Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mesa Martial Artists Certify in Martial Arts Weapons

Kobudo, the ancient Okinawan martial art of farming and fishing tools as weapons of self-defense has been part of the Okinawa Karate system for centuries. It is a very important part of Shorin-Ryu Karate for members of all ranks and levels.

One of the more traditional kobudo weapons is that of a fork-like weapon known as sai. The sai is one of the more difficult weapons to master. Even so, members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai in Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert tested for certification with this weapon. To certify, the group was required to demonstrate four advanced kata (forms) including all bunkai (self-defense applications) and one-step full-focused sparing.
Grandmaster Hausel of Gilbert Arizona teaching Okinawan sai to students at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Sai-jutsu training on the sandy beaches of Okinawa?  Nope, in the sand pile
of the Education Building at the University of Wyoming.

Adam Bialek and Sensei Bill Borea train in applications of the Okinawa Sai.

Six martial artists from the Mesa and Gilbert martial arts school successfully passed exams and were awarded certification in this complex weapon. The six included Adam Bialek, Sensei Bill Borea, Amanda Nemec, Ryan Nemec, Alexis Pillow and Patrick Scofield. We congratulate them all!

Dr. Neal Adam (6th dan) and Sensei Bill Borea (2nd dan)
 train with sai and bo.