Shihan Ted Ricketts & Chito-Ryu
I recently started taking a Karate class at the local YMCA, with my son. The instructor is a 6th Dan in Chito-Ryu, and seems to be pretty legitimate. The other night, I finally met his father, Ted Ricketts, who is an 8th Dan. I've looked him up and he appears to be legitimate; he knows the names of people in the Chito-Ryu hierarchy, and he didn't come off as a snake-oil salesman. That said, something doesn't seem right. He was very nice, and had good technique, but he talked about Tsuroka and how Tsuroka sent him to train with some Chinese masters. Something in my head made me question him a little. Again, he didn't really say or do anything in particular that stood out. I hope he is legitimate and I will be happy training with him. I have been burned by an instructor who came off as the real deal, and want to make sure it doesn't happen again. Can anyone out there give me any background on Ted Ricketts' Chito-Ryu background? Also, one of the patches his students wear is a big patch that says "Universal Martial Arts Association" (It's huge and has a tiger, a dragon, and the Chito-Ryu emblem on it). I can't find much about that organization. Any info will be appreciated!