IKA News - February / March 2011


Message From Soke Kubota:

“I am deeply grieved at the passing of my three students of many years:

Adam Pearson
Ken Kuch
Dr. Tom Grubbs

My deepest sympathy to all family and friends”

Soke T. Kubota




In Memoriam Thomas Grubbs (1933-2011) In a Vintage Photo with Soke in the 1970’s




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 May 12th-15th, 2011. 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:




On June 25-26, 2011, Kancho Okuyama will be hosting a World Kubota Cup in Toronto Canada. Saturday June 25th will be a day of seminars taught by Soke Kubota followed by the tournament on Sunday, June 26th. If you are interested, contact Kancho Okuyama at his email at: Kancho@okuyamaupk.com



Mark your calendar for the next IKA All Star Tournament to be held in Los Angeles at Occidental College on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011.



Soke is planning on travelling to New Zealand to teach a multi-day seminar near the city of Wellington. The dates are October

28th to 30th, 2011. Some of the seminars will be privately held for the Wellington students but at least one seminar will be open to the public. For more information, contact our host, Sensei Scott MacKenzie at his email at:




Soke is tentatively planning to teach a Kubotan and Kubotactical seminar  June 11th and 12th 2011 in McAllen, Texas. The host will be long time Kubotan Mexico instructor Tomas Miledi. For more information, contact him at his email at:




Soke is currently seeking a venue for the IKA 2012 World Tournament. If you are interested in hosting this event, please contact Soke at his email at:




Soke is happy to announce that on April 27-29th, 2012 he will be teaching a seminar and attending a tournament in Minsk, Belarus. The host will be long time IKA supporter and instructor, Shihan Dai Andrei Verdernikova. This trip is being made due to the tireless support of the IKA for close to three decades by Shihan Dai Andrei. For more information, the host can be reached at his email at:




Check out the new, updated IKA Headquarters website. It has a new look and feel. Be sure to check out the new photo gallery. It takes a minute to load but is worth the wait. Special thanks to IKA student and webmaster, Brian McEvoy that volunteered to update the website and IKA Store. Thanks Brian !



Look for Soke on Facebook. The name is:

IKA Karate Kubota.

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


Soke Showing the Catch of The Day In Sicily
– November 2010



The IKA will start this year by implementing a new membership policy for our affiliated dojos. It has come to our attention that many of the dojos have not been submitting their annual IKA membership fees in a timely manner. As the IKA has very high overhead costs with these costs rising annually, we must now implement some financial changes.

In the past, we have adjusted costs according to the financial status of the respective countries with some paying more and some paying less annually. Our goal has always been to make membership in the IKA affordable for everyone.  We have decided to lower our fees and make the fees standard  and affordable for all countries.

Effective and due immediately, the club (dojo) membership fees will be $100 USD per year. In the past, it was optional to make your students members. Effective this year, we are asking that all students become IKA members.  Students, contact your Sensei directly regarding your membership fees. If you are not part of an IKA affiliated dojo, you may contact IKA headquarters directly. Dojos, contact us directly for specifics regarding individual memberships for your students. This continues to be the absolute most inexpensive International  membership with many organizations charging upwards of $100 per student and over $1000 per year  in club fees.  For the IKA, money has never been important. Training and Karate-Do has always come first. However, the IKA cannot continue to exist without prompt and timely payment of fees by affiliates and students.

Senseis, a membership card will be issued for each student so please submit a list of names of the students and we will mail you a membership card for each student good until January 2012.

The timely and voluntary payment of fees is an important part of Reigi (traditional martial protocol).  It is considered disrespectful and dishonorable if we have to remind you to pay your fees.  PLEASE do not put us in the awkward position of having to send you reminder letters.

If due to financial hardship you are not able to submit your fees in a timely matter, please contact us directly to see if we can make special financial arrangements for you. Your continued membership is the most important thing to us, not the money.

If you have already paid your fees recently, then we will pro-rate your fees for the year. For example, if you paid your $100 fee in June of 2010 then you only need to pay fees for half of 2011 or $50. The membership fee for students  may also be pro-rated. It is our goal to put everyone on the same payment schedule payable in the first quarter of each year.

Payment may be made by credit card via paypal direct to Soke@ikakarate.com,  faxing us an order with your credit card number (fax: 1-818-246-0063), personal or company check (USA only), bank to bank electronic transfer, or  Western Union. We are working on the website to automate the payment process using pay pal and hope to have this done soon. Contact us for specific instructions on bank to bank electronic transfer if you choose this option.


IKA Administration



In Memoriam – Shihan Adam Pearson

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Shihan Adam Pearson of IKA Headquarters. He left us last month after a battle with cancer. Our deepest sympathy to his family and our gracious thanks for his contributions to the IKA over the last 40 years. He will be missed. Next month we will follow up with a tribute to him


Memories of Shihan Adam Pearson and the Early Years of IKA Dojo Training


By Shihan Norvell Carrere

“He grabbed my gi, and then I heard rip, rip, rip--- my top gi was ripped to shreds off my body!  I was standing there wondering what the *$^%#@*%* just happened.” (Antonio Antonetti recently shared a story to me about a sparring session he had with Adam Pearson back in the 1980’s). An integral member of the IKA family, Shihan Adam Pearson, who trained at IKA for over 43 years until he was weaken with illness in early 2010,  passed away on September 29, 2010. He was 57 years old.

Almost four months later, I still cannot believe Adam has passed away.  His passing wasn’t supposed to happen so soon. Intellectually, I understand, but I still ask a rhetorical question; what went wrong? Adam always looked younger than his age, and those of us who are around the same age as Adam would always kid him that he looked younger than us.  Adam was always a figure of strength and vitality. So it was with great surprise that he became ill, and soon after that he passed away.
Adam’s IKA story began as a teenager in 1968 at a time when IKA’s Grand Master and Founder Tak Kubota, was respectfully called Shihan back then. Adam began his karate training at the Pasadena dojo under the leadership of IKA icon and world-class fighter Shihan Tony Tulleners.  In later years, Adam would train at Headquarters in Glendale and split time between the two respective dojos.

Adam was an offspring of an era that is considered “old-style training.” Understanding “old-style training” and the early years of the IKA, in which Adam trained, grew, and flourished, is important to the story of how kohai (student) Adam Pearson, became Shihan Adam Pearson, and the many lives he affected in the organization.

Adam began his karate training in a time when respective Glendale and Pasadena dojos were known for their strong fighters, led by first generation instructors John Gehlsen, Tony Tulleners, Ben Otake, and George Byrd, just to name a few.  Kubota and his first generation instructors set an extremely high standard to which a bunch of young men could set their sights on and tried to emulate.  Some of those young men were Val Mijailovic, Tom Serrano, Boban Petkovic, Miguel Lopez, myself, and of course Adam Pearson.  We “cut our teeth” back in the early 70’s in classes that were very strict, challenging, insightful, and even sometimes dangerous to one’s health, but always fun. Classes started on a high note with a lot of punching, kicking, and combinations, and would build from there. Sweat dripped off our gis.  Loud guttural kiais permeated the dojo. The pounding of feet on the hardwood floor reverberated blasts of noise off the walls. Techniques were fused into our respective repertoires by repetition. Kumite was literally hard and fast.  There was a sense of being a part of something special. Ultimately what developed were a bunch of strong fighters, all around the same age, who trained regularly and battled each other. Karate became the ‘way’ for us. The years clicked by. A myriad of strong karateka developed and trained at Headquarters and Pasadena dojos. At Headquarters, in any given advanced class, when we lined up in “two-two” for sparring sessions, the front of the dojo floor would be filled with seasoned karateka. Adam was right in the mix, sometimes leading the way.  We trained karate like it was for surviving street battles.   You had to have speed, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Mental strength was obligatory.

In the early years, sparring was conducted bare knuckled and just shy of real combat. When we sparred, it was common to see people get hit, kicked, and swept off their feet.  It was an era where a “little touch” to the face was OK, and the mid-section was actually fair game for hitting someone or getting hit--- hard. It wasn’t unusual to see gis spotted with blood. Bruises and lumps were expected. There was always a sense of danger. It was imperative to be focused to minimize injuries.  Getting hit in the mouth and losing teeth was always a possibility. Broken bones happened. Sometimes it felt like surviving just one of those classes was an accomplishment in and of itself.  If a visitor came by and wanted to spar, that person was “new meat,” and we revved it up a notch. If an individual displayed truculent behavior, that person didn’t last very long. That person had to take the wrath from whomever he spared with. We had a sense of having an edge, having learned and trained Gosoku-Ryu techniques, taught by the greatest teacher in the world, Tak Kubota. Within this framework was respect for each other. We helped each other learn karate. Character developed. Long lasting friendships were built.  An extended family was formed. This was the structure and atmosphere in which Adam trained karate and eventually excelled and flourished. Adam became one of the biggest of the IKA big boys.

I met Adam in the early 1970’s when he was called Henry, as also noted by his oldest karate buddies.  A few years later he wanted to be called Adam, and so we obliged. What I remember about Adam was his love for karate and his no nonsense training, and his commitment to seeking perfection in applying techniques. He embraced karate and the ‘way.’ He always trained hard which translated to becoming a top karateka in the organization. And, he always looked for an edge to accompany his karate training. As time passed by, he incorporated weight training into his routine which made him stronger and later developed his body to look like a bodybuilder. He became an expert in karate and during his prime and he looked like a NFL linebacker!

To say the least, he was a formidable opponent whenever we sparred.  His long arms and legs were assets to his repertoire.  I remember there were times we would go ‘hard’ in our sparring sessions like we were mortal enemies, and when we went full throttle, it was like I was sparring against a combination of a bear and a bull.

Another thing that I remember about Adam is that he always displayed respect. I remember seeing Adam enter the dojo, take off his shoes, and humbly give a deep prolonged bow before crossing to the backroom to put on his gi. He always made it a point to show respect to Soke and the organization as a whole.
But I cannot complete the story about Adam’s IKA journey alone. Following are a few stories from other IKA members that also capture’s the essence about Adam’s character and his training. 


From Shihan Val Mijailovic

I first meet Shihan Adam in 1970. I believe he was a brown belt and he trained at Tony Tulleners/Tom Serrano’s Pasadena dojo. During that time, Soke Kubota’s first generation students in the US were our instructors. These guys were tough and merciless. We trained everyday at least 2 hours, and that is not including assisting our sensei’s in teaching beginning classes.

There was a group of us that started to compete in karate tournaments around the mid 1970’s, and Shihan Adam was one of us. At that time the tournaments were unforgiving, no

protection equipment and excessive contact was one of the strategies. Shihan Adam was the tallest in our group, so in the team fights, he got to fight the biggest bruisers. He always plowed the road for the rest of us and many times he sacrificed his hopes of winning in order to eliminate the toughest opponents. For his height and weight, Shihan Adam was ahead of the game. Having long legs and arms, and training with Shihan Tony Tulleners, Shihan Adam’s speed and timing were always right on.
 Shihan Adam later trained with us at headquarters under Soke Kubota for many years. One thing that stands out about Shihan Adam is that he kept the values of the traditional training. Everyone knew that if Shihan Adam is in the class you needed to pay attention or he would get on your case.
 He lived his life like he trained karate, a wonderful husband and a father that dedicated his life to hard work and training. I remember one day he pulled up with his brand new Harley Davidson bike. He got off, took a napkin and wiped off the gas tank. So I walked up and asked him if I could take it for a short ride around the block. He looked at me and couldn’t say no so he said, “You know, I don’t let anyone touch it let alone ride it—but OK go ahead”. So I jump on it and took off like a maniac on purpose and glanced back at Shihan Adam who had his eyes wide open. Having experience in riding a bike for a long time, I went around the block revving the throttle to its max so that he could hear it blocks away. When I came back, he had a smile on his face and shaking his head. He said gently, “well I guess it’s broken in now.” 
There are so many stories to tell about my good friend Adam. I thank him for sharing his love and compassion with me and all of the souls around him.
Rest in peace my friend…..


From Shihan Boban Petkovic:

Adam was a big kid at heart. Sometimes he was playfully mischievous, but all in good fun. We drank slivovitz together and we always had good fun times. When I first came to the United States in 1974, my English wasn’t so good, but Adam would always help me with learning the English language and words. He loved my mom and always was a gentleman and very respectful whenever he was around her. I remember the first time I went to his house, he showed me his weapons. However, also among the weapons were a flute and a violin. The weapons fit his tough-guy persona, but the flute and violin seemed so out of place that I initially thought they were for someone else.  But I soon discovered the musical instruments were indeed his and that he also had a musical side.  One day he played the instruments for me and I saw a different side of him. It surprised me because the flute and violin didn’t seem to fit his physicality. I saw a softer side of him.
Throughout the years we sparred “hard” many times, and to this day I still can feel a little something in one of my ribs when it was hit by one his reverse punches. Every time I touch that rib and inhale deeply, I remember Adam. Man, I will miss him and all the good times we shared.


From Shihan Tom Serrano:

Adam and I trained in the martial arts together for over forty years. He was my martial arts brother. I had the honor of being with Adam his last few days before he passed away. A characteristic I admired about Adam was that he had a passion for seeking excellence in his martial arts training. I was fortunate and grateful that whenever we trained together, he would push me and I would push him, and consequently we helped each other grow and maximized our martial arts skills. Another characteristic about Adam was that he was an enforcer. In the early years, when a challenge arose from an outsider from our (Pasadena)dojo, Adam, without hesitation, would always be the first to volunteer and test his skills--- and he would always prevailed.  I admired his warrior spirit and his fighting ability. 
I will always remember Adam and the brotherhood that we shared.


From Shihan Rod Kuratomi:

 Shihan Adam was already a seasoned black belt when I was a white belt back in 1981. I vividly remember several severe sparring sessions with him, but they were always finished with encouraging words and a smile. He was always a consummate gentleman, even when he was beating you. At the time, I did not really understand that he was doing us a favor by going hard on us. He taught me not to fear anyone, but to respect everyone. One of my vivid memories about Adam was at the Nissei Week tournament around 1984. One of my team mates showed up in a cast and crutches instead of in his gi. Adam swept him so hard

the night before his legs were up in the air and he was upside down. When he finally hit the ground, the fall from the powerful sweep actually broke his ankle when he landed on the hardwood floor! Ah, those were the days! I also remember being surprised when I found out he was an avid chess player. He was not only a talented karateka but highly intelligent as well. We miss you brother!


From Shihan Antonio Antonetti:

I initially started training karate in 1973 at a dojo in Caracas, Venezuela. In this dojo the training was very tough with hard fighting. For years I knew about Soke and the reputation of his fighters. When I arrived at the Glendale dojo in 1985, I was somewhat prepared mentally, but I have to admit that it was more challenging than I imagined. I was particularly interested in learning from the best, so I always took the opportunity to pair-up with Kubota’s top students; Boban Petkovich, Val Mijailovich, Greg Clark, Norvell Carrere, Manuel Gonzales from Puerto Rico, Charles Scott from Alaska, and others. I first meet Adam in the Glendale dojo in 1985, I believe on a Wednesday kumite class. Soon, I realized that Adam was a tough fighter. He was strong mentally and physically. He had long legs and arms, so it was hard for me to reach him through his punching and kicking.

I also remember that he liked to grab, push and pull. I remember on one occasion, Adam and I where sparring, and I felt like I was being thrown in different directions, and at some point he got a hold of my gi and he kept pulling and pushing me. Next I heard my gi ripping like if it had been cut with a knife or a sharp object, and he kept ripping it with his bare hands till I had no gi jacket on me! But because of Adam, and the other more advanced and experienced fighters, I kept training hard, and little by little, the gap started to shorten and I became more capable of holding my ground. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to train and fight with Adam because I believe that when we have individuals like Adam, they push us to become better. It also creates respect that is like no other situation in relationships, when we train with honesty, and fight with a strong spirit, we can get a good idea of the true character of the person. Adam Pearson was an outstanding individual. I will miss him, but I am sure that we will meet again and continue to push each other in the next existence.


From Shihan Mark Guida:

I was sorry to hear the unfortunate news of the passing of Adam.  I remember when I first started karate, I would attend my

beginner class, and after it was over I would sometimes stay and watch the black belt classes.  Back then it was common to see Val, Adam, Greg Clark, Norvell, and some of the other guys training in those classes.  I was always impressed with how hard the guys would spar and how strong the techniques were.  Adam was a very physically fit man then and was in the prime shape of his life.  He was about 6 feet 2 inches or so and about 220 pounds of solid muscle.  He looked like a body builder with very low body fat.  He had long legs with big feet and a real big front kick.  He fought hard and usually did not hold back much on his opponents.  
 About six months after I had been training, I was awarded a purple belt by Soke, and he told me I could come and train in the advanced class.  I was 18 years old and about 165 pounds.  I remember one night when I went to the old Glendale dojo to train and Adam was the senior black belt there that night.   We paired-off for sparring.  The class started with Adam at one end of the dojo sparring with another black belt, and I was at the other end sparring with another lower belt.  After a few minutes, Adam would stop the class and have every one move to the left to get a new partner and begin sparring again.  I soon noticed that I was moving closer to Adam’s end of the dojo and would soon have to stand in front of him.  Adam was thrashing guys that night with big sweeps, hard kicks and punches.  I started watching the clock and was hoping that time would run out before I would have to face him.  Unfortunately, I was not so lucky that night.  He had us change partners again, and there he was right in front of me.  I was no match for Adam.  I just remember picking myself up off the floor several times as he would ask, “Are you ok?”  This was a pretty humbling experience. It seemed as if everything I tried to throw at him, he would just sweep me, punch me, or give me one of his big front kicks.  
 Adam worked me hard that night, but soon afterward, he worked with me and taught me.  Over the years, we worked out a lot together and became friends.  He was my sensei, and he will be missed.


From Sensei Gordon Pfeiffer (5th Dan):

I first met Adam a very long time ago when he called himself "Henry" and had a big Afro. Even though I remember him being tough on me in those early days, I also remember that I thought he was fair -- and I liked him. All the stories aside, what I believe is the most important thing I can share about Adam is to write about his loyalty.
 Adam was loyal to his family and friends. I could go months without talking with Adam, but when we finally got together, it was like we had just seen each other the day before. He knew he could count on me to help if he was having a problem, and I knew I could count on him.
Adam was loyal to his training. Even when his work and family obligations -- and, eventually, his health -- prevented him from spending as much time at the dojo as he wanted, he always tried to keep involved and train as much as possible.
 Adam was loyal to IKA and, most importantly, Adam was totally loyal to Soke. I know for a fact that Adam idolized Soke and tried to do everything he could to help Soke and IKA. Even though Adam was definitely an "old school" tough guy, Adam told me on many occasions that he loved Soke. He constantly sought Soke's approval and wanted Soke to be happy.
 Adam always put Soke first and everything else second. Adam never tried to make a name for himself apart from IKA. Adam never let his own ego get in the way of doing what he believed was best for Soke and IKA. Adam just wanted to learn, train, teach, and be a part of something he loved -- IKA.
Honor. Loyalty. Sacrifice. Love. Adam exemplified Bushido. To me, that's my brother Adam's legacy.
 Osu, brother. Rest in peace. 


From Mario Manzanilla (3rd Dan):

For many years I trained with Adam at the Pasadena Dojo along with other Instructors. Sometimes Adam would train early Saturday mornings with Shihan Tony Tulleners, Shihan Tom Serrano, and a few others, in special invitation only classes. I also remember Shihan Adam loved to teach. His classes were very physical, with lots of stretching and drills, then either kata or kumite or both. He worked us hard. I remember doing kumite with him a long time ago, and he tore up three of my gi’s. Adam had a great loud laugh. I remember when I was in college having conversations with Adam to hire him as a bodyguard to help protect me against people that were apparently hired to do me harm. Gladly, that never developed.

 I also remember the time when a cop used to show up to the old Alhambra Dojo, and this cop would come in early at the white belt/blue belt class and tried to beat-up the lower ranks. Sensei Dennis Dalton used to run the dojo back then (the guy that spoke at the funeral and knew Adam well). Dennis contacted Adam and told him about this “bad” cop always interrupting the classes. Adam then started to teach the white and blue belts classes. A short time later, I walked into the dojo for the advanced class, which would follow the lower ranked class. This “bad” cop was in the first class and started to kumite with the lower ranks. When Adam saw me walk in one evening, he asked me to fill-in and teach the white belts because he wanted to work with this “bad character” cop.  I did, but with one eye watching the class and the other eye watching Adam. I’ll never forget what I saw that day. Adam started to kumite with this “character” and did a quick front kick. The guy bounces off the wall and Adam follows up with a back-kick right to the mid section! Ouch! This was pretty wild to say the least. The “bad” cop dropped to the floor. After the cop got up, he picked up his things and never came back. Adam was intimidating at times and liked to go hard most of the time.  Adam really lived karate, as was said at his funeral.


In Closing from Shihan Norvelle:

The above stories are just a small sampling from people that Shihan Adam befriended and helped contribute to their growth in our organization. Although our collective hearts in the IKA family laments from the lost of one of our brothers, we celebrate Shihan Adam Pearson and his contribution to IKA and helping make the organization strong.  We will miss Adam the student, the leader, and the teacher. We will miss his competitive spirit and his presence. But most importantly, we will miss his friendship and seeing his radiant smile--- but he won’t be forgotten. Shihan Adam will always live in our memories. 

Rest in peace Bro. We thank you for helping us become better karateka and for sharing your space and time with us. Our collective deep, humbled, and prolonged bows are returned. Osu!


By Shihan Val Mijailovic

Thomas (Tom) Grubbs born  Nov 7, 1933 , died  Jan 9, 2011 . He was born in Compton California .  One of his first jobs as a young adult was as a preacher. He served in the United States Air force, and then he went to medical school at Loma Linda University.  Tom practiced psychiatry in Beverly Hills for many years and then joined family planning associates where he worked as a surgeon until 2010. 

Tom joined Soke Kubota in 1972 in his mid 40’s and rose to a rank of Black Belt. He moved to Long Beach in the mid 80’s and due to a long commute trained with Soke only on the weekends throughout the 90’s. Tom had a passion for karate and was a long time supporter of IKA. Along with his passion for karate he enjoyed flying and sailing.

His spirit, dedication and friendship will be missed by all of us.



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 we will talk about:

“Stress Inoculation Training”
By Shihan Rod Kuratomi

The term “Stress Inoculation Training” (SIT) is specific training that induces stress and eventually with enough training allows one to perform better under stress. In the previous newsletter, I talked about the 50% rule. This is the general rule that says during a high stress combat situation, a person will perform at a level half as well as they perform during training.

First, to understand this concept better we have to talk about what happens to a person during the stress that a fight induces:

1. Adrenaline dump into your blood stream. Adrenaline in your blood stream causes your heart rate to increase. Faster heart rate causes you to breathe faster. The rapid breaths lower the CO2 content of your blood which causes your blood vessels to

constrict which reduces blood flow to the brain and makes critical thought processes more difficult. The stress also makes one tire quickly disproportionately to the physical activity that one is engaging in. On the positive side, it has the ability to increase strength and desensitize the body to pain.

2. Auditory exclusion. Police officers involved in a gun fight, often report that they never hear the gun going off. In addition, it also prevents one from hearing what is going on around yourself while you are experiencing this. With auditory exclusion you may be less aware of someone sneaking up behind you in a fight on the street.

3. Tunnel vision. You see only what is directly in front of you. Your normal peripheral vision is restricted and you will often not see something unless you are looking straight at it. You may miss a weapon in hand or a second or third adversary standing right next to your opponent.

4. Loss of fine motor skill. Coordination is adversely affected and small intricate tasks and the use of small muscles become impaired. A task that is normally easily done is unable to be performed quickly and easily. This is caused by the adrenaline dump and the blood flow away from the extremities to feed the bodies organs.

Now, for the elite military and SWAT operators, is it OK for them to be working at 50% when a hostage’s life may be at stake? Is it OK for them to shoot the hostage taker half the time, miss the shot and shoot the hostage the other half of the time? Obviously not….. The way these operators overcome the 50% rule is to train under extreme stress. Stress Inoculation Training (SIT) …..

How does this apply to the martial artist?

Traditionalists often scoff at sport karate saying it has nothing to do with real fighting and that its existence has diluted the art. A good example of this are the WKF rules where eight points are needed to win a match. In traditional arts where it is supposed to be, one punch, one kill, why do we need to kill the opponent multiple times to win a match?

However….one of the best ways for a martial artist to get SIT is to compete in tournaments regularly. Even though in a tournament, your life is not at stake, the average infrequent competitor will exhibit many of the classic physical and mental stress induced reactions of actual combat.

The frequent competitor learns to control breathing and relax. Heart rate slows down. Coordination returns. Strategic logical thinking ability returns. Once the frequent competitor is able to control the manifestations of stress then performance greatly increases. Once performance increases, matches are easier to win. Once the wins start coming, confidence grows. Once confidence grows, it becomes easier and easier to control stress. Mental focus improves as does physical ability. It becomes a circle of positive attributes. The competitor learns how to control stress in the ring. One becomes a better master of one’s own mind and body.

This same mental and physical control can also transfer to some degree in street confrontations. When your life is in danger it is extremely difficult to be calm but with the proper stress inoculation training, maybe the performance level will rise above the 50% level to 60%, 70% or maybe even higher. The armed forces have known this for years and purposely induce as much stress into training as possible knowing that stress training produces results on the battlefield.

SIT also can teach one to relax under the pressures of doing some common tasks that frighten many people.  Such things as public speaking, taking academic exams, performance taking physical tests, or participating in competitive sports other than martial arts can all benefit from SIT training.

Tournaments may take away from some of the values of traditional martial arts but I feel they offer an excellent way to improves one’s self by offering SIT. Professional athletes are well aware of SIT though they may not know it by that name. A baseball pitcher in the major leagues is a prime example of SIT in a non-combative environment. There are not many easily accessible venues in modern life for the average person that offers Stress Inoculation Training. Next time you have the opportunity to compete in a tournament, try it ! See what benefit a little stress in your life can produce!



"Pulled muscles, torn ligaments, broken bones, sweat and blood.  It is not the physically gifted that excel in martial arts, but the determined. Those who refuse to give up are the ones that can become the future Masters." 

- Shihan Rod Kuratomi



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.


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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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