New England Visit. . .
I wish Bill would go public with his opinions, since he like the majority of other Uechi practitioners, prefer to remain silent and upset rather than stepping up and getting involved and being heard.
As I write this article I look over to the right frame and see that there are 689 people on uechi-ryu.com! Then I go to the Forums and see that 4 people are reading or posting! When I asked Bill why he doesn’t post or even read the forums, his answer pretty much mirrors what everyone else says when I ask them the same question. . .
I’ve pretty much given up trying to get people to participate in the forums, even though much of what is attempted to be discussed there is both very interesting and informative. A few posters believe the forums are a private club where discussions can best be generated by the typical martial art forum intimidation and bullying tactics. (Hundreds of those forums on the internet) Almost every interesting topic is “hijacked” with so many off topic posts and straw man arguments that a new reader would have to spend hours scrolling though reams of off topic posts, attempting to find the contributions that actually address the original discussion.
Although some enjoy this kind of confrontational approach to discussing an issue, it is a major “turn off” for the majority of practitioners.
As the person responsible for the forums I must go there to monitor them. Otherwise I would probably prefer to do what 99.9% of the Martial art world elects to do…. pretend that they don’t exist! Sorry, but thats how I feel.
Back to the reason for my visit to New England. . . And the main reason why I continue teaching and remain active supporting the Uechi community.
Following the demonstrations, all the karate practitioners were invited to the new dojo, where Darin performed a kata, then took four of his original Uechi students through a sanchin kata.
New IUKF member dojo from Florida
Kevin P. Bryce: Palm Harbor, FL:
727-647-9474 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org