The Kata are the heart and sole of Uechi Ryu. We really have nothing else to go on to learn what Uechi Ryu is.
Kata should never be done simply to get them done and they should never be done in a superficial manner.
Kata are indeed a tool but they are more than that because they are the map, the guidance, the navigational system to our style.
Indeed we may need to study before we can read the map. We may need help interpreting it.
But Uechi Ryu Kata are Uechi Ryu.
So to learn Uechi Ryu we must base that learning in our Kata.
Engage and engage with total intent!!!
Do you think kata had something to do with the fact that most of the peasants were illiterate?
Then again, i think its cool rick, how you come up with countless new techniques through the kata, which makes it far better then just reading in a book, since i could do the same one day.
But that said, do you think that the kata was made for being open to inerpretation and innovation or was originally made because no one could read?