2017 WTKO USA National Seminar
November 17-19. Cincinnati, OH
Join us for the 2017 Annual WTKO National Seminar. This year it's being held in Cincinnati, Ohio and is being hosted by
Mid-America WTKO (Japanese Karate Do)
Stevel Ubl 8 Dan
Sensei Steve Ubl began training in Minnesota in the1967 in the art of TangSoo Do. In 1969 he began training in the JKA style of karate with Donald G. P. Oelrich. When living in Japan in 1972 he was fortunate to have been recognized by Nakayama sensei of the JKA for his character and talent.
Taken under Nakayama sensei;s wing, Ubl sensei experienced many, many hours of private tuition with this great teacher and made copious notes from these periods of intense learning. He received his 1st dandirectly from Nakayama senseiwhile residing at the Hoitsugan.
He also received instruction from Nakayama sensei in1974 and returned to Japan several more timesbetween 1976 and 1977. Returning to the US, Ubl sensei entered the Japan Karate Association Instructor Training Institute underNishiyama sensei at the JKA-US Headquarters in 1973, where, as a full-time trainee, became an instructor with the AAKF-ITKF, working daily with Nishiyama sensei.
By the late 70’s Ubl sensei’s ideas began to transcend regular training in any dojo and his development continued more from his own intelligent application of ideas influenced by Japan than from the various classes and training camps he also attended.
Throughout the ‘80’s and ‘90’s Ubl sensei, an intensely private individual, trained mostly alone and free from restriction. In 2004 he was persuaded to recognize the importance of sharing his knowledge by a group of dedicated karate-ka from California to Florida to Canada and in 2006 accepted the position of Technical Director and 8th dan from the WTKO.
Richard Amos 7 Dan
Born in England in 1963, Richard Amos sensei began karate at age 10. Occasionally teaching from as young as 15 he was invited onto the KUGB Junior Karate Team at 18. By the age of 23 he had competed in England and Europe gaining many Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in numerous championships.
After a two-year sojourn in New York, he went to Japan to train at the headquarters of the Japan Karate Association and stayed 10 years. During that time he completed the 3-year instructor's program of the JKA (only the 2nd Westerner ever to do so in its 50-year history), placed second or third in the All-Japan Championships several times (no non-Japanese had ever reached the semi-finals before), taught many classes each week over a 6-year period in the headquarters of the JKA (another first) and opened his own school in the heart of Tokyo.
In 2000 Amos sensei moved to New York again, this time as an established professional karate instructor with an international reputation. He is currently the chief instructor of the World Traditional Karate Organization heading its instructor program and teaches everyday at the headquarters dojo on 63rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan.
John Keeling 6 Dan
Sensei Keeling has been doing karate since 1982. As a young man he went to Japan to pursue his passion and spent a total of 8 years in Tokyo honing his skills. In the 1980’s he lived at the Hoitsugan Dojo, the private dojo of the late Japan Karate Association (JKA) chief instructor Masatoshi Nakayama, for 3 years prior to and following Nakayama Shihan’s passing.
During that time he trained daily at the Hoitsugan and at the JKA Sou-Honbu (Headquarters) Dojo, learning from many of the world’s most highly regarded karate instructors. He spent an additional five years in Japan in the 1990’s. Sensei Keeling received his nidan (2nd degree black belt) in 1987, sandan (3rd degree) in 1993 and yondan (4th degree) in 1997, all from the JKA in Japan and JKA ‘D’ level instructor/examiner/judge certification in 1998 (tests conducted entirely in Japanese). Keeling Sensei holds the rank of rokudan (6th degree) from the WTKO and also Shinkyu Shotokan.
Sensei Keeling is the author of over 100 articles on various aspects of karate. He is the moderator of several online karate forums, has been the coordinator for martial arts demonstrations at the annual Spirit of Japantown Festival in San Jose, is Chief Referee for the thrice-yearly Shinkyu Shotokan tournaments in South San Francisco and runs or participates in various karate special events in the area. In addition to karate he has fairly extensive experience training in aikido and boxing, and has had exposure to (=limited training in) judo, jujutsu, Muay Thai, kickboxing, Krav Maga, several weapons arts and other karate styles. Sensei Keeling has been one of the senior instructors selected to teach at the WTKO International Summer Camps in 2012, 2014 & 2016 and has taught in a total of five countries on three continents. He also heads the Organizing Committee for the Shotokan Legacy Seminars, an unparalleled series of international training camps and teaches specialized self-defense workshops. Sensei Keeling is the Director for the WTKO’s National Technical Committee.
John Turnbull 6 Dan
WJKA Vice President, Administrative Advisor & Head Liaison Office – USA
Zack Stewart 4 Dan
Zack Stewart has over twenty years’ experience. A long-time student of Nishiyama Sensei, Zack started training with Steve Ubl Sensei after Nishiyama’s passing. This connection to Steve Sensei continues to this day.
He is also a graduate of the WTKO Instructors’ course and is a qualified instructor and examiner with the WTKO.
Session #1 5:30pm-7:30pm
Special Dan Class 9:30am-10:30am | WTKO Dan Exam 11:00am-12pm |
Session #2 1:30pm-3pm | Session #3 3pm-4:30pm
Session #4 10:30am-12:30pm | Open Q&A with instructors 11:30am-12:30pm
*Each session will offer classes for Dan ranks, Adult Kyu, and Youth Kyu.
COST**: WTKO Members – $150 Entire Camp/ $50 Session | Non-WTKO – $175 Entire Camp/ $50 Session | Kyu Grades (Under 16yrs old) $100 Entire Camp/ $30 Session
** Registration forms and waivers will be signed at the dojo