I can not begin to express how gratifying it was to see the hard work and dedication of so many amazing students pay-off yesterday at the 2017 United Uechi Invitational. I felt like I was beaming with pride as I witnessed the great sportsmanship and positive attitudes demonstrated by the competitors, teachers, and their families throughout the day. The level of competition displayed at the tournament spoke for itself and the intensity of the competitors was palpable. I was beyond impressed with the technical precision and spirit of the performances. One thing is for sure – the future of Uechi-Ryu is in good hands! Of course, I would be remiss not to recognise the officials for their hard work and commitment to this event. Your countless hours of training to prepare for judging showed in your professionalism and objectivity. You ARE the reason why this event is the premier Uechi-Ryu karate tournament in New England, and I’m grateful for your support. Lastly, I would like to extend a very special thank you and congratulate sensei Robert Spoon, sensei Andrew Moores and sensei John Scully for their tireless work in helping to create and make possible this extraordinary event for the future generations of Uechi-Ryu. Arigatogozaimashita!