a Monthly International Newsletter
June 2016

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

-Hironori Ohtsuka




In This Issue
"Karate and World Domination" by Robert Hunt
'Tje Secret of Success" by Ray Hughes
Sports Psychology
Zen Stories
Moral Wisdom
Traditional Karate Websites
Wado Seminars
Other Seminars
Competitions and Events
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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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One of the most difficult areas 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




Robert Hunt
Robert Hunt
Karate and World Domination   
The Karate Tapestry - Part 23
By Robert Hunt

Why is karate a part of Okinawan culture at all? Why does it even exist? Where did it come from?

            The answer, in short - politics and the quest for domination.
            Okinawa was, early on, made up of three kingdoms - northern, middle and southern. The leaders of each claimed some connection to Japanese ancestry and tried to maintain power in their domains. There was a thriving trade, as Okinawa was centrally situated for the purpose, and Okinawan sailors sailed throughout Southeast Asia. It was during this period that the Chinese Ming dynasty rose to power and took notice of Ryukyu (Okinawa) and the trade possibilities.

In 1372 Satto, the king of the central region (Chuzan), received recognition from the Ming in China, which the Asian world considered the center of the universe, and which immediately gave Satto status over the other two regions. In 1393 the Ming sent emissaries, merchants and scholars, to settle in Okinawa to teach Chinese language and culture and solidify trade. They also brought martial arts.
Noro- a Priestess

These emissaries were the fabled "36 Families" (36 Bin Bun). There were not actually 36 of them, in fact the number varied as they came and went. The name had more to do with numerology than mathematics. (Sanseiryu means 36). They settled in the village of Kume (Kumemura or Kuninda). The village sat on an island, at the time, but has long since been incorporated into the larger island of Okinawa. Kume Village still exists as a section of Naha.

Click  HERE to read the rest of the article                
To contact Robert Hunt  
Ray Hughes
       The Secret of Success
                    "I never saw it coming"
                                      by Ray Hughes

I was 19 years old, a third generation underground miner, when a friend of mine forced me to observe a karate class. At that time I knew exactly where my life was going, nowhere. Most kids from my little mining town were destined for the same fate, to exist as uneducated miners for the rest of our lives; though an honorable profession, not a great goal for young minds. I didn't realize the "Secret to Life's Success" would be given to me when I entered the world of traditional karate.
"I never saw it coming."

Everyone knows martial art training teaches discipline, focus, and other related skills. But few realize the complete life changing blue print of success that encompasses martial art training. Many don't realize that this training is the perfect working model in which participants can practice and prepare for future dreams and aspirations.

What is Life Success? Life Success is achieving the goals and aspiration one dreams about. Accomplishing that passionate endeavor that seems to be beyond possibility; such as becoming an astronaut, a doctor, or even becoming President of the United States (of course that was when it was an honorable profession.)
Unfortunately, many people feel the dreams they have are not attainable. Many feel accomplishing dreams are only for those "lucky few." Though our parents told us we could accomplish anything we put our minds to, most couldn't tell us how. We pretty much just accepted what was laid out in front of us.
But traditional karate training can change that. It can give students the blue print to reach those dreams. They just have to follow the path and model listed below:
To read the rest of this article click  HERE   
Ray Hughes
Scottsdale Martial Arts Center
The Uses of Visual Imagery and Positive Self-Talk:
Dr. Sterk
                  by Dr. Sterk  

Visual Imagery-involves a vivid re-creation of martial arts skills in your mind, from start to finish. See yourself doing your skill/skills. Mentally rehearse them from start to end. i.e. Katas or your fighting/sparring skills. There are other important uses, namely:

*To motivates you to be Focused
*To manage your energy levels correctly
*To mentally rehearse your perfect skills- great form
*To refocus & maintain optimal focus and eliminate any and all distractions
*Prepare for competition.       
  To read the rest of this article click HERE.

From the desk of Sam Sterk, Ph.D., CC-AASP
Tel: 480-767-0956 
Email: peakplus@aol.com

Books published by Dr. Sterk

Win! Get the Mental Edge Skills in Martial Arts

Sammy's Journey 

Martial Art Humor  
We all need a little humor in our life.  If you have a joke, send it in.
                            Zen Stories 

Right and Wrong                  

When Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation, pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend. During one of these gatherings a pupil was caught stealing. The matter was reported to Bankei with the request that the culprit be expelled. Bankei ignored the case.

Later the pupil was caught in a similar act, and again Bankei disregarded the matter. This angered the other pupils, who drew up a petition asking for the dismissal of the thief, stating that otherwise they would leave in a body.

When Bankei had read the petition he called everyone before him. "You are wise brothers," he told them. "You know what is right and what is not right. You may go somewhere else to study if you wish, but this poor brother does not even know right from wrong. Who will teach him if I do not? I am going to keep him here even if all the rest of you leave."

A torrent of tears cleansed the face of the brother who had stolen. All desire to steal had vanished.


We all need a little Zen in our Lives. If you have a story, please send it in.
thinking man
Moral Wisdom
 "Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.
Listen to it carefully."
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah 
Traditional Karate Websites 
To list an international traditional karate website, contact editor 


          Wado Seminars
             and Events
Wado Agenda
by Rob van Leeuwen

Info on other International Wado Events 


WIKF Wado Ryu Karate Seminars with Sensei Wicks WIKF  
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
Jon Wicks
Sensei Wicks 

To view seminar schedule from January 2016 through August 2016
click HERE. 
2016 WADO Black Belt SEMINAR   Wado Kai logo

Guseikai Bell Dojo
June 17-19, 2016
4770 San Pablo Ave. Unit B (at 48th)
Emeryville, CA 94608

Karate blackbelts and advanced brown belts interested in Wadokai are invited to attend the seminar. Sensei Nash will cover more advanced principles of Wadokai Karate and standards of the Japan Karate Do Federation Wadokai. Dan Examination during session for qualified candidates. (Please R.S.V.P. for dan exam w/ Sensei Des Bell)
Bob Nash, 7th dan 
JKF Wado Kai

Hosted by Guseikai Bell Dojo:
Sensei Des Bell, JKF Wadokai 6th dan & Sensei Judy Harte, JKF Wadokai 5th dan.
Cost:    $60 per Fri session, $120 per Sat, $60 per Sun, or $210 for all three sessions
Dan examinations: $100
General Sessions: Fri. 6:30-9:00pm, Saturday 12:30am-5:30pm, Sunday 11am-2:30pm
Contact Sensei Bell at bell.desmond24@gmail.com or (415) 734-6925.
Check us out on: http://home.comcast.net/~eastbaywadokai/site.
Wado Gusaikai and East Bay Wado Kai are also on Facebook

For additional information click HERE
Registration form-click HERE


 Other Seminars and Events

Americas Masters Games in Vancouver

August 26-September 4, 2016

Karate BC is excited to be part of the upcoming Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, August 26-September 4, 2016. We are one of 24 sports participating in this event.
We believe this event is a wonderful opportunity for karate practitioners 30 years an over to get together to compete, make new friends, renew friendships and socialize with other 30 years + athletes in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Here is some karate specific information.
  1. We will have two age groups: 30-45 years of age and 46 +.
  2. There will be 3 general categories of competitors: novice (8-5th kyu), intermediate (4th-1st kyu) and advanced (black belts levels)
  3. 3 disciplines to compete in: kata, kumite, and kobudo.
  4. In kumite there will be 2 weight categories: men -75 kg and +75 kg; women -61 kg and +61 kg.
  5. Competition will be modified WKF rules. Modifications will be as per Karate BC guidelines and will be distributed at a later date.
  6. Competition date(s) will be Sept. 2, 3. If less than 100 competitors then Sept. 3.
  7. This is an Open event - participants do not need to be part of their country's NSO; however if they are not they will need to buy tournament insurance for the day(s) of the event. This event is sanctioned by Karate Canada and Karate BC so members/affiliates will be able to make use of existing karate insurance.
  8. Hotel information will be coming out in next bulletin.



 Japanese Karate Tournament Schedule 2015 USA
                                                     Click HERE

      12/26-1/5 2016    The 13th Pan American Maccabi Games
                                Santiago, Chile
                                Dr. Sternberg      skusajka@aol.com
                                Caren Lesser       lesserc@bellsouth.net  

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