Wadokai Masters in Rome 2023 promoted by the ACSI Sports Promotion Body and the JKF Wadokai branch WKSI

The international Wado Ryu Karate seminar «Wadokai Masters in Rome 2023» was held in Rome, in the beautiful headquarters of the ACSI National Technical Sports Center at the Roman Sport City in Pomezia (Rome), promoted by ACSI and WKSI, the Italian branch of Wado-Kai, the largest Wado Ryu organization in the world, and the only one that operates within the JKF − Japan Karatedo Federation and the WKF − World Karate Federation.

On the weekend of 15th and 16th April, Roberto Danubio sensei, 7th dan JKF Wadokai, with the support of Eveline Danubio sensei, 6th dan JKF Wadokai, and Maurizio Paradisi sensei (FIJLKAM national responsible for Wado Ryu), led three sessions of training on the technical curriculum of the Japan Karatedo Federation Wado-Kai.

On the sidelines of the seminar – a full immersion of very tight training – the JKF Wadokai graduation exams were also held, valid for the achievement of the black belt up to 3rd dan. In the examining committee, which by the Wadokai overseas regulation can only be composed of qualified examiners recognized by the Japan Karatedo Federation, there were Roberto Danubio, Eveline Danubio, Maurizio Paradisi, and Giuseppe Carloni. The candidates, thanks to a high-level exam, were all promoted: Amanda Saraceni and Rebecca Mazzetti achieved the 2nd dan JKF Wadokai, while Alessio Valeriani and Guerrero Gabriel Aguilar achieved the 3rd dan JKF Wadokai.

Claudio Culasso sensei (on the left) with Roberto Danubio Sensei (on the right)

The event, which was attended by technical teachers and athletes belonging to the WKSI, was enriched on Saturday by the presence of a very welcome guest: the President of the National Commission of Technical Karate Teachers FIJLKAM, Claudio Culasso. Several times «kumite» national champion between 1974 and 1983 and the first Italian to win a European karate championship in 1975, Culasso is today one of the most active promoters and supporters of the recovery, within the Italian Karate Federation, of the study of traditional karate, enhancing the four main styles recognized by FIJLKAM and WKF.

Master Roberto Danubio finally wanted to thank the participants, emphasizing the remarkable technical progress made in recent years by practitioners adhering to the WKSI.


Riccardo RitaWadokai Masters in Rome 2023 promoted by the ACSI Sports Promotion Body and the JKF Wadokai branch WKSI
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Renshin Kan’s International Wado-Kai Karate Summer Camp. The camp you can’t live without

Imagine a residential sports facility of over 125,000 square meters, where you can sleep, eat and train to enjoy incredible comfort. Imagine having any equipment or sports environment available all-inclusive, from the swimming pool to the beach volleyball courts, passing through the sauna, the infirmary (sometimes a little ice can come in handy), and a bar that is always open. Imagine wood-paneled living rooms, equipped with private bathrooms, and a restaurant specialized in sports cooking capable of satisfying every personal need, from preferences to food allergies, where you can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner enjoying hearty and carefully balanced meals while socializing with all the other participants speaking in English, Italian, German, and French. Imagine a training room the size of a soccer field, with a huge window overlooking the mountains that separate Switzerland from Liechtenstein that constantly offers you a breathtaking view. Imagine fifty or sixty karatekas from every Swiss canton and from Italy, Luxembourg, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, and so on. Imagine one of the most renowned and prepared instructors of the Japan Karatedo Federation Wado-Kai who with intelligence, rigor, and lightness guides you for six days in five hours of daily training, between morning and afternoon, rattling off and deepening the entire technical curriculum of Wado-ryu. Well, if you can imagine all this pretty stuff it’s not because you’ve got too much imagination, but because you have probably heard about the Renshin Kan’s International Wado-Kai Karate Summer Camp organized by Roberto Danubio sensei (7th dan JKF Wadokai) and his wife, Eveline Danubio sensei (6th dan JKF Wadokai) in Filzbach, Switzerland.

The 2022 edition of what is probably the most prestigious Wadokai camp in Europe took place from 10 to 15 July and obviously, a WKSI delegation could not miss the appointment. In fact, since the 2013 edition, Maurizio Paradisi and Giuseppe Carloni, both 5th dan JKF Wado-Kai and, respectively, president and chief instructor of our branch, haven’t missed one. The reason why Roberto and Eveline Danubio wanted to thank them, together with other assiduous participants, with two beautiful crystal trophies that reaffirm the very close collaboration between our two Wado-Kai branches. For me, it was only the fourth edition, and not even consecutive, so it was perhaps easier to realize that it’s been the best experience I have ever had when we talk about karate experiences.

I know. I know what you’re thinking. I’ve said it before, just after the other three camps I’ve attended, and you can check it here, here, and here. And I actually said it every time because it was every time true, exactly like this time. Only, this time is a little bit more true. Could it be that we’d been going out (going out?) for over two years of the covid pandemic; maybe it’s because the Kerenzerberg Sportzentrum has recently been renovated with larger, more modern and functional spaces; could it be that the Danubio’s organization has refined over the years or it could be, as it is, that the general technical level, which has always been incredibly high, has further and progressively grown over the years, but this time the quality of training and interactions between the attendees, on and off the training area, was so joyful, fruitful and exciting like never before.

The amazing thing about this Summer Camp is that no matter how many times you have been there, every time it manages to amaze and seduce you again. When the time comes to say goodbye, a lump always rises in your throat and while you’re thanking, shaking hands, and hugging everybody (finally!) you can’t help but promise, first of all to yourself, «See you next year here. Swear».

I know. I know what you’re thinking. These are things that are said to be said. Nope, pal. Not in this case. In this case, they are also things that are done, and every time, year after year, we all meet again there on time, viruses, wars, and various personal troubles permitting. Always in the company of two or three handfuls of new friends and traveling companions. More and more convinced that we all have set out, to paraphrase the writer Carlos Castaneda, on a path that has a heart. The path of Wado.

(by Riccardo Rita)

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Shingo Ohgami, 8th dan JKF Wadokai, passed away

With profound sorrow we learn of the death of an extraordinary man, one of the most prepared, educated and available masters in the world of karate and a true Wadoryu legend: Shingo Ohgami sensei passed away after a long illness he never allowed to tarnish his authentic budoka spirit.

A very attentive, thoughtful and highly erudite teacher (not only of martial arts), he leaves an indelible mark in the European and global Wadoryu. As an author of two fundamental texts about karate, despite his popularity and although being universally recognized as one of the major authorities of traditional martial arts, on every occasion he never failed to amaze people with his humility and the refined, cordial simplicity of his manners.

He leaves an unbridgeable gap. But also a great technical and spiritual heritage, a guide and an example for every budoka. We at WKSI will do our best to honor it. In the meanwhile, our thoughts go to the family and his many students, including our friend and master Roberto Danubio sensei. To all of them, expressing our condolences, we ideally stand by, clinging to each other in an embrace.

Riccardo RitaShingo Ohgami, 8th dan JKF Wadokai, passed away
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