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PRACTITIONER:

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:41 pm
by Art Rabesa
I really do not know how many more posts I'll be doing on this forum. However, this is something I'd like to express. Because I've been around forever, I managed to absorb a few things. The many personalities in our teachers. The many ways Uechi Ryu is interpreted. We fall back on our traditional roots for the "way" of teaching Uechi Ryu. That's the "pattern" to follow for us. We begin there.
Because we are all different in how we see things, we do not actually instruct the same. The final product is Uechi Ryu, but many take a different path in getting there. Now here's the thing. It is solely up to the practitioner as to the final outcome. Everything works; it's up to how it is perfected. Please do not misinterpret my meaning here. When a promotional is observed, it is clear when a mistake is made. Form is also a key issue in grading.
When I question a teacher about the way something is taught, I simply wish to know their understanding. I'm not correcting their teaching. When I am a guest at a Uechi Ryu school, I will never correct anything. I simply want to see how students are performing. When I demonstrate, it's only to show how I see it.
With hard work, a practitioner can perfect whatever is taught them. As long as it is strong and flows easily, it gets my approval.
Happy Trails ----------Art