Friday, July 26, 2013

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

Traditional karate and kobudo - training in kamajutsu
at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa.
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.

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.

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.

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).
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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Kobudo training at our Hombu dojo in Mesa, Arizona with Dave and Dr. Teule.
Families are welcome. We ask all children train with their
parents during classes. Children's classes,
per sae are not scheduled and all children work with their
own families. Usually, children under 12 have poor focus so
we evaluate kids under 12 to see if they are mature & focused
enough to train in our classes. Thus,
individual adults only train with other adults and not with
train with other's children.

As we move forward and seeing some new faces in our traditional dojo in Mesa, Arizona, we continue to offer the original form of karate taught on Okinawa to our students. We are a traditional Okinawan Karate and Kobudo school that teaches powerful focus in technique that are perfect for getting in good physical condition, losing weight and gaining self-confidence. We focus on adults, and families are also welcome to train.

If you are unsure if this is for you, feel free to stop into our dojo and watch a class. WE do not pressure anyone into signing up and will not even bring up the subject unless you ask. You will feel comfortable in our traditional dojo as you will be surrounded by friends. Our members include about 30% women and we have a large percentage of academicians and professionals from around the world. We train in Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate and we are part of a Ryu or family.

Dr. Neal (5th dan) and Dr. Nagmeh (DDS) at our dojo

Our Samurai from Japan, Sempai Paula Borea trains
in karate.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Grandmaster Hausel of Gilbert, Arizona, demonstrates rare Hakutsuru Shorin-Ryu karate (White Crane Karate) at Chinese New Year Celebration at the University of Wyoming.
Arizona Karate Instructor, Soke Hausel of Gilbert, Arizona, a member of several Halls of Fame, will now be included in the 29th edition of Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2012). The Hall of Fame instructor from Mesa, Arizona was contacted by Fred Marks, editor-in-chief of Marquis Who’s Who in the World  indicating that they have elected for inclusion in their prestigious biographical reference on the more productive people in the world. Soke appeared in Who’s Who in the World 2011 as well as Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

The Grandmaster was selected because of accomplishments as a polymath that include  martial arts, geology, public speaking, astronomy, art, and author. As a martial artist, he was promoted to Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (Seiyo Kai) in 1999. In 2004, he was promoted to 10th dan black belt (red belt) In the past, he taught martial arts at four universities before opening the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Seiyo Kai Hombu at 60 W. Baseline in Mesa.

In the past, the grandmaster was inducted into several Halls of Fame including the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame, World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame (Malaysia), World Head of Society Hall of Fame (Philippines), Latin America Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Puerto Rico), World Karate Union Hall of Fame (Pennsylvania) and American Karate Association Hall of Fame (Ohio) for martial arts and the National Rock Hound and Lapidary Hall of Fame and Millennium Hall of Fame for geological sciences, teaching and writing.

He has been awarded teaching achievements by international martial arts associations including Instructor of the Year, International Instructor of the Year and Grandmaster Instructor of the Year.

Early photo of then Sensei Hausel at the University of Utah with geophysicist Tim Smith, demonstrating yoko tobi geri (flying side kick).  Soke Hausel jokes that he flew so fast that much of his hair fell out and turned gray.
Soke began training in karate in 1964 and has since taught at four differnt universities and several health clubs. He currently operates the Hombu for Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Seiyokai in Mesa.

Soke Hausel poses at the Utah Gasuku in East Canyon Resort, Utah.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

WHO's WHO Acknowledges Mesa Karate Instructor

Noted geologist, writer, lecturerm artist and martial artist, Soke Hausel was awarded membership in Who’s Who in the Science & Engineering 2011-2012 (11th edition) for contributions to the geological sciences, writing and public speaking. Since Who’s Who began publishing this prestigious biographical reference book and awards, Hausel has been inducted into seven of the Science editions. He has also been inducted into Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the 21st Century, Living Science, Great Minds of the 21st Century and 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century. But how does a grandmaster of martial arts end up in Who's Who in Science and Engineering for geological science? Easy suggested Hausel - "one must learn which rocks to 'break; and which ones not to 'break' ".

Grandmaster Hausel teaches his students tameshiwari as he does most every spring or fall - the breaking of rocks.

He is only one of a handful of geologists in history to discover several major mineral deposits that include gold, colored gemstones and diamonds. His discoveries included a major gold deposit in Wyoming and also a world-class gold deposit in Alaska. Because of being a contract research geologist, he was unable to benefit financially from any of his research.

It may take many decades to realize how valuable some of these are. For instance, two of the gold deposits found in 1981 and 1988 in Wyoming and Alaska are just now in the exploration stage. And his discoveries of world-class colored gemstone deposits in the central Laramie Mountains remain unmapped and mostly unexplored due to questionable dealings of the state of Wyoming and the past Democrat administration.
Soke Hausel, former VP of US Exploration for Aussie
 Diamond Company, DiamonEx Ltd.
Prior to 1977, Wyoming was thought to be gem-poor other than jade. Today, Wyoming is considered to be the Gem Capital of North America, because of dozens of gemstone discoveries made over 30 years of mapping and research. Wyoming is now known for diamonds, ruby, sapphire, water sapphire (iolite) and numerous other gem deposits.

As an author of >1000 books, professional papers, magazine articles, abstracts and geological maps, and >1,000 km2 of original geological mapping, he stands alone.

He has been presented numerous awards over the years including the President's Award, the Archimedes's Award of Geological Sciences, the Wyoming Geological Association's Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the National Rock Hound Hall of Fame and Millennium Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into 13 other Halls of Fame for Martial Arts.

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.

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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.