Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Arizona School of Traditional Karate - Best of Mesa!

Arizona School of Traditional Karate, Gilbert, Arizona
Our martial arts school and martial arts instructors focus on teaching our Mesa Martial Arts students the traditions of Okinawan martial arts. This has resulted in some of the better martial arts students in Arizona. At the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, we were excited to see that we were honored in 2013 and in 2014 as the 'Best of Mesa'. This followed more than a dozen Hall-of-Fame inductions of the senior instructor - Soke Hausel from 1998-2008.

One student received an international award in martial arts. Ryan Nemec was presented the Top Male Martial Arts Student at the Juko Kai International clinic in New Braunfels, Texas in June. In addition, Soke Hausel was presented with an extremely rare award - 'Meijin wa Jutsu', due to his  genius expressed in martial arts. Earlier in 2013, Soke had been inducted into Marquis Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

Classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate focus on traditional martial arts for adults, women and families. Our curriculum is unmatched and members learn traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate, Kobudo, Samurai Arts and Self-Defense.

The samurai arts taught at this school include samurai sword (katana), halberd (naginata), spear (yari), jujutsu, half bo (known as hanbo), short stick, weighted chain and rope restraints (hojojutsu) and a number of common everyday weapons that would likely have been chosen by samurai if the weapons had been available including key chains, hatchets, ASP (expandable police baton), short rope and more.

In our Okinawan martial arts weapons classes (kobudo) all of our students learn many of the traditional martial arts weapons including long staff (bo), sickles (kama), side-handled night stick (tonfa), rice beaters (nunchaku), 3-section staff, forks (sai), sickle with chain, knives, rake, hoe (kuwa), cane and other weapons.

In our Traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate Classes, students can learn more about karate than they ever thought possible. Training focuses on forms (kata) and teach self-defense applications (bunkai) for every single move and technique in every karate and kobudo form. This also includes unique body hardening methods that will help build self-confidence. Breaking objects is a very minor part of our art, but at least once a year, we teach our students to break rocks.

Thank You Very Much Mesa, Arizona for Recognizing Our Martial Arts Curriculum and Instructors as the Best in Mesa!

Following cleaving of pumpkin during the Great Pumpkin Celebration in Mesa, Soke Hausel exams blade of katana.

Arm bar followed with foot sweep during hanbo (3-foot stick) training.

Preparation for karate practice

Soke restrains Kyle during Jujitsu class at the University of Wyoming.

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Sensei Patrick Scofield defends using naginata against Sensei Bill Borea
using bokken (samurai sword) during Samurai Arts classes.