"This is Not A Wado Newsletter"
I was planning on Part 2 of last month's article "Measuring the immeasurable". But after receiving several emails from last month's newsletter, I decided to address them. Part 2's article will be in next month's edition.
We received a couple of e-mails last month questioning whether or not we should be calling this a Wado newsletter. We get these types of emails from time to time. Basically saying the articles are not about Wado. Of course my initial reaction was to go into fight mode. Like most karate instructors, I have that "put on your sparring gloves and lets work this out" mentality. But after thinking about it, maybe these guys are right.
For those of you who have followed this newsletter since its inception know we have talked about this subject before. We wanted to cover everything Wado except technical correctness. Technical correctness would get us nowhere since everyone already thinks they are doing it the correct Wado way, and you agreed.
When this newsletter started in 2010, we had 63 email addresses and the content was instructor specific. We wanted to cover Wado training methods, history, seminars, who's who, and other items of Wado interest. We published many prominent Wado bios, cover seminars and tournaments, and articles here and there about Wado history. Then the readership started to change. We started getting Wado students subscribing to the newsletter. In addition non Wado instructors and students subscribed. Today our mailing list is just under 4,000 with forwarded newsletters going to an additional 5,000 worldwide.
Today we primarily publish articles that revolved around current martial art affairs and historical points of view. Some have touched on Wado but the majority on the big picture of Japanese and Okinawan karate. These articles have been received well judging the number of positive emails we get each month.
I am only speaking for myself. What concerns me today as an instructor are issues such as why traditional arts are struggling, how can I improve my school, how can I make my students technically better and help them learn to deal with the human existence. In addition, I want to know more about the historical reason of what got us here to this point in time and where are we going from here. And according to the emails I receive, I'm not unique.
So the question is this, "is this a Wado newsletter or a Japanese/Okinawan historically and philosophical newsletter?" This is an important question to ask. The type of content we plan to put in this newsletter will continue; philosophy, historical facts, competition items, ideas that can help a school succeed, and of course Wado topics. We may even expand the scope of historical information and go deeper into the current state of affairs that face the modern karate instructor and student.
Let us know what you think. We want to take this newsletter to where you want it to go.
Welcome to the world of "Wado"and other Martial Art Information
Dear Wado Enthusiast and other karate practitioners;
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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
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.
What is the Mentality of the path of Martial Arts?
Peace, as the root essence of martial art, is easy to say in word, but it is not as easy in action or as reality in human society. By looking at past history and the current state of international affairs, one might even say that it is impossible.
However, no matter how impossible it seems, if peace does not exist in society, human existence will never be happy or prosperous. No matter how difficult or impossible it may seem, peace must occur. God, Buddha or other entities will not bring it to us. Human beings must establish peace on their own. Human society, having progressed from a simple, feudalistic state to its current, complex, scientific state, makes this task even more difficult for itself.
Human beings will require extraordinary mental powers to accomplish this seemingly impossible task. This "extraordinary mental power" is the mentality of the martial arts. Such a mentality will be a powerful driving force in the attempt to bring peace and order to humanity. The mentality of the martial arts is the required, extraordinary ability to achieve this difficult, if not impossible objective for all human beings.
RYUEI RYU AND THE ETERNAL QUESTION.
WAS LU LU KO A REAL PERSON?
Among karate history researchers there is one annoying question that keeps popping up like a Prairie dog on a hot day. Was Lu Lu Ko, the legendary Chinese teacher, a real person? Historians have been searching for the answer to that pregnant question for a hundred years, beginning with Miyagi himself.
As you may know, Miyagi founded Goju Ryu on what he gleaned from his teacher, Kanryo Higaonna plus some other stuff. When Higaonna died, Miyagi wanted more, almost as if aware that there were riddles unsolved within the katas. Higaonna had said he studied from a man in China named Lu Lu Ko. Miyagi set off for China in pursuit of Higaonna's storied teacher. He never found Lu Lu Ko, but he returned saying he had seen the man's grave.
Historians have been desperately seeking Lu Lu Ko ever since. Patrick McCarthy, a noted modern historian, trekked to China himself on that same quest and returned with this photo purported to be Lu Lu Ko. There are those who don't believe it. There are those who question if such a man even existed, and if he did, that his name may not have been Lu Lu Ko? Did Higaonna make it up? You wouldn't think so.
The word "ko", in certain Chinese dialects, appears to mean something like "big brother", so the name could mean "Big Brother Lu Lu" or something akin. Lu Lu can alternately be pronounced Liu Liu, Ru Ru, Ryu Ryu and probably a half dozen other iterations, so the trail becomes muddled.
To read the rest of this article click HERE.
Sensei Hunt holds Dan ranks in Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu and Shotokan.
Robert Hunt 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday July 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Greenville, South Carolina
Don't forget the opportunity to test for a USA Karate Dan Certificate
Register on line at www.tournamentinabox.com
Click 2013 USA Karate Nationals (Greenville, SC)
Event Date: 07/11/2013 - 07/14/2013 (USA KarateArticle Subtitle
Editor's note: I picked this up on a Wado WIKF Linked In conversation. I'm not sure where it originally came from but I had to put it in this newsletter. It's humorous, but has some validity.
Here is the second 30 of:
93 Warning Signs Your Dojo is a McDojo
31. Wearing/buying the dojo merchandize is mandatory.
32. Your dojo is cluttered with trophies. So cluttered that every time you take a step towards any direction in a kata, you're actually stepping on a trophy.
33. Speaking of kata; there are waaaay too many of them.
34. Your grandmaster is 14-times World Champion (WKITSKTFKTAF)
35. You are not allowed to compete. It is not "honorful".
36. You are required to compete. It is "honorful".
37. Cheesy sales tactics are used to effectively bind up loyal customers (a.k.a. "students").
38. You are doing kata to music.
39. If you use weapons, they glow in the dark and weigh a maximum of 3 oz.
40. The instructor uses students as punching bags.
41. Movements don't have names - they have numbers.
42. The dojo's web address is printed on the back of your uniform.
43. The dojo's phone number is printed on the back of your uniform.
44. The instructor refuses to teach you certain techniques, because they are "too deadly"
45. (When in fact, the instructors is just holding you back for fear that you'll get better than him.)
46. The instructor demands respect. He doesn't earn it.
47. Red gi for the grandmaster, black gi for instructors and white gi for regular students.
48. You must pay for an entire year up front, no refunds (long-term contracts with no termination clauses).
49. Your sensei sounds and acts like a motivational speaker.
50. Besides teaching Karate, your grandmaster also teaches 'cardio kickboxing' (or similar).
51. Reference is repeatedly made to the notorious "street", and what works/doesn't work there.
52. The dojo has an official mascot.
53. Your sensei can't explain the meaning of any given technique.
54. Nobody ever fails at a grading.
55. Kids' classes are more games and chaos than actual Karate.
56. First thing that greets students when they enter the dojo? A cash register.
57. Senior students are required to recruit new members door to door.
58. Your dojo website doesn't say anything about the actual style of Karate, but instead makes lot of reference to "empowerment", "mindfulness", "concentration" and tournament results.
59. Time-based progression through ranks, rather than achievement-based.
60. Your sensei has registered his fists as 'deadly weapons' with the local police authorities.
MARTIAL ARTS HUMOR
The Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty was a national hero for his success as both a statesman and military leader. But despite his fame, power, and wealth, he considered himself a humble and devout Buddhist. Often he visited his favorite Zen master to study under him, and they seemed to get along very well. The fact that he was prime minister apparently had no effect on their relationship, which seemed to be simply one of a revered master and respectful student.
One day, during his usual visit, the Prime Minister asked the master, "Your Reverence, what is egotism according to Buddhism?" The master's face turned red, and in a very condescending and insulting tone of voice, he shot back, "What kind of stupid question is that!?"
This unexpected response so shocked the Prime Minister that he became sullen and angry. The Zen master then smiled and said, "THIS, Your Excellency, is egotism."
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
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
"Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other"