a Monthly International Newsletter
February 2014
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"The only difference between the possible and impossible is one's will"

-Hironori Ohtsuka




In This Issue
Competition may be the most important tool
Wado Books
I'm Coming Back
Jutsu and Do
Student Articles
Martial Arts Humor
Zen Stories
Moral Wisdom
Wado Seminar
Special Wado Seminar
German Wado Cup
Wadoryu Summer Camp
Other Seminars and Events
Join Our Mailing List
Featured Article
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Ray Hughes
"Competition may be the most important tool of a modern karate school"

The majority of today's karate practitioners are under the age of 18.  It has clearly changed from an adult art to a youth art over the last three decades. This means that today's instructors need to somewhat specialize. Trying to teach the old traditional training techniques and philosophies are not going to work with the young. Those teachings need to be geared to those who seek it. The young require a completely different message from the one we old guys received when we entered the art. And if you're going to teach the young and embrace it, then our programs need to be reconsidered.  


Next month's article "Know your place" will discuss the need and acceptance for specialization in the art of modern karate instruction. Instructors need to know where their strength is as it relates to instruction; youth, sport, adult, circuit instruction, etc.  The art of modern karate needs all areas of instruction to be properly addressed.


If you have decided that children are important and you embrace this with total conviction, then the question needs to be "what is in their interest and what do these children really need in this world?


Of course self-defense is going to be "a" top priority, but it may not be "the" top priority.  Many of us in the child development world of youth karate believe that the development of life skills is slightly higher on the priority list than self-defense. Don't misunderstand me; self-defense is very critical.


If an instructor believes that the development of life skills and self-defense, regardless of what order of importance, is of the highest priority of youth development, then the question is which tool is best to accomplish this endeavor?


The answer to this question may be "competition." Yes, I can hear you old, traditionalists gasp at this claim. But hear me out and read next month's article about the need for teaching specialization in modern karate before you make a final judgment.


In self-defense, stress is one of the key elements that need to be addressed. You can teach great techniques in the dojo, but if the practitioner does not know how to operate under stress, none of it will work.


Tournament competition is the closest we can come to real fight stress. Yes, competition has rules and limitations of what techniques can be used, but the stress is real. To discount the value of competition because of rules and technique limitations is short sighted.  Winning a medal is also not the goal. Experiencing the stress and learning how to manage it is the objective. This is why mentoring is critical at this time. If there is no mentoring during the process, it simply becomes a game and the main point is lost.


Learning life skills is critical in youth development. Our youth will battle far more challenges from life than they will from an occasional bully or even a life threatening situation.


The blueprint for competition is almost the same blueprint as for life. Both blueprints have goals; they both require a plan to be developed to reach these goals, a strategy of training (practicing), how to evaluates oneself, a skill to handle failure and success, the need to manage emotions (fear, anxiety, anger, pity, envy, disappointment, rejection, etc.) and the ability to deal with real and perceived injustice.  They are almost exactly the same. And the most important key to success in both competition and the development of life skills is mentor-ship. There needs to be a quality mentor to help the student to stay focused on the life skill development and not the medal or the glory.  


What could be a better way of teaching and preparing children for life than by participating in competition? But this can only work if the Sensei is mentoring the student as they experience these emotions and challenges in real time. The Sensei must constantly compare the situation the student is currently experiencing to a future related life experience. The Sensei must give suggestions on how to deal with the current situation or problem and how this will help with future obstacles.  This also helps the student and parent remember why they need to continually come to the dojo.


The fact is 99% of competitors don't win medals; it is important to take the medal accomplishment out of the mission. Yes the medal may be a goal, but it is not the priority of the mission. This must be constantly communicated to both the student and the parent. It must be the truth!!!


In closing, what is the purpose of a martial art school for youth? Is it not to help children learn to defend themselves and learn about life? What else could it be? And if this is the case, what better way than using the tool of competition to help support the overall teachings of the school?  


It is in the Dojo where life skills and self-defense are learned and practiced; it is the tournament where these skills are applied.


Until the next newsletter, keep kicking and punching. 




Welcome to the world of karate history, philosophy, other martial art information 


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. 



Martial Arts Mentality and the "Sports" Mentality 

by Master Otsuka



Peace for mankind may be like providing a cure for a terminal disease, but is it correct to just give up?  Similarly, is it correct to allow the strong to oppress the weak; to allow a small number of individuals gain to the loss of a larger whole?  The fact that one thinks "no, something must be done" is also reality.  By leaving this problem alone, its inevitable result - the wilting death of nations and individuals - is more than clear.


When humans see that they are about to die, they would attempt any action possible to not die.  But is it a part of human nature that, albeit slowly, we are all, in fact, dying and yet we are able to live normally from day to day?  If we are all gradually dying, then peace seems to be impossible.  Unless every human being becomes a Buddha, a shaka, or Jesus Christ, peace for humanity seems impossible.  We, however, obviously do not desire this result.


Every individual must place effort into actions which will better himself both mentally and physically.  By increasing the number of such individuals, we increase the chances of achieving peace for humanity. Is martial arts not an appropriate instructor for such human improvement?  But in modern society, it is difficult to dedicate one's self to the training of martial arts.  Nowadays, it is difficult to even dedicate one's self to the improvement of his own self, let alone martial arts.  It is a regrettable fact that there are individuals who, literally, sell martial arts for his own gain and not to improve himself or others.  In turn, this action is like spilling poison into a river; it only serves to harm society.  Peace is a matter which all human beings must think about.  For humankind to desire peace is most important, yet it is also most difficult.  To make this tenuous ideal come even one step closer to reality is the task of all human beings.


I have very little knowledge of human physical education.  However, I doubt that sports is only to increase physical strength; it is also to develop both mentally and physically.


Through action, the development of the mind, intellect, judgment and so on to produce a "better" human individual must be the same as in training for a martial art.  The ultimate objective, to produce peace and harmony, is not any different from the objective of martial arts training.  Of course, there should be no difference.  To deter from this essential fact and become a "glamorous" athlete or to use one's own athletic abilities for his own personal gain is to invite his inevitable downfall.  Sport by itself is harmful.  Thus I believe firmly that the "sports" mentality and the "martial arts mentality" are one and the same; with identical objectives and goals. 


I'm Coming Back!!!
Doug Jepperson1
Doug Jepperson

After dealing with another form of karate training, a heart attack, I'm back.

I will be bringing you something new. Something we feel you will really enjoy. But you will have to wait until next month to see what it is.

In closing, I want to again thank all my martial art friends for their help and support through my recovery period. It means more than you will ever know.


Contact Doug Jepperson



The Art and the Way

Jutsu and Do


Robert Hunt

Robert Hunt
Robert Hunt

            Look up at that title again.

            What does that really mean?

              Here's the story.

By 1900 or so, much of the world had taken off in a new direction, like bamboo bending against the tsunami. Driven by the industrial revolution and capitalism, 1880 and 1920 were light years apart. In 1881 Pat Garrett killed Billy the Kid. That same year Wyatt Earp and his brothers fought the Clantons at the OK corral. By 1920 Hollywood was making movies about it.


            The same thing happened in the East. By 1880 the old Shogunate was gone and the samurai culture for all intents and purposes had disappeared. By 1920 karate was an open art.


            In 1870 Itosu Ankoh was a bodyguard for the last Okinawan king, using his secret art of karate to defend the monarch from potential invaders, among whom were the Americans. It was a hidden art, passed on only to a select few. By 1900 he was teaching it to 12 year old boys in school.


              The world bent to the tsunami of civilization.


In a time of flying machines and steam engines, martial arts based on swords, side arms and empty hands were fast becoming obsolete. But the warriors those arts forged were still around, now old and seasoned.  


            Itosu taught middle school. Wyatt Earp became a technical consultant in Hollywood, advising movie makers how to correctly depict his own historic gun fight. (History truly is written by the winners.)


Click HERE to read the rest of the article  


To contact Robert Hunt  




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. Names of course can be mentioned.

By Stirling McDaniel
Stirling McDaniel

Started training at age 6
Tested for black belt 12-2013

            Call me drained. Call me exhausted, unprepared, out of shape. It's all true.


            My partner stumbled forward with a weak punch, no energy to even lift his head. I shifted backwards, just as dizzy. In my ear, someone yelled, "Faster! Punch him!"  


            Then it was my turn to stumble forward, holding out my fist in what I hoped resembled a punch; down, into the dreaded intermittent lunge; up, forcing my right foot through the sweaty air in a feeble "face kick"; down, "reverse punch" to the body. His turn.


And all the while, Sensei's yelled, "Faster! Harder! You're tired, you're not hurt! Keep going! Show us you want that black belt!"


            This was my black belt test, truly the epitome of conflict.


            But what is a black belt test?


            At Scottsdale Martial Arts Center, we study conflict: how it occurs, how to deal with it, how you better get used to it happening because it's never going to stop happening and that's life. The test, of course, is meant to force us to fight through the diabolical, Sensei concocted trials, thus teaching us "Conflict Management." It is, in a sense, just another philosophical lecture from Sensei Hughes - seasoned with exhaustion.  



Click HERE to read the rest of the article 







There was this little guy sitting in a bar, drinking his beer, minding his own business when all of a sudden this great big dude comes in and --WHACK!!-- knocks him right off the bar stool and onto the floor. The big dude says, "That was a kung fu chop from China." The little guy thinks "GEEZ," but he gets back up on the stool and continues what he was doing when all of a sudden-WHACK!!-- the big dude knocks him down AGAIN and says, "That was a karate chop from Japan." The little guy, not wanting any trouble,and thinking this guy is nuts, gets up off the floor, grabs his beer and moves a few seats further down the bar, and continues to sip at his beer. All of a sudden, --WHACK!!-- without warning, he feels this foot kick him upside the head and he goes sprawling to the floor once again. The big dude says with a smile, "That's kickboxing from Thailand." The little guy, having had enough of this gets up, brushes himself off and quietly leaves. He had been gone for about an hour when he returned, and without saying a word, walks up behind the big dude and-WHACK!!!-- knocks the big dude off his stool and lays him out cold! The little guy looks at the bartender and says, "When he comes to, tell him that's a crowbar from Sears."




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



                  Zen Stories 



After winning several archery contests, the young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer. The young man demonstrated remarkable technical proficiency when he hit a distant bull's eye on his first try, and then split that arrow with his second shot. "There," he said to the old man, "see if you can match that!" Undisturbed, the master did not draw his bow, but rather motioned for the young archer to follow him up the mountain. Curious about the old fellow's intentions, the champion followed him high into the mountain until they reached a deep chasm spanned by a rather flimsy and shaky log. Calmly stepping out onto the middle of the unsteady and certainly perilous bridge, the old master picked a far away tree as a target, drew his bow, and fired a clean, direct hit. "Now it is your turn," he said as he gracefully stepped back onto the safe ground. Staring with terror into the seemingly bottomless and beckoning abyss, the young man could not force himself to step out onto the log, no less shoot at a target. "You have much skill with your bow," the master said, sensing his challenger's predicament, "but you have little skill with the mind that lets loose the shot."





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


thinking man
We thought this one was so good, we decided to run it again-editor        
Moral Wisdom
"Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals."     


Anonymous, Holy Bible; King James Version 

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
Special Wado Seminar
Beneath the surface, a deeper look into Wado Ryu and Shindo Yoshin Ryu
L. Sensei Threadgil and R. Sensei Smith
February 22-23, 2014

Toby Threadgil (USA)
Menkyo Kaiden, Takamura Ha Shindo Yoshin Ryu

Robbie Smith (New Zealand)
7th dan JKF Wado Kai

For additional information click HERE.

International German Wado Cup 2014Wado Kai logo

Saturday, March 8, 2014

For additional information click HERE
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




Championship Tournament


Palm Valley School, 35525 Da Vall Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

S. Beck (760) 449-7223



         2/7,8,9    UK Winter Course                                        Contact: Jon Wicks




Washington State Karate-do Fed Invitational Tournament & USA Karate Qualifier

Casey Mills (425)  330-0453


Highline Community College, 2400 S 240 St, Des Moines, Washington 98198



Te-Kenjutsu Kai Karate-Do Invitational Tournament

Whittier College Gymnasium, 13847 Earlham Dr, Whittier 90602

Tony Rios


         2/16  West Coast Championships                     contact: Sensei Miladi
                  Yuba City California                               miladigroup.com

        2/22,23    WIKF Wado Seminar                        contact: Bob Hamilton
                       Jon Wicks                                       bhamilton75@hotmail.com                         Northern Ireland




Friendship Cup 2014

Colorado School of Mines, Lockridge Arena, 1651 Elm St, Golden, Colorado


Isao Gary Tsutsui   (720) 253-4307


     2/23  Cheryl K.Murphy NKF Kumite Seminar
               Memphis, Tennessee


JKF Goodwill International Championships

Costa Mesa High School, 2650 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA

Fumio Demura



5th Annual Hayashi-Ha Cup

Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036







Arizona Karate Championships & USA Karate National Qualifier

Grand Canyon College Arena, Phoenix, AZ


Ray Hughes





New York's International Karate-Do Open Championships

Fitzgerald Gym, Queens College,  65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367


Luis Ruiz   (347) 400-5632


       3/7,8,9    WIKF Wado Seminar/Jon Wicks            contact: Cato Bruaroy
                      Voss Norway                                     cb@wado.no

             SC Open                                         USA Karate
             Greenville, South Carolina

        3/15,16  WIKF Wado Seminar/Jon Wicks    contact: mathieu.beysen@telenet.be




28th Annual NW Classic Invitational Championship

Mt Hood Community College, SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030


Jay Farrell


       3/22,23 Ohio USA-NKF National Qualifier                  Information click here
                    Franklin, Ohio  


USA Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Renmei Championships

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

Shoji Nishimura



        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     

      5/8-18 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


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

      6/6,7,8  WIKF Wado Seminar/Jon Wicks   contact: wadoseishinkan@gmail.com
              San Benedetto del Tronto Italy                


Northern California Invitational Tournament 2014

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

Mary Crawford


        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    



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 



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