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Arizona Hombu Dojo

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

Arizona Hombu Dojo - Class Schedule

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

At the Arizona Hombu Dojo (Karate School), Hall-of-Fame Karate Instructor & Grandmaster Soke Hausel of Mesa, Arizona will be your personal Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense & Samurai arts instructor. Nowhere else in Arizona will you have an opportunity to learn such a wide variety of Okinawan martial arts from an award-winning martial artist. 

On one day, you may train in karate, learn one of many karate kata, practice bunkai (practical application) from katakihon (basic techniques) or punch a bag. On another, you may learn martial arts history, train in self-defense against a person armed with a gun, knife, club, or against two people. You may walk through a darken dojo waiting for an attack that may or may not come, break rocks with your hand. Another night, you may find yourself training in tanto (knife techniques), karambit (Philippine knife), hanbo (3-foot staff), nunchaku, sai, bo, kama, kuwa, eku or some other classical kobudo weapon. Then again, you may train with modern weapons such as car keys, rocks, coins, books, magazines, tools from your garden shop, your belt, a rope. As a samurai, you will train with katana, naginata, yari, manrikigusari, jujutsu, hojojutsu, apply finger throws, learn to take swords with your bare hands - there is no end to training in martial arts at the Arizona hombu dojo in Mesa.

OUR CLASSES are old school karate: we do not believe you should have to sign a contract to learn karate. So we ask you to pay at the beginning of each month with personal check or cash (no credit cards). The only fees are monthly training fees and rank certification fees (see more about rank certification below).  

Our training packages include: 

(1) Group martial arts classes (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays) New Members pay - $125/month. See table above for the group classes hi-lighted in red & blue.

(2) Family membership - $150/mo for two. Each additional family member, add $50/mo (allows you to attend all group classes). The above fee schedule applies to all new students joining our dojo in 2016. 

(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 for this is $300/month for two people - so if you bring a friend, you can split the cost. 

The Arizona Hombu Karate School is a family of martial artists ('Ryu' implies family). Those who train in karate become friends and care for one another like a family. 

Once you sign a waiver and pay your fee you can start training. Group karate classes are typically 95% adult (30-60% female) with a couple of families. Children train in karate with parent(s) and are welcome to attend all martial arts classes with the exception of Thursdays. After children (10 to 15 years of age) reach a level of 'blue belt' in Seiyo Shorin-Ryu, then they can join the Thursday kobudo class with a parent. Children are required to wear safety googles in kobudo and samurai arts classes on Thursdays. Our martial arts classes include traditional karate, self-defense, kobudo & samurai arts. Our martial arts school is in the 60 W Baseline Center (between Country Club and 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, individual 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 karate and kobudo rank certification after a fee is paid for your test. There are no free tests as these pay for the operation of the martial arts dojo and karate association. All 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) typically require 1 to 5 years between testing. Shodan 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 must pay for their rank and certificates - these fees help keep the hombu afloat and are inexpensive to certifications in Japan).

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