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Bo karate video filmed in Mesa, Arizona

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on January 31, 2015 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Today at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona, Filming for a new DVD on the basics, kata (forms) and bunkai (applications) on the use of a bo (6-foot staff) began. Once the filming is completed and the tape is edited, it will be available for sale at ;

The bo is the most common kobudo (martial arts weapon) tool developed by Okinawans as a means for self-defense. 

ARIZONA KARATE Students Train as Okinawan Farmers

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on May 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Kobudo, the ancient Okinawan martial art of farming and fishing tools for self-defense has been so effective, that many law enforcement agencies around the globe adopted many of these tools for their line of work. One notable tool was the tonfa, a side handle baton that replaced the common ‘Billy club’ for a few decades until the expandable baton was introduced. But even the expandable baton, known as a kibo and referred to as ASP, has a Japanese martial arts association. For instance, the hanbo, a 3-foot baton, is used in many styles of traditional jujutsu and ninjutsu and is even used in some styles of Shorin-Ryu Karate. Other similar tools include nitanbo and kobuton.

Other kobudo tools, or weapons, include an unusual fork-like weapon known as sai. The sai is a classical kobudo martial art weapon and one of the hardest to learn. Even so, members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa tested for certification with this weapon. To certify, the group was required to demonstrate four separate advanced kata (forms), bunkai (self-defense applications) and ippon kumite (sparing). Six martial artists from the martial arts school successfully passed exams and were awarded certification in this complicated weapon. The six included Adam Bialek, Sensei Bill Borea, Amanda Nemec, Ryan Nemec, Alexis Pillow and Sempai Patrick Scofield.


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.


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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).

Chandler Librarians Learn Self-Defense

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on January 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Imagine – you’re in-between bookshelves at the public library just before closing – someone sneaks up behind and grabs you. What do you do with that book in your hand?

Several librarians of the Chandler Public Library were confronted with this and other scenarios at a recent seminar taught by Hall of Fame martial artist and grandmaster, Soke Hausel of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa (60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa). Hausel is an expert in kobudo, a martial art that teaches use of Okinawan farming and fishing implements, as well as modern garden and construction tools, as weapons of self-defense.

During the seminar, attendees learned how to escape from wrist grabs, lapel grabs and bear-hugs using their elbows, knees, feet and hands and how to use books, magazines, coins, pens, belts, and car keys for self-defense tools against aggressive attacks. The attendees were surprised to find they were working with potential weapons every day and even checking them out to the public. Who would have thought that a book or rolled up magazine could be so effective in self-defense.

Soke Hausel has been a martial arts instructor for more than 40 years and taught similar self-defense clinics and seminars to local political groups, EMT, university faculty and staff, military, scouts, teachers, women’s clubs, sororities, religious groups, martial arts instructors, etc. He is a professor of martial arts who taught at four universities in past years and currently teaches karate, kobudo and self-defense in the East Valley


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.