IKA News - June / July 2011

Condolences for Japan

The IKA would like to send our heartfelt condolences for all our friends, relatives, and members of our karate family that have lost love ones and/or homes and businesses in Japan as a result of the Earthquake and Tsunami. We would also like to commend the gallant crew at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant that is sacrificing their lives for the safety of others. They are true heroes. We encourage IKA members to contribute to one of the many charities being set up to assist the victims of this great tragedy. We commend the Japanese people for their demonstration of support for one another. May their actions be an example for the entire world as to how we should conduct ourselves in trying times.

Soke T. Kubota



Ukraine Seminar Group - Sumy, May 2011

Soke with Ukraine Seminar Group – Sumy, May 2011



On May 13-15th 2011, IKA Ukraine held the IKA Euro Kubota Cup Tournament in the city of Sumy.  The event was hosted by long time IKA instructor Shihan Dai Anatoliy Lozovoy.  Soke was the guest of honor of the event and was assisted by Shihan Ted Bratakos and Shihan Rod Kuratomi. The weekend began with two days of seminars. On the first day Soke taught waza using the Bokken (wooden katana) followed by his new kata “Ryu No Kata”. The second day of seminars began with the teaching of kata “Gosoku Godan” and was followed by a seminar in tactical self-defense that Soke calls “Kubotactical”.
Soke also held a session for Dan testing in which several Sandan, Nidan, and Shodan ranks were bestowed.

The IKA was fortunate to once again have the corporate sponsor, Ukrrosmetall under the administration of “Kaisho  Grigoriy Kirik.  The IKA Hombu group was again treated to staying at the very nice accommodations of the corporate housing of the sponsor. The majority of meals for Soke and his group were carefully prepared by the chefs of Ukrrosmetall at their dining hall. They were treated to several delicious home cooked meals with a different dish served every time.  Homemade soups, fresh salads, and traditionally prepared dishes of pork and fish were served along with excellent red wine and of course the specialty drink of Ukraine: Vodka!
The tournament was a two day event with day one featuring the children and day two the adults. Teams came from, Azerbaijan,

Armenia, Poland, Belarus, and Serbia.  Soke was especially impressed with the strength and spirit of the children. The children are extremely focused and fierce – real Budo…They are a reflection of the excellent instruction they are receiving. I was told this unusually strong spirit is the spirit of the Cossack warrior.

Day two was an excellent display put on the adults. The WUKF rules were in effect for this tournament. One unusual rule that is different with WUKF is that for incidental face contact, a point is not awarded to the person getting hit. Overly strong contact still results in Hansoku (disqualification), but light to moderate contact was allowed three times with a disqualification only assessed on the fourth contact. This means there is no winning by not defending yourself and getting hit. Good in some ways but we saw many delays in matches because the doctor constantly had to be called due to excessive face contact.  In one incident we saw a person get hit in the face with a hard punch, a clench ensued and  payback was returned with a head butt so hard it sent the opponent’s mouthpiece flying. This resulted only in two warnings, one to each opponent. Under Soke’s rules, this would have been a disqualification for the head butt and a one point penalty for the face contact. On the positive note, we saw an excellent performance by Igor Ullich who recently received his Sandan during the testing session. We saw Sensei Igor in a clench with his opponent and while he was only one foot away, deliver a hook kick to the side of his opponent’s head  resulting in a point. We saw him do this several times during the tournament and we were very impressed with his ability. Sensei Igor ended up receiving several gold medals in the tournament, including a gold in lightweight kumite. He is also a reining WUKF champion. Following the tournament, we had an excellent post-tournament party with all the tournament officials and visiting Senseis.


Soke in Ukraine Starting A Seminar Session

Soke in Ukraine Starting A Seminar Session

We would like to cordially thank the following people: Shihan Anatoliy Lozovoy and his daughter Katarina who worked very hard to prepare for this event. They worked non-stop all through the weekend and countless hours before. We would also like to thank Ksenia, our interpreter who guided us throughout our stay and who we would have not been able to enjoy our trip without her assistance. Thank you also to Inna and her family that graciously had us over for dinner at her house.  Thank you to the sponsor Ukrrosmetall and Kaisho Grigoriy Kirik, who we could not have had the event without his assistance and generosity. Thank you to our driver Aleg who was always there when we needed him and was never late. A final big thank you to all the volunteers and Senseis of the Ukraine and other participating IKA dojos that volunteered so much of their time to make the event possible.

We thank you!  Osu!!!



This message for Kancho Okuyama in Canada:

The 16th World Kubota Cup will be this month  on Sunday June 26, 2011. Honoured Guest, GRANDMASTER SOKE KUBOTA will be attending and doing a Special Seminar on Saturday June 25, 2011 Competitors from from all over the world will be attending.

GREAT NEWS.......our "Official Hotel" for the Kubota Cup, the beautiful DELTA CHELSEA hotel. Please book with this hotel which is right in the heart of downtown Toronto, It is public transit accessible to the Seminar and we will be having a bus to the Tournament from the Hotel. It will be nice to have all Karate-ka in the same hotel together.

Book online today!!!

Please e-mail us if you have any questions at:

Best Regards,
Kancho T. Okuyama
IKA Canada



Mark your calendar for the next IKA All Star Tournament to be held in Los Angeles at Occidental College on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011. The tournament usually runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Registration starts at 7:30 am sharp.  This tournament has been steadily growing over the past several years with many international competitors.

The tournament offers a reduced rate for entering the kata and kumite event and is one of the best values in tournament competition. Soke Kubota changes the medals every year with a new unique design that he creates himself. As always, there are a wide range of categories including Kobudo, and Gosoku Ryu kata. There are no team events. The scoring system for this event will be a three point system (Shobu Sanbon) with all scoring techniques worth one point.

As always, it is imperative that we have volunteer support which is necessary for the success of this event. We ask that all IKA members in attendance plan on assisting with the event in some manner. We need judges and referees. We can train you how to be a time keeper or scorekeeper if you have no experience.

We have registration forms available on the website for the event at:



Soke Teaching Seminar, Sumy Ukraine May 2011

Soke Teaching Seminar, Sumy Ukraine 2011


On Sunday August 21st, 2011, the annual Nikkei games tournament will be held at the Pyramid at Cal State University Long Beach. Soke Kubota will also be teaching a self defense seminar using the hook top walking cane on Saturday, August 20th at the LAPD Academy. It is the aim of the tournament to hold an event free from politics in the spirit of true karate and Budo. It is organized by a group of Southern California Senseis and is supported by IKA and Soke Kubota. The So Cal Dojos have united in the common cause to promote karate in for those that may not be able to afford to compete in a mainstream tournament. 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 $25 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 flyers, registration forms and general  information. The  website is:



Soke and Shihan Rod Kuratomi are planning on travelling to New Zealand to teach a multi-day seminar near the city of Wellington. The dates are October 25th 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 happy to announce that on May 5-6, 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 Vedernikov. This trip is being

made due to the tireless support of the IKA for close to three decades by Shihan Dai Andrei. Shihan Ted Bratakos and Shihan Rod Kuratomi are planning on attending. For more information, the host can be reached at his email at:



Mafia In Ukraine: (left to right: Shihan Ted Bratakos, Host Anatoliy Lozovoy, Soke)

Mafia In Ukraine:
(left to right: Shihan Ted Bratakos, Host Anatoliy Lozovoy, Soke)



Soke Kubota has awarded the location of the 2013 IKA World Tournament to the city of Molinella, Italy (near Bologna). The host will be under the watchful eye of Kyoshi Pajello. We will update you with information as soon as the date is set for the event.


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.


(Note: If you have not paid your fees yet, they are past due as payment date was January)

The IKA has 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. We will work out an affordable payment plan 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. If you wish to pay using Pay Pal, you can do so at the IKA website. Contact us for specific instructions on bank to bank electronic transfer if you choose this option.


IKA Administration


Beer and Vodka Makes for a “Happy Group” – Ukraine 2011

Beer and Vodka Makes for a “Happy Group” – Ukraine 2011



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 have reprinted (with permission) a blog from Kyoshi Jim Mather who is one of Soke’s early students. He discusses some interesting history about Soke as he talks about Soke’s “Shin to Shin Sweep”:

My primary lifetime instructor, Soke Takayuki Kubota, used to enjoy playing a little trick on people who thought they were tough. If someone like that, especially someone with a bad attitude, came into his dojo or attended one of his workshops, he would get into a stance and invite them to footsweep him. When the guy kicked his front leg, he would never use all their power. They’d just make his leg wiggle a little. Then, Soke would chastise him for being so weak. His ego injured, the guy would put everything into his next attempt. But as he did, Soke would quickly half-step back with his front leg, rotate his hips, and come around with a hard shin to shin sweep with his right.

Those of us who had been with Soke for many years would always watch the faces of those he had setup. The looks on their faces when their shins met were classic. And their attitudes were immediately adjusted down several notches.

 One of my first memories of Soke was of him in the elevated boxing ring at the old Long Beach Auditorium, where Ed Parker held his International Karate Championships for several years, before moving into the larger new arena. Soke started his demonstration by “warming up”. He set his hand on a wooden pedestal and beat it with a sledge hammer. Then, he set his foot on the pedestal and beat his shin. I’d seen people who could break stacks of bricks before so that didn’t really impress me. What did impress me was what he did next.

As his grand finale, he sparred three of the black belt finalists from that year’s event, individually and then all three at once. I think these three included Chuck Norris and Tonny Tulleners. I forget who the third was. Everyone else that night had done these well-rehearsed demos, where they were attacked by their own students and everyone fell down right on cue. So I was impressed with both Soke’s skill and confidence in his methods. (I had the “good” fortune to be selected to serve as Soke’s demo partner a few times over the years. And he never pre-rehearsed any I was ever a part of. He would just say to attack with kicks or punches or a weapon.)

I knew top people at the time who were great fighters but never produced anyone who came even close to them in ability. The question I asked myself at the time was “Is it his system that makes him great? Or is it his personal skill and natural qualities that makes his system appear great?” The former means I may benefit from studying his system. The latter means it likely has nothing to offer me. A great athlete can make even a bad system look good. Soke Kubota was not only a great fighter but his system (his tactics and strategies), instilled under his very tough training methods, produced many very strong fighters over the years.

In 1990, I read Bruce Everett Miller’s book, Pressure Points: The Deadly Touch. It was the first book on the subject I’d come across that wasn’t based on chi or ki and that esoteric system. Miller’s approach was based on western medical systems, using the same objective and verifiable structures and the same familiar descriptors and terminology. He divided pressure points into 7 types: 1) Ligament points, 2) Tendon points, 3) Nerve points, 4) Muscle points, 5) Organ points, 6) Bone points, and 7) Reflex points. (Check his website for his books and dvds - http://quanlikan.com/.)

In his shin to shin sweep, Soke Kubota was attacking what Miller would label a bone point. But, having studied directly under legendary Okinawan grandmaster, Kanken Toyama, and as the son of one of Japan’s top taiho jitsu experts and law enforcement advisor, Soke was very familiar with the huge number of sensitive spots throughout the human body.

In Japan, Soke had been very active in law enforcement. He was brought to the United States by Harvey Eubanks, then training lieutenant for LAPD and former student of American karate pioneer William Dometrich. (Harvey would go on to become one of Soke’s senior students and organizational heads.) Once here, Soke was sought out by our top law enforcement agencies. At one point, he and I hosted a law enforcement instructor’s course at my dojo. Instructors from the FBI, Department of Corrections (DOC), local police, and sheriff’s office attended the event.

The FBI and the DOC instructors had to occasionally transport some of the toughest and most vicious people within the entire prison system. The three FBI instructors were all muscular and intense young guys. They questioned everything. They were not disrespectful, just wanted to make sure what they used to move prisoners would be effective. Their lives (and those of the agents they would teach) could easily depend on it. They had recently had to move Hugo Pinell, who could reportedly bench press 450 lbs and was one of the most feared prisoners within the system. He was kept in maximum security, away from the other prisoners, at the request of the other prisoners! I knew Pinell’s name as my former black belt student, who had worked at San Quentin before transferring to Soledad Prison, had also been assigned to transport him on a couple of occasions.

Plus, they had to vary the procedures they used each time they moved the same prisoner. Those they moved had nothing to lose and nothing but time on their hands to practice, over and over, methods for escaping whatever procedure the guards had used to handle them on previous occasions. They would, for example, practice how to come off a wall while being frisked in spread-eagle. Or, they would practice how to get out of a chicken wing, etc. So those who had to move such people kept extensive notes on their procedures and would make sure to vary them, never moving them in the same way twice.

During the training session at my dojo, one of the FBI instructors asked Soke how he would get out of an especially difficult pin. Soke allowed the instructor to apply it, then began struggling as would a normal suspect. The instructor, being significantly larger and more muscular, was able to handle that relatively easy. But, then, the instructor yelled and his arms flew opened, releasing Soke, who had attacked a specific point in the instructor’s chest with the knuckle of his index finger.

Editor’s Note: We thank Kiyoshi Mather for allowing us to share some of his writing with the IKA World.

You can read more at:



"In combat, you will NEVER rise to the occasion, but instead always revert to your lowest level of training"

-Front Sight Firearms Training Institute




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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