Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday Night Karate Classes in Mesa

The Phoenix Japanese Peace Garden
It's Tuesday night at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate on Baseline Road in Mesa. Our dojo (martial arts school) is located between Mesa and Country Club on MacDonald. Just look for the 'KARATE' sign over the door. Just take a look at a location map for our dojo.

Soke Hausel stretches before training at the
University of Wyoming karate club
Traditional Karate Classes begin at 6:45 pm. If this is your first time, stop by about 6:30 pm to talk with Soke Hausel and you can either watch from the peanut gallery, or sign up for lessons and pay your monthly fee, sign a release form, and start training. Regardless, you will want to meet the people who train in traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. We have college professors, biologists, geologists, chemists, engineers, teachers, accountants, secretaries, students, pilots, ditch diggers, authors, senior citizens, house wives, computer techs, lawyers, electricians and other professions represented in our group of adults and families.

Bowing to one another at the Arizona Hombu to show 
respect for each other as well as the martial arts.
Tuesday nights, our traditional karate class begins with formal bowing and then warm up with a group of exercises that includes limbering muscles, stretching, sit-ups and push-ups. Next its off to basics (kihon) where we practice a variety of stances, punches, blocks, kicks and combinations. After these are performed, we move on to kata (forms). Kata is everyone's favorite as these are set forms that use all kinds of techniques that provide muscle memory for self-defense applications (bunkai). At some point, some need additional help as our group ranges from white belts to master instructors. When special help is needed, our group breaks up into two or more groups to provide personal assistance.

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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Traditional Martial Arts for Adults & Families at Arizona Hombu, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe

One of the few traditional martial arts schools in Arizona, teaches a very wide variety of Okinawan-Japanese martial arts at the Arizona Hombu on Baseline on the border of Gilbert and Mesa. At this school, one can learn traditional karate, martial arts weapons (kobudo), samurai arts, self-defense, knife defense, throwing arts (jujutsu), gun defense, body hardening, white crane shorin-ryu and more

The system of karate taught at this school is Shorin-Ryu Karate (Seiyo Kai). This is taught by Hall-of-Fame Grandmaster Hausel. Unlike self-proclaimed grandmasters in the Western world, Soke Hausel was appointed and properly certified as the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai by the Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei in 1999.

Drums at the entrance to the pagoda exhibit the Okinawan (as well as Shorin-Ryu) icon