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- 09/16/11--12:39: Shorin-Ryu Karate Classes in Mesa & Gilbert, East Valley Phoenix
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- 04/06/12--09:10: Martial Arts Instruction of the Highest Caliber
- 01/29/13--09:15: Wax On, Wax Off, Traditional Okinawa Karate in Mesa
- 05/07/13--14:34: Mesa Martial Arts Schools
- 08/18/13--19:03: KARATE and KOBUDO at our TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL
- 02/07/14--17:09: Mesa Karate Classes - A Real Kick
- 04/22/14--17:30: Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo
- 08/16/14--11:50: Two Things Women Can Do To Defend Themselves
- 10/22/14--12:28: Arizona Hombu is Best Karate School in Mesa.
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 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.
A 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.
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).
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|
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
|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|
Our samurai from the Arizona |
School of Traditional Karate
(photo by Bill Borea).
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 (流) (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!
|Looking at the entrance of the Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler |
martial arts school, does not prepare one for what is
inside the Karate School.
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.
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!).
|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
"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.
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|
|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.|
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.
|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
|Knife defense training at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, Mesa|
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).
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.
|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.
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.
|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).
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
|Self-defense training known as bunkai in Japanese at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona|
|Students training in the martial art known as kobudo at the Arizona Hombu in|
|Training in kata (forms) at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa Arizona.|