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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.
Should I Compete in Competition as a Traditionalist?
The answer to this question is probably more based on the 'motive' for entering the competition in the first place. Yes, Wado karate does promote and encourage competition as part of the training, but this should be purely for the progression of the individual's need for self-improvement, attainment and realisation. We should not consider tournament as the 'be-all and end-all' of Wado Karate. Karate Kick

As already stated; competition forms only PART of our Wado training, so should be considered no more than part of the usual trials and challenges of training and not considered the 'end-product', which many of the 'All-Styles Sport-Karate' organisations seem to continually promote.

We do Wado for self-improvement not for ego, tokens or trinkets. Remember, karate was originally created as a 'fighting-art' for self-preservation, so the competition arena is probably best placed as the closest test of our fighting abilities and skills; both mentally and physically.

Gary Swift. British Wado Federation.
Pinan Kata
By Ben Pollock
Part 1 of a 7 part series 

Introduction to Pinan


Pinan kata in Wadoryu karatedo form five of the nine core kata of the style1. Pinan kata are trained in Shotokanryu (using the Japanese pronunciation Shitoryu and various Okinawan styles from the Shorinryu group or so called Shuri-te  originated schools2.   



 In some of the Okinawan schools and some of the Shitoryu3 schools they are considered basic or unsophisticated kata. In Wadoryu karatedo the Pinan kata are extremely important. It could be said that Otsuka Sensei has succeeded in modifying Pinan kata to the extent that their practice is fundamental to the development of good Wadoryu technique.   



Pinan kata: early history  




It is believed that Pinan kata are the invention or the adaption of Itosu Anko (1831  1915). Itosu apparently modified and created various kata so that some 'Old Style' exist alongside the Itosu variant. Passai kata is a good example of this Bassai of Wado, Shotokan and Shito (JKF Shitei kata) are all Itosu type Bassai kata. There are also the older versions - perhaps pre 1900's - such as Matsumura no Passai, Tomari no Passai, Motobu no Passai etc. These are not so dissimilar to those Itosu type Passai / Bassai but distinctive enough to be classified by name.   




Inventing useful kata is not so easy. One theory is that Pinan kata are a modification of another kata or group of kata, known as the Channan kata. An alternative theory is that Itosu created these kata from Kushanku.   


Whichever theory is correct, the fact remains that Itosu introduced these kata into the teaching curriculum for school children in Okinawa, a physical education programme in which he himself was instrumental in establishing. It should be noted that several of the better known names of the Okinawan karate community - Yabu, Funakoshi, Mabuni et al, were involved as school teachers too and indeed, were students of Itosu.    




When Funakoshi Gichin began karate training, he wrote that he trained only the Naihanchi kata for the first ten years4. The Naihanchi kata were supposedly the basic kata of the period, at least in the Shuri-te traditions.  Something simpler was required to teach school children and Pinan kata is sometimes suggested as the most suitable for this. However, Nagamine Shoshin talks about the creation of the Fukyu kata5 for this very same purpose even though his style, Matsubayashiryu, has both these and the Pinan kata within their curriculum.   


Naihanchi is quite a difficult kata to teach to anything more than a small group. Okinawan karate was, until its introduction to the school system, taught in small group situations, there were no established dojo until much later in the 20th Century. What we see with the introduction of karate to the Okinawan school system is the first large group training and the beginnings of the systemisation of karate training, in other words the emergence of the modern day approach to karate instruction.  




 Credit: The author acknowledges the generous assistance of karate historians Shingo Ohgami and Graham Noble 





 Reference notes:



1 Otsuka states this in his original 1950's book and in the 1970 reprint, "Karate Do". 





2 Shuri, Naha and Tomari are the three towns on Okinawa in which karate, Te or Tode were predominantly, but not exclusively found. Historians have tended to classify the old karate by reference to these towns although they are actually located very close together.


3 There are many branches of Shitoryu, for example Tani-ha, Itosu Ryu, Kenshinkan etc.

4 Funakoshi Gichin, Karate Do: "My Way of Life" . However researcher Fujiwara has speculated that he may actually have trained Suparinpei kata prior to this under Taite Kojo (Ryozo Fujiwara. "Kakutogi no Rekishi".



5 See Okinawan Karate  by Nagamine, pp104.  The Fukyu kata are also in Chojin Miyagi's Goju Ryu and Nagamine suggests these were a joint development by Miyagi and Nagamine, although judging from their age; Miyagi was the senior karate-ka of the two.   








Martial Art Humor 

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 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 






Working Very Hard

A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, "I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it." The teacher's reply was casual, "Ten years." Impatiently, the student answered, "But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I will practice everyday, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?" The teacher thought for a moment, "20 years."



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.



Jon Wicks

Sensei Wicks

Wado Karate Seminars



Sensei Jon Wicks

WIKF World Chief Instructor 


 Click here to see schedule





Wado-Pentecost Training Course 2012


The Connection between Wado Ryu and Shindo Yoshin Ryu

Shuzo Imai
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


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

 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




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




  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
8th Scottish International Karate Open Championships  
Calun, Mark, David 4-12

Left to Right: Calun Robb, Mark Wylie, David Bolton

Team-Gold Medal

April 21-21, 2012

Tournament and Calum Robb
overview 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  







May 5, 6 Denver CO, Rocky Mtn Tournament


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

Please check out this link for additional Wado Information:

MAY 2012
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In This Issue
Should I compete-Article
Pinan Kata-Article
Martial Art Humor
Zen Stories
WIKF Seminars England
Wado Germany Seminar
Fighting Spirit Challenge
Ohgami Sensei Camp
Sensei Danubio Camp
Summer Course-Shiomitsu Sensei
Wado Kai Seminar
Article Headline
WIKF Seminar Spain
Wado Kai Masters Seminars
Wado Kai Masters Seminar
Scottish Championship
Suggested Tournaments
British WadoKai Schedule
Additional Wado Information
Featured Article "Change"

Featured Article


AW photo 
Ray Hughes



Our mission with this newsletter is to help keep the Wado enthusiast informed about upcoming events and distribute information to them in a non biased manner.  That means we need to pass along the information they want to read. Though It is understood that this newsletter can't do everything for everyone, it can do what the majority requests.


A common suggestion has been to increase the number of articles and shorten the information on the seminars and special events.  A majority of readers say they really enjoy reading the articles but would like to skim over the seminar information a little more quickly.


So starting with this month's issue you will notice some changes to the format. We will list articles at the beginning, followed with some humor and Zen thoughts, go through the seminar and special events, and then end with a philosophical thought or statement.


We will start making the seminar information briefer with links to the bulk of the information. This will allow readers to quickly look over the events and go to the ones they are interested in.


As far as the articles go, please summit what you have. People want to read about historical perspectives, opinions, and thoughts.  It can be about Wado or martial arts in general.  Don't assume that everyone has seen the material you have.  Old material is new to someone that has not yet read it.


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