|The Shinseidokan dojo as it looked a year ago|
As the businessmen pushing to turn karate into an Olympic sport regroup after their recent failed attempt for inclusion, and prepare themselves once again to complete their occupation of Okinawa's cultural heritage; a separate group, including Okinawans, has formed with the aim of establishing the Okinawan "Brand" of karate; and with it, another way of claiming ownership of something that is essentially intangible.
Just as China has turned the Shaolin Temple into a multi-million dollar enterprise; and South Korea have made the Kukkiwon little more than a bank to handle the vast amounts of money flowing into Seoul, it would appear that Okinawa may be following a similar path, and moving to establish its self as the "owner" of karate.
But you can not own that which lives within the heart of another, nor lay claim to that which you have not yourself endured hardship to understand. Karatedo, the way of karate, is not something you learn, it's something you come to realise.