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Arizona Hombu Karate Dojo

Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts (Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense, Samurai Arts)

Self-defense (Bunkai) Classes, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, AZ

TIME          
 WEDNESDAYS
 5:30-6:30 pm
Family Karate
 6:35-7:30 pm
 Self-Defense (Bunkai)

SELF DEFENSE. We've all heard of Yin/Yang the Chinese expression for the Japanese In/Yo, or opposites. So, if our kata class on Tuesday evening in the "In", this Wednesday evening class is the "Yo". Tuesdays we focus on kata and throw in a little bunkai. Wednesdays we focus on bunkai and throw in a little kataBunkai is essentially the self-defense applications extracted from karate kata.


We learn to defend against grabs, throws, chokes, bear-hugs, takedowns, punches, sucker punches, kicks, haymakers, knives, handguns, rifles, and clubs. We haven't 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. We don't want to hear about another woman or senior being assaulted by a mugger, illegal alien, or thug without successfully defending themselves. And yes, we do have senior citizens in our classes. You can be too young to learn karate, but never too old!


In addition to using our hands and feet, we also add kobudo into this class and show our students how to use common weapons and tools in self defense: periodically, we train with pens, fingernail files, canes, umbrellas, keychains, magazines, belts, etc. You are always surrounded by weapons - you just need to learn to recognize them!


Soke Hausel, taught dozens of self-defense classes and clinics, and self-defense classes for women at the University of Wyoming over three decades. Recently, he taught self-defense to Chandler Arizona librarians, Arizona women's clubs, girls scouts, senior citizens, and church groups. Self-defense training starts as ippon kumite (one-step attack). The couple of kids who attend our classes train only with their parents. So, unlike other dojo, you will not have to defend against a 3-year-old who will kick you in the shin. 


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