We have pictures...
Unfortunately Patrick came on last-minute notice, and my son has 3 basketball games to make up this week from ice and snow cancellations. So it'll take a while for me to edit and post the pics I have.
It'll also take me a while to absorb all that Patrick said.
But I'll start this thread with a few quick impressions.
1) Patrick and I are so much on the same page, that it's scary!
On many, many levels.
2) Patrick even talks too much when he teaches - just like me!
Don't get me wrong though. If you listen carefully to what he said... As another glib Irishman, I feel I am a master at separating those who fill time with bull$hit, and those who truly fall in the category of having too little time to communicate way too much material. Patrick falls in the later category. Every word was carefully chosen, and every thought was relevant. And he spoke a mile a minute. Bottom line - it could take years of working with a guy like this (even at a very advanced level) to tap all that his active and deep mind has inside.
3) Like me, Patrick has a great BS filter for the chi-ster stuff. He knows and understands TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), but he sees it for what it is. And more often than not, he'll used the western medicine anatomical language - and understanding - to talk about what he is doing. His kyusho/tuite knowledge is deep, thoughtful, and refreshingly lean and to the point.
4) Patrick spent many years studying good karate from many good teachers. He also spent quite a bit of time banging in the ring. He's the real deal. So when I see him do stuff, I see a level of understanding and an ability to execute that only the sharper martial minds can appreciate. Don't get me wrong; I think everyone was impressed. However I don't know if they knew just how "for real" he is.
5) Patrick's a good man on many levels.
6) Patrick is a big man in many ways. And he has a refreshing, self-deprecating sense of humor about himself and the world around him.
7) This man knows many languages and many cultures. It is part of the reason why he was able to synthesize and filter as well as he has over time.
8 ) Patrick has a great understanding of violence (through his "habitual acts of violence" material) and the general utility of good kata for dealing with this.
9) Patrick spent almost all his time on Naihanshi. For those who don't know, it is an Okinawan classic. But what he showed in terms of how "human movement" is represented in kata with this form was easy (for me) to see as universal to all good kata.
10) Patrick spent some time working with Uechi Kanei both before and after visits to China. Very interesting... Enough said - for now.
All in all a good time.