Arizona Hombu - Classes in Traditional Karate, Self-Defense & Martial Arts Weapons for Adults & Families, East Valley of Phoenix (Mesa, Arizona)
Welcome to our traditional (non-sport) karate school & administrative Hombu in Mesa, Arizona. Our classes feature our grandmaster, a 16-time Hall-of-Fame inductee; former professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming & former karate instructor at ASU, University of New Mexico & University of Utah. Our adult & family classes include traditional karate, kobudo (martial arts weapons), self-defense & samurai arts.
We are affiliated with Juko Kai International, Zen Kokusai Soke Budo-Bugei Renmei & Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai and teach traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate. Shorin-Ryu is one of the original forms of self-defense created on Okinawa & translates as "Pine forest style" in Japanese and "Shaolin style" in Chinese suggesting Shorin-Ryu evolved from kung-fu practiced by Shaolin monks.
The Arizona Hombu in Mesa serves as a traditional (non-competitive) martial arts facility & as the Arizona School of Traditional Karate serving community members from Apache Junctioin, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenx, Tempe & Scottsdale. Our classes are for women, men, senior citizens, families, school teachers, professionals & church groups from beginner to the highest level black belt. Children are encouraged to train with parents, as our classes focus on adults & families. Kids Karate is available.
Gichin Funakoshi (the father of modern karate) stated, "The Purpose of Karate lies not in defeat or victory, but in the perfection of its participants". Karate is considered a 'weapon', not 'sport'. At the same time, students must be 'perfected' to respect karate and all people. Watch some of our karate & kobudo videos and then visit our school at the 60 W. Baseline Road Center on the border of Mesa and Gilbert.
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