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

-Hironori Ohtsuka

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Welcome to the world of Wado

Dear Wado Enthusiast  


This newsletter is to help keep Wado enthusiasts informed of activities in Wado Ryu, Wado Kai, Wado Kokusai, and independent Wado groups in the United States and abroad. Please send your Wado 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.

In addition,
we will publish editorials, articles, or any other important Wado information that will help the Wado enthusiast. Please send a photo of the author with the article.

Volunteer Wado Staff

New Things  

In addition to publishing the biographies of USA Wado pioneers and new school openings, we are now publishing "Responses and Rebuttals" to the editor's Featured Article.  Though we can't publish them all, we will publish the ones that are interesting reading, pros or cons.
USA Pioneer and School Owner Biographies


In the next several months we will start publishing biographies for past and current United States Wado pioneers and key dojo owners. We know that many Wado enthusiasts want to know more about these individuals. We will try to start with the oldest pioneers and work backward. This is going to be a very difficult project, so we will only publish complete profiles on individuals when we receive all the necessary information.  Please understand that we will not be publishing them in any given order of importance or prestige. They will simply be published as we complete each profile.
If you know someone we should consider for a Pioneer Profile, please send in your information.
Also, we will at some point in the future profile some of the top foreign instructors.

New Schools and Relocations 


Starting with this issue we are listing new Wado schools that are just getting started. We also want to list any relocations of existing Wado programs. Please send in your program information if you are a new start up or are relocating. Though this may not seem important to the Sensei of the program, it is important to the World of Wado. In addition, we at this newsletter want to do everything possible to help your program grow and prosper.
Thank you,
"Wado" staff

thinking man

Response or Rebuttal



This section is to show responses or rebuttals to the editor's monthly "Featured Article".  Though we can't list them all, we will publish the more provocative ones.


Sensei Hughes --


You "featured" column regarding "misconceptions" illustrates a major problem with your newsletter.  You refer to having received a number of emails in response to your previous month's column, and indicate some of the reasons why you think the authors of those emails were incorrect.  However, you failed to share with your readers the content of those emails. 


By failing to share with your readers the content of those emails, you have turned what could be an interesting, and perhaps valuable, multi-party discussion into a one-sided lecture in which you state your views to the recipients of the newsletter.  Because you have sole control of the contents of the newsletter, I assume that this was done deliberately.  Whether it was because you fear an open discussion or because you thought the quality of the contents of the various emails you received was unworthy of publication is, of course, something only you can know.  However, by limiting the discussion to your views, you also limit the persuasiveness of your arguments.  If you truly believe that your views ultimately will be shown to be correct, you should not fear having them debate openly. 



Mark St. A.


Editor's note:  I want to apologize to anyone who feels that I am lecturing in my articles, that is not my intent. 


Unfortunately this medium is not really designed for multi-party discussion. However, the point that this reader states is important,and that is there is a need for multi-party communication. Guess what, its coming.



Ray Hughes 


Disclaimer:  Titles


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 and USA Karate

Doug Jepperson
Doug Jepperson
                                         Dear Wado Karateka   



2011 Junior Olympics and 2011 US Open


Every year in April thousands of karate people arrive in Las Vegas for the Junior Olympics and the US Open. Combined these are the most prestigious karate events in the United States. With nearly 2,500 athletes and 54 countries represented it is a staggering event. This past April 22, 23, and 24th, we saw the biggest and best weekend of karate in the USA.


While our newsletter covers more than Sport Karate we do need to celebrate those that compete and help run these tournaments, because these people raise awareness for all Wado instructors and students.  We sometimes receive letters from instructors who do not participate in sport karate, but I like to tell them the old cliche' "a rising tide raises all boats." So help us celebrate our fine young athletes, coaches and officials.


We had over 150 Wado athletes participate in these tournaments.

Wado had Coaches, Referees, and Officials from eleven Wado schools.

Seven Wado schools participated that have never participated in this event before. We had five Wado students take the USA Dan grade exam.

In my opinion the outstanding athlete of the tournament was Tom Scott, a Wado student from Texas.


The primary boots on the ground running the tournament were the Wado WIKF folks from the Classical Academy of Karate under Sensei Brody Burns and Sensei Darrin Free.


So whether you practice in a backyard with your sensei or you run a school with 500 students, word of mouth regarding Wado helps everyone. And Wado was spoken about often that weekend.


We were going to list all the competitors and their medals, but we ran out of room, so we shortened our list to the schools that sent athletes and/or officials. From each of these schools I heard reports of lots of medals, happy athletes and families.


Arizona Wado                                    Sensei Marlon Moore, Chandler, AZ

USA Wado Ryu,                                Sensei Shoji Nishimura, Laguna Niguel,


Success Martial Arts, Rock Springs Karate     Sensei Heidi Taylor and

                                                                       Sensei Joe Talerico, Wyo 

Lakeland Karate                               Sensei Butch Balingit, Lakeland, FL

Park City Karate                              Sensei Pam Jepperson, Sensei Eckel 

Vanatta's Karate Institute                  Sensei Mike Vanatta, White House TN

American Sports Karate                   Sensei Darren Moore, Naples FL

Danner Karate Center                       Sensei Donnie Danner, Mt. Juliet TN

Fighting Spirit Karate                        Sensei Joe Valdez, Hendersonville, TN

Academy of Classical Karate            Sensei Brody Burns, Sensei Darrin Free 

                                                         Sensei Dale Gatchalian ,TX

Scottsdale Martial Arts Center           Sensei Ray Hughes, Scottsdale, Az



Hopefully we did not miss anyone, as I am making this list from memory of the folks who I spoke with at the tournament.


In addition to the competition there were outstanding seminars on kumite training given by Antonio Oliva, considered by many to be the best kumite coach in the world. A terrific Kata training seminar given by Ruben Caneda, the Pan American Technical Director. The seminars alone were worth the trip.


Finally we had six great people take a Dan exam. All of these people already have rank in their Wado style group. Our intent was not replace the style group dan grade but expand the knowledge base on karate-do in general. But practicing and taking an exam on the Wado style and Karate-Do in general our hope is to increase understanding of Wado through learning about other styles. After all Master Otsuka trained with each of the creators or our sister styles of karate from Japan.


The following received Dan grade from USA Karate - member USOC.

Kathy Eckel Shodan

Jonathan Eichner Shodan

Tyler Warren Nidan

Joe Valdez Godan

Ray Hughes Rokudan



Doug Jepperson

USA Karate

Wado Technical Director

Contact Doug at doug@parkcitykarate.com


Wado Ryu Seminar

Wado Ryu logo

Thursday May 5th and Friday May 6th  2011
Two day seminar instructed by Osaka Sensei 
Toshio Osaka
Osaka Sensei
 Location:                 Mountainside Martial Arts Center
                               3173 W. Chandler Blvd 
                               Phoenix,Arizona  85048
Rick Savagian
Sensei Rick Savagian
Invitation is only open to Wado Ryu USA practitioners.
Students must be under the Wado-Ryu USA licensed agreement.  
For more information contact Sensei Rick Savagian.
 Contact and host: Sensei Rick Savagian

41st Annual Utah OpenWado Ryu logo

Karate Championships 

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Tournament Location: University of Utah
                                HPER E-101 building
                                Salt Lake City, Utah USA
Sponsored by: International Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Institute
                      USA Wado Karate-Do Federation

                      University of Utah Karate Club

Toshio Osaka

Osaka Sensei

Open to all styles
For more information call: 1-801-363-2251 


USA-NKF Olympic rings

Utah State Championships 2011

USA Karate National Qualifier 

Park City, Utah USA  
June 4-5, 2011
Registration on line  www.karatemaster.com/
USA-NKF Referee Course: Fariba Madani
                                        certification in kata and kumite
How to Compete Training Seminar
      Joe Talerico      9 time gold USA-NKF 
      Tim McClellan  3 time gold AAU

Doug Jepperson.

sanctioned by USA Karate
Register early and save
Registration ends on June 2, 2011
Tournament Director: Brody Burns
dojo:972-424-8870, 469-233-0968
Tournament Promoter: Doug Jepperson
Wado Kai logo

Wado-Pentecost Training Course 2011 


June 11nd - June 13th 2011 in Berlin


Shuzo Imai, 8. Dan, Germany


Takamasa Arakawa, 6. Dan, JKF Wadokai Japan

Japan Wadokai National Champion numerous times,

Shuzo Imai Sensei

Imai Sensei

Health and Physical Education Teacher


Christina Gutz, 5. Dan, Germany



Berliner Karate Verband e. V. und Wadokai Deutschland Sohonbu e. V.


Promoter BKV e. V., Consultant of Wado-Ryu 


Internet: www.berliner-karate-verband.de   



Christina Gutz, E-Mail: Ch.Gutz@gmx.de,Tel. +49 (0)30 6937316 



Location: Sports Hall Lobeckstra�e, Lobeckstra�e 62/63, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg (U-Bahnhof PrinzenstraBe) 


Saturday, 2011-06-11 10:00 a. m. - 18:00 p. m. 


Sunday, 2011-06-12    10:00 a. m. - 18:00 p. m. 

Monday, 2011-06-13    10:00 a. m. - 12:00 a. m.  


Takamasa Arakawa Sensei

Takamasa Arakawa Sensei


Whole 55,00 Euro 





reduction 50,00 Euro


WDS-members 50,00 Euro 



children until 14 yrs. 30,00 Euro   



Day only      35,00 Euro


reduction     30,00 Euro 



children until 14 yrs. 20,00 Euro   



Management assumes no liability  


Free overnight stay is possible. Contact:nipponbln@aol.com   






Robbie Smith

Sensei Robbie Smith

Wado Kai Karate Clinic



with Sensei Robbie Smith

        from New Zealand

       7th Dan Black Belt International

       1st Kyu (International) Licensed

       WKF Referee



Where: Peak Academy of Dance
 When: June 19, 2011
Time:    9am to 4pm Sunday
David Sasaki

Sensei David Sasaki

Cost:    $40.00
RSVP: June 10, 2011
Hosted: Sensei David Sasaki 
             4th Degree Black Belt

Contact: Sensei David Sasaki  



International Karate Budo Art Celebration 
June 16, 17,18, & 19, 2011Wado Kai logo



Dear Karate-ka,



The 2011 Winter Olympic city of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, and the C.Z.W.K.A cordially invite you to attend the 2nd International Budo Art Celebration! The Association in accordance with Karate B.C. is hosting a series of Martial Art Seminars not to be missed. While enjoying the benefits of a state of the art training facility: Hollyburn Country Club, you will be able to experience the intensity and fulfillment of a Martial Arts training seminar series the like of which is rare in North America.


The Canadian Zenkuren Wado Kai Karate Association is proud to present four of the top Martial Arts instructors in one place over four days in June 2011. They are each unique in their approach, aspects and expertise in Budo arts, are approachable and aim to transmit as much knowledge about their art in the time we have together 


We aim to cater to High Performance and Traditional Budo-ka as well as providing the opportunity to upgrade ones self in Yudansha. Our instructors hail from as far as Europe, Japan and North America,truly an international background. Our hope is that you will discover that the training is nothing short of 'top notch' and make new and interesting friends in the process.


If this sounds like something you might enjoy, then join us in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada June16-19 2011 for some real Canadian hospitality.



The C.Z.W.K.A.

International Karate Budo Art Celebration Staff


Schedule & Poster download: www.canadajkfwadokai.org

Norma Foster

Sensei Foster

Hollyburn Country Club
950 Cross Creek Rd.
West Vancouver, BC V75 255
Sensei Norma Foster
           JKF Wado Kai 7th dan
Toby Threadgill

Sensei Threadgill

Sensei Toby Threadgill
           Shindo Yoshin Ryu Menkyo Kaiden
           Jiu Jitsu  
Bob Nash

Sensei Nash

Sensei Bob Nash
           JKF Wado Kai 7th dan
Kaki Kawano

Kawano Sensei

Sensei Kaki Kawano
           JKF Wado Kai 6th dan
For additional information contact:
                                                 Peter Stoddart  karate@hollyburn.org
                                                 Norma Foster guseikai@hotmail.com



Sunsplash Gasshuku

Shiomitsu Sensei

August 11th-14th 2011, Orlando, Florida

M.Shiomitsu Sensei, 9th Dan Hanshi

Enjoy the sunshine holiday of a lifetime in Florida and meet Wado friends from around the world!


Visit all the best of Orlando's

attractions: Disney World, MGM,

universal Studios and much

more all within 20 minutes of

your hotel.


Training Daily from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00

noon leaves the whole day free for fun!


Hotel Accommodations provided

by the Embassy Suites Hotel,

International Drive, Orlando.


Large Rooms available with

excellent rates (limited numbers available

- book early). Special rates will be

honored for the duration of your stay

before and after the course  

Shiomitsu Sensei, 9th Dan Hanshi, will be instructing over the four days.

Training is from 9am till 12 noon. Plenty of time to visit theparks, shop and eat. There will be a trip to the beach. All kinds of food and restaurants to suit everyone's tastes. There will be Wado friends from around the world there. Last time there were Americans, Canadians, Australians, English, Scottish and Norwegians. Bring the KWAGs, that means Karate Wives And Girlfriends! This is the best way to combine training and holiday.

             Orlando, Florida USA
             Tyrone Pardue  e-mail: tyronepardue@mac.com
Suzuki Sensei
WIKF Karate Course

Dear Wado friends,
First of all, we wish you a happy and prosperous 2011.
We take advantage of this occasion to inform you about the
IIV.I.P. wado karate course in Spain with Dr. Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi (phd).
The datum of the course will be from Thursday the 15th of September 2011 until Saturday the 17th of September 2011 (this course is a continuation of our classical summer course we did over 26 years).
The course will be open only from 3rd kyu (brown belt).
You can stay at the youthostel Paradiso (www.albergue-paradiso.com <http://www.albergue-paradiso.com> ). You have also the possibility to stay at a hotel or guesthouse nearby (we can help you to find out different options). Those people who have accommodation outside Paradiso have as well, like always, the possibility to take lunch or dinner at the youthostel.
The training will be at the sport hall nearby (sport hall of Hinojedo, 5 min. walk from Paradiso).

Budo Club Paradiso
(Wado International Karate-do Dojo, located at the Paradiso complex) has a beautiful 100 m2 dojo with a Japanese touch were you can practice by yourself during the free time as well as a new fitness area, swimming pool and is only 2km from the beach.
At this dojo, will be held the Dan grading as well.

The course schedule will be the next:
  Thursday 15th September:
          - Arriving
           - Lunch at youthostel:14:00h
           - Training: 17:00-20:00h
           - Dinner: 21:00h
    Friday 16th September:
          - Breakfast: 9:00h
           - Training: 10:00-13:00h
           - Lunch: 14:00h
           - Training: 18:00-20:00h
   Saturday 17th September:
          - Breakfast: 9:00
           - Training: 10:00-13:00h
           - Lunch: 14:00h
           - Dan Grading (examination): 18:00-20:00h
           - Special Dinner: 21:00h
   Sunday 18th September:
          - Breakfast: 9:00h
           - Check out before 10:30h
price staying at the youthostel Paradiso is:
225 €/person (which includes, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, special dinner and training).
For those who are not staying at the youthostel Paradiso: 180 €/person (which includes, lunch, dinner, special dinner and training).
Only special dinner: 25 €/person.
Only karate training: 120 €/person.

There also exist the possibly to stay at the youthostel Parsdiso before the course starting date or after. The price will be: 30 €/person/day (includes: accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Due to the places of accommodation at the youthostel are limited, those who are interested can make their reservation by email, phones or faxes on the below information.
We hope to see you again in Spain and have a nice time together.
Again, we wish you a happy and prosperous 2011.
Kind regards,
Wim and Miguel Massee.

Albergue Paradiso SL
Alojamiento tur�stico-Granja Escuela-Centro de Formaci�n-Escuela de Tiempo Libre-Gimnasio
c/La Ermita 18
39350 Hinojedo (Suances)
Telf: (0034) 942 84 31 39
Fax: (0034) 942 82 33 96

Successful Competition


 Wado Kai logo

41st Anniversary

Wa no Kizuna(bonds of peace)

Invitational Karate Tournament 

Denver, Colorado USA
Saturday April 9, 2011


The 41st Anniversary Wa no Kizuna Invitational was a very successful Wado event.  Though the vast majority of participants were Wado, there were a large contingent of competitors from all Japanese and Okinawa traditional karate organizations. 

Tyler Warren

Tyler Warren

Black Belt Champions 

 Tyler Warren (Scottsdale, Arizona Wado Kai practitioner) placed 1st in men's kumite and placed 2nd in kata.


Fred Erickson

Fred Erickson

 Fred Erickson (Chandler, Arizona Wado Kai practitioner) took 1st place in men's senior kumite.

Kurobane Sensei

Kurobane Sensei



Kurobane Sensei extends his appreciation to all those who participated in this year's event and wants to personally thank all those individuals who tirelessly worked to make this tournament such a success.



Tai Otoshi - Using the power of the earth


by Christina Gutz


Wado training course with Toby Threadgill (USA), Menkyo Kaiden, Takamura-Ha Shindo Yoshin

Ryu Jujutsu and Bob Nash (USA), 7. Dan JKF Wadokai from February 26nd - February 28th 2011

in Berlin


200 participants, including numerous guests from England, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Israel, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Serbia trained together for two days in Berlin under the direction of Toby Threadgill and Bob Nash. In addition, more than 25 blackbelts attended the training for Trainers with Bob Nash on Monday evening. The high number of participants clearly shows the great popularity of this Berlin Wado training course, where many national and international contacts can be established and existing ones strengthened.

Sensei Threadgill right

Sensei Threadgill-right


Toby Threadgill leads one of the branches of the Takamura-Ha Shindo Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu that are legitimate worldwide today. Shindo Yoshin Ryu (SYR) is a development of Yoshin Ryu which was founded by Yoshitioki Akiyama in the middle of the 16th century. The tradition of the Shindo Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu traces back to Matsuoka Katsunosuke (1836 - 1898) during the late Edo period.

Bob Nash

Sensei Nash


Bob Nash is founder of the Wado Guseikai USA, which stands within the tradition of Hironori Ohtsuka

(1892 - 1982) and is connected with Wadokai Japan(Japan Karate-Do Federation). 


Wado Ryu was founded by Hironori Ohtsuka (1892 - 1982) and its roots are in Okinawa-Karate and in Shindo Yoshin Ryu.


Toby Threadgill and Bob Nash would like to impart some principles of the Budo and the SYR in order to contribute to a better understanding of the martial arts in general and of the Wado-Karate in particular.


The Training 


On both days the training began with a collective training. Afterwards the participants were divided into two groups: one trained under the direction of Bob Nash and the other under Toby Threadgill. During the training, Toby Threadgill and Bob Nash demonstrated the connection between Shindo Yoshin Ryu and Wado by showing that Hironori Ohtsuka transferred principles of the SYR to the Wado.


Chushin Tadasu and Tai Otoshi 


At the beginning of the training course Toby Threadgill said that the Martial Arts are often mystified in Japan because of a lack of explanation. Based on some principles of the SYR, Toby Threadgill and Bob Nash showed that the sensitivity for one's own body and a correct posture are important to successfully perform techniques with minimal effort.


Implementing the principle of the correct posture suggested by Chushin Tadasu enables a safe stance and optimal use of the muscles. Shoulders and spine are aligned over the hip, and the hip bone is aligned over the ankles. That way, the body is protected and can be moved with minimal muscle power. Toby Threadgill impressively demonstrated this principle by performing the Kata Nairiki. In the course of the training, participants were able to practice this kata.


At this point, Bob Nash drew the attention to the fact that Hironori Ohtsuka had learned the Kata Nairiki before he learned karate. When he later saw Naihanchi, he understood the meaning of the kata and based on this he developed Yoko and Tate Seishan Dachi. Consequently, both stances have a direct connection to the dynamic of the Kata Nairiki, and thus to that of the SYR.



During the exercises that followed, concerning Nairiki and Naihanchi, Bob Nash and Toby Threadgill introduced another principle of the SYR: Tai Otoshi. With the correct posture and stance it is possible to use the power of the earth by shifting the center of gravity to the ground and pulling your own body down. Additionally, it is important to work in a relaxed state and from the center of the body. Additionally, it is important to work in a relax state and from the center of the body. Tai Otoshi is also part of the SYR Kata Woizuki: dropping your body thereby adds power to your move through the earth. This principle is reflected again in numerous Wado Kata and techniques, e.g. in Kihon Kumite 3 and 8, as well as in the opening move of Pinan Nidan and Chinto.



Tai Otoshi and further principles



Transferred to partner exercises, that means: Put your mind in order first and then control the partner. Using Ryote Dori (grasping both wrists) as a concrete example, Toby Threadgill demonstrated more principles of the SYR: Irimi, Ju no Musubi, Kansetsu Waza and Kuzushi. The defender carries his energy from his centre forward to the attacker: Irimi. He establishes a connection with his hands to the body of the attacker: Ju no Musubi. He controls the attacker by blocking his joints: Kansetsu Waza. 

Subsequently he unbalances the attacker: Kuzushi. The throw is executed with a dropping of the body weight: Tai Otoshi. It is important that the defender maintains the correct body structure (Chushin Tadasu), works in a relaxed state, establishes a flexible connection to the attacker (Toby Threadgill compared it with touching silk) and thereby develops a sensitivity for his partner.      




The principles of the Shindo Yoshin Ryu in Wado



Bob Nash used the Kata Naihanchi and Seishan and also basic techniques to demonstrate that the principles of the SYR are inherent in the Wado, because the moves of Hironori Otsuka were influenced by the SYR, since he learned SYR first. This distinguishes Wado from other karate styles.


During the Berlin training course, Toby Threadgill and Bob Nash successfully demonstrated the principles of the Budo and the SYR to the participants and sensitized them to the feeling of their own body. The participants came to understand that techniques can be performed without superfluous effort, by implementing these principles. The mystery of the Martial Arts was exposed and a better understanding of the Budo, and the Wado in particular was achieved.



Reunion 2012 



February 2012 Toby Threadgill and Bob Nash will be back in Berlin.


On 25th and 26th 



We are all cordially invited to attend this training course.


Nash germany group










Koshiki no Te

Europe magazine





We are very proud to make the announcement in the "Wado" newsletter of the new Koshiki no Te magazine available in North America this June.  








Koshiki no Te1


Koshiki-No-Te is a brand new magazine for 2011 featuring Wado specific information. The magazine editors Harry Cook, Peter May, and Frank Johnson have collaborated to produce an A4 size quality full color magazine. There will be no more than two published in one year. With a small print run this is an item sure to be sought after.


You may pre-order the magazine and be sure of getting your copy by sending an email to sales@koshikinotena.com. All will be sent out this June.


Order Today to be sure to get your copy!

Wado Conference 
Wado Ryu LogoWado Kai LogoIndependent Wado LogoWIKF Logo 

The 4th Wado Conference is scheduled for 2011. The Wado Conference is an event where Wado instructors and students from all Wado organizations, including independents, come together to train and exchange ideas.

The first two conferences were held in Park City, Utah and the third held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The next location has not yet been determined. 

More information to follow.
AW photo

Ray Hughes


Doug Jepperson





Martial Art Humor


First Karate Competition

Tommy's dad brought him to his first Karate competition. Noting that the organizers seemed a little shorthanded he approached the table. "Good morning," he said to the Director, "you look a little shorthanded. Anything I can do to help?" "Well it just so happens we're short a fighter for the under 90 kg division," the director replied "Sorry," Tommy's dad said, "I don't know a thing about Karate." "That's OK" said the director. "We need referees too."


If you have any martial art humor you would like to share, please forward it to us. We all need a little humor in this world

Zen Stories  



A very diligent but rather brash young Zen student had been studying under a famous Zen master for a number of years. One day the student came to his master and said,  "I have finally mastered the art of Zen Buddhism! I now understand the true meaning of "mu shin". My mind is now one of calmness, emptiness, complete nothingness. As quick as a flash the old Zen master smacked the young student across the head with his pipe. The Zen student's face filled with rage as he glared fiercely at his master. The old Zen master smiled and said to his disciple, "If you have complete nothingness then where does this anger come from?

If you have any Zen stories you would like to share, please forward them to us. We all need a little Zen in our lives.

Additional Wado Information

Please check out this link for additional Wado Information:

Suggested Tournaments for Wado competitors 









May 14-15, 2011

15th Annual Rocky Mountain Championships

USA-NKF qualifier

Contact: Sensei Cyrus Madani



May 15, Rocky Mountain Championships Louisville CO



May 21, 2011

41st Annual Utah Open Karate Championships

Salt Lake City, Utah USA





June 4, Utah State Championships and National Qualifier, Park City Utah

Contact Katie Mullaly kmullalyut@gmail.com




July 14 - 17, USA Karate National Championships and Team Trials, Arlington TX





USA-NKF Zone Karate Tournament

Sunday August 7, 2011

Sacramento, Ca. USA

contact: Sensei Alex Miladi



WIKF World Championships, Dallas TX

http://www.planodojo.com/, contact Brody Burns, bburns@usankf.org




Nov. 12, Dallas TX, Suzuki Cup, Brody Burns





MAY 2011 
In This Issue
New Things Coming
Responses or Rebuttals
Wado and USA Karate
Wado Ryu Seminar Arizona USA
Utah Open USA
Utah State Championships USA
Wado Kai Germany
Wado Kai Seminar Colorado USA
International Karate Budo Celebration Canada
Wado Ryu Seminar Florada USA
WIKF Suzuki Sensei Seminar Spain
Successful Wado Tournament
Tai Otoshi
Koshiki no Te
Wado Conference USA
Martial Art Humor
Zen Stories
Additional Wado Information
Suggested Tournaments
Featured Article "Here we go..."

Featured Article

"Here we go..." 

AW photo 

        Ray Hughes           Editor 

We have talked about the importance of promoting the Art of Wado over the pass several issues.  Most of us would agree that the purpose of promoting the Art of Wado today is more to help the future Wado instructor and practitioner than today's enthusiasts, though this of course will help us all. 

The question is "what can we do collectively to help with the positive promotion of the Art of Wado?"  While we are asking ourselves this question, there are several obstacles that need to be considered. First, there are no revenues to work with.  Second, many of us simply do not have the time to give to such a venture.  Third, how do we get instructors with wide range of philosophies to work together?

One thing we can do collectively to help with the promotion of Wado is develop a national directory of all Wado schools and programs. This costs virtually no money and takes very little time from the school or program instructor.  In addition, the philosophy of each school has no impact on the importance of this project.  All will benefit.

This national directory is vital for several reasons.  One, if someone has an interest in Wado, they need to be able to quickly and easily find where the Wado schools or programs are in their area.  They need to be able to see what kind of Wado School it is, what philosophy the school holds, what the school's objectives are, and who operates the school.

Another important need for a national directory is to help Wado students that relocate.  There needs to be a simple way for students and their instructor to find Wado schools and programs in the new area they are relocating.  As an instructor, I want this information.   I have students move all the time and I am asked what Wado schools are in the area they are moving to.  Most of the time I have no answers for them.

A national directory will also benefit the communication process between schools and instructors. There are times when one Wado school may need to communicate with another school for any of a variety of reasons. It would be nice to be able to quickly find the contact information.

So we at this newsletter are going to start a national Wado directory.  To do this we will soon be sending out a school profile asking for information for this directory.  This comprehensive directory will be on USAWADO.com.  In addition, we will also do the work behind the scenes (i.e. search engine optimization and increasing national exposure) to drive potential students to this directory. 

We want to list all locations of Wado instruction in this directory, whether they are in dojos, YMCAs, Boys and Girl Clubs, community centers, or any other facility. If you know someone that teaches in one of these facilities, encourage them to get the information to us.

After we accomplish this task, be will proceed to other ideas, but that is for another day.

We encourage you to take the time to fill out the school profile that you will be receiving shortly and want to thank you in advance for your efforts. 

Keep training hard and enjoy the process.  


The mission of this newsletter is to disseminate Wado information to the Wado enthusiast in an unbiased and non political format.

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