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.