IKA News - Dec / Jan 2013

Soke and Shihan Dai Demetrio Munoz in Ukraine

Soke in Warsaw, October 2013



On November 20th, Soke, Shihan Ted and Shihan Rod made the trek to Molinella, Italy to teach karate seminars. The trip was hosted by Kyoshi Pajello and his top student Hanshi Monia Atti.  Molinella is a very small town just outside of Bologna. It is one of my favorite IKA destinations as it is always a very relaxing trip with great Italian hospitality and dedicated martial arts students with an excellent level of discipline and training.  As is the Italian tradition, the food and drink is always superb. We had two drinks that I have never had anywhere else. A dry, slightly sparkling red wine known as “Lambrusco” and an excellent after dinner aperitif made from green walnuts called “Nochino”.  Both very unique and delicious. We stayed at a very nice bed and breakfast and had our morning meal prepared by the local “Momma-san”. We then toured the nearby town of Ferara with the Polish team to see the town which originated in 1000 BC. Dinner was a unique treat. The waiter came out to show our host a fresh truffle for him to smell and approve of. We then had freshly made tagatalle pasta topped with porcini mushrooms and sliced fresh truffle. I have to say this was the best pasta dish I have ever had in my life. Wow….

Saturday was seminar day one and the morning session was a kata class teaching the adults Ju No Michi and the kids, Kime Ni No kata. The afternoon session focused on unique waza developed by Soke. The Torino group led by Kiyoshi Bortolin joined us as well as a group from Sicily. The evening finished up with a dinner of around 40 people that came to honor Soke. Day two worked on Kubojitsu self defense training with a lot of mat work that was enjoyed by young and old alike. We would like to thank Kyoshi Pajello, Hanshi Monia Atti, and Manuela Fronzke for their gracious hospitality and for doing an excellent job organizing the event. We look forward to going back to Molinella in the not too distant future.


Soke Receiving an Award From the Mayor of The City of Molinella, Italy

Soke Receiving an Award From the Mayor of The City of Molinella, Italy


Seminar Group in Molinella, Italy  November 2013

Seminar Group in Molinella, Italy – November 2013

IKA Seminar in Warsaw a Success

In October, Soke travelled to Warsaw, Poland to teach a seminar that was hosted by the twin karateka Chalupka brothers. Soke was accompanied by Shihan Ted Bratakos and on his first trip with Soke, Sensei Kenneth Fisher. The Chalupka brothers are not new to the IKA but they recently became independent IKA representa-tives in Poland with their own organization. The brothers are well known in Poland as they have been avid competitors for many years and became well known for their excellent karate demonstrations and quality instruction. Soke taught classes on kata, kumite and kubojitsu to a class of almost 100 students that travelled from all over Europe to attend the classes. The classes were a resounding success and were enjoyed by all that attended. Soke would like to thank the Chalupka brothers for doing such an excellent job organizing the event and for their wonderful hospitality. We look forward to many more seminars in Warsaw in the future.

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.

Sensei Puric can be reached at his email at:



Sunday, October 5th, 2014 marks several special events. It is the 50th anniversary of the IKA All Star Tournament, Soke’s 75th Anniversary of his training in martial arts, and Soke’s 80th birthday celebration. The tournament will be at Occidental College in Los Angeles and it is going to be a well attended event with many international branches coming to honor Soke at this special event. Mark your calendar!



Congratulations to Dr. William White who is our latest certified Kubotan instructor. Dr. White travelled all the way from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for the course. Dr. White is a doctor of psychology, a reserve police officer, and a self-defense instructor. We look forward to him teaching many Kubotan classes in the future.



Eight Months Pregnant and Still Training: Black Belt Sarita Garcia



We would like to congratulate IKA Black Belt Sarita Garcia of IKA Headquarters who at eight months pregnant is still regularly training. Sarita, originally from Peru, loves karate and knows that the physical fitness that karate provides will keep both her and her unborn child in excellent physical condition. She stated, “Karate helps the entire person grow, not just the physical”. A healthy mom makes for a healthy baby! We respect her dedication to karate and to her family and unborn child. A congratulations to Sarita and her husband Carlos.




Soke and Kubotan Instructor, Dr. William White



Soke asks 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



In Memoriam: Shihan Leonard Kramer in a vintage photo circa 1975. Pictured (left to right) Mike Salvanichi, Dick Charles, Daryl Carlson, Leonard Kramer. Seated, Soke Kubota  

In Memoriam: Shihan Leonard Kramer in a vintage photo circa 1975. Pictured (left to right) Mike Salvanichi, Dick Charles, Daryl Carlson, Leonard Kramer. Seated, Soke Kubota



We are sad to announce the passing of long time friend and karateka, Shihan Leonard Kramer. Shihan Leonard recently passed after a prolonged illness. He was one of Soke’s students who started back in 1970. He was an attorney by profession and contributed to the IKA over the years assisting with many legal matters. He was the consummate gentleman with a heart of gold and we will miss him very much.  As a tribute to him, I would like to reprint an article he wrote for the IKA Newsletter back in October of 2002:

The IKA newsletter now features “Soke’s Corner”. This is a section of the newsletter that will have a short story about the various IKA pioneers and instructors beginning with the origin of IKA USA back in 1964. The current plan is to feature over 70 of the top instructors of the IKA worldwide. This month’s story will feature IKA Headquarters pioneer Shihan Leonard Kramer.  6th dan Gosoku Ryu.

It is our hope that one day these articles will be submitted to one of the martial arts magazines for publication. In addition, it is Soke’s hope that these articles will eventually be compiled into a book that will be called “The History of the IKA” featuring the origin of the organization, the story of Soke Kubota, and short biographies of all the main instructors and pioneers of the IKA. This is a transcript submitted by Shihan Leonard sharing his experiences from the early days of the IKA:

“One of the most memorable events of my life occurred in 1970. A client had to leave a meeting early to go to his karate class and he invited me to come along. I knew nothing about karate and I thought that "green belt" had something to do with the ecology. Although I had wrestled in high school and at UCLA, in 1970 1 was a 45 year old, out of shape attorney; for the prior 20 years, my only fighting had been in court.

Recent photo of the Late Shihan Leonard Kramer (1925-2013)

Recent photo of the Late Shihan Leonard Kramer (1925-2013)

The class was in the old IKA dojo at Kenmore and Hollywood Blvd. John Gehlsen led the class and I was absolutely stunned; I thought I had never seen such power and skill. Then Takayuki Kubota took over and I was mesmerized. I watched one class and I was immediately hooked. Without even thinking that I was too old or out of shape, I enrolled as a student. That was a turning point in my life.

During my first few years as a student, a youngster named Val Mijailovic enrolled (you could see the potential from his first day); his brother. Dragan, was already training and a young glamour girl named Carmen Kim trained with her two sons. Bobin Petkovic arrived in Los Angeles and Norvel Carrere transferred to IKA. Hamilton, Adam Pearson and Ron McCauslan were regulars, always ready to help.

An example of Soke's attitude was shown during an invitational workout with visitors from several different dojos. One of the visitors was a big, tough guy with an attitude. He sparred with one of the IKA women and immediately landed a very hard, intentional body blow. He then swung a second time, but suddenly, out of nowhere Soke's hand appeared and blocked the punch. Very quietly, Soke said "Let me show you how it's done". He then proceeded to wipe the floor with the visitor who finally begged for mercy. Soke then said something like "Some people bigger, some people stronger, but in our dojo everyone has respect". Everyone got the message.

Soke's mental powers are awe inspiring and some things just can't be explained. I've watched him train champions and it seems as if he can read their minds. He seems to anticipate every move before it is made and then brings out the very best from the student. During the 70s, our oldest student (younger than I am now) was hospitalized with cancer and became paralyzed, the doctors gave him 6 weeks to live. Soke went to the hospital and meditated with the dying man. Soke had him do Katas in his head, becoming progressively more advanced and then slowly had him start moving. The doctors couldn't explain it, but in a few weeks, the man got out of bed and went home. I met him two years later when he visited the dojo and easily climbed the steps to the balcony.

John Gehlson was a mainstay of the dojo in the early years. He was a sergeant in the LAPD and his exploits were legendary. Once, while a class was in session, the small market across the street from the Kenmore dojo was held up and a clerk shot. John charged out of the dojo, in his gi and led the chase after the gunman, hanging on to the side of a police car.

A scene from the movie "The Mechanic" with Charles Bronson was shot in the Kenmore dojo. Soke acted the part of a visiting Karate Master who had to teach respect to a local tough guy played by Hank Hamilton. The fight scene was shot over several times to get it just right, with Soke knocking Hank into the wall each time for artistic effect. Hank survived, but it was enough to break the plaster and knock pictures off the walls of the office next door. I then did my part by pacifying the landlord.

For more than twenty years, I devoted as much time as possible to training. I rose through the ranks to 3rd Dan and in 1987, I was awarded the honorary degree of 6th Dan. During that time, I helped train female officers from the LAPD in Soke's Kubaton technique and trained with James Caan and Hank Hamilton in Soke's cane technique.

My son started training when he was 10 and has been a lifelong devotee; both of my daughters also trained. When my stepdaughter first visited the dojo, she gave me the nickname of "Papa San" and that name has stuck, even with my grandchildren.

I introduced a friend. Judge J. D. Smith, from the Los Angeles Criminal Court to the dojo and he was duly impressed. It was later rumored that he had offered a convicted felon a choice of penalties - 4 years in jail or 4 days being taught "respect" at our dojo. The felon chose jail time as being more lenient. (We all deny the rumor).

I have gone to tournaments in Japan, Italy and Australia and have met karatekas from all over the world. The respect for Soke and the IKA is universal. In the 1977 world tournament in Tokyo, most of the Japanese team came completely around the arena to watch Soke's team compete. They didn't do that for any other team and they were particularly impressed to see a young Val Mijailovic beat the Yugoslavian champion.

The only regret I have ever had about karate was that I hadn't first been exposed to it when I was 30 years younger. It is hard to put into words how honored I feel to have been a part of IKA

and what a great part of my life karate has been. I hope that I have been able to contribute back a small part of what I have gained.”

Shihan Leonard Kramer

Editors Note:
Shihan Leonard is a retired attorney living in Los Angeles.  He has long been a supporter of the IKA travelling the world with us on many occasions. He is also one of the nicest people I know. As Soke would say, “he has very good kokoro”.  A loose translation of  “kokoro” would be “spirit” or “heart”. It is the essence of what makes a good human being. Shihan Leonard is an exemplary example of this.  I feel very privileged to call him my friend. Osu!



“Karate training for children is an investment in our future as they are our leaders of tomorrow”

  -Soke Kubota


IKA Calendar

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

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



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
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.

Past News Letters

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