|The Phoenix Japanese Peace Garden|
|Soke Hausel stretches before training at the|
University of Wyoming, where he taught karate,
kobudo, self-defense and samurai arts for 30
years prior to moving to Arizona. Today,
some watch Soke Hausel stretch at the Gilbert
Lifetime Fitness gym.
|Bowing to one another at the Arizona Hombu to show |
respect for each other as well as the martial arts.
Kata is everyone's favorite as these are set forms that use all kinds of techniques to develop muscle memory for self-defense applications (bunkai). At some point, a person or two will need additional help as the group ranges from white belts to master black belt instructors. When special help is needed, the group breaks up into two or more groups to provide personal assistance. Class ends at 8 pm with formal bowing.
|Students practice kata in Mesa - the heart of Okinawa karate. Look closely as you neighbors might be in this class.|