Hello John C.,
I am so happy you should bring the topic of tracing female karateka lineage at this time. Both of my daughters have recently begun to ask questions such as did Mrs. Uechi study karate? What about Kanei-Sensei's daughters, did they? We need to remember the female student in the dojo, the world from their viewpoint, especially historically speaking, is male dominated. Can we begin to incorporate a little female empowerment somehow? Perhaps a round robin of top female Uechi-ryu students/instructors who could visit the dojos and give a small talk to our girls about the hows and whys of their entrance into martial arts? Our boys have magnificent role models, as do our girls, but I feel the girls need a little more exposure to all of the wonderful Women in our style. What do you think?