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Martial Arts Clinic scheduled for Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on April 27, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Arizona - Utah ts Clinic taught by Hall-of-Fame Martial Artist

All members of the Arizona Hombu (Arizona School of Traditional Karate) are invited to take part in the up-coming Arizona-Utah clinic on the May 3 and 4, 2013 weekend. There is no cost for active members of the dojo or for Seiyo Kai International Members. See SKI newsletter for information.

Friday night, will begin with a group photo session at 6:45 pm (please be on time) and the same for Saturday morning. If you cannot stay the entire session - no problem, just come for as much time as you can.

Since 2009, the Utah Shorin-Kai (led by Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan) has made an annual sojourn to the Arizona Hombu. Prior to the Hombu moving to Arizona, the Utah group made periodic visits to the Hombu dojo at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. This year’s clinic is scheduled for May 3rd and 4th and training will focus on bunkai (applications) of several Shorin-Ryu Kata along with training in Hanbojutsu.

Friday’s training (May 3rd) will begin at 6:45 pm and end around 8:30 pm. On the following day, (Saturday) we will begin at 11 am and run until 3 pm.

All adult students of the Arizona Hombu are encouraged and invited to attend. If you are an active student of the Hombu, there is no charge. If you have been inactive and would like to join in the training, a $100 fee will be accessed.

Arizona Martial Artists Learn Okinawa Weapons

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on May 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Mesa, AZ, May 26, 2012: Martial artists from Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe completed a year of training with Okinawa tonfa at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa. The Okinawa tonfa is thought to have originated as a farming implement and likely originated from a wooden frame or handle of a millstone. It has been nicknamed the ‘millstone handle’.

Many law enforcement agencies use a baton modeled after the tonfa, or have used it in the past, but law enforcement only train with one baton unlike martial artists. In addition, law enforcement officials typically receive only cursory training in the weapon, unlike Shorin-Ryu martial artists who train with it constantly. It is known as the side-handle baton in law enforcement, or PR-24.

After a year of training, a small group of martial artists from the Phoenix valley were certified in Okinawa Tonfa by Grandmaster Soke Hausel, 10th dan. To demonstrate their expertise in this weapon, students had to perform basic blocks and strikes known as kihon. They further had to test in three kata (forms) and demonstrate understanding of the forms in a group of self-defense applications known as bunkai. Such forms were created by Okinawan body guards and peasants centuries ago as living encyclopedia of self-defense applications.

Finally, the group tested using tonfa in kumite (sparring) against other martial artists with Okinawa bo (6-foot long staff or pole). During kumite, students (deshi) do not wear protective equipment other than safety glasses. Overall, the group showed expertise in the weapon and five were certified. Those receiving certifications in Okinawa Tonfa on Tuesday, May 29th, will include Adam Bialek, Patrick Scofield, Sarah Kamenicky, William Borea and Ryan Harden.

Members of the Kobudo Class will continue to train with tonfa learning focusing on one tonfa (as well as two tonfa) and train to use the weapon against attackers with clubs, knives and learn a variety of restraints and jujutsu throws with the weapon. In addition, the group started to learn use of the Okinawa sai.


For more information, refer to Arizona Classes.).

Mesa Arizona Karate Instructor reports long hair was responsible for his Who's Who Induction

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on May 23, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Mesa, AZ, May 22, 2012: Fred Marks Editor-in-Chief of Who’s Who in America notified Grandmaster Hausel, 10th dan, of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa of his inclusion into Who’s Who in America 2013 (67th Edition) this afternoon.


“Congratulations! Based on your outstanding record of success, Marquis Who’s Who has selected you for inclusion in the forthcoming Who’s Who in America. First published in 1899, this renowned biographical reference directory chronicles American achievement of the highest merit. It is a testament of your dedication and hard work that you have earned a place once again among the county’s most accomplished professionals”.

Hausel indicated his road to achievement started back to when he was a teenager. “I was often caught staring out windows and not paying attention. This still happens, I’m always thinking about being somewhere else and doing something different. After awhile, these daydreams simply become affirmations or goals and then my subconscience works to accomplish them. I hate being bored and need to entertain my mind. Many of my teachers in the past just assumed I was not interested in their classes and I ended up developing a reputation as a poor student.”

“Just before I graduated from high school, my parents were called into the councilor’s office and told I was not college material and it would be a waste of money to send me to college. Instead they were told that military was the best option for me. A short time later, five other students and I were called before a dress code committee headed by the principal and told we could not graduate unless we all cut our hair and conformed. On graduation night, I was the only one with long hair. I hid it under my cap and when handed my diploma, I took off my cap and bowed with my hair falling to my shoulders. If looks could kill, I wouldn’t be here today.”


“My hair also got me started in martial arts. In the mid-60s, few people knew what martial arts were in North America. At this time in history, it was very unpopular to have long hair unless you were a famous musician. So our local rock and roll band members signed up for karate lessons at one of the only two karate schools in the city. Karate in those days was tough and I was the only one who stuck with martial arts. Besides I often daydreamed about martial arts and it became an affirmation and obsession".

Today, the daydreamer has accomplished more than entire schools according to some people. His accomplishments are too numerous to mention, and a quick search on Google returned 219,000 results! 


Recently he was also inducted into a 16th Hall of Fame: Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honors 2012. Master Alan Goldberg, publisher of Action Martial Arts Magazine wrote, “Congratulations, we take great pride and pleasure to inform you of your Induction as an Ambassador to the Martial Arts, into the Largest and one of the most Prestigious Martial Arts Halls of Honor in the World”. This was followed by his induction into Who’s Who in the World.


Photo of Soke Hausel (University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club photo).

Martial Arts Experts Travel to Arizona

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on April 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)


On April 12th, 2012, a group of senior martial artists from Murray, Utah traveled from Salt Lake City International  to Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to train at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Seiyo Kai martial arts facility in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona. The group from Utah included Kyoshi Watson, 8th degree black belt and Renshi Stoneking, 6th degree black belt of the Utah Shorin-Kai.


The Utah group trained with some Arizona martial artists in advanced Okinawan Karate Kata (forms) that included many devastating self-defense applications against a variety of attacks. These applications included gun, knife, club and riffle defenses and defenses against grabs, sucker punches, and chokes. The group later trained with hanbo (law enforcement night stick, or 3-foot club) for strikes, throws and restraints and also trained in traditional Okinawan kenjutsu (samurai sword). The three day clinic was taught by Soke Hausel, 10th degree black belt and Hall of Fame martial artist from Arizona.



Soke Hausel recently trained librarians from Chandler, Arizona and faculty, staff and students from the University of Wyoming in self-defense.

Mesa Karate Students Receive Promotions

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on April 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Patrick Scofield (above right) was promoted to gokyu (gren belt)  following exams at the Arizona School of Traditional Okinawa Martial Arts in Mesa, Arizona.


Patrick Scofield was promoted to gokyu (green belt) and Ryan Harden was promoted to sankyu (brown belt) at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona after demonstrating several kata (forms), kobudo (weapons), and self-defense against armed and unarmed attackers.  Both demonstrated excellent technique.



Ryan Harden show above with tonfa during Kobudo Class at the Arizona School of Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts was promoted to sankyu (brown belt).

Arizona Martial Artist Inducted into Hall of Fame

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on January 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Soke Hausel of Mesa, Arizona, was inducted into Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors at the Tropicana Resort in New Jersey on January 20th of 2012. Touted as the world’s largest gathering of martial arts superstars, film & combat celebrities & renowned masters in the world, the event has become known as the Academy of Awards of Martial Arts. Inducted for Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts as a Grandmaster, Professor Hausel taught martial arts at 4 universities prior to teaching at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate at 60 W. Baseline in Mesa. (Soke Hausel at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert, Arizona, Photo by Kenrick Davis).

Arizona Samurai Defend Against Pumpkin Attacks

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on October 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s Halloween; the season of ninja, the season of pumpkins, the season of samurai? It’s all of these at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate at the border of Mesa and Gilbert on Baseline where things are always a little different. Different because the school stresses ‘traditional’ curriculum (remember Mr. Myagi in the Karate Kid?), and because classes are taught by Hall of Famer, Soke Hausel, 10th dan, a kojyu of budo (professor of martial arts) and world head of Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo (Seiyo Kai) a traditional style of Okinawan martial arts. Classes are also taught by Shihan Neal Adam, 5th dan, a master of karate and kobudo and also an active professor at one of the local universities. But where does Halloween fit into traditional arts?

Soke Hausel with Traditional martial art gi and hakama

Students of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo not only train in traditional karate and kobudo, they also train in samurai and other arts, so they get a better, all-around martial arts and self-defense education. For example, Soke Hausel has certifications in 23 martial arts and takes advantage of this by teaching a diversified curriculum to his adult classes. Some of the arts taught by the hall of fame grandmaster include Okinawan karate, nunchaku, tonfa, kama, bo, hanbo, nitanbo (two sticks), sai, tanto (knife), yari (spear), naginata, manrikigusari (chain), gusarigama (sickle and chain), katana (samurai sword), kuwa (garden hoe), eku (okinawan oar), shuriken (star darts), jujutsu and other arts.

Soke Hausel carves pumpkin with traditional side cut

But imagine smashing pumpkins – not the famous alternative rock band, but rather smashing pumpkins with a karate punch, kick, or just slicing them with kama (Okinawan sickles) or katana, better known as a samurai sword. Why would anyone do this? Because it is Halloween, it gives the students an opportunity to see how well their technique has developed, and most of all, it brings members together in friendship and works towards the ultimate goal of becoming more self-confident and better all-around members of society at 60 W. Baseline Road.


Soke Hausel of Mesa cuts pumpkin with traditional top cut.

Professor earns MASTER of Martial Arts degree

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on October 14, 2011 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Few ever master martial arts – it takes years of dedication & training.

Dr. Neal Adam, Associate Professor of Biology at Grand Canyon University, receives certification as Shihan (Master Instructor of Martial Arts) and Godan (5th degree black belt) from Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel, Judan, at the Hombu dojo in Mesa Arizona.

When most people think of a master of martial arts, they visualize an old, wise, Oriental monk; or a faster than life karate master who is almost indestructible. Hollywood exaggerates many elements of a martial arts master. To be a true master of martial arts, one must learn considerable oriental philosophy, history, traditions and of course, martial arts.

It is rare for a PhD to earn a Master Degree: not a master’s degree from college but a master degree in Shorin-Ryu Karate. Reaching the level of a PhD and Professor requires dedication to a particular field of study and research leaving little time for anything else. And to do the same in martial arts is rare.

Dr Neal Adam, associate professor of biology at Grand Canyon University, has dedicated the past 30 years to learning karate while pursuing a career in science. His love for karate reached a level of nearly complete comprehension of Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Seiyo Kai Karate and Kobudo. To reach such a level of expertise, one must understand the mechanics and physics of karate, they must comprehend the philosophy of the art, they must learn dozens of complex forms and be able to demonstrate the forms without thinking and with extraordinary power and focus, they must master several ancient weapons, and they must learn to defend themselves effectively.

The Master degree is a measure of one’s expertise and translates in Japanese as Shihan. Dr. Neal Adam reached this level and was presented certifications of Shihan and Godan (5th degree black belt) after testing in front of Soke Hausel, world head of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo at the Hombu (world headquarters) in Mesa.

In addition to demonstrating an understanding of karate and kobudo, Dr. Adam was also required to develop new forms of kobudo. He created a new form of hanbo (3-foot staff) and applications for self defense, and also developed a new form using common tools of his trade for self-defense: eye glasses, rulers, pens, belt, etc.

TOP-RATED Karate Classes in Phoenix!

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on March 17, 2011 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Soke Hausel poses in kokutsu dachi - photo by Kenrick Davis. rated the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and Seiyo Kai International Hombu as having the #1 and #2 Top-Rated Karate Classes in Phoenix. How does one receive such a favorable rating? The answer lies in quality of instruction & appearance of the school.

Students attending the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and the Seiyo Kai Hombu in Mesa are treated to traditional Okinawan décor in the Mesa martial arts center. As one walks into the dojo, the school is similar to what one would see in some training halls in Okinawa. The school also focuses on adults and families. Thus adults learn to defend against one another instead of getting kicked in shins by 5 year olds. In this way, adults can learn basics of karate and much more complex advanced techniques (>150 black belts have trained under Soke Hausel along with hundreds of other students).

Kids are not neglected, but to participate in the Kids’ Karate Class, children must attend family classes with their parents and later be invited to attend the Kids’ Karate class. Parents who have their kids in this class are impressed by the training – the children are actually taught karate and kobudo rather than games, and they are also required to learn respect and Japanese. Unlike many other schools in the valley where adults may be taught by teenagers, nearly all of the classes at the dojo are taught by the Soke. Many self-defense classes and clinics are taught to martial arts students and to the general public by Soke.

Soke is a term meaning world head, president or grandmaster; thus Soke is the highest ranked martial artist in the world in Shorin-Ryu Karate (Seiyo-Kai). He has 8 different black belt ranks and is a certified 10th degree (judan) black belt in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. As a result, the students (deshi) get access to Soke’s 46 years of experience in martial arts. Furthermore, Soke has certifications in nearly 2 dozen martial arts – so one will not get bored while training at his schools because there is lifetime of martial arts experience to draw from. The over-achiever has been inducted into 15 Halls of Fame for his accomplishments and is a member of dozens of Who’s Who.


Hausel was awarded the title of kyoju (Professor of Martial Arts) due to 40 years of teaching at four Division 1 universities. He was also awarded the 2001 International Instructor of the Year, the 2004 Instructor of the Year and the 2000, 2002-2005 Soke of the Year by several major international martial arts associations. He was awarded the President’s Certificate in 1992, the 1994 Distinguished Speaker and 1998 Distinguished Lecturer awards.

Mesa Karate Students Learn to be Peasant Farmers

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on February 17, 2011 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Our Karate students at the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Hombu, also known as the Arizona School of Traditional Karate finished a few months in training in the Kuwa (garden Hoe) and several were certified in the use of a hoe. Now these people can not only grow tomatoes in their gardens, they can also use the hoe to sweep your feet out from under you, remove your toes, and much more.

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