Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mesa Martial Arts Weapons Classes

Soke Hausel demonstrates kama at the Arizona Hombu dojo, Mesa, Arizona
Okinawan karate and kobudo (martial arts weapons) go hand in hand. In fact, they are inseparable. They are like wheels on a bicycle. You need both to make the bicycle (and martial arts) go. But most martial arts schools do not teach both, and of those that do, many teach what some term as 'cheerleader' kobudo. Lots of twirling but no pragmatic use.

In Shorin-Ryu Karate, practitioners use kobudo as effectively as they use karate. This is important as both build on one another. Students of Shorin-Ryu also learn what every move in every kata (martial arts forms) is used for and use dozens of techniques as kobujutsu (combat arts). The students practice with weapons training with uke (a partner), so the weapons begin to feel very natural. In the advance stages of kobudo, they practice kumite (sparing) with weapons.

As the Shorin-Ryu student becomes more and more familiar with the weapon, just like in the empty hand (karate) techniques, they learn to use full power and focus with the weapon, both in practice during kata as well as in combat training with bunkai (self-defense applications from the kata). This is a very important part of the evolution of their karate and kobudo. Without achieving this last step, their kobudo can become a liability rather than an asset.
Shihan Gewecke (4th dan) applies wrist lock using kibo on
law enforcement officer Brett (2nd dan).
So how can this happen? Karate and Kobudo are dependent on muscle memory. It is common knowledge in the martial arts that "one will defend as they train". If a martial artist practices with little effort, power and focus, muscles learn to defend with the same lack of enthusiasm.

If you are a martial artist, ask yourself each time that you punch the next time you are in a dojo (martial arts school): "will my strikes and blocks stop an aggressor?"  Can my punch or kick knock down an attacker with one strike?  Does my partner flinch when I block?

If you cannot give a positive answer to these questions, your karate and kobudo need to be tweaked. To train properly, you need to educate your muscles - send them to martial arts graduate school and teach them to punch, block and kick with full force. This is done by practicing full force, power and focus with everything you do in the dojo. You can also practice the same way with a partner as long as you direct strikes to the side of your partner and not directly at them. This is important, because no matter how long you have been training, every once in a while a muscle forgets proper distance. Myself, I've been training for 5 decades and every once in awhile, I miss (to error is human).

Soke Hausel trains with katana in Arizona.


Grandmaster Hausel, Arizona Martial Arts Instructor, was introduced to Kobudo (Okinawa Martial Arts Weapons) in the 1960s, while a student at the University of Utah. Prior to training in Nunchuku, Bo (martial arts staff) and Sai, he had already accumulated about 4 to 5 years of training in empty hand martial arts known as Karate. Later he was introduced to other Okinawan and Japanese martial arts weapons.

Over the years, he was awarded certifications in 2 dozen martial arts as well as black belt ranks in karate, kobudo, samurai arts and jujutsu. Because of his extensive background in the martial arts, he was a popular instructor at various universities and offered self-defense training for a variety of groups including women's groups, clubs, sororities, faculty, church groups, military, etc. Since 1998, he has been inducted in more than a dozen Halls of Fame for his teaching skills in karate and kobudo (martial arts weapons).

Today at the Arizona Hombu on Baseline Road at the border of Mesa and Gilbert, students learn to use a large variety of martial arts weapons and the curriculum is growing as new weapons are learned and as new weapons are developed from common, modern everyday tools such as books, keys, cell phones, pens, etc. Soke Hausel has been greatly assisted by the very creative Dai-Shihan, Neal Adam (6th dan) in developing and testing new martial arts weapons.

After joining Juko Kai International in 1992, Soke found that martial arts association superior to any other martial arts association and instruction. Soke learned dozens of additional traditional Okinawa and Japanese martial arts weapons.

Ryan from Arizona trains with Thadd from the Utah Shorin Kai
using hanbo (police baton)
Adam takes rifle from his uke.


Two of Soke Hausel's black belt students train in
kobudo. Dr. Adam (6th dan) defends attack from Kathy (1st dan)
in kobudo classes at Mesa, Arizona






Today, members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai and the Arizona community can learn traditional Okinawan martial arts at the hombu dojo (martial arts school) in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler Arizona. Classes focus primarily on adults and the adults are a group of very likable individuals. Many people believe it is Hausel's background of being a professor of martial arts that attracts the positive type of people found in his dojos around the world.

For members of the Phoenix community - we highly recommend learning martial arts for self-defense - remember, you have to get to your gun to defend yourself, while in martial arts, you are carrying your tools (hands, feet, knees, elbows with you at all times.

O'Sensei Bill Borea uses kama against bo attack by Charles
For many women, we highly recommend also learning to use a hanbo (3-foot stick), kobuton (short stick), nitanbo (two sticks), bo (6-foot stick), kibo (Police expandable baton), tonfa, book, car keys, manriki (chain), hojo (rope), purse, computer, coffee mug, pen, cell phone, coaster, rake, hoe, shovel, etc in ways some were never intended.


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Officer Philbrick (2nd dan) applies arm bar to Shihan-
Gewecke (4th dan) after striking and throwing his partner
with kibo (ASP).
We teach our students to get a 'kick' out of gardening. Here Sensei Paula Borea
a real samurai from Japan, defends bo attack by O'Sensei Bill Borea using the
kuwa (garden hoe).
Adam trains with sai defending attack by O'Sensei Bill Borea


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