Although Art is probably best known for his extraordinary fighting skills, he is also a gifted teacher in all aspects of Uechi-ryu.
Art was in charge of Manny Neves and I when we were testing for our godan. He watched us go through dan kumite and seisan bunkai, and made comments afterwards.
While watching Manny and I try to kill each other in prearranged work can be entertaining and most certainly in the true martial spirit (a gentleman's agreement the day before), Art had plenty of very useful comments that added finesse to what Manny and I were doing with raw athleticism. He's a great example of a teacher who can take any exercise and squeeze the most value out of it. And he has a way of bringing you to another level without making you feel lacking in any way. It's just a wonderful learning experience for any student smart enough to appreciate everything he has to offer.
Art's a straight-laced guy - like the professional physical education instructor he is - who has a touch of a Chicago Mafia mindset and an entertainingly cynical sense of humor. I look forward to seeing Art at camp. And hopefully I'll get a chance to be around in one of his more casual moods. There's never a dull moment when he gets to story telling and martial commentary.