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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.

ARIZONA KARATE Students Train as Okinawan Farmers

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on May 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Kobudo, the ancient Okinawan martial art of farming and fishing tools for self-defense has been so effective, that many law enforcement agencies around the globe adopted many of these tools for their line of work. One notable tool was the tonfa, a side handle baton that replaced the common ‘Billy club’ for a few decades until the expandable baton was introduced. But even the expandable baton, known as a kibo and referred to as ASP, has a Japanese martial arts association. For instance, the hanbo, a 3-foot baton, is used in many styles of traditional jujutsu and ninjutsu and is even used in some styles of Shorin-Ryu Karate. Other similar tools include nitanbo and kobuton.


Other kobudo tools, or weapons, include an unusual fork-like weapon known as sai. The sai is a classical kobudo martial art weapon and one of the hardest to learn. Even so, members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa tested for certification with this weapon. To certify, the group was required to demonstrate four separate advanced kata (forms), bunkai (self-defense applications) and ippon kumite (sparing). Six martial artists from the martial arts school successfully passed exams and were awarded certification in this complicated weapon. The six included Adam Bialek, Sensei Bill Borea, Amanda Nemec, Ryan Nemec, Alexis Pillow and Sempai Patrick Scofield.

 

Arizona Martial Artists Learn Okinawa Weapons

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on May 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Mesa, AZ, May 26, 2012: Martial artists from Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe completed a year of training with Okinawa tonfa at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa. The Okinawa tonfa is thought to have originated as a farming implement and likely originated from a wooden frame or handle of a millstone. It has been nicknamed the ‘millstone handle’.

Many law enforcement agencies use a baton modeled after the tonfa, or have used it in the past, but law enforcement only train with one baton unlike martial artists. In addition, law enforcement officials typically receive only cursory training in the weapon, unlike Shorin-Ryu martial artists who train with it constantly. It is known as the side-handle baton in law enforcement, or PR-24.

After a year of training, a small group of martial artists from the Phoenix valley were certified in Okinawa Tonfa by Grandmaster Soke Hausel, 10th dan. To demonstrate their expertise in this weapon, students had to perform basic blocks and strikes known as kihon. They further had to test in three kata (forms) and demonstrate understanding of the forms in a group of self-defense applications known as bunkai. Such forms were created by Okinawan body guards and peasants centuries ago as living encyclopedia of self-defense applications.

Finally, the group tested using tonfa in kumite (sparring) against other martial artists with Okinawa bo (6-foot long staff or pole). During kumite, students (deshi) do not wear protective equipment other than safety glasses. Overall, the group showed expertise in the weapon and five were certified. Those receiving certifications in Okinawa Tonfa on Tuesday, May 29th, will include Adam Bialek, Patrick Scofield, Sarah Kamenicky, William Borea and Ryan Harden.

Members of the Kobudo Class will continue to train with tonfa learning focusing on one tonfa (as well as two tonfa) and train to use the weapon against attackers with clubs, knives and learn a variety of restraints and jujutsu throws with the weapon. In addition, the group started to learn use of the Okinawa sai.

 

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Mesa Karate Students Receive Promotions

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on April 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Patrick Scofield (above right) was promoted to gokyu (gren belt)  following exams at the Arizona School of Traditional Okinawa Martial Arts in Mesa, Arizona.

 

Patrick Scofield was promoted to gokyu (green belt) and Ryan Harden was promoted to sankyu (brown belt) at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona after demonstrating several kata (forms), kobudo (weapons), and self-defense against armed and unarmed attackers.  Both demonstrated excellent technique.

 

 

Ryan Harden show above with tonfa during Kobudo Class at the Arizona School of Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts was promoted to sankyu (brown belt).

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.

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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