October 26th, 2010 – Westminster, CO — Recently, The Dojo of Karate & Fitness, a Westminster, CO based traditional Japanese Karate school was informed they will become a member of the US based Wado Guseikai USA.
Wado Guseikai USA is widely considered as one of the best US based Wado organizations that is directly affiliated with the JKF-Wado Kai (Japanese Karate-do Federation Wado Kai), the governing body for Wado Kai Karate.
Chief Instructor, Sensei Bob Nash is a 7th Dan Black Belt through the JKF-Wado Kai and operates the Wado Guseikai USA branch out of Seattle, Washington. He is respectfully recognized throughout the United States, Europe and Australia as one of the top Wado Kai practitioners and teachers.
Sensei Nash currently trains under Dr. Hideho Takagi Sensei, 8th Dan Black Belt JKF-Wado Kai, who opened the first Guseikai dojo in Tokyo, Japan.
What Does This Mean?
The Dojo of Karate is the only Wado Kai Karate school associated with Wado Guseikai USA in the Denver Metro Area. The only other school in Colorado apart of this organization is in Conifer, CO called Conifer Japanese Karate-Do with Sensei David Sasaki.
By joining Wado Guseikai USA, The Dojo of Karate will be apart of an international organization that is widely recognized as a top tier dojo throughout the United States.
The best way to look at this is… Wado Guseikai is to Ivy League Graduate School, while your local martial arts school is to Junior College in your state. The standards are much higher, and the quality of instruction is much better.
This is not to undermine other martial art schools in the area, it simply means that obtaining a Black Belt at The Dojo of Karate will be much more challenging, yet once you achieve it, you know you are considered one of the best.
Benefits of Being a Member at The Dojo Of Karate
Students that become a member of The Dojo of Karate are essentially a member of Wado Guseikai USA. With that said, Sensei Bob Nash will make periodic visits to host a Wado Kai Karate Seminar in Colorado in order to help improve students and elaborate a wealth of information and knowledge about Wado Karate.
In addition, students will have an opportunity to train in Tokyo, Japan with Takagi Sensei, at his dojo. As mentioned before, Takagi Sensei is widely recognized as the best Wado Karate-ka in the world.
Lastly, any student that qualifies to test for their Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt, if they pass, they will be recognized in Japan through the JKF-Wado Kai. Their certificate will be signed by the current president of the JKF-Wado Kai and carry an official stamp that is recorded on the certificate and in a “book of Black Belts” to certify one’s Dan rank.
The Dojo of Karate Chief Instructor
Chief Instructor, Javier Lozano, Jr. owns and operates The Dojo of Karate & Fitness. He is currently a 3rd Degree Black Belt through the U.S. Eastern Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Federation. However, the JKF-Wado Kai does not recognize his current rank, therefore, he needed to train and retest for Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt.
This is a humbling act for anyone, especially since Javier has 20 years of martial arts experience, as well as numerous accomplishments, including being a professional athlete in Sport Karate to winning a NASKA World Championship in fighting, to name a few.
Javier took the Shodan exam in Nashville, Tennessee on October 24th, 2010 and passed.
“This was probably one of the most difficult examinations I have ever taken in my martial arts career, due to the high demands that are required in becoming a Black Belt through Wado Guseikai USA. I still have skills to improve, but this is simply a stepping stone to becoming better in Wado Kai Karate and allowing my students to grow and improve their skills too. I plan on testing for my Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in May, 2011 back in Nashville, Tennessee.”
The pass rate for Dan examinations in Wado Guseikai USA is 50% — meaning only half of all participants past the test. This time around, though, there was a 100% pass rate for the 1st time. That was an amazing accomplishment by a group of 8 testers.
Are You Interested In Training In Wado Kai Karate?
Call The Dojo of Karate immediately and setup an appointment with Mr. Lozano so he can teach you some basic martial arts techniques. You don’t necessarily need to have the immediate goal of becoming a Black Belt right now. All you need is the willingness to learn traditional Wado Karate. Everything else comes with time. There is no obligation to tryout his program, and it gives an introduction to Karate.
Call 303.920.4500 today or contact him at: [email protected]