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JKF Wado Kai Masters Karate Seminar

Toru Arakawa Sensei

Arakawa Sensei – 9th Dan

Colorado is VERY fortunate to announce the arrival of some well recognized Wado Kai Black Belt Instructors.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — September 26th, 27th, & 28th the JKF Wado Kai will have 9th Dan Black Belt – Arakawa Sensei, 8th Dan Black Belt – Yanagida Sensei, and 7th Dan Black Belt – Shimura Sensei to do a Masters’ Wado Kai Karate Seminar.

What does this mean…?

Yanagida Sensei

Yanagida Sensei – 8th Dan

Well, first of all having the caliber of martial arts instruction all in one state… let alone in one room is an opportunity of a lifetime for some karate practitioners.  In addition, these high ranking sensei’s do not make frequent trips to North America, so any chance that a Wado Kai Karateka has to train with one, two or all three of them (in one weekend), should be taken advantage of.

Arakawa Sensei currently holds the rank of 9th degree black belt in the Japanese Karate Federation.  He is also a chairman of the Wado Kai Technical Committee — meaning he, and other Technical Committee members, evaluate the level of technical execution in the style of Wado Kai Karate.  His understanding on how to execute Wado techniques and movements, and ability to teach it, is sometimes considered as second to none.

shimura_sensei

Shimura Sensei – 7th Dan

Yanagida Sensei is a 8th degree black belt in the JKF Wado Kai and was the former Head Coach of the Japanese National Team in Kumite (sparring).  Japan has been well recognized to have some of the best fighters in the world, and some of the best World Champions fighters come from the style of Wado Kai Karate.  So, if you’re looking to improve your sparring skills, you don’t want to miss his session.

Shimura Sensei is a 7th degree black in the JKF Wado Kai, is the student of Arakawa Sensei, and currently holds the position as Secretary of the JKF Wado Kai.  Shimura Sensei has some amazing athletic abilities that most 20 and 30 year olds wish they possessed.

The seminar’s training schedule is as followed:

Wado Karate Seminar A

Friday, September 26th
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Shudokan Dojo
Longmont, CO

Material to be covered:

Kihon (basics)
Kihon Kumite 1-5 (basic sparring)
Kata’s: Pinan Godan, Wanshu, & Seishan

Wado Karate Seminar B

Saturday, September 27th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Creighton Middle School
Lakewood, CO

Material to be covered:

Kihon (basics)
Kihon Kumite 1-5 (basic sparring)
Kata’s: Pinan Godan & Seishan

Wado Karate Seminar C

Saturday, September 27th
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Creighton Middle School
Lakewood, CO

Material to be covered:

Kihon
Kata’s: Jion & Niseishi
Kumite: Sparring Techniques

Wado Karate Seminar D

Wado Qualified Students (it may only be Black Belts or Brown and Black Belts.  I will need to get clarification)

Sunday, September 28th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Creighton Middle School
Lakewood, CO

Material to be covered:

Kihon Kumite 1-5 (basic sparring)
Kihon Kumite 6-10 (basic sparring)
Katas: Chinto & Seishan

You can also download a flyer for a schedule of events that weekend by clicking here.

There will also be a Black Belt Exam on on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Creighton Middle School.  So, if you would like to stick around and see what a Dan Exam looks like, with JKF Wado Kai committee members leading the show, you should stick around.

To learn more about the seminar you can also visit the Karate Denver website: http://karatedenver.com/jkf-wado-kai-masters-seminar/

Wado Kai Karate Seminar Cost

The cost to attend this event is as followed:

1 Seminar – $60
2 Seminars – $100
3 Seminars – $130
4 Seminars – $150 (best deal)

How To Register

To register for this Wado Kai Karate Seminar, you’ll need to download this application and mail it to:

Denwakan Martial Arts Center
7909 W. 16th Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80241

And, if you have questions, feel free to call or email them at: 303-237-9236 or [email protected]

Final Note…

Sensei Lozano will unfortunately not be attending this Wado Kai Masters Karate Seminar because he has a prior commitment to enter an Obstacle Course Race in Chicago, which he has been training all year for.  However, Sensei Lozano has appointed at least 1 black belt as the “go to person” during the seminar, which will be Ms. Luana Lee.  She is one of our senior black belts in our dojo.

If you have questions about the seminar, feel free to ask anytime.

2014 Summer Potluck

We know many of you have been asking when our Annual Summer Potluck will be taking place this year, but with so many activities, travel plans, and other obligations, it’s tough to schedule it all in.  I guess that’s what kids & marriage does to you, right?

However, we did find an available date for The Dojo of Karate to have their Annual Summer Potluck.  It will be on Saturday, July 12th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at The Big Dry Creek Park.

If you are not familiar with our Annual Summer Potluck, basically every summer The Dojo of Karate hosts an outdoor potluck at the Big Dry Creek Park in Westminster, CO.  Students come with their families & friends, along with a dish to share with everyone.  This is a great opportunity for parents, kids, and our community to get together, chat, hangout, and just have a fun time in the sun, eating an abundance of food, drinking a cold beverage, and having a few hot dogs — oh, and having a water gun fight!

Yes, kids (and parents) are allowed to bring water guns to our Annual Summer Potluck.  There are plenty of water stations to fill up the guns.  All we ask is that no one brings water balloons.

So what do you need to bring?

We’ll have a signup sheet at the front desk where you can signup for something to bring such as a side dish, dessert, drinks, or anything else that tickles your fancy.  If you bring drinks, it’s always best to bring individual bottles / cans, instead of a gallon of water or 2 liters of cola.

The Dojo of Karate will provide hot dogs, buns, condiment, plates, napkins, and plastic utensils.

We look forward to spending some time with everyone this Summer at the Big Dry Creek Park on Saturday, July 12th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Sensei Lozano’s Vacation: June 16 – 20th

This year, Sensei Lozano will be taking his family vacation from Monday, June 16th to Friday June 20th — meaning The Dojo of Karate will be closed for the entire week.

If you would like to have your child make up these classes, please feel free to have them attend an extra class the week before and the week after.  That way they can keep track with their training.

The same goes for your personal vacations.  If you happen to be going on vacation anytime this year, please feel free to keep them on track by having them attend additional classes throughout the summer.  That way, they will get their training in and stay on track with their progression.

If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to Sensei Lozano or ask between classes.

Wado Kai Karate Videos

So, in the past we’ve had students ask for our katas to be posted online so that they can refer to it as a guide.

I’ve been hesitant on this for many reasons.

The most obvious one is that students should take the time to practice what is taught to them, in order for them to actually KNOW the kata.  Not just go through the movement of the kata and say you “know” the kata.

The other reasons have to do with requirements at certain levels.  The kata is not the same as it is for an Orange belt as it is for a Brown belt.  There are certain movements that need to be executed, and usually it can’t be explained in a video — because it makes no sense unless you’ve been training in our dojo for a regular basis.

The thing to understand is that Wado Kai Karate is a never ending learning process.  You learn one move, then you learn a better way to execute that particular move.  From there you then refine the movement to make it even better.  Sometimes you add other body parts to do the actual movement and that helps a certain move go faster, smoother, with more power.

Then, you continue to train, and learn something else while you’re practicing your kata and you realize there’s a more efficient way to perform the kata or a certain move in the kata (hopefully you’re lead by your sensei before you start doing this).  So, you remove what you learned previously and start using the “new” version.

See, Wado, when it became what it is, never really had a “finished product”.  Things were always changing and continue to change.

Why do they change?

Half the time I have no idea…

While other times is the actual time spent in the kata that one needs to search and start mining for more information.  And, the only way to figure that out is by simply spending time in kata.  Spending time in actually learning what the kata means.

Since Wado is sort of like a living, breathing organism, it continues to grow and improve.  While other styles of martial arts are “pre-packaged”.  Thus, they don’t change what was in the book that was written 25 years ago, because it’s their “bible” for training.

The dojo (where you train) is where you make the changes and adaptations that is being taught to the sensei.

What is taught to one student will not necessarily be the same for another student.

Wado has a way of making everyone the same, yet different at the same time, while other styles — everyone looks the same.

So, instead of having me do a video of wado kata’s, I decided to actually use video from Otsuka Sensei — our Grandmaster of Wado Kai Karate.  Keep in mind that this was filled in the mid 60’s with a 8mm video camera.  So, it’s rough.  And what he is doing is different from what we do — at times because he’s older and may have been “hiding” movements that he didn’t want other outsiders to learn and know.

Finally, every time I go train with my sensei, I learn new things, which then makes me change my basics and katas — specifically my 5 pinan katas.  I tell my adult students to learn to adapt and accept that there are always going to be a “system” update.

Again, my main hesitation when it comes to placing videos online of our kata.

Anyways, enjoy the Wado Katas from Otsuka Sensei.

Pinan Sandan – Wado Kai Karate

Here’s the 4th Pinan Kata in the Wado Kai system — performed by Otsuka Sensei.

Pinan Sandan – Wado Kai Karate

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