Welcome to the world of Wado
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 preceeding month to get your information in this newsletter.
We are receiving e-mails on a daily basis. All very positive. We are however running into a problem. Many of these e-mails are not in English. Getting some of them translated has been difficult. So we apologize to those for our slow response in getting back to you. But please keep contacting us, we really appreciate it.
Wado and USA Karate
Since the last newsletter I have great reports about how many people have read the newsletter and are enjoying the communication. As some of you have noticed my column has been about the USANKF. Occasionally I will digress on to other topics. But mostly I want to share with you the benefits of belonging to the only karate organization that is a member of the United State Olympic committee.
One of the benefits of this association was that I was able to tour the
Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah. This is one of the premier athlete training facilities in the world. And it may very well be the premier sports training facility.
With its enormous weight racks, custom made exercise equipment, fancy cardio equipment, indoor sprint track, ski treadmill, huge gymnasium and indoor skateboard park, the U.S. Ski Team's new $22.5 million training facility strikes a me as the world's coolest athletic club.
Dick Coe, CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, said, because it incorporates state-of-the-art advancements in sports science, physiology, recovery, therapy and rehab, the USSA's new "Center of Excellence" is the world's premier Olympic training center catering to winter sport athletes.
I was told I could photograph equipment and exercises but not the athletes, many of whom have sponsorship contracts. Touring the facility I noticed you could see 10 world champions from different sports training at the same time.
This was very motivating for me as a karate teacher, while I cannot duplicate the facility and the incredible equipment; at least I know what areas to train and how to begin.
Helping me understand how athletes can be trained to incredible level were my hosts Troy Flanagan, director of the Center of Excellence and Matt Terwillegar, former US Ski jump coach. Troy has a PhD in exercise physiology and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering. Prior to this job he worked at the Victoria institute of Sport in Australia. He was involved in building the Australian swim program that has been so successful. I was surprised to hear about another area of academics Troy had mastered, Talent Identification.
What does this mean to us reading the Wado Newsletter? This is another resource we intend to share. While karate training is far behind anything like what we saw in Park City. We at least know what the top of the mountain looks like. We know the areas of development and training we have to work on. So we build from this.
I will share each month training tips and information on Elite Athlete
|Suzuki Cup Tournament
The 2010 Suzuki Cup will be held November 12 and 13 in Plano, Texas.
There will be a USA KARATE referee seminar and certification Friday, November 12. Also weigh in for kilo divisions 6-8pm.
Competition is on Saturday, November 13. SPECIAL NOTE: Registration online only.
Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center
7120 Dallas Parkway
Plano, Texas 75024
It is strongly recommended guests stay at the Tournament Hotel. The Competitor Check in, Referee Course and weigh-in will be at this location.
Contact information: Brody Burns
Brody Burns Cell: 469-233-0968
Please put this excellent tournament on your calendar and plan to attend.
|WIKF Seminars and Dan Exams
The Academy of Classical Karate, the host and promoter of the Suzuki Cup held November 12 and 13 in Plano, Texas, is also pleased to announce that it will be hosting the International Technical Committee of the WIKF. The WIKF Technical Committee is comprised of some of the most senior and qualified instructors trained personally by Tatsuo Suzuki. The Technical Committee was appointed by Tatsuo Suzuki, founder of the Wado International Karatedo Federation (WIKF), and tasked with maintaining the standards and technical knowledge of Wado throughout the world. Members include Jon Wicks (England), Ken Corrigan (Canada), Tom Kosslow (USA), Arturo Girona (Guatemala), Pedro Rodriguez (Venezuela), Wim Massee (Spain) and Joaquim Gonclave (Portugal). Members of the Technical Committee will be teaching seminars at the Academy of Classical Karate in Plano, Texas starting Tuesday, November 9, 2010, before the Suzuki Cup with a WIKF Dan Grading concluding the seminars on Friday, November 12, 2010. The seminars are a great opportunity to train with fellow Wado practitioners from across the United States. The training seminars are open to all Wado practitioners regardless of political or organizational affiliation. For more information about attending the training, please contact Brody Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org
| Wado Guseikai
Guest Instructor: Sensei Bob Nash
7th Dan Chief Instructor USA
Location: Danner Karate Center
11853 Lebanon Road, Suite E
Mount Juliet, TN 37122 USA
Dates & Times: Friday Oct. 22, 2010
6:30pm -9:30pm Full length
6:30pm - 8:30pm All Belts
8:30pm - 9:30pm Brown & Black Stay
Saturday Oct. 23, 2010
9:30am - 12:30pm Full Length
9:30am - 11:30am All Belts
11:30am - 12:30pm Brown & Black Stay
2:00pm - 4:30pm Brown & Black Only
5:00pm Black Belt Exam
Sunday Oct. 24, 2010
9:30am - 12:00pm Black Belts Only
All classes are for adults only
Under Belts 1 class- $20.00
Under Belts 2 classes- $40.00
Brown Belts- $75.00
Black Belts- $100.00
Contact: Donnie Danner 615-758-8889
Accomodations Quality Inn & Suites
1000 Herschel Drive
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Mention Danner Karate Center for Discount
Discount Rate of $69.95 + tax
(13 Restaurants within walking distance)
Wado Kai Black Belt Seminar Santo Domingo
About the seminar:
Our Wadokai Black Belt Seminar Santo Domingo is a seminar designed for practitioners from all Wado groups reguardless of political or ideological differences. Focusing in a educational exchange in a friendly atmosphere of camaraderie, cooperation and mutual respect. Although it is an event aimed at experienced practitioners is also considered the participation of students from beginner to intermediate. This aims to be a yearly event in which a high-level Wado instructor will always be invited.
Dates and Location:
The event is confirmed to be held on 12, 13 and 14 of next November in the city of Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic.
Bob Nash, 7th Dan JKF-Wadokai
Our information packet is a document that will provide specific information about our seminar. At times you will find information on the clinics, hotels, conference costs, method of payment and other useful information. To download the document click here or visit www.wadokai-rd.com. You need to have installed Adobe Reader version 7 or higher to open the document.
For information please contact Mr.Frank Abreu :
The 4th Wado Conference is scheduled for 2011. The Wado Conference is an event where Wado instructors and students from all Wado organizations, including independents, come together to train and exchange ideas.
The first two conferences were held in Park City, Utah and the third held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The next location has not yet been determined.
More information to follow.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wado Seminar--Scottsdale, Arizona USA.
Instructors Butch Balingit and Doug Jepperson will cover Wado kata and kihon kumite. All Wado enthusiasts are welcome. More information to follow.
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 Accomadations 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.
Contact: AMERICAN WADO ACADEMY
Orlando, Florida USA
|"Us Against the World" |
This philosophy has served families well for thousands of generations. It is one that we Wado practitioners should remember. As a family, we sometimes don't get along with our brothers and sisters. We forget that the family is more important than the issues we have between family members.
The point of this philosophy is not to have conflict with the world but to remember that we need to work together and support each other. We need to support all Wado events regardless of organizational ties.
Most of us old guys were taught not to associate with any outside groups, Wado or not. This was presented out of the premise of loyalty. I wonder if it wasn't really out of insecurity. But as I have grown in martial arts, I understand there are many paths. No right or wrong, just different. In addition, I understand that I will never get it all. I must continue to search for the "true Wado of my understanding", wherever and whatever that is. The path that I am on is different than others. But I can still learn from others on different paths.
Most of the Wado people I associate with believe this philosophy. We teach this philosophy to our students, we have confidence, and our students get it.
So unless your event is only for your group and closed to outside practitioners, send in your information and get it out to the world. In addition, support other Wado events and encourage your students to do the same.
We can all be on slightly different paths and still work together for a better Wado.
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.
Also, we welcome any comments or input on this newsletter. Please send your information or comments to email@example.com