It has been a long while since I have posted on these forums so I thought I would introduce myself.
I have been involved in some form of martial training since I was kid.
I started as a little tyke being trained to box by my grandfather and WWI veteran, Wallace Wilson.
For the next few I don’t want to give an impression I studied very long or achieved any rank in these but I did trained for a while in each.
As child at the Takahashi Judo dojo in Ottawa: http://www.takahashi-dojo.com/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masao_Takahashi
Then as a teen I trained a little at John Therien’s Jiu-Jitsu:http://www.jiu-jitsu.com/index-en.phphttp://www.therienottawasouth.ca/hanshi.html
As a young adult I trained Tae Kwon Do (went farther in TKD than the others) under Master Hong Park:http://hongparktaekwondo.ca/http://hongparktaekwondo.ca/?page_id=32
Then I found and began training in Uechi Ryu under Neil Dunnigan Sensei and trained with Sensei until I had just been awarded my Sandan. Neil began his training under Jim Maloney Senei and now trains under Nakahodo Sensei:http://www.dunnigankarate.com/http://www.dunnigankarate.com/senseidunnigan.html
I then trained under David Mott Sensei (who is also known as an exquisite musician) and achieved Yondan:http://www.compass360.com/coldmountain/section7.swfhttp://www.davidmottmusic.com/
I had the pleasure of meeting George Mattson Sensei when I attended an excellent summer camp back in 1999 – no idea why I have not gotten to more of these – sigh.
Then I just went my own way.
I learned a great deal from all my teachers and thank them for all they provided to me, but for those who might see where I have gone with my expression of Uechi -- they aren’t to blame.
I have also had two very important mentors who have greatly influenced my Uechi and my approach to it:
* Sensei Van Canna who everyone on these forums should know very well. Van Sensei has been very influential in how I think and approach the practical side of training: http://uechi-ryu.com/presenters-van-canna/
* Sensei Jim Maloney who as luck would have it showed up for another visit one weekend in Edmonton looking to get together with some Uechika - the very weekend I was hosting a spring camp. He graced my camp with his teachings and stories. I even had the pleasure of teaching his grandchildren: http://uechi-ryu.com/presenters-jim-maloney/
I was a little shocked and greatly honoured when Jim Sensei invited me to teach some seminars in Nova Scotia. He has also tested and awarded me my Godan and Rokudan.
I have learned a tremendous amount from the good training partners and students who I have worked closely with: Rick Bottomley, Reg Kinal, Tony Fell, Dave Chow, David Elkins, Rav Rupnarain, Stan Tubinshlak and Adam Ahmed.
In addition to my Uechi I work hard on maintaining mobility as a student of Coach Scott Sonnon, and in this next year I am devoting myself to his tactical fitness programs: http://www.rmaxinternational.com/flowcoach/http://wpd-rc.com/scott-sonnon/
I ran My Uechi School from July 1994 to July 2012 when family responsibilities required my attention.
Now I have private dojo in my home. Although my grandchildren claim it is theirs and I recently launched my new web site:http://wpd-rc.com/
I love training my martial arts and mobility.
I love reading about the arts and greatly admire the reality brought to training by the writings of Rory Miller (who has also presented at George’s camps): http://chirontraining.com/Site/Home.html
My outlook is to making my martial arts as efficient and effective as possible. I have found Uechi as the perfect platform for this development.
When I first started on this path I was pretty “zealous” but over time I have learn that everyone must follow their own path.
I love to share and if folks enjoy or can use what I share – wonderful.
If folks don’t agree or can’t find anything useful – no worries.
I just love to share and learn.
At times I am a little long winded as you can see from this post………..
By the way, in my other life (the one that pays the bills) referencing material is vital hence all the links.
All the best in training.