Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mesa Arizona Karate Students Learn Many Martial Arts Weapons

It has been tradition in Okinawa martial arts for more than five centuries to teach kobudo with karate. By learning weapons and karate as one martial art, a person is better prepared in self defense situations. It became a tradition on Okinawa after King Shoshin outlawed bladed weapons in 1480 AD for fear of an uprising. As a result, Okinawan peasants began training with their tools of trade as weapons. A fisherman learned to use fish hooks, gutting tools, paddles, ropes for self-defense and farmers learned to use poles, hoes, shovels, sickles and other tools for self-defense. This can also be applied to Arizona.

This same form of Karate and Kobudo are taught at the Arizona Hombu martial arts school in Mesa, Arizona.

Grandmaster Hausel poses with kama (sickles) at the Arizona Hombu Karate & Kobudo Dojo in Mesa, Arizona.
When one learns to use the ancient Okinawan weapons, they are also introduced to everyday tools such as belts, car keys, coins, towels, magazines, cell phones, rocks, hammers, water bottles and other tools found around the workplace, home or restaurant. It makes a person better prepared in case they end up in a situation where they need to defend against more than one person, or an armed individual.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Martial Arts Weapons Classes in Mesa, Arizona are Best of Mesa

Best of Mesa Award - 2 years in row!
When the Arizona Hombu opened in 2006 in Mesa Arizona, we were hoping we could continue with an excellent martial arts program, such as the one at the University of Wyoming - where the UW club was recognized as the top Juko Kai International - affiliated school in 1999.

And we did - our school was awarded "BEST OF MESA" in 2013 and in 2014.

And unlike the Taekwondo school down the road on McQueen and the Mixed Martial Arts school on Arizona, we are still here. May of those students are now stuck paying for contracts without any school. At the Arizona Hombu, there are no contracts and our instructor has decades of experience with a lifetime of commitment to martial arts. Grandmaster (Soke) Hausel has been teaching martial arts for more than 4 decades and has been awarded the four highest honors in martial arts. 

As the sun sets over many nearby martial arts schools and many students are stuck paying for contracts for defunct schools, the Arizona Hombu is still going strong.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kobudo (martial arts weapons) Classes and Schools in Mesa, Arizona

Kobudo classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate dojo in Mesa, Arizona, provides karate students with a complete curriculum in martial arts training. Most martial arts students are not offered this opportunity, but at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate on the border of Mesa with Gilbert and Chandler, class fees include training in both empty hand (karate) and weapons (kobudo). Students of traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate learn both arts: kobudo has always been taught with karate in the historical pat. Kobudo, the ancient art of weapons, is an extension of the empty hand. You can not have one without the other. In the photo below, students at the Arizona Martial Arts school on the corner of Baseline and MacDonald learn to use nunchaku in bunkai (practical applications) as well as in six different kata (forms).

Such an art is important for peaceful people to learn. In particular, women should learn kobudo as weapons will give them an advantage. Not only are traditional Okinawan weapons taught at this Arizona Martial Arts School, but so are common everyday weapons such as car keys, belts, rope, magazines, books, and coins. With reported statistics indicating that 1 in every 4 women will be sexually assaulted in college, learning to use that book, magazine, car keys, notebook, pen, frying pan, etc could provide a needed advantage.

Training in nunchaku kata at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (fall, 2014)
Kobudo (Martial Arts Weapons) Classes in Mesa, Arizona include training in the basics, kata (forms), and bunkai (self-defense applications). Most of the traditional Okinawan kobudo weapons are taught along with modern weapons such as key chain, magazine, coins, expandable baton, shovel, etc.

What is kobudo? Kobudo is a martial art of using tools at hand as a weapon. It was created on Okinawa in 1480 AD, and blended with karate such that the two are now inseparable in the traditional Okinawan martial arts. If you have a set of car keys, a pen, a book, a magazine, fish hook, hammer, etc., these are modern kobudo weapons. When kobudo was created, the Okinawans used their fishing and gardening tools as both weapons and tools. These became an extension of karate and used the same stances, arm and leg movements, and even similar kata (forms). In several of the traditional Okinawan martial arts, kobudo is taught along with karate - they are inseparable - they are like the tires on a bicycle.

“Karate and Kobudo can be likened to tires of a bicycle. Both are needed to make the bike move”

Kobudo classes in Mesa, Arizona include training with bo.
All students of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai (西洋少林流) who train around the world and at the Arizona Hombu, also known as the Arizona School of Traditional Karate learn karate and kobudo together. We also educate our students in martial arts history, training and activities.


Kobudo students in Arizona also train with hanbo (half-bo) and expandable batons
Karate and Kobudo were blended into one martial art centuries ago, and only recently in the 20th century, many Japanese forms of karate elected to eliminate kobudo. And when karate was introduced to the US, even more schools chose to eliminate kobudo from the curriculum.

Kobudo employs Okinawan farming & fishing tools as weapons including nunchaku (rice flails), nitanbo (batons), kama (sickles), short staff (hanbo), tsue (cane), bo (6-foot staff), iiku (oar), ra-ke (rake), tonfa (rice grinder handles/baton), surichin (weighted rope), tanto (knife), fish hook, short rakes, rope, weighted chain, Kusarigama (weighted sickles), Manrikigusari (weighted chain, rope), Kuwa, Konobo, Konsaibo, Tetsubo (Club) and more.
Okinawan gardening in Arizona with kuwa
Training with kama and nitanbo
You don't have to swing nunchaku to be effective

Training with sai
In addition to the traditional Okinawan kobudo tools, Soke Hausel also teaches 
Japanese samurai arts including sojutsu (see above), naginata, iaido (sword),
rope restraints, tanto (knife), jujutsu (throwing arts) and hanbo (half-bo)
Kobudo should be pragmatic. The twirling of martial arts weapons makes them look more like part of a circus that a martial art. Students (deshi) should learn to use such weapons with power, focus and mushin, along with kata for kobudo weapons and bunkai (applications) kumite (sparring) for both kobudo and kobujutsu weapons.

Tonfa (side handle baton).