Karate Instructors & Active Black Belts | Arizona Hombu Dojo
YOUR FIRST CLASS
When you join our martial arts family, sign a waiver and pay for your first month's classes, you can wear gym clothes to the Hombu dojo until you're ready to buy a karate uniform known as gi. We do not sell martial arts supplies but provide links to martial arts supply houses. Look for an all-white, traditional, karate uniform. Use our training weapons: when you decide to get our own, there are places that sell kobudo weapons such as Karate Mart in Tempe and Karate Mart store in Phoenix. Sharpened weapons are not allowed in the dojo: we all want to retain our digits.
On your first night, learn to bow! You cannot learn traditional karate if you do not bow and bow often. This is a very important part of martial arts. Bow when you enter and bow when you leave a dojo floor, bow at the beginning and ending of class. Bow deeply to your Soke or Sensei, bow to your training partner, bow deeper to anyone who out-ranks you. Learn to say "Hai" anytime you are corrected by any black belt: this is a sign of respect. We'll introduce you to everyone in the class and teach you basics (kihon) of karate. When it is apparent you need help, we put you with a senior black belt for individual attention.
Our Karate School focuses on traditional martial arts known as ‘do’ (pronounced ‘doe’) and 'jutsu'. We do not compete. When karate was created as early as 1374 AD (and possibly earlier), it was developed as a self-defense weapon impractical for sport. Gichin Funakoshi (father of modern Okinawa Karate) stated, "there are no contests in karate". The principal aspects of our martial art and karate includes: (1) kihon (basics), (2) kata (forms), (3) bunkai (self-defense applications), (4) ippon kumite (one-step focused & restricted sparring), and (5) shitai kori (body hardening). After teaching karate and kobudo for 30+ years at the University of Wyoming through the PE, Kinesiology, Extended Studies and Sport Clubs departments, and nearly 20 years elsewhere, Soke Hausel and his wife Sharon moved to Gilbert and opened the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in 2006.
Call us at 480-294-1001 or stop by and talk with us at 60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, Arizona.
We have friendly martial arts instructors. Our dojo includes instructors who have, in total, more than 2 centuries of combined martial arts experience!
Soke Hausel (宗家), Junidan (十二段), taught martial arts, karate, kobudo, jujutsu & self-defense at four universities while professor of martial arts. He is a Soke (president) of Shorin-Ryu karate & kobudo, and Shihan (master instructor) in Juko Kai. He began training in karate in 1964 under various sensei until he found the greatest living martial artist: Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, who has been his personal instructor since 1993. Soke Hausel continues his education through association with Dai-Soke Sacharnoski as a member of Juko Kai International and Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei. Soke is a Christian: a former member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Laramie. In 1999, he was certified as world head of Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo (Seiyo-Kai). He is a Hall-of-Fame martial artist.
Dr. Neal Adam Kyoshi, (七段)(7th dan) in Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo & Menkyo Okuden (1st dan black belt) in Juko Ryu Kijutsu. He has been training in martial arts for more than 3 decades & began training with Soke at the University of Wyoming in 1989: prior to UW, Dr. Adam trained in Shotokan karate. Dr. Adam is a professor of biology at Grand Canyon University, a Christian, an outstanding karate instructor & scientist committed to martial arts, family, church and profession. He is creative and we periodically are treated to interesting interpretations of kata by Dr. Adam.
O'Sensei Bill Borea (RIP). O'Sensei Borea (先生), sandan (3nd dan) trained in karate in New Jersey and Japan before training with Soke. Sensei Borea began training with Soke in 2008. He retired as a US Air Force pilot and is one of the mentally toughest people we have ever known. He and his wife (Sensei Paula) are grandparents, and members of the Episcopal Church. We were shocked when, O'Sensei Bill Borea passed away in 2016! He is one of the greatest people we have ever known. RIP and may God be with you my good friend.
Shihan-Dai Patrick Scofield, Shihan-Dai, Yondan (四段) (4th dan), is an Arizona native & began training in martial arts on Okinawa. His father was ranked sandan in Shorin-Ryu karate and Patrick now follows in his father's footsteps. When not punching and kicking, Patrick is an engineer and pilot. Patrick is a brilliant individual and has great spirit! He has been a student of Soke's since 2011.
Sensei Alex Hurowyj. Sandan (三段) (3rd dan) joined our dojo in 2016. He previously trained in Okinawan Kenpojutsu at a Juko Kai International dojo in Indiana. He also was awarded brown slash in Kang Nei Chin (JKI Chinese Kenpo) and brown belt in WTF Taekwondo. Alex is a Christian, a member of the Lutheran Church, and an aerospace engineer of 20 years with BS and MS degrees in Electronic and Computer Engineering.
Sensei Paula Borea (先生), sandan (三段)(3rd dan) is Japanese-American with Samurai (侍) lineage. Not only was she born in Japan and trained in karate in Japan as well as in New Jersey. She a tiger on the dojo floor and has been one of Soke's students since 2006. On evenings she trains at the dojo, everyone's technique improves because of her spirit. She is loved by all who attend our dojo. Sensei Paula is a grandparent and Christian.
Sensei Dennis Ingram (先生), sandan (三段)(3rd dan) initially trained in American Kempo, and later began training in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. He has been a member of the Arizona Hombu dojo for many years and often travels with Soke to annual Juko Kai International clinics.
Sensei Adam Bialek (先生), sandan (三段)(3rd dan). Adam was formally trained as an accountant, but now operates his own business. He is a long-time member of the Arizona Hombu and originated in Pennsylvania. Adam is a member of the Catholic church. Adam has been at the dojo nearly every night it is open since he began training in Shorin-Ryu karate except for a break when he moved to Florida for a few years. But we now have him back.
Sensei Ben Moeur (先生), sandan (三段)(3rd dan), began his training in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo at the Arizona Hombu and has been a very productive member. He has been at the dojo more than 95% if the time since he began training many years ago.
We have several yudansha (black belts) who assist in teaching at the dojo including Victoria Davis (3rd dan), Dr. Alexandra Lucas (3rd dan), A. Pillow (2nd dan), Richard E. Durfee, Jr, (2nd dan), Tyler Durfee (2nd dan), Janel Durfee (2nd dan), Amira Rodriguez (2nd dan), Harmony Durfee (1st dan), John Denvir (1st dan), Suzette Denvir (2nd dan), Rihanna Denvir, (2nd dan), Gavin Skarphol (1st dan).