IKA News - Aug / Sept 2013

Soke and Shihan Dai Demetrio Munoz in Ukraine

Soke and Shihan Dai Demetrio Munoz in Ukraine


On April 26-28th, Soke, Shihan Ted Bratakos, and Shihan Dai Demetrio Munoz travelled to Ukraine for the Eurostars Tournament, seminars, and testing. The trip was hosted by Shihan Dai Anatoliy Lozovoy of Sumy, Ukraine. 

There were several sessions of karate seminars taught by Soke and his instructors on kata, waza, bokken waza and kubojitsu.  As usual the tournament competition was fantastic with demonstrations of the strong karate technique and kata which is the norm for the Eastern European countries. As Shihan Anatoliy once told me, his people are used to hardship and hard training is the only way they train and it shows.

This was Shihan Dai Demetrio’s first trip to Ukraine and he enjoyed it very much. One of his most notable moments was seeing the statue of Stalin in the town square and getting his photo taken with the statue. He could not believe he was actually in old Russia in the place where so much history happened.

We would like to thank Shihan Dai Lozovoy for his perfect organization and to the sponsor Ukrosmettal  who assisted in making the trip possible. Also thanks to our interpreters Ksenia and Inna that are always such a big help and a pleasure to spend time with.

Soke and His Interpreters in Ukraine, Inna and Ksenia

Soke and His Interpreters in Ukraine, Inna and Ksenia


Congratulations to Shihan Dai Anatoliy Lozovoy who with the IKA Ukraine team travelled to Bucharest, Hungary to participate in the WUKF World Cup. The team had many unfortunate injuries prior to the tournament but was still able to come home with three bronze medals including medals in kata, kumite, and team kata. Serbia also brought home a bronze medal. In a World Competition, that is a fantastic accomplishment and we congratulate them. In addition, Ukraine and Serbia brought ten referees. Shihan Dai has done amazing work in promoting Gosoku Ryu within the WUKF and we are proud of his work.  The next trip for IKA Ukraine will be the WUKF European Championships held in October in Sheffield, England. We urge other IKA groups to participate if possible.

Soke With Shihan Dai Demetrio Munoz, Shihan Ted Bratakos, and Shihan Dai Anatoliy Lozovoy in Ukraine  April 2013

Soke With Shihan Dai Demetrio Munoz, Shihan Ted Bratakos, and Shihan Dai Anatoliy Lozovoy in Ukraine – April 2013


Soke asks all European IKA groups to consider helping IKA Ukraine’s efforts in the WUKF to get Gosoku Ryu recognized by the WUKF. Shihan Dai Anatoliy Lozovoy of Ukraine has been working very hard for several years trying to spread the popularity of Gosoku Ryu by becoming active in WUKF events. We ask that you assist Shihan Dai Lozovoy by helping his efforts. He is close to getting Gosoku recognized but there is a shortage of Gosoku Ryu officials from other countries.  Unlike the WKF, the WUKF does not restrict members from competing in other tournaments. The WUKF also allows multiple representatives per country, whereas the WKF only allows one representative organization. We ask that you consider supporting WUKF tournaments and Ukraine’s efforts. Multiple teams from a single country can pool together their application for membership so the membership fees and application fees are greatly reduced if the fees can be spread between several clubs. Soke asks that you consider joining the WUKF to help Shihan Dai’s efforts. With your assistance, we have a much better opportunity to gain widespread acceptance and exposure of Gosoku Ryu on the World stage. All information about the WUKF is available on the official website:


The site also has a registration form for new members WUKF. Follow the link




On May 24-26, 2013 Soke, his wife Thea, and Sensei Armando Gongora travelled to Torino, Italy to teach a multitude of seminars. The trip was hosted by Kyoshi Giorgio Bortolin of our Torino dojo. Over the weekend, there was dan testing, kata and waza training, along with Kubotan training. We were also fortunate to have our IKA Spain Kubotan instructors, Jose Alcaide and Pedro Tamayo attending as well as our instructor from Belarus, Shihan Dai Andrei Vedernikov. The team from Serbia under Sensei Bozidar Puric also came to support the event. As is the tradition of Italy, our group got treated to the fine food and wine that Italy is so famous for. We thank Kyoshi Bortolin for his hospitality and for organizing the event.

Dinner Party in Torino, Italy  May 2013

Dinner Party in Torino, Italy – May 2013



On June 15th and 16th, Soke and Shihan Kuratomi went to Seattle, WA to teach karate and kubojitsu seminars in Bellevue, WA. The seminar was hosted by Sensei James Penor at the prestigious Bellevue Club. The Bellevue Club is a huge first class athletic facility, complete with multiple indoor Olympic size swimming pools, six indoor tennis courts, two indoor basketball courts, and a multitude of outdoor facilities. The locations also has a first class hotel and restaurant. Sensei Penor has been a karate instructor for the club for over 20 years and we were able to hold classes in the large dance studio. Soke and Shihan taught many seminars and also held Dan testing. Several black belts from the Family Karate Center in Everett tested including Shihan Bob Martin who tested for 7th Dan. Shihan Bob passed his test and was also awarded the title of “Kyoshi” by Soke. Kyoshi Bob during his test was also able to perform several katas in the mirror image of the original katas. Truly an amazing feat. Sensei Richard Higbee also passed his Godan test.

We thank Sensei James Penor for his hospitality and for the enthusiasm of all the students that attended.

Everett Washington Dojo Dan Testing Group (Kiyoshi Bob Martin, - Center – AKA “Santa”)

Everett Washington Dojo Dan Testing Group (Kiyoshi Bob Martin, - Center – AKA “Santa”)


Soke Teaching In Washington State.(Seminar Host Sensei James Penor On The Right)

Soke Teaching In Washington State.(Seminar Host Sensei James Penor On The Right)



On Sunday August 11th, 2013, the annual Nikkei games tournament will be held at the Pyramid at Cal State University Long Beach. The tournament is unique in that it is a karate, kendo, and judo tournament, all under one roof at the same time. Spectators are able to see all three events taking place simultaneously.

The tournament is designed to foster good will among the martial arts community and is a sponsored event. Cost for registration is only $30 for pre-registration and $35 for registration the day of the event. This includes a free Nikkei games T-shirt for all competitors. The entry fee is a fixed cost and does not vary regardless of the number events you are registered for. Cost for spectators is free. Volunteers are critical for the continued success of this tournament. Last year, volunteers for the event were in short supply. If you can assist in any way, your help will be greatly appreciated. We need people to judge, time keep, score keep, and to help set up and clean up after the event. Any assistance of any kind will be greatly appreciated.  For additional information and registration information, you can contact  Shihan Rod Kuratomi at:


Take a look at our website that has online registration, flyers, registration forms and general  information. The website is:




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! Email Soke for more information if you are interested in attending.

Mark your calendar now for next year’s event which will be the 50th Anniversary All Star Tournament. It is Soke’s wish to make this a special international event. The tentative date will be Sunday, October 5th with a banquet on Saturday the 4th.




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 23-25, 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. Becuase Soke has exceeded 5,000 friends so he has started a new page on facebook:



The IKA is pleased to announce that Shihan Eric Adams of IKA Colorado and Shihan Rod Kuratomi of IKA Headquarters were certified on July 28th by Soke to teach law enforcement in the use of the Kubotan.  The class taught by Soke was excellent and much was learned. The difference is that for law enforcement, the emphasis is on control and restraint and handcuffing. Shihan Kuratomi was happy he wore his kneepads as he spent much time on the floor! – “Higher consciousness through harder contact!”


Soke and His Latest Certified Kubotan Law Enforcement Instructors, Shihan Rod Kuratomi and Shihan Eric Adams

Soke and His Latest Certified Kubotan Law Enforcement Instructors, Shihan Rod Kuratomi and Shihan Eric Adams



On July 13th, the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank, California honored Soke for his contributions to the martial arts. He was one of the original Hall of Fame inductees at the Museum and was honored for his continued efforts in the Martial Arts. The presentation started with a slideshow showcasing Soke’s karate history and finished with awards presentations and speeches by those whose lives have been changed by Soke and karate training.

Soke Honored at the Martial Arts History Museum on July 13th . Presenting the Award is Museum Founder, Michael Matsuda.

Soke Honored at the Martial Arts History Museum on July 13th . Presenting the Award is Museum Founder, Michael Matsuda.



Soke has been selected to be honored by Nisei Week in Los Angeles as a Nikkei Pioneer. This prestigious award is given to Japanese pioneers that were instrumental in helping the Japanese community and being a pioneer in their respective fields. Award recipients are not limited to martial arts but also spread to a multitude of areas including business and other fine arts. Look for Soke in the Nisei Week Parade on Sunday, August 11th in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. The parade starts around 5pm.




Hanshi Terupe

8th Dan, IKA New Zealand, Australia and South Pacific Islands.

Written By Hanshi Bob Martin, Washington

"It's not all about winning trophies, I would prefer a student to lose and learn than to win and learn nothing."

  •  Hanshi Inuhaere
Back in 2010, doctors discovered cancer in the stomach of Hanshi Temoanarupe Inhaere.  In July, 2012, he lost his wonderful wife Julie after her 25 year battle with cancer. Then, on the September 6, 2012 Hanshi Terupe, as many of us know him, had a tragic accident that has left him a tetraplegic (paralysis of both arms, both legs and torso).

Now, Hanshi Inuhaere (his Maori given name) has to focus with all of his ki power and determination just to move a finger. He is in good care now, and even if he doesn't get to walk or move without support, his mind is stronger than ever. He does kata in his mind.

These are his words about his current situation,

"I am not afraid of death. I am afraid of what I am leaving behind"..."I hope I taught them well" – Hanshi Terupe

When you think of Hanshi always remember he is first and foremost a Martial Artist –a true warrior –a Maori Chief, devoted to Soke Kubota, Gosoku Ryu Karate and the IKA. His love for these things and for his family is immeasurable. Hanshi Inuhaere founded IKA New Zealand, Australia, Western Samoa, Fiji, Sri-Lanka, and Hong Kong. In 1990’s, he hosted World International Kubota Cup Karate Championships in Australia. He also achieved his 8th dan rank and his Hanshi title. He has represented Soke Kubota and the IKA masterfully in over 30 countries. He is the epitome of quiet power, high respect and unyielding discipline. He taught and coached his two daughters, Natasha and Janelle who were undefeated in both kata or Kumite in their first 12 years of competition. But mostly, like many of us in IKA, he is a teacher, the highest and most honorable profession.

 His friends around the world may send a card or letter to him by regular mail to Hanshi's daughter Janelle Collins @ 30 Herberton Street, Waterford, Queensland, 4133 Australia.

Soke With Hanshi Terupe

Soke with Hanshi Terupe



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.




I am a Martial Arts Teacher - so I can teach - and not to be known

I am a Martial Arts Teacher - to teach the traditions and values - so it will not be lost

I am a Martial Arts Teacher - for the martial arts - and to that end 

-Temoanarupe Inuhaere (Hanshi Terupe)

– IKA New Zealand





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.



August 11th, 2013 – Long Beach, California
Nikkei Games Budo Tournament

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

October 25-27, 2013 – Warsaw, Poland
Karate Semiars hosted by Jacek Chalupka
Taught by Soke Kubota

November  23-24, 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

IKA 50th Anniversary All Star Tournment
Los Angeles, California – October 5, 2014




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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