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Senior Citizen Defends Against Gang of Thieves

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on March 17, 2016 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A 71- year old lady used her handbag to defend against a gang of jewel thieves who attempted to rob a jewelry store in broad daylight in England.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BfvEhIHAn0

This was an example of modern Kobudo, where she used what weapon she had at hand. In America, the thieves would have been confronted by the store owner with a gun. In England, where guns are outlawed, little could be done until the little old lady took the law into her own hands.



Carefree Arizona Karate and Kobudo Demonstration

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on February 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo provided part of the entertainment to support the Pediatric Autoimmune Neurological Disorders for the HUMI event http://www.humievent.com/ in Carefree, Arizona on March 12th, 2016.

 

The demonstration was presented by Black Belt Hall-of-Fame member Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel with members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo, Chandler, Gilbert & Mesa Arizona. Soke Hausel is a former professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming, where he taught martial arts for 3 decades. He is a member of Hall-of-Fames for martial arts, education and geological sciences and is the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai and an active member of Juko Kai International.

 

Accompanying Soke Hausel was Dr. Neal Adam (6th dan), Sensei Bill Borea (3rd dan), Paula Borea (2nd dan), Patrick Scofield (2nd dan), Ryan Harden (2nd dan), as well as student members Dennis Ingram, Suzette Denvir, John Denvir, Rihanna Denvir and Amira Rodriguez from Gilbert, Chandler and Mesa, Arizona. The 25 minute demonstration included Japanese samurai sword and halberd (naginata), Okinawan kobudo (peasant weapons), Okinawan karate and Okinawan Shitai Kori (body hardening) and self-defense.


The demonstration included samurai arts. Sensei Bill Borea and Sensei Paula Borea treated the audience to traditional samurai arts using katana and naginata. The katana, or samurai sword, was the staple of the samurai weapons, but other weapons were used by samurai and warrior monks including the naginata - a polearm. Sensei Paula Borea was born in Japan and is of samurai heritage.


This was followed by the classical ancient art of kobudo - traditional peasant weapons. Both kata (forms) and bunkai (practical applications) were performed including the bo, kama, and tonfa. After King Shoshin of Okinawa outlawed bladed weapons in 1480 AD, Okinawan peasants coverted many farming and fishing tools into weapons creating the art of kobudo.


The art of the empty hand known as karate was created on Okinawa centuries ago. Empty hand techniques were also demonstrated in both kata and self-defense. The self-defense portion demonstrated how adults and children can respond to grabs, punches, knives and guns.


In the final part of the demonstration, Hall of Fame grandmaster Soke Hausel demonstrated some self-defense and finished with a demonstration of shitai kori (body hardening). Sensei Paula Borea assisted Soke Hausel by punching him in the solar plexus, throat and ended with a full force kick to the groin while completely unprotected.



 

Arizona Karate Students Take Up Farming

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 1, 2015 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the past several months, a group of karate students at the Arizona Hombu Karate School have been training in a unusual martial art known as kobudo, and more specifically as kama. The karate students have been taught about the history of this martial art as well as its use and self-defense applications. After many months of training in this karate and kobudo art, two martial artists from Chandler and Phoenix tested for certification in the martial art at the karate school in Mesa, Arizona.

According the martial arts history, nearly 500 years ago, Okinawan King Shoshin, issued a proclamation to the people of Okinawa to surrender all bladed weapons. Some suggested the proclamation was a result of Shoshin’s fear of revolution, others believed it was because of his Zen Buddhist non-violent education - but in either case, it opened Okinawa to be invaded by foreign entities: Japan obliged and simply walked into Okinawa uncontested.


Because of the proclamation some Okinawan people began to develop the martial art and combat art of kobudo and kobujutsu in secrecy; whereby, common, everyday farming, fishing and merchant tools were converted to personal self-defense weapons and practiced with karate (the empty hand). One of the many tools used by farmers on Okinawa was a sickle - known as kama. The kama was often used in pairs and practiced as an extension of karate and included classical blocks, strikes, slices, cuts and parries. Locally, kama was modified to include straps and even chains to increase striking range.


In order to certify in kama in Shorin-Ryu, students and instructors are required to learn three traditional kata (forms) of the kama and to understand how each and every move in these kata are applied to combat and self-defense. Master instructor Neal Adam, 6th dan of Phoenix and student Ben Moeur, 3rd kyu brown belt of Chandler, passed certification exams in October and will be presented documents at the Arizona Hombu dojo Tuesday evening, November 3rd, at 6:45 pm, by Grandmaster Hausel. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Road Rage Aggressor Harasses Handicapped Karate Student in Mesa

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on August 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

A handicapped driver from Mesa, Arizona, was confronted by Road Rage last Thursday evening (August 20th) while driving to the Arizonal Hombu to take a karate lesson. More than 2.5 years ago, Dennis, a handicapped man, decided to try martial arts to help manage his physical fitness and pain. He had both knees replaced a few years ago, and undergoes pain management treatments for his back pain. He signed up for karate, kobudo, self-defense and samurai arts lessons from Hall-of-Fame instructor, Soke Hausel, and found that martial arts not only gave him confidence, but also helped him manage physical limitations. Now a brown belt, Dennis trains year round at the karate school.


Road Rage is all too common in the Phoenix valley of Arizona - it happens to individuals and even to families. And Road Rage almost took another victim last Thursday.


Dennis grew up in the slums of Mesa where he was assaulted by gang members growing up. By the time he reached manhood, he had been beaten, stabbed and shot. Now, nearly 60, his body has taken so much abuse he has serious pain problems and drives a car with a state-issued handicap sticker. But none of this has detered his interest in the traditional martial arts. 


While driving to the Arizona Hombu Karate School last Thursday along Country Club Drive, Dennis was harassed by a driver who did not like the fact he was driving below the speed limit. In an instant of road rage, the other driver attempted to run Dennis off the road twice and then blocked his entry to an intersection and then jumped out of his car thinking he was going to have his way with a handicapped senior citizen. But the Road Rage driver was in for a major surprise! 


His intended victim is "one of the toughest martial artists at the Arizona Hombu dojo", according to 16-time Hall-of-Fame Grandmaster Hausel. The grandmaster indicated that Dennis constantly practices shitai kori (body hardening) with anyone in the dojo who will hit him during self-defense training. Thus, when Dennis stepped out of his car to greet his attacker, he was wearing his karate uniform known as a gi, since he was on his way to the martial arts school. Dennis said to the Road Rage Driver, "Ok, I've had a bad day - so, tell me, what hospital would you like me to deliver you to?" The Road Rage driver took one look at Dennis, and hearing his comment, turned about face and ran back to his car and sped off.


Now this was a perfect defense. Both drivers were able to go home without injury and hopefully the Road Rage driver will think twice in the future.

Martial Arts Experts Travel to Arizona

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on April 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

 

On April 12th, 2012, a group of senior martial artists from Murray, Utah traveled from Salt Lake City International  to Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to train at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Seiyo Kai martial arts facility in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona. The group from Utah included Kyoshi Watson, 8th degree black belt and Renshi Stoneking, 6th degree black belt of the Utah Shorin-Kai.

 

The Utah group trained with some Arizona martial artists in advanced Okinawan Karate Kata (forms) that included many devastating self-defense applications against a variety of attacks. These applications included gun, knife, club and riffle defenses and defenses against grabs, sucker punches, and chokes. The group later trained with hanbo (law enforcement night stick, or 3-foot club) for strikes, throws and restraints and also trained in traditional Okinawan kenjutsu (samurai sword). The three day clinic was taught by Soke Hausel, 10th degree black belt and Hall of Fame martial artist from Arizona.

 

 

Soke Hausel recently trained librarians from Chandler, Arizona and faculty, staff and students from the University of Wyoming in self-defense.

Chandler Librarians Learn Self-Defense

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on January 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Imagine – you’re in-between bookshelves at the public library just before closing – someone sneaks up behind and grabs you. What do you do with that book in your hand?

Several librarians of the Chandler Public Library were confronted with this and other scenarios at a recent seminar taught by Hall of Fame martial artist and grandmaster, Soke Hausel of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa (60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa). Hausel is an expert in kobudo, a martial art that teaches use of Okinawan farming and fishing implements, as well as modern garden and construction tools, as weapons of self-defense.

During the seminar, attendees learned how to escape from wrist grabs, lapel grabs and bear-hugs using their elbows, knees, feet and hands and how to use books, magazines, coins, pens, belts, and car keys for self-defense tools against aggressive attacks. The attendees were surprised to find they were working with potential weapons every day and even checking them out to the public. Who would have thought that a book or rolled up magazine could be so effective in self-defense.

Soke Hausel has been a martial arts instructor for more than 40 years and taught similar self-defense clinics and seminars to local political groups, EMT, university faculty and staff, military, scouts, teachers, women’s clubs, sororities, religious groups, martial arts instructors, etc. He is a professor of martial arts who taught at four universities in past years and currently teaches karate, kobudo and self-defense in the East Valley

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Girl Scouts Learn Self-Defense from Grandmaster

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on February 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

On Wednesday, February 23rd, a group of girl scouts from Troup 4102 in Mesa learn a little about Self-Defense. The 2-hour clinic focused on simple blocking and strikes along with a variety of escapes designed to teach them how to react if attacked by an adult.

On the following week, the scouts spent another 2 hours learning the art of modern Kobudo (martial Arts weapons). Here the girl scouts were taught how to use pens, pencils, Ipads, computers, back packs, magazines and their school backpacks as weapons of  self-defense.

The Girls were surprised that such common tools could be used as weapons. They all indicated that they would never be able to look at their school books in the same manner again. :D

Grandmaster Hausel, their instructor, has taught dozens of self-defense classes and clinics over the past 4 decades to groups as diversified as religious groups including priests to military groups to sororities to other martial arts school owners.

Mesa Karate Students Learn to be Peasant Farmers

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on February 17, 2011 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Our Karate students at the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Hombu, also known as the Arizona School of Traditional Karate finished a few months in training in the Kuwa (garden Hoe) and several were certified in the use of a hoe. Now these people can not only grow tomatoes in their gardens, they can also use the hoe to sweep your feet out from under you, remove your toes, and much more.

SELF-DEFENSE CLINICS Are POPULAR at Universities

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on October 29, 2010 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club and Sensei Lenny Martin sponsored a group of three self-defense clinics for the general public and the University community (staff, faculty, students). The clinics were supported by grants from ASUW and University of Wyoming Housing and Food Services and were used to bring in Hall-of-Fame karate grandmaster Soke Hausel from Gilbert Arizona to teach the clinics.

 

The attendees of the clinics trained in a variety of simple self-defense techniques against different types of attacks that included purse and computer snatches, bear hugs, lapel grabs, chokes, ground defenses, wrist grabs, sucker punches, headlocks, kicks, knockout games, guns, knives, clubs - etc. You name it, and Grandmaster Hausel taught a defense against it - everything imaginable was put on the table with the exception of defenses against tanks. Grandmaster Hausel, one of only a handful of martial artists to be awarded 12th dan red belt since the 19th century and only one of a few ever awarded wa-jutsu (or martial arts genius), has been training in the martial arts for decades and taught martial arts at the University of Wyoming for 3 decades before moving to Arizona. While at the university, the campus karate club grew to more than a 100+ members each year making it one of the premier martial arts education programs outside the orient.


Everyone in attendence indicated that they had a wonderful time and found this to be a great way to build friendships as seen in the following photos. The clinic was taught by Hall of Fame Karate instructor and Grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate - Soke Hausel. Soke Hausel has taught a variety of similar clinics to various university groups at the University of Wyoming and Arizona State University including some Air force, Army ROTC, EMT, Martial Arts, Senior, Church and other groups and social clubs over the past 4 decades.

   


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