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"The only difference between the possible and impossible is one's will"

-Hironori Ohtsuka


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a Monthly International Newsletter

August 2012
In This Issue
Featured Article "You're Just Commercialized"
Wyatt Earp & the End of Karate
Sport Karate
USA Nationals
Martial Arts Humor
Zen Stories
Kushanku Figurine
Koshiki no Te magazine
Wado Course Hungray
Wado Spain
Wado Kai Seminar USA
Wado Kai Seminar
Sport Karate Gasshuku
Ajari Cup 2012
Wado Championships UK
WIKF Seminars
Additional Wado Information
"You're Just Commercialized"
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Ray Hughes


Last month's article "Is Father Time the Demise of the Modern Karate Style?"  brought in lot of responses (click HERE to read or review the article). Most agreed that of the problems that face the present day instructor the biggest one was the time constraints they have with their students. A few responses asked how I was dealing with these problems. And of course I received a few condescending comments about "commercial schools", which one accused me of being.


The condescending comments basically said it was the "commercial" schools that were facing the problems listed in the article. The "real" schools, though small, did not have these problems because their students, who truly love Wado karate, come to the dojo many times a week for many hours. So covering the complete Wado curriculum was no problem. They felt because the commercial schools were more interested in making money and babysitting they didn't have enough time to teach true Wado karate. I could further elaborate on their views, but I think you get the point.


I have no problem with those instructors that fixate all their time on the perfection of Wado technique, we need them. I also know that many of them do not believe in the above mentioned views. What I don't understand is why some instructors that profess to be Wado messiahs feel they need to demean the traditional commercial school. I surmise these are the same guys that say they are the only ones that know Wado. What we don't need is technical fanatics that feel they are above the commercial school owner or schools that could care less about their students and focus only on money. Enough said.


Before I answer the question on how I deal with the problem of time constraints, I have to admit that at the moment I read these replies I had no intention of answering those requests. I felt it was a private and personal issue. But after reading the condescending views about the commercial school I changed my mind. Maybe it is because I felt a little defensive since I operate a school. But I don't think that was the case, I just believe that most traditional schools do not operate that way. Yes, there are those schools that only care about the revenue, but I feel these schools are the minority. I believe most school owners feel, think, and operate their schools pretty much like I do.


With limited time with my students, I operate under the following priorities; my student's wellbeing comes first, both mental and physical. I only have my students a few hours a week so my priority is to teach life skills that include philosophy, mental and physical discipline. These skills can readily be used and will benefit the students for the rest of their lives. Second, I want to develop sound martial art basic movements and application. Students need strong mechanics. From there my final priority moves to teaching advanced Wado movement and theory.


With kids I keep it relatively basic. I start introducing the more advanced Wado movement around purple belt, which is the color prior to brown belt. Adults, I start off fairly soon with advanced basics with the understanding they won't really get it until shodan. Advanced Wado movement is not addressed until brown.


I teach the Pinans and 7 advanced Wado katas, advanced basics, and 10 kihon kumite. Since my adults are older, many of them with bad knees, I don't do much with the idori drills. I do however teach similar jujutsu techniques in standing positions. As far as tonto dori, I teach knife defenses that I feel they most likely would face in a real situation.


This is the curriculum I cover in my school. There is not enough time to add more of the Wado curriculum. It takes a lot of time developing and maintaining fundamental basics. Repetition is time consuming. Because of these time constraints my students take 4 to 8 years to get to shodan, depending on their athletic ability. I think you can see money and babysitting has nothing to do with the operation of my school.



Of course, like all school owners, I am trying to do more with less and trying to figure out if there is a way to get my students to train more hours during the week. If anyone has ideas to solve these problems please send them in. There are many instructors out there like myself who are always open to new ideas. Of course I would steal these ideas and tell everyone they were mine. It's a pride thing. :)



Keep training my friends and keep searching for the "truth".


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Wyatt Earp and the End of Karate.


Robert Hunt

            Wyatt Earp, his two brothers, Morgan and Virgil, along with Doc Holiday, all young men (thirty-something), strode resolutely down Fourth Street in Tombstone, Arizona, one October afternoon in 1881. There was snow on the ground from the night before. Doc whistled as they walked. They turned west onto Fremont Street and then continued a block more to an alley behind the OK Corral. Clanton's and McLaury's were waiting in that alley and three of them were killed (some say "murdered") amid a hail of bullets and a 27 second gunfight that echoes still in our common memory. Everyone in the fight was hit except Wyatt.

Robert Hunt
Sensei Hunt

  It is a little hard to grasp with so much media having been devoted to Earp over the years, but this is historical fact; it actually happened. There was a trial and witnesses who swore to their testimony. It wasn't concocted in the imagination of a Hollywood scriptwriter. 


Wyatt, his notorious friend Doc, and his two brothers walked down a dusty street on a cold October day in southern Arizona, well before the advent of the protection of Kevlar vests, keenly aware that this might be their final day on earth and that the men about to face them were just as hardened and deadly as they. They were intent, Wyatt's eyes allegedly calm, cold and hard.


Click HERE to read the rest of the article


Sensei Hunt holds Dan ranks in Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu and Shotokan. He is the author of the book "The Art and the Way".

You can contact Sensei Hunt at ensollc@aol.com

Sport Karate


Doug Jepperson

OK get your hate emails ready, I asked Ray to increase the size of his in-box because I want to write about Sport Karate.


Unless you have been living in a cave, you will have noticed that we are right in the middle of the Olympics. While the excitement of the Olympics is present the proponents of getting Karate into the Olympic Games are busy. Look around the Internet you will see the "K is on the Way," campaign. We had signs at the USA Karate National Championship promoting the "K."


According to "Karate by Jesse", (one of the most popular karate blogs), the K truly is on the way. In his blog Jesse shares his interview with the head of the WKF, Mr. Antonio Espinós . From reading the article it appears Jesse may favor getting Karate into the Olympics. He certainly casts the argument in a favorable light.


Do you have your pithy comments ready?


To read the rest of the article click HERE


USA Karate Nationals  2012

  by Doug Jepperson


(the article set up has been altered from the original format)  


This past month we went to Ft. Lauderdale to attend the largest Nationals Championship in the history of the USA-NKF. It was pretty inspiring to see 10 mats filled up every day all day for four days. This year the Elite athletes were trying even harder as the WKF World Championships are in Paris this coming November.



Since this is called the Wado Newsletter we need to brag about Wado a little bit. So our readers from different style groups please give us your patience, as we had a terrific Wado turnout. I am not going to write much as pictures tell the story.



Sensei Brody Burn's "The Academy of Classical Karate "out of Plano Texas is the King of the Wado schools with 44 competitors in the Nationals and three people in the adult elite team trials finals. This is a great accomplishment for any school. We thought Becca, Maxine and Tom all represented us well.



We had three groups from Tennessee, Vanatta's Competition Team, under Sensei Mike Vanatta


The Fighting Spirit team under Sensei Joe Valdez, bringing big numbers and having a lot of success on the podium. By the way Sensei Valdez hosted the first USA Karate state championships in Tennessee this past June.


Also from Tennessee our old Country buddy, Sensei Donnie Danner.


Then from across the country Arizona, Scottdale Martial Arts Center, under our esteemed editor Sensei Ray Hughes.


Park City karate from Park City Utah.


In the team division it would be a stretch to say these guys are all Wado, but they were willing to fight under our banner, thanks to Tim, Doug, Jeff Hiroshi and Fred.


One last cool picture with a visiion of the future this is the 17 year old black belt division podium and three of the four black belts are from Wado schools.



Brody team 2012
Sensei Burn's Texas Competition Team
Danner Team2012
Sensei Danner's Competition Team
Valdez team2012
Sensei Valdez's Competition Team
smac team 2012
Sensei Hughes' Arizona Competition Team


Vanatta team 2102
Sensei Vannettas' Competition Team
pck team 2012
Park City Utah Competition Team
old guys team 2012
Doug Corlew, Fred Erickson, Jeff Dodge, Hiroshi Allen, and Tim McClellan


4 teens 2012
3 of 4     17 year old teens are Wado (sorry for not having the names)
by Doug Jepperson




Murphy's Laws of Martial Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In an otherwise vacant locker room, the only other person will have the locker right next to yours.

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


We All Need A Little Humor In Our Life.  If You Have a Joke, Please Send It In.




More Is Not Enough


The Stone Cutter

There was once a stone cutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life.


One day he passed a wealthy merchant's house. Through the open gateway, he saw many fine possessions and important visitors. "How powerful that merchant must be!" thought the stone cutter. He became very envious and wished that he could be like the merchant.


To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever imagined, but envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. Soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. "How powerful that official is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a high official!"


Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around. It was a hot summer day, so the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. "How powerful the sun is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the sun!"


Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers. But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below. "How powerful that storm cloud is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a cloud!"


Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone. But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind. "How powerful it is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the wind!"


Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, feared and hated by all below him. But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it - a huge, towering rock. "How powerful that rock is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a rock!"


Then he became the rock, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the hard surface, and felt himself being changed. "What could be more powerful than I, the rock?" he thought.


He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stone cutter. 

We all need a little Zen in our Lives. If you have a story, please send it in.


Bespoke Karate figurines

Handmade in the U.K. by Karateka


  Kushanku Figurine


Kushanku figurine 




figurines are available on Ebay U.K


wado specific figurine for use as a trophy ,award or as you wish,made in the U.K.by martial artists

For additional information contact    Paul David Hammond





coming soon..... chinto front figurine chinto back figurine figurine base


Koshikinote new

International Wado Summer Karate Course 2012


All Wado Karate-Ka welcomeVenue; Gyomaendrod, Hungary

Iwasaki Sensei

Date; Sunday 29th July - Friday 3rd August 2012


Instructors; Y.Iwasaki - Principal of Wado Kenshu-Kai

F.Sugasawa - Principal of Shiku-Kai

Picture of Sugasawa Sensei unavailable-Sorry


For addition information and printable flyer click HERE  



Dear Wado friends,

Just to remember that over two week approximately, will start the 30th Wado Karate Course Spain with sensei John Wicks and sensei Wim Massee.

We need the confirmation by email of all those who are going to participate (name, surname, age and nationality) at the multiadventure pack before the 2nd of august. Thank you very much.

Attached the related information about the course.


Un saludo,

Miguel A.Massee Abad.


Albergue Paradiso SL

Alojamiento turístico-Granja Escuela-Centro de Formación-Escuela de Tiempo Libre-Gimnasio-Cumpleaños
c/La Ermita 18
39350 Hinojedo (Suances)
Telf: (0034) 942 84 31 39

Fax: (0034) 942 82 33 96



Date: AUGUST 18-19 2012





PROYECTO Panama Canal Village

Panama Rep, Panama

Must Register by May 31st, 2012

For Further information, contact:

Soke: Adolfo Ennever 843 705-6953

Hanshi: Mario Arthur · 703-599-8992

Kyoshi:Juan De Leon:(507) 6671-5791

Renshi: Rodolfo Him:(507)6691-3396


Annual Wado-Kai Black Belt Seminar and

Dan Grading

Bob Nash
Sensei Nash


Sensei Bob Nash, 7th Dan JKF Wado-Kai

Assisted by Sensei Des Bell, 6th Dan JKF Wado-Kai



August 31- September 2, 2012


4770 San Pablo Ave. Unit B (at 48th)

Emeryville, CA 94608


Hosted by Des Bell, JKF Wado-Kai 6th dan & Judy Harte, JKF Wado-Kai 5th dan.


Friday: 6 to 9 pm; Saturday: 1 to 5 pm, Dan tests to follow; Sunday: 10 am to 2:30 pm

Cost: $60 per session or $150 for all three sessions.


For More information: Des Bell at bell.desmond24@gmail.com  or 925-876-1178:


Check us out: http://home.comcast.net/~eastbaywadokai/site


Hilton Garden Inn, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge, 1800 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA 94608. pHONE (510) 285-1706 and reference "Annual Karate Instructors Seminar"
Tyne Tees JKF Seminar    

Wado Kai Masters Seminar &

JKF Dan Grading up to 5th Dan  

Takagi Sensei
Takagi Sensei

Sensei Takagi 8th Dan

Sensei Shigeru 7th dan


September 15 and 16, 2012



For additional information click HERE

Sports Karate Gasshuku
Tom Scott



Hendersonville, TN


Sept 28-30, 2012


For kumite training, US National elite Wado athlete Tom Scott will lead us. As many of you know, he just gave an outstanding performance at the 2012 Pan Am Championships, taking gold medals in both his kilo divison as well as open weight. He captain ed the US Team in this effort. His accomplishments are literally too numerous to count, but notables include 6x USA Karate National Champion, and a 9x member of the US National Team. He is a Wado stylist and has won the Wado World Championships 3x.

Joe Valdez

Joe Valdez
Sensei Valdez

(615) 948-8844










2012 AJari Cup
Ajari Sensei
Ajari Sensei


Oakland Recreation Center, Ira Jennkin Center

Sunday, October 14, 2012.

All styles and disciplines are invited.

All Japanese and Okinawa Karatdo group in San Francisco and Northrn California.

Yoshiaki Ajari

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4th Wado UK East Yorkshire (England) Open Championships


October 21st 2012

John Moreton
Sensei Moreton

full details on the website











WIKF Wado Karate Seminars 



  Sensei Jon Wicks

WIKF World Chief Instructor

Jon Wicks
Sensei Wicks
Click HERE for schedule 
Addition Wado Information
click HERE 


             We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
                                            ~ Aristotle