Friday, March 13, 2020

Arizona Karate - Nobody in Arizona Does it Better


We do not believe anyone in Arizona teaches such a wide variety of martial arts nor has as much expertise as our instructors! We challenge you to find anyone who does. Just look at what you learn at the Arizona Hombu!

Classes at the Hombu in Mesa Arizona include training in Shorin-Ryu karate, kobudo and bunkai. And the head instructor is one of the highest ranked martial artists in the world, and certified as sokeshodai (grandmaster) - copies of his certificates are posted on the wall so you can see his extensive qualifications for yourself.  Our Karate classes (empty hand) focus on katakihon, and bunkai (self-defense). And for those few who want a real challenge, we also teach shitai kori.

Our grandmaster also teaches many different kobudo arts. Kobudo covers many individual Okinawan weapon's arts. These include rokubo, nunteibo, nitanbo, ekubo, kubotan, nunchaku, sansetsukon, tekko, kuwa, rake, kama, sai, tonfa, tsue, kusari fundo and ASP (expandable baton).

Our soke not only has certifications in Shorin-Ryu karate and kobudo, he is also recognized as shihan (master instructor) in samurai arts. So at the Hombu in Mesa, Arizona, our martial arts students and instructors also learn classical samurai arts of iaido, kenjutsu, sojutsu, naginatajutsu, hanbojutsu, tantojutsu, manrikigusari, hojojutsu, bokken and jujutsu.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Samurai Arts and Shorin-Ryu Karate at the Arizona Hombu dojo, Mesa, Arizona

The Arizona Hombu - The World Headquarters of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai
Classes and training at the Arizona Hombu include samurai arts such as the use of samurai sword known as katana, and classical and very traditional weapon of the Japanese martial art of iaido (fast-draw samurai sword,  kenjutsu (pragmatic applications), sojutsu, naginatajutsu, hanbo and more. In addition, other classes focuses on Shorin-Ryu Karate, Kobudo, Bunkai, self-defense and much more. Students train several times each week and include retirees, school teachers, computer techs, engineers, personal trainers, university faculty from a couple of different valley universities, lawyers, doctors, and American Indians. The dojo, is periodically visited by martial artists world wide who set up special training sessions.

Hausel, the school's headmaster, is not only a certified soke (grandmaster) by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, but he is also a certified shihan (master) of a group of samurai and other martial arts of Juko Kai. He is a member of other prestigious martial arts associations and a member of several Halls-of-Fame and Who's Who compendiums. Thus, no matter what rank; his students never get bored because Soke Hausel continues teaching new and old techniques and new and old martial arts. His students have access to more than a half-century of traditional martial arts experience and knowledge.

Police DAV karate team from India, visited the Arizona Hombu Dojo for
special training. Photo shows group with Soke Hausel.
Other arts taught in the Arizona Samurai classes at the Arizona Hombu dojo include hanbo (3-foot staff), jujutsu (throwing arts), naginata (pole arm), sojutsu (yari or Japanese spear), kusari fundo, manriki gusari (weighted chain), hojojutsu (rope restraining), tanto (knife), tsue (cane), bo (6-foot staff), kubotan or tebo (short stick), bokken (wooden sword) and modern weapons such as the Asp or kioga (expandable baton). These are just the samurai arts taught by Soke Hausel at the Arizona martial arts school.

Soke Hausel's primary expertise is in Shorin-Ryu Karate and the Arizona students at the Arizona Hombu dojo are treated to a variety of basic techniques and exercises as well as many kata (martial arts forms) and hundreds of practical street applications from the kata. Soke Hausel taught traditional karate for more than 4 decades at four different universities. His philosophy is to try to teach the same technique in as many of different ways as possible so that the Arizona karate students do not get bored.

Because there is so much repetition in martial arts, it is easy for Westerners to get bored. Grandmaster Hausel also tries to teach his students to develop one-punch knockouts so that if they are ever attacked, the fight should be quickly over. And because he teaches Shorin-Ryu Karate, he also teaches a few of his students shitai kori (body hardening). For those who become interested in this part of Shorin-Ryu Karate, because of his affiliation with Juko Kai, he invites them to attend clinics where they can gain special training in kijutsu from the world's best at Juko Kai International.

Grandmaster Hausel is also known for his extensive expertise in kobudo - the art of Okinawan weapons. Here, his Arizona students have the opportunity to learn to use dozens of traditional Okinawan weapons that were derived from Okinawan merchant, fishing, and farm tools from the past as well as the present.

The Arizona self-defense classes taught at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa are designed for adults and families. Grandmaster Hausel taught karate, kobudo, samurai arts, jujutsu, and self-defense classes at the University of Wyoming for more than 3 decades and taught self-defense to various military groups, school teachers, university groups, women's clubs and church groups. After moving to Arizona, Soke Hausel even taught self-defense to women's groups, girl scouts and even the Chandler librarians. In these Arizona self-defense classes, Soke Hausel teaches his Arizona students in self-defense techniques including defense against a gun, knife, club, rifle, etc.

The clientele for Grandmaster Hausel's martial arts classes are adults. Adult martial arts and karate classes can focus on fast and powerful techniques. But Grandmaster Hausel often has adult students that have limitations, so he takes these into account in order to keep everyone safe. The reason for focusing on adult classes is because Grandmaster Hausel has taught nearly his entire life at universities - to university students, faculty and staff. He has very limited experience with kids. In addition, most traditional Okinawan martial arts restrict teaching to members who are 16 and older.

But because of the dangers in society, Soke Hausel has opened his classes to families - in other words, mentally mature children (10 and above) can train with their parents in his classes. But these kids must always be accompanied by their parent(s).


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mesa Karate

Training at the Arizona Hombu Dojo, 60 W Baseline Center, Mesa -
 just across the street from Gilbert and Chandler. Classes focus on adults and families and are attended 
by 30 to 50% women. 
Karate, Kobudo and Kata are all the same - you can't have one without the other parts - they are inseparable. And together, they lead one to a path of self-defense, self-confidence and respect for others.

To find this martial arts path, one must first find a teacher, or a martial arts instructor, who has a wealth of knowledge and is willing to share that knowledge with his students.

More than a couple of decades ago, Dan Hausel, owner and operator of the Arizona Hombu Dojo searched for a sensei of extraordinary knowledge and talent because he found that he could go no further in his martial arts education. Even though he had been teaching karate and kobudo at the University of Wyoming many years, he found himself at a crossroads in his martial arts training. Then he applied for membership to Juko Kai International, one of the more prestigious Okinawan/Japanese/USA organizations in the world. JKI doesn't accept everyone, in fact most are turned away because of questionable martial arts lineage and background. Professor Hausel was accepted as a probationary student in JKI until he could attend the National Black Belt Clinic in Florida and test in front of the great grandmaster: Dai-Soke Sacharnoski. After his test, everything began to fall in place and he has been an active member of JKI ever since.

Today, Hausel has established he is one of the better martial artists in Arizona. The Mesa Karate Instructor and Hall-of-Fame Grandmaster has been presented prestigious national and international awards for lifetime contributions to teaching martial arts.

Soke Hausel says he loves martial arts, loves to teach others what he has learned in the martial arts over the past decades, loves seeing his students gain confidence, and enjoys being around his students to help them find their way, or path in life. Over the years, he taught many scientists, engineers, teachers, accountants, business managers, sociologists, law enforcement personnel, faculty, staff, and a few lawyers and clergy. And most of his students have loved their karate lessons.

Suzette demonstrates iaido (fast draw sword techniques) at the Arizona Hombo dojo, Mesa. In addition to the typical
 Okinawan martial arts, members also learn some of the classical traditional Japanese martial arts related to samurai.
As kyoju no budo (Professor of Japanese and Okinawan martial arts) at the University of Wyoming over three decades, he taught karate, kobudo, samurai arts, self-defense & women's self-defense in the Department of Continuing Education, Department of Physical Fitness, Department of Kinesiology and the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club. He put his heart and soul into teaching hundreds of students and worked with many individually to guide them to a career path at the university.  "It is what these students have achieved that makes teaching martial arts worth-while." Over the years, he became known as an outstanding martial arts instructor and geologist.

Grandmaster Hausel demonstrates proper technique
After leaving the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Geological Survey, the grandmaster now operates his Hombu Dojo (world headquarters of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo) at the 60 W. Baseline Center on the border of Mesa with Gilbert and Chandler Arizona. Recently, Hausel was selected for the 2015 DaVinci Award because of contributions to martial arts, geology, art, astronomy, public speaking and writing. At the same time, he was inducted in to the Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in Science and Engineering. Soke Hausel is a polymath and has excelled in karate, kobudo, self-defense, samurai arts, geological sciences, public speaking, astronomy, art, music, and writing. He is an author of more than 1,000 publications!

Gavin blocks bo attack using nunchaku
After more than 50 years of martial arts and teaching for more than 40 years at four universities, Soke Hausel continues to teach 7 classes a week at the Arizona Hombu (a.k.a. Arizona School of Traditional Karate) and travels around the country to teach martial arts clinics. He is an active member of Juko Kai International and Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei. Juko Kai International is a very prestigious Okinawan/US martial arts association. Many people in the association hold black belt ranks in five or more martial arts. Soke Hausel has been greatly influence by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski who has been his personal instructor for a quarter of a century.

At the Hombu dojo in Arizona, students learn a variety of martial arts including traditional Okinawa Shorin-Ryu karate and kobudo. They also learn a variety of traditional Japanese samurai arts.

Soke Hausel (white pants at far left of photo) with
high-ranking black belt members of Juko Kai International.
Dai Soke Sacharnoski (white pants) sits near center
Being a Christian, Soke Hausel has been asked about turning the other cheek? "Not when I can block", he says - "but if someone harasses me for being a Christian, I will  forgive them, after I pick them off the ground".

Asked if he ever had been attacked he indicated he had. In one instance, while teaching at the University of New Mexico, he was attacked by two individuals right after he finished teaching a karate class at the university union. He was walking across campus when attacked by two individuals (one had a knife) in front of a couple of his students. It was over in seconds and Hausel indicated he had blood all over his hands. So, how did he contend with this altercation? "I didn't think about it much, other than I prayed that these two what-a-be muggers found a better path in life."

2016 photo of Tuesday evening class at the Arizona Hombu dojo
Kobudo training (Okinawan farming and fishing tools) at the Arizona Hombu. Photo shows Dennis with sansetsukon
(3-sectional staff) defending attack by Gavin with bo.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Martial Artists from Utah train in Mesa, Arizona

2014 Shorin-Ryu Karate Clinic at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa.
The Arizona Hombu, also known as the Arizona School of Traditional Karate was visited by several black belt students from Utah who flew into the Phoenix and then drove to our training center for advanced karate training. On May 2nd and 3rd, 2014, the Seiyo Kai International Hombu in Mesa Arizona welcomed the yudansha with Matsumura-Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate from Murray Utah. The group traveled from Salt Lake International to Sky Harbor in Phoenix where they rented vehicles and drove to Mesa, Arizona and checked into a motel near the martial arts training facility.

On Friday evening, the group was welcomed to the Hombu at 60 W. Baseline Road by Grandmaster Hausel. A hombu is an administrative dojo (martial arts gym) operated by the grandmaster of a particular style or system of karate. Soke Hausel welcomed Rob Watson, Hanshi/9th dan and his group of black belt instructors to train in the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu martial arts facility.

Training began with the Okinawan kata known as Rohai, which is an advanced traditional black belt form and translates as 'vision of the crane'. This white crane kata (form) is likely similar to many of the arts taught to Okinawan body guards at the Shaolin Temple in eastern China. After the Arizona and Utah students learned the kata, the group broke up in pairs to learn the bunkai (practical self-defense applications) hidden in the form and likely used by Okinawan body guards to protect their king in the past.

Donna Drown defends against punch by Matt Schroeder from Utah. This technique, hidden in both Useisan kata,
and Rohai kata can be a devastating self-defense technique against a grab or punch.
At 9:30 pm, the training ended and the group met at a local restaurant for dinner. Training resumed late Saturday morning with focus on useishi kata also known as gojushiho kata of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate with its bunkai. The kata is also referred to at the 'Drunken Monk' form in Okinawan dialect. In Japanese, it translates as 54 steps.
Ryan Harden from Chandler defends attack by Dennis
Ingram from Mesa during 2014 clinic at the Arizona

The clinic finished with training in hanbojutsu, a kobudo art which uses a 3-foot-stick for self-defense and restraints. For many years, such a baton was used by law enforcement agencies worldwide until many converted to the expandable baton. At 2:30 pm, the Utah karate experts said goodbye as they drove back to the airport to return to Utah.

Kris Watson (from Utah) defends against attack by Neal Adam from Phoenix using hanbo. Hanbo are known also as a
 half-bo and are three foot long sticks of shaku no san in length based on Japanese measurement system. These are very
effective self-defense weapons in the hands of a trained martial artist.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Arizona Karate Instructor Celebrates 50 Years of Martial Arts

The Arizona Hombu, also known as the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, located on the border of Gilbert with Mesa, is home to World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall-of-Fame and North American Black Belt Hall-of-Fame inductee - Soke Hausel. Soke taught karate, martial arts weapons, self-defense, samurai arts, jujutsu and martial arts history for 30 years at the University of Wyoming prior to moving to Mesa Arizona in 2006.

Considered a teacher of teachers and awarded Instructor of the Year, International Instructor of the Year and Grandmaster Instructor of the Year by international martial arts associations and once even inducted into two Halls of Fame in the same year: one for martial arts and the other for geological sciences. The Grandmaster says he loves to teach martial arts, even after 50 years. 

In 1964, 50 years ago, Soke Hausel stepped into a dojo to learn to defend himself as a teenager who had long hair and found it was not popular to be different in those days. And he has been training and teaching ever since.

There are self-proclaimed grandmasters that have popped up all over the world in recent years who have questionable credibility. Soke Hausel is certified as grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate (Seiyo Kai) by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei and Juko Kai International.

As a martial arts instructor, he searches for ways to help his students enjoy martial arts and develop as much power as possible. He believes in the Tim the Tool Man Taylor Home Improvement School of More Power. He created several kata, some designed to develop punching and blocking power, some designed to develop kicking power, and others designed to use finesse. He modified many classical kata to make all techniques in the kata practical and usable for self-defense.

When a professor at the University of Wyoming, his karate, kobudo, self-defense and jujutsu classes were some of the more popular on campus and always had waiting lists for students to get in. He periodically taught self-defense clinics in gymnasiums filled with students, staff and faculty. Many self-defense clinics for women included instruction in common weapons: car keys, cell phones, magazines, tablets, computers, purses, pens, coins, books, belts, salt and pepper shakers, shoes, lipstick cases; recently he added duck calls from the Duck Commander as a self-defense weapon (no we are not expecting to be attacked by a flock of angry ducks, we are only trying to stimulate people's imaginations on the variety of weapons available to them).

At one clinic in Mesa, Arizona, a group of girl scouts brought their back packs to a clinic and emptied them on the floor. The girl scouts were in awe at how all of the contents in their backpacks could be used as weapons - and they trained with each content as a weapon of self-defense. He taught several martial arts groups use of hanbo along with kibo, the ASP, or expandable police baton and manrikigusari. The manriki is often thought to be a weapon of jujutsu or ninjutsu martial artists but members in these classes and clinics learned to use key chains, ropes and belts in similar techniques to the manriki and hanbo.

At a self-defense clinic for librarians in the Chandler Public Library, the Chandler employees were shocked to find they had been working in the midst of hundreds of weapons: library cards, staplers, pencils, pens, desk top name signs, books, magazines, world globes, etc.

At a recent clinic for a at the hombu in Mesa (on the border with Gilbert and Chandler) he taught the ladies to use their hands, fingers, elbows, knees and feet for self-defense along with using car keys and purses. The highlight of the clinic was when one of his students volunteered to let the ladies kick him in the groin and punch him in the ribs and stomach. Ryan Nemec, the volunteer, was recently awarded Male Martial Arts Student of the Year at the Juko Kai International Clinic in New Braunfels, Texas, where he learned a unique martial art known as Juko Ryu Kijutsu. Soke Hausel was very proud of his student's dedication and award.

One of the martial arts instructors at the dojo,  Dr. Neal Adam, Professor of Biology at Grand Canyon University, recently tested for Dai-Shihan and Rokudan (6th dan). Professor Adam has been a student of Soke Hausel's for more than 2 decades and trained under him at the University of Wyoming in the early 1990s and now at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa. To demonstrate his expertise and knowledge of martial arts, Dr. Adam developed kata for Nerdy Professors and also for Nebraska Corn Huskers. In these kata, Dr. Adam used his tools of trade - eye glasses taped together, pens, protractor, belt, shoes for self-defense. In another kata, he showed us how to use a corn cob pipe, corn cobs, suspenders, straw hat, etc. for self-defense weapons. This is the Okinawan way. In 1480 AD, King Sho Shin of Okinawa outlawed all weapons in his country, leaving his peasants totally open to invasion by Japanese samurai (sounds familiar), so the peasants developed kobudo using their tools of trade - oars, fishing poles, hooks, farming implements, etc for weapons.

Dai-Shihan Neal Adam with Corn Husker
Hausel is one of the highest ranked Shorin-Ryu instructors in the world resides and teaches martial arts in the East Valley of Phoenix. In December 2012, he was promoted and certified as junidan. This rank certification has only happened a few times since the modern martial arts ranking system was adopted by Jigoro Kano, the head-founder (grandmaster) of Judo in the 19th century. Hausel was also awarded Meijin () Wa-jutsu this past June 2013, a title awarded to few martial artists.

Along with these recognitions, he has been inducted into more than a dozen halls-of-fame around the world and was recently honored as a member of Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. And this year is the 10th anniversary of his initial induction into Who’s Who in the World and the 20th anniversary since inducted into Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering for research and scientific contributions to geology while at the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming, and also as a geological consultant. Just a few years ago, he was presented one of the highest honors in geology when he and six of his colleagues were presented the 2009 Thayer Lindsey Award at the PDAC convention in Canada.

So, 2014, is the Golden anniversary of Soke Hausel’s martial arts and his 40th year anniversary since he became a geologist.

Soke Hausel poses with katana in traditional hakima

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Karate Experts Train at Traditional Martial Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona

We welcomed yudansha (black belts) and senpai (senior students) from the Utah Shorin-Kai from Murray, Utah to the Arizona Hombu in Mesa. The Utah martial artists flew to Phoenix to train in advanced martial arts techniques and hanbo on May 3rd and May 4th, 2013. The Utah martial artists arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor from Salt Lake International airport on Friday morning and checked into a motel in Chandler near the Arizona martial arts training center at the border of Gilbert and Mesa (Baseline and MacDonald). Friday evening, the group led by Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan, arrived at the martial arts facility and exchanged hugs, handshakes and greetings with members of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Soke Hausel, grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu.

Jeff Schroeder uses hanbo to block strike by Kim Schroeder at the Arizona Hombu (NemecPhotos).
With greetings exchanged, the martial artists bowed in and began training with hanbo. The hanbo is essentially a 3-foot bo (stick) often seen carried by ninja or jujutsuka. Weapons similar to hanbo include tonfa, nitanbo and kioga. The kioga, also referred to as kibo, is a common tool of law enforcement agents referred to as ASP or expandable baton. The difference between use of the hanbo and kioga is that the hanbo is always of the same length. The difference between training between law enforcement officials and martial artists is that law enforcement training is very limited. But martial artists never end training of the tool and use it to activate pressure points and use it for blocks, strikes, restraints and throws. Following two hours of training with hanbo, the group retired until the next morning.

On Saturday morning, training began in advanced empty hand (karate) techniques. These included blocks, strikes, chokes, throws and restraints. The group trained for five hours before the clinic ended. At the end, Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan and Renshi Todd Stoneking, 6th dan, presented gifts to Soke Hausel. Members of Arizona and Utah said their goodbyes and it was the consensus that time went by too fast. Soke Hausel will travel to Utah in the fall for the Utah gassuku (adverse training) at the East Canyon resort near Park City.

Professional photographs of the martial artists and martial arts at the Hombu clinic were provided by NemecPhotos. We are very thankful and appreciated by the excellent quality of the photography at this year’s clinic.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts in Arizona

At the Arizona Hombu (Arizona School of Traditional Karate) in Mesa & Gilbert, Arizona, we teach a variety of classes and martial arts unmatched in the Phoenix Valley.

(1) Shorin-Ryu Karate: In addition to Okinawa Karate, we teach many kata (forms) with self-defense applications for every kata. These become powerful guides to teaching muscle memory and self-defense.

(2) Kobudo (Martial Arts Weapons). Karate and Kobudo were always taught together and we start you right away in learning kobudo. These were the farming and fishing implements used by Okinawans for self-defense. We have expanded this to include some modern day tools. We have a list of the weapons we teach at our school on our website. And we teach you actually how to use these - not how to twirl.

(3) Samurai Arts. Our Samurai Arts include the samurai sword (iaido and kenjutsu), the naginata (long pole with blade), yari (spear), hanbo (half bo), bo, manrikigusari (weighted chain or rope), jujutsu (throwing arts), and hojojutsu (restraining).

(4) Self-Defense. Our grandmaster has taught dozens of self-defense clinics all over the West and specializes in teaching people how to defend with their hands, feet, elbows, knees and common everyday weapons like car keys, books, computers, etc.

(5) Special Secret Arts. Soke Hausel has been training in martial arts for nearly 5 decades and has trained with a some of the top martial artists in the world. In special clinics, you can learn unusual arts including pressure point attacks, one-punch knockouts, tameshiwari (breaking rocks), tameshigiri (test cuts), shitaikori (body hardening). These latter arts are not for everyone and are only taught to those who show interest.

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