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Arizona Hombu Dojo

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

Traditional Karate Classes, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Arizona

BEGINNING TO ADVANCED Karate Classes. Our focus in our karate classes is on self-defensekata (forms). When you learn karate kata in a traditional Okinawan school you are exposed to dozens of pragmatic self-defense applications. The style of karate we teach is Shorin-Ryu

We begin with traditional ceremony, then move on to stretching, basics, stances, kicks & punches. After basics, it's kata (forms of karate) to teach muscle memory and devastating self-defense. When you need help, we place you one-on-one with a senior student to assist in rapid development. Karate was never intended to be sport, so we do not take part in tournaments - instead we train to help you become a positive & productive member of society with the ability to defend yourself with your hands & feet.

After teaching karate & other martial arts to 50 to 100+ students per class at the University of Wyoming for 30+ years, Soke Hausel now restricts classes to 25 maximum. Classes are typically 30% female and 95% adult (on occasions, we have had as many as 60% women). When Soke Hausel began learning karate as a teenager in the 60s, he found it was boring because of too much repetition. Soke Hausel's teaching method includes repetition, but these are incorporated in many different exercises so the student is unaware they are doing the same muscle movement - and it is no longer boring. Because of this method of teaching, Soke Hausel has been inducted into some Halls-of-Fame, awarded various 'Instructor of the Year' awards, inducted into Who's Who, and received one of the highest awards in martial arts.

"Kata can be likened to GPS used to navigate through karate". The late Soke Nagamine from Okinawa stated "Kata is the origin of karate, if there is no kata, there is no karate!" So what is kataKata is a living encyclopedia of karate techniques employed in self-defense developed by past masters. Once you learn kata, you learn applications known as bunkai (self-defense). At that point, the kata becomes self-teaching. Karate kata is living Zen that teaches balance, strength, breathing, body hardening, stances, kicks, blocks, punches, throws, chokes and even meditation. When you learn kata it is important to take time to mediate on the kata - we ask students to take a few minutes outside the dojo and visualize the kata and visualize how each kata movement is used for self-defense - this method greatly assists in learning kata and its use.


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FAMILY KARATE.  Our 5:30-6:30 pm Wednesdays karate class focuses on basics, katabunkai (self-defense) and kobudo (weapons). This class periodically introduces different kata and techniques than those in other classes.  Find out about our Self-Defense Class

5:30-6:30 pm
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 Family Karate
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 6:45-7:30 pm
 Beginning & Intermediate Karate
 7:30-8:00 pm
 Advanced Karate 
Samurai Arts