Thursday, August 17, 2017

Best Karate & Kobudo Instructor In Phoenix, Arizona Valley

"Domo Arigato Gozaimasu Phoenix, Arizona" - Thank you Phoenix!

There are many great martial arts instructors in the Phoenix Valley; thus it is an honor to be considered as the best in the valley based on 'expertise'. In 2017, Soke Hausel, headmaster of the Arizona Hombu Dojo in Mesa, world head (grandmaster) of Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo (Seiyo Kai) and Juko Kai International Shihan (master instructor) was selected as best in the category of Expertise.

Soke Hausel has been teaching martial arts for nearly 5 decades and began his martial arts training in 1964 after growing long hair and joining a garage rock n' roll band. Because of the lack of tolerance for long hair in 1964, all four members of the band signed up for Japanese (kyokushin kai) karate for self-defense. Over the years he trained in Wado-Ryu, International Kenpo Karate KaiShotokan, Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo and Kempojutsu as well as other traditional martial arts including a variety of kobudo (weapons) arts and samurai arts. He certified in many martial arts including Juko Ryu bujutsu, Juko Ryu Kijutsu, and Bujinkan Ninpo Budo (ninjutsu) and has been an active member of Juko Kai International since 1993 and the Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei since 1999. Soke Hausel also has Shihan (5th dan), Sensei (3rd dan) and Senpai (1st dan) black belt certifications along with Soke (12th dan and 10th dan) black belt ranks. 

In 2017, Soke Hausel was elected to Who's Who in Martial Arts and selected for the Albert Nelson Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award. His dojo (martial arts center) was also selected for the 2017 Mesa, Arizona Small Business and Excellence Award as well as for the past four years.

Grandmaster Hausel is a distinguished polymath and received national and international awards not only in martial arts but also in geological sciences, art, writing and public speaking

Through the years, Soke Hausel has taught hundreds of students, faculty and staff members self-defense and traditional karate. While at the University of Wyoming for 30 years, he developed one of the more diverse traditional martial arts programs as Kyoju no Budo (professor of martial arts). He has taught self-defense to many different adult groups including Christian, LDS, boy scouts, girl scouts, military, professional, librarians, women's clubs, martial arts groups and more. He loves teaching martial arts and enjoys the people he works with.

Soke Hausel gives credit to Dai-Soke Sacharnoski who has been his personal instructor and mentor since 1993 for his abilities in martial arts. Hausel state's that "Dai-Soke Sacharnoski is the best martial artist I have ever seen and has provided me with a great model and path to follow".

Hausel says he is also grateful "God has blessed me with all of his accomplishments as a person and polymath". In his early life, Hausel had more or less been thought by some (including his high school counsellor) to have been the least likely to succeed.

Today, Soke Hausel teaches a variety of traditional martial arts to adults and families at the Arizona Hombu dojo in the 60 W Baseline Center in Mesa. All are welcome to visit the dojo and watch classes.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Arizona Hombu Selected As Best of Mesa, Arizona

The Arizona Hombu Dojo was selected as the Best of Mesa two years in a row by Best Businesses. This is the 4th year that the dojo (martial arts school in Mesa) has been selected as a top martial arts school. The dojo was selected by the Mesa Awards Program for the years 2015, 2014, 2013.

The Arizona Hombu dojo cirriculum  includes  Okinawan and Japanese traditional martial arts.  The grandmaster at the Arizona Hombu is a member of Juko Kai International, Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei, Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai and the US Soke Council.

Those who train at the Arizona Hombu have the opportunity to learn about martial arts history, philosophy, traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, personal self defense and samurai arts. The Hombu dojo is a traditional martial arts school and does not participate in competition and includes a group of active yudansha (black belt) instructors with a great group of students!

The classes at the Arizona Hombu dojo are limited in size and focus on adults. Even so, families are invited to join the Shorin-Ryu classes. In today's society, fathers and mothers are highly recommended to take these classes with their daughters and sons. Learning karate gives them an important edge in life.

The Arizona Hombu also participates in events for its members such as karate demonstrations, clinics at the Arizona Hombu as well as at the Juko Kai Hombu in New Braunfels, Texas and the Utah Shorin-Kai Gassuku (Outside training) at the East Canyon Resort near Park City. This is a classy martial arts school with many brilliant people.  This is about learning martial arts - the old fashion way.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Arizona's Grandmaster in Martial Arts

The Arizona Hombu, or administrative dojo for Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai(TM) is home of Hall-of-Fame Karate Instructor and Grandmaster of traditional karate & Kobudo, Soke Hausel. The Arizona Hombu dojo & Soke Hausel welcomes you to visit the Hombu in Mesa Arizona. 

Soke Hausel taught Karate, Kobudo, Jujustsu, Iaido and other Samurai arts along with Women's Self-Defense, Self-Defense, and other martial arts for 3 decades at the University of Wyoming prior to moving to Arizona in 2006. He has been a martial artist his entire life and loves to share his knowledge with his students. Adults and families will benefit from his teaching expertise, experience, and enthusiasm.

Awarded ‘Martial Arts Genius’ by Juko Kai International, Instructor of the Year by the American Karate Association, International Instructor of the Year by the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame, and Grandmaster of the Year by Juko Kai International, World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Latin American Martial Arts Society, World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame and Shinja Martial Arts University.

Soke Hausel loves teaching martial arts. He is an instructor's instructor, and few things give him greater joy than watching his students progress in martial arts as well as in life. He often hears from his students in their professional endeavors, family matters, and life's pursuits, and he jumps for joy whenever he hears anything from his current and past students around the world. 

Notable people in Gilbert, Arizona


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Best Karate School of Mesa, Arizona

Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense and Samurai arts  classes at the Arizona Hombu Dojo. "Thank you" again for selecting the Arizona Hombu (Arizona School of Traditional Karate) as the "Best Karate School in Mesa" in 2013, 2014 and in 2015. We work hard to be the best karate school in the West.

The name of our karate school - Arizona Hombu comes from the Japanese which means world headquarters, or administrative headquarters for Shorin-Ryu Karate. To have a hombu karate dojo implies that the karate school is home for a grandmaster of karate. Our karate grandmaster, known as Sokewas also selected for international recognition this summer for martial arts and geological sciences.

At the Arizona Hombu dojo, we share our 100 years of martial arts experience with adult (women and men) and family members in our Mesa Karate Classes. When you join our karate school, in Mesa, you become a member of our martial arts family.

Here is what is in store for you at the Arizona Hombu, our Arizona and International Training Center:

The more you train now, the less you will bleed when it really counts!
(1) Tuesday night classes are the focus on traditional karate. In our first class beginning at 6:45 pm, our students warm up with kihon (basic training exercises) (基本) and either work individually, or with a partner and practice kicks, punches, blocks, etc. This is followed by kata (forms) (型) training. At some point during the kata training, we break down into pairs and train with bunkai (practical applications). This is excellent physical fitness training as well as training for self-defense and self-improvement.

(2) our Wednesday Self-Defense Class is for the whole family and we have a high percentage of women and school teachers training with us including some university professors and senior citizens. Kids train with their parents.

We teach our students defenses against single attackers, sometimes more than one attacker, against a thug with a gun, a knife, a sword, or club. We also teach them to use the weapons at hand (hands, feet, books, magazines, car keys, etc).

(3) Thursday Kobudo and Samurai Arts classes focus on the traditional Kobudo weapons of the Okinawan peasants and also the traditional weapons of the Japanese Samurai and Okinawan Pechin. At the beginning of 2015, we began training with kama in the Kobudo class and yari in the Samurai class. Starting in June 2015, our students began to focus on the 6-foot staff known as bo and also the samurai sword known as katana.

Group training in kata (forms).

Bunkai training (applications from kata).

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Traditional Karate Classes in Arizona

What is sport karate? What is traditional karate?
Photo courtesy of Heather From, Uchi Deshi

Remember the classic scene between Miyagi and Daniel San in the Karate Kid

Daniel San “All right, so what are the rules here?” 
Miyagi “Don't know. First time you, first time me”. 

Daniel San “Well, I figured you knew about this stuff. I figured you went to these before. Oh great, I'm dead. I am dead. You told me you fought a lot”.

Miyagi For life, not for points.

"Sport karate has two branches: kata which focuses solely on outward appearances and kumite which is about winning and losing" - Kyoshi Tsuneo Kinjo, Okinawa, Japan

The great master of Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate, Gichin Funakoshi, who is acknowledged as the father of modern karate wrote,  “The purpose of karate lies not in defeat or victory, but in the perfection of its participants.” 

Traditional Karate is different from sport. In traditional karate there is no competition but instead traditional karate is geared towards positive attitude and powerful self-defense. The secret to traditional karate lies in training and understanding karate kata, the interpretation of kata known as bunkai, body hardening known as shitai kori, basics known as kihon, exercises known as undo, and weapons known as kobudo

In sport karate, participants are penalized for power.

“Traditional karate has the ability to train your body to the point whereby you can overcome an opponent with one technique without the need for weapons.” - Chojun Miyagi (Okinawa, Japan)

Traditional karate is not MMA. 

"Kata is the origin of karate. If there is no kata, there is no karate!  Without kata, there is no martial art; instead it becomes nothing more than primitive street fighting.” Soke Shoshin Nagamine (Okinawa, Japan)

We invite you to train at the Arizona Hombu with Hall-of-Fame grandmaster Soke Hausel in the  traditional martial arts of Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense & Samurai Arts with other adults and families. Visit our traditional martial arts school on the corner of Baseline with MacDonald and experience the difference of traditional martial arts. We have decades of knowledge in karate, kobudo, samurai arts, self-defense, jujutsu, martial arts history, martial arts philosophy that we are willing to share with our students. 

We hope you will join our martial arts and karate students from Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Queens Creek, Tempe and Scottsdale at our traditional hombu. Check our website for class times.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Traditional Karate

Torii gate in Japan. Photo by Heather From, Uchi Deshi
One would need to search the corners of the Earth to find anyone who has not heard of karate. Karate was created on a tiny group of islands known as Okinawa. Because of pragmatic combat effectiveness, karate spread throughout the world in the 20th century after it had been revealed to the public such that today, almost every person has a general idea of what karate is.

Many fighting sports in the world try to mimic karate and incorporate karate-like techniques; but just because someone kicks and punches does not imply they know karate let alone understand martial arts. Any school boy or girl will kick and punch under certain circumstances, but this does not mean they are karate practitioners. Unfortunately, few people understand the difference between sport karate and traditional karate. Even those who practise karate, most do not understand there is a dramatic difference between sport and traditional.
'Aerial Karate' - color pencil sketch by Soke Hausel
Sport Karate, as pointed out by Tsuneo Kinjo from Okinawa, has two branches - kata and kumite. In sport Karate, kata is practiced more like a dance contest with a fashion show - performed for trophies with a general lack of understanding of bunkai (pragmatic self-defense applications). Kumite (sparring) in sport karate is also about winning and losing. Those who train in sport karate wear padded gloves and try to out-score each other requiring many unfocused techniques. The Father of Modern Karate, Gichin Funakoshi of Okinawa wrote, "The purpose of Karate lies not in defeat or victory, but in perfection of its participants".

Traditional Karate is very different. It is about perfecting oneself and as stated by Chojun Miyagi, it is also about "... training oneself to be able to overcome an opponent with a single technique". This is why those who train at the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai hombu in Mesa, Arizona, are taught to develop maximum focus and work towards a skill of a one-punch knockout: not a knockout in a ring or cage, but a knockout that may save your life during an aggressive attack on the street. If a person has to use more than one technique in self-defense, they stand to lose the battle and possibly their life.
Gichin Funakoshi, pencil sketch by Soke Hausel

By definition, a martial art requires not only martial combat technique, but also esoteric value to guide a martial artist along an ethical and moral path. Think about it for a second. How many politicians are you aware of who train in traditional martial arts? Most of us would say none, others might answer Vladimir Putin, the Premier of Russia. After all Putin is reported to have a black belt in sport Judo.

But traditional martial and politics are antipathetic towards one another. Traditional martial arts requires honesty, ethics and morals. Politics requires a broken polygraph.

'Okinawan sunrise', pencil sketch bo Soke Hausel

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Traditional Martial Arts Instruction at the Arizona Hombu

Few other places in Arizona offer Traditional Martial Arts Instruction - basically, the way martial arts have been taught for hundreds of years. Visualized Mr. Miyagi in the 1984 Karate Kid film classic, and you have a general idea about Traditional Martial Arts.

In 2006, it was decided to move the Hombu from the University of Wyoming to Arizona. Along with moving, the Hombu (world headquarters of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai(TM)) was moved with our Grandmaster. We had hoped to re-establish the Hombu at Arizona State University, but our concerns were realized when we contacted Campus Recreation and found they had a MMA program. For a university of the caliber of ASU, this could be embarrassing, as the university has no martial arts education: MMA has little to do with martial arts. To be an art, it must offer esoteric value. There may be nothing wrong with MMA, just like there is nothing wrong with boxing, but neither are martial arts.

Thus the Hombu was finally established on the border of Gilbert and Mesa on Baseline Road only a mile from Chandler at the intersection with MacDonald. The new hombu was opened in 2008, almost on the day that the economy collapsed. We remember at about this time, prices were much lower - gasoline was selling for only $1.60/gallon in the valley, gold was selling for about $870/ounce, and there was a martial arts school on nearly every corner in the Phoenix valley.

It has now been 5 years since the Hombu was re-located to the border of Gilbert and Mesa. It is hard to believe time is moving so fast. The Seiyo-Shorin Ryu Hombu (also known as the Arizona Hombu), has now received a few hundred students. No where the amount seen while at the University of Wyoming, but we are slowly growing. Thus along with celebrating our 5th year anniversary at this location, we are also celebrating our 8th year since we relocated the Hombu from Wyoming to Arizona. We were pleasantly surprised to see that our Hombu was recognized by Mesa, when were were presented the Best of Mesa for 2013. This is also the 5th anniversary since our grandmaster was inducted into the 2008 USHOFMAA International Hall of Fame in Maryland along with appointment to the Supreme Elite Warrior's Council and appointment to the World Sokeship (Grandmaster) Council.

Part of our Hombu's operation is offering karate, kobudo, iaido, jujutsu and self-defense classes to the community. Thus, along with the hombu, we established the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (also referred to at the Arizona School of Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts). We were also excited to see that our Karate School had also won an award for excellence.
We have some other anniversaries and upcoming anniversaries. Our Grandmaster was notified last week, that this is the 10th year since he was initially inducted into Marquis Who's Who in the World. He has been highlighted in that biographical compendium for ten years straight. It is also the 10th anniversary since our grandmaster was inducted into the Latin America Society Worldwide Hall-of-Fame in Puerto Rico and the 10th year since he was awarded the International Grandmaster of the Year (2003).

It is also the 20th year since our grandmaster was first inducted into a Marquis Who's Who compendium. In 1993, he was included in Who's Who in the West and Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

In 2014, we will celebrate many more anniversaries including the 15th year anniversary of our grandmaster's appointment to the world head of Shoin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (Seiyo-Kai). It will also be the 50th year since he began his martial arts training. For traditional martial arts instruction in the East Valley of Phoenix, the Arizona Hombu stands alone.

Seiyo Shorin-Ryu students with Soke Hausel and Hanshi Ron Smith at the 2013 JKI clinic in New Braunfels.