Thursday, January 28, 2016

Arizona Traditional Martial Arts

Sensei Alexis applies bunkai (pragmatic self-defense) found in Naihanchi shodan kata and 
in Pinan Yondan kata to Janet during self-defense training at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa.
Rich applies bunkai to Ryan from the
Okinawan Useisan kata (known as 
gojushiho in Japanese)
When training in martial arts, one hopes to learn to tie their obi (belt) while learning humility, self-respect, respect for others, and self-defense. Much like a Christian Church, traditional martial arts schools teach students to be ethical, honest and concerned for others as they walk the path of the 'way'. Martial arts are not associated with any particular religion, although one can see the influence of Buddhism and even Shinto in a dojo (karate school) and in many parts of North and South America and Europe, one can find evidence of the influence of Christianity.  And in parts of the Middle East, there is some Christian, Jewish and Muslim influence. In India, the original source of martial arts, there is influence of the various religions in that region. This is all because many of the goals in martial arts match many goals in non-violent religions.

There are many aspects of traditional martial arts that one can continue to learn their entire life. There is no end to learning in the martial arts. Thus, the more one trains in a martial art, the more one begins to see various applications of kata and technique. Karate employs forms know as kata. The more a person trains in kata, the more they begin to see hidden techniques that were unknown to them during their previous year of training. Kata also teaches proper breathing, movement, balance and with the assistance of a qualified instructor, it will also teach speed, power and focus. Then after the movements in a kata are mastered, each part of the kata can be broken down into bunkai (self-defense applications) and each part can have many different applications that include the obvious, the not so obvious and then the hidden. It takes understanding and creativity to truly master bunkai, because one must learn to react without thinking, react with lightning fast speed, learn to react with maximum power, remain in balance, have proper distance, and understand the many different modifications.

And there is more than one karate kata. In some Okinawan dojo, it may take 3 years of study to master a single kata and its bunkai. And when this is accomplished, you are not done with the kata, you must continue to practice kata and its bunkai the rest of your life. Now imagine that you have a lifetime to do this for 30 kata.

Then, we have kobudo - a different Okinawan art with all of its kata and bunkai (but they are very similar to karate kata). Then there is Toide. And how about jujutsu, iaido, kenjutsu, sojutsu, hojojutsu, aikido, judo, ninjutsu, etc, etc. All of a sudden, you need several lifetimes to master traditional martial arts. But it is a rare dojo that has the expertise to introduce you to all of these martial arts. Most will only introduce you to one martial art.

Martial Arts students at the Arizona Hombu Dojo focus on kata and the obvious and hidden self-defense applications in kata. The Arizona martial arts classes at the hombu dojo include traditional karate, kobudo, iaido, jujutsu, sojutsu, naginatajutsu and other Japanese and Okinawan martial arts including self-defense classes.

The head master of the Arizona Hombu Dojo, Grandmaster Hausel, has trained in more than a dozen Okinawan - Japanese martial arts for over 50 years - sounds like a lot, but he is only beginning to learn the martial arts. So when people learn martial arts at this Arizona school, they won't have time to get bored. And when it comes to breaking rocks, he is also a well-known  geologist who teaches students a little about rocks before they have the opportunity to break a rockBREAKING ROCKS? ARE YOU CRAZY?  Yes breaking rocks with their bare hands.

The traditional Okinawan martial arts of karate, kobudo, and toide teach self-improvement and self-defense. The traditional martial arts were originally taught to Okinawan royal body guards and had to be devastating to protect Okinawan royalty. And it was not until the mid-20th century, after karate was introduced to Japan, did the Japanese develop sport karate as opposed to the classical Okinawa traditional martial arts. Thus today, we have Okinawa martial arts (traditional) and Japanese karate and judo (sport). A few traditional Okinawa martial arts schools take part in tournaments, most do not as these are considered to produce bad form and inappropriate manners - so at the Arizona Hombu dojo, students who train in Arizona Martial Arts will learn self-defense, history, philosophy but they will not be subjected to tournaments - as this is not traditional (remember the 1984 Karate Kid movie and the difference between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Ryu?).

Gavin applies bunkai from Naihanchi sandan kata to John
Traditional Okinawa martial arts taught in Arizona at the Arizona hombu dojo focus on self-defense applications from kata. These are taught to develop hip rotation (chinkuchi) to increase striking power, focus (kime) and for vital point strikes (tien hsueh). 

Soke Hausel explains hidden techniques in Rohai nidan (Meikyo kata) during
clinic at the Arizona Hombu dojo for students from Arizona and Utah.
As students progress and understand kata imi (the meaning of kata) they progressively are taught other kuden (secrets) of martial arts that include hitotsuki hitogeri (one strike knock downs), kote kitae (extreme body hardening) and trusted students may be taught okurasu goroshi (dim mak). Thus one of the primary differences in traditional vs. sport martial arts is the focus on the understanding of kata and how to use this understanding in self-defense.
Scott applies grappling technique to Sensei Ryan
from Naihanchi shodan kata at the Arizona Hombu dojo.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Women In Traditional Okinawa Karate In Arizona

Women's Karate at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate school in Mesa, Arizona
Should women train in Karate and other Martial Arts? What kind of question is this?

According to Grandmaster Hausel, world head of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate, many of his toughest karate and jujutsu students over the decades have been women. Take for instance Katie (see photo near bottom entitled 'Katie works over Kris'). Katie enjoyed choking & applying joint locks to all of the macho guys in jujutsu classes at the University of Wyoming. According to Professor Hausel, she gave them a feminine smile before taking her partner to a tolerance limit in pain. We even had a few burly guys quit jujutsu to avoid her.

But there was a fairly tale ending for this black belt martial artist. Katie ended up marrying Kris (the guy she was beating up in the photo at the University of Wyoming). After graduating from college and both earning black belts in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, the two moved to Cody, and later to Casper Wyoming where they are now raising a family. Over the years, we had many students end up marrying one another - and no, we were not running a dating service - it was just a great way for students to socialize and learn to defend themselves.  

Then there was Sensei Gillespie. Donette loved to punch. In one demonstration she kicked Soke Hausel in the ribs with a karate kick at half time at a university basketball game with a thump that echoed throughout the arena. Few people could believe the power she had in her kick. Then she kicked him in the groin (unprotected) and lifted him up onto his toes (see bottom photos) with another loud whomp! It brought the crowd to their feet with cheers!

In addition to power & focus of karate, there is also beauty in karate. In karate, there are kata (forms) that contain history, tradition, training technique, self-defense, jujutsu throws, timing, balance, strength, power, Zen and more. Kata are like traditional Okinawan dances and require balance, timing, strength and more.

So, should women be in Karate Classes? The answer is a definite YES! In fact, no woman (or school teacher) should be without karate or self-defense training in this day and age. It will not only help maintain body weight, but it is also healthy and provides people with the best tools for self-defense.

Dr. Teule from Utah State University takes defends attack by Dan.

Katharina from Germany trains with Sarah from Dallas in Arizona
Kathy and Victoria train in bunkai (self-defense applications).
Sensei Paula Borea from Japan practicing Kihon (karate basics). Sensei Borea is of samurai
lineage and a very important part of our organization.
Dr. Neal and Dr. Naghmeh
Lacy trains with Katharina
Amanda trains with Patrick
Yam Ma demonstrates Pinan Godan kata.
Katie works over Kris at the University of Wyoming during jujutsu class.

Heather works with Charles during kobudo class
Some of our favorite martial artists.
Donette kicks Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel in ribs with full force strike at basketball
half-time karate demonstration.
Donette Kicks Grandmaster Hausel right in the ... well you know.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mesa Martial Arts

View of Hombu outside. The inside of the martial arts school exhibits
typical Japanesetradition.

Martial arts taught at the Arizona Hombu are traditional, thus students should expect to learn lots of ceremony & considerable power.

Although the Martial Arts School is relatively new to Arizona, Grandmaster Hausel started training in martial arts in the 1960s and began teaching martial arts in 1970 at the University of Utah. Later he taught karate and other martial arts at the University of New Mexico, the University of Wyoming and recently at Arizona State University. At the University of Wyoming, Soke Hausel was Kyoju no Budo (Professor of Martial Arts) and taught classes and clinics in karate, kobudo (martial arts weapons), samurai arts, jujutsu, self-defense and self-defense for women. He has a long resume for martial arts.

Over the years, he taught karate karate, kobudo, jujutsu, self-defense, women's self-defense and samurai arts. Many martial arts classes at the University of Wyoming filled with more than 100 students with waiting lists of hopefuls. But today, he  has now chosen to limit the number of students in his classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate that is also known as the Arizona Hombu dojo.

Grandmaster Hausel has a diversified background in martial arts and teaches traditional Okinawan and Japanese martial arts. Included in his curriculum are Shorin-Ryu Karate, Shorin-Ryu Kobudo (weapons), Self-Defense and Samurai Arts.

Kobudo (martial arts weapons) classes are part of karate training and include a variety of weapons (tools) such as Bo, Hanbo, Nitanbo, Kubotan, Nunchaku, Sai, Kama, Kuwa, Ra-ke, Surichin, Eku, Tsue, Kioga (expandable police baton) and more. Samurai arts taught at the martial arts school in Mesa include jujutsu, hojojutsu, hanbojutsu, bojutsu, iaido, kenjutsu, naginatajutsu, yarijutsu and manrikigusari.

The style of karate is Okinawan Shorin-Ryu. Basically one of the original forms of karate developed centuries ago on Okinawa. Soke Hausel's love for Karate is seen in the many national & international awards presented by several martial arts associations and martial arts Halls of Fame.

Martial arts training for Adults and Families & members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai is available each week at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate near the corner of Mesa, Gilbert & Chandler in the East Valley of Phoenix  (60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa). Drive east on baseline from Country Club Road and turn left at the second traffic light. You will see the Arizona Martial Arts school immediately to your right (NE corner of MacDonald).

It happens every time - give a woman an inch and she'll take your tonfa and beat you with it.. Sensei Paula (born in Japan) trains with her husband Sensei Bill at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate.

Advanced karate and kobudo taught to members of the
Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler Arizona and Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai members around the world. Grandmaster Hausel, 12th dan, demonstrates rock breaking to students at the
University of Wyoming. Rocks are traditional for breaking and besides they are free. Professor Hausel is also a renown
geologist and like rocks.
OUCH!!!  Only our most advanced students are taught the secrets of Kote Kitai
(Body Hardening). Here Senesi Donette Gillespie (3rd dan) kicks Professor Hausel
 in the groin while totally unprotected with absolutely NO protection devices at half-time
at a University of Wyoming basketball game - and he is actually smiling. Soke
Hausel teaches this art to his advanced students so they can learn to accept strikes to
vital parts of the body and provide devastating blocks and strikes to attackers
(University of Wyoming Photo).

 Arizona School of Traditional Karate

Dr. Adam from Grand Canyon University
trains with Rich in Kobudo.