a Monthly International Newsletter
May 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
You Can't Teach "That"
A Tapestry
Series on Excellence
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
Wide Range

As you can see, we have a wide range of articles under the topic of martial arts.

 Our philosophy is martial art knowledge comes in many forms.

Please send in thoughts you feel would be of interest to other martial artists.

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. 

Enter into Kata, then Withdraw from Kata

by Master Otsuka 



The martial arts have numerous varieties of kata.  Predecessors, over long periods of time, created kata through experience, changes and imagination.


It is obvious that these kata must be trained and practiced sufficiently, but one must not be "stuck" in them.  One must withdraw from kata to produce forms with no limits or else it becomes useless.  It is important to alter the form of the trained kata without hesitation to produce countless other forms by training.  Essentially, it is a habit - created over long periods of training.  Because it is a habit, it comes to life with no hesitation - by the subconscious mind.  These habits occur without one realizing it, so one sometimes does not even notice.


The point to be careful about such habits is that these habits may still emerge in situations where they are inappropriate, or ever dangerous, to emerge.  It is difficult to rid one's self of such habits.  "Look at other's mistakes to correct yourself," - an old saying, but how true!


Like an actor who is able to portray different characters, martial arts ought to be the same.  To not have it happen consciously, but as a matter of habit, yet a habit not so entrenched to cause negative effects - not an easy task.  Martial arts training has no end.  This is because one can never stop training.



You Can't Teach "That" to Children
Ray Hughes


I've had discussions over the years with some child development professionals who have said you cannot teach philosophy to children.  With close to 40 years of teaching karate to children, I beg to differ.


The main reason given by these professionals is they believe the brains of children four to six years of age are not developed enough to understand complex concepts of philosophical thought. They go on to say older kids have difficulty because they can't or don't concentrate long enough to absorb the process of philosophical understanding.  Of course these are the same professionals that say children should not compete because it can cause self-esteem issues.  


Not being a professional child psychologist, I disagree with their assessment.   Experience has shown me kids do understand philosophy and that they can apply it.  I have seen firsthand children apply philosophical thought while dealing with problems.  On a regular basis I get parents sharing exciting stories about how their child has told them not to worry about a problem, saying "life isn't fair Mom, it'll be all right."   I often get old students from decades past drop in and tell me how those philosophical discussions we had when they were eight years of age did help when they started out on their own, sometimes brutal and unfair, life long experience.


Child and adult philosophy is relatively the same, just disseminated differently.  Philosophy means "the seeking of truth" with a particular system of thought.  In the martial arts, we understand the issue is self and the battle is within. This concept allows us to relate differently to outside problems.  It minimizes conflict, reduces being judgmental, and helps us understand the human condition.  A condition that is difficult and not always fair.  Believe it or not, children can get this if it is instructed properly over time.



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                             A Tapestry  


Robert Hunt

Robert Hunt
Robert Hunt



What is karate? If you are reading this, you probably have a good idea of the answer. But maybe not all of it, possibly not even most of it.


          I am amazed how long it took to start opening my eyes to the reality of karate. There was a time that I thought the Japanese Shotokan katas I was learning represented "real" karate. It took two decades to figure out that karate wasn't even Japanese, let alone Shotokan.  It finally worked its way into my pea brain that karate was Okinawan, and that Shotokan was a version of Okinawan karate, edited for tournament sake.  


            There are those who have said that Okinawa is a part of Japan, therefore karate


Japanese. That's true...now...but during the centuries karate gestated in Okinawa, the island was not part of Japan. It's like calling the Hula an American dance because Hawaii is now part of the United states.


            Articles over the years have linked karate to the Japanese classic Budo philosophy, but, although similarities exist, the 20th century was well under way before most Japanese ever even heard the name karate. The Budo idea was pasted on by Japanese politician/teachers who decided the Okinawan martial art fit their martial approach to perfection of body and spirit through repetition - and produced good soldiers.


We identify karate by a "style". Which style do you suppose best represents karate? Is it the one Miyagi cobbled together and his followers changed; or the one Mabuni assembled and his followers changed; or the one Funakoshi passed on and his followers changed; or the one Ohtsuka devised; or the one Bruce Lee came up with (which he called the "anti-style" style); or the one Bob Trias made up; or the one Mas Oyama envisioned; or the one Tak Kubota created; or the one Ed Parker imagined.  




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Series on Excellence
Interviews with interesting people 
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Doug Jepperson

by Doug Jepperson




This month I am sharing an interview I did with Summer Sanders, one of my favorite athletes. I am guessing that some of you are wondering if we will get back to karate. Last month a famous skier and this month a swimmer. I think it is all about karate and training.




Summer Sanders


In her two years at Stanford University, Sanders compiled six individual NCAA titles and four relay championships, earned back-to-back NCAA Swimmer of the Year awards, and propelled Stanford to the 1992 National Championship. At the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona, Sanders emerged as the most decorated U.S. swimmer, winning four medals - two gold, a silver, and a bronze. Following retirement from swimming, Sanders pursued a career in television. From 1997 to 2005, Sanders appeared on a plethora of programs as correspondent, co-host, and host. Highlights include eight years co-hosting "NBA Inside Stuff", becoming the first female game-show host on Nickelodeon at "Figure It Out", acting as an Olympic analyst and host for NBC during the 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Games, being a Today Show special contributor from 2000-2004, and hosting Fox's hit sports show "The Sports List". Sanders also worked as a sideline reporter for the NBA, WNBA, and US Open.


Summer Sanders

Summer is a mom, wife, athlete and author, she wrote, Champions Are Raised, Not Born: How My Parents Made Me a Success", by Summer Sanders


What is she doing today, besides sitting in the back office of my dojo? Running marathons. 


Summer Sanders, age 41, Boston Marathon time: 3:24

The Olympic champion swimmer, who finished April's 

Boston Marathon in 3:33.13, crushed her goal of running sub-3:30, running 3:24, "a decade PR." The TV analyst, speaker, model, mom, and serious runner was featured in the November issue of Runner's World. 


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Martial Art Humor


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

                  Zen Stories 



"A long time ago there was a young samurai and his fiancĂ© who were deeply in love. One day, the fiancĂ© was walking through the forest when she was suddenly attacked by a man-eating tiger. Her wounds were severe, and no matter what the young samurai did nothing could save her. She died.

>From the depths of his sorrow, the samurai vowed to revenge his beloved by seeking out the tiger and killing it.

Week after week, month after month, he took his bow and arrow and sought out into the forest in search of the man-eating beast. Searching relentlessly, the samurai one day finally saw a sleeping tiger in the distance and concluded that this must be the tiger responsible for the death of his lover.

He drew his bow, took careful aim and released the arrow which found its mark and pierced the tiger's body deeply. Drawing and mounting another arrow, he slowly approached the motionless creature to confirm the kill... only to find his arrow stuck deeply into a striped colored stone which happened to resemble a sleeping tiger.

After hearing about this, everyone in the village began to talk about how strong the samurai was. People asked him to repeat the feat. But regardless of how many times the samurai attempted to repeat the undertaking, his arrows just kept bouncing off the rock, since he now realized that his target was only a stone."

Moral of the story?




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


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Moral Wisdom
"Control yourself: Remember, anger is just one letter short of danger"    



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


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

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

      5/4     SCMAC Championships                      Hanshi Marquez
                 Santa Ana, CA.                                amkyoski@earthlink.net
      5/8-18 WIKF Wado SEminar/Jon Wicks
      contact:Marios Vatiliotis
                 Nicosia and Paphos Cypres              (00357 22) 348790

      5/10     Texas USANKF Championships          Brody Burns
                  Plano, Texas                                   tournamentinabox.com

      5-17     Gary Tsutsui Seminar                     parkcitykarate.com
                  Park City, Utah


42nd Annual Riverside Karate Tournament

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

Kevin Warner (951) 217-4986

         5/18     Silverado Cup                                                     Oscar Silvera
                     Garden City, MI                                            info@silveradocup.com

         5/18     2nd Annual Dalke Cup                            Sensei Roesha Hightower
                     University of California, Riverside          karateatucr@hotmail.com


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

         6/14  Utah State Championship & Nat'l Qualifier   Sensei Jepperson
                   Park City, Utah                                       parkcitykarate.com

        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

        6/26      USANKF Referee Seminar  w/ Sensei Maladi    Sensei Fukuda
                     Fountain Valley, Ca.                                     714-585-6697

        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



     7/26-27  40th JKF Gojukai Tournament      naoya.shioji@city.wakayama.lg.jp
                       Sendai City, Japan


     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


         10/25    Fonseca Cup                                      info@fonsecamartialarts.com



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