Well, I guess I might as well post an introduction.
I started studying Matsubayashi-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu) karate as a child, I guess about 8 or 9 years of age under Richard Lohrding in Panama City, Florida. Just before that I'd had a little run-in with another kid who sort of tried to mug me. I knew I had the size and strength to take him, but I lacked the confidence and know-how. After several years of training I tested for shodan (at age 16 or 17) but did not pass. Examinations were formal and rigorous, so I wasn't particularly surprised, or even particularly disappointed, as I recall. However, my teenage mind being the steel trap that it was, I decided that there were too many activities that competed for my time, and I should drop karate in favor of other activities. That was about 25 years ago. The only thing I've done consistently since then is weightlifting.
I live in Natick, Massachusetts now, so training with my old sensei and friends is not an option. Nevertheless, I revived my study of Matsubayashi Ryu several months ago and began trying to get back into shape for the kind of karate workouts that I remembered (intense workouts). After some soul searching about whether to travel a long distance for formal Matsubayashi training or to start over in another martial art closer to my home, I researched Uechi Ryu and visited Fedele Cacia's dojo at Gold's Gym here in Natick. I pretty much immediately decided to study Uechi Ryu under Sensei Cacia. This is where I am today.