|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.
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).
A 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|
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
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.
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.
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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