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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

December 2012
In This Issue
Featured Article "Outragious Control"
"WKF" Update by Doug Jepperson
Seishan Kata
"What is Karate" by Robert Hunt
Martial Arts Humor
Zen Stories
New Wado book
Kushanku and Chinto Figurines
Koshiki no Te magazine
WIKF Seminars
WadoKai Masters Seminar
Wado Winter Camp
Suzuki Cup
2nd Wado Masters Course
Arizona Karate Championship
USA Wado Ryu Championships
Additional Wado Information
Moral Wisdom
AW photo

Ray Hughes



I am stunned and slightly disappointed when moments of enlightenment, that should have happened decades ago, just materialize. I guess I should be grateful for the fact they happen at all.


This week while attending a brown belt kyu exam I noticed the kata being demonstrated were fairy correct and precise but lacked life. A common problem that all of us instructors face with developing students.


I mentioned to the students that their kata looked dead. It appeared to me as though they were so concerned about doing the moves correctly that they lost the purpose and meaning of the kata.


The students were asked to do the forms again but to let it go. In other words, add passion and excitement to their moves and be outrageous.


So the students did their kata again. They were passionate, strong, fluid, and of course outrageous. 

However, they were sloppy. It was at that precise instant I had one of those random moments of clarity, "Kata and life are the same."


In kata, the goal is to find that magical point where total conviction of effort comes together with precise movement. If the kata favors one side or the other, it is less efficient and effective; in other words, incorrect. The kata must have movements that are fully executed with complete commitment. Each move must have total conviction while staying within the precise and limited design of each move. The practitioner must have perfect balance while executing each move with total conviction of absolute effectiveness. Nothing is held back while maintaining proper breath, accurate balance, total focus and effortless movement without tension; an overwhelming task.


Tell me this isn't how life should to be lived? Shouldn't we be living on the edge while maintaining control?


If an individual lives a life that is too controlled, the individual does not grow and will not reach his or her potential, the same as in kata. In addition, resentment and regret develop. But if the individual is too outrageous, the individual is out of control. Danger to one's self or others is imminent. The person loses focus and thus does not reach potential. Again, just as in kata.


 Most of us who have lived any length of time have experienced both sides of this equation. Most of us have experienced the consequences that come with living life too controlled or too outrageous.


So kata is life. They both must be pushed to the limits while maintaining control. No holding back while maintaining discipline. When that moment is found, the individual reaches Nirvana, whether it is kata or living life.


I cannot believe this allegory took this long to become obvious to me. This is something that should have hit me decades ago. But I guess this is why we, or maybe I, need to continue to train and stay humble. Some of us are a little slower than others to see meaningful concepts of learning.


My goal is to keep this philosophy in mind as I do both, kata and living life. Both must be executed with "outrageous control."



Until the next philosophical enlightenment.....

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WKF Update 


by Doug Jepperson

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Last week the WKF World Karate Federation held the 21st World Championships in Paris. I unfortunately was unable to travel to France, but I had a lot of friends over there that I could follow via Twitter, Facebook and email. Even from this distance it was an exciting event.


The WKF created a web page devoted to the event with hourly updates and postings on each division so you could follow your favorites.


The USA made respectable showing with two bronze medals, Brian Ramrup and Sakura Kokumai. Then Cheryl Murphy made it to the round of sixteen in her division. Then Tyler Wolf made it to the round of eight. Our Wado competitor Tom Scott made it to the last eight in the world in a very good division. I glanced at the tree for the -75 divisions and saw many national and European champions. Then on the official front our own Wado referee Dale Gatchalian earned a World Referee license.


To read the rest of this article click HERE.


Doug Jepperson

Park City Karate






K is on the Way



Seishan Kata  

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Ohgami Sensei
by Shingo Ohgami Sensei
from 2000

Seishan kata of Wadokai is one of the Shiteigatas (official kata) of Japan Karate Federation (JKF). JKF has taken two katas from each major style - Shotokanryu, Shitoryu, Gojuryu and Wadoryu - and standardized them. In such a way everyone, regardless of styles, should train katas from other styles and get some knowledge of them. In the official competitions, as far as Japan is concerned, kata competitors must perform katas at least in the first round

according to Shiteigata versions. Shiteigatas are as follows:


                         Jion, Kanku Dai (Kushanku) Shotokanryu

                         Bassai Dai, Seienchin Shitoryu

                         Seipai, Saifa Gojuryu

                         Seishan, Chinto Wadoryu


It means that Seishan kata of Wadokai should be practised not only by Wadokai members but also by other stylists,

which makes this kata more important for us in Wadokai. 


The name, Seishan-Seisan


Until today, it has not been too successful in finding out the original meaning of the names of karate katas, especially those of Shurite. For example we do not know what exactly Kushanku, Bassai or Wanshu mean. All we can do is guessing. Most probably the original names were Chinese in Fukien-dialect, but have been Okinawanized during the history.


But with Seishan we can guess as the number 13 as Sanchin is 3, Seipai is 18, Sanseiru 36 and Suparinpei 108. Let

us look at how 13 is pronounced in various dialects of Chinese and Japanese:


Shih-san      Peking-dialect of Chinese=Mandarin

Se-sei         Shanhai-dialect of Chinese

Sei-san       Fukien-dialect of Chinese

Tsa-san      Taiwan-dialect of Chinese

Sap-sam     Kanton-dialect of Chinese

Ju-san        Japanese


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What is Karate


 Robert Hunt



If you're impatient, here's the summary - karate is a martial art born on the tiny island kingdom of Okinawa of Chinese ancestry, absorbed into the culture of Japan in the middle of the twentieth century and conveyed to the rest of the world shortly thereafter at the end of the Second World War. But there's a lot more.



Shuri Castle, Okinawa

            Because of our desire to understand life, we often try to box it all up in easy-to-digest packets that we can set on our brain shelves and feel comfortable about. Religions are like that, trying to wrap enlightenment in ribbon and convince the world it's true. But it can't be done. We can't explain supernatural with natural concepts, it's impossible. The Tao that can be named isn't the true Tao. If you can describe God, it isn't God.



            Karate feels like religion in that way. We want a definition, but there is no definition that can contain all the protruding corners of the art, no matter how many exotic names we come up with. It defies containment. The moment we hold down one corner, another pops up. First it's this kind of martial art, then that one, then it's a way to enlightenment, then physical fitness, history, Olympic aspiration, you name it. It can't be confined. It's human experience. It's life. Try to come up with one word that describes your entire life.


Robert Hunt
Sensei Hunt



To read the rest of this article click HERE  


Sensei Hunt holds Dan ranks in Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu and Shotokan.


 He is the author of the book "The Art and the Way". Click the title to get information about this book. To order the book click HERE.


You can contact Sensei Hunt at steelmoon@hushmail.com



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





Surprising the Master

The students in the monastery were in total awe of the elder monk, not because he was strict, but because nothing ever seemed to upset or ruffle him. So they found him a bit unearthly and even frightening. One day they decided to put him to a test. A bunch of them very quietly hid in a dark corner of one of the hallways, and waited for the monk to walk by. Within moments, the old man appeared, carrying a cup of hot tea. Just as he passed by, the students all rushed out at him screaming as loud as they could. But the monk showed no reaction whatsoever. He peacefully made his way to a small table at the end of the hall, gently placed the cup down, and then, leaning against the wall, cried out with shock, "Ohhhhh!"



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


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WIKF Wado Karate Seminars 



 Sensei Jon Wicks

WIKF World Chief Instructor

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Sensei Wicks
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Winter Seminar 2012 

November 30, December 1 & 2

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Instructor: Sensei Nash


Subscription Limited Seminar:

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Winter Camp 2012



Shingo Ohgami 8th dan

Wado Kai


December 7-9, 2012


Herrljunga, Sweden


For more detailed information click HERE 



Suzuki Cup 

The late
Master Suzuki.



December 8, 2012


Location: The Plano Center
Plano, Texas




An action packed USA Karate sanctioned karate tournament with participants from across Texas, Colorado, Utah, Tennessee, South Carolina, Chicago and others!

The tournament finishes with a strong adult team kumite division to decided the winner of the Suzuki Cup! Bring your team and fight for the Cup!
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Sensei Burns

Referees! We have a course for you with WKF Referee Committee Member Fariba Madani on Friday evening. We offer a kata and kumite certification course!

This year a special kumite seminar on Friday evening with former US Team Member and current USA National Coach Tommy Hood AND current US Team Member Tom Scott! Don't miss this opportunity!

For additional information
Contact Sensei Brody Burns
For information packet click HERE

2nd Wado Masters


Sakagami Sensei

Sensei May


December 14 & 15, 2012 


Peter May
Sensei May

For Additional and Complete Information
Click HERE 

Arizona Karate Championship & USA Karate National Qualifier


Grand Canyon University Arena



Sunday March 3, 2013

AW photo
Ray Hughes



Grand Canyon University Arena

3300 W. Camelback Rd.

Phoenix, Arizona


More information to follow 


USA Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Remnei Championships
Hosted by Nishimura Sensei
Shoji Nishimura
Nishimura Sensei

March 24, 2013

Tesor High School
1 Tesoro Creek Rd.
Los Flores, CA. 92688

For additional information (949)233-2691
Addition Wado Information
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 Moral Wisdom

"Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt"


Minna Antrim

American writer 1861-1950