Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Arizona's Adult & Family Karate and Self-Defense Classes

Konnichiwa! Yokoso! We specialize in teaching adults and families traditional martial arts and traditional ways!

At the Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai Hombu in Mesa, Arizona, the clientele are more than customers - each and everyone is a member of the Shorin-Ryu Karate family and most spend time at the dojo together, as well as training and recreating together outside the dojo.

The Arizona hombu dojo has been recognized as the top dojo
with the top instructor, by more several organizations,
magazines, clubs, martial arts associations, Who's Who,
and more, over the years.
Because of the friendly atmosphere of the dojo, most everyone spends a few minutes before class talking about recent events, activities, work, and family matters. And when Soke Hausel steps into the dojo, the students start filing into the training area by bowing (rei)() deeply to the dojo, which is part of the etiquette of traditional Okinawan martial arts. When called to attention, everyone lines up by rank for an opening ceremony which assists in the instilling of respect for the martial arts. The ceremony is giving in Japanese language, with a purpose of showing respect not only for the martial arts, but also for one another, the instructor, and those who have kept traditional martial arts alive by handing down the arts.

In the traditional martial arts, people are taught respect because they are learning an art that could seriously injure another person if misused. As such, aggressive mentalities like those shown in the 1984 Karate Kid movie, are extremely rare in the traditional arts. People are encouraged to show concern about one another, just like in the Miyagi karate-do of the Karate Kid movie.

Soke Hausel previously taught traditional martial arts at the University of Wyoming, is an active member of Juko Kai International, and has been training in martial arts his entire life. Because of his background, members of the Arizona Hombu are introduced to a large variety of Okinawa and Japanese martial arts. Because of his extensive background in teaching at UW and three other universities, Soke has yudansha students scattered worldwide, with affiliated dojo in some other countries.

New students and families are always welcome (yokoso) to attend classes at the Hombu dojo in Mesa, which includes grandmas, grandpas, fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, college and high school students,  daughters, sons and grandkids. However, the classes are unique in that they focus on adults working with other adults, and the kids who attend with their parents or grandparents, train with their parents. For kids, they must attend the classes and train with their parent or grandparent, and they must be focused so they will not disturb other members. For those interested in training at the Arizona hombu dojo, the dojo has a peanut gallery in the back where you can walk in and sit down and watch a class or two to be sure the dojo is right for you.

Our head instructor continues to work towards perfection in teaching the martial arts because he loves to teach and loves martial arts and has been training since 1964.

Brother and sister train with cane (tsune) at the annual 2019 Shorin-Ryu
clinic, Arizona Hombu Dojo in Mesa, Arizona.

Mother and daughter train in Zasshi kobudo at the
Arizona hombu dojo - the art of a magazine

Father and daughter practice self-defense at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa

Soke Hausel stands with Karate Team Coach from the Police DAV School from India, following a
week long clinic for the members of the India Karate Team as they learned to improve their martial
arts skills.

  Soke has received some awards over the decades of teaching martial arts. In 2006, he moved
the Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai Hombu from the University of Wyoming to the Arizona
Hombu in Mesa. He actively teaches karate, kobudo, self-defense and samurai arts classes every week
in the Phoenix valley, teaches martial arts clinics, and stays active in his martial arts education through
annual clinics at the Juko Kai International Hombu dojo. JKI is one of the larger traditional Okinawan/
Japanese/American martial arts associations in the world.
See more on Soke from Gilbert Arizona, and the Arizona hombu dojo in Mesa, Arizona on various blogs and news articles.

The cast of the 1984 Karate Kid signed this photo for Soke Hausel and Adam Bialek, 3rd dan, presented the photo to Soke.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Grandmaster of Karate teaches Self-Defense to Arizona Adults

Group hug with Soke Hausel, Sensei Paula Borea (2nd dan) and Sensei Bill Borea (3rd dan) at the
Arizona Hombu
Soke Hausel has been teaching martial arts most of his life in-between prospecting and consulting for gold and gemstones. He was actually on an exploration team of 7 geologists who discovered what is thought to be one of the ten largest gold deposits in history. And he made other gold discoveries and found diamond and gemstones. In addition to research on mineral deposits and writing articles and books (and occasionally sketching) he teaches traditional Okinawan martial arts

His focus is adults and families- this is because he has taught martial arts for 40 years at various universities, where the martial arts students were faculty, staff and the university student body.  

If you are a rock hound and forget your rock pick, Soke Hausel has a solution for you.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

ADULT Martial Arts Classes - Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Phoenix


Welcome to the Arizona Hombu dojo on the border of Gilbert and Mesa, just a mile from Chandler, 15 minutes from Arizona State University and 5 minutes from Mesa Community College.

This School of Traditional Martial Arts in Mesa is an adult and family martial arts school and international training center for members of Seiyo Kai International.

Traditional Karate is the same martial art taught for hundreds of years on Okinawa and different from the sport karate that evolved in the past 60 years and MMA that recently followed the footsteps of sport martial arts in the last decade. The difference? If you saw the Karate Kid movie in 1984, you should know the difference. Traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate is similar to the Miyagi-Ryu Karate portrayed in the movie; and the Cobra Kai - well, that's similar to MMA and many sport karate groups. In traditional karate, we consider tradition, lineage and proper certification to be very significant - something that is lacking in sport.

Adult Karate Classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, Gilbert, Mesa
At the East Valley dojo, students learn kihon (basics) and training will focus on stances, movement, blocks, kicks, punches. In Okinawan karate, about 95% of techniques use hands rather than kicks. Often techniques are practiced as shadow boxing to teach muscle memory, and other times the students train a partner. This is where an adult martial arts school is important. You don't have to worry about some 3-year old kicking you in the shins (or other inappropriate places). Families are seen training at the dojo in the adult classes and all parents train with their own children. This provides very good bonding for parents and their children.

Heather  trains with Charles using nunchaku for self-defens
At the school, considerable kata known as forms are taught. Kata is the heart of karate. These are like Oriental dances that self-teach and provide a living encyclopedia of martial arts techniques. As students learn kata (more than 70 kata are taught in Seiyo-Shorin-Ryu), they also learn bunkai (pragmatic self-defense applications) to the kata. Only three people know all of the kata in the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu system: Soke Hausel, Hanshi Andy Finley and Dai Shihan Neal Adam. 

Students also learn samurai arts including the use of a samurai sword, a naginata (polearm), hanbo, samurai bo, Okinawan spear, restraints, and jujutsu. Then there is the martial arts weapons known as kobudo. Dozens of weapons are taught to students which is considered to be part of Okinawan Karate. So, when one signs up for karate, not only do they learn karate, but they are also taught a variety of other martial arts.

Married couples train at the Arizona School
of Traditional Karate. Sensei Paula Borea (of Japanese
samurai lineage) works her husband over, Sensei Bill
Borea during class. These classes taught by Soke Hausel
have brought many couples together over the years.

2003 Shorin-Ryu Clinic at the University of Wyoming with Professor Hausel (front, 6th from the left) and Tadashi Yamashita (front, 8th from the left).

1996 International Martial Arts clinic at the University of Wyoming - Dai Soke Sacharnoski sits in front, center. Sensei
Hausel is standing in the far left back.

Visitors from a Karate Team from India at the Arizona Hombu

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Adult Karate in the Phoenix East Valley

Two of our favorite people - Sensei Paula Borea with
Sensei Bill Borea. These two recently made the news on
Fox 10 when they were both promoted to nidan black belt
This may not sound too unusual, but they are married,
trained in Japan prior to moving to Mesa, and they are
also karate grandparents! 
In the East Valley of Phoenix, the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (also the world headquarters for Seiyo-Kai Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo), welcomes (yokoso!) visitors to its traditional school (dojo). 

The Arizona School of Traditional Karate is a traditional Okinawan karate school with typical Japanese decor including ikebana.

Dr. Teule trains with Elaine 

We are always excited about our new students and we tend to attract bright and personable students - our world organization probably has more PhDs per ca pita training in martial arts than any other martial arts association. But we also have students from a large variety of backgrounds.

So our new martial arts students are greeted by everyone in the club. You will find everyone will want to help you on your journey in the martial arts - this is just part of martial arts training. You will make new friends, learn martial arts with considerable power, but you will find yourself laughing and enjoying yourself as you train with your uke (partner). We are serious about martial arts, but also have a good time learning. So at the Arizona Hombu, your martial arts instructor will be either Professor Hausel, 12th dan, Dr. Neal Adam, 7th dan, Sensei Paula Borea (2nd dan), Sensei Bill Borea (3nd dan) Sensei Ryan Harden (2nd dan), Sensei Patrick Scofield (2nd dan) or Senpai A. Pillow (1st dan).

The majority of our classes are geared towards teaching adults in self-defense and the traditional art of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, but we also teach Japanese samurai arts and cater to families. The family that kicks together stays together. 

Members of Utah Shorin-Kai train at the Arizona Hombu
Members of the Utah Shorin-Kai have visited out dojo every year from 2009 to the present (2015) for an annual spring clinic.

We have also had clinics for non-martial artists to learn self-defense at our school in Mesa. People who attended this public clinic learned to use their knees, elbows and even car keys for self-defense. 

Another clinic was taught in Gillette, Wyoming to Seiyo Kai International members from Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. This clinic focused on the Okinawan Yari (spear) and Kotekitae (body hardening). This clinic is only open to members of Seiyo Kai International.

This was to be followed by a clinic from the Police DAV karate team from India. However, bureaucrats at the US Embassy in New Delhi would not provide visas to these high school students. Over the past few years we have had cancellations from this part of the world many times simply because some bureaucrat at the embassy exercises his right to be a bureaucrat and not providing visas to legitimate martial arts groups for no reason. 
Dai-Soke Eric Hausel with Soke Hausel at the Hombu in Mesa 

Training in Gojushiho kata at Mesa

Rob Watson, Kyoshi, 8th dan, practices kata self-defense applications at the Arizona dojo.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Grandmaster teaches Adult Karate Classes in Mesa, Arizona

Soke Hausel with some of his Shihan and Sensei from
Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming
Soke Hausel (Arizona Republic Photo)

"How does an adult defend against a child? With a lollipop. At the Arizona School of Traditional Karate we teach you to defend against adults." - Soke Hausel

When Grandmaster Hausel arrived in the East Valley of Phoenix after teaching martial arts at the University of Wyoming for 30 years, it became a challenge to start anew. Buying was out of the question due to high costs of commercial property in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Tempe. Leasing was high (~10 times that in Laramie, Wyoming), so he started teaching at local gyms, community centers and then at Arizona State University. But ASU and the Maricopa County Community Colleges were particularly disappointing and showed little interest which was frustrating because Soke Hausel had taught at universities much of his adult life.

To quote the late John Dooley, "Just because a person has a diploma and the university put him in charge, it doesn't mean he's smart". So Soke Hausel began searching for a place for a Hombu and a place was found at the 60 W. Baseline Center in Mesa, Arizona.

The Hombu opened its doors in 2008 and began offering classes on the border of Mesa and Gilbert and less than a mile from Chandler, Arizona. Two black belts (Sensei Bill Borea and Sensei Paula Borea) designed the dojo as a traditional school with Japanese decor throughout the training center. Both had spent considerable time in Japan - in fact, Paula was born in Japan.

University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate Club, Laramie, Wyoming (1999)
Grandmaster Hausel began training in karate in the 1960s. Martial arts in those days were tough - everything was full contact and repetitions were done in multiples of hundreds. At least once a week members of the martial arts club fought everyone in the dojo with no protective gear, no mouth piece, no gloves, no head protection, just a cup - and nothing was held back. A cup did nothing except make one uncomfortable. Then there were periodic blood fests with American Kempo group on State Street. They would visit the Black Eagle Federation dojo or vise versa. No trophies in those days other than bruises. Not sure how anyone survived that kind of training. One thing for sure, it is not the type of training that most people would recommend unless you were heading to a war zone.
Dan Hausel (flying side kick) with Tim Smith (geophysicist)
at the University of Utah (about 1970). University of Utah

Later, some organizations took note of his martial arts power and technique and awarded him with induction into some Halls of Fame This included recognition as the 2001 International Instructor of the Year by the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame and the 2004 Instructor of the Year by the American Karate Association.

He taught adults the lessons of karate, beginning at the University of Utah, later at the University of New Mexico and then at the University of Wyoming. The Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa is located across the street from Gilbert. Classes are designed for adults. 

Standing in front of the Arizona Hombu dojo, Mesa
We are always excited about our new students and his school tends to attract very bright and personable students - this is because of all of the teaching as kyoju (professor of budo) at different universities in the past. There are probably more PhDs per capita than any other martial arts association.

You will make new friends, learn martial arts with considerable power, but you will find yourself laughing and enjoying yourself as you train with your uke (partner) in martial arts. We are very serious about martial arts, but we also have a good time. So at the Arizona Hombu, your instructor will be Professor Hausel, 12th dan, Dr. Adam, 6th dan, Sensei P. Borea, or B. Borea (2nd dan).

New students in Mesa, Arizona must be non-violent in nature, otherwise, they are not considered for training. There are NO contracts to sign, NO administration fees, NO fees for signing your name, just a monthly training fee. 

All are welcome to our training center to become part of our 'Ryu'. A ryu is a style of martial arts, but is also considered as a family. So in a sense, members become part of our martial arts family. 

One will not be ranked as rapidly as in other schools, because at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, students are only asked to test when they are actually ready to test for rank and have mastered kata, bunkai (self-defense applications from kata) and kobudo for the next step. 

As new members are welcomed into the adult martial arts classes they can expect to learn traditions and courtesy at the start. Most everything in the school is presented in Japanese and English and their is no competition. Karate is considered a weapon, not a sport. If one is looking to compete, there are several good sport karate schools around the valley to consider.

Sensei Ryan Harden at the Hombu Dojo

TUESDAY evenings: class begins at 6:30 pm, which is convenient for most people who work in the valley because they can leave their office and head for the dojo, or leave their homes after dinner before training. We focus on kihon (the basics of karate) while new members learn to walk and a variety of stances and when to use various stances. Then they learn to uke (block), geri (kick), tsuki (punch) and various combinations. We also work on hip movement to teach all of our students to achieve maximum power, or maximum focus

The basics are practiced over and over but in different ways so that we do not get bored. Soke watches the new members in particular to be sure they do not get overwhelmed. When they reach a point that they have absorbed all they can for the evening, they retreat to another part of the dojo where they train with other members under one of our other black belt instructors.
Soke Hausel instructs University Students in the art of White Crane Karate

Tuesday night is kata (forms) night. Kata are forms that include an amazing amount of information on zen, respect, courtesy, balance, history and self-defense. Not all sensei (instructors) understand kata and its importance. So important was kata in Okinawan karate that the famous Grandmaster of Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate, Shoshin Nagamine (1907-1997) wrote  -

"If there is no kata, there is no karate, just kicking and punching"

This simply means that to practice karate, one must practice kata and understand kata. If a person practices kicking and punching without kata, and wears a gi (karate uniform), they are practicing physical exercises or street fighting, but not karate

Dr. Florence Teule with Lenny Martin at White Crane karate
 class at the University of Wyoming. The original form of
White Crane Kung Fu was developed by a female
martial artist.
A few years ago, Soke Hausel was asked to take over a kickboxing class at Gold's Gym in Gilbert. It was filled with women who were looking to kick and punch to music, and they all thought they were learning kickboxing and karate. Not one of them had any concept of kata or self-defense, and they were frustrated at first when Soke turned off the music and taught them how to defend with kicking and punching. This was one example of what Soke Nagamine meant.

Kata is a living encyclopedia of self-defense applications known as bunkai. So on Tuesdays, not only do we practice and learn kata (we have about 70 kata in our ryu) we also learn to use the kata in bunkai.

At the beginning and ending of each class, we have formal rei (bowing ceremony) and members learn our dojo kun in both Japanese and English. Kun is philosophy that we live by. For example, a common one is "There is no first attack in karate" meaning that we learn karate for self-defense and self-improvement and never to attack anyone. Class is over at 7:40 pm. Advanced Kata and Bunkai is practiced at the end of the class while new members train with a separate black belt.

Thursday classes start at 6:30 pm. All members are invited to attend this class as they are for all of our classes. This is self-defense night. Members review self-defense techniques and usually one new technique is introduced. The group may focus on grabs, restraints, knife attacks, guns, rifle attacks, club attacks, and even how to defend against someone grabbing a purse or computer, or how to defend against an attacker on a commercial airliner. They are taught to defend against these attacks as well as multiple attackers. Since jujutsu is part of the Shorin-Ryu (it shows up in many katas), defenses may include blocks followed by strikes and finishing the attacker with nage waza (throws), arm bars and restraints. We teach everyone proper falls before they ever are thrown, and if you have some medical condition, we are sure to identify you as a person who does not get thrown. For instance, we have people who train with us who have bad backs, bad knees and even previous heart conditions. Some evenings, we turn out the lights in the dojo and teach how to defend against attackers with limited light.
Soke Hausel demonstrates kotekitae at half-
time at a University of Wyoming basketball
game (University of Wyoming photo).

While at the University of Wyoming, our Soke (grandmaster) taught self-defense to the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club, taught classes in the Department of Physical Education, Department of Kinesiology, Department of Continuing Education, Department of Extended Studies and taught self-defense to ROTC, Law Enforcement, Taekwondo black belt groups, EMT, church groups, sororities, boy and girl scouts, women's groups, university housing, and others. Many classes of Women's Self-Defense were co-taught with the University of Wyoming Police Department, in particular, with retired chief Tim Banks. Both Chief Banks and Soke really enjoyed teaching these people self-defense. 

Our students are also invited to practice combinations, kotekitae (body hardening) or breaking rocks during this class. 

Another of our several married couples who
met at karate. Katie and Kris both earned black
belts in karate at the University of Wyoming
and now have their own family living in Caspe
We also have classes for families on Wednesday evenings that include Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm. Periodically, national or international groups train at the Hombu of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai.

Near the end of the class, students train in tanto (knife) and/or, hanbo

Wednesday is kobudo (martial arts weapons) night. Class starts at 6:30 pm. Karate was developed on Okinawa according to history. It included kobudo, or the ancient art of weapons that were farming implements and fishing implements used both by Okinawan royal guards and peasants. Kobudo includes kata and bunkai just like karate.

Sensei Paula Borea works with Sensei Bill Borea
at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa.
There are many kobudo weapons and most have their own kata. Some of the more common weapons that most people are familiar with are bo, hanbo, nunchuku, sai, kama, and tonfa. Members learn how to use various weapons and usually the focus is on one weapon for several months before moving on to others. Equipment and supplies are not sold at the Arizona Hombu so members can use he school's weapons, or they can purchase from a supply house

Kobudo is followed by samurai arts and the students learn about iado, kenjutsu, naginata, yari, bo, tanto and more. These are some of the samurai weapons taught in this class.