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"The only difference between the possible and impossible is one's will"

-Hironori Ohtsuka


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WADOand other martial art information

a Monthly International Newsletter

February 2013
In This Issue
Featured Article "The Most Important Question"
Wado Books
"Never Ending Growth" by Doug Jepperson
Kagami Biraki
"Your Teacher"name...." by Robert Hunt
Martial Arts Humor
Zen Stories
WIKF Seminars
Friendship Cup
Wado Seminar
Arizona Karate Championship
Happy 80th Birthday
USA Wado Ryu Championships
Wa no Kizuna Invitational
Tennessee Championships
Utah State Championships
New Wado book
Kushanku and Chinto Figurines
Koshiki no Te magazine
Moral Wisdom
The Most Important Question!
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I had planned to print Part II "Adult Black Belt Ranks" in this edition. However I had a parent in my program ask a question that needed to be addressed and felt it was important enough to place in this newsletter. The Black Belt Rank article will appear in next month's newsletter.  

Following is the most important question a parent or an adult practitioner should ask when enrolling their child or themselves into a martial art school.


"Since our family is most interested in the learning of self-defense for real world applications, rather than simply belt advancements, I wanted to make sure our boys are in the right classes {school}."


Best regards,



In other words she is asking if this school teaches real self-defense. For a parent or practitioner to make the right decision, they need to understand the following:

  1. What is absolutely necessary to develop self-defense skills
  2. The misleading argument a potential student will hear from an incompetent instructor and school.
  3. How traditional schools teach and why their systems work.

Absolutely Necessary


I wrote in a recently sent out article;


"I have been taught and strongly believe that the ability to effectively defend one's self depends on the close relationship of the individual's mind and physical skill set. When these two areas progress together, the individual's ability to defend one's self improves. These two areas need time to develop. Physical development requires quality instruction with thousands of repetitions and mental development needs maturity and critical thinking with proper instruction over a long period of time."


This process cannot be shortened with reading and listening to lecture. It requires thousands of reps while learning strategy and combat philosophy. There is no other way; enough said.  


The misleading argument


The problem all martial art schools face is getting students to put in the thousands of reps while keeping them engaged and enrolled. Executing thousands of reps can be extremely boring. Many schools try to solve this problem by relying on entertainment at the expense of boring repetitions.


Their presentation to the prospective client is they only work on real life situations and don't waste time on meaningless drills such as forms and basics. On the surface it sounds great and is very enticing to the novice parent or practitioner. All the boring drills have been taken out and only the glamorous techniques are practiced. It tempts the natural desire of all human beings to receive great rewards for little effort. It's the same argument you hear on TV about losing weight by just taking a pill. We know how that works.


Their program starts off with a "cool" self-defense situation with a technique to solve the problem. They'll run through the drill until they see signs of boredom and then quickly move to the next scenario. This keeps the student entertained, engaged, and in "awe" of the instructor's perceived knowledge. It doesn't take a genius to see the flaw of this system. If a student survives (the turnover is high in these programs), you have a student that knows a lot of superficial rubbish.


There are two problems with the above theory of training. First, there are simply not enough repetitions to develop sound mental and muscle memory. Second, and equally important to reps, it does not adequately develop the core basics. There are techniques within techniques. These moves must be broken apart and addressed separately. These individual actions must be practiced thousands of times then put back together and trained as a complete self-defense action thousands of more times. It is similar to the game of golf. A golf player simply doesn't play the game to improve; the practitioner breaks the game down into smaller components and practices them individually. Only after numerous hours of practicing each compartment of the game does the player go out and play the entire game as a whole. This strategy is applied to every sport, art, or endeavor.


The fact of the matter is self-defense techniques require thousands of repetitions and there is no way of getting around it. But with this explicable truth comes another dose of reality; boredom causes many to fail. This needs to be addressed and solved to have any success.     


Why Quality Traditional Programs Work


With the understanding that repetition cannot be avoided and boredom must be addressed and solved, there is basically only one way to do this; the repetition must be somewhat disguised. In other words, make the student think they are doing many types of training while in reality they are doing core development training over and over again.


How is that done? Our martial art forefathers took the majority of self-defense techniques and broke them down. From there they developed a wide variety of basic training routines such as doing individual techniques up and down the floor, kata (organized set of self-defense techniques against a wide variety of attacks), partner drills (open hand, knife and gun defense, etc.), bag and other equipment training, sport training and competition, and so on. So in essence the practitioner is practicing the same techniques over and over again (repetition) in a variety of different drills while minimizing boredom.


In summary, one must put in thousands of repetitions to develop self-defense skills. It is the traditional program that gives the student a wide variety of training drills that develop those core fundamentals while minimizing boredom. But with all of this, the student still must put in hard work. 



Until the next philosophical enlightenment.....

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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.Wado Ryu Karate

Starting with this month's edition will we print key parts of Wado books (author's introductions and philosophies, but not the technical instruction) and where they can be purchased.

We are starting with the most important Wado book Wado Ryu Karate by Master Hironori Otsuka, published by Masters Publication. This book can be purchased at Amazon.com.
I wanted to start off with the first item printed in his book "My Words". Though most of us have read this many times, it is never enough. This writing gives me a great feeling of who this man was; humble, insightful, and obviously very knowledgeable.


My Words

In the 25th year of the Showa era, I responded to the Wadokai's passion towards karate by printing 1500 copies of "Studying Karate Kata, Part 1" and giving them to a group of Wadokai members.   


I am clumsy with writing skillfully; thus, I am reluctant to hold a pencil. I was able to author the small work above with assistance from Tetsuga Ojima and Tetsuro Shibaya, First Captain and Second Captain respectively, of the Karate Club at the University of Tokyo at the time the books were printed.


As with other martial arts, progress in skill cannot come from training with the instructor (shidoshi) alone. Training by one's self with only a written text could only be more difficult. There is no other way to progress except to study under a good instructor and years of effort. 


Click HERE to read the rest of this writing.


Never Ending Growth 

by Doug Jepperson

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I thought I had my column done; in fact I was a little proud that it was done last week. Then yesterday the editor comes into our press room and throws the paper down on my desk and declared my beautiful article not fit to print, not only not fit to print, not fit to use up little tiny digital space in an email newsletter. So here I am late at night trying to come up with a new idea.


Since I want to go to bed before Zero Dark Thirty, I am going to fall back on the old Sensei tactic of telling you my story.


I do not know if this ever happens to you, but occasionally I bump into a former student. It is nice we reminisce about the old days and promise each other we will be better about staying in touch. But then afterwards I always want to tell them, "come back to karate, I am a much better teacher now." The problem is I always have that feeling, no matter how many years I teach.   



To read the rest of this article click  HERE.



Doug Jepperson

Park City Karate





Kagami Biraki (鏡開き)  


Kagami Biraki, which literally means "Mirror Opening" (also known as the "Rice Cutting Ceremony"), is a traditional Japanese celebration that is held in many traditional martial arts schools (dojos) usually on the second Saturday or Sunday of January so all students will be able to attend. It was an old samurai tradition dating back to the 15th century that was adopted into modern martial arts starting in 1884 when Jigora Kano (the founder of judo) instituted the custom at the Kodokan, his organization's headquarters.  


Since then other Japanese arts, such as aikido, karate, and jujutsu, have adopted the celebration that officially kicks off the new year -- a

tradition of renewal, re-dedication and spirit.



This is the second article of brief overviews on the more popular karate styles 





Goju-Ryu Karate

By Robert Hunt              



During my 49 odd years in karate (some years, very odd), I have stumbled across eager searchers who dabbled here and there in the junk schools that sprang up from the goofy Bruce Lee years (the early 70's) and sought to capitalize on the media craze of the era in order to turn a quick buck. Many had scant training in what the Japanese martial arts community rather arrogantly refers to as "traditional martial arts" and their syllabus wound up not much more than random kicking and punching mixed with a handful of fictional or bastardized "Japanese" looking katas thrown in for good measure.


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 These new teachers often conjured up some exotic sounding words to enhance the name of their venture by borrowing a name that was a real style or by making up one that at least sounded authentically "oriental", in the hope that the average dues-payer wouldn't recognize the difference and had a short memory. The results were sometimes seriously comical, but it is not my intent to embarrass, so I won't mention any here. (Call me).


One name that seems to have been often purloined is Goju Ryu. This is possibly because Goju was not widely known "back in the day" and newly minted, sparsely trained teachers could throw that easily pronounced Japanese term around without fear of exposure. It reminds us of the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May), hardly a Mexican holiday at all but supremely popular in the U.S., especially here in Arizona, because it rolls so easily off the Gringo tongue. Happy Cinco de Mayo!


To read the rest of this article click HERE  



Sensei Hunt holds Dan ranks in Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu and Shotokan.


 He is the author of the book "The Art and the Way". Click the title to get information about this book. To order the book click HERE.


You can contact Sensei Hunt at steelmoon@hushmail.com



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    We All Need A Little Humor In Our Life.  If You Have a Joke, Please Send It In.








Searching For Buddha   



A monk set off on a long pilgrimage to find the Buddha. He devoted many years to his search until he finally reached the land where the Buddha was said to live. While crossing the river to this country, the monk looked around as the boatman rowed. He noticed something floating towards them. As it got closer, he realized that it was the corpse of a person. When it drifted so close that he could almost touch it, he suddenly recognized the dead body - it was his own! He lost all control and wailed at the sight of himself, still and lifeless, drifting along the river's currents. That moment was the beginning of his liberation.



We all need a little Zen in our Lives. If you have a story, please send it in.




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Friendship Cup 2013

Colorado School of Mines

Gary Tsutsui
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Volk Gymnasium
1400 Illinois Street
Golden, Colorado 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tournament Director: Sensei Tsutsui


Special Wado Seminar

The Connection between Wado ryu and Shindo Yoshin ryu


Toby Threadgill

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Menkyo Kaiden, Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu


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February 23 -  

February 25,


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Sunday March 3, 2013

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Grand Canyon University Arena

3300 W. Camelback Rd.

Phoenix, Arizona 


Preregistration only:

go to karateTmaster.com 


USA Karate Referee Seminar
with Sensei Madani
Saturday, March 2, 2013
10am to 4pm

For additional information
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Happy 80th Birthday Sensei Merriman

Join Sensei for his birthday celebration and annual Gasshuku

March 8-10, 2013 
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Enjoy morning and afternoon training sessions, reception and a full buffet dinner. Train with some truly gifted instructors and socialize with friends and peers.


Click HERE for additional information

USA Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Remnei Wado Ryu logo Championships
Hosted by Nishimura Sensei

March 24, 2013

Shoji Nishimura
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Tesor High School
1 Tesoro Creek Rd.
Los Flores, CA. 92688

For additional information (949)233-2691

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April 2013

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USA-NKF National Qualifier & Tennessee State Championships

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Volunteer State Community College
Pickel Field House
1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin TN 37066

for more information

Tournament Flier click HERE
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Utah State Championships 
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Park City, Utah USA 
  June 1, 2013
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Referee Seminar 
 May 31, 2013 
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