Friday, July 26, 2013

Traditional Karate, Kobudo, Samurai Arts & Self Defense Training, East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona

Adam Bialek trains in self-defense against an attacker armed with rifle at the Arizona Hombu
on the border of Gilbert with Mesa, Arizona
At the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (aka the Arizona Hombu), students and instructors continued training in traditional karate in Mesa, Arizona throughout 2013. Classes were conducted in traditional Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate, Kobudo (Okinawan weapons), Samurai Arts (including katana, naginata, tanto, yari, hanbo, hojojutsu & jujutsu), practical self-defense, and a few other unusual martial arts including shitai kori (body hardening).

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.

Soke Hausel instructs Kris Watson from Utah in yubi waza (finger lock). The technique is used when an aggressor grabs
the wrist of the defender, who then applies a joint lock on the fingers which is followed by a throw or rib strike (photo
 courtesy of Nemec Photography).
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 (2nd dan) applies hiza ude garuma (arm bar) to Dai-Shihan Neal Adam (6th dan) at the Arizona-Utah
 clinic (photo courtesy of Nemec Photography).
Kata bunkai are the self-defense applications hidden in kata. These were developed by various Okinawan Karate masters over the past from pragmatic self-defense used in actual combat. Thus, they are tried and tested.


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).
Arizona martial artists who trained at this clinic at the Mesa martial arts school came from Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale. After the clinic was over, classes resumed on their normal schedule with members training in Shorin-Ryu Karate, Kobudo, Kata, Advanced Kata, Kata Bunkai, Self-Defense, Samurai Arts including katana (sword), naginata (pole arm), sword disarming, jujutsu, hanbo and a variety of Okinawan weapons.


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)
In June, members of the Arizona dojo and from the Gillette Wyoming dojo traveled to New Braunfels, Texas to train at the Juko Kai International clinic. Ryan Nemec from Mesa was awarded "Outstanding Male Martial Arts Student of the Year", Soke Hausel was awarded "Meijin Wa Jutsu" and menkyo certifications in Juko Ryu Kijutsu were awarded to Dai-Shihan Neal Adam (6th dan) (Phoenix, Arizona), Shihan-Dai Kyle Gewecke (4th dan) (Gillette, Wyoming), Chase Cassidy (1st dan) (Gillette, Wyoming), Brandon Brown (2nd kyu) (Gillette, Wyoming) and Nick Jarvis (3rd kyu) (Gillette, Wyoming). These awards and ranks were presented by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski.


Arizona and Wyoming Seiyo Shorin-Ryu martial artists pose with
Soke Hausel (Arizona) and Hanshi Ron Smith (Virginia) in Texas
In July, the traditional karate program was awarded "Best of Mesa" for curriculum and teaching methods of the grandmaster. Soke Hausel was inducted into Marquis Who's Who in America 2013, Who's Who in America 2014, Who's Who in the World 2013 and Who's Who in the World 2014

Kobudo is part of Karate in the traditional Shorin-Ryu Arts. This photo shows Soke Hausel with traditional kuwa (hoe).


 In August, Soke Hausel traveled to East Canyon near Park City Utah to teach martial arts to the Utah Shorin-Ryu karate club at the annual Gassuku (adverse training) clinic. At the end of this clinic, Soke Hausel flew back to Phoenix, and continued teaching traditional karate in Mesa to the end of December. We look forward to 2014.

Participants of the Utah Gassuku near Park City, Utah.


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