p.s. Andy Sloane is also going to contribute to the future publication "A Pictorial History of Karate." Totally cool and well deserved honor I am sure.
Addendum dtd 8 October 2012 at 08:35 hours:
Addendum dtd 24 October 2013 at 09:06 hrs:
As time flies and more information comes out about this article I have to say emphatically that "I was wrong about its content." In my excitement seeing such a periodical publishing an article on Isshinryu colored my perceptions until Andy contacted me to set the record straight.
Suddenly after all the hoopla this article has reared its ugly head once again. To my dismay it comes from what I feel is vindictive point rather than an effort to change people's minds - sad.
Regardless, the best way I can see to correct this egregious mistake and misperception of Isshinryu is for CFA to print a retraction along with "the original information and intent" sent to the publisher for a corrected article. I am not holding my breathe on this one.
In addition, is it necessary to continually dredge up all the negative aspects of such a piece? I say, no it is not. I once again implore to those with the knowledge to once and for all "write a history of Isshinryu" and "publish it" even if through the eBook publishing industry such as "Smashwords" and let the "facts speak for themselves." It seems a better and positive teaching method to allow others to receive positive and accurate information without biases to come to their own conclusions.
Again, I regret I missed the initial essence of this article. I also regret that CFA has not retracted it under the enormous proof provided by Andy Sloane and Advincula Sensei and published a true and accurate article about Isshinryu and Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei. It would seem with all the hoopla on the Internet and Martial Arts venues that CFA would recognize the truth and make a change.
I also regret that the current effort to provide the facts is mixed with a concerted effort to denigrate any human being or organization or group. Even this effort is not clean of that type of thing so I understand the need but as a leader of the practice of Okinawan karate I think we owe it to Tatsuo-san to understand the true nature of the Okinawan's as a peaceful, honorable and exceptional peoples by not resorting to this type of diatribe.
Have a positive day,
Addendum October 25, 2013 at 08:53 hrs: