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Soke Hausel, former professor of martial arts (University of Wyoming), Who's Who in Martial Arts, Hall-of-Fame inductee, Instructor of the Year & International Instructor of the Year has been teaching martial arts his entire adult life. Take part in his extensive experience in traditional karate, kobudo, samurai arts, self-defense in Adult and Family classes at the Arizona Hombu Dojo (Arizona School of Traditional Karate) in Mesa.
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    Karate on the Rocks - Hall of Fame martial artist, Soke Hausel
    demonstrates side kick on 1.4 billion year old Sherman Granite
    west of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

    We teach karate, kobudo, self-defense and samurai arts at the Arizona School ofTraditional Karate in Mesa. Right across the street is Gilbert (60 W. Baseline Road) and a block down the street is Chandler. To find our Mesa Karate School, just follow the map, or drive east of Baseline Road from Country Club road and turn left at the second traffic light after Country Club. You will see KARATE over our door. We are conveniently located near Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Mesa Community College and Arizona State University.

    We have the TOP-RATED Karate Classes in the PHOENIX valley.

    The size limit of our Mesa Karate and martial arts classes is 20 adults. The Kids Shorin-Ryu classes are not available to the public. However, our adult and family martial arts classes are open to the public.

    Traditional Karate
    by Arizona School of Traditional Karate - Mesa

    Hombu dojo (martial arts school) is the administrative headquarters of a martial art association or system and is occupied by the world head (Soke) of the system. We are particularly proud of our affiliation with Juko Kai International - an extraordinary US/Okinawan martial arts association. Our school is the Hombu of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo SeiyoKai.

    Shorin-Ryu Karate has several branches, and our Shorin-Ryu is one of these. It was developed over many years and officially recognized and certified by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei in 1999. This was the style envisioned by Soke Hausel (grandmaster) as the best style in the world (for himself). Just like everything in this world, it may also be the best style of karate for you, or because of body differences, philosophy, etc; other styles may be better suit you.
    Come join our family (ryu) at the Arizona School of
    Traditional Karate in Mesa and Gilbert.
    Prior to moving to Mesa, Arizona, Soke Hausel was a research geologist as well as Kyoju no Budo (Professor of Martial Arts) at the University of Wyoming for 3 decades, where he taught classes, clinics, seminars and university clubs in karate, kobudo, samurai arts, jujutsu and self-defense. He was elected to 15 Halls of Fame since 1998 for martial arts teaching, geological sciences, and writing and also awarded national and international awards for martial arts, geology as well as public speaking and art. He moved to Arizona in 2006 and taught karate classes for a year at Arizona State University. But moved from ASU because of scheduling and parking problems at the university. At that point, he decided to open a private martial arts school in Mesa.

    At our martial arts school in Mesa, we periodically have groups from around the world visit and train in our karate school. We also offer special martial arts clinics for martial artists and non-martial artists in self-defense and karate. In addition to these, our school has training in karate, kobudo, kobujutsu and self-defense four nights a week. We also have a super Tai Chi group that teaches out of our dojo - you will need to visit their website to get their hours.
    UW Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club- Soke Hausel (6th from
    left in front row).

    Each weekat the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, our members train in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo in evenings after work. Periodically, groups from our international organization (Seiyo Kai International) travel to Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix and to the Hombu martial arts dojo in Mesa to train with Soke Hausel. Soke travels to others regions of the West to teach special clinics a few times a year. For our weekly classes, Soke keeps the classes small and limited to 20 people. The following is a summary of the weekly schedule of Shorin-Ryu:

    Tuesdaysat the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, begin at 6:45 pm, ending at 7:45 pm. This class focuses on basics (kihon), forms (kata) & applications (bunkai). It is a great class for Adult and Families who are new to martial arts. You will join our regular martial arts class and train with all of our members until you reach a point of confusion. At that point, we will place you with another instructor until you catch up with the rest of the class.

    We spend a lot of time on kata at our martial arts school in Mesa.. Kata is karate - and cannot be separated. Kata is basically specific forms containing dozens of powerful self-defense applications incorporated into a pattern that builds your martial arts abilities and helps you develop effective martial arts strategy and applications.

    Much of the group trains with Soke (the Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate - Seiyo Kai) in kata and bunkai, while new members train with either with Shihan Neal Adam (5th dan), Sensei Bill Borea (2nd dan), Sensei Paula Borea (2nd dan) or with Senpai Dan Graffius (2nd dan), Sarah Kamenicky (2nd dan) or Dan Lang (1st dan)
    Kata training at the dojo in Mesa and Gilbert
    This class is followed by Advanced Shorin-Ryu Karate from 7:50-8:20 pm. Advanced Shorin-Ryu Karate is for students with at least 9th kyu rank or higher. Currently we are focusing on Naihanchi Nidan and Meikyo kata and bunkai.

    Wednesday'sare a little different. We have a karate and kobudoclass at our martial arts facility in Mesa in the afternoon from 3-4 pmfor kids and families.

    We periodically have family members join in this karate class with their kids to help work on self-defense applications– athletic cups are highly recommended for fathers. The class is followed by another martial arts class for families that runs from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

    Dr. Teulé provides Dan with a backfist during Wednesday's class

    Wednesday Evening Classis from 6:45-7:45 pm. Self-defense night. We focus on empty hand (weaponless) self defense techniques for adults and periodically throw in some hanbo (half-bo), tanto (knife) or manrikigusari (short rope or weighted chain). In particular, I enjoy using the hanbo and its cousin the kioga (also known in law enforcement as the ASP tactical baton). The hanbo is a practical weapon – it’s just a stick about the diameter of a broom handle.

    From 7:50-8:20 pm, don't be surprised when the dojo fills with samurai carrying katana (samurai swords). This is our Samurai arts class open to all of our members.

    Thursday night’s martial arts class runs from 6:45-7:45 pm. This is kobudo (ancient Okinawa weapons) night and difficult for me, as I like to teach all weapons from the Bo (6-foot staff) to the kuwa (garden hoe) – but we don’t have enough time to cover everything. So I must be selective. Along with kihon (basics), members train in numerous kobudo kata and bunkai. Because of safety reasons, the strikes must not be too focused because weapons tend to break - and all members are encouraged to wear safety goggles. This is primarily for adults, but some families attend. Unlike many other martial arts schools in the region, we start training our students in kobudo very early.

    This is followed by advanced Kobudo from 7:50-8:20 pm. This class is currently focused on hanbo, kibo and the common cane.

    Tonfa training on Thursday nights. Senpai Sarah (2nd dan) defends using gedan barai with tonfa against nuki te bo attack by Amber.

    One night recently, we were introduced the class to hojojutsu which results in interesting photo shoots. Hojojutsu is an art in itself and involves restraining prisoners with a cord.

    Dr. Adam defends against bo attack by Ryan Harden. Tonfa (batons) are considered handles that were used for rice grinder mills by Okinawan martial artists. These handles were quickly converted to self-defense weapons when necessary to protect their lives and property. The handles were in plain site, but were not recognized as weapons by government officials and Japanese samurai and were quickly retrieved at times of need.

    Melinda defends against attack by Steve
    using her nunchukuand knee.

    Bill Borea and Charles Jean train in bunkai
    with bo (6-foot staff) and kama.

    Not for everyone - shitai kori (Okinawan body hardening)
    practiced by Dr. Florence Teulé and Elena Finley.

    We teach many other martial arts in clinics. For example, in some clinics that were taught at the Gillette, Wyoming dojo, Soke taught shitai kori (body hardening). We realize that shitai kori is not for everyone, so only those interested in learning this part of Shorin-Ryu Karate are taught this unusual art which is restricted to those at least 18 years old.


    Shitai Kori is a method that teaches one how to harden their muscles so they can accept strikes to vital points in the body as well as learn how to follow-up with devastating responses to an attack. Part of this art involves body hardening of the arms, legs, hands, feet, stomach, chest, ribs and even the neck and groin. 

    Dr.Teulé from Utah State University trains with
    Hanshi Andy Finley from Casper, Wyoming using
    bokken (wooden swords).
    Right - Dr. Teulé trains with Hanshi Finley in iaido (samurai sword).

    So, stop by and see us at our martial arts school in Mesa - we are always looking to expand our karate family and meet new friends.
    Our dojo was recently invaded by a 'Nerdja'
    silicon valley's answer to the 'Ninja'. Here, Dr. Neal
    Adam (5th dan) from Grand Canyon University
    stands next to Dan Graffius (2nd dan) after
    demonstrating common every day weapons carried
    by professors (i.e., lap tops, pens, glasses, belt, high-
    water pants, etc.

    Group photo of Soke with three of his favorite martial artists - left to right - Elena Finley (2nd dan) from the University of Wyoming, Heather From (3rd kyu), Colorado-Nebraska, Dr. Teulé from France. 

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    Ryan Harden from Mesa, uses uchi uke during training



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    Our samurai from the Arizona
    School of Traditional Karate
    (photo by Bill Borea).
    Just before Christmas of 2011, we celebrated the birthday of our Staff Samurai for the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Arizona). Paula Borea spent her early years in the 'Land of the Sun' and returned to Japan later in life with her husband Bill (retired Air Force pilot). While in Japan and doing historical research, they found information showing that Paula has samurai lineage - no wonder why all of the guys at the dojo fear her! On her birthday, and at the Hombu Christmas party, Sensei Paula showed up in one of her kimono and then dissected her birthday cake with katana () (日本刀 samurai sword). For some reason, no one wanted to lick the icing from the katana?

    Bill and Paula are two very important members of our martial arts group in Mesa, Arizona (Arizona School of Traditional Karate). We all take great pride in practicing traditional Okinawan-Japanese-American martial arts and being members of a Ryu () (family).

     Our Arizona members of our Mesa martial arts school include a wide variety of professionals such as geoscientists, biologists, university professors, teachers, engineers, nutritionists, retired military, secretaries, accountants, house wives, students, computer techs, librarians, cooks, etc. In our international organization (Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai) we also have members who include doctors, chemists, lawyers, law enforcement agents, counsellors, biochemists, priests, janitors, etc.  So don't be shy - stop by!

    Note how well the cake was cut - and by a samurai sword!

    In addition to cutting birthday cake, we find other pragmatic uses for samurai arts including carving pumpkins and trimming cactus (as well as for traditional martial arts training).

    Soke Hausel carves pumpkins on Halloween first with yoko uchi followed by shomen uchi.

    If you like our samurai arts, you will get a real kick out of our karate and kobudo classes!

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    Looking at the entrance of the Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler
    martial arts school, does not prepare one for what is
    inside the Karate School.
    Visitors to our martial arts school in the East Valley of Phoenix are often pleasantly surprised by what they see at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate at 60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, across the street from Gilbert. Our martial arts schoolalso impressed FOX 10 NEWS so much, that they did a special report in the fall of 2011 on our dojo and its intructors. It included a 3-minute news clip on TV as well as on their website for months following their visit.

    While visiting our martial arts school in Mesa, Richard Saenz from FOX watched one class demonstrate a common martial arts weapon from Okinawa - tonfa (sometimes referred to as a side-handle baton). Then the martial arts lesson moved to self-defense against the Japanese knife (tanto). The Fox team also interviewed Hall-of-Fame martial artist and Karate Grandmaster, Soke Hausel who introduced two of his extraordinary karate students and teachers: grandparents from Gilbert. Both were recently promoted to nidan black belt (二段) (2nd degree) and presented title of Sensei (先生) (martial artsteacher). Another video, showed Soke Hausel demonstrating one aspect of power and focus.

    A few things that really stand out in this Mesamartial arts school is its traditional Okinawankarate decor and its intructors. The martial artsschool also does not take part in sport competition which is the tradition of OkinawaKarate created centuries ago. There is no effort to promote trophies that often lead to bad behavior at tournaments: instead the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa focuses on pragmatic self-defense and training in a large variety of martial arts. All students work with each other in a very positive manner.

    Students at this traditional martial arts school are from all walks of life. Adult karate students include retired air force pilots, retired geologists, geological consultants, hall-of-fame martial artists, hall-of-fame geoscientists, university professors, teachers, secretaries, librarians, computer specialists, engineers, accountants, nutritionists, foreign exchange students, several pilots, scientists, authors, artists, astronomers and physicists. Members of the international martial arts association include many university professors, students, priests, teachers, law enforcement officials, military personnel, lawyers, social scientists, doctors, etc. Overall, this martial arts association has a group of highly educated individuals due to Soke Hausel's past associations teaching martial arts at 4 universities.

    Martial artists from the Mesa school are unique. For instance, the school is operated by a Soke (宗家) (grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo), and other instructors include Shihan (師範) (Master instructor), Sensei (先生) (martial arts teachers), Kyoju (Professor of Martial Arts and Senior (先輩) black belts.

    Soke Hausel is one of the few martial artists in history to receive certification as junidan (12th degree black belt). He is also a JKI (Juko Kai International) Samurai(one who has received Shihan rankings in more than three martial arts), a member of the North American Black Belt Hall-of-Fame& World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall-of-Fame.

    The school also includes a real, honest to goodness samurai from Japan (Sensei Paula Borea). Few other martial arts schools in the world have such a unique group of students and high caliber of martial arts instructors.

    Some adults of the Phoenix Community discovered martial arts training provides many physical and mental benefits. A few claim that martial arts training saved their lives - because of being so healthy.

    Students travel to the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Arizona (across the street from Gilbert, Arizona and down the street from Chandler) to learn self-defense, traditional martial arts, martial arts weapons,jujutsu and samurai martial arts. Not only are they learning martial arts, they are getting in physical shape - few other forms of exercise provide a means for burning as many calories as martial arts training (at the same time, students have the added benefit of learning a martial art for self-defense!).
    Dr. Florence Teule, 1st degree black belt from France (formerly professor at the University of Wyoming and Utah State University) and currently at Casper College, trains in martial arts bunkai (applications)
    with Dan Graffius, 2nd degree black belt and an engineer from Mesa.
    Self-Defense training on Wednesday evenings
    Martial arts weapons class on Thursday evenings at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa: training with tonfa.
    Dr. Neal Adam, a master instructor of martial arts and professor at Grand Canyon University blocks strike by Rich Mendolia's martial artsbo using a tonfa during traditionalmartial arts weapons training at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate.

    Sensei Paula Borea, 2nd degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate, demonstrates karate punch
    during classes. Sensei Paula is the staff samurai at the Arizona
    School of Traditional Karate and is of actual Japanese
    samurai lineage!


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    Mesa Martial Arts recognized by International Web Award for Karate.

    facts about karate
    Why Mesa-te.blogspot?

    Because is a project designed to improve the quality of online factual content, we want to promote and encourage this on other websites too! was awarded the "KARATE" award for one or more of the following reasons:
    • Accurate and precise informational content.
    • Interesting and inviting layout and/or writing style.
    • Reliable source for trustworthy content.
    • Unique and entertaining information.

    From our martial arts school (dojo in Arizona) to Snippets in the United Kingdom - Thank you for recognizing our blog by presenting this award for content and layout. We work hard to inform the public about martial arts traditions, history, culture and training and are excited to see we are being recognized for our efforts.
    The Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa is a Traditional Martial Arts School with ties to Seiyo Kai International, a traditional Okinawa Martial Arts Association.
    Kobudo, the ancient martial art of Okinawan Martial Arts Weapons is
    blended with Shorin-Ryu Karate at our martial arts school in Mesa and
    Gilbert, Arizona. Since the early beginning of karate on Okinawa, Kobudo
    was always practiced along with karate - one did not have to wait to obtain
    a black belt. It has always been this way. Karate and Kobudo are like riding
    a 2-wheeled bicycle. Both wheels are needed to work. Same with karate -
    you cannot have one without the other. Seiyo Shorin-Ryu karate students
    begin learning Kobudo the first time they show up to a Thursday evening
    Traditions are very important in karate. We have a large kamidana at the front of our martial
    arts school
    Soke Hausel, Shorin-Ryu Karate (Seiyo Kai), instructs students from around the world as well as to students in the Phoenix East Valley. Here, students from Utah Shorin-Kai train in Meikyo Kata and bunkai (applications). Meikyo kata translates as "polishing mirror form"/

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    "Wax On, Wax Off" - Mr. Miyagi

    Who can forget that wonderful scene in the Karate Kid?  Mr. Miyagi took Daniel San to clean his old, classic car and at the same time taught him to block by waxing a car. But does this make sense?

    It does! Karate is about muscle memory, about rote and what we refer to as mushin. Mushin is a method of repetition to teach a student how to react without thinking. This is why Okinawa karate has been such an effective form of self-defense for hundreds of years.

    As one progresses in martial arts, they start as mukyu (no rank) and wear a white belt to hold up their pants. But with each major step in karate training, they advance through the mudanshamartial arts ranks (color belts). Hopefully, one day, after a few years of training, they will rise from mudansha (one without dan rank) to yudansha (one with dan rank) and put on the coveted black belt sought by allmartial artsstudents.

    Karate is about building life-long goals that also teach us to defend ourselves and at the same time teach us to grow as people. Respect and consideration of others is most important in this type of training in martial arts. We recognize this at our martial arts school in Mesa: the Arizona School of Traditional Karate.

    We have a traditional martial arts school in Mesa, Arizona. And we have our own version of Mr. Miyagi - our grandmaster who has been teaching martial arts for more than 4 decades.

    So, if you would like to experience real traditional karate stop by and visit our classes on Baseline Road at the border of Mesa and Gilbert.

    Like Us on Facebook to learn more about classes, styles and people in Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo in Arizonaas well as in the world.

    You can learn more about the Arizona Hombuand our International Training Centerin Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Arizona

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  • 05/07/13--14:34: Mesa Martial Arts Schools
  • Just before we joined the classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate on Baseline at the border of Mesa and Gilbert, my friend and I called to see if it would be OK to observe a class. Many Okinawan martial arts schools have a policy that does not allow visitors to watch training because of secrets that are taught to the students. We were cheerfully invited to stop by Tuesday evening to watch a session.

    Driving east on baseline from Country Club, we spotted a sign 'Karate' over a doorway at the northeastern corner of Baseline and MacDonald. It was an unassuming sign, so we expected only the typical mall-type martial arts school, but we were surprised and impressed when walking into the school. We were met in the foyer by Sensei Borea. He looked like my grandfather and was extremely friendly and talkative. Mr. Borea told us that he had spend several years in Japan with his wife (half-Japanese) in the air force as a pilot and indicated that the martial arts taught in this school was the real thing. Comparable to anything in Japan. So we were excited to learn more.
    Sensei Borea took us into the training center after passing through a hall with dozens of diplomas for Grandmaster Hausel, a former University of Wyoming professor of martial arts and internationally renown geologist. This was my first time seeing certifications written in Japanese and English and displayed so anyone could inspect them. We entered the training hall and were greeted by all of the students who had great things to say about the class, training, and their grandmaster. I was surprised by the education level of everyone I met: PhDs, engineers, scientists, accountants, lawyers, teachers, health care technicians, dancers - it was much different than I had expected.

    Stretching at the start of the class
    The training center was a real surprise. I was expecting a tiny room like most of the schools, but the facility opened up to a large training center with a wooden floor and matted floor. It looked traditional. We watched the class and were very impressed by the power that emanated from the students and grandmaster. This was the place! We signed up the next day and have now been training for a couple of years. If you are interested in mixed martial arts and tournaments, this is not the place for you. If you are interested in learning real, traditional, martial arts - this is your dojo!

    Wednesday evening samurai arts class


    Practicing kata on Tuesday nights.


    Self-Defense training on Wednesdays before samurai arts

    Dr. Neal and Dr. Naghmeh


    Sensei Paula Borea and Sensei Bill Borea train with Okinawan weapons (kobudo) on Thursday evenings.

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    Thank you Mesa, Arizona for recognizing our efforts to be the "Best Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts School" with the "Best Martial Arts Instructor".  We have always strived to be the best.

    A List of Some of our Other Awards Presented to the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Soke Hausel, 12th dan!!!

    2013 Awarded JKI Meijin Wa Jutsu.

    2012 Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honors Inductee for Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts.

    2009 Nominated for Hall-of-Fame for Distinguished Accomplishments, Washington DC.

    2009 Juko Kai International Honor Award ‘One Who Points the Way’.

    2008 USHOFMAA International Hall of Honor to the Supreme Elite Warrior’s Council, Maryland.

    2008 Appointed to USHOFMAA Supreme Elite Warrior’s Council.

    2008 Appointed to International Examiners Committee, Seishinryoku Kai, Athens Greece

    2008 Appointed International Representative of Arizona/USA for IOSKDKA, Athens, Greece.

    2008 Appointed World Sokeship (Grandmaster) Council, Seishinryoku Kai.

    2008 Lifetime member International Okinawa Seishinryoku Karate-Do Kobudo Association.

    2007 Appointed United States Soke Council.

    2006 USHOFMAA International Hall of Honor Inductee, Maryland.

    2005 World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame Inductee, Malaysia. Awarded Grandmaster of the Year.

    2005 World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame Grandmaster of the Year.
    2004 World Head of Society (International Council of Masters and Grandmasters) Hall of Fame Inductee, Philippines.

    2004 World Head of Society (International Council of Masters and Grandmasters) Hall of Fame Honorable Grandmaster & Lifetime Member.

    2004 American Karate Association Hall of Fame Inductee, Cincinnati Ohio.

    2004 American Karate Association Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year.

    2004 US Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee, Nashville, Tennessee.

    2004 Lifetime member, World Organizer of Martial Arts, Department of Martial Arts Affairs, Delaware.

    2003 Latin America Martial Arts Society Worldwide Hall of Fame Inductee, Puerto Rico.

    2003 Latin America Martial Arts Society Worldwide Hall of Fame International Grandmaster of the Year.

    2002 Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee Orlando, Florida..

    2002 Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Founder of the Year.

    2002 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee, Springdale, Ohio.

    2002 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Grandmaster of the Year.

    2001 North American Black Belt Hall of Fame inductee Lakewood, California.

    2001 North American Black Belt Hall of Fame International Instructor of the Year.

    2001, Lifetime Member, Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Kokusai Kempo-Karate-Do & Kobudo Federation.

    2001 National Rock Hound & Lapidary Hall of Fame inductee. Presented Education Award.

    2001 Appointed to World Soke Council.

    2000 Top Juko-Kai International (JKI) affiliated ‘Soke of the Year’.

    2000 World Karate Union Hall of Fame Inductee, Tannersville, Pennsylvania.

    2000 World Karate Union Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

    2000 American Biographical Institute’s Millennium Hall of Fame Inductee.

    2000 American Biographical Institute’s Millennium Hall of Fame Lifelong Contributions to Martial Arts .

    1999 - Headmaster of the JKI Top-Rated Martial Arts School of the Year (University of Wyoming Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo Club).

    1998 KB Karate Hall of Fame Inductee Pocono, Pennsylvania. Awarded Grandmaster Instructor of the Year.

    1998 KB Karate Hall of Fame Grandmaster Instructor of the Year.

    1997 Presented Kyoju (Professor of Martial Arts)

    1996 Pressented JKI Samurai credentials.
    Inductee, Who’s Who in Martial Arts, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the West, Who’s Who in America, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Who’s Who in the 21st Century, ABI’s Men of Achievement, 2000 Notable American Men, Ten Thousand Personalities of the World.




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    Traditional dojo, like the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Arizona, provide evidence of certification for instructors and have lineage charts showing succession, typically leading back a few hundred years. The Arizona School of Traditional Karate is no different from other traditional Okinawa martial arts dojo in this sense.  Traditional martial artists focus on self-improvement and self-defense and have little to do with sport martial arts.
    At our school on Baseline Road on the border of Gilbert and Mesa, we have one of the friendliest groups of martial artists you will find and this is because the only competition is individual. Everyone supports everyone else and we all look forward to helping each other. There are no trophys on display, just a lot of good people learning martial arts the old way.

    We are always looking forward to new members to help to help them find out if martial arts should be part of their path. So, stop in and find out if our dojo will take you to your path in life.



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    Stretching at the joseki wall in the Arizona Hombu dojo, Mesa Gilbert

    Our group of engineers, university faculty, students, scientists, teachers, accountants, lawyers, electricians, medical professions, etc, began February by training in the Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts. Because of our grandmaster's affiliation with past universities (he taught martial arts for nearly 40 years at four different universities), we have a very interesting mix of professionals and academics.
    Students and instructors training in kata (forms) at the Arizona School of
    Traditional Karate, Mesa Gilbert Chandler
    On Tuesdays, our group of martial artists ranging from black belts to white belts train in basics and forms known as kata. In the later advanced class, the group is learning the Passai Dai kata while reviewing other kata. Wednesday evenings, the group trains in self-defense and bunkai (applications from kata) and we started focusing on defense against armed attackers. This early self-defense class is followed by a samurai arts where class attendees are focusing on naginata (halberd) and this is followed by Shitai Kori (body hardening).
    Thursday evening starts with Okinawan kobudo (martial arts weapons) and the group is currently learning bunkai for nunchaku and learning the complex Nunchaku Yondan kata. This is followed by a second kobudo class where the attendees are learning to use hanbo and nitanbo.
    Defense against attacker armed with handgun

    Knife defense training at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, Mesa
    Soke Hausel celebrates a Golden Anniversary in Martial Arts this year (2014). He began his martial arts training in 1964. Soke was invited for induction to another Hall-of-Fame in 2014 and nominated for 2015 Marquis Who's Who in America and 2015 Who's Who in the World.


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  • 04/22/14--17:30: Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo

  • Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo are traditional Okinawan martial arts. The kanji used to write Shorin-Ryu translates in Japanese as "Pine Forest Style". In Okinawan, this translates as "Shaolin Style" indicating the unique Okinawan martial art had ties to the Shaolin warrior monks.

    Karate was developed as a combat art designed for self-defense as well as self-improvement. It was never intended for sport. Thus the instructors at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (60 W. Baseline Road) retain this philosophy by focusing on teaching adult and family students the original art of karate and kobudo that includes focus, power, balance and acceleration. Our students travel from Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Tempe and Scottsdale to train in the traditional martial arts at the home of World Black Belt Hall-of-Fame Soke Hausel. One must see and experience traditional classes to experience the difference. Traditional martial arts are all about applications, self-defense, respect and traditions.

    In this form of traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate known as Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo KaiTM, all students have the opportunity to learn karate, kobudo (nunchaku, sai, kama, tonfa, bo, sansetsu, kuwa, eku, ra-ke, tsue) self-defense, samurai arts (iaido, naginata, sojutsu, jujutsu, hanbo, kuboton, kibo), shitai kori all for one price. Grandmaster Hausel has been teaching martial arts for over 4 decades. After retiring from the University of Wyoming where he taught martial arts for 30 years, he has been teaching martial arts in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe for the past decade. Awarded 2001 Instructor of the Year by the American Karate Association and the 2004 International Instructor of the Year by the North American Black Belt Hall-of-Fame, Soke Hausel is the recepient of many national and international awards for teaching and creativity.

    Soke Hausel, world head of Seiyo Kai Shorin-Ryu
    Karate demonstrates white crane techniques at
    Chinese New Year celebration at the University of Wyoming

    Our classes include training in jujutsu and self-defense
    Kobudo is an extension of karate. Sensei Paula demonstrates kuwa with Sensei Bill at the Hombu in Mesa.
    So, don't ever be caught off guard while gardening again (let along shopping, jogging, etc).

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    There are two things women can do to defend themselves against an attack - carry a gun and learn to use it, or take up traditional karate at a karate school and practice every week. One problem with the run of the mill self-defense clinics at your local civic center or college is that learning self-defense in one evening leaves a person vulnerable. In traditional karate, women train weekly to acquire focus, power, and instinct. During training, they make new friends, get extraordinary exercise, learn some Japanese language, and keep fit.

    At one martial arts school in Mesa Arizona, traditional karate is taught by Grandmaster Soke Hausel, who has been teaching for more than 4 decades. Soke teaches traditional karate (non-sport) and has a unique method to train a person's, reaction and muscle memory. Without these, a women will likely need a gun.

    Last week was 'WOMEN's WEEK' at the Arizona Hombu (aka Arizona School of Traditional Karate). Over the years, our sensei (instructors) have taught many self-defense clinics for women at various universities, sororities, girl scouts, political groups, libraries, professional associations, and businesses. These are a great time for all, but one thing that always is lacking in these 2 to 4 hour clinics - mushin! Mushin is the karate mind which is the state that we like to see our students achieve in order to learn be able to properly defend oneself. The karate mind is mostly muscle memory, but that muscle memory must be properly tweaked so that the individual reacts to an attack without thinking and with focus and power to quickly end an attack. This cannot be done in a seminar or short course, so we try to get those who sign up for these seminars to continue training in 'Traditional' Karate so they can learn proper muscle memory. But the seminars hopefully introduce attendees to karate and if not, we focus on the use of weapons - such as car keys, books, magazines, pens, pencils, kuboton (yawara), elbows and knees to give them an advantage.

    Our women's week began on Saturday, August 2nd (2014), when one of the Shorin-Ryu Students from Utah was promoted to Yudansha Sho. Jasmina has been a long time student of Hanshi Watson, 9th dan, and tested for black belt before I had arrived. But I was given the honor of presenting her certificate to her at the Utah Gassuku (outdoor training clinic) at the East Canyon Resort to the east of Salt Lake City. This promotion was celebrated by a Bosnian dinner at her family's home Sunday evening.
    Outdoor training (Gassuku) attendees learn to use a
    hanbo (3-foot stick) for self-defense.

    Another student trains with throwing stars

    I returned to Phoenix on Monday and on the next day, I was excited to see the return of one of my favorite martial artists - Sensei Paula Borea. Sensei had a knee injury that progressively got worse from her training many years ago in taekwondo, which finally had to be corrected. We were all excited to see her return to the dojo. Sensei Paula is half Japanese and she wanted to return to her roots by training in the original traditional karate from Okinawa - Shorin-Ryu. Sensei Paula is also a real samurai with samurai lineage! As a result, she is a real tiger in the Samurai Artsand Kobudo classes.

    Katie whips her future husband while at the University
     of Wyoming several years ago.
    She became one of my students about 7 years ago after I moved the Hombu from the University of Wyoming to Chandler, Arizona. Over time, I also taught classes in Tempe at Arizona State University, but decided to open a private training center on the border ofGilbert and Mesa, Arizona rather than stay at ASU.

    Last week, we also received three new students on Tuesday, including Debora, Suzette and Rihanna. In addition, Megan returned from Japan after spending the summer with her grand-parents and two of our students were promoted on Tuesday and Thursday of last week - both are school teachers. Janet was promoted to 9th kyu and Alexi was promoted to 3rd kyu. Then we had another new member sign up on Thursday - another Megan, who is training to be a pilot.

    We featured one of our female martial artists in the 'Bushido' newsletter. Sensei Elena Finley finished graduate school at the Colorado School of Mines and we found out she is in the final group for consideration by NASA for colonization on Mars. Wow, wouldn't that be a 'Kick' if she opened the first dojo on Mars! I'd bet they could do some serious tobi geri (jumping kicks).

    Group of Wyoming martial artists include Hanshi Finley (Casper) in back.
     L to R in front are Uchi Deshi Heather From (Nebraska), Elena Finley
     (soon to be from Mars), and Dr. Florence Teule (France).

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    Thanks again for selecting us as Best of Mesa 2 years in a row.  Our martial arts school located on the border of Mesa with Chandler and Gilbert works at being the best karate school by keeping our students informed of traditional martial arts history, activity and teaching them to be the best they can be! We welcome new members at the Arizona Hombu (aka Arizona School of Traditional Karate) who would like to learn from the best of the best.

    Best of Mesa for Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense
    and Samurai Arts

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    Mesa Arizona Karate Instructor, Grandmaster Hausel was selected as Marquis Who's Who in America
    and also Who's Who in the World for 2015. Grandmaster Hausel is also a member of 16 different Halls
    of Fame for Martial Arts as an instructor, pioneer and grandmaster.
    "Just last week, the Taekwondo school down the street on McQueen closed its doors leaving all of its students with contracts to pay for over the next several months. I was told that a few even had contacts of more than 2 years to pay for. Not so long ago, the Mixed martial arts school on Arizona Drive did the same to its students. That won't happen at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa", exclaimed Soke Hausel, I have 5 decades of martial arts experience vested in my lifetime and I have also been awarded three of the highest awards in martial arts, so I am not going to go away. Besides, anyone can check the Internet on my background and find that I have produced a long list of black belts and many positive students".  "I don't make much money teaching martial arts, but it is a way of life - a way of life I will not walk away from".

    When it comes to martial arts, many people think of karate. When it comes to martial arts at the University of Wyoming, many think of Hall of fame member Grandmaster Hausel, and now when people think of the traditional martial arts, many people in Mesa Arizona again think of Grandmaster Hausel.

    It was in 2006 that Soke Hausel, grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo decided to retire from the University of Wyoming and he and his wife packed up some bags, mats, hundreds of rocks and awards and moved to Gilbert, Arizona and opened the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona. Soke Hausel was a research geologist who had published more than a 1000 books, papers and maps but also had taught karate, martial arts weapons known as kobudo, self-defense, samurai arts including the samurai sword, spear, halberd, and throwing arts known as jujutsu, and also taught classes in women's self-defense and martial arts history.  Each week, Soke Hausel teaches several classes to adults and families at the Arizona Hombu located on Baseline Road on the border of Mesa and Gilbert. The Mesa Karate Instructor taught at the University of Wyoming for 30 years and recently celebrated his golden anniversary in martial arts.
    Self-defense training known as bunkai in Japanese at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona

    In 2014 as well as for 2015, Grandmaster Hausel was selected as a member of Marquis Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World for accomplishments as a martial arts instructor, martial artist, and geologist.

    Students training in the martial art known as kobudo at the Arizona Hombu in
    Mesa Arizona
    Training in kata (forms) at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in  Mesa Arizona.

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    Arizona Hombu Karate Dojo is currently offering adults and families a 2-week free trial. Just stop by the dojo and 
    mention this blog, and we will let you train for no charge for two consecutive weeks in karate, self-defense, kobudo, 
    and samurai arts. At the same time, you can sign up to win a year's worth of free karate lessons. If you decide
    to stay, then we will ask you to pay your training fees at the beginning of each month (cash or personal check).
    We reserve the right to refuse to teach anyone.
    Training in traditional karate and kobudo will make you feel better both physically and mentally. There is now scientific evidence that shows people who train under a certified instructor in Okinawan martial arts, can improve self-confidence, well-being, and improve brain function. So, its a win-win situation. Train in a traditional (non-sport) martial arts, get in shape, lose weight, learn to defend yourself, and increase the size of your brain. Even your local gym can not provide you with so many benefits - only your local dojo.

    Welcome to our dojo in Mesa, Arizona
    So, how does this work? We know that karate, as developed on the island chain of Okinawa, became one of the most effective, personal self-defense systems in the world, that was mimicked by many other systems including Sport Japanese and Sport American forms of karate. Okinawa also is host to the most centurions per capita in the world, and the training in karate improves a person's self-respect, respect of others, and through proper training, it allows people to lose weight, increase the blood flow and oxygen to their brains, and become more positive overall. Traditional karate also incorporates mediation and 'mushin', allowing the brain to relax during training. And there are many people who train in traditional, non-sport, Okinawan karate every week who range from about 10 to 100 years in age - so, it may even increase longevity in some, but this has not been proven yet, as diet is also important for longevity.

    So, many of the Okinawan forms of martial arts are incorporated in Shorin-Ryu Karate (and there are several branches of Shorin-Ryu), Okinawan Goju-Ryu karate, Okinawan kenpo, Tomari-te, Shito-Ryu, Shudokan, Uechi-Ryu, Toon-Ryu, Ryuei-Ryu, Toide and others. So, how do you tell if you are in a traditional Okinawan martial art vs a sport martial art?  Most often this is easy. Few, if any, traditional Okinawan martial arts compete - this is why it is not considered sport. The traditional martial arts focus on self-defense applications and may or may not include kata.

    At the Arizona Hombu Karate dojo, you will have the opportunity to train in karate, kata, basics, self-defense applications (bunkai), kobudo, samurai arts. and even some jujutsu and ninpo.

    Welcome to our karate family at the Arizona Hombu Karate Dojo, Mesa. We have many students in our dojo, this is only
    part of our karate family. If you decide to train under Hall-of-Fame Instructor, Who's Who in Martial Arts Legends, and
    former University of Wyoming professor of Okinawan martial arts - Soke Hausel, you will soon make many martial arts
    friends. Our students include university professors, doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, musicians, school teachers,
     nurses, personal trainers, accountants, soldiers, grandparents, parents, kids, and more. 
    Plan to be educated and plan to have fun while you get in shape.

    For some of senior students, until they improve on the size of their
    hippocampus, we mark their feet.