IKA News - Apr / May 2013

Girls Soccer Team Gets Kubotan Instruction – January 2013

Girls Soccer Team Gets Kubotan Instruction – January 2013



Congratulations to Soke who became a grandfather for the first time on January 12th.  Soke’s daughter, Sara that gave birth to healthy baby girl. He name is Darby Momoko Daniels.  Soke and Thea have been waiting A LONG TIME to be grandparents! Needless to say they were very happy! Congratulations to the proud parents, Sara and Doug on their newest addition to the Kubota/Daniels family.

Soke With His New Granddaughter “Darby”

Soke With His New Granddaughter “Darby”



Soke is happy to announce his return to one of his favorite cities; Sumy, in the country of Ukraine. The multi day event will include seminars, Dan testing, and tournament and is scheduled for April 26-28, 2013.  It will be hosted by long time IKA supporter, Shihan Dai Anatoliy Lozovoy and will be sponsored by Ukrrosmetall Corporation and Kancho Grigoriy Kirik

For more information contact Shihan Dai Anatoliy at his email at:




IKA Italy will be hosting a tournament the weekend of May 24-26, 2013. The tournament will be hosted by Shihan Giorgio Bortolin of our Torino (Turin) dojo. The event is a Black Belt event only so competition will only be for advanced levels.

For more information, contact Shihan Bortolin at his email at:




Soke will be going to the Seattle/Bellevue area in Washington State, the weekend of June 14th to teach karate and self-defense seminars. He will also be conducting dan testing. The trip will be hosted by Sensei James Penor of our Bellevue dojo. For more information, contact Sensei Penor at:




Soke will be teaching karate seminars in Warsaw, Poland, the weekend of October 25-27, 2014. The trip will be hosted by our newest branch of IKA Poland led by the Chalupka brothers (twins). We will post more information as it become available.


Mark your calendar for the next IKA All Star Tournament to be held in Los Angeles at Occidental College on Sunday, October 6th, 2013.  This tournament has been steadily growing over the past several years with many international competitors. Hope to see you in LA !


Soke is planning on teaching seminars in Molinella, Italy (near Bologna) on November 23-24, 2013. The trip will be hosted by Kyoshi Pajello and his chief instructor Monia Atti. We will post more information as it become available.




The date has been set for the next IKA World Cup tournament that will be held in the city of Belgrade, Serbia. The proposed date will be May 22-24, 2014 and will be under the control of Sensei Bozidar Puric. Sensei Puric has repeatedly demonstrated his organizational skills at tournaments throughout Europe and we are confident that he will do an excellent job. Soke Kubota is expected to teach seminars and conduct testing and we also hope to have the presence of IKA Headquarters Master Instructors originally from Serbia, Shihan Val Mijailvic and Shihan Boban Petkovic. It will be a tournament you will not want to miss. We will post more information as it becomes available.



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Soke will be using Facebook for posting photos of his travels and other happenings.

IKA Karate Kubota HQ Fan Club


The IKA has three new Kubotan instructors in Mexico. All three are members of the Mexican military and were taught by our Kubotan instructor, Tomas Miledi in Mexico City. The new instructors are:  Jesus Tenorio Torres, Cristihan Omar Azamar Palma, and Juan Carlos Rdz. Lopez. The instructors completed two full days of training and are officially certified by Soke. We thank Instructor Tomas Miledi for his continued support and for spreading the knowledge of the Kubotan.

The Latest Group of Kubotan Instructors in Mexico Taught by Tomas Miledi (Center in all Tan)

The Latest Group of Kubotan Instructors in Mexico Taught by Tomas Miledi (Center in all Tan)



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 Shihan Kuratomi writes on something we practice all the time but don’t often express it in words. That is, “What is Gosoku Ryu Karate?” Here is an excerpt from his book, “Karate: The Mental Edge” which is available on Amazon.com in digital format.

What is Gosoku Ryu Karate?

“ Go means power, Soku means speed, Ryu is style. This is meaning of Gosoku Ryu. Every movement fast with power, kill idea.”

-Soke Takayuki Kubota

Gosoku Ryu is a style of karate developed by Grand Master Takayuki Kubota. Literally translated, Gosoku Ryu means, "hard-and-fast style". “Go” refers to power, “Soku” refers to speed, and “Ryu” refers to the style. All styles of karate utilize speed and power, but there are certain characteristics of Gosoku Ryu that makes it faster and the movements more powerful than some of the more common conventional styles.  Gosoku Ryu, originally developed by Grand Master Kubota in the 1950's, is his own incarnation, with roots in the Shotokan and Goju Ryu styles of karate. This style of fighting was uniquely suited for the smaller, quicker fighter. When a smaller fighter blocks the attack of the larger fighter, a direct force on force block cannot easily be used. The result could be an injured limb for the smaller fighter. Gosoku Ryu instead redirects force instead of meeting force with force. Gosoku Ryu takes the powerful linear movements utilizing the rooted deep stances and hip rotation of Shotokan and combines them with the fast circular “soft” movements and short stances of Goju to create a hybrid style that generates tremendous power and speed, hence the name: Gosoku Ryu. Goju Ryu karate often redirects energy instead of meeting force on force like the Shotokan style and is hence considered a "soft" style. Do not consider "soft" lacking power though. Goju utilizes shorter rooted stances and very powerful yet quick movements utilizing dynamic body tension. Gosoku Ryu is the perfect union of Shorin and Shorei (hard and soft styles) and therefore is suited to all body types, both large and strong as well as light and fast. Gosoku Ryu is the culmination of centuries of martial arts taking the best of all styles to create a hybrid martial art with great strength and speed.

Gosoku Ryu manages to fuse these two styles and in the process creates many of its own unique movements. Gosoku Ryu is characterized by fast circular hand movements and fast footwork. Offensive movements are explosive and utilize the full body power of the practitioner, creating tremendous force. The most fundamental of these movements is the unique footwork that is a characteristic trait of the Gosoku Ryu style.  Much of the footwork incorporates the switching of the position of the feet and hips. This switching causes the entire body to rotate and harness the power of the ENTIRE body into the movement. This rotation therefore puts the entire mass of the body behind the punch, kick or block, greatly amplifying the power. There are also many short, explosive steps which translate to rapid hand movement and quick closing of the distance to the opponent.  This quick movement translates into a devastating offensive attack that is very difficult to defend against. Short steps, combined with the switching of the feet and hip rotation make for an extremely powerful and explosive attack.

The hand movements in Gosoku Ryu are also unique. The Gosoku defense is a flowing circular movement using both hands at the same time. This allows for both hands to defend at the same time while harnessing the momentum generated by a flowing circular movement. Each movement of the Gosoku defense is designed to block several attacking movements at the same time. The flowing circular movement also retains the momentum during the defense and allows this energy to continue to flow into the subsequent counter attack making for a very quick counter with little or no lapse in time or movement between the defense and counter-attack. Once the Gosoku defense opens up the attacker, often times the final blow will be delivered by changing into the classic Shotokan reverse punch which has no rival when it comes to power.  Combine this reverse punch with the momentum generated by the Gosoku Ryu footwork and this powerful, traditional punch is made even stronger by harnessing the energy and momentum generated by the footwork of Gosoku Ryu.

Offensive hand techniques in Gosoku Ryu also utilize circular movement, which is a departure from the traditional Shotokan linear hand movement. At close range, circular hand movement attacks are very effective and able to breech the linear defense of many fighting styles as they go around the defensive limb of the defender. Hooking offense in combination with linear offense makes for a very difficult and powerful attack to defend against.

All techniques taught in Gosoku Ryu have been tested both on the street and in karate tournaments. If the technique is not effective, it is not used. Gosoku Ryu is a "living" art that is constantly evolving by improving technique and has the ability to adapt to changing conditions. The art is unique in that is has the ability to adapt to the strengths and weaknesses of the practitioner, as opposed to making the practitioner transform himself or herself to adapt to the art. Gosoku Ryu in each practitioner therefore becomes unique, with each person working the techniques best suited to his or her own body size, build, and strengths. Gosoku Ryu also incorporates facets from other martial art styles as well. Redirection of the opponent's force is utilized in adaptations of Aikido technique. Grappling techniques of Jujitsu and Judo are utilized if the fight goes to the ground. Many of these techniques are unique and have been developed by Soke Kubota especially for law-enforcement as well as self-defense use. Soke is also an expert in grappling and joint manipulation, which he employs extensively in his instruction of law-enforcement officers world-wide. Soke refers to this as "Gyaku Te Jitsu" which is the art of "the counter or reverse hand". This is also incorporated in the training of Gosoku Ryu.

Gosoku Ryu weapons techniques also utilize use the hard and fast movements of Gosoku Ryu. Combined with the footwork of Gosoku Ryu, the weapons system developed by Soke Kubota is VERY strong. Weapons training includes the use of the jo (short staff), tonfa (side-handle baton), tsue (walking cane), boken (wooden sword) and katana (long Samurai sword). Soke is also a Master with the PR-24 police baton (side-handle baton created for police use). Like his karate style, Soke Kubota's weapons style also utilizes the philosophy of Gosoku Ryu and teaches only practical movement applicable to combat. Again, if it does not work in combat, it is not taught.




“Endurance is one of the most difficult of disciplines, but it is to one who endures that the final victory comes”

-Excerpt from “The Teaching of the Buddha”



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.



April 26-28, 2013
IKA European Championship – Sumy Ukraine
Hosted by Shihan Dai Anatoliy Lozovoy

May 25-26, 2013 – Torino, Italy
IKA Tournament hosted by Kyoshi Bortolin
Black Belts only.

October  6, 2013 – Los Angeles, California
49th Annual All Star Tournament

November 2013 – Molinella, Italy - Tentative
Karate and Kubotan Seminars hosted by Kyoshi Pajello
Taught by Soke Kubota

May 22-24, 2014 – Belgrade, Serbia
IKA World Cup Tournament and seminars – Tentative
Hosted by Sensei Puric, Soke Kubota teaching



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
Soke Dai James Caan
Vice-President Thea Kubota
Chief Advisor Leonard Kramer
Office Manager Carmen Kim
Senior Technical Advisors Val Mijailovic, Boban Petkovic
Technical Director Rod Kuratomi
National Coach and Advisor Ted Bratakos
Secretary Judy Rao
Liason, Special Projects Sara Kubota
Medical Advisor Dr. Ashok Rao, M.D.
Webmaster Brian McEvoy
Official Photographer Lee Fisher
Soke Takayuki Kubota 10th dan Master
Hank Hamilton 7th dan     Shihan
Paul McCaul 7th dan     Shihan
Val Mijailovic 7th dan     Shihan
Boban Petkovic 7th dan     Shihan
Mike Berger 6th dan     Shihan
Ted Bratakos 6th dan     Shihan
Mark Grigorian 6th dan     Shihan
Tatsuo Hirano 6th dan     Shihan
Leonard Kramer 6th dan    
Rod Kuratomi 6th dan     Shihan
George Sinani 6th dan     Shihan
Antonio Antonetti 5th dan     Shihan
Norvell Carrere 5th dan     Shihan
Mark Gujda 5th dan     Shihan
Judy Marx 5th dan     Shihan Dai
Marcial Soto 5th dan     Shihan
Sami Asmar 4th dan     Shihan Dai
Victor Chico 4th dan     Shihan Dai
Danny Kahan 4th dan     Shihan Dai
Demetrio Munoz 4th dan     Shihan Dai
David Petrie 4th dan     Shihan Dai
Stuart Richman 4th dan     Shihan Dai
Kirk Stites 4th dan     Shihan Dai
David White 4th dan    
Alfanso Espinosa 3rd dan     Sensei
Aman Ikram 3rd dan     Sensei
Anthony Boosalis 2nd dan     Sensei
George Lopez 2nd dan     Sensei
Judy Rao 2nd dan     Sensei
Patrick Reddy 2nd dan     Sensei
Roy Simmons 2nd dan     Sensei
Jennifer Allen 1st dan      Shidoin
Maureen DeGuzman 1st dan      Shidoin
Richard Martrosian 1st dan      Shidoin


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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