a Monthly International Newsletter
April 2014

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

-Hironori Ohtsuka




In This Issue
Editor's Notes
Wado Books
The Perfect Imperfection
Series on Excellence
The Legacy of Pearl Harbor
Student Articles
Perpare for the Worst
Below the Surface
Zen Stories
Moral Wisdom
Wado Seminar
Wado Agenda
Wadoryu Summer Camp
Other Seminars and Events
Join Our Mailing List
    Editor's Notes
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Ray Hughes

This newsletter is about karate knowledge and truth without conflict.
To reach such high aspirations, we need your help. We need your thoughts about your perception of the martial arts.
Also, if you have a chance, check your library for old writings from martial artists of a different time. There is a great interest from "down to earth" martial artists that want to read or hear about martial art's history and philosophy of the past.



Until the next newsletter, keep kicking and punching. 




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Dear Karate Enthusiast;


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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. 




by Master Otsuka




In the martial arts, there is a word - "Shuhari" - that has always existed. It also seems to exist in Japanese tea ceremonies and I do not know from which this word was born.

"Shu" means to maintain the teachings of the predecessor and strict adherence to them; "ha" is to doubt anything that serves to disrupt that action. "Ri" is to be separated from the first two and improve on the teachings whenever possible. This not only applies to martial arts, but other disciplines as well. However, it is difficult to actually master any teaching - never less than five or ten years and varies upon the natural ability of the individual.

Besides, even if one is talented, serious training requires a lack of food or sleep sometimes - some things not possible for people in modern society. It is redeeming, however, to see that certain groups and organizations have recognized and honored those individuals who engage in "Shuhari" in whatever disciplines they maintain.



The Perfect Imperfection
Ray Hughes


So what now?

Is perfecting karate technique the only mission when training in the art of karate? Is working on technique for hours in a week, weeks in a year, year after year for a fight that probably will never come, be the sole focus of a martial artist?

This question has caused many debates in the martial arts community. But I believe the old masters had it right when they said there was much more to martial art training than technical development. Master Ohtsuka said "Training for martial arts is in order for one to improve himself as a proper member of society." And Master Gichin Funakoshi's famous quote said it best "The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character of its participants."

The Great Masters realized that the imperfections of character were not only a problem for the individual and society but could also cause one to be defeated in battle. They realized that the development of character and technique were interwoven, dependent on each other, and needed to be addressed simultaneously. They also found that when both improved together it created Wa, harmony, in the practitioner. A goal of all martial arts.

What were the Great Masters talking about when it came to character development? They were talking about overcoming the seven deadly sins of mankind; lust (unhealthy intense desire for things such as money, power, fame), gluttony (over indulgence), greed (a negative excessive trait), sloth (laziness), wrath (rage), envy (jealousy), and pride (the negative feeling of being better than others, arrogance). They were also talking about the necessity of developing skills such as fear and stress management, perseverance, leadership, intuition, self-reliance, emotional understanding and control, dealing with injustice (real and perceived), and managing success and failure. These Great Masters understood that a weakness in any of these areas not only made you a poor human being but could also get you killed.


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Series on Excellence
Interviews with interesting people 
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Doug Jepperson

by Doug Jepperson



Last month we began our Series on Excellence by talking to George Kotaka. I could not think of a better person to begin a series on excellence than George. He not only embodied excellence in his competition career but he continues now in teaching and coaching.

In order to give us some perspective on others pursuing excellence, I decided to expand my interviews beyond karate and see what it looks like in other fields of achievement. Since I live in Park City, it makes sense to ask some winter sports athletes what their views are on the subject.


Erik Schlopy, a four-time Olympian and 2003 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships medalist, has joined the U.S. Ski Team men's alpine technical staff. Schlopy was a member of the U.S. Ski Team for 14 seasons before retiring in December 2008. Schlopy shared the giant slalom podium with Bode Miller with bronze at the 2003 World Championships, finished in the top three of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races and captured seven U.S. Championship titles. Since his retirement from racing, he has remained active in coaching both privately and for U.S. Ski Team.

Erik has also had some significant challenges in his career. At age twenty, just one year before the Olympics, Erik had a terrible ski crash. Traveling at over 75 miles per hour, he flew 285 feet in the air, broke his back, his sternum, bit his tongue half off. He also punctured his lung and the worst part ,he told me, was that he never lost consciousness so he witnessed his own destruction.






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The Legacy of Pearl Harbor



Robert Hunt

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Robert Hunt


            Somewhere around the turn of the nineteenth century into the twentieth, Miyagi Chojun got a spark to study with Higaonna Kanryo, taking on the martial art Higaonna had picked up in China from the illusive Lu Lu Ko 30 years earlier. Higaonna died in 1916 and Miyagi devoted the rest of his life to cobbling together an organized approach to karate based on what he had learned from the old master and stuff he picked up from subsequent trips to China. By the 30's he had assembled a set of kata and techniques that would become Goju Ryu, his legacy to the world and had started passing it on to a couple of selected students. He spent years working with those students on the 12 kata that made up his "system" and their meaning.


            Then Pearl Harbor.


            By the time the war was over, three of Miyagi's children were dead as was his chosen disciple Shinzato Jinan. Miyagi ended up, by all accounts, a sad and broken man. He spent the last few years of his life plagued by high blood pressure sitting sadly in a chair in the middle of his dojo trying, mostly in vain, to bring it all to life again. In 1953 at age 65, just a few years after the end of the war, he died of a double heart attack, some would say a broken heart.


Sensei Kino Wall

I sat listening to this well known story one more time at lunch the other day with Dejan Rajic, who carries on Miyagi's legacy in a small dojo in north Phoenix. Dejan studies from a long time martial artist named Kino Wall who, in turn, studied in Okinawa in the 60's and with whom I happened to coincidently become acquainted about 1969 in a backwater western New York hamlet called Jamestown, on the Pennsylvania border.



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Student Articles
This section will feature articles from karate students.   Please send article (word doc.) with a picture (jpg) of writer and brief bio.  Please do not send technical articles or articles that serve as advertisements for style, school, or teacher. School and instructor names of course can be mentioned.
Dan Casey


Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best


As an airline pilot, I am required to demonstrate my proficiency in operating procedures and systems knowledge during biannual check-rides. The job requires succinct precise action to correct negative trends. I prepare for these events just like I prepare for my weekly trips, both physically and mentally. I owe it to the company, my family and the paying customers to be as professionally prepared as I can in order to face the unexpected. While most emergency-situations during work involve the complex rules and systems of the airplane, sometimes I must deal with personnel issues on or off the aircraft. An inappropriate response to a threat or distraction does little to instill confidence with the flying public. Appearing unflappable is part of the pilot mystique. Overreacting or under-reacting to any situation is unbecoming to customers and regulators equally. That mentality is part of pilot training and permeates all aspects of my life to include studying martial arts.


 Recently, I was visiting my cousin in Seattle and had an excellent day travelling from the hotel at the airport to Bainbridge Island via mass transportation. All went well until the return trip, when in broad daylight and only two blocks from the hotel, I was approached by a larger, younger man who laughingly muttered something to me as I walked by him. When I stopped and asked what he said, I recognized that he was advancing and accusing me of some injustice I had done to him. Aware of his intent, I assumed a balanced defensive stance and had already formulated a sequence of strikes and locks to counter his most probable attack and subdue him. I even had the plan of using my cell phone to call the police once I had the man down. It was a revelatory moment for me. I have had martial arts training and feel confident in my ability to stop a personal assault. The difference this time was how intuitively and quickly the defensive plan appeared in my mind. I believe my reaction to his body language and threatening actions were not what he had anticipated and he quickly retreated. It was like I had done this before and had a menu of tools from which to draw from to defend myself. In fact, I had prepared for just such an event through my years of studying karate and more recently modern ninjutsu at Scottsdale Martial Arts Center. The training I received from SMAC's classes immediately came to mind as I prepared to defend myself from this aggressive man.


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Below the Surface: Wado Kai logo

Deeper Insights into Wado ryu and Shindo Yoshin ryu

by Christina Gutz



Wado Seminar with Toby Threadgill (USA) and Robbie Smith (New Zealand) in Berlin on 22nd and 23rd February, 2014

Toby Threadgill
Sensei Threadgill


 140 participants, among these numerous guests from Denmark, the UK, Finland, France, Portugal, Sweden, and Spain, trained for two days under the instruction of Toby Threadgill (Menkyo Kaiden, Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu Jujutsu) and Robbie Smith (7th Dan JKF Wado-Kai) in Berlin. At this traditional Berlin Wado seminar, national and international contacts could be established and the friendship between Wado karateka and TSYR practitioners could be renewed. It was a great honor and pleasure to also welcome Shuzo Imai sensei, 8th Dan Wado ryu, as a guest.        
Robbie Smith
Sensei Smith


Toby Threadgill and Robbie Smith taught the principles of Atemi, Kuzushi, Tsukuri, and Kake, as well as the concepts of Sente, which are of great importance for fighting and partner exercises, at this seminar. Robbie Smith used partner exercises and drills, including Wado Kumite gata, to put across these principles. He showed that the concepts of Sente, i. e., initiative, may not only be considered to


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Martial Art Humor

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We all need a little humor in our life.  If you have a joke, send it in.

                  Zen Stories 


The Sword Master  
Once there was a wealthy man who wanted to hire a great sword master to train his guards and soldiers. He offered a large sum of money and asked all sword masters to come for an interview and he would choose one.

The three greatest masters in the land came to discuss a possible deal. The third greatest sword master came first, and was asked to protect the wealthy man from a fly, which he immediately released from a box. The sword master drew his sword, turned the blade sideways, and with the flat of the blade he swatted the fly to the floor and with a fast lunge step, he stomped the fly.

The second greatest sword master then came and was also asked to protect the man from a fly. The fly had barely left the box when the sword master precisely cut the fly in two with a spectacular flashy swoop of his sword.

Then came the greatest sword master. He just stood with his hand on the grip of his sword and appeared to ignore the fly, yet he kept himself between the fly and the wealthy man for several hours. Then the fly began to buzz the master's face. At first he verbally warned the fly to leave, then he casually brushed the fly harmlessly aside several times ... then with a blur of extreme speed and a soft click, the greatest sword master drew and sheathed his sword. The fly immediately flew away never to be seen again. "But you missed, and now the fly is getting away!" exclaimed the wealthy man. "I never miss." replied the calm master, "nor do I chase those who flee in fear. If I had killed him, he would not have ever learned anything, and as it is, not only will THAT fly never bother you again, but he will never reproduce." 



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


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Moral Wisdom
"Beat the inner opponent and the outer one will be easy."     



Disclaimer: Titles                   bow


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 Seminars and Events
Wado Agenda
Wado Karate Newsletter
by Rob van Leeuwen


Wadoryu Summer Camp
July 20-25, 2014
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Hosted by Sensei Roberto Danubio

For additional information click HERE


 Other Seminars and Events


         4/4,5,6  WIKF Wado Seminar/Jon Wicks    contact: Vantaan
                    Finland                                     w1978@mbnet.fi




USANKF of No CA, Western States National Qualifier

San Joaquin Delta College Blanchard Gym, 5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA


Gene Tibon (209) 406-2776

        4/12  Wa no Kizuna Invitational                    Kurobane Sensei
                 Denver, Colorado                                 303-234-9236 




The Alabama Open

Shades Mountain Christian School Gym, 2290 Old Tyler Rd, Hoover, AL 35226


Keith MacConkey 






US Open & Junior International Cup

Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada


USA Karate





Ozawa Cup International Karate Tournament

Flamingo Hotel & Casino


James Tawatao


     4/27       19th Annual Hiraldo's Kai Shobukan Tourn 
                   Corona Queens, New York                          718-685 -3991


California State Karate 2014 Nationals Qualifier

Nihon Karate Dojo, 501 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832



   Bruce Nguyen nihonkaratedojo@yahoo.com 

                 Tennessee Tournament
                 Details Pending               
                 Contact:Joe Valdez
                 (615) 948-8844

      5/2-4  Seiwakai Goshukan Spring Camp           www.etobicokedojo.com
                Toronto, Canada     

      5/4     Rockie Mountain Championships         Sensei Madani
                 Louisville, Colorado                         www.imakarate.com

      5/8-18 WIKF Wado SEminar/Jon Wicks     
contact:Marios Vatiliotis
                 Nicosia and Paphos Cypres              (00357 22) 348790             


42nd Annual Riverside Karate Tournament

Cal Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504

Kevin Warner (951) 217-4986


UC San Diego Karate Kobudo Tournament

UCSD, RIMAC Athletic Center, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093

Alfonso Gomez


       5/29-31  Mile High Elite Karate Camp        contact: Mike Bevins
                     w/ Tom Scott                              970-590-2800
                     Loveland, Colorado                      ikarateclub@gmail.com      

       5/30,31, June 1
               WIKF Wado Seminar/Jon Wicks       contact: Michael Oberg
                Sweden                                            oberg.co@gmail.com

        6/6,7,8  2014 USA Elite Karate Training Camp     
        USA Karate sanctioned Event  pskc@comcast.net
        6/6,7,8  WIKF Wado Seminar/Jon Wicks   contact:
              San Benedetto del Tronto Italy                
         6/7 Scottsdale Karate Championship          Ray Hughes
               Scottsdale, Arizona                      rhughes@usakarateaz.org
         6/7 Tennessee State Championships & USA Qualifier  Joe Waldez
                Gallatan, Tennessee                     fightingspiritkarate.com         


Northern California Invitational Tournament 2014

Cupertino High School, 10100 Finch Ave, Cupertino, CA 95104

Mary Crawford


        6-8 Thomas LaPuppet Memorial Classic  Ronankaratedo@gmail.com
              Jamaica, New York 
        6-15 Northern California Invitational  coachmarycrawford@gmail.com
                Karate Tournament

        6/20,21,22  WIKF Wado Seminar/Jon Wicks       contact:Philip Smith
                          Southern Ireland                       philipsmith1986@gmail.com  

        6/28,29  WIKF Leaders Course (WIKF students only)
                      contact: Jon Wicks   jonwicks@su-ha-ri.co.uk


      7/4,5,6  WIKF Wado Seminar/Jon Wicks     contact: Joaquim              Goncalves
                   Portugal                    joaquimgoncalves2@gmail.com

      7/22-26 Alaskan Jundokan Friendship Summer Invitational
                   contact: Mark Meyer 480-296-8408 mmeyer116@yahoo.com  


USA Karate National Championship


USA Karate



AAU National Championships

Ft Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center, Ft Lauderdale, FL




     8/6-10  2014 Camp Shotokan                              Ed Otis
                 Carlsbad, California               e.otis@americanjka.com                
     8/30  Top of Texas Karate Championships         Sensei Lee Gray
                 Amarillo, Texas                           lee-gray@shobukan.org   



Itosu-Kai Karate Tournament

Soka University, 1 University Dr, Aliso Viejo, CA 92693

David Crockett


      9/19,20 WIKF Pan American Championships
                   Curacao   details to come 


     10/3-5   Rocky Mountain Gasshuku               Sensei Madani         
                     Granby, Colorado                            imakarate.com


New York Open

Cleve Baxter


Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595

(914) 665-2752


Hollenbeck Invitational Karate Championship

CSULA, 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Enrique Mares




UCI Collegiate Tournament

UCI, Anteater Recreation Center, 680 California Ave, Irvine, CA

Bruce Nuygen/Chad Eagan



Adlawan Cup Food Drive Tournament

Salgado Community Center, 706 N Newhope, Santa Ana, CA 92703

Pete Mangosing



Tomodachi Cup

Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, 14400 Chestnut St, Westminster, CA 92683

Akira Fukuda