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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. Please send your text in a Word document and pictures in small jpeg files, thank you.

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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.

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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 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.


WIKF Wado Karate Seminars


WIKF Sensei Jon Wicks

WIKF World Chief Instructor  



Wado syllabus including Ohyo Gumite,

Kihon Gumite, Idori (kneeling defense) Tanto Dori, (Knife defense) Tachi Dori, (Sword defense) and Kata.


  Seminars are open to all Wado practitioners    


Jon Wicks

Sensei Wicks


November 4-5th


Finland Course details From vantaan.wado-ryu@mbnet.fi


November 12th-13th


Southern Ireland Dublin course details from



Takagi Sensei Seminar Wado Kai logo








Takagi Sensei
Takagi Sensei
November 19 and 20, 2011

Madrid Spain

For more detailed information

W i n t e r S e m i n a r

25, 26 and 27 November 2011 Wado Kai logo

Sassenheim - Netherlands



Bob Nash 7e DAN

Chief instructor of Guseikai WADOKAI - USA

2e Kyu Instructor licence, JKF Wadokai Japan



This seminar will be a special seminar. We intent to make this training to be as personalised as can be. Therefore we allow only 20-25 participants

to ensure that you will get a lot of personal attention of Bob Sensei. The

intention of this seminar is to personalise the training so you can improve

as if you get a private training. To get new challenges to improve even

more. To take all of the personal remarks back home to your dojo for you

to work on for the coming year. The objective of the course is to explore and delve deep into the technical aspects of Wado. We will be concentrating on the finer points and aspects of Wado technique. This course is designed to cha

Bob Nash
Sensei Nash
llenge you mentally. We encourage you to take notes. No video is allowed.


Organiser : Budo Academy  


Wado Ryu Karate Jujutsu

Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu

Branch Netherlands: Shoshin Wadokai for JKF Wadokai Japan




Programme: Is to be agreed on the training day. 


Limited Seminar: Brown belt minimum - Max 25 participants € 125,- p.p. *   


Training Facility: Gym of Elementary school      De Achtbaan


Friday: 20:00 - 22:30

Saturday: 09:30 - 18:00 (group lunch outdoor - going Dutch)

Sunday: 09:30 - 12:00

 * Includes Open Seminar too



Open Seminar: All Belts € 20,-    (payment at the door)

 Training Facility: de Wasbeek

 Sunday: 14:00 - 17:00  


JKF Wado Kai Seminar



December 16, 17, and 18, 2011

In Chiang Mai Thailand

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Wado Kai logo


Takamasu Arakawa
Arakawa Takamasu Sensei

Japan Karate Federation Wado Kai by


6th Dan and Owner of Shiramizu dojos in Japan  

6th Dan, Japan Karate Federation Wado Kai  



International Budo University graduate

High School teacher license ( Health and physical education)

Japan Wado Kai National Kata champion

1999 Wado Kai World Cup Silver Medal in Men's Individual Kata

2001 Wado Kai National Team Kumite 1st place (Guseikai team)

2002 Wado Kai World Championships Team Kata gold medal

2002 East Japan Corporate Championships, 65 kg Men's Individual Kumite champion

2005 Wado Kai World Cup, Japan Team Kata Coach

2007 Wado Kai National Championships Team Kumite, 2nd place (Guseikai team)

Owner of the Shiramizu Karate Dojos


Many of his students have represented at national and international level

with trophy placements


Sensei Takamasa Arakawa has led many workshops in

different countries around the world



contact Japan Karate Institute Wado Kai, Chiang Mai - admin@japankarate-cnx.net



USA Wado Pioneer
Tanabe Sensei
Tanabe Sensei

Tanabe Sensei

Sensei Hiroyuki Tanabe, head instructor at Shudokan Karate, is a 6th Degree Black Belt with over 40 years of karate experience. He started practicing karate at age 14, in Chiba, Japan, under the tutelage of his older brother. In college, he began formal training as a member of the Nihon University Law School karate team. His teacher, Master Mano (1930-1998), was a Vice President of the Japan Karate Federation, as well as General Secretary of the World Karate Federation. During this time Sensei Tanabe also trained at the dojo of Master Hasumi, often practicing a total of 4-5 hours/day.


In 1977, Sensei Tanabe completed a 1-year Instructor Training Course through the Japan Karate Federation. Following this, Master Mano asked if he would be willing to work in the United States "for a couple years" to help a fellow instructor, Sensei Kurobane , with his dojo in Lakewood, CO.


"A couple years" turned into more than 30! Sensei Tanabe assisted in the Denwakan Martial Arts Center from 1977-1982. He also taught karate classes at CU, Boulder, from 1977 to 1990. Between 1985-87, Sensei earned a Master's Degree in Kinesiology from CU, Boulder.


In 1988, Sensei opened his first dojo in Longmont. Shudokan Karate started in a warehouse on S. Pratt Parkway. A year later, he moved it to a nicer space on S. Main Street. In 2009, Sensei was able to purchase one of Downtown Longmont's beautiful historic buildings, at 325 Main Street, which is where Shudokan Karate currently resides.


In over 30 years of teaching and 20 years with his own dojo, Sensei Tanabe has taught literally thousands of students from all walks of life-men, women, teens, and children. Many of his black-belt assistants have over 2 decades of experience and some have been with Shudokan Karate just as long.


Sensei Tanabe is married and has an 8-year old son, who trains with the kid's class.



Not Necessarily Wado
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Ray Hughes



Below is a blog I wrote September,2010. The article has been slightly edited for this presentation. You can click below to see how it was presented on my website.




What is a Traditional School?


 The question is what is a traditional program?  That is the million dollar question.  Even among traditional martial art school owners there is debate.  I am sure this discussion and debate has been going on since caveman days.  Which caveman was more traditional than the other?  To make matters even worse, when traditional school owners discuss this topic, then the question becomes who is more traditional.  It's sometimes quite unbelievable.  So I will give you my understanding of what a traditional school is.  


A traditional school needs to have two components ; one, a linage back to the old times (which in itself is very subjective) and second, a basic protocol on the way it handles itself.  Some martial art schools today say they have taken the best parts of all schools and combined it into a super system.  They market themselves as contemporary schools that teach only the best "moves" while eliminating what seems to be unimportant training.  Unfortunately these nontraditional schools don't understand that there is a theme that runs through the traditional school that goes back in time when these techniques were necessary to survive.  Training systems were developed based on success, or lack of "death", to hone the best successful skills for survival.  There are important reasons for those seemingly unimportant and boring drills that the traditional school uses.  But this in itself is not enough to be a traditional school.  I see schools with great lineage that have lost their way.  So a traditional school must also conduct itself in a certain manner.  


 What is the conduct of a traditional school?  First, the way money is viewed.  If money has become the primary focus, then the school has lost its way.  These nontraditional and contemporary schools use contracts to maximize profits. They are more concerned with the bottom line than in the real development of its students.  I am not saying they don't care for their students.  They just operate with different priorities.  Of course they would never admit this.  Instead of trying to teach the philosophical discipline of sticking with decisions that you know are in your best interest, they use contracts to motivate student to continue training.  It takes skillful and experienced instructors with passion to accomplish such a tough task of teaching sound philosophy as compared with the threat of breaking a contract.  In addition, less experienced and passionate instructors naturally gravitate to entertainment as a teaching tool.  This brings me to the second point, teaching tactics. Nontraditional schools teach with entertainment and not with discipline. There are two reasons for this. One, many of the instructors at nontraditional schools lack experience teaching discipline and secondly do not want to deal with the uncomfortable situations that come from teaching discipline.  They do not want to risk losing a student.  It is easier to entertain with programs that give rapid rewards and allow students to do what they want than to teach them about the hard realities of life.  


 So these schools motivate their students with fast rank advancement.  This keeps the student happy and the school owner does not have to deal with the uncomfortable situation of telling a student (and possibly the parent) he or she is not ready for the next rank.  You can now see why there are six year old black belts walking around at these schools.  In addition to rapid rank advancement, they allow their students to wear different colored uniforms, make up their own forms, do their forms to music, so on and so forth.  These schools succumb to the emotional wants of a human being.  Discipline is not taught.  This is not the situation of a traditional school.  Discipline is the focus of the school.  How can someone defend themselves without it?  How can a person deal with the real world without it?  The ability to teach discipline to a student, especially a child, requires a lot of expertise and experience. It takes decades to learn how to read a student, to know what words to use and how to deliver them in a manner that motivates the student to do something that they generally don't want to do.  In addition to having experience teaching discipline, an instructor needs experience and courage working with the uncomfortable situations that arise while developing discipline in students.  Such as telling a student they are not ready for the next belt promotion test or working with a parent who may think you are a little tough on their child.  Traditional schools teach students how to deal with setbacks and how to deal with the ups and downs of life.  They understand the world is unjust but develop the fortitude to overcome it.  This takes time and hard work along with disappointment.  It cannot be accomplished with entertaining systems of training.  This is not to say there are no entertaining situations in a traditional school. I am just saying that it is not the way to teach discipline.  


Finally there comes a sense of accomplishment when training the ways of the old ones.  A respect is developed with this understanding of the old ways. This is very hard to describe, but it is real.  Rank is based on time and age. Nothing in life is learned in a short period of time except a false sense of reality.  If standards are high and techniques are difficult, it will take time and effort.  In a traditional school, it takes a lot of time to reach high rank.  The student is taught skills and philosophy to help with developing the ability to work hard and long to reach their goals.  This education not only helps with becoming an excellent martial artist but also enhances the skills of the practitioner to be successful in life.  Life is not easy or fair.  Students need real skills not fictitious ones.


In closing, not all traditional schools are good, but I have not seen a contemporary school that has had long term success.   



To see how this blog was presented in the website click HERE



British International Open Karate Championships

October 1st and 2nd, 2011

Kelvin Hall, Glasgow  

Calum Robb Gold, James Brunton Silver, Philip Carlsen and David Bolton Bronze

The British International Open Karate Championships took place on the 1st/2nd October 2011, at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. Seventeen countries took part with over 900 athletes contesting the medals.


Calum Robb (Wado practitioner) wins three gold metals. Not only did Calum win all his matches, but never had a point scored against him.



Other Wado metalists; 

Chloe McLean, Heather McLaren, Iona Frost, Rachel Gourlay, Lewis MacDonald, David Bolton, Mark Wylie


Also congratulations!


Canadian WIKF Seminar Update

Canada October 1, 2011   WIKF



The Campbell River Wado Karate club and the Quadra Island Wado Karate Club in British Columbia, Canada was honoured to/host Sensei Jon Wicks, WIKF World Chief Instructor, to teach a seminar from Saturday, October 1st, 2001 through Monday, October 3, 2011.


Because of the varying ranges in age and belt/skill levels of the over thirty-five attendees, the seminar concentrated on basics.  Basics, basics, and basics.  Wado is built on basics.  The underlying fundamental principles of Wado's "NO WASTED MOVEMENT" and  "USE YOUR WHOLE BODY" can only be acheived through continuous practice of basics. Sensei Wicks also emphasized the maxim Wick Canada 1 "ALWAYS READY FOR ATTACK", meaning  karatekas should always practice awareness/zenshin at all times. This includes awareness between each movement of Renrakuwaza techniques., awareness when practicing all of our various partner work and of course, kata..  Of course, fun and laughs were to be had when it came to practicing idori, tantodori, and partner work.  Because the concentration and energy was so intense throughout the seminar, some took too much pleasure when practicing take downs with their partners or stabbing them repeatedly with rubber or wooden or "live" knives. 


The course was enriched with the presence of 7th Dan Sensei Ken Corrigan, Chief Instructor for Wado Ryu in Canada and 7th Dan Sensei Tom Kosslow, Chief Instructor of WIKF USA and local club instructor and 7th Dan, Dan Wallis.  Th Wicks Canada 2 eir extensive skills and immeasurable spirits helped to make the course a memorable event for all those who participated.   


To show their appreciation and thanks for Sensei Wicks including them on his North American leg of his teaching course, the Campbell River and Quadra Island Wado Karate clubs presented him with an original Gyotaku print by a local Campbel River artist.  Sensei Dan Wallis was also presented with an original Gyotaku print for his appointment to 7th Dan by Sensei Suzuki this past July.  


Respectfully submitted by

Trammy Tran





Canada Wicks 2011

Martial Art Humor  


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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  




Learning the Hard Way

The son of a master thief asked his father to teach him the secrets of the trade. The old thief agreed and that night took his son to burglarize a large house. While the family was asleep, he silently led his young apprentice into a room that contained a clothes closet. The father told his son to go into the closet to pick out some clothes. When he did, his father quickly shut the door and locked him in. Then he went back outside, knocked loudly on the front door, thereby waking the family, and quickly slipped away before anyone saw him. Hours later, his son returned home, bedraggled and exhausted. "Father," he cried angrily, "Why did you lock me in that closet? If I hadn't been made desperate by my fear of getting caught, I never would have escaped. It took all my ingenuity to get out!" The old thief smiled. "Son, you have had your first lesson in the art of burglary."


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 

(If you promote or know of a tournament, whether in the USA or abroad, that you believe would be of interest to Wado practitioners please forward the information and we will list it below.)  sparring  








  Suzuki Cup


Nov. 12, Dallas TX,

Brody Burns






Washington State Championships February


Tommy Hood's SC Championships in March

Jennifer Malloy Tournament Chicago March

MARCH 17, Scottsdale, AZ tournament


April 5, 6, 7, 8, Jr. Olympics, US Open, Las Vegas, NV


April Salt Lake Championships, Amadou Niang


May 5, 6 Denver CO, Rocky Mtn Tournament


May, Nashville, TN,


Hendersonville, TN champ.


June 2, Utah State Championships Park City, UT


July 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA Karate National


Westen Zone tournament Sacramento, August


Suzuki Cup, Dallas Texas, November

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Preserving Traditional Wado Karate thoughout Great Britain

Check out this link for all activities in British WadoKai

Additional Wado Information

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In This Issue
WIKF Seminars England
Wado Kai Seminar Spain
Wado Kai Netherlands
Wado Kai Seminar Thailand
USA Pioneer Tanabe Sensei
Not Necessarily Wado
British Int'r Open Karate
Canadian WIKF Update
Martial Art Humor
Zen Stories
Suggested Tournaments
Koshiki no te
British WadoKai Schedule
Additional Wado Information
Featured Article "Share"

Featured Article



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      Ray Hughes           Editor  


I am a Wado fanatic. My instructor of over 35 years, Wado, and the general philosophy of the martial arts has completely changed the direction of my life. I cannot truly do enough to give back to the martial arts for what it has done for me. My dream and passion is to pass on some of these understandings to the next generation with the hope some of it might help.


The other night after a brown belt kyu exam I was talking to Marlon Moore, my instructor, about Wado issues and life. We have a history of being accused of talking like a couple of old women. You would think after 35 years there wouldn't be anything else to talk about, but we can talk for hours on end about Wado and philosophy.


During the 2 to 3 hour conversation we discussed topics ranging from student development to our own personal growth. Amazing bits of interesting information came from Marlon. I said "this is what Wado fanatics like to talk about and hear". Some of it was Wado, some historical issues, views of what Master Ohtsuka might have thought, and some general philosophical angles. I asked him to start sending me these ideas for the newsletter.


This brings me back to the point of this article. Look, I understand not all Wado practitioners are Wado fanatics. But I know there are a lot of you out there who are like me, really into the art and the general philosophy of the martial arts (life). So please share with the rest of us fanatics your views about technique, historical points, and philosophical perspectives. I am not talking about argumentative topics, I am too old for that and I think most Wado people have moved beyond those kinds of conversations. But things a fanatic would like to hear. If you are a Wado fanatic, you know what I am talking about.


Not all readers will be interested in all topics, I get that. But as we move this newsletter into the future, we want to cover many different areas of interest; technique, history, philosophy, sport karate, as well as current events and activities. Wado readers will read what they want and pass over the topics they're not interested in. However, it all needs to be there.


So please share and we will talk to you again next month.



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