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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 preceding month to get your information in this newsletter.

In addition,
we will publish editorials, articles, or any other important Wado information that will help the Wado enthusiast. Please send a photo of the author with the article.

Volunteer Wado Staff

New Things Coming 

First, we at the "Wado" newsletter want to thank you for all the positive support you have sent us from across both oceans and from here in the UnitedStates.                                                                                         
       Domo Arigato gozaimashita 



USA Pioneer and School Owner Biographies


In the next several months we will start publishing biographies for past and current United States Wado pioneers and key dojo owners. We know that many Wado enthusiasts want to know more about these individuals. We will try to start with the oldest pioneers and work backward. This is going to be a very difficult project, so we will only publish complete profiles on individuals when we receive all the necessary information.  Please understand that we will not be publishing them in any given order of importance or prestige. They will simply be published as we complete each profile.
If you know someone we should consider for a Pioneer Profile, please send in your information.
Also, we will at some point in the future profile some of the top foreign instructors.

New Schools and Relocations 


Starting with this issue we are listing new Wado schools that are just getting started. We also want to list any relocations of existing Wado programs. Please send in your program information if you are a new start up or are relocating. Though this may not seem important to the Sensei of the program, it is important to the World of Wado. In addition, we at this newsletter want to do everything possible to help your program grow and prosper.
Thank you,
"Wado" staff

Disclaimer:  Titles


One of the most difficult areas that this newsletter has to deal with is the use of instructor titles. We are very sensitive to this issue and do not want to offend or insult anyone.  To simplify this daunting problem we will use the following guidelines with the use of instructor titles:

a. The correct title of the instructor(s) must be in the article or seminar information submitted by the author or event organizer.


b. All captions that we place under photos will be:

       1. Japanese instructors: Last name followed by the title Sensei.

       2. Non-Japanese instructors: The title Sensei followed by the last name of the instructor.


c. Any title and name that is placed in this newsletter by newsletter staff will use the title of Sensei.


We consider the title "Sensei" a very prestigious title.
                       Wado and USA Karate

Doug Jepperson
Doug Jepperson
                                   Dear Wado Karateka  




We are very proud to make the announcement in the "Wado" newsletter of the new Koshiki no Te magazine available in North America this June. Reserve your copy, by contacting Doug Jepperson at doug@parkcitykarate.com.

Be sure to pre-order your magazine, as there will be limited print run for the first edition.


Harry Cook, Peter May, and Frank Johnson have collaborated to produce a wonderful new magazine on Wado karate. That we at the "Wado " newsletter whole-heartedly endorse. This magazine is an extremely high quality production printed to art magazine quality. The magazine will Feature Martial Arts History, Traditions, Philosophy and Technically in depth features. Printed in color on gloss art paper. There will be no more than two issues per year with a small print run so this will truly be a collector's item. Be sure to reserve your copy early.


About the editors:

Harry Cook

Sensei Harry Cook

Harry Cook author and practitioner. Harry began his study of the martial arts in 1968 studying Wado Ryu and Aikido. Later he switched to Shotokan and after this became a direct student of Mario Higaonna. Harry has written extensively over the years for a number of publications. Harry is the author of one of the finest books on karate today, "Shotokan Karate a Precise History." I might add a personal note that Harry has been a great supporter of Wado, last year he wrote a great endorsement of the Wado Conference.


Peter May

Sensei Peter May

Peter May, one of the most senior Wado instructors in Europe. Many articles have been published on Peter appearing in Combat, Traditional Karate and Fighters Magazine. Peter has contributed 6 DVD's with his teacher for over 40 years, Kuniaki Sakagami. From Traditional Karate issue 1999: Peter May is the thinking man's karateka, a rock solid example of personal discipline and dedication that infuses authority.



Frank Johnson, from 1977-1979 he trained in Japan at the headquarters of Wado-Ryu being instructed many times by the founder Master Hironori Ohtsuka. Frank also studied Ryu Kyu Kobudo

Frank Johnson

Sensei Frank Johnson

with Master Motokatsu Inoue. In the 1980s Frank was editor of Wado-World magazine and was part of the 6 man team that organized the 1989 World Wado cup in London, recognized by many as the greatest Wado event staged outside of Japan. In 1990s he directed more than 20 videos on martial arts, including the Tatsuo Suzuki Video series. In 2005 Frank first book Wado-Ryu Uncovered was published. The Wado-Ryu Uncovered Series has been sold in over 60 countries.

Doug Jepperson

USA/NKF Wado Technical Director 
Park City Karate


  Europe orders can be placed at www.koshikinote.com

 Europe magazine





Manchester JKF Wado Kai Wado Kai logo
Manchester JKF Wadokai is holding a fundraising event on 3 April to raise money for the British Red Cross who are cooperating with the Japan Red Cross Tsunami appeal. Other karate clubs are also holding their own events to show their support too.Everyone can help, either hold a fundraiser in your own dojo, or else donate to your country Red Cross appeal. Here is a link to the British Red Cross http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/Japan-Tsunami-Appeal
                           red cross logo

Wado Kai logo

41st Anniversary

Wa no Kizuna(bonds of peace)

Invitational Karate Tournament 

Jefferson High School
2305 Pierce St.
Edgewater, Colorado USA
Saturday April 9, 2011
Kurobane Sensei
Kurobane Sensei



This competition is by invitation only to reputable, traditional karate dojos. For invitation and entree form information please go to:  www.karatedenver.com




Contact: Kurobane Sensei

Wado Ryu Seminar

Wado Ryu logo

Thursday May 5th and Friday May 6th  2011
Two day seminar instructed by Osaka Sensei 
Toshio Osaka
Osaka Sensei
                 Location: Mountainside Martial Arts Center
                               3173 W. Chandler Blvd 
                               Phoenix,Arizona  85048
Rick Savagian
Sensei Rick Savagian
Invitation is only open to Wado Ryu USA practitioners.
Students must be under the Wado-Ryu USA licensed agreement.  
For more information contact Sensei Rick Savagian.
 Contact and host: Sensei Rick Savagian
Wado Kai logo

Wado-Pentecost Training Course 2011 


June 11nd - June 13th 2011 in Berlin


Shuzo Imai, 8. Dan, Germany


Takamasa Arakawa, 6. Dan, JKF Wadokai Japan

Japan Wadokai National Champion numerous times,

Shuzo Imai Sensei

Imai Sensei

Health and Physical Education Teacher


Christina Gutz, 5. Dan, Germany



Berliner Karate Verband e. V. und Wadokai Deutschland Sohonbu e. V.


Promoter BKV e. V., Consultant of Wado-Ryu 


Internet: www.berliner-karate-verband.de  





Christina Gutz, E-Mail: Ch.Gutz@gmx.de,Tel. +49 (0)30 6937316 



Location: Sports Hall Lobeckstraße, Lobeckstraße 62/63, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg (U-Bahnhof PrinzenstraBe) 


Saturday, 2011-06-11 10:00 a. m. - 18:00 p. m. 


Sunday, 2011-06-12    10:00 a. m. - 18:00 p. m. 

Monday, 2011-06-13    10:00 a. m. - 12:00 a. m.  


Whole 55,00 Euro





Takamasa Arakawa Sensei
Takamasa Arakawa Sensei

reduction 50,00 Euro

WDS-members 50,00 Euro



children until 14 yrs. 30,00 Euro 



Day only      35,00 Euro

reduction     30,00 Euro


children until 14 yrs. 20,00 Euro  



Management assumes no liability



Free overnight stay is possible. Contact:nipponbln@aol.com  











Sunsplash Gasshuku

Shiomitsu Sensei

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

your hotel.


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.

             Orlando, Florida USA
             Tyrone Pardue  e-mail: tyronepardue@mac.com
Suzuki Sensei
WIKF Karate Course

Dear Wado friends,
First of all, we wish you a happy and prosperous 2011.
We take advantage of this occasion to inform you about the
IIV.I.P. wado karate course in Spain with Dr. Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi (phd).
The datum of the course will be from Thursday the 15th of September 2011 until Saturday the 17th of September 2011 (this course is a continuation of our classical summer course we did over 26 years).
The course will be open only from 3rd kyu (brown belt).
You can stay at the youthostel Paradiso (www.albergue-paradiso.com <http://www.albergue-paradiso.com> ). You have also the possibility to stay at a hotel or guesthouse nearby (we can help you to find out different options). Those people who have accommodation outside Paradiso have as well, like always, the possibility to take lunch or dinner at the youthostel.
The training will be at the sport hall nearby (sport hall of Hinojedo, 5 min. walk from Paradiso).

Budo Club Paradiso
(Wado International Karate-do Dojo, located at the Paradiso complex) has a beautiful 100 m2 dojo with a Japanese touch were you can practice by yourself during the free time as well as a new fitness area, swimming pool and is only 2km from the beach.
At this dojo, will be held the Dan grading as well.

The course schedule will be the next:
  Thursday 15th September:
          - Arriving
           - Lunch at youthostel:14:00h
           - Training: 17:00-20:00h
           - Dinner: 21:00h
    Friday 16th September:
          - Breakfast: 9:00h
           - Training: 10:00-13:00h
           - Lunch: 14:00h
           - Training: 18:00-20:00h
   Saturday 17th September:
          - Breakfast: 9:00
           - Training: 10:00-13:00h
           - Lunch: 14:00h
           - Dan Grading (examination): 18:00-20:00h
           - Special Dinner: 21:00h
   Sunday 18th September:
          - Breakfast: 9:00h
           - Check out before 10:30h
price staying at the youthostel Paradiso is:
225 €/person (which includes, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, special dinner and training).
For those who are not staying at the youthostel Paradiso: 180 €/person (which includes, lunch, dinner, special dinner and training).
Only special dinner: 25 €/person.
Only karate training: 120 €/person.

There also exist the possibly to stay at the youthostel Parsdiso before the course starting date or after. The price will be: 30 €/person/day (includes: accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Due to the places of accommodation at the youthostel are limited, those who are interested can make their reservation by email, phones or faxes on the below information.
We hope to see you again in Spain and have a nice time together.
Again, we wish you a happy and prosperous 2011.
Kind regards,
Wim and Miguel Massee.

Albergue Paradiso SL
Alojamiento turístico-Granja Escuela-Centro de Formación-Escuela de Tiempo Libre-Gimnasio
c/La Ermita 18
39350 Hinojedo (Suances)
Telf: (0034) 942 84 31 39
Fax: (0034) 942 82 33 96

Seminar Update 


Katsube Sensei Left-Shimura Sensei Right:

Arakawa Sensei arms crossed



Over the weekend of 11 - 13 March, karateka gathered in Manchester, UK, to train under the direction of visiting instructors Shimura Sensei, 7th Dan and Katsube Sensei, 7th Dan. We were also lucky to have Sakagami Sensei, 7th Dan for the first part of the seminar too. Altogether, we had 70 karateka trained over the weekend, mainly Dan grades from England, but about 20 participants travelled from further afield - Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Germany and Hungary.

Friday night training took place in our smaller dojo with about 30 people training. The instructors took us through a brisk session of kihon, covering the eight teachniques from junzuki through to gyakuzuki-no-tsukkomi, which got everyone worked into a sweat. Tobikomizuki and Nagashizuki followed with most of us wrong footed to start with as the instructors called out "migi shizentai' - probably most of us step into 'hidari shizentai' as habit in England. After the basics we did Seishan kata, with detailed instruction of how to perform the movements and then the group broke into pairs to practice some of the techniques, for example, mikazukigeri, so that we learnt how to correctly apply our body to the movement. 


jkf seminar pollock 1
Shimura Sensei left and Sakagami Sensei right- overseeing training















Fridays training finished with kihon gumite, no 1 and no 4. Two pairs were brought out from the group to demonstrate first off, and then Shimura and Katsube pointed out good points and constructive critique of how these were performed. Shimura sensei made a point of emphasising that the first movement stepping into fighting stance, stressing both must have a 'fighting mind' rather than take the role of attacker or defender. 


Saturday morning training moved upstairs to the larger dojo and the numbers training increased with another 30 people arriving. We trained from 11.00am through until 4pm with a 30 minutes break. Over the course of the day, we revisited kihon then went through Pinan Nidan, Pinan Shodan, Kushanku and Niseishi. We broke into two groups for the kata training section with the instructors asking individuals to show the kata then they provided feedback as examples for everyone to learn from. Its not easy standing up and presenting kata in front of a large group of Dan grades - many of whom had not met one another prior to this event - so for those that did perform, their efforts were much appreciated by the rest of us who were spared the spotlight and critical eye of the instructor and fellow students.


Alongside the kata training, we did kihon gumite, again, taking the approach of having seminar participants demonstrate first of all then the Sensei gave feedback and demonstrated key points  for us all to go and focus on. I think Saturdays selection was Nos. 5 and 7, with Shimura sensei showing us two ways to perform the throwing technique, one of which was completely new to me.   


Sunday training commenced with washing the floor! Buckets and cloth's were provided and students from Shingo Ohgami's Teesside group led the way with everyone else, perhaps a little unacustomed to this, quickly joining in the fun. We should have done this on the Saturday too really as our feet were black from the dust on the sports hall floor. Not so on Sunday.  


jkf seminar pollock 2 















Again training went from 11.00am through to near 4pm with a short break inbetween. We revisited seishan and covered Chinto, Naihanchi and Pinan Yondan. We also covered Kihon Gumite Nos 2, 3, 6 and 8. Shimura Sensei then treated us to some of his Ohyo versions, which is his speciality. We didn't get enough time to train these as much as we had hoped to so these will be on the agenda for next year for sure.  


Training came to an end unfortunately as we had to finish before 4pm. Everyone gave a huge round of applause to the instructors and also to the excellent translation provided by Mitsuko, Mika and Ritsuko. A quick whip round from the Sunday seminar participants also generated £125 which we gave to the sensei to take back to the Tsunami disaster fund. The instructors thanked everyone for the concerns expressed about the Sensei's family (who were all safe) with the Tsunami happening the day after they had arrived here. They also confirmed that all the Wadokai instructors in Japan had been confirmed safe (although it took a couple more days to get confirmation that Hakoishi sensei and Hayasaka sensei were ok).  


On their way home, through London, a further seminar was given on the Tuesday evening. You can view photo's of both the Manchester weekend and the London session at these links:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/60860936@N08/show/with/5540377390/ and  


Overall, I think we all learned a huge amount in a short weekend and many people have written to say how much they enjoyed the seminar. I think this is entirely down to the quality of instruction provided by these two outstanding karate sensei. Throughout the seminar they stressed proper use of the body in performing techniques and gave everyone tips on how to do this effectively. The approach they used was exactly the same as is taught in the Arakawa dojo in Shibuya, Tokyo. They particularly wanted the senior grades present to understand these points so they can teach correct Wadokai karate.  


Next year, we will hold the seminar again, March 2012.   


Wado Conference 
Wado Ryu LogoWado Kai LogoIndependent Wado LogoWIKF Logo 

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.
AW photo

Ray Hughes


Doug Jepperson





Martial Art Humor

So a Samurai and a Ninja walk into a bar, walk up to the bartender and the Samurai says "My friend and I will have a couple of beers". The bartender looks at the Samurai and says "what friend?".





If you have any martial art humor you would like to share, please forward it to us. We all need a little humor in this world

Zen Stories  



The Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty was a national hero for his success as both a statesman and military leader. But despite his fame, power, and wealth, he considered himself a humble and devout Buddhist. Often he visited his favorite Zen master to study under him, and they seemed to get along very well. The fact that he was prime minister apparently had no effect on their relationship, which seemed to be simply one of a revered master and respectful student.


One day, during his usual visit, the Prime Minister asked the master, "Your Reverence, what is egotism according to Buddhism?" The master's face turned red, and in a very condescending and insulting tone of voice, he shot back, "What kind of stupid question is that!?"

This unexpected response so shocked the Prime Minister that he became sullen and angry. The Zen master then smiled and said, "THIS, Your Excellency, is egotism."


If you have any Zen stories you would like to share, please forward them to us. We all need a little Zen in our lives.

Funny, But True smiley face


A while back I began opening a children's class that I usually don't teach.


As I started the opening etiquette, when it was time for the senior young

student to order the bow to the instructor, he said "Sempai ni rei". Normally,

he'd be correct, but I ( the school's Sensei) was teaching this class. Hoping to

use this as a teaching moment, I decided to give the student a hint that someone

different than usual was teaching the class and the rei (bow command) would be

different. So I said to the young man, "Sempai ?, I'm the old guy". Without

blinking an eye, and staying still at attention, he immediately shouted, " old

guy rei!".

Mike Vanatta
Sensei Mike Vanatta

     I'm sure we all have stories like this that'd be fun to share.



Sensei Mike Vanatta




If you have any similar stories that are funny and true, please send them in. They say it is good therapy to laugh at ourselves


Additional Wado Information

Please check out this link for additional Wado Information:

Suggested Tournaments for Wado competitors 








April 9  Wa no Kizuna Invitational Karate Championships

            Denver, Colorado

            For additional info: Kurobane Sensei



April 22, Ceasar's Palace Las Vegas NV, Jr Olympics and Masters Championships


April 23-24 Ceasar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, US Open

Rooms at Ceasar's Palace, $136/night, "USA Karate" event

US Open, http://www.usankf.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=33

This year there will be huge group of Europeans, and the very best karate competitors in the world. Seminars Kumite Antonio Oliva, top kumite coach in the world, Ruben Canada- Kata, Pan American Technical Director,


Ozawa Cup,


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 kmullalyut@gmail.com



July 14 - 17, USA Karate National Championships and Team Trials, Arlington TX




WIKF World Championships, Dallas TX

http://www.planodojo.com/, contact Brody Burns, bburns@usankf.org




Nov. 12, Dallas TX, Suzuki Cup, Brody Burns





New Schools and Relocations


New Schools

 Maneki Neko

Park City Karate
1680 E. Ute Blvd.
Park City, Utah
Instructor: Sensei Doug Jepperson
Sensei Doug Jepperson open the doors to his new Dojo September 2010. This program initially started in 2003 at a dance studio. 
Arizona Wado Karate and Martial Arts Center
1992 E. Alma School rd.
Chandler,Az 85224
Instructor: Sensei Marlon Moore
This school has been in existence since 1976. It moved to this location in March, 2011.
Please send in your information about your new school or relocation. We want to hear about it 
APRIL 2011 
In This Issue
New Things Coming
Wado and USA Karate
Japan Relief fundraiser
Wado Karate Tournament USA
Wado Ryu Seminar Arizona
Wado Kai Germany
Wado Ryu Seminar Florada USA
WIKF Suzuki Sensei Seminar Spain
Seminar Update
Wado Conference USA
Martial Art Humor
Zen Stories
Funny, but true
Additional Wado Information
Suggested Tournaments
New Schools and Relocations
Featured Article "Misconceptions"

Featured Article


AW photo 

        Ray Hughes           Editor


I must have hit a nerve with last month's article; it brought in a fair amount of responses.  They were all great, although I did take some arrows.  None however were fatal and my therapist says the mental damage is repairable.  All the e-mails were polite and the ones that disagreed with me were well articulated.  

I had planned on detailing some of the thoughts that have been put forth regarding how to promote Wado on the national and local level.  But I feel I need to address a couple of things first before we go forward with those ideas.

   I received several       e-mails that expressed disappointment with the topic of marketing and the promotion of Wado. Though they did not come out and exactly expressed this, it was clearly understood that they feel this is what is undermining our traditional roots.  I know many Wado practitioners feel this same way.

 While reading these e-mails I smiled, remembering feeling this way not so many years ago.  I don't know where I got the misconception that promoting Wado had anything to do with undermining Wado technique.  I also don't know where I got the idea that marketing and placing an ad in a newspaper had anything to do with the quality of technique taught in the dojo?  But I thought this at one time.

Other misconceptions that I bought into at one time or another during my martial arts career where "big schools are only big because they sold out for the almighty buck", or "fulltime instructors only worry about making money; that is why they baby sit children".  There are more but I am too embarrassed to go into them. Though there may be some truth here and there, the real answer is obvious when looked deep into these beliefs.

I am not sure where I got a lot of these ideas (misconceptions).  Maybe it was just the environment I was in.  I do know that we humans have a way of justifying our actions by judging and blaming others.  It just takes only the slightest of truth to make a justification true in our heads.

The fact is there are small programs that teach poor Wado and some large schools that do a really great job.  It just comes down to the instructor.  I also understand that there are a few money hungry instructors out there, but by and large most instructors really do care more about their students than making money.   

The reality is that we all hold different philosophical positions at any given time; some justified, some not, it's just the way it is. The question is can we, while in different philosophical places, come together to work for the common good of Wado?  Can we do this without judging others that have different philosophies?

If we can do this, not only will we be able to continue the existence of good quality traditional Wado, we will also be able to help our dojos improve their technique and maybe add a few students for those that want them.  More importantly, we will leave a better place for future Wado enthusiasts.

So next month I will start passing on ideas that may help us accomplish these tasks. 

All I ask is that you have an open mind, take the time to send in some of your ideas, and lets have fun moving Wado into the future.  Like some great master said, "It is a process, not a goal".


On a special note, it looks like there is going to be a Wado Conference held in the eastern United States later in the year. More information on who is sponsoring this Wado Conference and all pertinent information will follow.  I hope you will consider attending this wonderful event, the others were fantastic.  


The mission of this newsletter is to disseminate Wado information to the Wado enthusiast in an unbiased and non political format.

We welcome any comments or input on this newsletter. Please send your information or comments to





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