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Dear Wado Enthusiast
This newsletter is to help keep Wado enthusiasts informed of activities in Wado Ryu, Wado Kai, Wado Kokusai, and independent Wado groups in the United States and abroad. Please send your Wado event or activity with a photo of the instructor and/or event organizer by the 20th of the preceding month to get your information in this newsletter.
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Starting with this month's newsletter we are including editorials. We encourage you to send in your thoughts that revolve around Wado. All we ask is that you do not talk negatively about Wado organizations, groups, or individuals.
Please send in concise information of your event. Send in the most important information with links to the smaller details of the event. In addition, please accept our apologies for any errors we may make. If there is a mistake, please contact us as soon as possible so we can send out a correction notice.
Volunteer Wado Staff
Wado and USA Karate
Dear Wado Karateka
Last month Ray asked the question "Whose Next?", which will become the most important question we can ask ourselves if we want to see Wado karate continue into the next generation.
Can we create a model for the future that will entice our young students to stay and continue training? Is it teaching? Can we create a business model that will encourage more people to open schools? If we create a future in martial arts for our students, is this a way we can give back?
"I just want to give some knock around guys a future." I heard this comment in a movie the other day. The main character was a Harvard graduate returning to his old neighborhood in Brooklyn. He was trying to explain that his redemption was going to come from helping some of the neighborhood characters, (gangsters), discover a better life. There was the usual resistance from the crusty old former leader who did not want to change with the times. The young idealistic gangsters were confused because they had always been told a certain way to do things was best and now there was a new model being presented.
Movies make all of our problems seem solvable. While this movie was not great it did get me thinking about how similar the premise of the movie was to our situation in karate today. We have our old crusty karate teachers who insist that the way we did things thirty years ago is best, and no one can change without losing the true meaning of Budo. Our young idealist students often do not see a place in the future for themselves. They enjoy karate while they are young and then move on when they get older.
If that movie were about Wado today, which part would you play? I am certain I spent too many years as the crusty old guy who did not want to change. And I know after teaching for nearly thirty years, I never created a model of a dojo or a business that would encourage my students to stay in the martial arts.
Rather than just ask questions, I thought it might encourage discourse if I shared what I have observed. These are not all my ideas, in fact I have tried to mention people that have inspired me to look into each of these three areas more deeply.
I want to maintain the classical principles of Wado. I believe this is what sets us apart as a karate group. Donn Dreager, one of the most respected martial arts historians said Wado is the only truly Japanese style of karate. An instructor that understands the mean of "DO" in Karate-do can provide the structure young people need today to make sense of their lives. I personally love the history, myth and legends in Wado and this keeps me excited to teach. While this newsletter was an outgrowth of the Wado technical Committee in the USANKF, we have started to hear from our best traditional karate instructors who do not participate in sport karate. This newsletter can be a conduit for conversations with most traditional instructors, and most sport oriented instructors. In my opinion Tyrone Pardue is one of the Wado instructors in the USA who truly understands Budo and Wado Ryu. Take the time to get to know him.
Even if you have no interest in sport or the science of exercise physiology, you must be aware that karate is a physical activity that requires resources and adaptation in the body and mind. Why not combine the latest research in human development with the tenants in traditional karate. Then use sport to explore the psychochemical confrontation we speak about in Budo. We have a Wado black belt that is one of the top fitness trainers in the country residing in Arizona, Tim McClellan. I have some of the best resources for athlete training here in Park City. Take a moment and think how science can help your students train.
III The Business
In my opinion the future of karate is dependant on whether or not we can learn to be "black belts in business" as well as karate. Peter Drucker, the father of American Business science said, "You need to look at profit as the cost of staying in business." We need to stay in business, all of us.
For too long I looked at making money teaching karate as a negative, little did I realize I was cutting off any interest my students might have for teaching when they grew up. I did not realize that when I said, "you just do this for the love of martial arts", there were a lot of my students who had better things to do.
We need a sustainable business model of the dojo to endure.
There are some real masters in the area of professional karate instruction. I was lucky enough to know one of the very best in this area, David Deaton. He is Wado and he is one of the premier professional school operators in the country. Take a moment and think about how, regardless of what flavor of Wado you teach, it will help your cause if you are around next year to teach.
I am very lucky to know a lot of people who teach karate through out the country. While I do not agree 100% with all of them, I think each has something to teach me. I have mentioned I am involved with the USANKF and I work with some great people on the Wado technical committee. These people all run successful Wado karate schools. Successful schools by any measure. The folks on the Wado committee do not hold themselves as the paragon of Wado karate, but they each know people who are. So use us, do not hesitate to contact anyone on the Wado technical committee. If we do not know the answer to your question, we know the person that does.
So now you can see I have identified three areas I am going to concentrate on. These are just my opinions, no doubt there are better solutions. We would love to hear your ideas.
Doug Jepperson, Wado Technical Director, Mtn. States area email@example.com
Ray Hughes, Southwest USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brody Burns, Central and Texas, email@example.com
Mike Vanatta, Southeast, firstname.lastname@example.org
Debby Veneroso, East Coast, email@example.com
Friday, December 10, 2010
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Wado Seminar--Scottsdale, Arizona USA.
Instructors Butch Balingit and Doug Jepperson will cover Wado kata and kihon kumite. All Wado enthusiasts are welcome.
$25 per participantFor registration or additional event information contact Tyler Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org
W i n t e r S e m i n a r
10,11 and 12 December 2010
Sassenheim - Netherlands
|Bob Nash |
Bob Nash 7e DAN
Chief instructor of Guseikai WADOKAI - USA
2e Kyu Instructor licence, JKF Wadokai Japan
Subscription Limited Seminar:
You can subscribe via mail: email@example.com or telephone +31 (0)6 - 284 597 26
Subscription is to the max of 25 persons for Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. Be in time.
For more details of this seminar inquire at above contact information
Wado Kai Seminar
With Takahashi Sensei 6th dan
Open to all Wado practitioner
Friday, February 4, 2011
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Scottsdale Martial Arts Center, Inc.
9151 E. Bell Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 USA
Pre-registration: $25 per student (closes 1-15-2011)
Day of event $50 per student
Seminar: Wado movement and concepts
For more information or to sign up for seminar, contact Tyler Warren at
. or call 1-480-951-2716
Berliner Karate Verband e. V.
Special Training Course:
"The Connection between Wado Ryu and Shindo Yoshin Ryu"
Wado Ryu, founded by Hironio Ohtsuka, is based on two pillars: Shindo Yoshin Ryu and Karate.
The training seminar conveys the historical connection of Wado Ryu and Shindo Yoshin Ryu and offers an extensive understanding of the motivation of Hironio Ohtsuka and WadoRyu.
|Bob Nash |
Bob Nash (USA)
Ryu7. Dan JKF Wadokai
Toby Threadgill (USA)
Menkyo Kaiden, Takamura-Ha Shindo Yoshin
February 26 nd - February 28 th 2011 in Berlin
Berliner Karate Verband e. V., Consultant of Wado Ryu Christina Gutz
Berliner Karate Verband e. V. and Wadokai Deutschland Sohonbu e. V.
Christina Gutz, Tel. +49 (0)30 6937316,
mail to Ch.Gutz@gmx.de
Sports hall OSZ Handel 1, Wrangelstraße 98/Zeughofstraße,
U-Bahnhof Görlitzer Bahnhof
Entry sports hall: Zeughofstraße
Participants: Wado-Ryu-Karateka and all interested persons in Martial Arts.
Date and Time:2011-02-26 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
2011-02-27 Call for training times
2011-02-28 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Training for instructors and black belts:Bob Nash
Location: Sportschule Nippon, Mittelstraße 34, 12167 Berlin
Fee Whole course: 40 €, day only: 25 €.
Reduction for children, youth, students, unemployed person: total fee minus 5 € off.
· The training course is an official course for German instructors and examiners.
The organizers disclaim any liability.
Geschäftsstelle - Priesterweg 4 - 10829 Berlin - Tel. +49 (0)30 7814027
Consultant of Wado Ryu Christina Gutz
JKF Wadokai Seminar
March 2011 in Manchester
Manchester JKF Wadokai is pleased to be hosting a seminar over the weekend of 11, 12 and 13th March 2011 presented by JKF Wadokai senior instructors Koichi Shimura 7th Dan and Keiji Katsube 7th Dan.
Both instructors are senior students of Arakawa Sensei, 9th Dan and teach in his dojo in Shibuya district, Tokyo. This is probably the world's top Wado dojo, and beside from these talented instructors also feature Toshiaki Maeda 7th Dan and Kouji Okumachi 6th Dan, respectively world Kumite and Kata champions and Japan national team coaches, as regular attendees.
This is the page link: http://www.wadokai-manchester.org/Wadokai_Seminar_2011.html
2nd INTERNATIONAL WADO-RYU KARATE-DO
August 11th-14th 2011, Orlando, Florida
M.Shiomitsu Sensei, 9th Dan Hanshi
Enjoy the sunshine holiday of a lifetime in Florida and meet Wado friends from around the world!
Visit all the best of Orlando's
attractions: Disney World, MGM,
universal Studios and much
more all within 20 minutes of
Training Daily from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00
noon leaves the whole day free for fun!
Hotel Accommodations provided
by the Embassy Suites Hotel,
International Drive, Orlando.
Large Rooms available with
excellent rates (limited numbers available
- book early). Special rates will be
honored for the duration of your stay
before and after the course
Shiomitsu Sensei, 9th Dan Hanshi, will be instructing over the four days.
Training is from 9am till 12 noon. Plenty of time to visit theparks, shop and eat. There will be a trip to the beach. All kinds of food and restaurants to suit everyone's tastes. There will be Wado friends from around the world there. Last time there were Americans, Canadians, Australians, English, Scottish and Norwegians. Bring the KWAGs, that means Karate Wives And Girlfriends! This is the best way to combine training and holiday.
AMERICAN WADO ACADEMY Orlando, Florida USA
An article by
7th dan Guseikai Wado Kai USA
Karate wa rei de hajimari, rei de owaru.
Karate begins with a bow and ends with a bow.
Rei. Reigi, Reishiki. Bow. Courtesy, Etiquette.
Why so much attention to bowing? We bow to the dojo before we enter. We bow towards shomen (front) or the Kamiza (where the Kami resides) before class begins. We bow to the sensei. We bow to our sempai, to our kohai, to our dohai. (senior, junior, equal). All this bowing. To what end? For what purpose? Karate wa rei de hajimari, rei de owaru. Why this emphasis on bowing?
The other day I was attending a koryu seminar. Koryu is a label we use to designate any Japanese martial art that was typically founded prior to the Meiji Reformation (1868). In the beginning of the seminar as we made our bow, the instructor invoked the spirit of his teacher and the spirit of all of the people who was responsible for the art and asked for their guidance and protection.
Bowing is a symbolic act. Its meaning varies with the moment and the circumstance. Ultimately, bowing is an act of self expression. The meaning is defined by the person who is doing the bowing. The act in of itself is meaningless. Intent is everything. I always bow before I step onto the floor. I do this not because I am trying to get a closer look to see if the students properly cleaned the dojo floor from the previous class. I do this because I know that this floor is going to be my training ground. It will be my teacher and taskmaster for the next few hours. I will struggle, sweat, fight, train and at times spill blood on this floor for the next few hours. This floor will be the vehicle by which I will confront my shortcomings. It is because of this dojo that I am able to follow my path. I sweat on this, I strain on this, and I suffer on this. It is a means of self examination and confrontation. Because of this floor I grow. And that is why I bow to the dojo.
I also bow to my sempai, my kohai and my dohai. They, like the floor, are a key to my self evaluation and growth. Without them I cannot test my limits, push beyond my boundaries. I bow to my sempai (senior) because I assume he has my best interests at heart and will challenge me to better myself. I bow to my kohai (junior) because I acknowledge his gratitude because he feels that I am there to help him break past his barrier. I bow to express the honor and privilege I feel for this trust he has bestowed upon me. I bow to my dohai (equal) because together in our sweat and tears we share our achievements and failures. I bow to my sensei in an act of pure supplication because I trust he will teach and guide me in the art. If I cannot trust him then I should not bow to him for in the act of bowing I am surrendering all control to him.
I bow to my opponent before the kumite match because I hope that he will push me to my limits. If I get hit in the face or kicked in the stomach, it is because I failed to block. It is my fault and he is there to remind me that my defense was weak and in this way I become a better fighter.
Sometimes we bow to ourselves. We bow to ourselves to acknowledge that we have done all that we can do. It is a form of self conversation. You acknowledge what you have done in a dispassionate manner. You bow to yourself because you realize that what you have accomplished is a result of all the people that have come before you and the lessons they instilled have somehow managed to become a part of your being. By bowing to yourself you bow to them. It is a physical expression of the realization that 'thou are that', that you are connected; you are a part of the greater whole.
So then I go back to the koryu seminar where the instructor invokes his teacher, his ancestors in his art and asks for their guidance. We are all connected. Karate wa rei de hajimari , rei de owaru. This is Budo.
Gary E Swift 7th Dan Kyoshi
President & Chief Instructor
British Wadokai Karate
A Snapshot in Time
As you may know, we all learn from our own personal experiences (or most of us do). In the world of Wado one of my proudest, and most memorable, moments would be my training with the original Wado Founder, Ohtsuka Hironori Meijin.
From my earliest days of Wado and martial-arts I wrote down and recorded almost everything, and during one of Ohtsuka Meijin's visits, in 1976, this was no exception; after all I was 'recording' Wado history. As everyone back then would remember we were treated to some very illuminating experiences. My original personal perspective of the Nagashizuki principles were stood on its head, whilst Ohtsuka Meijin explained how do practice the technique correctly. The principle movements of Kihon-gumite were 'changed' forever from that day. However, as we all knew, Wado was still changing and Ohtsuka Meijin showed us things that he had perfected at that time, and some things were quite different to that we were originally taught. In fact techniques were different prior and also after that year, which summed up the regular changes in our 'old' Wado - the founder was still developing.
The important thing is that we all learned our techniques correctly '1st-hand' from the Master, even though he may have changed them subsequently. But what we must remember is that we have a valuable 'snapshot' in Wado history, which will never be forgotten - and can never be replaced; the Wado I learned from the Founder will never be changed. Additionally, the Wado I learned from my earliest instructors will also never be forgotten, as I have a personal responsibility to promote this Wado to all our members; without change or modification. Students who stand before me at gradings MUST also reflect this correct Wado without personal deviation. If someone does not perform the Wado, which is promoted within British Wadokai, then they will suffer the circumstances for they are performing our Wado incorrectly and would therefore be penalised accordingly. The Sanbon-gumite taught (in 1976) by Ohtsuka Meijin differs from the Sanbon-gumite taught within the Wado Renmei of Ohtsuka Meijin's son, (Jiro) Ohtsuka Hironori Saiko-Shihan, and the JKF-Wadokai today, it has also differed slightly from the Sanbon-gumite that was taught by Suzuki Hanshi in the early 1960's. However, Suzuki Hanshi IS the direct product of Ohtsuka Meijin so most (if not all) of the influences must have come from the founder in the first place.
The British Wadokai Standardisation Courses are the windows to this 'snapshot Wado', which is why it is so vitally important that all our members attend; and if people want to change this then they must obviously have to leave the British Wadokai; for it then becomes something that isn't British Wadokai. Every Instructor that runs his own Dojo within British Wadokai has a responsibility to his own students and MUST attend these courses, how else are we to maintain our correct Wado?
Every influential Japanese instructor we have trained under has their Wado promoted correctly, as it was taught to me originally by them. If I train with them subsequently, and they change it, then I would obviously change with them - but it would have to be from personal experience, from the original source, and not 2nd Hand from someone else. For example, I still train in the 'original' Suparinpei that was taught to me by Hakoishi Sensei, even though I have heard reports that he has changed it, quite drastically, since. If I have the honour of training under him again with Kata, and he teaches a newer form of Suparinpei, then this new form will replace the old (until then, it will remain intact as it is). Whilst training with Suzuki Hanshi, he modified certain aspects of his Ohyo-gumite, as he was also developing along the way. When I eventually left the UKKW the knowledge I was taught remained intact as it was, unchanged from that point onward.
I feel I do not have the right to change Ohtsuka Meijin's original teachings to me, as much as I don't have the right to change Suzuki Hanshi's last influence on me. I have a life's responsibility to those who originally taught me those techniques, and to ensure clarity by maintaining the correctness of what they wished to impart and express, at that time.
The responsibility is now with us all, to embrace and treat all the original Wado we were taught, whatever our affiliations, and treat it as a delicate antique (which needs to be embraced in its purest form); for as time goes on it becomes more precious as it gets older by each year. Soon, without our help, all our Wado 'snapshots of time' will all too soon be forgotten and lost within the confusion of the modern Wado-soup we all too often see today.
Gary E Swift.
Suggested Tournaments for Wado competitors
Dec. 5, 2010
South East Zone Tournament
Contact Person: Alex Miladi
Contact Telephone: 530-751-9400
Sacramento State University
6000 J Street
Sacramento CA 95993
January there will be a USA Karate Tournament in Seattle, more information to come
February 13, Jennifer Malloy karate tournament in Chicago
March there will be a National qualifier in South Carolina with Tommy Hood
March 20, Chicago Classic, Chicago IL.
March 27, New York, NYTKL National Qualifier
Contact # 718-740-3493 Contact name Georges Aschkar Jr. Cedric Barksdale
April 22, 23 24, Las Vegas NV, Jr Olympics and Masters Championships
US Open, http://www.usankf.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=33
the biggest karate weekend in the USA.
May 15, Rocky Mountain Championships Louisville CO
June 4, Utah State Championships and National Qualifier, Park City Utah
Contact Katie Mullaly firstname.lastname@example.org
July 14 - 17, USA Karate National Championships and Team Trials, Arlington TX
WIKF World Championships, Dallas TX
http://www.planodojo.com/, contact Brody Burns, email@example.com
|"I Know It All" |
I receive many e-mails after each newsletter that is sent out. Most are very positive, a few are negative, and one or two that simply misunderstood what I was trying to say. The last point I can understand because of my poor writing skills. I am simply a white belt in the art of newsletter communication (newsletter-do). Because of this I will from time to time need to readdress a point I was trying to make in a previous newsletter. This is one of those times.
I received an e-mail after the last newsletter that stated that his students did not need to associate with other Wado groups. For those of you that did not read the last article, I was suggesting that our young Wado enthusiasts should support other Wado events, they might even learn something new(for more details see Nov. issue "Who's Next?" ). This Sensei went on to say that his group has all the true Wado knowledge and his students would not learn anything new regarding Wado. He went on to list a long line of prestigious instructors that he had trained under and justified in other ways why he had all the knowledge.
I was going to e-mail back and explain that I did not mean to insinuate that some groups need to send their young Wado enthusiasts to other events to learn new Wado techniques that they themselves did not possess. Then I thought maybe others may have also misunderstood me so I decided to respond in this newsletter.
First, I would never say who or what organization has true Wado knowledge or not. I am in no position to judge. Honestly, I only care what Wado knowledge I understand and don't worry about what other Wado groups or individuals think. However, I do think that I may have missed some important Wado knowledge. Because of that I listen to respected instructors from all organizations with an open mind. If I hear something new or different I start my research. This is how I handle these situations and I don't expect anyone else to think this way. Following are the points I was trying to convey why Wado enthusiasts should support other Wado events:
a. Wado as a whole will improve and be better off if we support each other. Again, "it is us against the world".
b. It will help financially if we support each other.
c. Sometimes things are brought up that remind us of things forgotten. I know myself, I feel I have forgotten more than I can remember (but I am old).
d. Hearing something in a different way may help the student learn something we have been trying to get across to the student. I have experienced this with my Sensei and with my students. These situations may be hard on our egos, but it is still in the best interest of the student.
e. We may as instructors, learn new or better ways
of disseminating Wado knowledge to our students.
Who of us can't learn better ways to teach? Again, this could be hard on some of our egos.
f. We may actually learn something new. When I hear something new, I simply don't discount it. I research, re-verify, and then go from there.
g. Finally, meeting old friends and developing new relationships. There is nothing more important than this.
The point is we all believe that what we are doing is the right way. If it wasn't, we would change. Most of us don't care what other groups or individuals are doing when it comes to Wado. But supporting each other helps us all. And you just never know what you may get out of an event you are supporting.
The mission of this newsletter is to disseminate Wado information to the Wado enthusiast in an unbiased and non political format.
I hope you enjoy this newsletter and encourage you to send in any Wado information you would like placed in it. For a better article presentation, please send in a photo of the instructor and/or event organizer with your information.
Please send in concise information with links to the small details of the event.
Also, we welcome any comments or input on this newsletter. Please send your information or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org