I have been a student of karate Uechi-Ryu style since 2002. When I began, everything was a novelty and a wonder to behold.
Over the years I felt the same passion for the art, but something was always amiss; the answers to some of the questions I had always had about the use of some of the techniques. It was partially my fault, for not insisting on having these answers, after all, it is the obligation of any black belt (sandan) to ask these questions.
This weekend I had the honor and the privilege of attending Sensei Darin Yee’s seminar. He gave me the opening to be able to ask some of these questions. He showed me his interpretation to some of these techniques which left me in awe, not only about how he saw them and how they made so much sense, but above all, how humble he was in explaining them.
I left the seminar with more questions than when I started. However, the flicker that was almost gone, has once again, become a flame as bright as it was, when I began 21 years ago.
I thank him and everyone for the opportunity to have been there to share the knowledge of such a man.
Anna Maria Grebot
I had the honor of taking part in Sensei Darin Yee’s seminar. It was inspiring and mind-blowing.
I had never seen such an interpretation of the techniques that form the Uechi Ryu katas. Sensei Yee’s interpretation is very interesting and answers, in such logical way, so many questions Uechi Ryu practitioners have about the meaning of such techniques.
I am really thankful for his sharing of his knowledge with us in such a humble way and to make me think more critically about this complicated martial art.
Thank you Sensei.