IKA News - Sept / Oct 2015

Soke Kubota and Shihan Fumio Demura At The 2015 Nikkei Games Karate Seminar

Soke Kubota and Shihan Fumio Demura At The 2015 Nikkei Games Karate Seminar


On August 8th, the Nikkei Games were fortunate to have Soke Kubota teach a seminar on choke holds, arm bars and control and restraint. In addition Soke also taught some of his famous pressure point “ouchy!” to the group. The class really enjoyed the highly useful techniques with shouts of painful happiness. In addition, Shihan Fumio Demura taught a seminar on the nunchaku which brought back painful  but happy memories from our youth as we all grew up “trying” to swing a nunchaku resulting in bruises on our heads and elbows! For those of you that did not live through the 70’s it was the weapon made popular by Bruce Lee. We would like to thank the Nikkei Games for hosting this event and to the Senseis that did a great job teaching and to the IKA instructors that assisted.

Soke Receiving an Award From the Nikkei Games  - August 2015

Soke Receiving an Award From the Nikkei Games  - August 2015


Soke In the Annual Nisei Week Parade  Special Thanks to Sensei Randy Blue for the use of his awesome BMW Roadster !

Soke In the Annual Nisei Week Parade.

Special Thanks to Sensei Randy Blue for the use of his awesome BMW Roadster !



The Nikkei Games would like to thank the IKA volunteers that were an integral part in the planning, organization, and execution of the tournament. This is a goodwill tournament and would not be possible without the continued support of IKA volunteers. Thank you!


We were recently contacted by a student of Soke from 50 years ago, Mr. Lee Montgomery. We would like to share this letter with you as it is inspiring and reminds us as to how fortunate we are to be part of the IKA under Soke Kubota.

“Dear Sensei Kubota,
It has been 50 years since you conducted your first California training session in your first dojo on the roof top of the Los

Angeles Athletic Association.  Do you remember that class?  You had five students that first day of your first dojo and I was one of them along with Art Goto and three Los Angeles policemen.  We only had one class on the rooftop because you quickly opened your next official dojo in Watts on Washington St. I may be wrong about Washington Street but it was next door to the barber shop which contained several people who always laughed at us wearing our Gis.  Until one day you went outside and punched the top of the barber shop owner's car,  leaving a big dent it in. I am now 83 years old which makes me older than you but I can remember clearly all the classes with you and the wonderful techniques you passed on to me.  Throughout my life the experience I had with you as my Sensei lived with me and I've never forgotten anything about them or you.  I kept my membership card because it was one of the first ones you ever gave to your new members.  I'm very proud of it. During my training I was able to earn a higher rank belt but I can't remember the color.  Green I think, but not sure.  I do remember you were not speaking English at that time and you made sure we all learned our Katas by doing them over and over again.  I became fairly good at Katas. I moved to Hong Kong and lived there for the next 24 years.  Then, I moved to Spain and lived there for 15 years plus, several other European countries.  I returned to Manhattan four years ago after living in Malaysia for four years working with a large Malaysian Chinese family as an advisor.  

May I say thank you again for the wonderful experience of being a member of your first dojo and for the lessons I learned from you.  Lessons about dedication and honor.  “

Lee Montgomery



The Masters Forum is dedicated to increasing the knowledge base of the IKA Family. Each month we will try to cover a new
topic on a multitude of facets of the art, dealing with all levels of expertise. This month Kyoshi Rod Kuratomi has written an article on:

Speed vs. Reaction Time

When I first started training with Soke Kubota almost 35 years ago something amazing happened after I had been training for about six months. I remember accidentally knocking a glass off a counter top and then without thinking I caught the glass in mid-air before it hit the floor. I remember thinking, “Wow! How did I catch that glass??” In the past that glass would have been in a hundred pieces. It wasn’t until several months later I started noticing that I was catching things all the time. Things being

knocked down accidentally, items falling out of cupboards etc. Then it dawned on me…. This is because of karate training.. !!! In karate we constantly are working our hand and eye coordination and when we block and move we are constantly intercepting or evading kicks and punches. After enough training we start blocking without conscious thought.

When I train with students much younger than myself they comment “You are so fast!”. In actuality, the student is younger, has better reflexes, and is physically faster. The younger student should be faster in all respects but they are not because their thoughts get in the way and they have not yet developed the automatic reflex action that comes with years of training. Karate develops reflexes that transcend conscious thought.  When a karate student is beginning, every movement is controlled by conscious thought, “Here comes a face punch, I am going to use a jodan uke to block it”. Sometimes they are in time to block, but most of the time they are too late because action typically beats reaction. This is why most beginners can attack but can’t block very well. Thousands of repetitions of karate movement hard wire these movements and techniques into the brain of the black belt to where reactions are able to come without the limits of conscious thought.

After years of training, not only does the block come automatically but so does the counter attack.  In time, the counter is able to be performed at the same time as the block. This is always a good test to see if a karateka has reached the reflexive level of proficiency. Throw an unannounced punch or kick to your student and tell them to block and counter at the same time. A beginner or intermediate level student that has not yet reached the reflexive level of proficiency will block first and then a half to one second later counter attack. The advanced student will be able to block and counter almost at the same time.

Next time a student comments on how the repetition or the constant practice of kihon is boring, tell them this story and relate on how repetition is the key to attain a higher level of competence in the karate:” reflexive reaction” also known as “Mushin” or “No Mind” is the highest level of martial arts competence.

If you like this article, you can read more material like this in my E-Book, “Karate: The Mental Edge” available on Amazon.Com for Kindle, iPhone, iPad, and Android.



Mark your calendar for the next IKA All Star Tournament to be held in Los Angeles at Occidental College on Sunday, October 4th, 2015.  This tournament has been steadily growing over the past several years with many international competitors. Hope to see you in LA! Email Soke for more information if you are interested in attending.



51st Annual IKA All Star Tournament
Los Angeles – October 4, 2015



“It is necessary to drink alcohol and pursue other fun human activities. The art (Karate) of someone who is too serious has no flavor.” – Choki Motobu – Okinawan Karate Master 1870-1944

(Soke’s dojo rule of “Tanoshiku” immediately comes to mind)



New IKA Pin

The New IKA Pin


Soke is producing some very nice gold plated IKA pins. If you are interested, email Soke with your name and the quantity of pins you would like to order. The back has a single tie pin type backing.  The cost will be $15 USD each plus $5 shipping within the USA for up to 10 pins. Email for international rates as it varies by country. Acceptable payment, cash, check, credit card, or Pay Pal. Send payment directly to Soke along with the quantity desired and your shipping address.



It has recently come to our attention that there are many IKA black belts that have black belt certificates issued by their instructors in their respective dojos but they wish to have their rank registered with IKA Headquarters and have a certificate issued by Soke Kubota with his signature on it. There are even some counterfeit certificates out there with a forged signature of Soke on it.  If your instructor is recognized by Soke Kubota as an instructor that meets his standards, then Soke will register your rank and will issue a certificate by mail for the cost of $125. Sent a copy of your existing certificate for consideration.



Come and "Like" Soke on Facebook:


Soke will be using Facebook for posting photos of his travels and other happenings. Becuase Soke has exceeded 5,000 friends so he has started a new page on facebook:



There are many dojos that still have not paid their annual membership renewal fee. Please note that if your fees are not paid you should not be using the IKA name,  the IKA trademark, nor Soke Kubota’s name. If you have financial problems, please contact Soke Kubota directly to work out special financial arrangements. It is not about money, it is about respect. Please observe proper Reigi (protocol) as the overhead of running the IKA is very expensive. Send Soke an e-mail if you have questions as to the different methods of  payment, especially for dojos outside of the United States.



Each seek perfection of character.
Develop morals, ethics and distinguishable attributes.

Each be faithful.
Be loyal and devoted to a person, cause, or idea.

Each endeavor.
Have conscientious or concerted effort toward an end with an earnest attempt.

Each respect others.
To feel or show deferential value, honor, appreciation and regard for another.

Each refrain from violent behavior.
To hold oneself back from responding with inappropriate anger and physical force.

List of IKA Headquarters Staff and Instructors

President and Founder Soke Takayuki Kubota
Vice-President Thea Kubota
Legal Advisor Paul McCaul, JD
Directors Val Mijailovic, Rod Kuratomi
Technical Director Ted Bratakos
Chief Advisor Barron Yanaga, JD, CPA
Hospitality Manager Judy Rao, RN
General Secretary Ali Farazdaghi
Liason, Special Projects Sara Kubota
Medical Advisors Dr. Ashok Rao, M.D.
  Dr. Tatsuo Hirano, DOM
  Dr. Alex Tavitian, DDS
  Judy Rao, RN
Webmaster Brian McEvoy
IT Staff Ali Farazdaghi, Anna Martirosyan
Official Photographer Lee Fisher
Art and Advertising Marcial Soto, Duk Kim


Soke Takayuki Kubota 10th dan Soke
Hank Hamilton  8th dan Hanshi
Paul McCaul  8th dan Hanshi
Val Mijailovic  8th dan Hanshi
Boban Petkovic  8th dan Hanshi
Ted Bratakos  7th dan Kyoshi
Rod Kuratomi  7th dan Kyoshi
Tatsuo Hirano  7th dan Kyoshi
George Sinani  7th dan Kyoshi
Antonio Antonetti  7th dan Kyoshi
Mark Grigorian  6th dan Sensei
Danny Kahan  5th dan Shihan 
Sami Asmar  5th dan Shihan 
Victor Chico 5th dan Shihan 
Norvell Carrere  5th dan Sensei
Demetrio Munoz  5th dan Sensei
Marcial Soto 5th dan Sensei
Stuart Richman  5th dan Sensei
Sony Zivonovic 5th dan Sensei
Alfanso Espinosa  4th dan Shihan Dai
Judy Rao 3rd dan Sensei
Patrick Reddy 3rd dan Sensei
Roy Simmons 2nd dan Sensei
Anthony Boosalis 2nd dan Sensei
Fumiko Hamada 2nd dan Sensei
Martyn Romero 1st dan Sensei
Randy Blue 1st dan Sensei

The average training time for the Shihan (Master) level instructor is 30+ years of training and teaching. Each Shihan not only teaches but trains as well in order to maintain their status. Title is not automatically bestowed with rank. Soke also has several other master level instructors in Kubojitsu , Kobudo and IPT (International Police Training). Shihan Dai is a Deputy Master level instructor with an average of 20-30 years of training and teaching. Titles are reserved only for instructors that are ACTIVELY teaching at IKA Headquarters. Dan ranks are retained but titles can be changed as Soke sees fit.

We welcome any contributions you may have that you wish to have published subject to approval by Soke. Submit the articles to Soke in writing or e-mail them to him at:


It has come to Soke Kubota’s attention that some organizations around the world may be using IKA’s name and trademarks without permission. The name ”International Karate Association, Inc.” (IKA) and its registered trademarks may be used by affiliated organizations only after first receiving Soke’s written permission.   In addition, Soke’s hand written signature or the red Japanese signature stamp must not be used without his expressed permission. The red stamp is like a legal signature in Japan and is a symbol of authenticity. It should not be used by anybody except for Soke or for purposes that he authorizes. The “International Karate Association” name must not be used by itself to represent your organization. There is only one International Karate Association, Inc. and it is at Headquarters in Glendale, California, USA. After receiving approval from Soke, you may use the IKA name, but it must be attached with another description to differentiate it from the IKA Headquarters.  For example, if you are from the state of Nebraska, you could use the name, “International Karate Association of Nebraska” or something similar.


Please note that proper protocol (Reigi) requires that information matters directly relating to IKA Headquarters, IKA tournaments, karate training and seminars must be communicated to Soke Kubota first before contacting other members within the organization. It is improper for Soke to be the last person to be informed of matters that directly involve him and IKA Headquarters such as, for example, your intention to attend his tournament or invitations to tournaments that are addressed directly to a Headquarters student without Soke’s knowledge. It is proper respect in both of these cases to inform Soke first or at the same time that the student is contacted.   Thank you for your consideration in these matters. 


Due to increased liability risks, it is necessary that all IKA schools carry some form of liability insurance to protect the school from legal issues that may arise from accidents. The amount of liability insurance will depend on your location. USA schools are suggested to carry one-million dollars of liability insurance.

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