a Monthly International Newsletter
March 2014

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

-Hironori Ohtsuka




In This Issue
Up Dates
Wado Books
Special Interview
A Follow Up
Paul McCartney?
Student Articles
Karate Prepares Us More
Zen Stories
Moral Wisdom
Wado Seminar
Wado Agenda
German Wado Cup
Wadoryu Summer Camp
Other Seminars and Events
Join Our Mailing List
    Up Dates
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Ray Hughes
A Change

I received a few comments about how difficult it is to read articles in this narrow panel.  Believe it or not, I have received comments about this before. But being hard headed like many of us in the martial arts, I didn't want to change the format.
Well, here I am. Changing the format.

I will put brief messages in this panel and put my articles into the main body of the newsletters.

Thanks for your comments and continue to send them in, even though it may take some time to sink in. 




Until the next newsletter, keep kicking and punching. 




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


Dear Karate Enthusiast;


The purpose of this newsletter is to pass on historical information, philosophical views and activities of interest to karate martial artists around the world. Please send your article, event or activity with a photo of the instructor and/or event organizer by the 20th of the preceding month to get your information in this newsletter. Please send your text in a Word document. Please send posters and pictures in small jpeg files, thank you. 


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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. 



Compromise and Co-operation 

by Master Otsuka





Power and compromise should not be used to solve every problem, every time. There will always be disagreement as one tries to argue based on ideals rather than history or fact. One must converse patiently - never hurriedly. There will be some times when, even conversing patiently, that an agreeable resolution will not emerge. However, if any agreement or consensus can be identified, opposing sides will come that much closer to a solution.

If the parties approach each other, they will eventually overlap. It does not matter if it happens in one year or ten years. The mentality to approach one's own ideals, however, is intolerable. Since it is easier to solve a problem through the use of power or might, humans often tend to exercise such things.

Those things obtained through power and might will, eventually be lost through other's power and might. A glance at our own history, China's history or Western Europe's history proves this. The shogun Hideyoshi ruled for only 30 days! However, his successor, Tokugawa, made his dynasty last almost 260 years. This is most likely because Tokugawa utilized government and politics, instead of military might, with which to rule the land. Power and compromise always root evil. Co-operation (and understanding) takes precedence in anything.    

Special Interviews 
Doug Jepperson1
Doug Jepperson

by Doug Jepperson




This month is the beginning of our Excellence series. Each month I want to bring you something on the subject of Excellence in martial arts.

On the topic of excellence I could not think of anyone better than George Kotaka, so I asked George if he would give me a short interview. He is not only a great athlete but he conducts himself with humility and grace. George and I had a nice conversation and I hope you enjoy reading it.

Sensei George Kotaka: 2 time WKF World Gold Medalist,1996 USANKF National Team Member

In 1996, George made the USANKF national team.  Since then he has won at the WKF Jr. World, Pan American, Pan Am Games, World Collegiate, and most notably, two WKF,World Karate Federation gold medals and a bronze medal.  His last competition was the 19th WKF World Championships held in Tokyo, Japan, on November 15, 2008.

After competing in the 2008 WKF World Championships in Tokyo, George retired from competition.  Since then he has devoted his time to teaching karate in hopes of developing a future champion in the years to come.  George credits his father and his mentor John Limcaco Sensei, as being most inspirational to him.  George currently teaches at 5 different dojos on the island of Oahu and travels around the world to conduct seminars.

DJ        During your career you had to work to set yourself apart from all other competitors. And by apart I mean you won two WKF world championships, you must have done something different in your quest for personal excellence. Would you help us understand how you did this.

George Kotaka

GK      There are few things that I did differently between the first and second time I won the WKF World Championships. The first major difference is that I hired a personal trainer to improve my strength and conditioning.   My friend Kenny Patton had an extensive background in collegiate and professional football, track & field, but most importantly, karate. He developed a sports specific training regimen for karate athletes that took my level of conditioning to a whole new level.

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A Follow Up
Competition may be the most important tool of a modern karate school 
Ray Hughes
by Ray Hughes

In last month's article I talked about the value of competition for the positive development of our youth. Click HEREto read that article. Below is an extension of that philosophy in a letter I wrote for our tournament program.



On behalf of USA Karate Arizona I want to welcome everyone to the

Arizona Karate Championships and USA National Qualifier. We thank you for your time and support and we promise to do everything possible to make it a fantastic experience.


The purpose and priority of this event may not be readily understood.  Many believe it's about winning medals and qualifying for the Nationals.  Though that is part of the experience, is not the priority and purpose.  It is something much deeper than that.


The main purpose and priority should be the development of life skills in its young practitioners. And to successfully accomplish this requires excellent mentorship from the parents, coaches, and instructors.  Everything else should be secondary.


The philosophy of the martial arts is about personal growth and the loss of ego. The minute we forget this purpose is the moment we've lost our way.  Does this mean students should not strive to win a gold medal?  Of course not.  But there is a big difference between striving for the glory of gold and maximizing one's potential in reaching a goal.  And it is up to us mentors to teach and mold these young minds to understand and practice this philosophy.


Competition is a fantastic tool for teaching young participants about life. The blue print for competition and life is almost the same.   


Both competition and life share the same challenges. Both require goal setting, preparation, practice and training. They require the development of perseverance, leadership skills, intuition, emotional understanding and control, dealing with injustice (real and perceived), success and failure, and so on.   


These skills however cannot be satisfactorily learned and understood without the positive influence of great mentorship.  Great mentors point out experiences from competition and relate it to current and future life experiences.  They do not get angry with the students, yell at the referees, place blame or success on any individual or circumstance, but simply educate the experience as it relates to life. A great mentor only suggests ideas and thoughts that may benefit the student for life growth. A great mentor does not lecture. Their words must be positive but real.


Though this may seem to be a daunting task for us parents and instructors, I know it is one we all embrace.  It is something we must practice and take seriously. And unfortunately sometimes we fail.


The goal at the end of the day is did our competitors learn from the experience and did we mentors positively influenced our children and our students.  If we have accomplished this, then it's a great day and Life is Good!




Paul McCartney, Beatlemania, Rock Guitar Players and Karate


Robert Hunt

Robert Hunt
Robert Hunt




Fifty years ago this month (February 1964) the Beatles descended like a freight train on the U.S., first at Shea Stadium, then the Ed Sullivan Show. It was a transformational point in the American tune, the tsunami of civilization bending the bamboo of our consciousness in new, exciting directions - spirit voices that chimed a revolution in music.  


I was a Freshman at a small, snowy, red brick college in Northwestern Pennsylvania - and a very novice guitar man escaping to somewhere they couldn't find me. I was one of the few guitar players on the entire campus. I had a name as such in my little town during the pre-Woodstock generation and when someone was needed for a guitar picking event, my dorm room door often received a knock. If I sat playing on the dormitory steps late in the evening, a crowd would gather and listen to "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", or something equally hackneyed. I played it so much that, to this day, I can't stand the song. But I still thank Pete Seeger, who coincidentally died this February, for writing it - mostly because it helped me get dates. 


That was another day. I would be willing to bet that today, at that school, you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting a guitar player and most would play much better than I. Guitar players have become so common that the world takes them for granted. You might say that rock and roll is here to stay.  

Since the time of the season of the Beatles, and Dylan, and the Stones, guitar player numbers have become serious to the extent that excellent players are legion and most of them do a lot more than just rock around the clock.  Musicians are attracted to the wonder of music and, the more they touch, the more they expand. I have a CD of Paul McCartney, seemingly forever young, singing 40's classics accompanied by an orchestra.  


This all springs gently on my mind because 50 years ago I also started studying karate at the same snowy school, a young, newly free bird born at the right time and  looking for adventure. At that time, dojos were filled with young men just like me and the occasional brave young woman who happened to wonder in.


Seems like yesterday.


            All our lives we studied karate "styles" - versions of karate initiated in the 30's by Okinawan and Japanese innovators and taught to us by American GI's or their students. A person who stayed with karate was about as rare as a guitar player, but those of us who did also remained mostly allegiant to our first dojo, unless the teacher happened to be a complete loser or had committed some transgression, like stealing our money and skipping town. As time passed we came to defend those particular styles like a piece of our heart - like crusaders defended religion. But style is as fleeting as a moonshadow.              


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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.
Karate Prepares Us for More Than We May Realize

By Duane Abbajay
6 years training
Black belt 2013 
Duane Abbajay

Karate is generally understood by most as being about punching and kicking, which is really a very one dimensional and incomplete view.  Admittedly, I was under this impression to when I started training, never really thinking about any other possible benefits. What I did not know and would soon discover is that karate training also conditions the mind at least if not more than it conditions the body.  Conditions us to see things more clearly, and to deepen our understanding of the amazing world around us. 

Ultimately enabling us to be better decision makers.

As we know as adults, decision making is a key ingredient in life that we hope our children will develop. There will probably be more mental challenges ahead for our children than physical ones, requiring good decision making skills.   Improving  decision making skills  will most certainly affect future outcomes. 

A brief summary of my experience - The year was 2010, and I had just won 2 medals at the US Open during the spring.  I was determined to win double gold at the US Nationals 3 months later.  Nothing could possibly derail my plans - or so I thought.  Then about a month prior to nationals, I began to feel weak and lethargic.

I tried to shrug it off,  went on to compete, getting blown out in both first rounds.  I was totally puzzled as to my poor energy and performance.  As I would soon find out, I had a brain tumor. 

From out of the blue I was confronted with a life threatening illness - an opponent I couldn't even see. 

3+ years later and being among the fortunate few to have survived,  I often look back to my state of mind during my ordeal.  The decisions I had to make,  the stress on myself and my family.   I now fully realize that karate training had both provided a framework to mentally deal with such a problem, and the ability to focus my energies on recovery efforts.  Although I can never adequately thank the amazing team of physicians that each contributed to my unlikely survival,  each has expressed to varying degrees that my attitude has had a lot to do with my outcome.   An attitude that I feel has been enhanced by karate. 

I can honestly say that without the mental benefits that karate training has provided, I don't know that I would have had the same frame of mind, and recovered as well.

 Hopefully no one reading this will ever face such a large challenge, but even dealing with a small one can benefit from karate training.  



Martial Art Humor

  So a Samurai and a Ninja walk into a bar, walk up to the bartender and the Samurai says "My friend and I will have a couple of beers". The bartender looks at the Samurai and says "what friend?".

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

                  Zen Stories 


During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were filled with doubt. On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying with the men, the general took out a coin and said, "I shall now toss this coin. If it is heads, we shall win. If tails, we shall lose. Destiny will now reveal itself."

He threw the coin into the air and all watched intently as it landed. It was heads. The soldiers were so overjoyed and filled with confidence that they vigorously attacked the enemy and were victorious. After the battle, a lieutenant remarked to the general, "No one can change destiny."

"Quite right," the general replied as he showed the lieutenant the coin, which had heads on both sides.



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


thinking man
Moral Wisdom
"To succeed you first must improve...to improve you must first practice...to practice you first must learn...to learn you must first fail."     



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


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





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

       3/8    Nick Palise Seminar                       Contact: John Rellias
                 Murrieta, California                      951-733-4882
             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


        3/21-23    International Turkish Open       turkishopenkarate.com                                       Istanbul, Turkey

       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     

      5/4     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  WIKF Wado Seminar/Jon Wicks   contact:
              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                
     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