Past and present masters and grandmasters of Shorin-Ryu Karate developed a unique system for teaching respect, traditions and self-defense. They created KATA (forms). Kata and karate are the same. When understood, kata represents a living encyclopedia of techniques that include courtesy, blocks, strikes, kicks, throws, pressure point attacks, chokes & restraints. But few understand kata – this is due to the reluctance of Okinawan masters to reveal their secrets.
In Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai, we focus on the student. The immortal words of Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), master of Shorin-Ryu karate echoed this concept when he stated, "The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of its participants".
Practitioners of traditional Shorin-Ryu karate & kobudo (the principal form of Okinawan karate) train to improve themselves while learning history, traditions, and self-defense. Members compete only with themselves and show concern for all others. The Shorin-Ryu styles have produced the greatest karate practitioners in history.
The Arizona Hombu in Mesa in managed by Soke Hausel who celebrated his 45th anniversary in martial arts in 2009. As a professor of martial arts and taught at 4 major universities.
|Soke Hausel demonstrates|
White Crane Shorin-Ryu at
Chinese New Year celebration
He loves to teach & has been awarded Instructor of the Year, International Instructor of the Year & Grandmaster of the Year by national & international organizations. As the world leader of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate, members from all over the world travel to Mesa to train in this traditional Okinawan style.
Seiyo Shorin-Ryu emphasizes power in technique, focus, kata (forms), bunkai (applications of every technique in every kata) & kobudo (ancient Japanese weapons) as well as modern kobujutsu (modern common garden tools in self-defense). Soke Hausel recently opened the Hombu to Tai Chi.
|Traditional Karate begins &|
ends with respect
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- Special Clinics (see our Calendar or Newsletter)
The Hombu attracts visitors from around the globe - these are often international karate clubs, members of Seiyo Kai International, individuals & business groups looking to keep their employees healthy. We also have special interests groups who need self-defense training. Feel free to stop by and visit us.
|Our Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa Dojo located at the NE Corner of MacDonald|
at 60 W. Baseline Road.
Arizona HOMBU in MESA
The world headquarters is open to the public & offers special training to the public & members of the world-wide organization with >5000 members around the world.
Kata (forms) are the heart of Okinawan karate & you will learn to use kata to your benefit - physical fitness, meditation, self-defense & more. Few instructors understand kata. Kata contains hidden meanings & self-defense applications -when understood these result in an encyclopedia of self-defense applications with devastating strikes, blocks, kicks, avoidance, throws, escapes, restraints, pressure point strikes & ki (internal energy). Karate was created on Okinawa, and Okinawa Shihan (masters) and Sensei (teachers) did their best to protect its secrets from mainland Japanese samurai & martial artists from all around the world.
As you continue to train in Shorin-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu translates as Shaolin and indicates a generic relationship with the Shoalin styles of China), you will be taught Kobudo (ancient Okinawan weapons).