IKA News - Nov / Dec 2011


Edited by Soke Kubota and Shihan Kuratomi

CONGRATULATIONS !!! Soke With Daughter Sara and Wife Thea Minutes Before Sara’s Wedding


Soke With Daughter Sara and Wife Thea Minutes Before Sara’s Wedding



Soke gives his sincere thanks to all that volunteered and participated in the annual All Star Tournament held at Occidental College on October 2nd.  Special thanks to Sensei Victor Chico who coordinated with Occidental College for use of the gymnasium and other facilities and equipment.

The tournament was enjoyed by all that attended and competed.  We were graced by the presence of IKA Alaska under the guidance of Shihan Charles Scott and IKA Carmel Valley under the direction of Shihan Dai Judy Marx.

Tournament results are posted on the IKA website at:


The groups all had the traditional after tournament party held at Shakey’s  in Glendale. An IKA tournament would not be the same without the celebration afterwards. Osu!


Soke would like to thank all that attended his birthday celebration on September 24th at the Magic Wok restaurant. He also gives his thanks for all the nice gifts and to Kubotan instructor Tomas Miledi who flew all the way from Monterrey Mexico to honor Soke.


On October 24th, Soke taught a Kubotan Self-defense seminar at IKA Headquarters. What made this class special was that it was attended by a group of city court judges. The judges all enjoyed the course very much and many of the judges that attended the Nikkei Games seminar on cane self-defense attended the Kubotan course.


Mark your calendars! The annual IKA Holiday party is scheduled for Saturday, November 19th at 6:00 pm. As usual, it will be a potluck. Bring your favorite dish and drink to share. Since IKA headquarters is such a muli-ethnic group, the food is always fantastic. Don’t miss it!


Congratulations to Sara Kubota (Soke’s daughter) that was just married. She “tied the knot” on Saturday, October 15th in Laguna Beach to Doug Daniels. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Doug Daniels!


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: www.ikakarate.com

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!


IPPON !! - Shihan Boban Petkovic In Action – 2011 All Star Tournament, Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Lee Fisher

IPPON !! - Shihan Boban Petkovic In Action

2011 All Star Tournament, Los Angeles.

Photo courtesy of Lee Fisher



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 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.



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. For more information, contact our host, Sensei Scott MacKenzie at his email at:


You can see the complete schedule of classes and costs 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 (Also, Shihan Dai Andrei is the “most enthusiastic IKA instructor recipient). 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:




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.


Kumite Champion Duk Kim Performing Kata. Photo courtesy of Lee Fisher

Kumite Champion Duk Kim Performing Kata.

Photo courtesy of Lee Fisher



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 “Physical and Mental Conditioning for the Warrior”

“Physical and Mental Conditioning for the Warrior”

"We must remember that one man is much the same as another, and that he is best who is trained in the severest school."
- Athenian General Thucydides – 500 BC

Two skilled and trained fighters with the exact same level of skill and training are engaged in battle. Which one wins?

Given the same skill level, it is the fighter that is better conditioned and mentally tougher than the other. Essentially, the one with the greater endurance and training will be the victor.

This is a fact that is well known by boxers who do a tremendous amount of physical conditioning and training.. It is also a practice well known by our armed forces that stress total body fitness and pushing the recruit to physical and mental limits as experienced by any soldier that has survived boot camp can attest to.

All too often in karate, we become complacent with our training. We work all our techniques and kata and train in the dojo sometimes five or six days a week. We figure our technique is so strong that nothing can defeat us short of an opponent with a gun at ten paces. However, most of our training consists of short bursts of movements with little sustained aerobic exercise. We often disengage our opponent right before training becomes tough to avoid injury.

Now let’s look at some of the prisoners in our penitentiaries. It is said that prison is a school for criminals. They learn hand to hand techniques for use against law enforcement and future victims; they also lift a lot of weights and do a lot of physical conditioning. Once out of prison, they become formidable predators  in the urban jungle we call the city.

What happens when the average karateka confronts one of these conditioned “wolves”. The criminal in this case is likely stronger than you. He also probably is younger than you and in better physical condition. Prison has also developed mental toughness.  If attacked on the street, if you are not able to neutralize this opponent within seconds, you have a huge problem on your hands. A problem that can cost you your life.

Actual combat is a huge strain on our bodies both physically and mentally. The adrenaline dump along with the physical exertion of fighting someone that is trying to kill you is tremendous. Someone in fairly good condition will be able to function for around a minute or so before oxygen and strength is gone. Someone in average condition will have all his energy depleted in 30 seconds or less.

This is not a good statistic for street survival by the average person. If you are engaging multiple attackers, the problem is compounded.  It means that if you hope to survive, you better have done a lot of aerobic conditioning like running, biking, or swimming besides your martial training, otherwise you can easily end up dead in the street. You can also modify your karate training to include sustained aerobic activity. Think of doing several katas with full power back to back with no rest in between as an example. Doing 500 punches followed by 500 kicks is another example.

What about the second factor of mental toughness? This comes from pushing oneself during physical aerobic conditioning and karate training. It means pushing beyond the limits of pain and exhaustion to make your body respond to the will of the mind instead of succumbing to pain and exhaustion. I am often disappointed when I see karate students “cruising” in practice. Often times the students are going through the movements with little or no effort. The student feels in his/her mind that when the time comes to really use karate in self-defense he/she will magically rise to the occasion and be able to defeat all opponents. It does not work that way. In a real confrontation, “One will not rise to the occasion but rather sink to the lowest level of training”. Remember, when doing physical conditioning or karate practice, the true warrior trains with deadly seriousness. A large part of Karate is about protecting your life or the life of others in combat, lest this not be forgotten when training.

Don’t be complacent and confident with only your martial training in the dojo. Do some type of sustained aerobic exercise or a modified karate workout at home. Lose that extra weight. Eat right. Get enough sleep. Get your entire body in fighting shape. When training in the dojo, push yourself as your life may depend on how much effort you put into your training!

Train your mind to have the warriors mind. Compassionate at heart but ruthless and merciless in battle. This is the only way to insure survival whether you are in the “sandbox” in the Middle-East or in the Urban Jungle.

Train for life….




(I  really like this one – Editor)

Shihan Bob Martin quoting Soke Kubota:

” When I first met him in 1985, he said to me, "The most important thing is a good heart. If you don't have one you can't get one. You can get stronger, faster, better...but if you don't have a good heart, you are nothing."




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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Aug - Sept 2011 News Letter

Jun - Jul 2011 News Letter

Apr - May 2011 News Letter

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Nov - Jan 2011 News Letter

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