Karate Instructors & Active Black Belts | Arizona Hombu Dojo
YOUR FIRST CLASS
Welcome! If you decide to join our martial arts family, sign a waiver and pay for your first month's classes. Wear gym clothes to the Hombu until you're ready to buy a karate uniform known as gi. We do not sell martial arts supplies but provide links to martial arts supply houses. Look for all-white, traditional, karate uniform. You can use our training weapons: when you decide to get our own, there are places that sell kobudo weapons such as Karate Mart in Tempe and Karate Mart store in Phoenix. Sharpened weapons are not allowed in the dojo: we all want to retain our digits.
On your first night, learn to bow! You cannot learn traditional karate and kobudo if you do not bow and bow often. This is a very important part of martial arts. Bow when you enter and bow when you leave a dojo floor, bow at the beginning and ending of class. Bow deeply to your Soke or Sensei, bow to your training partner, bow deeper to anyone who out-ranks you. Learn to say "Hai" anytime you are corrected by any black belt: this is a sign of respect. We'll introduce you to everyone in the class and teach you basics (kihon) of karate. When it is apparent you need help, we will put you with a senior martial artist for individual attention.
Our Karate School focuses on traditional martial arts known as ‘do’ (pronounced ‘doe’) and 'jutsu'. We do not compete. When karate was created as early as 1374 AD (and possibly earlier), it was developed as a self-defense weapon impractical for sport. Traditional karate practitioners train to knock an attacker down with a single punch - unlike sport. Gichin Funakoshi (father of modern Okinawa Karate) stated, "there are no contests in karate". The principal aspects of our martial art and karate includes: (1) kihon (basics), (2) kata (forms), (3) bunkai (self-defense applications), (4) ippon kumite (one-step focused & restricted karate sparring), and (5) shitai kori (body hardening). After teaching karate and kobudo for 30+ years at the University of Wyoming and nearly 20 years elsewhere, Soke Hausel and his wife Sharon moved to Gilbert and opened the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in 2006.
Call us at 480-294-1001 or stop by and talk with us at 60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, Arizona.
We have friendly martial arts instructors. Our dojo includes our Soke (grandmaster), Kyoshi (martial arts master), Sensei (instructors) and a group of Senpai (seniors) to assist our instructors. In total, we have more than 2 centuries of martial arts experience!
Soke Hausel (宗家), Junidan (十二段), taught martial arts, karate, kobudo, jujutsu and self-defense at four major universities while professor of martial arts. He is a Soke (president) of Shorin-Ryu karate & kobudo, and Shihan (master instructor) in Juko Kai. He began training in karate in 1964 under various Japanese, Hawaiian, Okinawan and American sensei until he found the greatest living martial artist: Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, who has been his personal instructor since 1993. Soke Hausel continues his education through his association with Dai-Soke Sacharnoski as a member of Juko Kai International and Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei.
Hausel, Soke is a Christian: a former member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Laramie & Redeemer Lutheran Church in SLC. He is a polymath. In 1999, he was certified as world head of Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo (Seiyo-Kai) & granted license to modify Shorin-Ryu karate. He is a Hall-of-Fame martial artist and Hall-of-Fame geologist, a writer, artist, astronomer, public speaker & a former professional musician.
Dr. Neal Adam Kyoshi, (七段)(7th dan) in Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo & Menkyo Okuden (1st dan black belt) in Juko Ryu Kijutsu. He has been training in martial arts for more than 3 decades & began training with Soke at the University of Wyoming in 1989: prior to UW, Dr. Adam trained in Shotokan karate. Dr. Adam is a professor of biology at Grand Canyon University, a Christian, an outstanding karate instructor & scientist committed to martial arts, family, church and profession. He is creative and we periodically are treated to interesting interpretations of kata by Dr. Adam.
O'Sensei Bill Borea (RIP). O'Sensei Borea (先生), sandan (3nd dan) trained in karate in New Jersey and Japan before training with Soke. Sensei Borea began training with Soke in 2008. He retired as a US Air Force pilot and is one of the mentally toughest people we have ever known. He and his wife (Sensei Paula) are grandparents, and members of the Episcopal Church. We were all shocked when on October 5th, 2016, O'Sensei Bill Borea passed away! He is one of the greatest people we have ever known. RIP and may God be with you my good friend.
Sensei Patrick Scofield, Sandan (三段) (3rd dan), is an Arizona native & began training in martial arts on Okinawa. His father was ranked sandan in Shorin-Ryu karate and Patrick now follows in his father's footsteps. When not punching and kicking, Patrick is an engineer and pilot. Patrick is a brilliant individual and has great spirit! He has been a student of Soke's since 2011.
Sensei Victoria Davis. Victoria is sandan (三段)(3rd dan) in Shobayashi Shorin-Ryu karate and has been with our dojo for several years. She is Catholic and very active in her church, as well as at our dojo.
Sensei Alex Hurowyj. Sandan (三段) (3rd dan) joined our dojo in 2016. He previously trained in Okinawan Kenpojutsu at a Juko Kai International dojo in Indiana. He also was awarded brown slash in Kang Nei Chin (JKI Chinese Kenpo) and brown belt in WTF Taekwondo. Alex is a Christian, a member of the Lutheran Church, and an aerospace engineer of 20 years with BS and MS degrees in Electronic and Computer Engineering.
Sensei Alexandra Lucas. Dr. Alexandra is sandan (三段)(3rd dan) in Kempo karate and Shodan in Shorinji-Ryu Karate. She works is a cardiologist researcher at Arizona State University and recently joined our dojo in 2016 and we are happy to have her in our martial arts family.
Sensei Paula Borea (先生), sandan (三段)(3rd dan) is Japanese-American with Samurai (侍) lineage. Not only was she born in Japan and trained in karate in Japan as well as in New Jersey. She a tiger on the dojo floor and has been one of Soke's students since 2006. On evenings she trains at the dojo, everyone's technique improves because of her spirit. She is loved by all who attend our dojo. Sensei Paula is a grandparent and Christian.
Senpai A. Pillow Shodan (1st dan), is a very dedicated martial artist and an extraordinary lady who began training in martial arts under Soke in 2012. She is a beautiful and spiritual person who is a Christian. Over the years she has transformed into a very good martial artist!
Senpai Richard E. Durfee, Jr, Nidan (2nd dan). Senpai Durfee is an excellent and powerful martial artist who speaks fluent Japanese learned on a mission to Japan for the LDS Church. He is excellent at bunkai (self-defense), karate and kobudo and puts 110% effort into training. He is very personable and has been training under Soke since 2012. We are lucky to have him and his family in our dojo.
Senpai Ryan Harden. Nidan (2nd dan). Wow! Ryan has powerful technique and focus. If he continues his training in karate, few people will be able to match his speed, technique and focus. Senpai Harden is a nutritionalist by profession, and a Christian by faith. We are very lucky to have him as one of our black belt members.
Senpai Dennis Ingram Nidan (2nd dan). Members of the dojo feel Senpai Ingram is our mascot. We all have a wonderful time with Dennis and training is not quite the same when he is not present. Even though he occasionally clowns around, he has powerful technique. He came to us from another dojo and has been a student of Soke's since 2012. Dennis is a member of the LDS Church and has his own personal suite at the ER, but that has little to do with martial arts and more due to his nature working on roof-tops and with circular saws, electricity, etc.
Senpai Ben Moeur Nidan (2nd dan). Most everyone in the dojo has found Ben to be a good candidate for Shitai Kori (body hardening) as he shows little reaction to pain. When his mother (Janet) trains, she usually throws Ben around even though she is half his size! Ben is a quiet and loves martial arts and began training at the Arizona Hombu in 2013, making his rise to shodan unusually fast. One of the principal reasons Ben has been able to reach black belt level so quickly is that he is always present for class and trains at home.
Senpai Adam Bialek Nidan (2nd dan). When Adam joined our karate school, everyone took an immediate liking to his wonderful personality. Adam is one of the more dedicated martial artists and has been a personal student of Soke's since 2011. He came to our dojo from another martial arts school. We missed him when he moved to Florida, but we were equally excited he chose to return to Arizona. Adam is a member of the Catholic Church and originally from Pennsylvania. By day, he is an accountant, by night - a ninja warrior!
Senpai Tyler Durfee Nidan (2nd dan). Tyler is an extraordinary martial artist with extraordinary stances and technique. He is a member of the LDS Church and is involved in many activities related to theater. Few martial artists have perfected technique as well as Tyler. Tyler is an outstanding martial artist - one of the best! In 2017 he was awarded Male Student Martial Artist of the Year at Juko Kai International.
Senpai Janel Durfee Nidan (2nd dan). Janel is at the dojo nearly every week with the rest of her family. She is a member of the LDS church and an active member of our dojo. She has a wonderful personality and is a very good martial artist. We very much enjoy seeing her at our dojo.
Senpai Harmony Durfee, Shodan (1st dan). Harmony rounds out the Durfee family as a great martial artist and member of the LDS church. Like her brother Tyler, she also is very involved in theater in the valley.
Senpai John Denvir, Shodan (1st dan). John is just a natural, powerful individual. Born in Ireland, he is always good for a few jokes and is a super golfer. Someday we hope to get John (a professional accountant) to create a golf-club kata for our system as a extension of our philosophy of developing modern kobudo weapons.
Senpai Suzette Denvir, Shodan (1st dan). Suzette, like John, has a great personality. She is originally from Barbados and working on finishing a degree in nursing. Her karate training will help keep her patients in line.
Senpai Rihanna Denvir, Yudansha sho (1st dan). All of the fathers at the Arizona Hombu dojo think the same thing about this extremely powerful martial artist. We all feel sorrow for any of her future boyfriends who get out of line - her punches and kicks pack one heck of a wallop for her size, and many who have trained with her are impressed by the bruises she gives them.