Wednesday, June 17, 2015
At the recent seminar that we were invited to teach at, we provided a (very) brief synopsis of our 6 Principles of Tuite. The attendee's were comprised of practitioner's from several different groups and had members from Ryu Te® as well as several other Okinawan practitioner groups.
I assisted in the presentation for our 1hr. "block". My associate provided the (far too brief) lecture in addition to the general instruction of practice that we had the attendees perform. Following the lecture, he and I (in addition to another of our Ryu Te® Yudansha , aka "Lisa") circulated among the attending participants providing individual instruction and explanation for what had been shown.
We didn't have (nearly) sufficient time to provide that guidance to every attendee, but I believe most everyone who approached us directly received satisfactory answers to their questions.
Not every participant had read our book prior to attending this seminar, but we did sell a number of copies that we had brought with us immediately following our instructional "block".
A number of the Ryu Te® members were particularly interested in more detailed instruction on (what has been "named") the bunny-hop motion. It was this motion that the majority of attendees were unaware of how to implement (and were therefore misapplying it).
Once this was demonstrated to (and upon them) they were able to quickly apply it to their own performance of the motion.
If the situation had allowed for more time, I believe we could have detailed each of the 6 Principles more clearly. As it was, I believe the attendees received a decent "run through" of the Principles.
The majority of the other presentations were in regards to "weapons". Having little personal interest in those subjects, I didn't participate in those sessions. Therefore I believe it would be unfair for me to provide any opinion in their regard. I did participate in a couple of the sessions that addressed different "unarmed" applications, but I believe other's could provide better accounts of them.
In this blog, I tend to focus on (Oyata's method of) Tuite. It's not intended to be an intentional snub of what else was presented, only that those subjects just don't directly relate to my own interests.
Over all, the event was interesting and informative. I spoke with a number of the participants afterword, and all (that I spoke to) were very pleased with what was presented (in each of the provided subjects). The Ormaza Dojo presents several of these types of seminars throughout the year, and I would suggest that they are worth attending (at the very least, to meet/converse with the attendees from other groups that regularly participate in them).
Oyata's Association (if not it's members) have acquired a (IMO, undeserved) reputation for being stand-off "ish". This is despite the fact that numerous Ryu Te® members (regularly) attend the seminars of other organizations, and allow the attendance of persons from "other" organizations at seminars that our members provide and instruct at.
Unfortunately, persons who have had only little (if any) connection to Oyata, have been claiming to be teaching his methodology for Tuite techniques (at their seminars). What those individuals are teaching is not what Oyata taught to us as being "Tuite". In their eyes, I'm sure that their techniques do exactly what they are expecting them to do, that doesn't mean that those techniques equate to what/how Oyata taught his manner of Tuite to be performed.
Our goal is to clarify that distinction (between technique/execution styles). We are additionally hoping to provide our own (Tuite specific) seminar here (Kansas City, Mo.) this summer/fall. When plans are finalized, I will provide information in regards to that event here (and I'm sure on "Facebook" as well, LOL).