So here I am a year later still waiting for copies of the Tou’on-ryu article I wrote and the interview I conducted with Kanzaki sensei and Ikeda sensei for CFA. To date
I received one copy of the article, but not the interview and it had already arrived far too late to present to Kanzaki sensei last June as part of his 60th anniversary demonstration. To say that I was disappointed and upset would have been an understatement. When I inquired about why I hadn’t received a copy, instead of just sending the copies (let alone an apology), I got a litany of excuses.
The Tou’on-kai is a very closed group in many respects, and to request an interview, especially with the new chief instructor, Ikeda sensei, is no mean feat. It took a lot of time to arrange and get permission for the interview, conduct it, and translate it into English. At the very least, a few copies to present to the these teachers of such a rare and important Okinawan Karatedo tradition were in order, but it appears I was wrong. The disrespect shown to them for taking the time to be interviewed and share their insights and the subsequent damage it has caused with my relationship to them has given me a great deal of pain.