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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.
Pinan Kata
By Ben Pollock
Continuation from last month's article 

 When Gichin Funakoshi began teaching karate in Tokyo in 1922, he included the five kata. In 1928, Mabuni Kenwa came to Tokyo before resettling in the Kansai area. Mabuni stayed in Tokyo for nearly a year and we know that through Funakoshi, Otsuka met Mabuni and was able to train kata with him. However, Otsuka  only  had a limited opportunity to train with Mabuni Kenwa because he was still working for a living then, he was not a fulltime instructor until later, long after Mabuni settled in the West of Japan where it would not have been possible for Otsuka to have regular training with him.  If we look at the development of the Pinan kata in the Shotokanryu, we can see two significant changes. First of all, Funakoshi Sensei changed the names of the kata to the Japanese reading of the kanji. This happened in the 1930's, a period of ultra nationalism in Japan and particularly anti Chinese feeling. Hence the Pinan became the Heian.

 Funakoshi also switched around the names of the first two kata, so that Pinan Nidan became Pinan Shodan whilst Pinan Shodan was renamed as Heian Nidan. Thus, in Shotokanryu, they learn Heian Shodan and then Heian Nidan, whereas in Wado, Shito, Shorin ryu etc, the corresponding kata are Pinan Nidan first then Pinan Shodan second6.




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Meditation meditation

How many of you announce MOKUSU at the end of class and hope that this moment of mediation will be over quickly?

We are lucky enough to have a Shambala Meditation group in our dojo each Monday night at 7:30 pm, Jim Sindt is one of the practitioners, read what he says about meditation.

Doug Jepperson



I'm scared.

Scared of how my legs will feel.  My feet and legs will cramp and go numb.  I'm scared of how my "mind" will act.  It's like letting a horse out in a field.  Where will it go?  What will it do?  Will it get bored and start gnawing on a tree? The endless speculation is more interesting than knowing.

I'm scared of silence. Scared of making friends with myself. If I ignore it, it will go away, right? I don't want to slow down. I want to experience life as from the window of a car going 75 miles per hours and the people and scenery of my life whizzing by without any real engagement on my part.  I don't want to participate in my life, I want to let it happen to me. I find it easier to be aloof and detached. When I am aloof and detached I don't have to take responsibility for me.

So yes, it comes down to me.  To stay on the "me" plan I need that distance, that gap between me and you, between me and life, between a richness and fullness of life and the fuzzy drizzle of "me".


Jim Sindt is a daily practicioner and student of Shambala.  He sits with a group in Park City Utah at Park City Karate on Monday nights.  He lives in Peoa Utah with his wife Jayanne and three dogs.

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Doug Jepperson

"Eventually, we must give up trying to be something special."~ Chogyam Trungpa


Is that the secret to training in a DO art, giving up our desire to be something special?


I teach an advanced class each week, these students are black belts; black belts who have trained with other instructors in other cities and now they are training with me trying to learn about Wado. These people are all "something special" where they came from. All high ranking and some with a lot of credentials in sport and traditional karate grading.


So what can I teach them? The secrets of Wado? By now most of us know there are no secrets only training. Should I make up stuff? Others do all the time; if you do this technique the real application would kill a charging Rhino. But escalation of secrets is boring in and of itself and does not address the real issue of why we train.


So I struggle with creating a class plan that has real impact on their karate training. As I do this I wonder where real Karate-Do lies. The Shito people will say it is the kata, my Shotokan friends might say it is the technique. Some Wado people say it kumite or the partner drills.


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Martial Art Humor 


 Iai Jinx

  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 







Without Fear

During the civil wars in feudal Japan, an invading army would quickly sweep into a town and take control. In one particular village, everyone fled just before the army arrived - everyone except the Zen master. Curious about this old fellow, the general went to the temple to see for himself what kind of man this master was. When he wasn't treated with the deference and submissiveness to which he was accustomed, the general burst into anger. "You fool," he shouted as he reached for his sword, "don't you realize you are standing before a man who could run you through without blinking an eye!" But despite the threat, the master seemed unmoved. "And do you realize," the master replied calmly, "that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?"



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.

 Koshikinote new


Jon Wicks

Sensei Wicks

Wado Karate Seminars



Sensei Jon Wicks

WIKF World Chief Instructor 


 Click here to see schedule





2012 Fighting Spirit ChallengeUSANKF
USA National Qualifier and Tennessee State Championships
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Joe Valdez Sensei

Joe Valdez
Sensei Valdez
Sensei Valdez welcomes you to the Tennessee State Championships
for additional information click HERE



Utah State Championships 2012

 and USA Karate National Qualifier 

Park City, Utah
June 16, 2012
Doug Jepperson
Doug Jepperson welcomes you to the Utah State Championships and National Qualifier.

For additional information click HERE

Ohgami 2
Ohgami Sensei


Shingo Ohgami 8th Dan

Summer Camp 2012 



Herrljunga, Sweden
June 15 - 17, 2012



for additional information click HERE

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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

Click on 2012 USA Nationals (Ft Lauderdale, FL)


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: 

  Tyne Tees JKF Seminar




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

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  








June, Nashville, TN,


Hendersonville, TN champ.


June 16, 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

Preserving Traditional Wado Karate thoughout Great Britain

Check out this link for all activities in British WadoKai

Additional Wado Information

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June 2012
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In This Issue
Pinan Kata-Article
Article Boredom
Martial Art Humor
Zen Stories
Koshiki no Te
WIKF Seminars England
Fighting Spirit Challenge
Utah Championship
Ohgami Sensei Camp
Sensei Danubio Camp
USA-NKF Wado Dan Grading
Summer Course-Shiomitsu Sensei
Wado Kai Seminar
Article Headline
Iwasaki Sensei Seminare
WIKF Seminar Spain
Wado Kai Dan Grading
Wado Kai Masters Seminars
Wado Kai Masters Seminar
Suggested Tournaments
British WadoKai Schedule
Additional Wado Information
Featured Article "Father Time"

Featured Article   


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


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Ray Hughes




When I started writing this article, I planned on a brief explanation to the question presented.  But as I worked on the article there were areas that caused me concern. I didn't want some of the points to be misinterpreted or misunderstood.


As the article expanded, it was taking me longer to clearly articulate my thoughts.  


As June 1st approached, I started rushing to meet the deadline. I even took a couple of extra June days to get it right. Finally on Sunday evening I gave up, it just wasn't coming out right. Instead of sending something out that I wasn't happy with, I decided to keep working on it and get it out next month. For those of you who write articles, you probably can feel my pain.  



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


As time passes in this modern martial arts world, is Father Time slowly destroying the "Style" arts of Karate? I believe it is. During my martial arts life time I have seen a slow and growing pressure being applied to the "style" arts of karate.


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













































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