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Dear Wado Enthusiast


We at the Wado Newsletter want to wish all of you a great and Happy New Year. We feel that this year will be one of the greatest years for Wado!  


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


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 guide lines 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 hope all of you had a great holiday season. Now that we have ushered out 2010, we need to make our resolutions for 2011, or at least pretend we are going to change or improve something about ourselves. For me the task is easy, too easy that is to find a lot of things that need change and improvement. So I will start with my easiest resolutions first,  I will stop texting while I drive on the freeway. I will stop worrying about the resolutions I made last year. I will give up watching the Jersey Shore. There three right off the bat. This is going to be easy. I will stop worrying about Lindsey Lohan, Brittney Spears, and Tiger Woods. That should count as three more. I will help with the dishes by letting our dog clean the plates. That should count as two; it helps my wife and the dog. I will stop interrupting people when they are talking, I can do this by talking all the time, this takes pressure off them to say something interesting. For my closest friends I will let them pick up the bill for restaurants all the time so they feel in charge.


With those out of the way, I have a good one for anyone reading this newsletter, join USA Karate. Get involved. It will be the best thing you do in 2011 for your karate, for your dojo.


I recognize that not everyone wants to do competition, in fact some of the karate marketing firms are steering school owners away from competition. They are encouraging in school extravaganza, or demonstration teams that never compete. But that is so local, provincial. Why not step up on to the national stage? And how to do this? There is a way to bring competition in your school and not lose students; to the contrary your school will grow. You will notice new excitement and enthusiasm among your students, when you do this, and yes even the ones that do not compete, because enthusiasm is contagious.


Did you watch the Winter Olympics in Canada? Remember the excitement? We have London coming up soon, another terrific event, with global exposure. So why not get involved in the greatest games on the planet, the Olympic movement? USA Karate is the organization selected by the US Olympic Committee to govern karate in the United States.  At every sanctioned USA Karate tournament you know that there will be licensed and trained referees and coaches. USA Karate is already a full medal sport in the Pan American Games and we host the Junior Olympics every year. To be a coach with USA Karate you must take a series of courses adding to your education regarding teaching and training karate athletes. You must under go a background check. This is a great marketing tool for your school.

Our referees have to take numerous courses as they work to progress from a regional referee to National, Pan American and finally World Referee. It is these sorts of parameters that set the USA Karate apart from all other karate groups and styles.


When a family is looking for a karate school, they look for professionalism and something that sets your school apart from the school down the road. New students know nothing about styles, or rank. But they know about the Olympics. So what if only 10% of your school competes. When you register your school and say that you are a member school of USA Karate member of the Unites States Olympic Committee, you gain the cache of the Olympic Rings. Most of our students these days are children, and their parents decide which karate school they will go to. So give their parents a reason to come to yours. You can explain the ideals of the Olympic movement. You can tell prospective students and parents you have athletes that compete in the Junior Olympics, the Pan American Games.  Even if your new student has no intention of competing in karate, they will like the idea of rubbing shoulders with the students that do.


I have heard "traditional karate instructors" say want to keep their school pure and seek only the path of Budo. This is not a problem the ideals we teach are very compatible with the ideals of Budo. In fact if you listen to the Olympic Athlete in other sports you will hear them repeat many of the ideals of karate. The great athletes are not so concerned with winning or losing, rather it is their own person best they pursue. John Wooden, the great coach from UCLA, never told his players that they needed to win the game. Instead he spoke of the beauty of teamwork and everyone pushing the limits of their personal best. We have programs and plans on teaching traditional karate while introducing sport and science concepts into your programs.


For me, I have enjoyed the process of learning new stuff. Taking seminars on refereeing, coaching, kata, and kumite. I have found that the happiest people are ones those in endeavors of learning.


The reason you started karate and stayed with it was that you enjoyed being a student.


These are obvious reasons that some of you have heard before. Less apparent advantages are that this membership and participation will bring a new sense of community to your dojo. You will see a new identity of support and unity among your parents and the community in which you teach.


Last year after the Nationals in Greenville, SC, I was flying home on the same airplane as a very large group from the Academy of Classical Karate from Dallas Texas. During the flight I watched as close friends shared snakes jokes, and games. Moms leaned across the aisle to share a story, or a funny comment. Clearly these people enjoyed each other's company. As I listened in I heard about the great time they all had a particular restaurant near the hotel. They all had great stories, not just about the competition, but also about late night stories, visiting and bonding with each other. I realized they were a group a special group that shared the goal of giving their kids the best opportunities. Not the easiest opportunities but the best for life skills. When you have this sort of bonding you know these people will be involved in that karate school for years to come. They will help and support their own children but they will also support the school and the other students, to help build this environment for their kid's future.


I went home with the resolution that I want this sense of community and support in my dojo. USA Karate is the catalyst. If you still are reluctant, send me a note, I can explain our plan in more detail. And I promise you will be excited. 


Doug Jepperson

USA Karate
Wado Technical Director 
Park City Karate


Wado Kai logo

Wado kai karate 

New york, USA


Winter seminar


Location: Wado Kai Karate, 98-31 jamaica ave. woodhaven n.y. 11421


Guest Instructor: Sensei Bob Nash 7th Dan

JKF wado kai.


Sensei Nash is the chief instructor of  Wado Guseikai

Bob Nash
Sensei Bob Nash

International and is a jkf wadokai 2nd    kyu examiner.


Dates:   21, 22 and 23 january 2011


Friday 21: 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m ( adults)


Sat:     22:  9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ( children)

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.( adults- lunch provided)

2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (adults)


Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 (adults)


Cost: Adults $ 75.00        Children $  25.00

Contact: Guarionex Martinez wadokainy@hotmail.com

 Wado Ryu logo


Hanshi-Shihan Masafumi Shiomitsu, 9th Dan


Sunday, January 31


@27601 Forbes Road #41 Laguna Niguel, 92677



Shiomitsu Sensei

Monday, February 1,

7pm - 8:30pm

at Torrance YMCA

2900 West Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance, 90505

Fee: $30.00 one seminar, two for $50.00

Family rate: 2 for $50.00, 3 for $70.00 

Contact: Nishimura Sensei



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


Date: 3-20-2011 

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




Swedish Wado Kai GroupWado Kai logo


The first weekend of December saw Swedish Wadokai group host their annual Winter Camp in Herrljunga, about 1hour from Gothenburg. Every year this camp is held in a sports centre which is leased to the karate group for the period so everyone can bring their sleeping bags and stay in the building or the adjacent school. Everybody eats in a local restaurant together, so the cost of meals, training and accommodation is very good value - 1000 Swedish Krona so equivalent to about £100 GBP.


This year 145 students trained each day. More were expected, but severe weather shut some European airports and kept many people from travelling. Notwithstanding, England, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland and Hungary were all represented alongside the many Swedish karateka.


Training was led by Shingo Ohgami 8th Dan, supported by

Ohgami 2
Ohgami Sensei

four 6th Dan instructors including Roberto Danubio, author of the newly published book and dvd series (see http://www.wado-ryu-book.com/).


The training covered basic technique, kata, kihon gumite and ohyo gumite. On the last day, we practiced idori and tantodori. Ohgami sensei always teaches about the basic principles and explains how to make efficient body movement. For example, training sotouke, he reminded everyone not to make what he calls "wiper movement" with the arm (which comes from fixed elbow position). Some other expressions he uses are not to "kick the floor" when moving forward with basic technique such as junzuki, or when turning in basics or kata, he will say "fall down backwards". You have to think what these mean and then apply it to your own karate training.


You can see some pictures from the event here: http://www.wadokai.se/index.php?option=com_expose&Itemid=29
Martial Art Humor

You might be a martial artist if....

You find yourself casually standing in a half cat stance.

You trip, go into a roll and come up in a fighting stance, In church.

You answer your boss Ossss

You put your hands together in a martial arts bow position (one hand open the other closed) after grace at the dinner table.

You tie your bathrobe belt in a square knot. Then check to make sure the ends are exactly even

You accept change from the cashier using a perfect knife hand with the thumb carefully tucked in.

Every time you handle a screwdriver or razor knife, etc. You just can't help changing grip from hammer to reverse to flip over to dagger grip etc. And your shop help is standing cautiously far, far away from you.

When you're outside doing landscaping/gardening you "practice" with all the neat weapons.

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


A martial arts student approached his teacher with a question. "I'd like to improve my knowledge of the martial arts. In addition to learning from you, I'd like to study with another teacher in order to learn another style. What do you think of this idea?"

"The hunter who chases two rabbits," answered the master, "catches neither one."


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.

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-New York USA
Wado Ryu Seminar California USA
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
Wado Kai Seminar update Sweden
Martial Art Humor
Zen Stories
Suggested Tournaments
Featured Article "This Newsletter is Slanted!"

Featured Article

"This Newsletter is Slanted!"

Ray Hughes
Ray Hughes

I always encourage feedback on the content of this newsletter.  I have found that if you address all issues, especially the negative ones, you can clarify your position on any topic.  

I indirectly received a comment the other day that stated this newsletter looks like a Wado Kai newsletter and not the independent Wado newsletter that we portray it to be.  In addition, it was insinuated that maybe some of the Wado Kai information should not be placed in the newsletter because the events are outside the United States and who cares about those events.  Now, this was second hand information, so you really don't know if this was truly the concern of this individual. We all know how hearsay information usually turns out.  But since it might be a concern for some of our readers, we need to address it.  

Let me start off by stating this newsletter is not allied with any Wado group or individual.  I must admit that I am a member of JKF Wado Kai.  Others that are involved in this newsletter are Doug Jepperson who is WIKF and Marlon Moore, my Sensei, who is JKF Wado Kai.  Honestly, our passion greatly transcends above the Wado organizational level.  The organizational level is a personal thing to all of us.  We do not get into that area of discussion.

In addition, this newsletter does not endorse or oppose any Wado group or individual.  Its primary purpose is to inform Wado enthusiasts of activities that are happening in the United States and abroad.  Also, the newsletter has started publishing editorials and articles.  It is understood and accepted that this will generate different reactions and responses.  This is a good thing. We will not sensor any of this information. However, we will not publish information that is negative toward other Wado groups or individuals.  Remember the 11th commandment, "thou shall not talk ill of other Wado practitioners". However, talking negatively of Shotokan or Shito Ryu is acceptable (I'm just kidding).

The newsletter's philosophy is the reader will read the articles they want to read, attend the events they want to support, and discount the rest. It's their decision.  We do not want to influence anyone or lead anyone down a particular path. We are simply disseminating Wado information.

As far as the high abundance of Wado Kai material; it just happens to be Wado Kai material that is sent in at this time. If you are outside of Wado Kai, please send in your information, it will help balance out the newsletter.

We want overseas information in this newsletter for several reasons: One, there is an interest in the Wado community to know what is going on in Wado, regardless of where it is; second, we have readers in other countries that want to know what is going on near them; third, there are Wado students and instructors that travel who want to know if there are Wado events near the location they are traveling to; and last, we have practitioners in the United States, including people involved with this newsletter, who want to travel abroad to participate in these Wado events.  So the overseas events are very important to us and the readers of this newsletter.

In conclusion, we can only print what is submitted.  It is not our position to sensor or agree with everything that is submitted.  We will leave it up to you to judge the event and the content and author of an article.

 We are simple servants to the world of 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 rhughes@smacus.com.

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.

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