We all know about how certain Karate teachers moved to Japan from the 1920s from okinawa taking knowledge about Karate as a fighting system, and then it was modernised in Japan into what we see today. What I don't know much about is what happened to the Karate-ka in Okinawa from the 1920s onwards, the masters who chose to stay there and teach in their back garden.
We have on one hand a number of people who must have received teaching from Itosu etc that stayed in Okinawa and taught the next generation of Okinawans. If we then flick forward to present day to my eyes all of the Okinawan Karate I see looks just like the sportified Japanese styles that were created in the 1920-1950s.
What happened in between? I would have thought there would have been some kind of surviving students that know Karate as it was taught 3-4 generations previous?
I've been thinking about this for a while, but it was reading one of Karatebyjesse's posts that made me post this http://www.karatebyjesse.com/?p=12675 He presents some interesting comparisons to Kung fu forms to Kata that I have not seen previously.