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Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:

I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.

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Survival of Isshinryu

I feel strongly that the future of Isshinryu on Okinawa is questionable. The family assumed leadership is not adequate to carry the load of Isshinryu as a traditional martial art of Okinawa. I personally don't have respect for the current family leader. I do have respect for the accepted representative/leader of Isshinryu of Okinawa as indicated by the Okinawa Rengokai. The exact wording from the IOTKA web site is, "Uechi Sensei is a ranking member of the Okinawan Rengokai and is the leading Isshinryu representative for this Organization." 

In my mind if Isshinryu is going to survive in Okinawan karate communities it needs a respected, strong and knowledgable Isshinryu leader and that is going to be Tsuyoshi Uechi Sensei. I will write to the current family Isshinryu practitioner and remove myself from the roles of the IWKA if not already removed to inactive status. 

I also am not a big one for associations and I have been a member of the IWKA, the IIKA, the UIKA and the USMA (While stationed on Okinawa in 1979 I was also a member of OKRA, the Okinawa Karate Referee Association). I do want Isshinryu to thrive in its homeland so I would want to recommend to all Isshinryu'ists to move their memberships from other associations to the IOTKA or at least have a membership in tandem with other memberships if that is desired. 

Uechi Sensei has gotten the Rengokai to accept almost all the criteria for validation as a traditional Okinawan karate system except for one area, the rei. I have asked the IOTKA to provide a youtube video displaying the traditional rei of Okinawa for start/end kata, etc. so it may be presented to all Isshinryu practitioners regardless of affiliations so we can all be on-board and in balance with the traditional Okinawan culture and beliefs, as Tatsuo-san always worked to instill in his American students, when Tatsuo-san would tell those leaving to return to America. 

Take a moment and visit the web site and then support Uechi Sensei in obtaining and maintaining Okinawan Traditional Karate recognition/status. Even if asking for only general individual membership. A lifetime membership (Certificate, patch and membership card) is only $80.00. I would also add that the fees for the ranks certifications are far lower than other organizations. 

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