IKA News - May / Jun 2014

The Power Of The Finger

Masters Forum Article: The Power of the Finger.
(Soke with Shihan Eric Adams of Colorado)



Don’t miss the next IKA World Cup tournament that will be held in the city of Belgrade, Serbia. The date is May 23-25, 2014 and will be hosted by 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 will teaching seminars and conducting dan testing. Assisting will be Shihan Rod Kuratomi and we are very fortunate to have IKA Headquarters Master Instructors originally from Serbia, Shihan Val Mijailvic and Shihan Boban Petkovic. Shihan Val and Shihan Boban will be instrumental in assisting Soke with the seminars and the tournament.  It will be a tournament you will not want to miss. Registration info is on the Yahoo group site “IKA Karate” and on the Tournaments page of the IKA website. You can also contact the host directly for information:

Sensei Puric can be reached at his email at:



Sunday, October 5th, 2014 marks several special events. It is the 50th anniversary of the IKA All Star Tournament, Soke’s 75th Anniversary of his training in martial arts, and Soke’s 80th birthday celebration. The tournament will be at Occidental College in Los Angeles and it is going to be a well attended event with many international branches coming to honor Soke at this special event. The tentative plan is to have a banquet on Friday night, October 3rd and have seminars taught on Saturday, October 4th. NOTE: Due to time constraints there will be no
team events only individual events. We will release more information as it become available. Mark your calendar!



The New IKA Pin

Soke is producing some very nice gold plated IKA pins. If you are interested, email Soke with your name and the quantity of pins you would like to order. The back has a single tie pin type backing.  The cost will be $15 each.



by Hanshi Bob Martin, IKA Everett, Washington State

Hanshi Terupe of New Zealand

Hanshi Terupe of New Zealand

 Hanshi Temoanarupe Inuhaere 9th Dan of IKA Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific Islands is back in the dojo. As you may recall, due to a terrible accident, Hanshi Inuhaere was left a quadriplegic and doomed to the rest of his life in bed. But for those of us who know this man and his Maori Chief spirit, we are not surprised to learn that Hanshi found a way to get back in the dojo and teaching karate. With his eldest daughter Natasha, Hanshi says that he can still bark out the directions and corrections. He still has that sharp eye for perfection, the words to point it out and that gift of a great teacher to help them get it fixed. He relies on Shihan Natasha to demonstrate what needs to be shown.

"It is life saving to be back in the dojo," says Hanshi. "This has always been my life and I am not ready to give it up just because of this inconvenience." Hanshi was the first of his Maori tribe to get a black belt in karate, but it is the teaching that drives him. For those of us from "back in the day" we still recall it was his two daughters, Natasha and Janelle who went 12 years of competition in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Japan, Hawaii (okay it is part of the USA), Italy, Poland, France and Germany without getting beat at all.
Hanshi barely beams with deserved pride when someone brings up his many past accomplishments. “But don’t count me out. I am not finished yet,” he states for all to hear. “I have just found another way.”

Welcome back, Hanshi, from all of us in the world of the IKA.



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  Soke’s magical power:

The Power of The Finger

Last night during the Kubojitsu class I was reminded of one of Soke’s amazing powers. That is the power of his fingers. I can remember many seminars in the past where Soke would find the biggest, toughest looking guy and with a single finger placed on a nerve point, immediately drop the student to the ground writhing in pain.  Last night some of us were trying to do the

technique Soke just demonstrated with a finger to a nerve center on the neck and the effect was not the same. In fact, I am sure that if we used a Kubotan or a piece of rebar pushed in the same spot, it would not hurt as much as when Soke does it. What is amazing is that Soke is able to do this with no strenuous physical effort on his part. His only physical reaction is his well known giggle as his Uke drops to the floor…

The amount of physical force does not logically equate to the amount pain felt on the receiving end. Being on the receiving end feels like someone short circuited your nervous system. I have come to the conclusion that the only explanation is Soke’s mastery of “Ki” energy.  The Chinese martial arts are well known for “Chi” energy but this is seen less often in the Japanese arts.  Soke’s mastery of Ki from my observation is what happens when you have hard, external conditioning melded with Ki power. The end results are amazing and defy the laws of physics. Many outside of the martial arts discount Ki energy as mythical and not real. Any doubters need only have Soke touch them with a single finger to be convinced.

So how does he do it? I have never asked him and can only come up with a hypothesis. Soke is well known for his hand and body conditioning. His hammer training is legendary and unique. I know of no other martial artist that does this. Literally striking one’s body with a steel mallet and also striking the mallet itself suspended from a pole. He can also have Shihan Val who weighs 260 lbs on his shoulders while he stands on curled up toes. External training is becoming less and less practiced and Soke is one of the few traditionalists still remaining that have trained in this manner. Soke mentioned to me about his training in the past of thrusting his fingers into rice and sand to condition the fingers. This is the same training that enables the practitioner to be able to kill with the nukite (spear hand).

The other part of the formula is the training of the mind. Meditation and the development of Ki energy and focus. The focus is both mental focus and physical focus combined. Soke has literally a lifetime of mental training which have honed his skill to what it is today.  Combine this mental focus training with severe external training and one of the end results is “The Finger”.

An older person like myself cannot wake up one day and say, “ I want to train to be able to do this” it takes a lifetime of training.

It is karate at the pinnacle of its development demonstrating the human potential. As Tomas Edison once said, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. This is how the Soke Kubota finger was created. Any doubters can ask Soke for a demonstration which he would gladly demonstrate to the unconvinced! As Soke would say, “Little ouchy OK!”



"These techniques of the sword, born in the age of the gods, had been handed down through divine transmission. They form a tradition revered by the world, but its magnificence manifests itself only when one's knowledge is ripe," part of the text reads in translation. "When [knowledge] is mature, the mind forgets about the hand, the hand forgets about the sword," a level of skill that few obtain and which requires a calm mind.

-Bugei no Jo – Year: 1844


IKA Calendar

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

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



It has recently come to our attention that there are many IKA black belts that have black belt certificates issued by their instructors in their respective dojos but they wish to have their rank registered with IKA Headquarters and have a certificate issued by Soke Kubota with his signature on it. There are even some counterfeit certificates out there with a forged signature of Soke on it.  If your instructor is recognized by Soke Kubota as an instructor that meets his standards, then Soke will register your rank and will issue a certificate by mail for the cost of $125. Sent a copy of your existing certificate for consideration.



Come and "Like" Soke on Facebook:


Soke will be using Facebook for posting photos of his travels and other happenings. Becuase Soke has exceeded 5,000 friends so he has started a new page on facebook:



There are many dojos that still have not paid their annual membership renewal fee. Please note that if your fees are not paid you should not be using the IKA name,  the IKA trademark, nor Soke Kubota’s name. If you have financial problems, please contact Soke Kubota directly to work out special financial arrangements. It is not about money, it is about respect. Please observe proper Reigi (protocol) as the overhead of running the IKA is very expensive. Send Soke an e-mail if you have questions as to the different methods of  payment, especially for dojos outside of the United States.



Each seek perfection of character.
Develop morals, ethics and distinguishable attributes.

Each be faithful.
Be loyal and devoted to a person, cause, or idea.

Each endeavor.
Have conscientious or concerted effort toward an end with an earnest attempt.

Each respect others.
To feel or show deferential value, honor, appreciation and regard for another.

Each refrain from violent behavior.
To hold oneself back from responding with inappropriate anger and physical force.


List of IKA Headquarters Staff and Instructors
President and Founder Soke Takayuki Kubota
Soke Dai James Caan
Vice-President Thea Kubota
Chief Advisor Leonard Kramer
Office Manager Carmen Kim
Senior Technical Advisors Val Mijailovic, Boban Petkovic
Technical Director Rod Kuratomi
National Coach and Advisor Ted Bratakos
Secretary Judy Rao
Liason, Special Projects Sara Kubota
Medical Advisor Dr. Ashok Rao, M.D.
Webmaster Brian McEvoy
Official Photographer Lee Fisher
Soke Takayuki Kubota 10th dan Master
Hank Hamilton 7th dan     Shihan
Paul McCaul 7th dan     Shihan
Val Mijailovic 7th dan     Shihan
Boban Petkovic 7th dan     Shihan
Mike Berger 6th dan     Shihan
Ted Bratakos 6th dan     Shihan
Mark Grigorian 6th dan     Shihan
Tatsuo Hirano 6th dan     Shihan
Leonard Kramer 6th dan    
Rod Kuratomi 6th dan     Shihan
George Sinani 6th dan     Shihan
Antonio Antonetti 5th dan     Shihan
Norvell Carrere 5th dan     Shihan
Mark Gujda 5th dan     Shihan
Judy Marx 5th dan     Shihan Dai
Marcial Soto 5th dan     Shihan
Sami Asmar 4th dan     Shihan Dai
Victor Chico 4th dan     Shihan Dai
Danny Kahan 4th dan     Shihan Dai
Demetrio Munoz 4th dan     Shihan Dai
David Petrie 4th dan     Shihan Dai
Stuart Richman 4th dan     Shihan Dai
Kirk Stites 4th dan     Shihan Dai
David White 4th dan    
Alfanso Espinosa 3rd dan     Sensei
Aman Ikram 3rd dan     Sensei
Anthony Boosalis 2nd dan     Sensei
George Lopez 2nd dan     Sensei
Judy Rao 2nd dan     Sensei
Patrick Reddy 2nd dan     Sensei
Roy Simmons 2nd dan     Sensei
Jennifer Allen 1st dan      Shidoin
Maureen DeGuzman 1st dan      Shidoin
Richard Martrosian 1st dan      Shidoin


The average training time for the Shihan (Master) level instructor is 30+ years of training and teaching. Each Shihan not only teaches but trains as well in order to maintain their status. Title is not automatically bestowed with rank. Soke also has several other master level instructors in Kubojitsu , Kobudo and IPT (International Police Training). Shihan Dai is a Deputy Master level instructor with an average of 20-30 years of training and teaching. Titles are reserved only for instructors that are ACTIVELY teaching at IKA Headquarters. Dan ranks are retained but titles can be changed as Soke sees fit.


We welcome any contributions you may have that you wish to have published subject to approval by Soke. Submit the articles to Soke in writing or e-mail them to him at:


It has come to Soke Kubota’s attention that some organizations around the world may be using IKA’s name and trademarks without permission. The name ”International Karate Association, Inc.” (IKA) and its registered trademarks may be used by affiliated organizations only after first receiving Soke’s written permission.   In addition, Soke’s hand written signature or the red Japanese signature stamp must not be used without his expressed permission. The red stamp is like a legal signature in Japan and is a symbol of authenticity. It should not be used by anybody except for Soke or for purposes that he authorizes. The “International Karate Association” name must not be used by itself to represent your organization. There is only one International Karate Association, Inc. and it is at Headquarters in Glendale, California, USA. After receiving approval from Soke, you may use the IKA name, but it must be attached with another description to differentiate it from the IKA Headquarters.  For example, if you are from the state of Nebraska, you could use the name, “International Karate Association of Nebraska” or something similar.


Please note that proper protocol (Reigi) requires that information matters directly relating to IKA Headquarters, IKA tournaments, karate training and seminars must be communicated to Soke Kubota first before contacting other members within the organization. It is improper for Soke to be the last person to be informed of matters that directly involve him and IKA Headquarters such as, for example, your intention to attend his tournament or invitations to tournaments that are addressed directly to a Headquarters student without Soke’s knowledge. It is proper respect in both of these cases to inform Soke first or at the same time that the student is contacted.   Thank you for your consideration in these matters. 


Due to increased liability risks, it is necessary that all IKA schools carry some form of liability insurance to protect the school from legal issues that may arise from accidents. The amount of liability insurance will depend on your location. USA schools are suggested to carry one-million dollars of liability insurance.

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