Let me share an idea I habve been tossing around with George...as an archival type "colletors' item", and a tool for advanced study, we propose to work on a videotape that simply shows several of the top ranked senseis performing the "big three" kata. We all seem to have accepted the reality that there is not, and should not be, only one "right way" to express the principles of Uechi-ryu. Each of the top teachers manifests slightly different emphases. We could all profit by a comparative viewing. I would propose that we begin to use this term - comparative uechi-ryu - because it formalizes or legitimizes the notion that we have evolved broadly and now comprise a large and varied domain of knowledge. I think we are well past the era when it was thought (or even hoped) that there could be one "best" or "perfect" master whom the rest of us should simply seek to emulate. I propose to approach all of the NAC eigth and ninth dans (Mattson, Canna, Rabesa, Bethoney,Maloney, Durkin, Huff(imminently)) as well as the affiliated group chiefs (W. Mattson, Thompson, etc.) and maybe even some of the top Okinawans (through the appropriate intermediaries)to see whether they would be interested in being taped for such a documentary. A biographical statement as well as a voice-over discussion of their ideas about kata emphasis would serve to direct the viewers attention to the main points they would like to make. I recognize that such a project is very ambitious. There are likely to be political stumbling blocks, perhaps issues around proprietary interests, that need to be worked out. Some may chose not to participate. I would hope there aren't hurt feelings if someone is left out, but knowing human nature to be what it is we would have to be prepared for this. Sheer logistics will necessitate our limiting the number of demonstrators; figuring ten minute segments each for the kata and brief interview we are talking about a rather lengthy tape (maybe 90 minutes). Knowing myself, including the amount of time and energy I have and my potential for being turned off if this becomes an ego contest, I can only say at this point that I plan to do some preliminary exploration of interest and see whether it makes sense to proceed to more specific planning. I would like to solicit feedback and thoughts about this idea from our general membership.