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Arizona Hombu Karate & Kobudo Dojo

School of Traditional Martial Arts

Self-defense Classes, Arizona Hombu, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, AZ

SELF DEFENSE (BUNKAI) CLASSES This class might be more appropriately called - Bunkai. There are many very important aspects to karate - and one of the more important is bunkai. Years ago, when I trained in Kyokushin Kai, Wado-Ryu, Kempo, and Shotokan karate, there was no mention of bunkai: we practiced kata without knowing why. We almost never correlated movements in kata with self-defense applications. Later, in Shorin-Ryu Karate my instructor began teaching us all of the bunkai in kata and a whole new world opened for me. No wonder why kata was so important - it taught is muscle memory, balance, respect and even self-defense. So, by training in kata and visualizing these applications, we are also training in self-defense. AND each individual movement in kata should be practiced as an individual self-defense application.

Adults & families train together to learn to defend against grabs, throws, chokes, bear-hugs, takedowns, punches, sucker punches, kicks, haymakers, knives, handguns, rifles, clubs, swords, and more. We haven't yet figured out how to use karate against a tank, but we're working on it. Karate is the ultimate form of empty hand self-defense and traditional karate has been around for centuries because it works when taught correctly.

Our student body includes about 30% women and on a few nights, we've had as many as 60% women. We don't ever want to hear of another woman or senior being assaulted by a mugger, illegal alien, or thug without successfully defending themselves. And yes, we do have seniors in all of our classes. Remember, you can be too young to learn karate, but never too old!

We not only learn to use hands and feet, but we also learn to use common weapons for self-defense. For example, for much of 2016, we are learning hanbo (3-foot stick) and tanto (knife) along with empty hand techniques. Periodically, we throw in a few key chain and chain (manrikigusari) techniques. Modern equivalents of these weapons include knives, steak knives, butter knives, pens, fingernail files, sticks, canes, umbrellas, keychains, belts, etc. You are always surrounded by weapons - you just need to learn to recognize these and how to employ them!

Your instructor, Soke Hausel, taught dozens of martial artists, self-defense classes and clinics, and self-defense classes for women at the University of Wyoming over three decades. In recent years, he taught self-defense to Chandler Arizona librarians, women's clubs, girls scouts, senior citizens, and other groups in Arizona.

Our self-defense training starts as ippon kumite (one-step attack). Both the attack and response are taught with force and done in such a way to keep everyone safeMost self-defense techniques can successfully be completed using hands, elbows, knees, fingers, thumbs, toes, belt, towel, car keys, book, magazine, cellphone, pen, handbag, etc. In our karate and self-defense classes you train with other adults. Kids who attend these classes train with their parents. So, unlike other schools, you will not have to defend against a 3-year-old who might kick you in the shin. Some more information about self-defense:

Self-Defense for Women

Self-Defense Classes and Clinics

Self-Defense Classes in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa

International Martial Arts Facility in Mesa, Arizona


Self-Defense for Nuns and Clergy

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