Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Arizona Hombu - Top Karate School in Mesa, Arizona.

 The more you sweat now, the less you will bleed in combat later. Adults and families at the Arizona School of Traditional
 Karate train in Karate, Martial Arts weapons known as 'kobudo', Self-Defense and samurai arts.
Thank you for selecting the Arizona Hombu Dojo (a.k.a. Arizona School of Traditional Karate) as the Best of Mesa three years in a row.  Our martial arts school on the border of Mesa with Chandler and Gilbert works at being the best for adults and families by teaching them to be the best individuals they can be and providing them with a wide variety of traditional martial arts, philosophy, and teaching them to respect one another and respect martial arts.

Tuesday nights at the Arizona Hombu (aka Arizona School of Traditional Karate), students train in kata (martial arts forms)
All women should train in traditional martial arts for health, self-defense and physical fitness. Here, three of our female
black belts train in self-defense applications at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa, Arizona.

Members of the Utah Shorin-Kai train in advanced karate techniques taught by Soke Hausel at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa.
Students from the Police DAV school in India, pose with Soke Hausel at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona
Instructors from around the region train at the Arizona Hombu with Soke Hausel in Mesa, Arizona. L-R, Sensei Kyle Linton (3rd dan (or 3rd degree black belt)/Wellington, Colorado), Shihan Kevin Vance (5th dan/Laramie, Wyoming), Soke Hausel (12th dan/Gilbert, Arizona), Glenn Polk (4th dan/Cheyenne, Wyoming), Dr. Neal Adam (6th dan/Phoenix Arizona).
November 2014 group photo at the Arizona Hombu, Mesa-Gilbert Arizona
2014 Utah Clinic at the Arizona Hombu on the corner of Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona
Senpai Kris Watson defends attack at the Arizona Hombu, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Things Women Can Do To Defend Themselves

Group of Wyoming martial artists include Hanshi Finley (Casper) in back.
 L to R in front are Uchi Deshi Heather From (Nebraska), Elena Finley
 (soon to be from Mars), and Dr. Florence Teule (France).

There are two things women can do to defend themselves against an attack - carry a gun and learn to use it, or take traditional karate at a karate school and practice martial arts every week.

A problem with the run of the mill self-defense clinics at your local civic center or college is that learning self-defense in one evening leaves a person vulnerable. Centuries ago, Okinawan martial artists recognized the power of muscle memory to teach automatic reaction to attacks. And this is inherited only by constant and correct methods of training.

In traditional karate, women train weekly to acquire focus, power, muscle memory and instinct. During training, they also have the added benefit of making new friends, get some good exercise, muscle tone, lose weight, learn some Japanese language while keeping fit.

Outdoor training (Gassuku) attendees learn to use a
hanbo (3-foot stick) for self-defense.
Last week was 'WOMEN's WEEK' at the Arizona Hombu (aka Arizona School of Traditional Karate). Over the years, the instructors at the Arizona Hombu Dojo, who are referred to as sensei, taught many self-defense clinics for women at various universities, sororities, girl scout organizations, political groups, libraries, professional associations, and businesses. These end up being a great time for all, but one thing that always is lacking in these 2 to 4 hour clinics is the martial arts concept known as mushin! 'Mushin' is a karate mind concept that martial artists achieve in order to be able to automatically defend themselves. The karate mind is mostly muscle memory, but that muscle memory must be properly tweaked so the individual can react to an attack without thinking while focusing power to quickly end an attack. This cannot be done in a seminar or short course, so we try to get those who sign up for such seminars to continue training in 'Traditional' Karate so they can learn proper muscle memory. Otherwise, we highly recommend that if they take a self-defense seminar, that they write down the various techniques and practice (through shadow boxing) every week at home. Such seminars are also used to introduce common household weapons such as car keys, books, magazines, pens, pencils, kuboton (also known as a stick, pen or pencil), elbows and knees.

Another student trains with throwing stars
Women's week began on Saturday, August 2nd (2014), when one of the Shorin-Ryu Students from Utah was promoted to Yudansha Sho. Jasmina has been a long time student of Hanshi Rob Watson, 9th dan, who operates the Shorin-Ryu Karate dojo in Murray Utah. Jasmina successfully tested for black belt and was honored by presentation of her certificate by Grandmaster Hausel at the Utah Gassuku (outdoor training clinic) at the East Canyon Resort to the east of Salt Lake City. This promotion was celebrated by a Bosnian dinner at her family's home Sunday evening.

Soke Hausel returned to Phoenix on Monday and was greeted the next day by the return of one of the karate club's favorite martial artists: Sensei Paula Borea. Sensei had a knee injury that progressively got worse after training years ago in taekwondo, and finally had to be corrected. All were all excited to see her return to the dojo. Sensei Paula is a Japanese-America who wanted to return to her roots by training in traditional karate - Shorin-Ryu. Sensei Paula is also a real samurai of samurai lineage! As a result, she is a real tiger in the Samurai Arts and Okinawan martial arts weapons classes known as Kubodo. Few other people have such an extraordinary martial arts spirit and everyone in the dojo loves her! She is the heart of our martial arts school.

Sensei became a student at the Arizona School of Traditional karate in 2008 after Soke Hausel moved the world headquarters of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu known as a Hombu from the University of Wyoming to Chandler, Arizona. During this time, Soke taught classes in Tempe at Arizona State University, but decided to open a private training center on the border of Gilbert and Mesa rather than stay at ASU.

Last week, the karate club also received three new female students including Debora, Suzette and Rihanna. In addition, Megan returned from Japan after spending the summer with her grandparents and two of our students were promoted on Tuesday and Thursday of last week - both school teachers. Janet was promoted to 9th kyu and Alexi was promoted to 3rd kyu. The kyu levels in karate are known as colored belt ranks below black belt. Then we had another student from Idaho sign up - another Megan, who is training to be a bush pilot.

Sensei Paula Borea trains with husband, O'Sensei Bill Borea at the Arizona School of
Traditional Karate in Mesa, Arizona
Our martial arts association (Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai) featured one of our female martial artists in the 'Bushido' newsletter. Sensei Elena Finley from Casper, Wyoming finished graduate school at the Colorado Schoolof Mines in Golden Colorado and is in the final group for consideration by NASA for colonization on Mars! Wow, wouldn't that be a 'Kick' if she opened the first dojo on Mars! I'd bet there would be some serious jumping kicks!

As an update (12/2017) to Women in Martial Arts in Mesa, Arizona, the Arizona Hombu dojo welcomed Sensei Alexandra (3rd degree black belt & PhD) from Arizona State University (ASU) saw the return of Sensei Victoria (3rd degree black belt) after her visit to the Vatican in Italy, and promoted Amira, Harmony, Rihanna, Suzette to 1st degree black belt, and Janel to 2nd degree black belt, while Nancy was promoted to brown belt. At the Utah dojo, Kris was promoted to 1st degree black belt. We are all proud of the accomplishments and achievements of the women in our school.
At the Arizona Hombu Dojo - 2017
2017 photo taken at the Arizona Hombu Dojo 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Just for Kicks

Photo courtesy of Hanshi Andy Finley, 7th dan, Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, Casper, Wyoming
Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo are traditional Okinawan martial arts. The Chinese ideographs (kanji) used to write Shorin-Ryu translate in Japanese as "Pine Forest Style". In Chinese, this translates as "Shaolin Style" indicating the unique Okinawan martial art had ties to the Shaolin warrior monks.

In traditional karate classes, students learn a variety
of martial arts including basics, many forms (kata),
applications, self-defense, meditation, history,
some Japanese language, body hardening, and many martial
arts weapons. Here, our students and faculty train
with Okinawa sickles known as kama.
Karate was developed as a combat art designed for self-defense as well as self-improvement. It was never intended for sport. Thus the instructors at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (60 W. Baseline Road) retain this philosophy by focusing on teaching adult and families the original art of karate that includes focus, power, balance and acceleration. Students are from Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Tempe and Scottsdale.

In traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate known as Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo KaiTM, students have the opportunity to learn karate, kobudo (nunchaku, sai, kama, tonfa, bo, sansetsukon, kuwa, eku, ra-ke, tsue) self-defense, samurai arts (iaido, naginata, sojutsu, jujutsu, hanbo, kuboton, kibo), shitai kori (body hardening) all for one price. Grandmaster Hausel has been teaching martial arts for over 4 decades. After retiring from the University of Wyoming where he taught martial arts for 30 years, he has been teaching martial arts in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe for the past decade.

Soke Hausel, world head of Seiyo Kai Shorin-Ryu
Karate demonstrates white crane techniques at
Chinese New Year celebration at the University of Wyoming
Our classes include training in jujutsu and self-defense
Kobudo is an extension of karate. Sensei Paula demonstrates kuwa with Sensei Bill at
the Hombu in Mesa. So, don't ever be caught off guard while gardening again
(let alone shopping, jogging, etc).

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mesa Karate Classes - A Real Kick

A torii, or shinto gate stands in water.
At one martial arts school in Mesa, Arizona, a group of engineers, university faculty, students, scientists, teachers, accountants, lawyers, electricians, medical professions began their year by training in the Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts. The reason why this school attracts so many professions is due to the legitimacy of the martial arts association as well as the head instructor's affiliation with various  universities (he taught martial arts for nearly 40 years at four different universities).

On Tuesdays, our group of martial artists ranging from black belts to white belts train in basics and forms known as kata. In the later advanced class, the group is learning the Passai Dai kata while reviewing other kata. Wednesday evenings, the group trains in self-defense and bunkai (applications from kata) and we started focusing on defense against armed attackers. This early self-defense class is followed by a samurai arts where class attendees are focusing on naginata (halberd) and this is followed by Shitai Kori (body hardening).

Warming up at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa Gilbert, Arizona
Thursday evening starts with Okinawan kobudo (martial arts weapons) and the group is currently learning bunkai for nunchaku and learning the complex Nunchaku Yondan kata. This is followed by a second kobudo class where the attendees are learning to use hanbo (half-pole) and nitanbo (two sticks).

Soke Hausel, the Arizona School of Traditional Karate's head instructor, celebrated a Golden Anniversary in Martial Arts in 2014. He began martial arts training in 1964 and was invited for induction to another Hall-of-Fame in 2014 and nominated for 2015 Marquis Who's Who in America and 2015 Who's Who in the World.