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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Arizona Hombu - Arizona School of Traditional Karate Receives 2016 Best Businesses of Mesa Award
Mesa, January 11, 2017 — Arizona Hombu - Arizona School of Traditional Karate has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Mesa Award in the Martial Arts category by the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program. This is the second time since 2014 that Arizona Hombu - Arizona School of Traditional Karate has been selected for this award.
Each year, the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Mesa area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program
The Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Mesa area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on October 21, 2016 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
The Arizona Hombu Dojo lost a dear friend and teacher. O' Sensei Bill Borea passed away this month at the age of 71. Everyone who trained with him had the highest regards for Sensei Borea as a teacher and person. Since to dojo opened its doors in Mesa in 2008 (after moving from the University of Wyoming where it had been located since 1977), Sensei Borea was a nightly fixture taking karate, kobudo, samurai arts and self defense classes as well as substituting for Soke Hausel in his absence. Sensei Borea also often taught new students at the Hombu in the basics of karate and traditions.
Senesi Borea earned a sandan (3rd degree) black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, was given license to teach karate (Sensei certifiction) and also certified in other traditional martial arts including tonfa, kama, bo, and nunchaku. He was one of the few people to be inducted into the Hombu Hall-of-Fame for his martial arts contributions. Sensei Borea assisted in karate demonstrations with Soke Hausel and assisted with teaching various public and martial arts groups at the Arizona Hombu dojo - including the Utah Shorin-Kai, the Police DAV karate team from India, girl scounts and others.
Sensei Borea is survived by his family, including his wife, Sensei Paula Borea. He is also survived by all of his close friends at the Arizona Hombu Dojo. May God Bless him and may he rest in peace. In loving memory of a tough and great martial artist - from the Hombu Dojo.
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On Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th, senior black belt and brown belt martial artists from the Utah Shorin Kai (https://www.facebook.com/Utah-Traditional-Karate-Kobudo-535263843236113/?fref=nf) based out of Murray Utah flew to Phoenix to train with some members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo (https://www.facebook.com/Arizona-Hombu-225189707505083/) under the direction of Soke Hausel, 12th dan. At the clinic, the karate practitioners trained in self-defense techniques, jujutsu, kata (forms), as well as in the martial art of sojutsu (Japanese spear). The annual Hombu clinic was a success.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 19, 2015 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
Karate Instructor and grandmaster, Soke Dan Hausel of Gilbert and Mesa Arizona, reached the top of his martial arts profession after being awarded Grandmaster in 1999 (there is only one grandmaster per style of karate and kobudo), 10th dan black belt in 2004, and 12th dan in 2012 (only a handful of people in history have ever been awarded this rank). Soke Hausel was also awarded Meijin wa Jujtsu in 2013, which translates as martial arts genius. In addition, Soke Hausel has been inducted into 17 Halls of Fame for accomplishments in martial arts as well as Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
As a research geologist, Dan Hausel stands with few other geologists in history after making dozens of significant mineral discoveries, mapping more than 1000 km2 of geological terrain, and publishing more than 1000 books, general interest articles, professional papers, geological maps and abstracts. He was inducted into two halls of fame for his geological accomplishments. Some of his major discoveries include the discovery of gold in the Rattlesnake Hills greenstone belt in Wyoming, finding one of the largest gold deposits in North America with 6 other geologists, and the discovery of world-class gemstone deposits in eastern Wyoming.
It is rare for a person to be considered one of the best in his or hers profession and almost unheard of to be considered at the top of more than one profession. But history has recognized a few polymaths for their extraordinary accomplishments. On November 6th, 2015, Soke Hausel a martial arts instructor at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa and Gilbert, was contacted by Nicholas Law, Director General for IBC in Great Britain who wrote;
“…. the International Biographical Centre has been closely associated with both the City of Cambridge and with the most outstanding seat of professional learning and research, Cambridge University. …”
“…. To help commemorate this long and valued association, I, as Director General of IBC have decided to commission the Cambridge Certificate for Outstanding Professional Achievement. …”
“… From my research I know that you have been honoured by many organisations for your achievements, but I can assure you, Mr. Hausel that this new award will stand out from the others as one of high importance and value. …”
Grandmaster Hausel, former professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming and former research geologist at the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming has achieved more in one lifetime than most people in the world and in history, in his chosen professions.
L-R, Soke Bill Durbin, Hanshi Ron Smith, Soke Dan Hausel, and Shihan Jeff Goodwin (photo taken at the Juko Kai International hombu in New Braunfels, Texas, 2013.
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The Arizona Hombu was again presented the Best of Mesa award for its unique traditional karate classes and training. World Black Belt Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee and Grandmaster, Soke Hausel stated, "I am proud of my students and their accomplishments in martial arts as well as in their lives. Martial arts should improve a person in all aspects of their lives and I am reminded of a statement made many years ago by Gichin Funakoshi from Okinawa that 'Karate is not about victory or defeat, it is about the perfection of the participants' and this is what our program is designed to do".
Grandmaster Hausel has been teaching for more than 4 decades and his schools have produced hundreds of great students in life's arena that include dozens of PhDs in science, engineering and education. The great majority of Soke Hausel's students also earned other graduated and college degrees in science, engineering, social sciences, education and physical education and many are professional engineers, scientists, lawyers, teachers, professors, clergy, counsellors, soldiers, etc. In addition, many of these people also earned blacke belts in karate.
Soke Hausel indicated that his martial arts schools present and past have periodically been considered for awards. For example, while teaching at the University of Wyoming for 30 years, his school was awarded the top JKI school in 1999. This was not an easy accomplishment considering that JKI was one of the larger US/Okinawa/Japan traditional martial arts associations. Being awarded the Best of Mesa is an honor.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 5, 2015 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
Rverview High School in Mesa Arizona invited World Black Belt Martial Arts Hall-of-Fame Karate instructor, grandmaster, and award-winning speaker Soke Hausel and Sensei Bill Borea (also a Hall of Fame martial artist) to speak to the high school students about martial arts and teach them traditional martial arts. The two Hall-of-Fame karate instructors were quite impressed by the ability of the high school students and also impressed by their manners.
During the session, Grandmaster Hausel taught the students two forms (known on Okinawa as kata). All of the students learned the complex forms without great difficulty and demonstrated good balance.
Grandmaster Hausel and the Arizona Hombu dojo are trying to reach out to the schools and churches to introduce traditional martial arts - a discipline that teaches moral philosophy and ethics.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on October 15, 2015 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
Arizona Karate Instructors with the Arizona Hombu martial arts school in Mesa, Arizona, were selected by Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel for membership in the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai Hall-of-Fame for contributions to traditional Okinawan karate. All three have been training in karate and kobudo for considerable time. The group of karate instructors includes Dr. Neal Adam, Paula Borea and Bill Borea.
Dr. Neal Adam, a professor of biology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. He is a 6th degree black belt karate master of Shorin-Ryu Karate. Dr. Adam began training in Karate with Grandmaster Hausel 25 years ago when both were at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Adam periodically teaches karate classes at the Arizona Hombu School in Mesa, and has created a group of karate and kobudo katas (forms) for the martial arts style. Because of his dedication and creativity, he was selected for the Shorin-Ryu Karate Hall of Fame.
Karate Instructors (sensei), wife and husband, Paula and Bill Borea, were also selected for the 2015 Karate Hall of Fame. Both trained in New Jersey as well as in Japan prior to becoming karate students of Grandmaster Hausel. Sensei Paula Borea is a Japanese-American born in Japan, and is of samurai heritage and as considerable interest in traditional karate. Her karate skills are excellent. She is not only a 2nd degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate, but also is certified in Japanese flower arrangment and tea ceremony. Her husband, Sensei Bill Borea is a 3rd degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate and trained in Japan while station in the air force. Both Paula and Bill have provided extraordinary assistance with designing the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa and are both karate instructors at the martial arts school. Both have been training in karate, kobudo, self-defense adn samurai arts under Grandmaster Hausel for the past 8 to 9 years and are considered experts in karate.
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Arizona Karate - A Living HIstory Demonstration at the Arizona Hombu Dojo. Open to the Public
In 525 AD, an Indian monk named Boddhidarma walked through a pass in the Himalayan Mountains from India to the northern Chinese Henan province to teach Zen philosophy to the monks of the Shaolin temple. Finding the monks to be lazy and unfit, Boddhidarma added combat training exercises blended with philosophy to create the first martial art.
In 1374 AD, a group of 36 Chinese families migrated to Okinawa with a text of martial arts similar to the art taught at the Shaolin Temple.
In 1480 AD, Okinawa King Shoshin outlawed bladed weapons. Many Okinawans developed Kobudo, a martial art that employs tools of trade as weapons in order to defend themselves.
In 1609 AD, Okinawa was invaded by 3000 Samurai from Japan. Karate was kept secret through these events and not until 1922, was introduced to Japan. Later in the early 1950s, it was introduced on Hawaii.
Join us at the Arizona Hombu as we celebrate karate with public demonstrations and exhibits of Karate, Kobudo & Samurai Arts.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on August 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM||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.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on July 3, 2015 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
Instructor of the Year and International Instructor of the Year - Grandmaster Hausel at the
Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona.
Nicholas S. Law, Director General for the Awards Board for the International Biographical Center in Cambridge England wrote to Dan Hausel, Grandmaster of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai of Gilbert Arizona on June 26th, 2015. In his congratulatory letter, he wrote::
“To achieve what you have, to scale the heights from which you inspire and lead by the standards you have attained are no ordinary accomplishments … As an existing Man of the Year the Awards Board of the IBC have decided to bestow on you, as respected and trusted friend of the IBC, the auspicious and beautiful Da Vinci Diamond.”
“Leonardo Da Vinci was chosen as the inspiration for the award due to his world renowned accomplishments in many different disciplines. I feel most reassured that by selecting you as the Da Vinci Laureate in recognition of your varied talents we are keeping to the register of his memory…”
“….Your avocation, enthusiasm and reputation are responsible for this magnificent recognition.”
It is notable that Professor Hausel accumulated a bibliography of almost unmatchable size: author of more than 1,000 publications; author, co-author or contributor to 100 books. All of his popular books on Amazon with a 4.5 to 5 star rating.
As a geoscientist, he inspired many prospectors and rock hounds with hundreds of discoveries including one of the largest gold deposits in the world with colleagues; some of the largest colored gemstone deposits ever found, and then there are the diamond deposits. He mapped the two largest diamond-bearing kimberlites in the US and the largest field of lamproites in North America.
As a public speaker, he presented 400+ formal lectures all over North America.
As a mapper he completed more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex geological maps including 2 dozen underground mines.
He is an artist of vision with dozens of detailed works.
As a martial artist, he accumulated more than a dozen black belts, the highest rank in the world in Shorin-Ryu Karate (Seiyo-Kai), have been certified as Sokeshodai (grandmaster), and awarded Martial Arts Genius for many accomplishments, and he has entered16 halls of fame for martial arts and teaching skills, geological knowledge, and more. He is one of the more decorated geologists and martial artists in the world.
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Some time ago, I found myself in Australia on a field conference designed to exchange information on the new diamond discoveries in the Aussie outback. Most commercial diamond deposits occur in a rock type referred to as kimberlite, but others are found in placers (stream deposits). The Australian discovery was unique in that diamonds were found in olivine lamproite - and at Argyle mine, the amount of diamonds found in the ore was incredibly high AND, they found many rare pink, brown and yellow fancy diamonds. Prior to the Australian discovery, diamonds had been found in Colorado and Wyoming. A short time later, commercial diamond deposits were also identified in Smoke Creek, in the Ellendale olivine lamproite field and at the Merlin kimberlite.
Commercial diamond deposits had already been found in South Africa, India and Brazil, but new minable sources had been slow coming until the Australian discoveries. This opened up new exploration grounds for other diamond deposits and finally led up to many diamond discoveries in Russia, China and also in Canada.
BUT, on our international field conference - a challenged was issued! Could any of the black belt geologists from the USA and from Japan break the tops off of the hardened termite mounds? I accepted the challenge for the US. At the end of the conference - we were pretty close to being tied but I won! My success was related to my teaching rock breaking 101 in the University of Wyoming Shorin-Ryu Karate club.
Top photo shows termite mound in foreground with a lamproite butte in background at Ellendale. Above photo is the Argyle mine as it appeared in 1986 and lower photos were taken at our Rock Breaking 101 class. Upper photo shows Grandmaster Hausel preparing to break rock after a very, very short lecture on rock types. Lower photo shows Kyle Gewecke from Gillette, Wyoming breaking a piece of limestone (mother nature's concrete).
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Polymath Soke Hausel of Gilbert Arizona has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who in America. The 2015 compendium will include https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert,_Arizona" target="_blank">Gilbert Arizona's grandmaster and Hall-of-Fame martial artist. According to Fred Marks, editor in chief, the 70th Platinum Anniversary Edition will include a summary of Soke Hausel's accomplishments.
Soke Hausel is a Hall-of-Fame martial arts instructor who began training in karate in 1964. Since that time, he has been inducted into more than a dozen Hall-of-Fame worldwide because of his teaching methods. He has also been awarded 3 of the highest achievements in martial arts including title of Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. In addition, Soke Hausel is a Hall-of-Fame geologist who made many discoveries of gold and gemstones. He is also an author of more than 1,000 publications including contributions to 100 books. As a public speaker, he has received some national awards, and is a talented artist.
After teaching martial arts for 3 decades at the University of Wyoming as Professor of Budo (martial arts), Grandmaster Hausel moved to Arizona and opened the Arizona Hombu on the border of Mesa and Gilbert where he focuses on teaching adults, families and teachers. Soke Hausel indicates he loves to teach martial arts and has been lucky enough to teach a few thousand students over the past 4 decades.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on May 21, 2015 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
Thank you so very much Mr. Fred Marks, Editor-in-Chief, Marquis Who's Who in the World and Editor-in-Chief of Marquis Who's Who in Science & Engineering.
It is always a great pleasure hearing from you, especially since your complimentary letters are often attached to an induction notice or nomination. These nominations remind of a time in 2001, when I was inducted into the North American Black Belt Hall-of-Fame and awarded the International Instructor of the Year and inducted into the Rockhound Hall-of-Fame and presented the Education Award. Its not often that I get noticed for more than one profession.
When I began my life, I was constantly bored in school and often found myself day-dreaming about achieving and doing things that were exciting. I didn't have any idea at the time that these day-dreams were actually affirmations that provided me a path for the rest of my life. So I guess I am thankful for all of those boring years in grammer school and high school, all of those not so good grades, and those many boring teachers who constantly called in my parents to try to figure out how to motivate me.
I am pleased to accept your nomination. Only with the help of God could I have done all of these things over the years especially after such a not so auspicious start in life and education. Things just fell in line, one after another, when I began my college career in order to avoid the Vietnam draft. But I must also thank all of those bullies I met in junior high and high school, because they opened the door to my first karate classes at the Black Eagle Federation dojo. Anyone who claims bullies are bad - they are right, but they also serve a higher purpose for many people later in life. After 50+ years in martial arts - I'm proof.
"Soke D. Hausel of Gilbert Arizona is a Hall-of-Fame geologist who found many gold and gemstone deposits. He is also a Hall-of-Fame martial artist who reached the highest level in martial arts. He operates a martial arts center in Mesa, Arizona and periodically consults in geology. The geologist-martial artist writes books and contributed more than 1000 books, professional papers, general interest articles, abstracts, geological maps and information blogs over the past four decades. Because of life-long contributioins, Marquis Who's Who nominates him for inducation into the 33rd Edition of Who's Who in the World (2016)".
By the way, he breaks rocks with a rock hammer and teaches karate students to break rocks with their bare hands. Earlier this year, he was inducted into Who's Who in America (2015) and Who's Who in the World (2015).
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Mesa, AZ, January, 2015: Arizona Martial Artist and Karate Instructor, Grandmaster Hausel was inducted in the 2014 Who's Who in America and 2015 Who's Who in the World 32nd Edition. He has appeared in Who's Who for more than two decades due to accomplishments as a martial artist, scientist, writer, public speaker and artist. The polymath is also a member of several Halls-of-Fame.
Who's Who noted that the Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo has appeared in several Who's Who compendiums including Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the 21st Century, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the West. The Arizona karate instructor has also been honored by induction into several Halls of Fame around the world. Some of note include World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall-of-Fame (Indonesia), Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall of Honors (New Jersey), World Head of Society Hall of Fame (Philippines), American Karate Association Hall of Fame (Ohio), US Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Tennessee), Latin America Martial Arts Society Worldwide Hall of Fame (Puerto Rico), World Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Ohio), Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Florida), North American Black Belt Hall of Fame (California), World Karate Union Hall of Fame (Pennsylvania), National Rock Hound & Lapidary Hall of Fame (South Dakota), and Millennium Hall of Fame (North Carolina). The latter two Halls of Fame were for contributions to science and education.
Grandmaster Hausel is the world head of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (Seiyo Kai) and was certified as Grandmaster (Soke) in 1999. In 2004, he received an unprecedented promotion to 10th degree black belt (red belt) making him one of only a handful of Shorin-Ryu martial artists to achieve that rank. In December 2012, he received a one of a kind of award for the continuing development of martial arts and was promoted to 12th degree black belt (red belt) and remains one of only a handful of martial artists since the 19th century to ever receive this rank. Unlike many martial artists claiming to be Grandmasters on the Internet, Soke Hausel has proper lineage, certification and credentials.
Grandmaster Hausel in the head instructor of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona, the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai, and a former instructor of martial arts at Arizona State University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Utah, and professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming.
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(Above Photo - Sensei Bill Borea (3rd dan) (left) and Soke Hausel (12th dan) (right) present Ryan Harden from Chandler Arizona with certifications as nidan (2nd degree black belt) and Sensei (martial arts instructor) at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona)
Two students of martial arts from Mesa and Chandler – one a nutritionist employed at a local hospital in Gilbert and the other an engineer at Boeing, were awarded second degree black belts in Traditional Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate by Grandmaster, Soke Hausel.
“We have many outstanding members of society in our martial arts program. I am very proud of Ryan Harden and Patrick Scofield for their dedication in martial arts and both were promoted to 2nd degree black belt after several days of tests. Our students include several doctors, nurses, nutrition professionals, technicians, engineers, scientists, IT technicians, clergy, pilots, social scientists, laborers, university professors, teachers, musicians, students, house wives and senior citizens who become members of our martial arts family”.
Photo shows Soke Hausel with Patrick Scofield at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa following Patrick's successful exams for Nidan no Yudansha (2nd degree black belt) and Sensei (Martial Arts Teacher)..
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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.
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The Arizona Hombu welcomed several yudansha (black belts) and senpai (senior brown belts) from the Utah Shorin-Kai from Murray, Utah to train in advanced martial arts techniques and hanbo-jutsu on May 3rd and May 4th. The group arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor from Salt Lake International airport on Friday morning and checked into their motel in Chandler near the Arizona martial arts training center on the border of Gilbert and Mesa near Baseline and MacDonald. On Friday evening, the group led by Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan, arrived at the martial arts facility and exchanged hugs, handshakes and greetings with members of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Soke Hausel, grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu.
Following greetings, the martial artists bowed in, warmed up, and began training with hanbo. The hanbo is a 3-foot bo (stick) often seen in the hands of ninja or jujutsuka training in the arts of ninjutsu, ninpo, and jujutsu. Soke Hausel was introduced to this practical art by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski and also trained in Togakure-Ryu earning certifications through Hatsumi Masaaki, Soke. Weapons similar to the hanbo include tonfa and ASP. The ASP, also referred to as kibo, is a common tool of law enforcement that is an expandable baton. The difference between training between law enforcement officials and martial artists is that law enforcement training is limited. Martial artists never end training with the and use hanbo to activate pressure points and train with blocks, strikes, restraints and throws. Following two hours of training with the hanbo, the group retired until the next morning. At the Arizona Hombu, students from the Phoenix valley often train for months at a time with hanbo.
On Saturday morning, training began in advanced empty hand (karate) techniques. These included blocks, strikes, chokes, throws and restraints. The group trained for five hours before the clinic ended. At the end of the clinic, Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan and Renshi Todd Stoneking, 6th dan, presented gifts to Soke Hausel. Members of Arizona and Utah said their goodbyes and it was the consensus that time went by too fast. Soke Hausel will travel to Utah in the fall for the Utah gassuku (adverse training) at the East Canyon resort near Park City.
Professional photographs of the martial artists and martial arts at the Hombu clinic were provided by NemecPhotos. We are very thankful and appreciated by the excellent quality of the photography at this year’s clinic.