"From Superiority To Service"
The successful martial art schools of today look quite different from the schools of the 70's. The schools in those days were predominately managed by instructors who carried themselves with a high level of arrogance. They felt a sense of superiority over their students.
Today's successful schools [those that have quality instruction, stability, quality students (both in character and skill), and have a student base of more than a handful of students] are managed differently. Today's successful instructors seem to lead from a position of service than superiority.
I'm taking about the attitude of today's successful owner or Chief Instructor. These instructors have an attitude of giving to their clients without the need of being worshiped. This is not done from positions of weakness or actions of subservience, but from a perspective of graciousness and humility while carrying themselves with confidence and strength. They feel honored that people have chosen their school to enroll themselves or their child. These instructors also want to give their students far more than karate knowledge.
Back in the seventies most instructors were very egotistical, even boarding on narcissism. They wanted students to be thankful they were even given the opportunity to train under them. These instructors wanted to be treated like gods and not to be questioned.
There were several reasons for this situation. First was age. The instructors of that time were very young. Most were in their 20's and 30's. I don't remember seeing an instructor over 40, though I'm sure there were a few.
This alone caused many problems. The control of ego is just starting to be addressed by people in that age group. Put this with a clientele that places instructors on pedestals and you have a formula for disaster.
On top of this, there were no older mentors working with these young (20 to 30 year old) instructors. They simply did not exist, at least in most places in the states. This contributed to the slower growth of ego maturity. You have to also remember that a majority of the people who brought martial arts to the states were young themselves. These instructors were harsh from the military dojo environment they trained in. Personal growth philosophy was not taught or even cared about, though it was superficially discussed.
Another contribution to this problem was the fact there were virtually no children and few women, just young men. Social skills were not needed or displayed.
Almost every successful school today has an older instructor of 50, 60 years of age or older. These instructors also have many decades of martial arts instruction and have gone through the gantlet. Age and experiences has helped these instructors
understand the human condition and the need to control "self". Many of these older instructors were those young instructors of the seventies. They have greatly grown from that time.
The successful schools today have so much less drama than their 1970's counterparts. The older instructor can mentor their younger students with skills to control "self". They are able to foresee problems and be proactive to solve them. They also have more skills dealing with conflict. These instructors are truly better role models.
The combination of humility on the instructor's part, wisdom from age and life experience, and social skills developed over time produces great instructors.
We have more quality instructors than ever before, primarily because of the natural evolution of growth. Of course there is a lot of garbage out there, old instructors that don't have a clue and young instructors that can manage a successful school; we all know this.
In closing, there are many who believe that martial art's quality is in decline. I feel it is evolving like it always has. And though there is an abundant of poor martial arts out there, I feel there is more quality for the public to choose from than at any time in history. We just have to help the public find these quality schools.
Until the next the thought, keep kicking and punching. Wisdom seems to come from it.
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Wado Books & Information
Editor's note: There are many Wado practitioners in the world that do not have access to Wado books and literature for one reason or another. In this section we will publish key parts of Wado books and direct the reader to where they can be purchased. We will publish the author's introductions and philosophies but not the technical components of the book.
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 Relationship Between Martial Arts Training-Martial Arts Mentality
by Master Otsuka (1892-1982)
Training for martial arts in the present occurs by utilizing life-and-death techniques under conditions which must completely protect one from danger.
When training, one must never forget the seriousness of the action he is performing. Training should allow one to quickly and accurately observe the opponent's posture or action, swiftly and correctly judge the environment surrounding him and quickly respond appropriately to his situation. There cannot be even a single moment of hesitation or reluctance.
With passing time, one will develop hi ability to respond, his judgment ability and ability to execute actions. Also, martial arts is said to "begin with a bow and end with a bow" emphasis is placed upon one's courtesy. This courtesy in martial arts is an expression of respect for one's opponent. This respect, then is born from love. The courtesy to be expressed cannot merely be "movement," rather, it must be a proper expression of respect out of love.
In order to express courtesy in martial arts properly, the bow itself must be perfect in the sense that one must be able to revert to an offensive or defensive stance regardless of whatever may occur as he is bowing. This is why bowing in martial arts differs from normal bowing; and it is with this awareness that one may train his mental abilities in martial arts.
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Styles of Karate
by Kanken Toyama
per Ernest Estrada
This article is about the different "styles" that seem to exist in Karate, and it is written by a gentleman named Kanken Toyama (1888-1966).
Kanken Toyama was - apart from being a schoolteacher - a master of Karate. He began his Karate training at 9 years old under "the father of modern Karate", Itosu Anko, but later moved to Taiwan and studied the Chinese styles. Given his diverse martial arts background, the Japanese government soon recognized Toyama, and awarded him the title of master instructor.
In 1946, Toyama founded the All Japan Karate-Do Federation (AJKF) with the intention of unifying the various forms of Karate of Japan and Okinawa under one governing organization.
To read his article click HERE
The Last Warrior
The Okinawan sun shone warm on the brown sand. In the distance, heavy rain clouds were building, but the crowd didn't notice. All gazes were fixed on a wooden gate at the far side of the arena. The afternoon hovered, still, expectant, the crowd and their King silently waiting.
With a crash, the gate exploded open and, what one person described as the "bull from hell", charged out. It pawed the ground, dazed by the sunlight, and scanned the arena for a victim...any victim.
There was none. The ring was empty
But not for long.
A gong sounded and a wooden door on the opposite side of the arena slowly creaked open. A tall man strolled into the ring - a warrior. He wore bamboo armor with a helmet of bone and animal skin. He strode into the center, slowly, almost casually.
The crowd watched, mesmerized. Silent. Entranced.
The bull faced the warrior and examined his approach, digging his hoof into the ground, building exasperation.
The warrior sauntered calmly toward the bull.
The warrior paused a few paces from the bull and removed his helmet. He glared fiercely, with demon eyes that penetrated even the hot sun of the day.
To read the rest of this article click HERE.
Sensei Hunt holds Dan ranks in Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu and Shotokan.
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MARTIAL ARTS HUMOR
Sounds of Silence
Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out. The first monk said, "Oh, no! The candle is out." The second monk said, "Aren't we not suppose to talk?" The third monk said, "Why must you two break the silence?" The fourth monk laughed and said, "Ha! I'm the only one who didn't speak."
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WIKF Wado Karate Seminars
Sensei Jon Wicks
WIKF World Chief Instructor
Irish Karate Association
Irish Karate Association Wado-Ryu have great pleasure in inviting your club/students to Our International Open Karate Competition, on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th of October 2013 in the Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow.
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27e Coupe de Kayl the Luxemboug
October 19-20, 2013
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Colorado Karate Classic
Sunday, October 20th, 2013
Niwot High School
8989 East Niwot Rd.
Special Guest: Master Keiichi Hasumi
Former WKF General Secretary
Former JKF Vice-President
JKF 9th Dan
Hosted by: Wado-kai Shudokan Karate, LLC
Sponsored by: Wado Karate Federation of USA
Information Director: Hiroyuki Tanabe
2013 Semi-Annual Wadokai Black belt Seminar
Guseikai Bell Dojo
October 25-27, 2013
4770 San Pablo Ave. Unit B (at 48th)
Emeryville, CA 94608
belts and advanced brown belts interested in Wado Kai are invited to attend the seminar. Sensei Nash will cover more advanced principles of Wado Kai Karate and standards of the Japan Karate Do Federation Wado Kai. Dan examination Saturday for qualified candidates.
Hosted by Guseikai Bell Dojo:
Sensei Des Bell, JKF Wado Kai 6th dan & Sensei Judy Harte, JKF Wado Kai 5th dan.
|Sensei Bell (L) Sensei Nash (R)|
Cost $70 per session or $150 for all three sessions.
General sessions: Fri. 6-8:30pm, Saturday 1-6pm, Sunday 10am-3pm
Saturday Dan examination after seminar: $100
Contact Sensei Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 876-1178.
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|Wado Kai Black Belt Seminar 2013|
November 8,9, &10, 2013
Other Seminars and Events
|Arizona Fall Karate Championships|
Hosted by Walden Martial Arts
9th Annual IKL Karate Championships
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Shihan Walter Nishioka (R) & Sensei Julian Shiroma (L)
Kekuaokalani Gymnasium in
"The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, "I was wrong."
Sydney J. Harris, Pieces of Eight Pa