I've been away from Uechi for about 20 years now and am very pleased to see all the new students and interested parties that have become part of our family. I first started studying Uechiryu under Ted Kresge in 1969 and recieved my shodan under him. I stayed till 1975 when I left. I have to thank Ted Kresge for what he instilled in me: The code of Bushido, self confidence, and the fighting skill to make me the man I am today.
My second Sensei was Jack Daley and I spent 2 years with him trying to get Uechi in place in the North Orlando area but it did not work out but with 4 or 5 different locations tried it is not like he wasn't really trying. I did however recieve my Nidan under his tutelage and some deeper understanding of the mechanics of Uechi and how to use the body motion to get better striking ability. I enjoyed working with Jack and hope to speak with him again.
I had a construction accident in '80 that put me in the hospital and about 1 1/2 years of rehab and retraining. This left me with the inability to practice for a number of years. After one of my surgeries I started to practice again out of frustration with the results the doctors were giving me. I always remembered that the system was rooted in health exercises and it brought me out of the physical funk I was in.
In 2004 I had my arm (what was left if it) give out and had to have a full elbow replacement done which left me in severe pain and under Methadone treatment for about 4 years. I finally lost my last job and went on SS retiring from employment. I am now just starting to exercise again and hope the workouts will help strengthen my arm. I am taking it very slowly and taking my time working into a program.
Good luck to all that are starting the Uechiryu system- I believe it to be one of the best systems in the world today and after reading the vast library of Ted's I have some authority to say that. By the way does anyone know who got that collection?