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Arizona Hombu Dojo

School of Traditional Okinawan Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense & Samurai Arts

Arizona Hombu Dojo - Class Schedule

CLASSES. Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern Okinawa Karate & Kobudo, summed up our philosophy  in a simple statement. "The purpose of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in perfection of its participants". After training in martial arts for more than 5 decades & teaching at four universities, Soke Hausel believes learning martial arts should be educational & fun. It should not be like basic training. 

Plan to learn about martial arts, history, karate, kobudo, samurai arts & self-defense. We are always searching for honest people with integrity and positive attitudes who care about others. We ask members to pay at the beginning of each month with personal check or cash (no credit cards). Our only fees are monthly training fees & periodic rank certification fees (see rank certification below). 

Training packages

(1) Group martial arts classes (T, W, Th) New Members pay - $125/month. See table below for group classes hi-lighted in red & blue. It's not necessary, but we hope you will attend all classes.

(2) Family membership - $150/mo for two. Each additional family member, add $50/mo (allows you to attend all group classes). 

(3) Private Lessons - $50/hour.

(4) Personal Class. Ask about a "Personal Class" for yourself and a friend. This is a weekly class set up for you at a specific hour each week where you will train with our Hall-of-Fame Grandmaster. The fee is $300/month for two people - so if you bring a friend, you can split the cost. 


5:30-6:30 pm
Private lessons available
Private Lessons available
Private Lessons available
Special Clinics
6:45-7:30 pm
Kata Bunkai 
 Private Lessons available
Special Clinics
  7:30-8:00 pm
 Special Clinics

WHO WE ARE - Watch us on THE NEWS

View photos - University of Wyoming Karate, Soke Hausel images, Seiyo Shorin-Ryu karate images, Flickr, Arizona Karate.

Read - Journal of a Grandmaster, Man of the Year, Arizona Martial Arts Instructors, About Arizona Martial Arts, Everipedia.


ARIZONA HOMBU We are a family of martial artists ('Ryu' implies family). Those who train in Shorin-Ryu karate are friends & care for one another, like family. 

Group karate classes are typically 95% adult (30-60% female). We have a couple of focused children who train with parent(s) and are welcome to attend all martial arts classes with the exception of Thursdays. When accepted into the Thursday night class, children are required to wear safety gogglesOur martial arts classes include traditional karate, self-defense, kobudo & samurai arts. Our martial arts school is at the 60 W Baseline Center (between Country Club & Mesa Dr) on the border of Gilbert & Mesa, Arizona. Classes are small (5 to 25 people) to provide individual attention. 

 "Karate begins and ends with courtesy" - Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957)


  • Periodically, members are asked to test for rank in karate and kobudo. Depending on the person, this typically occurs after 2 to 6 months of training in karate. If you pass, you will be promoted and awarded rank certification after a fee is paid for the test. There are no free tests as these pay for the operation of the martial arts dojo and karate association. All ranks are certified by Soke Hausel.

  • All mudansha ranks (9th kyu to 1st kyu) known as color belts, are $60/rank.
  • Kobudo certifications - $60.
  • Black belt promotions (after shodan) require 1 to 5 years between testing. Shodan (1st degree black belt) ranks typically require about 4 to 5 years to earn.
  • Shodan, Nidan & Sandan fees - $250.
  • Yondan & Godan fees - $300.
  • All other yudansha ranks - $350 (there are no honorary ranks - one must earn rank & all pay for their rank and certificates.