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.



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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