The following conversation could be about any style or organization and is not a judgment of the style mentioned below.
While at the USA Karate Nationals in South Carolina, I was discussing kata with a fellow referee. He was displeased with the way kata has been tweaked over the past couple of years. I'm not sure if he said he had trained directly under Master Hayashi or if he was just a student in the Hayashi-Ha system, but he felt it was wrong to make any changes in traditional kata.
After listening for a while, I asked him if Master Hayashi hadn't made changes to the kata he learned from his predecessors?
Of course the conversation came to an abrupt end, although not in a negative way, probably because I didn't say it in a judgmental manner. I honestly would like to have heard his views on the subject.
My question is - when is it OK to make changes in traditional kata? Most of us would probably say never, yet many of the masters we follow have made substantial changes to these traditional katas.
If it was acceptable for these renowned masters, why is it unacceptable now? Have there been no great masters since? Are we saying there will never be great masters again?
People call it heresy to change our traditional katas, but it was accepted for the old masters to change the katas they inherited. Maybe in their day they were called heretics, but now are praised.
When is it OK to drive a stake into the ground and say this is the correct way of doing a kata and everything before is discounted and any changes are heresy?
I understand why some of our karate forebears may have tweaked these old traditional katas. They possibly wanted the forms to follow their personal philosophy of movement and application, or maybe they simply wanted to put their own stamp on their karate. Whatever their reasons, I have no problem with them.
I guess my problem is with people who complain about recent changes in kata but who come from systems that have
I actually have no answers to these questions. These are simply thoughts and questions from someone who is getting older and trying to look at the big picture of modern karate.
Until the next question, keep kicking and punching.
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Doug Jepperson Suffers Heart Attack
Many of you may not know that Doug Jepperson, a principle of this newsletter and a very close friend of mine, suffered a heart attack July 12, at the USA Karate Nationals. It was a serious situation and we're fortunate that Doug survived.
Please read the attached article, published in the WIKF Dojo Connection newsletter, describing the circumstances of Doug's heart attack and an overview of his present health condition.
To read article click HERE
Like many full time karate instructors, Doug does not have health insurance. He is facing a catastrophic medical bill. If you would like to help, please click the link below. Thank you from all of Doug's friends.
Wado Books & Information
Editor's note: There are many Wado practitioners in the world that do not have access to Wado books and literature for one reason or another. In this section we will publish key parts of Wado books and direct the reader to where they can be purchased. We will publish the author's introductions and philosophies but not the technical components of the book.
We are continuing with another writing from Master Otsuka's book Wado Ryu Karate, published by Masters Publication. This book can be purchased at Amazon.com.
Words and Actions are Never Separated from Each Other
The difficult task of establishing peace cannot be accomplished with the martial arts mentality alone. What exactly is peace?
Questions such as how to bring such peace about into society cannot even begin to be answered by ordinary, everyday individuals like myself. Politics, economics, science, education, religion, rationality, philosophy, fine arts, etc., all play a part undoubtedly. More than likely, it would be a combination of one or more of the above to reach a solution that can be true.
However, even if this consensus is reached, the idea on its own will not bring peace. In order to actualize the idea, a powerful, driving force would become necessary; in other words, the ability to perform decisive actions. The martial arts mentality is the ability to bring peace and order. One cannot be interrupted by obstructions on his path towards what is right; he must strive and possess the ability to actualized his objectives. But decisive action alone will involve danger.
It is obvious that one must combine independence with reason and high admirable ideals when performing whatever action he performs. Also, high knowledge must be achieved through high levels of education. Also to be able to utilize the knowledge gained through high levels of education. Also, to be able to utilize the knowledge gained through words and grammar is also a strength of the martial arts mentality. High levels of grammatical and sematic ability are what allows one to properly and effectively realize or exhibit the martial arts mentality. Regardless of how high one's martial grammatical abilities are, if both components are not equal in proportion to each other, grave disastrous harm may result. Hence words and action, like wings to a bird, are never separate from eachother.
"Looked for, they cannot be seen. Listened for, they cannot be heard."
So said blind Master Po about Shaolin Priests in the opening of the classic TV movie Kung Fu
I've known for years that the Shaolin monastery influenced Okinawan karate. I first heard those mesmerizing words from Master Po, the blind Shaolin Priest, in 1969, early in my journey through the karate maze. But now, almost a half century later, I have come to realize just how relevant the Shaolin was to the veritable existence of the Okinawan martial arts.
It goes back at least as early as the Ming Dynasty in China (1368 -1644) and its connection to Okinawa as well as the fabled "36 families." But I'll get to all that in a bit.There are volumes to tell about the Ming Dynasty, too many for these couple of pages, but the key for us is that the Ming supported the Shaolin monastery and its martial arts. They even used the Shaolin priests as a sort of mercenary army, including against Japanese pirates, the Wako, who plagued the Chinese coast. (Sounds like fodder for a Kung Fu flick.) In short, the Shaolin flourished during the Ming years, encouraged by the Ming emperors, and allegiant to them ever after.
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Sensei Hunt holds Dan ranks in Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu and Shotokan.
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MARTIAL ARTS HUMOR
The great Taoist master Chuang Tzu once dreamt that he was a butterfly fluttering here and there. In the dream he had no awareness of his individuality as a person. He was only a butterfly. Suddenly, he awoke and found himself laying there, a person once again. But then he thought to himself, "Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?"
We all need a little Zen in our Lives. If you have a story, please send it in.
New Wado Book Release
Karate Is Self-Defense
by Wado practitioner Mathew C. Matson
Karate is Self-Defense; Karate was developed as a civilian form of self-defense. It is more than just physical techniques, it is a way of life, a way of thinking about the safety of you and your loved ones. Karate develops a mindset that will help over come obstacles and achieve goals. The habits and mindset developed in karate apply to all aspects of life including practical application for real world situations. "Karate is Self-Defense" contains over 350 photographs displaying technique, a brief history of martial arts focusing on Japanese Karate, non-fighting aspects of self-protection,responsibilities when dealing with a, physical conflict and the aftermath as well as physical techniques and drills that can aid in training for physical defense. Soft cover and kindle versions available. http://www.amazon.com/Karate-Is-Self-Defense-Matthew-Matson/dp/1481034901/
WIKF Wado Karate Seminars
Sensei Jon Wicks
WIKF World Chief Instructor
International Wado Summer Karate Open Course 2013
Instructor - Yoshihiko Iwasaki Shihan
Venue; Gyomaendrod, Hungary
Date; Sunday 4th - Friday 9th August 2013
Events will be included as below
Traditional Wado Karata inc Kumite, Kata and Ohyo Waza (Application arts), Refree course, Kumite Competition and Dan grading,
Early morning training 6.30am includes Taichi (Ki exercise)
For additional information:
Additional Information and Application click HERE
|Swiss Takagi Seminar
September 6,7, & 8, 2013
For additional information click HERE
7th WIKF World Championships
September 20-22, 2013
For additional information click HERE
Wado Aiwakai Karate-Do Federation
presents the 2013
JKF Wado Kai Masters' Course
Teaching Masters: Takagi Hideho, 8th dan
and four other instructors
Septemptem 27-29, 2013
To view poster click HERE
For Dan Grading Fees click HERE
For Masters' Course-Delegate's Guide click HERE
Top Of Texas Traditional Karate Championships
Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Room
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Host and Promoter: Lee Gray
Amarillo Martial Arts Center
For Additional information
Irish Karate Association
Irish Karate Association Wado-Ryu have great pleasure in inviting your club/students to Our International Open Karate Competition, on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th of October 2013 in the Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow.
For more information click HERE
27e Coupe de Kayl the Luxemboug
October 19-20, 2013
For more information click HERE
"Those who gain experience while retaining firm hold on a beginner's state of mind become long-term survivors. "
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzalez page 284.