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-Hironori Ohtsuka

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

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


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

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

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


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


We consider the title "Sensei" a very prestigious title.
Wado Principles 
Doug Jepperson1

Doug Jepperson

by Doug Jepperson


This month I thought I would write a little about the non-sport stuff.


We all know Wado Ryu came from the introduction of Okinawan Karate to Japan. Master Ohtsuka stated he took the merits of Okinawan karate and combined them with the principles of Japanese Martial Arts, making this karate style the most Japanese of all the karate styles in Japan. (Donn Draeger Modern Bujutsu & Budo: Martial Arts And Ways Of Japan, Vol III. Weatherhill, 1974)


But what are these inherently Japanese martial arts principles? At this point, a lot of people point towards Shindo Yoshin Ryu Jujitsu as having "the" major influence on Wado technique. And rightly so. Master Ohtsuka spent more than a few years practicing Jujitsu before he started his karate training; but he was also cognizant of many other Japanese martial arts. Since he was a "home boy" in jujitsu, this art may not have fascinated him as much as the "other" arts - for example, SUMO. Perhaps Ohtsuka knew that one day SUMO might morph into MMA, so he was really ahead of the game.


MMA. Where does that come in? It comes in very simply because Master Ohtsuka was fascinated with fighting arts in general, and he was creative in his adaption and use of other martial arts. Think about what many folks call the cornerstone principles in Wado: NAGASU, NORU and INASU. Over the years I have heard many instructors explain the meaning of these principles with metaphors from Jujitsu and the sword. But if one uses SUMO to illustrate these principles, it is much easier to understand the application of these terms, as well as a lot of other terms in Wado.


Before you get your panties in bunch, think about this: SUMO is the oldest Japanese martial art - older than Jujitsu; older than the sword even. They were wrestling in thongs more than 2,000 years ago.


Now, let us think about INASU, NORU and NAGASU in terms of techniques in SUMO. If you are not familiar with SUMO, think of large, fat men in a little thong, wrestling in a small ring with the goal of knocking the other fellow out of bounds or down. Suddenly, the SEICHUSEN is more vivid. So you will know SUMO leads to Jujitsu, which leads to Judo and this to Brazilian Jujitsu; which is why George St. Pierre totally gets Wado.Sumo


But let us get down to it. In SUMO and wrestling, there is a concept of using the energy of the attacker. Every attack has a line of force - SEICHUSEN - that you can use to your advantage. In SUMO, they have some very big people, so it would be helpful to know a plan that allows a smaller person to survive. Therefore, technique, diversion and manipulation of this force line could be helpful.


For example, you are standing in front of guy that weighs more than 300 lbs. and he can run fast - very fast - towards you. This robust young fellow is rushing towards you with all the inertia his body and speed can generate. As you receive this energy you manipulate the line of attack just enough to divert the energy. This is INASU. It takes very little energy (strength) to divert the attack, because all of his energy is directional, with very little strength to resist this diversion.


NORU literally means "to ride." I have said a million times, it means to ride the sword; however, I have discovered there is a more relevant analogy. In an MMA match or wrestling, it is a great advantage to grab the other person's legs and knock them down. This is called a two-leg take down, or Fireman's Carry, if you like more colorful images. The counter to this attack is the Sprawl. Chuck Liddell had a great sprawl. This counter is performed by take the energy of the attacker and diverting it downwards, this is where they were headed anyway. You ride their back driving them into the mat.


A drive for two-legged take down, a sudden lunge to grab your neck or even a punch as in Kihon Kumite 5, all can be pressed downward, and the momentum of the attacker is used to drive him further off course.


KAWASU is another term karate practitioners have taken from SU


Doesn't this look like kihon kumite #1

MO. In Karate-Nyumon, Funakoshi mentions this concept as a twisting method to avoid the attacker. In Wado we might say TAI-SABAKI instead, but body shifting by any other name is still as sweet. This means we avoid the contact, (attack) by shifting slightly out of the way. Again thinking of SUMO, it is easy to see this concept as being important.


NAGASU similar to above - avoid the attack contact - but more elegantly by using the natural flow of our movement in agreement with the attacker's movement. Receive the attack and then guide it past you and unbalance your opponent. The greater the force of the attack, the more energy you divert and pull the attacker out of position. Most Wado UKE should use this idea. To change the course of the attack with minimum counter force. Now it is clearer why Master Ohtsuka said there are no blocks in WADO.


So there you have it: ancient Japanese martial arts to the UFC in one easy lesson. So, the next time someone asks you to explain INASU, NAGASU and NORU, tell them to run back to the dressing room put on a thong, and you will show them.






Editor's SEMINAR Review
by Ray Hughes

2nd Annual 


Sunsplash Gasshuku

August 11-14, Orlando, Florida 


I was able to attend the first two days of this four day seminar and train for the first time with the featured instructor Shiomitsu Sensei.  The focus of the first two days was fluid movement with minimal effort. The instruction and delivery was excellent.


The host for this event, Sensei Pardue, operated an extremely well organized event with clear instruction of the seminar syllabus. He was easy to contact, which was important since a got lost a couple times in Orlando.


The venue, Embassy Suites Hotel, were excellent facilities for this presentation. There was plenty of room in a highly professional atmosphere. 


Majority of the people I met were Shiomitsu Sensei's students. They were very friendly and I felt very comfortable training with them. They were all very talented Wado practitioners. I mention this is because I go to seminars from time to time where the quality of the Wado practitioners are poor.


I attend these types of seminars for two reasons; to develop new friendships and possibly learn something new.  I met couple of people I believe will develop into long term friendships and learned a couple of new angles on how to develop specific Wado techniques. There was great value in this training.

Hughes, Shiomitsu,Pardue2

L to R: Ray Hughes, Shiomitsu Sensei, Sensei Pardue


I would highly recommend attending this event next year.  It is nice to make new friends and in my case, it is nice just being a student.


Ray Hughes



Seminar Host:

             Orlando, Florida USA
             Tyrone Pardue  e-mail: tyronepardue@mac.com


WIKF Wado Karate Seminars


WIKFSensei Jon Wicks

WIKF World Chief Instructor 


See Sensei Wicks profile at the end of this newsletter.


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




September 8th-11th


Special VIP Spain Cantabria-España Course details from Wim Massee

Email:  Budo Club Paradiso - karate Wado Ryu y Jiu Jitsu > budoclub@albergue-paradiso.com


September 17th-18th


Northern Ireland Course

details from Bobby Hamilton > bhamilton75@hotmail.com 




October 1-9th


Canada-Campbell river & Halifax- Course

details from Dan Wallis    wallis_d@telus.net


October 29th-30th


 WIKF Leaders Course London UK course

details form Eleni Suzuki   eleni@wikf.com 



 Wado Kai logo






September 9

18:00 - 21:00



September 10

11:00 - 15:00



September 11

10:00 - 14:00



 The training takes place


Friday - Bällstabergshallen, Svampskogsvägen Vallentuna

Saturday - Bällstabergshallen, Svampskogsvägen Vallentuna

Sunday - Mekanikervägen 13C, Tullinge



 Course fee 1500 SEK



 Register to the course by sending an email with your name to johan.  ossa@wadoryukarate.se


 Bob Nash 7th Dan


Bob Nash has been teaching Wado karate for the past twenty years in different parts of the world. He is from Tokyo and currently holds a 7th dan from the JKF Wadokai and the USA National Karatedo Federation.

Bob Nash firmly believes that in order to understand the genius of Ohtsuka Sensei the first thing the Wado student must do is have a firm grasp of the kihon (fundamentals) of Wado.

Without an understanding of kihon the student cannot engage in correct movement. Without correct movement the techniques of Ohtsuka Sensei can never be understood in its proper context. Much of the seminar will be spent on teaching correct kihon, body movement and theory of Wado.

Everything we take for granted in Wado will be reexamined from a martial per

Bob Nash

Sensei Nash

spective. Many people give the analogy that Bob Nash´s seminars are comparable to graduate studies in Wado. A simple technique like junzuki is taught not as a technique for kyu students but taught at a level that must be understood by higher dan grades. All kihon, kata and kihon kumite are reexamined and reevaluated at a higher technical level.

The techniques of Wado are endlessly deep and he is certain that by the end of the seminar the participant will have a new appreciation for the depth and genius of Hironori Ohtsuka, the founder of Wado.


A Special note from Sensei Miquel Massee


Dear Wado friends,


Just to remember that if you are interested to assist at the training in Spain do not delay too much your booking.


From the 8th to the 10th of September is going to be held the 29th Wado International Karate Course in north-Spain, a very popular course always hold with sensei Tatsuo Suzuki and will be continue, like sensei´s wishes, with sensei Jon Wicks and assisted by Wim Massee. The course is going to be a Memorial to our Great Master Tatsuo Suzuki.

You can find further information of this course at the budo info of WIKF Spain web site (


For any question do not hesitate in asking me or my son.


Also remind you, we are located at a wonderful area with beaches and mountains. Ryanair´s economical flights arrives and departures from Santander´s airport to many places of Europe for a very economical prices and it´s only 23 km. from the place where the course is going to be held. Before, between and after the trainings you can spend some time to have a wonderful holidays.


If you are interested, do not delay your booking.

Kind regards,


Miguel Massee.

Suzuki Sensei






WIKF Karate Course 




 See Suzuki Sensei's Profile at the end of the newsletter






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: WIKF
          - 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





Commonwealth Karate Games
 Scottish Karate Federation



Congratulations to SKF members Chloe Maclean, who won two Gold Medals, and Lisa Cairns, who won a Bronze Medal at the Commonwealth Karate Games in Sydney, Australia. Chloe was placed 1st in the Female under 21 -53kg and Female Senior -50kg categories. Lisa was placed 3rd in the Female Senior -55kg. Congratulations also to the other members of the Scotland Squad Aaron Horn and Amanda Dundas who were placed 1st and 3rd in their respective events. Thanks to John Dundas for the photo.


SKF winners L to R Aaron, Chloe, Amanda, Lisa

L to R: Aaron Horn, Chloe Maclean, Amanda Dundas, & Lisa Cairns


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Martial Art Humor




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  


It Will Pass

 A student went to his meditation teacher and said, "My meditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, or my legs ache, or I'm constantly falling asleep. It's just horrible!" 


"It will pass," the teacher said matter-of-factly.


A week later, the student came back to his teacher. "My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so peaceful, so alive! It's just wonderful!'


"It will pass," the teacher replied matter-of-factly.



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.

Preserving Traditional Wado Karate thoughout Great Britain

Check out this link for all activities in British WadoKai

Additional Wado Information

Please check out this link for additional Wado Information:

Suggested Tournaments for Wado competitors 










 Suzuki Cup

Nov. 12, Dallas TX,

Brody Burns 


Seminar Instructor Profile
Jon Wicks

Sensei Wicks

Sensei Jon Wicks  






Sensei Wicks began studying karate from the age of 13 and attained his 1st Dan (black belt) aged 17. At the age of 50, Sensei Wicks was personally awarded by Master Suzuki - 8th Dan Hanshi, his own 8th Dan and became the youngest official Wado-Ryu 8th Dan black belt in the World.


Sensei Wicks had for many years received private tuition from the late Master Tatsuo Suzuki-8th Dan Hanshi, ensuring that the authentic style of Wado-Ryu is maintained. It was Master Suzuki who originally introduced Wado-Ryu into the UK in 1965. Sensei Wicks has accompanied Master Suzuki on international exhibitions and teaching courses over many years. Master Suzuki, appointed Sensei Wicks WIKF World Chief Instructor in 2009, recognising his expertise and dedication to teaching authentic Wado-Ryu karate in the traditional style.


As well as being personally taught by Master Suzuki, Sensei Wicks has had the honour of training with many Japanese masters, including the notable honour of being taught by Master Hironori Ohtsuka the First. He applies the ethos of authentic Wado-Ryu karate he has leant over his years of training to the way he teaches himself, passing on the knowledge and skills as first taught by Master Ohtsuka.


Sensei Wicks teaches throughout the World. He teaches extensively in Europe, regularly in North America, and has taught in South America, Japan and Australia. Sensei Wicks has even taught and given demonstrations in China with Master Suzuki. Sensei Wicks' aim is to ensure that all clubs and students, worldwide, who want to learn traditional Wado-Ryu are all taught the same authentic techniques as were first taught by Master Ohtsuka the First and subsequently by Master Suzuki and now Sensei Jon Wicks. Sensei Wicks is the Principal Instructor for the International Leaders courses and on many Regional courses. He also grades students to all levels, from beginners to the highest Dan grade students.


Sensei Wicks has a very strong kumite pedigree, having competed in national and international championships over a number of years, winning all the major Wado-Ryu titles including; World Championships, European Championships - Individuals 4 times and team 8 times, Wado Cup and multiple National championships. He has also had the honour of being England Team Captain to the victorious teams in both World Championships and European Championships - 8 times winners.


Sensei Wicks is the head of the Su-Ha-Ri Wado-Ryu Karate School which was founded in the early 1970's by the late Sensei Mick Robins, who himself was a loyal student of Master Suzuki. He has developed and grown the school to over 20 clubs throughout the South of England, and has in excess of 100 black belt students, all taught personally by him in the authentic style. The School follows in Sensei's footsteps with regards to Kumite, having produced many World, European and National champions at all age groups, and continues to do so today. 

In This Issue
Wado Principles
Wado Ryu Seminar Review
WIKF Seminars England
Wado Black Belt Course-Sweden
WIKF Suzuki Sensei Seminar Spain
Congratulations SKF
Koshiki no te
Martial Art Humor
Zen Stories
British WadoKai Schedule
Additional Wado Information
Suggested Tournaments
Sensei Wicks Profile
Featured Article "Our One Year Anniversary"

Featured Article

"Our One Year Anniversary"


AW photo 

      Ray Hughes           Editor  


As I mentioned last month, August was our one year anniversary. Time has gone by fast and the growth has been unbelievable. We started with 63 Wado instructor addresses and have grown to nearly 1500. In addition, the newsletter is forwarded to an additional 4 to 5 thousand worldwide.


Our mission initially was to send out basic event information. But as we went along it became obvious we needed to expand the scope of our newsletter. The variety of our readers is extremely diversified. It includes the traditionalist whose only interest is technical and historical, the highly sports oriented, those who completely

despise sport karate, the revenue driven and those who feel making a dollar is heresy. The fact is the majority of us Wado enthusiasts are made up a little of all the above traits. We all want to see a wider range of Wado information.


As the year went on we started adding different areas of interest. We placed articles about philosophy and historical interest, added profiles about USA Wado pioneers with the intent to add international instructors in the future, added background information on instructors that were teaching seminars, and included a little Zen and humor. It was during this time we realized that this newsletter format was inadequate.


To solve this problem and expand the quality and range of information, we started the construction of a Wado website. This will allow us to send out small segments of information in the newsletter with links to the rest of the information on the web site. This will allow the reader to quickly scan the information and

focus on their points of interest.


Of course this takes time, so please bear with us.  But as we work on these new adventures, this is the time to let us know what you would like to see in this newsletter.


Thank you for reading and keep training hard.  



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