|Traditional karate and kobudo - training in kamajutsu|
at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa.
In the spring of 2013, the Arizona Hombu dojo was visited by traditional Shorin-Ryu martial artists from Murray Utah who trained in the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate style. During this clinic held in April, these martial artists focused on hanbo techniques, one several martial arts taught by Grandmaster Hausel from Gilbert. Hanbo translates as half-bo (3-foot baton) that has been used more than a century by law enforcement officials in Japan because of its effectiveness. So effective, the hanbo was actually used during the Menji Restoration (1868) to disarm samurai armed with swords.
The Utah martial artists trained with some Arizona martial artists and also learned kata and kata bunkai (self-defense applications). Kata are forms that teach muscle memory referred to as mushin in martial arts. If used properly, one can learn to develop incredible power, speed and self defense abilities just by practicing these forms. But if done improperly, the opposite can happen. So these mysterious forms must be learned the way they were intended.
|Sensei Paula Borea applies hiza ude garuma (arm bar) to|
Shihan Neal Adam at the Arizona-Utah
clinic (photo courtesy of Nemec Photography).
|Jeff Schroeder from Utah is on the receiving end of empi uchi (elbow strike) from his father Kim Schroeder (5th dan)|
during the Arizona - Utah Clinic (photo courtesy of Nemec Photography).
|Gifts presented to Soke Hausel (12th dan) (Mesa, Arizona) by Kyoshi Watson (8th dan) (Utah) at the end of the Arizona-|
Utah clinic (Photo courtesy of Nemec Photography)
|Arizona and Wyoming Seiyo Shorin-Ryu martial artists pose with |
Soke Hausel (Arizona) and Hanshi Ron Smith (Virginia) in Texas
|Kobudo is part of Karate in the traditional Shorin-Ryu Arts. This photo shows Soke Hausel with traditional kuwa (hoe).|
|Participants of the Utah Gassuku near Park City, Utah.|