Can It Be Done?
Why do we train in the martial arts?
To improve technical proficiency, physical health, mental development, character improvement, or all of the above?
Can one improve in the above mentioned areas while studying a poor quality martial art?
I don't think so.
My thought is it is the physical perfection of a quality art with the proper mental guidance from a competent Sensei that directly affects the above mentioned characteristics.
A poor quality art or instruction would undermine the growth of a practitioner.
What are your thoughts?
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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.
The eyes, Heart, Strength and Technique are One
by Master Otsuka
Eyes speak just as loud as the mouth does. Angry eyes, happy eyes, cute eyes, embarrassed eyes, doubtful eyes, scared eyes, confused eyes, crazy eyes, sleepy eyes and so on all express some sort of state which one finds himself in.
These are all the result of the heart's actions shown through the eyes and made visible. The eyes are indeed the window to the soul. Hence, looking at the eyes, one can see the soul. However, one cannot look inside the soul through the eyes every time. If one has weak eyesight, or is blind, then one cannot see the other's eyes and consequently not his soul either. Those with an evil soul would have dark eyes and his soul cannot be determined. This is the kind of eye that is desirable in martial arts. Although one's punches and kicks may land and may make him seem like an expert, where one places his eyes is distracted by each movement, for example, in a low kick, one would tend to look down. In this case, no matter how expert he seems, he is simply just using the kata. That is because how one holds his heart naturally appears through the eye. If kata, the expression of the heart, and the heart itself are separated from each other, kata is meaningless.
In watching a marionette, if the person who is controlling the doll is genuine, then, his genuineness will show through in the movements of the marionette itself.
A kata that does not accompany a heart that possesses kata is dead. A "dead" kata has no meaning. The same can be said for an artist who paints with no soul in his picture. In every movement of a kata, there is a meaning or an objective. If one's movements do not incorporate these meanings or objectives, then no matter how long one practices, it is pointless.
If the kata is not "alive", then, obviously, it is "dead." Unless the kata is alive, it cannot be utilized. And it is difficult to use a kata which is "lively." One must practice beginning with his heart, or he will never improve. Practice and training often begin in groups with a "call." Any movements are so, but it is in constant repetition to the calls of the instructor. Sometimes, it seems as if the instructor is just yelling to his students, while the students just perform a controlled dance of some sort.
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Sensei or Student:
Who is More Important?
by Ray Hughes
Each one of us is a Sensei and student simultaneously, whether we are in the martial arts or not. This means we are being taught while teaching others virtually at the same time. Sensei (which means one who has gone before) technically could be used to describe anyone who is passing on information to another, regardless of position or situation. An important question is, "should we treat those who we instruct as we expect to be treated as a student?" Think about that for a second.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to the philosophy of teaching karate students. One is the philosophy "the student comes first." In other words, the interest of the student comes before the interest of the teacher or the organization. The other philosophy, which prevailed back in the day, but still exists, is the philosophy "the teacher is the priority and focus." This philosophy embraces the concept that it is the student's responsibility to seek out instruction, petition to be "accepted", to submissively join and obediently follow. Those who started training back in the 70's or earlier understand what I am talking about.
There are couple reasons why many schools and instructors believed in this "Sensei is the most important" philosophy. First, it is the hierarchical cultural of the Japanese society that has been passed on to the martial art school; the entrenched belief in the power of the Sensei and the low status of the student. Second, is the military structure that in inherent in karate training. Clear command structure and obedience of rank are imperative for combat success. Never question your superiors (Sensei).
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The Karate Tapestry - Part 6
The world evolves in mysterious ways.
How did three wise men from the east ever stumble on a dumpy little stable in Bethlehem? A star? There are stars above my house. No one stops. At least no one wise.
Thomas Jefferson, who wrote "All men are created equal", owned slaves.
I ended up married to a beautiful woman. Who would have guessed?
Ideas held sacred for decades are smashed to the profane by calloused historians (like me).
I was sitting in Teruo Chinen's living room - hardwood floors with a huge stone fireplace and not much else. We were simultaneously chatting about nothing and everything, passing the conversation back and forth like a talky football.
I proposed that a lot of Okinawan karate teachers seem to have traveled to China to study. He tossed back a surprising response.
"I think it's something like 'urban myth'," he said. "I think some were just dodging the draft."
Urban myth? Draft dodgers? These were ideas that had never crossed my mind as regards Okinawan karate. But should have. Things are seldom what they seem. (Did I say "seldom." I meant "never.")
I always assumed that Okinawan karate masters made pilgrimages to China much like Muslims to Mecca. You could hardly find one that hadn't - from Sakugawa to Nakaima to Matsumura to Higaonna to Miyagi to you-name-him.
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To contact Robert Hunt
by Doug Jepperson
Guess what? I went to a seminar. I even put on a Gi!
Over the weekend of October 10th, 11th and 12th, Jon Wicks, the Chief Instructor for WIKF, taught a series of clinics and held Dan grading for WIKF students.
In September, Sensei Kurobane held a series of clinics lead by Sensei Arakawa and some of the top instructors from JKF Wado Kai.
On August 24
th, Tyrone Pardue held a clinic for the American Wado Ryu Academy.
Our friends in Tennessee have formed Team Tennessee, a great idea and nice to see those folks all pulling together to build their clubs and Wado karate.
I mention all these Wado groups to let you know that Wado is not only alive and well; it is growing in the USA. WIKF-USA has doubled in size the past year with the additions of clubs in South Carolina and Florida.
Ray and I both attended the seminar in Texas with Sensei Jon Wicks and I can tell you that it is refreshing to put on a gi and have someone else count ichi, ni, san . . . etc. It was nice to see folks from all over the USA in attendance and training. Students from South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Utah, California and Arizona all training side by side. We had both young and old students on the floor and I was not even the oldest. That honor goes to Tom Kosslow.
L-R Atur Shabbas, Brody Burns, Tom Kosslow, Ray Hughes, Jon Wicks, Doug Jepperson, Darren Free,Tommy Hood
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We all need a little humor in our life. If you have a joke, send it in.
Martial Art Humor
Just Two Words
There once was a monastery that was very strict. Following a vow of silence, no one was allowed to speak at all. But there was one exception to this rule. Every ten years, the monks were permitted to speak just two words. After spending his first ten years at the monastery, one monk went to the head monk. "It has been ten years," said the head monk. "What are the two words you would like to speak?"
"Bed... hard..." said the monk.
"I see," replied the head monk.
Ten years later, the monk returned to the head monk's office. "It has been ten more years," said the head monk. "What are the two words you would like to speak?"
"Food... stinks..." said the monk.
"I see," replied the head monk.
Yet another ten years passed and the monk once again met with the head monk who asked, "What are your two words now, after these ten years?"
"I... quit!" said the monk.
"Well, I can see why," replied the head monk. "All you ever do is complain."
We all need a little Zen in our Lives. If you have a story, please send it in.
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
|2014 Colorado Karate Classic
Saturday, November 8th, 2014
Niwot High School
Host: Tanabe Sensei
For Additional Information click HERE
Instructor: Donny Danner
JKF Wado Kai
November 14-16, 2014
For additional details click HERE
WIKF Wado Ryu Karate Seminars with Sensei Wicks
All courses are open to Wado practitioners (unless stated) and will include traditional Wado Techniques including- OHYO, KIHON GUMITE, TANTO & TACHI DORI, (KNIFE &SWORD DEFENCE) IDORI (KNEELING DEFENCE) AND KATA
OCTOBER 1st -5th WIKF European Championships Cyprus - Contact Marios Vatiliotis (00357 22) 348790
OCTOBER 10th - 12th Dallas. TX. USA ,Contact - Brody Burnsbburns@planodojo.com
OCTOBER 14th - 16th Toronto Canada Contact: Kenneth Corrigan.email@example.com
Wado Kai Technical Seminar and
Instructor: Bob Nash
JKF Wado Kai
Nov 28-30, 2014
For Details click HERE
|2014 Suzuki Cup|
Saturday, December 6, 2014
a sanctioned USA Karate Event
The Suzuki Cup is held each year in honor of the late Wado master Tatsuo Suzuki, Sensei. It is a premier regional karate event that draws hundereds of athletes from several states across the country. The members of the Academy of Classical Karate proudly host this PRE- Registration only event and welcome participants to Plano, Texas on December 5-6, 2014.
- Elite Kumite Seminars
- Team Kumite Events
- US Team Members
- International Athletes
- Over 350 Athletes
Tournament Host and Director: Brody Burnsfirstname.lastname@example.org
Other Seminars and Events
11-1 Glendale Karate Championships Sensei Walden
USA Karate Sanctioned Event email@example.com
UCI Collegiate Tournament
UCI, Anteater Recreation Center, 680 California Ave, Irvine, CA
Bruce Nuygen/Chad Eagan
2014 USA Seiwakai Seminar/JKF Goju Kai Shinsa [grading]
Santa Monica, CA Vassie Naidoo 310-399-6955
11/8 IMA 8th Annual Karate Championships Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
11/8 Las Vegas Friendship Tournament
Las Vegas, Nevada VegasShotokan.com
Adlawan Cup Food Drive Tournament
Salgado Community Center, 706 N Newhope, Santa Ana, CA 92703
Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, 14400 Chestnut St, Westminster, CA 92683
11/20-26 2014 Hawaii Retreat email@example.com
12/6 Suzuki Cup Brody Burns 2015
Dallas, Texas firstname.lastname@example.org
3/1 New York International Open 1-347-400-5632
New York Luis Ruiz
3/8 Arizona Karate Championships & USA Karate Nat'l Qualifier
Phoenix, AZ Ray Hughes 602-315-5011
4/18 Alabama Open Keith & Sarah MacConkey 4/24
Champs Cup 2015 Samantha Hostettler
Atlanta, Georgia champscup.com May
5/30 Tenn State Championship and
5/16 SC Open email@example.com
Greenville, SC 864.277.2008
USA National Qualifier
Jo Valdez firstname.lastname@example.org
8/15 Wado Kai Karate-Do
12/26-1/5 2016 The 13th Pan American Maccabi Games
Dr. Sternberg email@example.com
Caren Lesser firstname.lastname@example.org