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

-Hironori Ohtsuka


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Karate Philosophy, Articles, & Events

WADO and other martial art information


a Monthly International Newsletter

September 2013
In This Issue
Are They Being Condescending on Purpose
Wado Books
Thank You
Goal Setting
Martial Arts Humor
Zen Stories
WIKF Seminars
Swiss Takagi Seminar
Roberto Danubio Seminar
7th WIKF World Championships
Wado Aiwakai
Texas Tournament
Ishikawa Karate
Irish Karate Association
27e Coupe de Kayl the Luxemboug
Wado Seminar
Moral Wisdom
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Featured Article
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Ray Hughes

"Are They Being Condescending on Purpose?" 


Are they being condescending on purpose and could we be making the same mistake?  This is an important question we need to ask ourselves.


We all understand there are egotistical and condescending people in the martial arts.  Unfortunately there is an unacceptable number in a field that preaches the minimization of ego and the development of humility.


Like most of you, I am always working on improving myself as a person and as a leader.  I do this by observing and implementing the great attributes of the people I want to model myself after and staying away from the characteristics of questionable people with poor social and leadership skills.  It's the people in the latter group I learn the most from.  They teach me how not to act and are the people I watch the closest.


I support USA Karate and think it's a great organization. 
Yes there are problems, but overall I think everyone works hard, have good intentions and the competitor's interest in mind.


  As a member of the referee corps I have the opportunity to observe people in management and the referees of various hierarchical levels.   Within these groups are the few who come across egotistical and condescending.


As I observe these people I ask myself if they know what they're doing.  I find it hard to think that people act this way on purpose.  Common sense tells us that these traits do not maximize leadership results, win friends or influence others.  If anything, it does exactly the opposite.  


A belief I hold is that most people are good.  Yes there are exceptions, but overall most people are decent.  


So if most people are good and no one would intentionally be egotistical and condescending, why do these people act this way?  Maybe they don't realize they are coming across in such a negative manner.  And if this is the case, they surely wouldn't know what they are doing or saying that is causing this problem.


After observing these people closely I think I might have the answer why they come across so poorly.  They are talking to people as though they were their students.  Because many of these people are long term teachers, maybe they are simply in the habit of talking to people as they talk to their students.  If you want to turn people off, just talk to people of similar stature as though they were your students.  Whether this is unintentional or not, it greatly turns people off and comes across as egotistical and condescending.   


The point of this article is not to hammer those who are egotistical or condescending; they will suffer the consequences of their own actions.  The point is we need to ask ourselves are we making similar mistakes.   Because many of us are teachers, could we be making the same mistake of talking to people like they are our students?


Regardless of what field you are in, teachers cannot make this mistake.  A teacher must even be careful with the words they chose when talking to the students in their system or school.  Just because an individual has more subject knowledge does not give that person the right to talk down to another individual.  A mistake many of us see on a daily basis.


This question needs to be seriously considered, because our "ego" is telling us not to.  Our mind lies to us from time to time and these lies come in the forms of justification and perceived power or authority.  It takes a strong person to closely look at themselves in the mirror and ask tough questions.


Until the next philosophical thought......





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a. The correct title of the instructor(s) must be in the article or seminar information submitted by the author or event organizer.

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  1. Japanese instructors: Last name followed by the title Sensei.

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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. 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. Wado Ryu Karate

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. 


How Martial Arts Exist in the Present 

by Master Otsuka (1892-1982)



The fact that peace is the true essence of military affairs, has been, is and will always be, unchanged.  But how it exists varies depending upon the chronological setting and progress of time. 


Therefore, present martial arts must account for this fact in its presence and make their prime objective the cultivation of human beings who possess high intellectual ability, good emotional control, as well as a healthy mind and body. These qualities and their strife towards them must not be enforced upon them.  Rather, individuals must self-realize that it is their responsibility, as a part of a democratic society such as ours.  It can never be a feudal martial art that ignores independence and rationality.


Also, it must be understood that it is not for personal gain or benefit, but for peace and social order - to improve the lives of everyone in society.  It cannot be a "path" separate from society; it must be a "path" for the society in question.


Present martial arts must be virtuous.  It cannot become strictly for competitive purposes only, either.  History dictates that once virtue disappears, martial arts would only become "poisonous" to society.  Martial arts in the present must place peace and welfare of the society as itsobjective.

Thank You
by Doug Jepperson

Doug Jepperson

I need to write a general public note of thanks to everyone in the karate community. I have been overwhelmed with all the words of encouragement and donations.


I have heard many times over the years about "our karate family." But I am not certain if I ever believed this statement. But in my hour of need, I am overwhelmed and humbled by the attention and kindness from everyone. I truly have been touched by each of you.


I would like to publically acknowledge everyone, but I am fearful I will miss someone.


So just let me say to all of you thank you for your kindness, your contributions and your love. If it takes all year I will personally thank each you.


Doug Jepperson



Goal Setting
by Doug Jepperson
Doug Jepperson

One of my favorite times in the dojo is when the youngest kids are working out, and I visit with the parents and grandparents in our waiting room.


The other day I was speaking with "Grandpa Bob."  Bob is Summer Sander's father. In case you do not know, Summer won 4 Olympic Gold medals in swimming, three World Championship medals and 9 NCAA Nationals titles. So when Bob mentions he had ideas on what makes people successful I listened.


Bob began by telling me about his experience in Viet Nam. He said that Viet Nam had more deserters than any previous war in US history. He said he thought it was because our young soldiers lacked goals.


Viet Nam was a strange war, because the United States refused to call it a war, the rules of engagement were inconsistent. You could fight the enemy if they stayed south of an imaginary line. Since there were specific areas of combat, the American soldiers had unclear goals. And most Americans including our soldiers struggled to understand why the Vietnamese were our enemies. So I could see Bob's point, our goals were unclear.


To read the rest of this article click HERE


You can contact Doug Jepperson at doug@parkcitykarate.com







Robert Hunt
Sensei Hunt


Robert Hunt



            Q. So where did it all begin?

            A. I don't know. Sometime way back. Centuries ago.

            Q. What is it?

            A. I don't know. Some kind of fighting art.

            Q. Who practices it?

            A. I don't know. I practice it. You too, I guess.

            Q. What's the best style?

            A. I don't know. This one, I suppose.

            Q. What should I do?

            A. Practice. Practice and sweat. That's all I know for sure.


You and I and the rest of the human race have always needed to defend ourselves, and still do, so we make up ways to do it. Nowadays we have easy-to-use guns. But before Samuel Colt and a few others, the average person didn't have easy-to-use guns and was exposed. So they devised ways.


One of those ways came from China and gestated in Okinawa. The Okinawans called it "karate" - the "Chinese hand".


There have been a lot of thoughtful and intelligent leaders who have seen something in this Chinese Hand, some art worthwhile for humans to pursue.  


Kung Shang Kun (Kushanku), a Chinese dignitary, when attacked as a prank by a young Sakugawa in 1756, berated him that he could have hurt someone who didn't happen to be strong.


Sakugawa, humbled, became Kushanku's student and a star in the karate galaxy.  


Bushi Matsumura was Sakugawa's student, and used karate to defend the Kings of Okinawa.





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 steelmoon@hushmail.com



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



                  Zen Stories 


The Most Important Teaching




A renowned Zen master said that his greatest teaching was this: Buddha is your own mind. So impressed by how profound this idea was, one monk decided to leave the monastery and retreat to the wilderness to meditate on this insight. There he spent 20 years as a hermit probing the great teaching.

One day he met another monk who was traveling through the forest. Quickly the hermit monk learned that the traveler also had studied under the same Zen master. "Please, tell me what you know of the master's greatest teaching." The traveler's eyes lit up, "Ah, the master has been very clear about this. He says that his greatest teaching is this: Buddha is NOT
  your own mind."





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




WIKF Wado Karate Seminars 



 Sensei Jon Wicks

WIKF World Chief Instructor

Jon Wicks
Sensei Wicks
Click HERE for schedule 
Swiss Takagi Seminar
Takagi Sensei
Takagi Sensei

September 6,7, & 8, 2013

For additional information click HERE
Roberto Danubio Seminar
September 13, 14, & 15
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Presented by Callum McLay 


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7th WIKF World Championships
September 20-22, 2013


For additional information click HERE

Wado Aiwakai Karate-Do Federation 
presents the 2013
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JKF Wado Kai Masters' Course
Teaching Masters: Takagi Hideho, 8th dan
                            and four other instructors

Takagi Sensei
Takagi Sensei
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
Lee Gray
Sensei Gray

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Host and Promoter: Lee Gray
                             Amarillo Martial Arts Center

For Additional information
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Irish Karate Association


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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

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Colorado Karate Classic
Memorial Tournament
Tanabe Sensei

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Niwot High School
8989 East Niwot Rd.
Niwot, Colorado

Special Guest: Master Keiichi Hasumi
                               Former WKF General Secretary
                               Former JKF Vice-President
                               JKF 9th Dan

Hosted by:        Wado-kai Shudokan Karate, LLC
Sponsored by:    Wado Karate Federation of USA
Information       Director: Hiroyuki Tanabe
                                     303-651-7156  www.shudokankarate.org


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Moral Wisdom
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."  


Mahatma Gandhi