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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.

In addition,
we will publish editorials, articles, or any other important Wado information. Please send a photo of the author with the article. All we ask is that you do not talk negatively about Wado organizations, groups, or individuals.

Instructors: Please forward this newsletter to your student      base. Thank you.
Volunteer 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: 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 

I have talked to you for sometime about considering the USANKF for the sport karate portion of your program. Coming up in April is the USANKF Open and Junior Olympics held in Las Vegas. I want to personally invite to come and see these events. Maybe even bring some competitors. I will personally introduce you to the key players of the USANKF and encourage you to ask any questions you may have of any of them.


As the Director of the Wado Technical Committee I can say that we are here for the Wado school.  


I hope to see you at this wonderful event and if you have any questions before this event, please contact me. I will be more than happy to talk to you and answer your questions.


Below in the "suggested tournaments for Wado competitors" section is a link for additional information.


Doug Jepperson

USA Karate
Wado Technical Director 
Park City Karate


Wado Kai logo

Wado Kai Seminar
With Takahashi Sensei 6th dan

Open to all Wado practitioners

Scottsdale Martial Arts Center, Inc.
9151 E. Bell Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 USA
Friday, February 4, 2011
5:45pm - 7:30pm -open to all students
7:30pm- black belts and instructors

Arizona Wado Karate and Martial Arts Center
2144 N. Arizona Ave. #B-26
Takahashi Sensei
Chandler, Arizona 85225 USA
Saturday, February 5, 2011
9:15pm-11:00am - all students
11:00am - black belts and instructors

Pre-registration:   $25 per student per seminar
 (closes 1-29-11)   $35 per student for both seminars

Day of event      $50  per student per seminar
                        $75 per student for both seminars
Seminar: Wado movement and concepts
1. Rikiten (power point)
2. Teko (lever)
3. Hajiki (splash out or impact back)
4. Three kinds of kihon kumite initial movements
For more information or to sign up for seminar, contact Tyler Warren at
twarren@smacus.com. or call 1-480-951-2716

Wado Seminar
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
Sensei Bob Nash



Instructed by: 

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
Internet: www.berliner-karate-verband.de 



 Sports hall OSZ Handel 1, Wrangelstraße 98/Zeughofstraße,
10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U-Bahnhof Görlitzer Bahnhof
Entry sports hall: Zeughofstraße

Participants:  Wado-Ryu-Karateka and all interested persons in Martial Arts.

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 SeminarWado Kai logo


March 2011 in Manchester, England 

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.


Katsube(L) Shimura(R) Arakawa(L)

Arakawa Sensei (arms crossed)

Kihon Gumite-Katsube(L) & Shimura(R) 

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.


Seminar is proving quite popular - people have signed up from Hungary, Germany, Holland, France, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland as well as England.

This is the page link:  http://www.wadokai-manchester.org/Wadokai_Seminar_2011.html 


Ben Pollock and Hikoishi
Sensei Pollock and Hakoishi Sensei

Contact: Sensei Pollock 


USA Wado-Ryu Karate ChampionshipWado Ryu logo



Location: Tesoro High School

                1 Tesoro Creek Rd.

                La Flores, CA 92688



Shoji Nishimura
Nishimura Sensei

Contact: Nishimura Sensei





Wado Kai logo

Wa no Kizuna

Invitational Karate Championships 

Denver, Colorado USA

Tentatively scheduled for Saturday April 9, 2011
Kurobane Sensei
Kurobane Sensei
Additional details to follow

For Invitational information
Contact: Kurobane Sensei


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

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

Murphy's Laws of Martial Arts

The wimp who made it through the eliminations on luck alone will suddenly turn into Bruce Lee when you're up against him.

The referee will always be looking the other way when you score.

You will have trouble with the ties on your Gi pants when members of the opposite sex are in class.

The day you leave work early to make it to class on time, the instructor will be sick.

The instructor will only use you during demonstrations for joint-locking techniques.

If you have to use your training in self-defense, your attacker's father will be a lawyer.

After a flawless demonstration, you will trip on your way back to your seat.

After years of training without a single injury, you will pull a groin muscle the night before your black belt exam

No matter how many times you take care of it before your promotion exam, you will invariably have to go to the bathroom when it's your turn.


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 

After winning several archery contests, the young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer. The young man demonstrated remarkable technical proficiency when he hit a distant bull's eye on his first try, and then split that arrow with his second shot. "There," he said to the old man, "see if you can match that!" Undisturbed, the master did not draw his bow, but rather motioned for the young archer to follow him up the mountain. Curious about the old fellow's intentions, the champion followed him high into the mountain until they reached a deep chasm spanned by a rather flimsy and shaky log. Calmly stepping out onto the middle of the unsteady and certainly perilous bridge, the old master picked a far away tree as a target, drew his bow, and fired a clean, direct hit. "Now it is your turn," he said as he gracefully stepped back onto the safe ground. Staring with terror into the seemingly bottomless and beckoning abyss, the young man could not force himself to step out onto the log, no less shoot at a target. "You have much skill with your bow," the master said, sensing his challenger's predicament, "but you have little skill with the mind that lets loose the shot." 

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.

Additional Wado Information

Please check out this link for additional Wado In formation:

Suggested Tournaments for Wado competitors 






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 20 USA Wado Ryu Karate Championship

Shoji Nishimura usawado@cox.net



March 27, New York, NYTKL National Qualifier

Contact # 718-740-3493 Contact name Georges Aschkar Jr.  Cedric Barksdale

 Website MYTKL.org





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





In This Issue
Wado and USA Karate
Wado Kai Seminar Arizona USA
Wado Seminar Germany
Wado Kai Seminar England
USA Wado Ryu Karate Champioship
Wado Karate Tournament USA
Wado Ryu Seminar Florada USA
WIKF Suzuki Sensei Seminar Spain
Wado Conference USA
Martial Art Humor
Zen Stories
Additional Wado Information
Suggested Tournaments
Featured Article "An Unexpected Occurrence"

eatured Article

"An Unexpected Occurrence" 

AW photo 

         Ray Hughes           Editor

When several of us got together and decided to start this newsletter, the intent was simply to get Wado information, primarily seminars and tournaments, out to the Wado enthusiast.  We had become frustrated with trying to find out what was going on in Wado and felt this newsletter would help all of us in this endeavor.  

As I have put each newsletter together and asked our readers for feedback, I never expected much in return.  But to my surprise, I started receiving a fair amount of responses.

Of the feedback that I receive, 90% is positive and 10% is negative. I am astounded at the high percentage of positive responses.  I guess I am just used to hearing negative things about Wado groups, individuals, or politics.

  The thing that strikes me the most about these positive responses is the theme that cuts across the majority of them. The theme of "how refreshing it is to read something that is not talking negatively about some group or individual". The funny thing is the 10% negative responses are doing just that.

It was then it occurred to me that the majority of Wado practitioners are very positive people. They are just silent.  It's the negative people who are making all the noise (a unique revelation, right?).  It is understandable that if all we are hearing is negativity, it would be easy to start thinking that things are more negative than they really are. 

It has become apparent that we need to somehow get this positive majority to speak up.  To help in this endeavor, it will be a mission of ours to continually encourage Wado enthusiasts to send in editorials, articles, or anything else that may benefit someone in Wado. 

As I have started communicating with these positive people, it became obvious that they have a different philosophy than the negative ones.  A philosophy that I thought just a few of us had,  the philosophy
"the student is more important than the Sensei".  The negative ones seem to have the philosophy that the Sensei is the focal point.  It is this philosophy that seems to generate all the negative concepts that many of us see: lack of humility, egotism, entitlement, power, and so on. 

Anyway, for many years I have worked to separate myself from negative people, just like probably many of you have done. To be honest, it has only been the last couple of years that I have tried to stop my negative talk about negative people, if you know what I mean.

The point is that we, the positive majority, need to communicate more and ignore the negative people.  Let's pass information between us that can help each other; such as teaching ideas, operational concerns, marketing concepts, business practices, and so on. This can cross organizational lines.  The organizational echelon is simply what we all do for ourselves at the dojo level.  Who of us wouldn't want any Wado school to be successful, regardless of organizational ties?

A call to action   Like the silent majority, my students are more important to me than my Sensei.   This is not a knock against my Sensei, I respect him greatly.  He understands and believes in the same philosophy.  We need to continue to help our students to the best of our ability. So please send in any information you might think could help another school or instructor.  If you have a problem, send it in and maybe someone has a solution for it. Isn't this what Master Ohtsuka would want?  

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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