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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 that will help the Wado enthusiast. Please send a photo of the author with the article.

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


The Best $100 I spent last year.


Advertising and Marketing are topics that always come up with Karate School Owners. Do you know what works? What is worth the money?


I know this looks like an advertisement, and I guess it is but read the whole article, it will be worth your while.

I know one idea that will cost you $100, and it is worth every penny. Go pay for a club membership in the USANKF. Here is where: http://www.usankf.org/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=21&vmcchk=1&Itemid=6, click on membership and sign up.


When you do this you will receive a certificate identifying your club as member in good standing with USANKF which is a member of the United States Olympic Committee. You will be listed on the USANKF web site as well.


By identifying your school as associated with the USANKF and subsequently the United State Olympic Committee you are associating yourself with one of the most prestigious sporting bodies in the world.


What difference does this make? 


Just about every ad you see, regardless of media, uses what Ad Age Magazine calls associative advertising. Nike associates their name with Michael Jordan so you will buy their shoes. Coors Beer associates their name with Rocky Mountain water, because we think it is better water. When I was involved in marketing franchise groups we offered Disney products so everyone would associate our products with Disney, which is  "good, clean and wholesome."  


In karate we have been a little slow on the uptake of what marketing is really about. Too long have our schools offered great training programs and yet people pass us by and sign up with a school down the street because they have a Karate Kid Movie Poster in their window. Future karate students or parents of future karate students make choices based on what is familiar to "them."  Name recognition is huge. Associating yourself with a familiar prestigious entity is the best thing you can do to grow your school.


Spend $100 and associate your school with the Olympics. One hundred dollars is not even the cost of one month dues from one student. And yet when a prospective student or parent walks into your school to compare you with the guy down the street who is a 10th degree black belt and is so good he had to create his own style, what do you have to associate yourself with?  You will not win the battle of whose instructor is more powerful or who can really do the "Dance of Death."  But if this future black belt knows you are associated with the Olympics, you have a distinct advantage.


There simply is not a comparison with what the Olympics means to the general population in the United States.

Slightly more than half (53%) of American adults watched either a "great deal" or "fair amount" of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Interestingly, this is one of the few sporting events where Gallup has measured roughly equal interest among women and among men. Fifty-four percent of men plan to watch significant amounts of the Olympics coverage, as do 52% of women. By way of comparison, a Gallup survey found 76% of men planned to watch the Super Bowl, compared to 54% of women.

So the Olympics are familiar to more than half of all Americans. If you associate yourself you become familiar. Your name is associated with a name that is known as prestigious.

The other day I young man came in to our school in Park City, he was comparing us to a martial arts school down the road. I gave him the usual tour and explained how great my instructor was, how I had trained since I was in my mother's womb. He smiled politely, then he saw a banner I have hanging saying Park City Karate is a proud member of the USANKF, member United States Olympic Committee, and he said, "so you guys are as good as TaeKwonDo." I said yes, biting my tongue and signed him up for his first lesson. And I thought to myself, best $100 I spend on advertising.  Park City Poster


USA Karate
Wado Technical Director 
Park City Karate


Wado Success

by Doug Jepperson




@ Washington State Karate Championships

Over the weekend of February 12 and 13, I traveled to Seattle Washington with Jon Groot to attend the Washington State karate Championships.


It seemed propitious to get our feet wet in Seattle, for the 2011 tournament season. I know that joke is too easy. But it was wet! You know it rains too much when everyone says, "you should have been here yesterday the sun was out." The rain notwithstanding, Seattle is a great city and the city has a large and thriving martial arts community. Seattle is home to the oldest Kendo dojo in the USA, "Seattle Kendo Kai established in 1924. And the oldest judo schools in the country, Seattle Dojo, were established in 1902. The great Bruce Lee began teaching martial arts in the early 60's. Seattle is rich in martial arts history.


Our hosts for the weekend were Doug Exum, president of Washington State Karate and Jim Doyle. They did a great job with terrific seminars before the tournament and a nicely organized day of competition on Sunday.


Since this is a Wado newsletter, I will cut to the chase and say our two Wado guys did us proud. Tom Scott from Texas and Jon Groot from Utah provided the best example of kumite competition. Tom proved you can do a great job "only doing Wado Kata."


In my opinion Tom is the absolute best kumite man in North America, and he appears to be getting better. It was nice to watch the Washington Referees conduct matches, in which the Wado boys kept winning. Jon Groot made it to the finals in -70 kilo and Tom was in the finals in -80. Then Jon and Tom met in the Open division. Tom ended up winning Gold in both his divisions and Jon won silver in both his divisions.



Other Wado Successes


February 26, 2011
Wado competitors swept the 2011 Winter Grand Canyon State Games (GCSG) men's black belt kumite held in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Grand Canyon State Games is a sporting event that includes 35 different sporting competitions. The karate tournament is a traditional karate event that is supported by all Japanese and Okinawan karate systems.
Men's Black Belt Kumite
Gold Medal -- Kyle Harder
Silver Medal -- Tyler Warren
Bronze Medal -- Fred Erickson
2010 Team USA

From left to right

Kyle Harder, Liz Sambach, Fred Erickson, and Tyler Warren

Wado competitors did extremely well and medaled across all divisions. 
Please send in your Wado successes. Do not underestimate the importance of such information. 


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

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 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,

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

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 




Monday, 2011-06-13 Start 13:00 p. m. 




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

Mr. Deaton

Sensei Deaton





The American Wado Black Belt Association was founded by David Deaton (7th Dan Wado) in order to raise the standards of Karate-do.  The organization's, while offering a range of services for member Black Belts and Black Belt school owners, main goal is to assist owners on how to set up their schools on a professional and profitable level.  "Too many great technical black belt school owners are clueless on business techniques that could aid them into making a very good living while becoming a wonderful asset to their local communities" Deaton said.


David Deaton has over 40 years of experience and owns three schools in Nashville, TN with 850 active students.  He is a board member and national speaker for The Educational Funding Company.  AWBBA will be holding seminars in 2011 for those interested in their future as a professional school owner.


Contact David Deaton by e-mail at ddks@bellsouth.net, phone 615-824-9111, fax 615-824-9144 or mail 761 W. Main St., Hendersonville, TN  37075


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

There was this little guy sitting in a bar, drinking his beer, minding his own business when all of a sudden this great big dude comes in and --WHACK!!-- knocks him right off the bar stool and onto the floor. The big dude says, "That was a kung fu chop from China." The little guy thinks "GEEZ," but he gets back up on the stool and continues what he was doing when all of a sudden-WHACK!!-- the big dude knocks him down AGAIN and says, "That was a karate chop from Japan." The little guy, not wanting any trouble,and thinking this guy is nuts, gets up off the floor, grabs his beer and moves a few seats further down the bar, and continues to sip at his beer. All of a sudden, --WHACK!!-- without warning, he feels this foot kick him upside the head and he goes sprawling to the floor once again. The big dude says with a smile, "That's kickboxing from Thailand." The little guy, having had enough of this gets up, brushes himself off and quietly leaves. He had been gone for about an hour when he returned, and without saying a word, walks up behind the big dude and-WHACK!!!-- knocks the big dude off his stool and lays him out cold! The little guy looks at the bartender and says, "When he comes to, tell him that's a crowbar from Sears."


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 


During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were filled with doubt. On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying with the men, the general took out a coin and said, "I shall now toss this coin. If it is heads, we shall win. If tails, we shall lose. Destiny will now reveal itself."

He threw the coin into the air and all watched intently as it landed. It was heads. The soldiers were so overjoyed and filled with confidence that they vigorously attacked the enemy and were victorious. After the battle, a lieutenant remarked to the general, "No one can change destiny."

"Quite right," the general replied as he showed the lieutenant the coin, which had heads on both sides.

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 







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





MARCH 2011 
In This Issue
Wado and USA Karate
Wado Success
Other Wado Successes
Wado Kai Seminar England
USA Wado Ryu Karate Champioship
Wado Karate Tournament USA
Wado Kai Germany
Wado Ryu Seminar Florada USA
WIKF Suzuki Sensei Seminar Spain
General Wado Info
Wado Conference USA
Martial Art Humor
Zen Stories
Additional Wado Information
Suggested Tournaments
Featured Article "Under Siege"

Featured Article

"Under Siege" 

AW photo 

         Ray Hughes           Editor

We all know traditional Japanese karate has been under siege here in the United States for several decades.  This siege was initiated by Taekwondo and continues today along with pressure from other martial art systems.  This warfare has taken a toll on the market position of karate and has shrunk it to an unacceptable level.

The unfortunate situation is that karate should have never lost this market position.  Japanese karate-do is second to none and the words "karate" and "sensei" did and still do have more name recognition than Taekwondo or other martial art words. To lose this market position with such a great product, that has great name recognition, is simply due to poor marketing and business management.  Maybe the vision was lost along the way?

The responsibility for the start of this loss rests on a large segment of our Japanese pioneers and first generation American instructors.  Many of these Japanese pioneers didn't understand how to properly market to the American public and relied solely on the mystique and charisma of the Japanese instructor.  Many of our first generation American instructors made it even worse by trying to act Japanese in an American culture.  It was this last problem that just about stopped the growth of karate in its tracks.  Many of these Japanese and American instructors justified this loss to the difficulty and high standards of Japanese karate as compared to its martial art competitors. Though there may be a smidgen of truth to this, the true problem was poor business and marketing practices.  The product was fine.  Unfortunately, the rest of us haven't done much since to correct this problem. 

To add to this problem and make matters worse, Wado has also been under siege by the other Japanese karate styles.  Wado has been fighting a two front war, one against the national siege on Japanese karate and the other within the world of Japanese karate.   Wado is in competition with other karate styles for those few participants that are interested in Japanese karate.  We all know how we have fared in this war.  This topic will be discussed in more detail at a later date.

The sad thing is the uniqueness of Wado has never really been properly exposed to the national market.  This uniqueness of Wado, its highbred blend of modern karate and jujutsu, has been pretty much obscure.  We have one of the most unique arts, yet relatively few people know or appreciate it. This problem needs to be addressed and will also be discussed in upcoming issues.

The main dilemma that most of us dojo owners face is the battle to simply stay alive and pay our bills.  The war of Wado on the national front is not as urgent to us as the battle at the dojo level.  Though we are concerned about the big picture, we don't have the time, money, or energy to fight beyond the ten minute circle around our dojos.  These problems must be solved first before we tackle the war of Wado on the national front.

Many of us want to see Wado more successful at the dojo and National level.  To do this we must first get everyone, Japanese and Americans, on the same page.  We need some of the Japanese to have a little more faith in us American instructors and some of the American instructors need to get past old resentments.  This is America and it needs to be managed by Americans.  The Japanese will have their positions because this is their art.  Communication is paramount to be successful in this war, and it is a war.  We need to address the dojo battle and then move on to the big war.  Many of us have ideas that we feel will help in these battles; they will be passed on in the upcoming issues.  So you, the silent Wado majority, send in your ideas and speak up.   We are under siege.

I am excited about our Wado future, both at the dojo level and the national scene.  We Wado enthusiasts have every intention of winning these wars.   After all, isn't this what martial arts is all about?   


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