Sunday, August 2, 2009


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.

Those who train at the Arizona Hombu (world headquarters) for Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai in Mesa - Gilbert, immediately recognize that the Hombu is different from the Shopping Mall martial arts schools. Traditions are displayed in the way we train and in the decor of the school. One develops self-confidence as they learn self-defense and respect for others.
The Hombu is at the NE corner of MacDonald at Baseline (60 W. Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ 85210) (near crossroads Country Club at Baseline). Training includes karate, kobudo (weapons), jujutsu, self-defense & samurai arts.

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
In 1999, he received certification as the Soke Shodai of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai. He is an active member of Juko Kai International.

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
Information on karate, kobudo, self-defense, samurai arts and other classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, please review our schedule. All of our classes are the same price - you pay one monthly price and you can attend as many or as few of our classes that you would like to attend each month.

For information on our location (map), email or phone, visit our website.

  • Special Clinics (see our Calendar or Newsletter)


Training with Soke Hausel  (email Soke)*


We are located at the NE corner of MacDonald & Baseline in Mesa right at the Mesa-Gilbert city line. Look for Walmart - we are to the east.

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.

When you attend your first class at the Hombu you will be greeted as a friend. You will be taught traditions: how & when to bow, some Japanese, beginning & ending ceremonies & of course, how to tie your obi (belt), how to block (uke), strike (tsuki) & kick (geri). As you progress through basics, you will start to learn the secrets of Okinawan karate.

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).

Visualize a bo (6-foot staff), hanbo (half-staff), nunchuku (nunchuks), kama (sickles), tonfa (batons), nitanbo (double sticks), sai (forks), kioga (expandable baton) eku (oar), ra-ke (rake), tsue (cane), katana (samurai sword), yari (spear), naginata (halberd).

Trusted students are taught one-punch knockouts, pressure point defenses & shitai kori (body hardening).

In addition to the Shorin-Ryu classes, special clinics are taught in (1) Self-defense against a gun & knife, (2) airline traveler self-defense, (3) Self defense for sport martial artists, (4) Jujutsu, (5) Samurai arts, (6) women's self-defense, (7) Kids Karate, Discipline & Traditions, and more

When you train at the Hombu, you become a member of a traditional martial arts association with members in China, Japan, India, Europe, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Germany, Greece, the USA. Periodically, you will see groups from other countries as the arrive at the Hombu for special training. Soke Hausel provides proper certification for all ranks.

Let us bring the tiger out in you. Kids learn to be self-confident, positive, disciplined. Adults make new friends & learn traditions & self-confidence. We are a family of martial artists & we look to help you in your development as a person.

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