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.