Tuesday, May 19, 2009


VISITORS The Hombu attracts visitors from around the globe for training - these are often international karate teams, members of Seiyo Kai International, individuals & business groups looking to keep their employees healthy and provide them with self-defense training.

In the past, we have seen EMT groups, flight attendant associations, Law Enforcement Groups, College Clubs, High School Clubs, and Military stop in for special training.

We have a different look than the majority of dojo (schools) in the region. Instead of the glass front, trophy heavy sport dojo, we practice 'traditional martial arts' and operate a traditional Okinawan dojo where the training is not visible to the general public. You are welcome to come in and see our beautiful dojo.ce D
AV school karate team from Punjab India (below), George and Elaine Mumford 

Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Arizona HOMBU in MESA

The Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Hombu dojo, Mesa, Arizona
The International Training Center for Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai is located at the NE corner of MacDonald at Baseline in Mesa. The cross roads for Baseline (nearby major roads) are Mesa Drive and Country Club. The Arizona Hombu, the world headquarters is open to the public & offers special training to the public & members of our world-wide Seiyo Kai International organization. We do not practice sport martial arts. We focus on traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo and the traditional values of martial arts. The Hombu dojo is designed as a traditional Okinawan school for martial arts and self-defense classes, seminars and clinics. Walk into our dojo and you will see copies of our diplomas to provide you with information showing that we are properly certified, we have a Shomen (正面), kamidana and a display of our lineage.

Soke Hausel demonstrates kuwa
INSTRUCTOR. Classes are taught by our own Mr. Miyagi - Grandmaster Hausel. Soke Hausel has 50+ years experience in martial arts & taught at 4 major universities over the past 4 decades. In addition to his students, he taught special clinics to law enforcement agents, engineering, taekwondo, EMT & nursing, military & church groups, women's clubs, airline attendent & traveler associations, senior citizens, children & faculty. In 2009, Soke Hausel celebrated 45 years in martial arts, 40 years as a martial arts instructor and 10 years for the existance of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai. Soke Hausel tries to add Japanese language as well as zen philosophy to his classes to provide his students an all around martial arts education.

CLASSES. When you walk into the Hombu in Mesa you will be greeted as a friend. When you begin training in our school, you will be taught traditions, such as how & when to bow, some Japanese, beginning & ending ceremonies & of course, how to tie your obi (belt), how to block (uke), strike (tsuki) & kick (geri). As you progress through basics, you will start to learn the secrets of Okinawan karate.

Kata (forms) are the heart of Okinawan karate & you will learn to use kata to your benefit - physical fitness, meditation, self-defense & more. Few instructors understand kata - yet kata & karate are the same. Kata contains hidden meanings & self-defense applications -when understood these result in an encyclopedia of self-defense applications with devastating strikes, blocks, kicks, avoidance, throws, escapes, restraints, pressure point strikes & ki (internal energy). Karate was created on Okinawa, and Okinawa Shihan (師範) and Sensei (先生) did their best to protect its secrets from mainland Japanese samurai & martial artists from all around the world.
As you continue to train in Shorin-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu translates as Shaolin and indicates a generic relationship with the Shoalin styles of China), you will be taught Kobudo (ancient Okinawan weapons). Kobudo is the art of Okinawan weapons that includes many farming and fishing tools such as bo (6-foot staff), hanbo (half-staff), nunchuku (nunchuks), kama (sickles), tonfa (batons), nitanbo (double sticks), sai (forks), kioga (expandable baton) eku (oar), ra-ke (rake), tsue (cane), katana (samurai sword), yari (spear), naginata (halberd). Trusted students are also taught one-punch knockouts, pressure point defenses & shitai kori (body hardening).

Kata training at the Hombu dojo
OUR CLASSES. Grandmaster Hausel teaches Okinawan karate & kobudo, self-defense, jujutsu & samurai arts. Special classes & clinics can be scheduled for groups or individuals in many other arts including (1) Self-defense against a gun & knife, (2) airline traveler self-defense, (3) Self defense for sport martial artists, (4) Jujutsu, (5) Samurai arts, (6) women's self-defense, (7) Kids Karate, Discipline & Traditions. But as a beginner in our dojo, you will be initially taught kihon (basics) how to walk, punch, kick, block. Then through the years, you will have an opportunity to learn as much in the martial arts as you would like. Soke Hausel is one of the few martial artists in the region that is a certified Judan (10th dan) red belt and has documentation that allows him to issue black belt ranks up to Hachidan (8th degree black belt). "There is no end to learning martial arts - only a beginning".

MEMBERSHIP. When you train at the Hombu, you become a member of a traditional martial arts association with members in China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Germany, Greece, the USA. Periodically, you will see groups from other countries as the arrive at the Hombu for special training. All members of our association are invited to train at these special clinics. We are proudly affiliated with Juko Kai International. Soke Hausel is also a member of Zen Kokudai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. Let us bring the tiger out in you. Learn to be self-confident, positive & disciplined. We are a family of martial artists & we look to help you in your development as a person.

CLASSES Adult & family
Call us - 480-294-1001
or email: Sokeshodai@yahoo.com 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12