IKA News - Jan / Feb 2013

Soke Kubota with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villarigosa at the USS Iowa Karate Demo, November 2012

Soke Kubota with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villarigosa at the USS Iowa Karate Demo, November 2012



Soke would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. May 2013, the Year of the Snake, be one filled with happiness, health and prosperity. May peace prevail though out the world.



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:



Happy New Year!! Osu, Soke



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.



Our deepest condolences go to IKA New Zealand instructor Hanshi Teomoana Terupe who recently loss his wife to a long battle with cancer. We also send our wishes to Hanshi Terupe who is recovering from a serious accident.

Soke with Hanshi Terupe and Family

Soke with Hanshi Terupe and Family



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 Rod Kuratomi writes an article on how to train for the long term called:

Staying In The Game

Two MMA fighters in the cage. John clearly dominating George. This is John’s fifth professional fight and he is clearly on the path to fame and fortune. John takes George down with a body slam, and immediately takes the mount position pummeling George who is only seconds away from defeat. George musters all his remaining strength to execute the escape and counter and puts John in an arm bar …..RRRIPP….POP!!!! That was John’s rotator cuff, ending not only John’s MMA future but his involvement in martial arts forever. 

 MMA is all the rage now but careers are short. This is supposed to be mixed “martial arts”.  Martial arts by their very nature take decades to reach mastery.  In a career that rarely lasts more than a few years how is mastery ever to be attained? This is not martial arts, this is sport. The end game is usually permanent physical and/or mental damage through repeated beatings and injuries.

The key in martial arts is “Staying In The Game”…..

A pack of wolves engage in playful combat on a regular basis. Play too easy and the pack becomes weak. Play too hard resulting in injury or death and the pack weakens by reducing its numbers.  A karate dojo is the same.

All too often young karateka go too hard on each other. It is the ego pushing one another to see who is better.  It is the human equivalent of the Alpha Chimp beating his chest and biting the weaker males into submission for dominance. In the dojo the end result is often injury, sometimes permanent and the end of training for that individual. Over the years, I have seen dozens leave due to injury as a result of unnecessary “chest beating”. Regarding myself…. guilty as charged in my path to discover “the way”. It does not have to be like that.  In martial arts, we all owe our help to one another.  Like the wolf pack, the dojo will grow in strength and numbers if we dedicate ourselves to helping each other. The older karatekas on the other have a different foe. Themselves.  They forget they are not young anymore and often times will injure themselves by going too hard or too fast. The problem is through training our muscles remain strong but our ligaments and tendons  get more fragile with age. Our muscles become less supple and are prone to tears.  Our bones become more porous and weaken. We forget we are not 20 years old anymore. The older karateka will often times ignore the warning signs of pain and “tough it out”. Pain is your body’s way of telling you there is a problem and to take is easy and give yourself some time to heal. Ignore the pain and you may sustain a permanent injury that may take a long time to heal and possibly end your training forever.

The key to getting better in karate is to “Stay In The Game”. Injuries are inevitable. Minimize the severity, listen to your body, and know your limitations. The key to staying in karate long enough to attain some degree of mastery is perseverance and resiliency. Train smart to minimize the injuries, recover and keep training.

The key to mastery in karate has little to do with athletic ability and physical strength. It is all about longevity and never giving up….

“Stay In The Game !!!”



"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action."
                            - Gogen Yamaguchi



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.

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.

Past News Letters

Nov - Dec 2012 News Letter

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June - July 2012 News Letter

Mar - Apr 2012 News Letter

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Nov - Dec 2011 News Letter

Aug - Sept 2011 News Letter

Jun - Jul 2011 News Letter

Apr - May 2011 News Letter

Feb - Mar 2011 News Letter

Nov - Jan 2011 News Letter

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