IKA News - Mar / Apr 2012


Edited by Soke Kubota and Shihan Kuratomi

Soke, The Most Interesting Man In The World

Soke On The Set of His Latest Commercial For Dos Equis Beer

with Actor Jonathan Goldsmith



Testing will be on March 9th at IKA Headquarters in Glendale. 4:30 pm for children and 6:00 pm for children and adults. Contact Soke or Sensei Carmen if you wish to test.



It is with great pleasure that we announce that the IKA has been accepted into the WUKF with special categories being created for Gosoku Ryu kata. This was due to the tireless efforts of Shihan Dai Anatoliy Lozovoy of our Ukraine dojo. In order to make this new category work will require the support of IKA judges and instructors throughout Europe to assist Ukraine with officiating the new event categories. We urge all IKA dojos to support IKA Ukraine at future WUKF events.



Starting with this  IKA Newsletter, we will be posting a calendar of IKA events world-wide.

Please submit the name and date of your event along with contact information (e-mail and/or phone) and we will list the event  in the IKA News. Also indicate if it is a seminar, tournament, or other karate related event.

It is our hope that this will better enable our affiliates to support one another.


Soke has just started posting videos of the actual classes taught at IKA Headquarters. For a small fee, you can download the class and view it as many times as you like. We see the future of IKA dojos with a big screen TV on the wall with dojos around the world taking part in virtual classes.  To see and download these videos, go to the IKA website at:


Press the button on the left marked “Web Classes” to preview and download. It is our hope to post several videos every month. Don’t miss this opportunity to view IKA advanced classes in the comfort of your own home or dojo! This is a project that was put into action by our own video expert and instructor, Shihan Val Mijailovic.  Thanks Shihan Val!



Many of the IKA kata  and waza videos are now available for download by the specific kata or waza topic in small groups by a website set up by IKA New Zealand under the guidance of Sensei Scott McKenzie. This way instead of buying the entire DVD, you can selectively pick topics or small sets of katas that interest you for the low price of $6.99. There are also discounts for bundles of videos.

The videos are available from the Karate Cosmos Wiki Store at:




Soke has recently completed a video on Bokken kata (wooden Samurai sword). This video is brand new and to our knowledge it is unique in that it has two people performing kata in simulated combat. This is a way for one to practice sword skills and fighting without fear of major accidental injury. Since there are two persons doing the kata, each kata has essentially two pieces that needs to be learned. The new video features two new original katas created by Soke. “Ken No Michi” and “Ken No Mai”  We will announce as soon as the videos are available.


Pregnant Black Belt Sarita Garcia.

Soke and The IKA Instructors With Pregnant Black Belt Sarita Garcia. Sarita Trained Until Her Eight Month. That is DEDICATION !



MAY 5-6, 2012
After much trouble Soke, Shihan Kuratomi, and Shihan Bratakos received their travel visas for Belarus.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When you apply for your visa put on your form under reason for travel, “Private Visit” or “Visitor Visa”. If you put “Tourist”, you are required to provide an invitation letter from a tour company. This error cost us an extra $40 in postage and an extra two week delay. Apply for your visas as soon as possible, just in case your passport gets lost in the process as you must mail your passport to the Belarus Embassy. This will give you time to get a new one if your passport gets lost in the mail. No invitation letter is required for citizens of the United States, Canada, and the European Union.

We ask that all IKA schools that will be attending the tournament to be prepared to assist the host dojo with volunteers to be judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers.

 Soke will be teaching seminars on karate, kobudo,  Kubotactical, holding dan testing, and attending a tournament in Minsk, Belarus. The host will be long time IKA supporter and instructor, Shihan Dai Andrei Vedernikov (Also, Shihan Dai Andrei is the “most enthusiastic IKA instructor recipient). This will be Soke’s first trip to Belarus and it is his way of saying thank you for 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:




It is with great regret that due to poor economic conditions in Italy that we will be cancelling the proposed 2013 IKA World Tournament in Molinella, Italy. Sponsors have withdrawn their support after a year of very trying financial times in Italy which saw huge increases in taxes and expenses.

If your organization would like to be considered for the next IKA World Tournament, send your request to Soke Kubota immediately.



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.



The Masters Forum is dedicated to increasing the knowledge base of the IKA Family. Each month we will try to cover a new
topic on a multitude of facets of the art, dealing with all levels of expertise. This month, Shihan Kuratomi has written an article on :

What is A Shodan?

The coveted Black Belt in karate.  To the lay person, the achievement of Black Belt brings thoughts of a human lethal weapon. Hands so deadly that they need to be registered with the local police department.  Shodan is the term for the first level of Black Belt or what can otherwise be called 1st Dan or 1st degree Black Belt. I have seen many students come and go at the dojo over the past three decades. I have seen many students excel in karate and push themselves to attain their goal of Black Belt. As a result, I have seen many students receive Black Belt and then soon after quit karate training because the personal goal they set for themselves has been met or the student feels now that they have attained Black Belt, they now know all the ancient secrets of the masters and nothing more can be learned or achieved.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Shodan is a great achievement, but on a journey of martial arts that is designed to last a lifetime, Shodan is but a small first step and the lowest rung on a very long ladder. It means the student now has somewhat of an understanding of the basics, knows a few techniques, and knows a few advanced level kata.

This is where true learning and understanding of karate starts, not ends.

Up until Shodan, the student has been focusing on learning basics, technique, and kata with only a superficial understanding of any of these areas. Beyond Shodan is where the student goes beyond learning the movements and transcends to understanding. Beyond Shodan is a where the concepts of why a movement or technique works becomes evident. It becomes a place where the application of kata (bunkai) becomes understood. More importantly, it is a place where the mind of the martial artist begins to develop. It is a place where the warrior spirit is forged.

The highest level in martial arts is reflected by a state of mind known as “mushin” or “no mind”. It is where karate movement, kata and technique, transcend beyond physical movement and become reflexive. Thousands of repetitions of technique build pathways in the mind that allow a karateka to respond to any attack without thinking about the movement. After decades of training, the library of techniques, defense, and counter attacks grow. The repetition count continues to increase to the point where karate can be performed instinctively and reflexively. A Shodan will often times have to think and then react to a movement. This results in delayed action and reaction. This delay allows a truly advanced student to be able to hit a Shodan at will. This same delay also allows most any attack delivered by the Shodan to be easily defended by the advanced student. To the Shodan, the advanced student looks blindingly fast. In reality, the electrical signals of the body are probably slower in the advanced student just because the advanced student is probably older. The perception though is that the advanced student is faster because the reactions are reflexive, done without conscious thought.

There is no shortcut to attain this level. A Shodan is a white belt that did not quit. A Master is a Shodan that did not quit.

It is important for the Shodan to come to the realization that Shodan should not be the destination, but rather only the first stepping stone on a path so long, it will take a lifetime to traverse. The majority of karate benefits as they relate to everyday life do not materialize at the Shodan level, but rather much later.

The true path of karate-do is a long and arduous one. It is a life-long path that strengthens spirit and only the most dedicated will be able to survive the journey. It is a path that builds mental strength along the way necessary to survive the path to mastery. True mastery brings humility and cultivates a spirit that improves the character on the life long journey to perfection that can never be attained, only strived for. Good character builds good Citizens. Good Citizens build good communities. Good communities build great countries. Great countries create a global brotherhood of peace….

Make Shodan a stop, not a destination…….



“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”

-Heraclitus (535-475 BC) on Combat



May 5-6, 2012 – Minsk, Belarus
Seminar and Tournament with Soke Kubota Present

August 26, 2012 – Long Beach
Nikkei Games Tournament
(note: date and location may change)

October  7, 2012 – Los Angeles
All Star Tournament hosted by IKA Headquarters



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

Jan - Feb 2012 News Letter

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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