your sanchin stance absolutely perfect? If it is- do the kata with your eyes closed and see if you wind up where you should at the close of the kata- if you don't- refer to answer 1 if you do- end up where you should- check your stance after having done so- if that is where it should be- go to the next kata-
challenge yourself- that is part of the "art" of Uechi- you need to be able to challenge yourself- to do that- espescially for the seniors in the style- keep going back to sanchin- check everything through sanchin-
Is it time for me to move on?
How Perfect is your sanchin? Do you believe it is perfect? Or could this be another speed bump- that Uechi-style already knew would catch you once you got really really good? If that is the case- check answer 1
Am I getting to old to think about fighting anymore and refuse to fantasize what was in my youthen days?
***** Is that what Uechi meant to you? What does it mean to you now? Does practicing Uechi make you think about fighting? Not fighting? DOES it make you fantasize and at this point is that REALLY a bad thing?
Have I passed the stage where I feel the need for Uechi-ryu in my life?
*** what feeling are you missing that you used to get? Is there another feeling you haven't seen yet? Just over the horizon of this speed bump in your training? If you are still breathing and moving- there is still more for Uechi-ryu to give you- do you teach? Is your Sanchin perfect? see answer 1
Has events which have transpired before me over the past year or so worn through a thin facade?
**** was it thin? I'm not clear on the events for sure- but exactly "what is" behind that "facade? I might hesitate before "not" discovering what "is" back there- then I'd see answer 1
Have I tried so hard for so long that there's no spirit left?
In my own non-senior-non-proffessional opinion- (well I teach UEchi- but that's not the right proffession I don't think that Sensei/M- meant-
) but in my own view- the fact that you "asked" that- means that yes-
there is still spirit in you-