Monday, March 23, 2020

Best Karate School in Arizona

Our Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Hombu dojo, also known as the Arizona Hombu Karate dojo in Mesa, Arizona, remains as one of the top martial arts schools in Arizona. During the past seven years, the Arizona Hombu has been recognized as one of the better martial arts schools in Arizona for traditional karate, kobudo, samurai arts and self-defense for training adults and families. This year is no exception, as the Hombu is recognized again, as one of the better schools in the Phoenix valley. 

Prior to moving the Hombu dojo of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu to Arizona, Soke Hausel, the grandmaster of the traditional martial art, had established the Hombu dojo at the University of Wyoming in Laramie over a period of more than 30 years. While at the university, the Hombu and Grandmaster Hausel had also received many regional, national and international awards for the best martial arts program and the best instructor. 

So, if you would like to learn from the best - we hope you will visit our dojo at 60 W. Baseline Road, just down the street from the Baseline-Country Club Road Walmart Center. 



Check us out on the Expertise website. While you are at it
check out the credentials of our grandmaster. We also
recommend that you try a google search for Soke Hausel.





We Still have the number 1 martial artsteacher
 in all of Phoenix.


















Letter from the University of Wyoming president recognizing
Soke Hausel




Thursday, January 25, 2018

Best Martial Arts School in the Phoenix Arizona Valley

Grandmaster Hausel and  Arizona Hombu Karate Dojo in 
the Phoenix valley continue to receive national & 
international recognition in expertise in martial arts & teaching abilities.
The Arizona Hombu Karate Dojo is the best martial arts school in the Phoenix Valley, of Arizona, based on 'Expertise'. 

This relates to expertise of martial arts instructors, outstanding students, and traditional Okinawa martial arts curriculum that is unmatched in the state. The school in Mesa in the east valley of Phoenix, offers classes in Karate, Kobudo (these are the well-known martial arts weapons from Okinawa), Samurai Arts, and Self-Defense. But in each of these categories and many different martial arts taught at the school. For instance, Kobudo includes many arts such as bojutsu, nunchakujutsu, tekkojutsu, saijutsu, tonfajutsu, ekujutsu, and several more. Then, samurai arts are the classical arts of Japanese samurai which includes bojutsu, iaido (samurai sword), sojutsu (spear), naginatajutsu (pole arm), hanbojutsu (half-bo) and many more arts.
Dr. Florence Teule from France, who recently appeared on
Stan Lee's Superhumans, practices kenjutsu during martial
 arts clinic taught by Who's Who in Martial Arts Legend
Grandmaster Hausel from Gilbert, Arizona during
a clinic in Gillette, Wyoming

The karate dojo focuses on  adults, families, and traditions. While many classes around the Phoenix Valley are taught by teens with little expertise, the Arizona Hombu karate school has highly educated instructors and students. Where else can you find a martial arts school filled with university faculty, school teachers, engineers, rocket scientistsscientists, authors, accountants, musicians, lawyers, nurses, pilots, computer techsdoctors, including a Hall-of-Fame geologist, and a couple of Hall-of-Fame martial artists. In fact, the dojo is operated by a Hall-of-Fame martial artist who is also a Who's Who in Martial Arts Legend and was presented one of only a handful of awards recognizing him as a martial arts genius! So, you decide: - (1) take martial arts from a teenager, or from a school with adult instructors that have more than 2 CENTURIES of combined martial arts experience.  Currently, the martial arts school attracts about 30% women as well as young adults and senior citizens and some families.

The Arizona Hombu Karate Dojo has been around for many years and was initially established at the University of Wyoming The Hombu moved to Arizona in 2006 from the University of Wyoming, where the school was initially established as a dojo on campus for 30 years after moving from the University of New Mexico and from the University of Utah

Much of the curriculum at the Arizona Hombu Karate Dojo (aka Arizona School of Traditional Karate) focuses on the traditional Shorin-Ryu martial arts. Shorin-Ryu was developed on Okinawa and has origins in the Chinese Shaolin martial arts.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Arizona Karate Grandmaster Looks Back at Golden Anniversary


In 2014, Soke Hausel, Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo Seiyo Kai, celebrated 50 years of
 martial arts training. O'Sensei Bill Borea (right) presents plaque from the student body to Grandmaster Hausel 
in recognition of his 50 years of training. Soke Hausel has been inducted in more than a dozen Hall of Fames
 around the world and taught martial arts at four different universities.
Karate, Kobudo and other traditional martial arts have been part of Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel's life for more than 50 years! This love of traditional martial arts began in 1964 after the Beatles invaded the US. For those who are too young to remember the invasion - it had a profound effect on most teenagers.


On Sunday nights, families religiously watched the Ed Sullivan showIn those days, most only had three black and white channels, no play back, and yet it was more entertaining than cable or satellite TV today. According to Soke Hausel, "We had no idea who these four British musicians were or what they were about, but they changed many people over night". As Soke tells the story...

The Churchmen, Rock n' Roll Band, about 1964. Left to right -
Jan Hart, Steve Paulos, George Allen and Dan (Soke) Hausel
"When I attended school the next day, everyone was talking about the invasion. I wanted to be a musician - just like millions of other kids around the world. So, I took up the guitar. I purchased a Gibson Firebird - can you believe it, I just saw a similar guitar selling for $28,000 on ebay. I paid a little over $100 for mine! Later, three other guys (Steve Poulos, Jan Hart, and George Allen) found me and we formed a band called the 'Churchmen". We became very popular in Utah and started playing at concerts and parties every weekend but soon we realized having long hair had drawbacks - rednecks wanted to shave our heads and rough us up because we were different. Today, I have no problem with rednecks - some of my heroes are rednecks.

Luckily, right next to my former junior high school was a karate dojo - the Black Eagle Federation - so we all signed up for kyokusinkai karate and trained with Sensei Tom Anguay. That was my start in martial arts. More than 50 years later, I've trained in several martial arts. Many doors opened for me because of my affiliation with the University of Wyoming where I taught martial arts classes and clinics for more than 30 years, and because of my association with Juko Kai International. 

The Churchmen became a very popular band at
the Terrace Gardens in Salt Lake City for a few
years until the band broke up.
A few years later, the Churchmen broke up and I joined another band - the 12th Night, but it wasn't my kind of band. We played for university venues and in pubs, but I didn't like playing in night clubs. About that time, I started teaching guitar at the Music Center. But one day, I had enough and gave up my career as a professional musician and sold my Firebird for a few hundred dollars and started working as a tour guide and astronomy lecturer at the Hansen Planetarium. I had stars in my eyes.

Today, I train 5 to 6 days each week in martial arts (you've probably seen me at your gym in Gilbert, Mesa, or Chandler and teach 8 classes each week. When I was a professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming, I taught a few thousand students karate, kobudo, jujutsu, samurai artsself-defense, martial arts history and women’s self-defense while developing a prestigious martial arts program at the University from 1977 to 2007. Previously, I had taught at the University of New Mexico and University of UtahWhen I moved to Arizona, I taught a few classes at Arizona State University in 2007 but then opened a martial arts school (or Hombu dojo) on the border of ChandlerGilbert and Mesa. And, I started teaching Zonies to break rocks with their hands, rather than a rock hammer.

Steve Paulos and Dan Hausel (Desert News photo)
More than 50 years ago, karate was different as were the instructors (sensei). In 1964, bullying was encouraged and karate training was brutal - but at least no one ever took a bullet even though guns were very common and often seen in many teenager's truck windows in the parking lot on campus. We even had a target range under the high school where members of ROTC trained with .22 caliber rifles. 

I elected to continue martial arts for the rest of my life. Traditional martial arts should be a lifelong commitment - not a fling, but it is rare to find anyone who can make that kind of commitment. 

Traditional karate provides opportunities to get in shape, meet others with like minds, make lifelong friends, and learn pragmatic self defense. Traditional martial arts are about earning everything. One major difference between traditional and sport martial arts was pointed out in the original Karate Kid movie. Remember Miyagi-Ryu Karate (traditional) and Cobra Kai Karate (sport)? Traditional karate is about courtesy, self-respect, and respect for others. Those who train in traditional karate practice it as if it is a weapon and we all learn self-confidence. Every single person I trained in traditional karate came out much more positive and self-confident. Those in sport karate train as if it is a sport or game. Personally, I have no problem with sport, but after 50 years I understand this significant difference that is unrecognized by the layman. There are some good sport karate schools and organizations, but this form of karate does not be focus on self-defense but rather on trophies, sparring, and periodically bullying - but there are both good and bad sport practitioners - just like we see in the NFL and in other sports. Unfortunately, there are a lot more sport karate schools and this has resulted in scam artists opening martial arts schools - many purchased diplomas or fabricated their own. In traditional karate, most everyone knows everyone else and everyone's instructors, so legitimacy is everything and it is very difficult for a politician - err I mean scam artist, to sneak into the system.  On Okinawa, the birth place of karate, nearly all karate schools are traditional.
Today, I teach karate classes and other martial arts to adults and families at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (aka Arizona Hombu) on the border of Gilbert and Mesa. We have may students scattered worldwide: many are university professors, teachers, engineers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, social scientists, law enforcement agents, artists and some are common laborers. My son Eric, daughter Jessica and grandsons are all proficient in karate. It is my hope that you too will follow the karate path."









The 12th Night Rock n' Roll Band with Dan (Soke) in front center about 1970 (Photo courtesy of University of
 Utah)

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.


























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).

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.