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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.
Subservience Response
Edward Smith
Sensei Edward Smith

Hi Ray, this is Ed Smith from California. I read your last article & the current one w/ great interest. Great question/topic. I didn't respond to the original article because I wanted to see what Wado folks had to say.  As you may know, I'm 1/2 Japanese, raised in Japan my 1st 5 yrs of life and have returned several times to vacation w/ relatives as well as train. Without sounding like a know-it-all, I'd like to offer my 2 cents (from a cross-cultural perspective).

Most " Gaijin " (non-Japanese) misunderstand the Japanese culture-set involved in the act of loyalty because the basic premise is different from Western concepts. From my POV, Western loyalty is based on the concept of "Strength of numbers". If you join, you help strengthen the group (tribe, association, family, political party, etc.). Strength of numbers then provides the individual with more and/or better stuff (land, money, bragging rights, etc.). Essentially, "What can I get out of this?"

Although this isn't absent from the Japanese mentality, there is a concept that's even more elemental.  Japanese society & culture dates back over 1500 years and the core value has remained unchanged to this day.  What I'm referring to is "Obligation", which on the surface, seems to only flow one way - from down to up (employee to supervisor, son to father, soldier to officer). However, this isn't the case. The Confucian precepts, that have been an integral part of the fabric of Japanese culture, decrees that obligation flows both ways. Sadly, in all cultures, those at the top tend to warp this concept to their own advantage.

My point? What is defined as "Subservience" when following a leader should be considered your obligation to give the sensei your best effort because the sensei is providing you with the fruits of his best efforts (which he gained via obligation to his sensei). The more you give, the more you get. Essentially, "What can I do for my sensei/the group?"

I believe that if any sensei restricts his student from expanding his knowledge and skills, it may be due to his own insecurity or the wrong message having been taught to him. This is a form of mental/emotional slavery that prevents Obligation to run down. Even if a sensei allows a student to seek (whatever) beyond the walls of the dojo and the student never returns, it is the student's life to do with as the student sees fit - for better or worse. If that student realizes (like Dorothy) that "there's no place like home", he should be welcomed back to share what he discovered. In so doing, it may prevent other students from repeating the bad decision.

I hear other sensei complain about students leaving and I know their frustration. But forcing an iron hand to quell dissent may work in the short term, but will eventually backfire. History has proven this. If any student, including high-ranking instructors feel that they are "Subservient", how will they feel if they ever have to care for a loved one with a debilitating medical condition?

I hope that this Shito-ryu practitioner hasn't worn out his welcome w/ this lengthy essay. Maybe it will mean something - maybe not. Thanks just the same.

Ed Smith
Shito-ryu Shukokai Union, USA   

I still teach Wado-ryu as a traditional system and Not A Sport!!!


Sorry if I am out of line or step on a few toes...
Sensei O'riley
Sensei O'Riley



 We have way too many big heads thinking they know what is best..  American egos I like to say.  It is not our system guys! Y  It belongs to the family that started it...  We may have the rite to change what we teach and how we teach it.  However if we do we should get ride of the name Wado and whatever you want to put after it in your organization.   If you want to change it then leave it period.  It is not ours to change and the old master would roll in his grave as you change it...  We have so many federations and organizations due to ego and disgruntled students wanting to take over.  It happened first in Japan and is now happening all over the world..  Wado-Kai split due to a power struggle.. Never should have happened.    Wado International was formed after Suzuki Sensei's teacher passed.  I get that!  Wado Independent!!!!   Just more students not wanting to follow their teachers for what ever reason.   Disgruntled students with a better way I guess.  How can we expect our students to be loyal and structured if we think we have a better way and refuse to follow our teachers... Can't teach what you don't do guys!!!.  If we are not careful we will be another Tae-kwon-do group with no head of state.  Everyone thinks they can teach as well as run a school in that system with no authenticity due to following no Master.   If you feel you know Wado then leave it alone and teach it as you know it.  Find out more about what you don't know about Wado and add it to your teachings.     I am sure none of know it all!   If you find a method of teaching Wado that works for you and your students, looks like Wado product, and works like Wado it meant to work,  then by all means do so in the name of Wado.  However removing things not removed by the late Otsuka Sensei is not our rite and bastardizes the system we claim to teach.   Stop inventing your own group and calling it Wado.  Someone will be wanting to be the head of that group so you may as well follow one that is authentic...



  Teach Wado or stop calling it Wado!




Steven W O'Riley
Wado Karate Centers
Antioch and Smyrna TN.



WIKF Wado Karate Seminars



WIKFSensei Jon Wicks

WIKF World Chief Instructor 





 Seminars are open to all Wado practitioners    


Jon Wicks

Sensei Wicks

March 2nd - 4th Norway 

 Contact: Cato Bruarøy  cb@wado.no


March 24th-25th France

Contact: Yumi Nishiguchi  yumi.nishiguchi@orange.fr 

April 13th -14th-15th Finland

Contact: Vantaan Wado-ryu   w1978@mbnet.fi 




Wado Kai Seminar   Manchester UK Wado Kai logo


March 2012


Over the weekend of 2/3/4 of March 2012, we will be hosting a seminar with Shimura sensei and Katsube sensei, senior students of Toru Arakawa sensei 9th Dan. Both instructors are 7th Dan and hold the 1st Kyu Instructor License issued by JKF Wadokai.

The seminar will be held at the MMU Didsbury Sports Centre, located off Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, South Manchester.


The seminar in 2011, saw students from all over the UK as well as some who travelled from further afield including Germany, Hungary and Ireland. It is a good opportunity to meet Wado karateka from different groups and train together. The emphasis is on technical training so is ideal for anyone hoping to takes Dan grade or the Instructor license tests under JKF Wadokai rules.

Register your interest by sending an email to March 2012 Seminar Registration



 additional info

  Tyne Tees JKF Seminar



Ohgami 2
Ohgami Sensei

Wado Ryu Karate Seminar


Shingo Ohgami Sensei 7th Dan JKF


March 9,10, &11, 2012


Swiss Wado Kai Karate Do Renmei






Arizona Karate Championship and USA National Qualifier AZ ASO
& USA Karate Referee Kumite Seminar





Saturday, March 17, 2012


Supai Middle School
6720 E. Continental Ave.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85257


Competition begins 9am sharp

Pre-registration only

Fees:               $45 per contestant      One or more events
Registration cut off: Friday, March 16th, 2012


           $5 discount for USANKF members


 For online registration: KarateTmaster.com 




We reserve the right to combine divisions.


Beginner <1 year of training

Novice 1-2 years of training

Intermediate 2-3 years of training

Advanced 3+ years of training





Non-profit event (501c3pending): all profits to benefit Arizona Karate competitors who compete

at this year's Junior Olympics/Open and the USA Karate National Championships.




WKF (modified) rules apply. Large medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

place. Competitor medals for all non-place teens and younger participants


Referee Seminar

Friday, March 16, 2012


Instructor: Sensei Fariba Madani


For additional information contact: Ray Hughes



To register


 Tournament Hotel


Aloft Tempe


 Aloft hotel front


Aloft Tempe

"AZ Karate Championship"




10 Annual C.T. Patterson Memorial Wado Ryu Championships USEWF
March 24, 2012
Columbia State University
For more information: www.useasternwado.com 

Wado Kai Seminar 

Wado Kai logo 

Sensei Bob Nash


The Dojo of Karate & Fitness
12910 Zuni St. # 200
Westminster, CO 80234



March 23rd, 24th, & 25th 2012 

For specific details of event click HERE




Javier Lozano, Jr.
Owner/Head Instructor
Main: 303.920.4500

The Dojo of Karate & Fitness
Bob Nash
Sensei Nash

Broomfield Fitness Boot Camp
Colorado Women Self-Defense

USA Wado Ryu Karate-Do Renmei

17 Annual Karate Championship
Shoji Nishimura
Nishimura Sensei
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Tesoro High School
1 Tesoro Creek Road
Las Flores, CA 92688



Wado-Ryu USA Inc.
24133 Grayston Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 233-2691

Shingo Ohgami 8:th dan Wadokai

Ohgami 2
Ohgami Sensei

Easter Camp             2012


Time:                   Arrival, Herrljunga, Sweden          13 April (Fri)                  kl.18.00

                           Departure                                   15 April (Sun)                kl.13.00


Place:    Idrotts- och Simhall in Herrljunga / Sport-hall, about  90km from

Gothenburg , and 40 km from Alingsås in Sweden.


For additional information click HERE:



e-mail:      shingo@wadokai.se





Wado-Pentecost Training Course 2012


The Connection between Wado Ryu and Shindo Yoshin Ryu

Shuzo Imai Sensei
Imai Sensei

Shuzo Imai (Germany) 8. Dan Wado Ryu





Toby Threadgill (USA)

Menkyo Kaiden, Takamura-Ha Shindo Yoshin Ryu 


Toby Threadgill
Sensei Threadgill




May 26th- May 28th  2012

In Berlin




For complete details click HERE


Wado Summer camp europe

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





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




Martial Art Humor 

Martial shinkendo  

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 




Tea Combat

A master of the tea ceremony in old Japan once accidentally slighted a soldier. He quickly apologized, but the rather impetuous soldier demanded that the matter be settled in a sword duel. The tea master, who had no experience with swords, asked the advice of a fellow Zen master who did possess such skill. As he was served by his friend, the Zen swordsman could not help but notice how the tea master performed his art with perfect concentration and tranquility. "Tomorrow," the Zen swordsman said, "when you duel the soldier, hold your weapon above your head, as if ready to strike, and face him with the same concentration and tranquility with which you perform the tea ceremony." The next day, at the appointed time and place for the duel, the tea master followed this advice. The soldier, readying himself to strike, stared for a long time into the fully attentive but calm face of the tea master. Finally, the soldier lowered his sword, apologized for his arrogance, and left without a blow being struck.



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.


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  






Tommy Hood's SC Championships in March

Jennifer Malloy Tournament Chicago March

MARCH 17, Scottsdale, AZ tournament
contact: Ray Hughes rhughes43@cox.net


April 5, 6, 7, 8, Jr. Olympics, US Open, Las Vegas, NV


April Salt Lake Championships, Amadou Niang


May 5, 6 Denver CO, Rocky Mtn Tournament


May, Nashville, TN,


Hendersonville, TN champ.


June 2, 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

   To order      Koshiki no te Magazine 

 Koshiki  no te 2

Preserving Traditional Wado Karate thoughout Great Britain

Check out this link for all activities in British WadoKai

Additional Wado Information

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March 2012
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In This Issue
Subservience Response
I still teach Wado-Ryu
WIKF Seminars England
Wado Kai England
Wado Kai Masters Seminars
Ohgami Sensei
Az Championships
Wado Ryu Championships
Wado Kai Seminar
Wado Ryu Tournament
Easter Camp
Wado Germany Seminar
Wado Kai Seminar
WIKF Seminar Spain
Martial Art Humor
Zen Stories
Suggested Tournaments
Koshiki no te
British WadoKai Schedule
Additional Wado Information
Featured Article "What is Traditional Wado"

Featured Article

What is Traditional Wado? 

AW photo 
Ray Hughes



I ask this question seriously. I consider myself traditional, yet by some standards I'm not. Everyone I talk to considers themselves traditional Wado. Yet the views, techniques, and curriculum vastly differ. While the majority of the Wado practitioners I communicate with could care  

less about other's curriculum or their status of being traditional or nontraditional, there are those who are quite outspoken of others. And as I listen to these views about 

why they consider themselves traditional while others are not, I wonder at what point do you move from traditional to nontraditional?  



There seems to be three areas that are argued that constitutes a program nontraditional. These areas are sport, business, and are the true movements and techniques that Master Ohtsuka developed being taught.  







The first two, sport and business, may not seem worthy of discussion, yet are brought up constantly in discussion of 

traditionalism. The most common argument about sport is that it is contrary to one of the most important tenants of traditional martial arts; the suppression of ego. Trying to compete for a gold medal contradicts the efforts to develop humility. It is said one should train for the sake of training and not for the purpose to beat a fellow practitioner for a superficial award. How can you be a traditional Wado practitioner if you go against this tenant? 





As I listen to these arguments, I ask myself didn't Master Ohtsuka developed a tournament which still operates to this day? He must have thought there was some value in it. In addition, all three major Wado organizations and a majority of the independent groups operate tournaments. Does this disqualify them as being traditional Wado?




I personally believe in competition. There are skills and knowledge that can be learned from competition that can't be duplicated very well in the dojo. One is learning to 

work effectively under stress. This is a learned behavior and must be practiced while under the pressure of stress. It can't be learned theoretically or by lecture. Stress is an important component the martial arts address for real self defense situations that may occur. In addition to stress, there are other benefits that are developed from competition; strategy, reaction, adaptation, application, and so on. 



Can competition affect one's ego? Absolutely! It is imperative that the instructor discuss the perils of competition. But isn't this a teaching point? What better way to teach and to practice skills to deal with this very cunning enemy than through competition.



One last final point about sport, just as competition does not disqualify a school from being considered traditional, nor does it disqualify a school from being traditional if it elects not to participate in competition. So in my opinion competition has 

nothing to do with traditionalism. 




Business is a topic that drives Wado practitioners crazy. As I have said before, I used to think business was evil. I was brainwashed to think a true traditional Wado instructor should never teach for any financial position. But the question is why can't a practitioner be a good businessman and be a traditional Wado practitioner? Why can't you practice good business skills that generate positive cash flow while practicing good Wado principles on the mats? I must admit my business skills need 

improvement. I treat the practice of business skills as I do the practice of Wado. They have to be practiced and honed on a daily basis. Does this mean I am now not a traditional Wado practitioner? Being rich or poor has nothing to do with your Wado skills. 





Now on to the final argument about what were Master Ohtsuka's movements and techniques. This is the big one. It is argued that to be a traditional Wado practitioner you must study and 

teach the principles and techniques that Master Ohtsuka taught. The question is what are the principles and techniques that were taught by master Ohtsuka? This question is not asked out of a lack of respect. I, like many of you have trained with many of the high profile and reputable old Wado Instructors. Though the principles are pretty much the same, there are variances in some of the techniques. The majority of them have claimed to have trained with the "Old Man" and scoffed at what the other high profile and reputable Wado instructors were teaching. I have heard first hand these instructors say that the others were not teaching traditional Wado. The question is who is traditional and who is not?   



This reminds me of the famous saying, or something close to it, "Be wary of the person who says he knows more than others".  



In addition, how many times have we heard an instructor claim his traditionalism because he attended a seminar or two with these old, high ranking, reputable, high profile instructors? They almost claim to be the disciples of these instructors because they participated in a seminar.  Really? 



One last point, what do you do or say when the techniques that are taught by an instructor, group, or organization are not the same as what Master Ohtsuka did in a video or what is in his books? Does that mean they are not traditional? What if this is your instructor, group, or organization? Things that make you go hmmmm.  



Please send in your thoughts about what makes Wado traditional or not. Thinking and discussion is what will make us all better Wado practitioners, not assumption or speculation.


Until the next saga......





















































































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