|The Phoenix Japanese Peace Garden|
|Soke Hausel stretches before training at the|
University of Wyoming karate club
|Bowing to one another at the Arizona Hombu to show |
respect for each other as well as the martial arts.
Class ends at 7:40 pm with formal bowing.
At 7:45 pm, most members stay for advanced kata training. In this class, Soke (Grandmaster) reviews some advanced kata explaining the history and origin of the kata and also teaches the bunkai (practical self-defense applications) of all of the techniques in the kata. After review, the group moves onto learning a specific advanced kata. Each kata is taught over a period of a few months so that it can be broken down piece by piece and to also insure the entire class understands the applications and can employ them in self-defense situations. This class typically ends at 8:20 pm.
|Students practice kata in Mesa - the heart of Okinawa karate.|