Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mesa Arizona Samurai Celebrates Birthday

Our samurai from the Arizona
School of Traditional Karate
(photo by Bill Borea).
Just before Christmas of 2011, the Arizona School of Traditional Karate student body celebrated the birthday of the Staff Samurai at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Arizona). Paula Borea spent her early years in the 'Land of the Sun' and returned to Japan later in life with her husband Bill (retired Air Force pilot). While in Japan and doing historical research, they found information showing that Paula has samurai lineage - no wonder why all of the guys at the dojo fear her! On her birthday, and at the Hombu Christmas party, Sensei Paula showed up in one of her kimono and then dissected her birthday cake with katana () (日本刀 samurai sword). For some reason, no one wanted to lick the icing from the katana?


Bill and Paula are two very important members of our martial arts group in Mesa, Arizona (Arizona School of Traditional Karate). We all take great pride in practicing traditional Okinawan-Japanese-American martial arts and being members of a Ryu () (family).

 Our Arizona members of our Mesa martial arts school include a wide variety of professionals such as geoscientists, biologists, university professors, teachers, engineers, nutritionists, retired military, secretaries, accountants, house wives, students, computer techs, librarians, cooks, etc. In our international organization (Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai) we also have members who include doctors, chemists, lawyers, law enforcement agents, counsellors, biochemists, priests, janitors, etc.  So don't be shy - stop by!

Note how well the cake was cut - and by a samurai sword!


In addition to cutting birthday cake, we find other pragmatic uses for samurai arts including carving pumpkins and trimming cactus (as well as for traditional martial arts training).




Friday, September 16, 2011

Shorin-Ryu Karate Classes in Mesa & Gilbert, East Valley Phoenix

Karate on the Rocks - Hall of Fame martial artist, Soke Hausel
demonstrates side kick on 1.4 billion year old Sherman Granite
west of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
We are so excited to meet you and welcome to our Ryu (our karate family).

A member of more than a dozen Halls of Fame, our grandmaster is also a Who's Who in the World and taught martial arts classes and clinics at Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, University of Utah and 30 years at the University of Wyoming. 

Not only do you learn traditional (non-sport) martial arts, you will learn philosophy, history, some Japanese and most important, we will guide you on your 'way' or path through martial arts. 

At the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, you will learn about traditions of martial arts in our karate, kobudo, self-defense and samurai arts classes in Mesa. Right across the street is Gilbert (60 W. Baseline Road) and a block down the street is Chandler. To find our Mesa Karate School, just follow the map, or drive east of Baseline Road from Country Club road and turn left at the second traffic light after Country Club. You will see KARATE over our door. We are conveniently located near Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Mesa Community College and Arizona State University.

University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club- Soke Hausel (6th from
left in front row).
TOP-RATED Karate Classes in the PHOENIX valley are scheduled at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate on the border of Mesa with Gilbert. The size limit of the classes at the Mesa Karate school is 20 adults. The classes are for adults and family martial arts.

Hombu dojo (martial arts school) is the administrative headquarters of a martial art association or system and is occupied by the world head (Soke) of the system. We are particularly proud of our affiliation with Juko Kai International - an extraordinary US/Okinawan martial arts association. Our school is the Hombu of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo SeiyoKai.

Shorin-Ryu Karate has several branches, and our Shorin-Ryu is one of these. It was developed over many years and officially recognized and certified by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei in 1999. This was the style envisioned by Soke Hausel (grandmaster) as the best style in the world (for himself). Just like everything in this world, it may also be the best style of karate for you, or because of body differences, philosophy, etc; other styles may be better suit you.


Kata training at the dojo in Mesa and Gilbert
Prior to moving to Mesa, Arizona, Soke Hausel was a research geologist as well as Kyoju no Budo (Professor of Martial Arts) at the University of Wyoming for 3 decades, where he taught classes, clinics, seminars and university clubs in karate, kobudo, samurai arts, jujutsu and self-defense. He was elected to 15 Halls of Fame since 1998 for martial arts teaching, geological sciences, and writing and also awarded national and international awards for martial arts, geology as well as public speaking and art. He moved to Arizona in 2006 and taught karate classes for a year at Arizona State University. But moved from ASU because of scheduling and parking problems at the university. At that point, he decided to open a private martial arts school in Mesa.

At our martial arts school in Mesa, we periodically have groups from around the world visit and train in our karate school. We also offer special martial arts clinics for martial artists and non-martial artists in self-defense and karate. In addition to these, our school has training in karate, kobudo, kobujutsu and self-defense four nights a week. We also have a super Tai Chi group that teaches out of our dojo - you will need to visit their website to get their hours.


SCHEDULE & CLASSES

 Each week at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, our members train in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo in evenings after work. Periodically, groups from our international organization (Seiyo Kai International) travel to Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix and to the Hombu martial arts dojo in Mesa to train with Soke Hausel. Soke travels to others regions of the West to teach special clinics a few times a year. For our weekly classes, Soke keeps the classes small and limited to 20 people. The following is a summary of the weekly schedule of Shorin-Ryu:

Tuesdays at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, begin at 6:45 pm, ending at 7:45 pm. This class focuses on basics, forms (kata) & applications (bunkai). It is a great class for Adult and Families who are new to martial arts. You will join our regular martial arts class and train with all of our members until you reach a point of confusion. At that point, we will place you with another instructor until you catch up with the rest of the class.

We spend a lot of time on kata at our martial arts school in Mesa.. Kata is karate - and cannot be separated. Kata is basically specific forms containing dozens of powerful self-defense applications incorporated into a pattern that builds your martial arts abilities and helps you develop effective martial arts strategy and applications.

Much of the group trains with Soke (the Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate - Seiyo Kai) in kata and bunkai, while new members train with either with Shihan Neal Adam (6th dan), Sensei Bill Borea (2nd dan), Sensei Paula Borea (2nd dan) or Ryan Harden (1st dan). This class is followed by Advanced Shorin-Ryu Karate from 7:50-8:20 pm. Advanced Shorin-Ryu Karate is for students with at least 9th kyu rank or higher. 

Wednesday's are a little different. We have a karate and kobudo class at our martial arts facility in Mesa in the afternoon from 3-4 pm for kids and families.


We periodically have family members join in this karate class with their kids to help work on self-defense applications – athletic cups are highly recommended for fathers. The class is followed by another martial arts class for families that runs from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Wednesday Evening from 6:45-7:45 pm. Self-defense night. We focus on empty hand (weaponless) self defense techniques for adults and periodically throw in some hanbo (half-bo), tanto (knife) or manrikigusari (short rope or weighted chain). In particular, I enjoy using the hanbo and its cousin the kioga (also known in law enforcement as the ASP tactical baton). The hanbo is a practical weapon – it’s just a stick about the diameter of a broom handle.

From 7:50-8:20 pm, don't be surprised when the dojo fills with samurai carrying katana (samurai swords). This is our Samurai arts class open to all of our members.

Thursday night’s martial arts class runs from 6:45-7:45 pm. This is kobudo (ancient Okinawa weapons) night and difficult for me, as I like to teach all weapons from the Bo (6-foot staff) to the kuwa (garden hoe) – but we don’t have enough time to cover everything. So I must be selective. Along with kihon (basics), members train in numerous kobudo kata and bunkai. Because of safety reasons, the strikes must not be too focused because weapons tend to break - and all members are encouraged to wear safety goggles. This is primarily for adults, but some families attend. Unlike many other martial arts schools in the region, we start training our students in kobudo very early.

This is followed by advanced Kobudo from 7:50-8:20 pm. This class is currently focused on hanbo, kibo and the common cane.

Bill Borea and Charles Jean train in bunkai
with bo (6-foot staff) and kama.
One night recently, we were introduced the class to hojojutsu which results in interesting photo shoots. Hojojutsu is an art in itself and involves restraining prisoners with a cord.
We teach many other martial arts in clinics. For example, in some clinics that were taught at the Gillette, Wyoming dojo, Soke taught shitai kori (body hardening). We realize that shitai kori is not for everyone, so only those interested in learning this part of Shorin-Ryu Karate are taught this unusual art which is restricted to those at least 18 years old.

Shitai Kori is a method that teaches one how to harden their muscles so they can accept strikes to vital points in the body as well as learn how to follow-up with devastating responses to an attack. Part of this art involves body hardening of the arms, legs, hands, feet, stomach, chest, ribs and even the neck and groin. 

So, stop by and see us at our martial arts school in Mesa - we are always looking to expand our karate family and meet new friends.

Our dojo was recently invaded by a 'Nerdja'
silicon valley's answer to the 'Ninja'. Here, Dr. Neal
Adam (5th dan) from Grand Canyon University
stands next to Dan Graffius (2nd dan) after
demonstrating common every day weapons carried
by professors (i.e., lap tops, pens, glasses, belt, high-
water pants, etc.


About our Grandmaster
Soke Hausel, former instructor of martial arts at ASU, University of New Mexico and University of Utah, and former professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming, is a member of more than a dozen Hall of Fames for martial arts teaching and contributions. He is also a Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in Science and Engineering for his many contributions to both martial arts and geological sciences.

It is important to note he is not a "self-proclaimed" grandmaster but instead has proper certification as the Sokeshodai (1st generation grandmaster) by the Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei affiliated with Juko Kai International.. 

Soke Hausel has certifications in two dozen martial arts and has been presented awards primarily for his teaching ability and unique concepts in martial arts by several national and international martial art associations and organizations. He has also received similar regional, national and international awards for his contributions and education in the geological sciences. In 2014, Soke Hausel will celebrates 50 years in the martial arts. You will find Soke Hausel teaching classes each week at the Hombu dojo on the border of Gilbert and Mesa.


  










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