Non-rhetorical questions specific to your situation:
<LI>When Mr. Sato comes to the US, how many hours do we get to actually train with him?
<LI>How deep and advanced can he get with a class 50% made up of karate people, who don't even know ukemi? I'm not talking about us, but karate (exclusively) students who take a JJ seminar for laughs.
<LI>Even if he can't get that advanced, how much new stuff do we still
learn? Lots, it can be argued.
<LI>How many of these "changes" are things that have been there all along, but for some reason were ignored/dropped/fell by the wayside, either on purpose or accidentally, only to be introduced as "changes" later on? Examples of this in Nihon Jujitsu.
<LI>How many "changes" are the result of students becoming more proficient and higher rank? How many things in Uechi-Ryu do you (personally) teach "wrong" so later, when students grasp the concept, you can tell it to them the "right" way? There are examples to this in Nihon JJ as well.
There may be changes to what we (you, me and our students/dojo mates) do now, but are they really "new" changes, just introduced to the world? Probably not. They're new to us, but old hat to the regular students at the Embassy Club.
The reason, I think, things are added to the system that no one teaches outside of Japan is that, well, that's where Mr. Sato lives. If he lived in Hoboken we could say the same thing about that great city as well. Think of how many "changes" have been made to your karate. Would those changes have been made if you lived in Newton and took classes at the Hut? What do you think Summer Camp people go through!
Take a look at your current JJ rank. Can you hardly expect things not
to change between now and 10th Dan? I know at my rank, I don't expect things not to change. 'Tis the reason why I foray across The Great Pond. Give it a try
What specific, major changes are you referring to?
Clear as mud, I assume!
[This message has been edited by Gene DeMambro (edited April 29, 2002).]