|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)
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 rock. BREAKING 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|
|Soke Hausel explains hidden techniques in Rohai nidan (Meikyo kata) during|
clinic at the Arizona Hombu dojo for students from Arizona and Utah.
|Scott (now Sensei) applies grappling technique to Sensei Ryan|
from Naihanchi shodan kata at the Arizona Hombu dojo.