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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. Please send your text in a Word document and pictures in small jpeg files, thank you.
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.
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Something New !
To help introduce the instructors of seminars listed in this newsletter, we will try to obtain and list their profiles at the end of that publication.
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 Summer Karate Course 2011
All Wado Karate trainees welcome
Venue; Gyomasndrod, Hungary
Date; Sunday 31st July - Friday 5th August 2011
Instructors; Y.Iwasaki - Principal of Wado Kenshu-Kai
F.Sugasawa - Principal of Shiku-Kai
Sugasawa Sensei 4th from left; Iwasaki Sensei 4th from right
Fee; Member - 85euro Full course, 20 euro daily
45euro half course (3days)
Accommodation are available as below
(1) Youth Hostel; 10euro per night (6bed room), 15euro(4 bed room)
(2) Hars Hotel; 200euro per person per 7 night, B&B
(3) *Feszek Pension; 315euro per 2 person per 7 nights. B&B
Those rate are for 2010 and may change rate in 2011
Hotel Booking fee 50euro (No returnable)
For further information, please contact to Y.Iwasaki
Tel 085 8016276 (Mobile), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WIKF Wado Karate Seminars
Sensei Jon Wicks
See Sensei Wicks profile at the end of this newsletter.
Wado syllabus including Ohyo Gumite,
Kihon Gumite, Idori (kneeling defense) Tanto Dori, (Knife defense) Tachi Dori, (Sword defense) and Kata.
Seminars are open to all Wado practitioners
details from Marios Vatiliotis Email:email@example.com
UK Summer course
details from Eleni Suzuki Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
World WIKF Championships, Dallas USA
details from Brody Burns Email: email@example.com
details From Cato Bruaroy Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Unter der Leitung von
Roberto Danubio Sensei 6. Dan Japan Wadokai
Datum : 10. Juli - 15. Juli 2011
Ort : Sportzentrum Kerenzerberg / Filzbach / Schweiz
Leitung : Roberto Danubio Sensei 6. Dan Japan Wadokai
Teilnahme : ab 8. Kyu / Kinder ab 12 Jahre
Kosten : CHF 730.-
Leistungen : 2 mal täglich Karate Training
Vollpension (Frühstück/Mittagessen/Abendessen exkl.Getränke)
Übernachtung ( kein Massenlager )
Weiteres : Schwimmbad/ Squash/ Kraftraum/ Aufenthaltsraum/ Wandern/ Kletterwand und vieles mehr..
Organisation : Renshin Kan Karate Schule Weinfelden
International Wado Kai Camp
See Takagi Sensei's Profile at end of this newsletter
August 1 thru August 6, 2011
Dr. Hideho Takagi, 8th dan
Shinji Kohata, 7th dan
For more information
Sorry we were unable to locate a Kohata Sensei photo. Domo arigato gozaimashita
2nd INTERNATIONAL WADO-RYU KARATE-DO
See end of newsletter for Shiomitsu Sensei's profile.
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
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.
AMERICAN WADO ACADEMY Orlando, Florida USA
WIKF Karate Course
See Suzuki Sensei's Profile at the end of the newsletter
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:
- 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
The ALL-IN 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.
Wim and Miguel Massee.
Albergue Paradiso SL
Alojamiento turístico-Granja Escuela-Centro de Formación-Escuela de Tiempo Libre-Gimnasio
c/La Ermita 18
39350 Hinojedo (Suances)
Telf: (0034) 942 84 31 39
Fax: (0034) 942 82 33 96
Congratulations Team USA
The USA Senior National Team was in Montreal, Canada last weekend for the North American Cup. The team did fantastic, delivering their finest North American Cup performance in history bringing home 7 gold, 5 silver, and 4 bronze and won the North American Cup for the first time ever! This event was especially important as it was a qualifier for the Pan American Games.
Special congratulations to Wado practitioner Tom Scott, gold medal winner -75kg kumite. Tom is a student of Brody Burns whose WIKF Wado school is located in Plano, Texas, USA. email@example.com
Tom now qualifies to enter the Pan American Games in December
by Christina Gutz
Wado Pentecost Training Course 2011 in Berlin
Budo - a way of life
More than 100 participants met at the traditional Wado Pentecost training course 2011 in Berlin. The course was led by Shuzo Imai, 8. Dan, Takamasa Arakawa, 6. Dan, JKF Wadokai Japan and Christina Gutz, 5. Dan.
The training course reflected the whole variety of Wado: Kihon, Kata and Kata-Bunkai, Idori, Kihon Kumite, Ohyo Kumite, self-defence, Tanto Dori and Tachi Dori were taught.
The training consistently covered principles of Budo such as Chushin Tadasu (proper body posture), Kansetsu (joint blocking), Kuzushi (balance breaking), Tai Otoshi (body dropping), Irimi (to carry one´s own energy forward to the attacker) and Tai Sabaki (evasive movements) were consistently trained.
With examples from Kihon Kumite 6 and 7, Takamasa Arakawa placed emphasis on the need for cooperation between partners, who should confide in and connect with each other, giving rise to harmony between partners (Wa): At best, attacker and defender become a solid unit. That is why finding the correct distance between partners is more important than sticking rigidly to certain steps.
With regards to self-defence against knife attacks, Christina Gutz demonstrated that little evasive movements along with Wa-Uke can be the starting point of several effective self-defence strategies. Takamasa Arakawa took up the idea and shared a variety of additional techniques. Both trainers emphasized that the Budo-principles mentioned previously can also be used in self-defense.
The highlight of the training course was Shuzo Imai´s class on Tachi Dori. He demonstrated three possibilities of attack and defence, which trace back directly to Hironori Otsuka (1892 - 1982), the founder of the Wado Ryu. In doing so, Shuzo Imai clearly showed an understanding of the principles of the Wado in general and more particularly, the relation between Kihon Kumite, Tanto Dori and Tachi Dori.
Budo - a way of life
During the training course for trainers and examiners, Takamasa Arakawa reported new developments in Karate in Japan:
In Japan, Karate is a school subject and there are many possibilities to learn Karate at university too. However, often only Competition Karate is taught and many Japanese students stop practising Karate in adulthood.
Imai Sensei left, Arakawa Sensei middle, Sensei Gutz right
Currently, efforts are being made to reintroduce Budo to the Karate education. Karate has the most members of all Budo types. Karate is increasingly offered to elderly people and it turns out that they take much pleasure from it. Competitions for people over 40 have existed for about ten years. The competitions are open to all styles and approved by the Japanese Ministry of Culture. Generally this approach is successful. Elderly people also visit the school of Takamasa Arakawa. Therefore, in addition to Budo, the health benefits of Karate are gaining importance for trainers and students too. Takamasa Arakawa assured us that once he is back in Japan, he will talk and write about the Berliner Wado Pentecost training course, saying that many elderly people practise Karate with joy and success in Europe.
The Dan Exam was passed by: Mathias Gäbel (5. Dan), Frank Steffen (4. Dan), László Künsztler (2. Dan), Daniel Steffen (2.Dan), Ildiko Czigány (1. Dan) and Marion Thanner (1. Dan).
Wado Pentecost Training Course 2012
Next year there will be another Wado Pentecost training course. We invite all Karateka to come to Berlin to join the training!
This section will profile prominent U.S. Wado Instructors who have positively influenced Wado in the United States. They will be published as we receive them. If you are aware of an instructor that should be profiled in this section, please contact us.
Kurobane Sadaharu Sensei
Kurobane Sensei is an eighth dan in the Wado-ryu style of karate. He is also the Chairman of the Wado Karate Federation of U.S.A. and a member of the All Japan Wado-Kai Technical Committee.
In grade school, like many youngsters, he studied judo and received his Shodan in this style. However, Kurobane Sensei developed an interest in karate and obtained his father's permission to change disciplines.
He Joined the famed Nihon University Karate Club in the early 1960's and was fortunate to be able to study under the two Wado karate legends Master Otsuka, founder of Wado Karate and Master Mano, a senior student under Master Otsuka who later would become one of the most influential leaders of the International Wado Community. During his university years, Mr. Kurobane served as deputy captain of the Nihon University Karate Club (alongside Mr. Masafumi Shiomitsu, prominent in the Wado-ryu community) and he was a member of the 1962 and 1963 All Japan (Zen Nihon) Wado-kai championship teams.
Kurobane Sensei came to Colorado in 1970 to spread the Wado message and has now been teaching karate in Colorado for over 40 years.
In 1987, he created The Wado Karate Federation of USA (WKF-USA) to provide an organizational structure by which all Wado-kai dojos would benefit. All member dojos adhere to the same grading criteria for belt advancement. The Japan Karate Federation - Wado Kai (Tokyo) has granted WKF-USA the authority to conduct grade (belt) exams and award achieved grades up to 5th degree black belt. As chairman and shihan of WKFUSA, Mr. Kurobane is in charge of testing students of member dojos for WKF-USA and JKF-Wado Kai certification.
The title of Sensei Kurobane's tournament also speaks to his desire for unity and brotherhood. The Wa no Kizuna (Bonds of Peace) Invitational Karate Tournament is held each year, with participants from dojos throughout the United States and other countries. This year's tournament celebrated its 41st anniversary.
Sensei Kurobane is also one of the 36 founding members of Hokubei Shihankai, also known as the Japanese Karate Masters Association of North America.
7909 W. 16th Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80214
|Martial Art Humor |
The Gift of Insults
There once lived a great warrior. Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger. His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land and many students gathered to study under him.
One day an infamous young warrior arrived at the village. He was determined to be the first man to defeat the great master. Along with his strength, he had an uncanny ability to spot and exploit any weakness in an opponent. He would wait for his opponent to make the first move, thus revealing a weakness, and then would strike with merciless force and lightning speed. No one had ever lasted with him in a match beyond the first move.
Much against the advice of his concerned students, the old master gladly accepted the young warrior's challenge. As the two squared off for battle, the young warrior began to hurl insults at the old master. He threw dirt and spit in his face. For hours he verbally assaulted him with every curse and insult known to mankind. But the old warrior merely stood there motionless and calm. Finally, the young warrior exhausted himself. Knowing he was defeated, he left feeling shamed.
Somewhat disappointed that he did not fight the insolent youth, the students gathered around the old master and questioned him. "How could you endure such an indignity? How did you drive him away?"
"If someone comes to give you a gift and you do not receive it," the master replied, "to whom does the gift belong?"
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 12, Dallas TX, Suzuki Cup, Brody Burns
|Seminar Instructor Profile
Professor Tatsuo Suzuki 8th Dan Hanshi.
prepared by Doug Jepperson
Where do you start with a biography on this man? He has done everything, he is in a league by himself.
For Sensei's biography I will use his own words as much as possible.
Sensei Tatsuo Suzuki from his book a Fullness of Life in Karate....
I was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1928. My father was a fun loving man who enjoyed life to the full. He loved to cook, and owned a large restaurant. It was often hired by businessmen and local dignitaries for private parties where they could eat, drink and be entertained by Geisha.
This all came to and end when we were forced to move to the country to avoid American bombers during the war. School life was hard, and senior students would often beat the younger children for no reason. It was very militaristic, we looked upon our teachers as gods, I suppose it was just like the Samurai and his Lord.
I desperately wanted to become a soldier but was too young. I tried to join a naval academy but was rejected due to an eye problem. In hindsight I was actually quite lucky as they were all training to be Kamikaze pilots but at the time I was devastated. I was raised with the Bushido code, to die for my emperor and country would have been a great honor.
It was while at school that I had my first taste of martial arts. We practiced Kendo every day. When I was 14 years old I met one of my school friends older brother. He had studied Wado Ryu Karate while at university; from then on whenever he came home I would ask him to teach me. Eventually he agreed, it was all fighting - nothing technical.
It has been said the times in which we live forge our spirit. As a young many Sensei Suzuki grew up in a tumultuous Japan. He mentions he was born in 1928, this is only five years after the great earthquake destroyed Tokyo. This earthquake was so devastating it took ten years to rebuild the city. How much did it affect a young man to spend his first seventeen years in a country at war? Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931 and Japan's war effort continued throughout Sensei Suzuki's youth until the end of 1945 when he was 17 years old. Then of course we have the post war devastation and poverty Japan suffered for another decade, and we can see how Sensei's Suzuki' iron will was forged. He says this about his experience after the war.
"I decided to learn English and went to the local YMCA where they held classes. Once there I discovered that they also taught Karate. I knew that it was Karate that I wanted to do and soon forgot about learning English. The instructor there was a man called Mr. Kimura. He was one of Professor Ohtsuka's best students. Professor Ohtsuka was the founder of Wado Ryu Karate.
The Americans had banned all martial arts so we had to call Karate, Japanese boxing. I trained at the YMCA for about 6 months before we had to move on. We would train wherever we could, in gardens or fields, in the rain and snow, anywhere the American's could not find us. Kimura was a very intelligent man with a very sharp technique. He was a 5th Dan at the time the highest grade in Japan.
I was fascinated by the way of the warrior and the samurai code. I read books on Budo, Bushido and Hagkure. As a boy I dreamt of being a samurai hero. After the war we were not allowed swords, so I looked for a martial art without weapons. In Judo it was always the big guy who won, but Karate was different. With speed, timing and good spirit I could defeat any opponent large or small.
Post-war Japan saw the Japanese people embrace everything American, baseball, coke, Elvis. I wanted to give the world something Japanese. I decided to become a great martial artist so I could teach the world about the Japanese spirit.
When I first started I was only training four hours a day that eventually increased to 10. Everyone thought I was crazy but I believed that to be the best I had to work longer and harder than anyone else. I would train in a shrine garden near my home until well into the early hours of the morning. By wearing my gi (the white Karate outfit) I inadvertently started a rumour of a ghost who stalked the shrine at night."
If you would like to read more of Sensei Suzuki's experiences you can purchase his book, "Fullness of Life in Karate" at the WIKF web site: http://www.wikf.com/store_misc.htm
Some other highlights of his life in Karate include:
Sensei Suzuki was awarded 3rd Dan when he was only 19 years old
In 1951 at the age of 24 he was awarded the then highest grade in Wado 5th Dan. He said this was awkward as he was teaching students much older than himself.
At 45 he was awarded his 8th Dan and also in the same year was given the title of Hanshi (Master) by the Emperor's brother and the the International Budo Federation. He was presented with a special silver cup by Higashi Kuni no Miya, the uncle of the late Emperor of Japan.
From 1945 to 1956 he received direct instruction from the founder of Wado Ryu, Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei at the Wado Ryu Headquarters. Thereafter, as Ohtsuka Sensei's most senior student, he travelled with Ohtsuka Sensei both domestically and internationally performing demonstrations and teaching at the Headquarters and in such places as Hawaii.
From 1956 to 1964 Master Suzuki founded the first Wado Federation in England and from his base in London he spread Wado Ryu throughout Europe. Overcoming many difficulties, he brought senior students from Japan, taught them how to be instructors and sent them to various European countries. Within just a few years Wado Ryu became the most popular style in Europe.
In 1989 Master Suzuki felt he had to maintain the essence of Wado Ryu as he understood it so he established the Wado International Karate-Do Federation (WIKF)
In addition to his accomplishments in Karate, Suzuki Sensei is a 2nd Dan in Tenshin Koryu Bo-Jitsu (stick fighting) and a 1st Dan in Judo. He has also studied Zen doctrine with the high priests, the late Genpo Yamamoto and Soyen Nakagawa. Suzuki Sensei is also a member of the International Budo Academy (IBA) as an Associate Professor and has been award the title Doctor of Philosophy for his life long work and commitment to teaching Wado Ryu Karate.
To summarize we should list Sensei Suzuki's famous students, but we decided it was too difficult to list that many people and we would likely miss someone. If you do not know, he has trained World Champions, Heads of Organizations and thousands and thousands of students all over the world.
Seminar Instructor Profile
Sensei Shiomitsu is the founder and Chief Instructor of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy, and recognized world-wide as a great authority on Karate. He is based in London, England, but spends much of his time instructing at Wado-Ryu karate clubs all over the world, including European countries, the USA and Australia. He also conducts a number of instructors courses and is always present at the Dan gradings which take place at the summer and winter courses organized by the Wado-Ryu Academy.
Sensei Shiomitsu was born in Kagoshima, Japan, on 24th November 1940. He began studying Shorin Ryu karate at the age of 15. He entered Nihon University in 1959 and joined the Wado-Ryu karate club, one of the university clubs that Ohtsuka Sensei taught at. His prowess at the style led to his appointment as the captain of the university's karate team in 1963. By the time he graduated in 1964, with a degree in economics, he had already reached the grade of 4th Dan in Wado-Ryu.
Sensei Shiomitsu's natural ability at Wado-Ryu led to him being chosen by Ohtsuka Sensei as one of the karate instructors chosen to take Wado-Ryu karate outside of Japan. In 1965 Sensei Shiomitsu travelled to England, where he was appointed assistant Chief Instructor. He then spent the next 10 years visiting and staying in different countries throughout the world, including Spain, Portugal and even Madagascar, teaching Wado-Ryu karate. In 1976 he returned to England in his original position.
In 1981 Sensei Shiomitsu returned to Japan to celebrate the 90th birthday of Ohtsuka Sensei, the founder of Wado-Ryu karate. He was awarded the rank of 7th Dan by Ohtsuka. This was later followed by Sensei Shiomitsu's appointment as the Chief Instructor to the European Wado-Ryu Karate organizations, and in 1989 he founded the Wado-Ryu Academy.
Shiomitsu Sensei is represented in the US by Sensei Tyrone Pardue, Chief Instructor of the American Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy with Dojos in Florida and California. For information on membership to the Academy contact Sensei Pardue by email at email@example.com or by phone at (727) 480-4343.
|Seminar Instructor Profile
Sensei Jon Wicks
WIKF WORLD CHIEF INSTRUCTOR
Sensei Wicks began studying karate from the age of 13 and attained his 1st Dan (black belt) aged 17. At the age of 50, Sensei Wicks was personally awarded by Master Suzuki - 8th Dan Hanshi, his own 8th Dan and became the youngest official Wado-Ryu 8th Dan black belt in the World.
Sensei Wicks has for many years and continues today to receive private tuition from Master Tatsuo Suzuki - 8th Dan Hanshi, ensuring that the authentic style of Wado-Ryu is maintained. It was Master Suzuki who originally introduced Wado-Ryu into the UK in 1965. Sensei Wicks has accompanied Master Suzuki on international exhibitions and teaching courses over many years. Master Suzuki, appointed Sensei Wicks WIKF World Chief Instructor in 2009, recognising his expertise and dedication to teaching authentic Wado-Ryu karate in the traditional style.
As well as being personally taught by Master Suzuki, Sensei Wicks has had the honour of training with many Japanese masters, including the notable honour of being taught by Master Hironori Ohtsuka the First. He applies the ethos of authentic Wado-Ryu karate he has leant over his years of training to the way he teaches himself, passing on the knowledge and skills as first taught by Master Ohtsuka.
Sensei Wicks teaches throughout the World. He teaches extensively in Europe, regularly in North America, and has taught in South America, Japan and Australia. Sensei Wicks has even taught and given demonstrations in China with Master Suzuki. Sensei Wicks' aim is to ensure that all clubs and students, worldwide, who want to learn traditional Wado-Ryu are all taught the same authentic techniques as were first taught by Master Ohtsuka the First and subsequently by Master Suzuki and now Sensei Jon Wicks. Sensei Wicks is the Principal Instructor for the International Leaders courses and on many Regional courses. He also grades students to all levels, from beginners to the highest Dan grade students.
Sensei Wicks has a very strong kumite pedigree, having competed in national and international championships over a number of years, winning all the major Wado-Ryu titles including; World Championships, European Championships - Individuals 4 times and team 8 times, Wado Cup and multiple National championships. He has also had the honour of being England Team Captain to the victorious teams in both World Championships and European Championships - 8 times winners.
Sensei Wicks is the head of the Su-Ha-Ri Wado-Ryu Karate School which was founded in the early 1970's by the late Sensei Mick Robins, who himself was a loyal student of Master Suzuki. He has developed and grown the school to over 20 clubs throughout the South of England, and has in excess of 100 black belt students, all taught personally by him in the authentic style. The School follows in Sensei's footsteps with regards to Kumite, having produced many World, European and National champions at all age groups, and continues to do so today.
Seminar Instructor Profile
(provided by Bob Nash)
Born: 1942 July 23rd China (note: at that time many Japanese were born in China. China ( Manchuria) was a part of Japan. The Japanese empire had extended into China and Korea and were considered part of Japan.)
Residing in Tokyo
1953 - Moved to Japan from China to Shimane prefecture (next to Hiroshima prefecture)
1966 - Entered Nihon University
1972 - Entered Nihon Dental College
Dental Office - Takagi Dental Office
1966 Started training at the Nihon Dental College taught by Hironori Otsuka, founder of Wado
Guseikai Shihan (Chief Instructor of Guseikai)
Japan Karate Federation Hanshi 8th dan
Japan Karate Federation Wadokai 8th dan
Japan Karate Federation Technical committee (since 1980)
Japan Karate Federation Wadokai Technical Committee Chairman
Japan Karate Federation Wadokai Board Member
Ray Hughes Editor
I randomly get asked "what are you guys really up to with this newsletter and the USAWADO.com project". I suspect they feel we are seeking some kind of power, control, or glory.
In reality we are trying to do what we teach our students. The concepts of think big, give back, be humble, don't judge, stay the course, it's the journey not the destination, follow your dreams, and of course don't be hypocritical.
As far as the dream goes, most of us have always dreamed of a place where we and other Wado practitioners could go to get Wado things. A place where people could go and harmoniously communicate about Wado stuff without the dogma of political position or find needed Wado items that could help us individually, our students, or the dojo. Up to this point there hasn't been a place like this.
Our dream includes the following: the development of a national Wado directory followed by a international directory; a national Wado communication system followed by an international system; a place that holds all Wado information(books, videos, magazines, articles, pictures); programs to help Wado schools; Wado products and art items; and anything else you can think of that is Wado. Though this may seem to be an overwhelming
project, it is a dream of ours and we are working on it.
We have experienced some wonderful blessings from the relationship with this newsletter. One is that we have met and talked with many great and magnificent Wado people, from the extreme traditional to the unconventional, that share this same dream. Yes we do come across the random person that says they train in the pure form of Wado and cannot associate with others for fear of contamination or others that say they cannot associate with other Wado people out of loyalty to their sensei or group. Though we don't understand these philosophies, we have no problem with them and feel whatever works is fine. However, the majority of people do not fall into these groups.
We encourage you to share your ideas of things you would like to see. If you would like to help in this endeavor, please contact us. We can always use a few more sick minds.
In closing, we are just trying to live by Master Ohtsuka's beautiful quote at the top of this newsletter "The only difference between the possible and the impossible is one's will".
The mission of this newsletter is to disseminate Wado information to the Wado enthusiast in an unbiased and non political format.
We welcome any comments or input on this newsletter. Please send your information or comments to