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Arizona Hombu Dojo

Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts (Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense, Samurai Arts)

Traditional Okinawan Karate Classes, Mesa, Arizona 

BEGINNING TO ADVANCED KARATE - Tuesday evenings, we focus on basic techniques called kihon in Japanese & forms known as kata. Shorin-Ryu karate kata are filled with pragmatic self-defense applications that teach balance, power, acceleration, and muscle memory necessary for self-defense. 


We start class with a traditional ceremony, move to stretching, basics, stances, kicks & punches. After basics, it's kata. When you need individual help, we place you one-on-one with a senior student to assist in rapid development. Karate was never intended for sport & we do not take part in tournaments - instead we teach students to be positive & productive members of society with an ability to defend themselves.


After teaching Karate, Kobudo, Samurai Arts, Jujutsu & Self-Defense in the Departments of Physical Education, Kinesiology, Extended Studies, and Club Sports to 50 to >110 students per class at the University of Wyoming for >30 years, Soke Hausel now restricts classes to 25 maximum. Classes are typically 30% female & 98% adult. Occasionally, we've had as many as 60% female. 


We focus on kata. "Kata is 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 self-defense used by past masters. Once you learn kata, you learn self-defense applications known as bunkaiAt that point, the kata becomes self-teaching. Karate kata is living Zen & teaches balance, strength, breathing, body hardening, stances, kicks, blocks, punches, throws, chokes & meditation. We ask students to take a few minutes outside the dojo to visualize kata & how each movement is used in self-defense - this greatly assists in learning kata.

 

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FAMILY KARATE. Our 5:30-6:30 pm Wednesday class focuses on basics, katabunkai (self-defense) & kobudo (weapons). We periodically introduces different kata & technique than those in other classes (monthly fees include this & all other classes.  Find out about our Self-Defense Class

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 TUESDAYS
 WEDNESDAYS
 THURSDAYS
5:30-6:30 pm
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 Family Karate
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 6:45-7:30 pm
 Beginning & Intermediate Karate
(Kata & Kihon)
Self-Defense
 Kobudo
 7:30-8:00 pm
Advanced Karate 
(Kata & Bunkai)
Samurai Arts
 Kobudo
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