TRADTIONAL KARATE & KOBUDO CLASSES in ARIZONA
A traditional karateka is prepared at all times for self-defense and courtesy!
TRADTIONAL KARATE, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa ARIZONA
The purpose of traditional (as opposed to sport) karate is to achieve self-improvement and mastery in self-defense. While gaining mastery in self-defense, one also learns self-respect, respect for others, and self-confidence. Competition sometimes produces attitude problems: focus and power often suffer with that kind of training. Because Karate is related to Zen, many paths for self-improvement of the mind, spirit and the body are developed. Just like the old saying, "there are many paths to the top of Kilimanjaro, but only one peak". By experiencing traditional karate, one can begin on his or hers personal path.
We do not take part in competition. In traditional martial arts, one is concerned more with improving oneself. This has always been the Okinawan way. Karate is an Okinawan art that was later in history introduced to mainland Japan. The Japanese introduced competition in karate in the mid 20th century.
Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo classes are taught at the Arizona
Hombu (world headquarters) on the border of Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa. The focus is on traditions
while arming our students with devastating techniques. The karate
we teach is different from most. Our karate was developed on Okinawa
centuries ago and recently was modified by our grandmaster to improve some techniques. Soke Hausel, junidan (12th
dan) has been teaching martial arts
for more than four decades and won international and national recognition
as a martial arts teacher (sensei).
His work has been noticed by several martial arts associations and he has been
elected to more than a dozen
Karate was originally known as kenpo (Chinese hand) & te (hand) & later called 'kara' 'te' (empty hand) indicating a distinct Zen influence on traditional karate. One prominent form of karate developed around the village of Shuri and became known as Shuri-te. This was later called Shorin-Ryu Karate to affiliated its roots with the Shaolin Temple in China. Shorin translates as Shaolin.
Built into karate is kata. Karate and Kata cannot exist without one another. Kata is a living encyclopedia of self-defense techniques created by past karate & kobudo masters. As stated by the Great Okinawan Grandmaster (Shoshin Nagamine), "If there is no kata, there is no karate".
Each kata contains self-defense applications and hidden techniques, chokes, throws, pressure point strikes & disarming techniques. Kata also emphasizes ethics and moral values, and builds self-esteem & self-confidence.
When you train in Karate and Kobudo at the Arizona Hombu, we will start you with kihon (basics) and teach you to block, kick, punch, and walk. You will be introduced to kata and bunkai of kata (self-defense applications). Most people love kata as they are liken to a mysterious foreign dance filled with valuable martial arts training and self-defense applications.
The Arizona Hombu dojo (martial arts school) for Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai (Arizona School of Traditional Karate) is at the border of Gilbert with Mesa. Our classes are open to the public: we train adults & families in martial arts. Join our martial arts family and train in Karate, Kobudo (Okinawan martial arts weapons), Kobujutsu (Japanese martial arts weapons) & Self-Defense classes.
Sensei Hausel demonstrates yoko geri (side kick) on 1.4 billion year old Sherman Granite in the Laramie Mountains east of Laramie.
Black belts train with ASP (expandable law enforcement baton) at the University of Wyoming.
Below. Seiyo Kai members train in tanto (knife defense) tactics at the University of Wyoming.