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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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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.

I think you should know this About Karate-Do


Doug Jepperson




Karate-do means the "Way" of karate. It is a journey, which begins with the physical and ends with the spiritual.


I often heard that martial arts were not about fighting, but I did not understand this.


I heard that we train for other purposes than the physical exercise, but I did not understand this.


I heard that we train in martial arts to lose our ego, but I did not understand this.

Now years later I still understand less than I should, but I know this, you train to discipline your mind. Training consistently is difficult, it is painful, and boring and surprisingly for me, it does not get easier the longer you do it. You train to get past the ego. You train alone. You train to work in the struggle, not win in it. You train to strengthen your spirit, the indomitable spirit, the unconquerable spirit.

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Martial Art Humor 


You might be a martial artist if....

You find yourself casually standing in a half cat stance.
You trip, go into a roll and come up in a fighting stance. In church.
You answer your boss Ussss.
You put your hands together in a martial arts bow position (one hand open the other closed) after grace at the dinner table.
You tie your bathrobe belt in a square knot. Then check to make sure the ends are exactly even.
You accept change from the cashier using a perfect knife hand with the thumb carefully tucked in.
Every time you handle a screwdriver or razor knife, etc. You just can't help changing grip from hammer to reverse to flip over to dagger grip etc. And your shop help is standing cautiously far, far away from you.
When you're outside doing landscaping/gardening you "practice" with all the neat weapons.

  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 








There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympathetically. "May be," the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. "How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed. "May be," replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. "May be," answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. "May be," said the farmer.



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.


Christina Gutz


Wado-Pentecost Training Course 2012 in Berlin


"Koryu lives a little bit in Wado. Shindo Yoshin Ryu and Wado are like cousins." (Toby Threadgill)



About 170 participants from Germany, Hungary, Austria, Finland, Portugal, Spain and France met at the traditional Wado-Pentecost Training Course 2012 in Berlin. The Training was led by Shuzo Imai (8. Dan Wado Ryu) and Toby Threadgill (Menkyo Kaiden, Takamura-Ha Shindo Yoshin Ryu).


Wado ryu was founded by Hironori Otsuka (1892 - 1982) and is based on two pillars: The Shindo Yoshin Ryu and Okinawa-Karate. The aim of the training course was to show the historical connection between SYR and Wado. Particular objectives of the course were to develop speed and power through relaxation, the principle of Tai Otoshi, Omote and Ura versions of the Tantodori Kata and different methods of power generation within the Idori Kata.




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Wado Pent2012
From left to right: Bernd Alscher (2. Chairman Wadokai Deutshland Sohonbu, 5. Dan Wado Ryu), Toby Threadgill (Menkyo Kaiden TSYR), Marie-Luise Weber (Consultant Wado Ryu Germany), Shuzo Imai Sensei (8. Dan Wado Ryu), Christina Gultz (Consultant Wado Ryu Berlin, 1. Chairwoman Wadokai Deutschland Sohonbu, 5. Dan Wado Ryu)



 Koshikinote new

Bespoke Karate figurines

Handmade in the U.K. by Karateka




cast Kushanku

First in the Wado series is Kushanku





CONTACT bespokekaratetrophies@hotmail.co.uk 

These figures are only available from this address at present



Jon Wicks

Sensei Wicks

Wado Karate Seminars



Sensei Jon Wicks

WIKF World Chief Instructor 


 Click here to see schedule





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Wado Kai

Summer Camp 2012

Roberto Danubio Sensei
July 8-12, 2012 

For additional details click  HERE

USA-NKF Dan Grading

Wado Dan Grading

at USA Karate Nationals July 10, 2012, Ft. Lauderdale Florida.


Register to take the Dan grading exam on line


This rank is in the Wado section and will conform to Wado training and technique, test with USA Karate, the official karate organization of the US Olympic Committee.


For more information contact: Doug Jepperson USA Karate Technical Committee, doug@parkcitykarate.com, or the National Office


This does not replace your style specific rank, but supplements it. In order to one day receive a World Karate Federation, (the largest karate organization in the world), you must have your country's dan grade. And it never hurts your school to have Dan grading associated with US Olympic Committee.


 Summer Course

Shiomitsu Sensei



Hungary 11-15. 07. 2012


The summer course will take place at Csopakon just like last year.


The course fee is 70.000 HUF/person. Price includes the trainings, breakfast-lunch-supper, accomodation all together.


Schedule for the course:
  • 06:30-07:30 Early morning training
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00-14:00 Training with Shiomitsu 9. Dan Hanshi
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 18:00 Supper

For accomodation and meals only, for family memebers coming along but not training 40.000 HUF/person.


Hope to see you at our summer course,


Wado-Ryu Academy, HUNGARY

contact: torontali.robert@gmail.com




A Unique Opportunity Featuring Senior Instructors
WILLIAM MILLERSON,  7th Dan, WIKF World President
DAN WALLIS,              7th Dan, WIKF World Secretary
KEN CORRIGAN,                 7th Dan, World Technical Committee
ARTURO GIRONA,    7th Dan ,World Technical Committee
TOM KOSSLOW,                  7th Dan, World Technical Committee
PEDRO RODRIQUEZ,         7th Dan, World Technical Committee
WHERE:        Oxford College Campus, Emory University
                         Oxford,Georgia USA/ Near the Atlanta Airport
WHEN:    July 19, 20, 21, 22, 2012
Contact Tom Kosslow, Camp Director at:    tjkosslow@yahoo.com


Wado Summer camp europe

International Wado Summer Karate Course 2012 
Iwasaki Sensei


All Wado Karate-Ka welcomeVenue; Gyomaendrod, Hungary
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
Iwasaki Sensei




Miguel Massee,5th Dan.

Assistant of WIKF General Secretary

Wim Massee, 7th Dan.

Vicepresident of the WIKF Europe

President WIKF Spain

Member of the world technical commission





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


Karate black belts and advanced brown belts interested in Wado are welcome to attend the seminar. The course will cover the advanced principles of Wado Karate as taught by the Japan Karatedo Federation Wado-Kai. Eligible participants who attend the seminar may also take a Dan examination.


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: 


Takagi Sensei
Takagi Sensei


Wado Kai Masters Seminar 

Dr. Hideho Takagi Sensei
Kato Shigeru Sensei
September 15 &16, 2012
Southampton, England
For additional information click  HERE

  Tyne Tees JKF Seminar



Sport Karate Gasshuku


Hendersonville, TN

Sept 28-30, 2012


For kumite training, US National elite 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

Joe Valdez
Sensei Valdez

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

(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

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  








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


Westen Zone tournament Sacramento, August


Suzuki Cup, Dallas Texas, November

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:

July 2012
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In This Issue
Karate Article
Martial Art Humor
Zen Stories
Wado-Pentecost Training
Koshiki no Te
Kushanku Figurine
WIKF Seminars England
Sensei Danubio Camp
USA-NKF Wado Dan Grading
Summer Course-Shiomitsu Sensei
Wado Kai Seminar
Iwasaki Sensei Seminare
WIKF Seminar Spain
Wado Kai Dan Grading
Wado Kai Masters Seminar
Wado Kai Masters Seminars
Sport Karate Gasshuku
2012 Ajari Cup
Suggested Tournaments
British WadoKai Schedule
Additional Wado Information
Featured Article "Father Time"

Featured Article   


Is Father Time the demise of the modern karate "Style"?


AW photo 
Ray Hughes





As time passes in this modern martial arts world, the question asked is Father Time slowly destroying the "Style" arts of Karate. During my martial arts life I have seen a slow and growing pressure being applied to the "style" arts of karate. It has been so subtle many have not noticed and those who have seem to pay little attention to its possible consequences.

The core and soul of a "style" is its curriculum. Without this curriculum there is no style, just a generic system. As we all know, the Wado curriculum is fairly sophisticated and relatively immense. This curriculum includes the standard practice of beginning and advance basics, 9 to 15 katas, tanto (knife) dori, idori (kneeling), tachi (sword) dori, kihon kumite, and other drills and exercises that are unique to each of the various Wado groups. It is these moves and philosophies that give Wado its "style".




Father Time has recruited three enemies to attack the curriculum of all the "style" arts; technology, demographics, and today's modern challenges. These enemies have put extreme pressure on the present day instructor, thus adversely affecting the curriculums of the "styles". Eventually, these curriculums will be so beleaguered that they may disappear. 


So how are Father Time and his associates slowly destroying the curriculums of the "Style" arts? We are all aware of the rapid changes our world has experienced over the past several decades. The most significant contributor to this change has been in the field of technology. It is technology that is the main culprit in this slow assault on our styles.




When many of us started training in the sixties and seventies, we put in more hours of training during the week than our present day counterparts. This is not to say we were more disciplined or more fanatical than these counterparts, we simply had nothing else to do other than go down to the dojo and train several hours a day throughout the week. We were not battling the internet, I-Phones, and television with 300 stations. As technology has expanded, weekly training time has deteriorated.  



This dilemma of trying to teach a complete curriculum to students who train fewer hours a week has presented a daunting problem for the present day instructor. It has forced the instructor to be more creative in trying to cover the complete curriculum in less time. It has caused many schools to extend the length of time to get to different Dan levels, some have shortened the size of the curriculum and others have let their quality slip in an effort to cover the complete curriculum.



In addition to this battle with technology, the present day instructor is also battling the changes of student demographics. The majority of today's students are children. The original style curriculums were never designed for children. The majority of the Wado curriculum is too technical and tedious for children. The present day instructor has had to modify his or her teaching methods to accommodate kids, thus further making it difficult to stay on top of the complete Wado curriculum.





Finally, present day instructors are battling different issues than those of past teachers. Today's instructors face students with different training mentalities, wrestle with safety and legal issues, battle competition from a variety of areas for student's time and money, and of course try to manage the above mentioned areas of reduced training time and changing demographics. On top of all of this, the instructor wants to make sure their students can defend themselves.  



We all agree that students need more than the simple desire to defend themselves in order to stay in the arts long term. However, self defense is still a priority issue. Many instructors feel the need to replace some of the ritualized training routines with drills they feel will give their students better chances to defend themselves in the student's early training.


In conclusion, today's instructors are battling time issues that affect the curriculum they teach their students. Present day instructors are trying to teach more in less time. Something's got to give.


So what now? First, this is simply an observation of the big picture of the "style" arts. The fact is things change. Today's karate is not what karate was in the 1930's; the 30's were not like the late 1800's, and so on. That's just the way it is. However, being aware of change is important. There are things that may be addressed that can solve some of these issues. The key is to be aware.



If you have thoughts on this issue, please send them in. Thinking, dialogue, and communication are the secrets for success.





















































































































































































































































































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