Traditional Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate, Kobudo & Self-Defense
"Does coal & diamond know they are the same? Both are carbon, but only one has beauty. But is beauty the most important attribute? A person will freeze trying to warm by fire that burns diamond. And how deep is beauty? Today's karate is like coal & diamond. The beauty of colorful gi and acrobatic flips will not keep a fire burning. It is traditions that forge the flame" - Soke Hausel
Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai evolved from Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo through the vision of Kyoju (Professor) W. Dan Hausel. On September, 23rd 1999, Seiyo Shorin-Ryu became an officially recognized martial art certified by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo-Bugei Renmei & sponsored by the great grandmaster, Dai Soke R. Sacharnoski. In 1999, Kyoju Hausel was certified as Sokeshodai (first generation grandmaster) of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo. Additional certifications were provided by the World Organizer of Martial Arts (affiliated with World Soke Head Council of Japan) & Budo Bugei Kokusai Renmei confirming the right of Soke Hausel to ownership of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo.
The following day (September 24th, 1999), Soke Hausel was promoted to Kudan (9th dan) by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski of Juko Kai International, USA. This certificate is also signed by Soke Toma of the International Okinawa Martial Arts Union, Okinawa, Japan. In 2004, Soke Hausel was promoted to Judan (10th dan) by Dai Soke Sacharnoski. In 2012, Soke Hausel became one of only a handful of martial artists since the 19th century to be promoted to Junidan (12th dan).
Old school martial arts focus on traditions of Okinawa Karate & Kobudo, their kata and applications, self defense and were never intended for sport competition. Our association strives to produce honest & ethical martial artists with integrity, self-esteem & self-confidence who show respect to all others & their deity. If we fall short of this goal, we try harder. We work hard to be the best we can be.
Seiyo Shorin-Ryu focuses on kata & bunkai. Our premise is based on Hitotsuki Hitogeri: one punch, one kick. We work to develop focus & power so we may defend ourselves with one strike following a block if no alternative exists to walk away from a potential attack. This is done by working with full power and focus on every technique. Just as important is the principal of In/Yo (opposites). We strongly emphasize moral philosophy & non-violence to keep our focus in check. All of our Sensei provide positive environments & goals to our deshi (students). It is very important to treat all students with respect.
Rank in other legitimate martial arts systems is respected in our dojo, but these individuals have no authority or teaching certificates in Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate. Outsiders must learn our system of martial arts and rank has priviledge. This is the foundation of traditional martial arts. All members of lower rank bow lower than those of higher rank & give the utmost respect.