Your First Class. Yokoso! Welcome! Before you begin training at our traditional dojo (martial arts school) on the border of Chander, Gilbert and Mesa, you need to sign a waiver and pay for your first month. The only other fees will be for periodic rank tests when you achieve certain levels of expertise. Rank tests are typically scheduled 3 to 4 months apart and you only pay if you pass. The fee for each mudansha rank (colored belt) is $50: you will receive a proper certification from Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai in both Japanese and English.
If you have any physical limitations, be sure to let us know and we will modify techniques to suit any limitations. You first night, week or month, you should just plan to wear gym clothes. When you are ready, you may want to buy a karate uniform known as a gi. We do not sell equipment and recommend you contact a martial arts supply house to purchase one. Search for an all white, traditional karate uniform.
On your first night, we will introduce you to all of the other students and then teach you the basics (kihon) of karate. When it is apparent you need additional help, we will put you with another black belt (yudansha) instructor (sensei) for individual attention. In this way you will advance faster than in most other martial arts schools.
We operate a traditional Okinawan martial arts school. So plan to bow a lot and plan to learn some Japanese language. We have one of the top martial arts instructors in the world, so you will learn a variety of martial arts cored around Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. ‘Shorin-Ryu’ translates as ‘Shaolin style’. Karate translates as ‘empty hand’ and Kobudo translates as ‘old martial arts weapons’.
Soke Hausel (宗家), Junidan (十二段) (12th degree black belt), is one of only a handful of Shorin-Ryu Karate Grandmasters to receive a rank of 12th dan since the 19th century. A copy of his certifications are available at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate for examination.
Soke Hausel has been inducted into 16 Halls-of-Fame for both martial arts and geological sciences. He has also been awarded Martial Arts Instructor of the Year, International Martial Arts Instructor of the Year, Martial Arts Grandmaster Instructor of the Year, Grandmaster of the Year and International Grandmaster of the Year. His martial arts students at the University of Wyoming were awarded Juko Kai International’s Top-Rated Martial Arts School of the Year.
Dr. Neal Adam. Shihan (師範) Adam, godan (五段)(5th dan), has been training in martial arts for more than 3 decades. In addition to training at the Arizona Hombu dojo, he is a professor of Biology at Grand Canyon University. Shihan Adam has been a student of Soke Hausel’s for more than 20 years.
Sensei Bill Borea. Sensei (先生) Borea, nidan (二段)(2nd dan) trained in Japan and has been training with Soke Hausel for 5 years. He is a retired air force pilot.
Sensei Paula Borea. Sensei (先生) Paula Borea, nidan (二段)(2nd dan), is Japanese-American with Samurai (侍) lineage. Not only has she trained in Japan, she is our staff samurai - one of true Samurai lineage.
Our senpai (seniors) include Sarah Kamenicky (Nidan), Dan Graffius (Nidan), Dan Lang (Shodan), Ryan Harden (Ikkyu), Patrick Scofield (Sankyu) & Charles Jean (Sankyu).
Most classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Martial Arts (also known as the Arizona Hombu) are taught by Soke Hausel. Our martial arts school offers a wide variety of Japanese/Okinawa martial arts. The core of martial arts taught at the dojo (道場) are Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (martial arts weapons), but being that Soke has also trained in Jujutsu, (柔術) and other arts, one will be exposed to these arts in classes. Soke is a master in some samurai arts (侍), so all students have the opportunity to learn classical Japanese samurai arts along with traditional karate and kobudo. Over the years, Soke taught dozens of self-defense clinics to a very wide variety of groups including university classes and clinics for women.
We focus on traditional martial arts known as ‘do’ (pronounced ‘doe’). We do not compete as this was never the intention of traditional martial arts. Gichin Funakoshi (the father of modern Okinawa Karate) stated, "there are no contests in karate". We practice: (1) kihon (basic exercises), (2) kata (forms), (3) bunkai (self-defense applications), (4) kumite (focused & restricted sparring), (5) kobudo (weapons), and (6) shitai kori (body hardening).
Business History. Soke Hausel has been teaching martial arts for more than 4 decades and training for nearly 5 decades. After teaching martial arts for 30 years at the University of Wyoming, he and his wife Sharon moved to Gilbert, Arizona and opened the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in 2006 on Baseline Road at the border of Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa. He is the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai (also known as Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Renmei, Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Bujutsu Renmei) (see: Seiyo Shorin-Ryu) & has been affiliated with Juko Kai International since 1992. He was appointed grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu in 1999. Soke is a martial artist, Christian, geologist, writer, public speaker, artist and former musician & astronomer.
Contact Information: Call us at 480-294-1001 (telemarketers & solicitors should not call) or stop by and talk with us at 60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, Arizona.
In 2009, we celebrated a group of anniversaries. Hausel began training in karate at the Black Eagle Federation Kokusinkai dojo in Salt Lake City: 45 years later, he is still in karate! In 1969, Hausel taught his first karate class at the University of Utah Shotokan Karate Club - making this his 40th anniversary as a martial arts instructor. In 1999, he was appointed Sokeshodai of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Remnei and Soke Sacharnoski making this year the 10th anniversary as grandmaster.
At the 2009 Juko Kai International Clinic, Soke Hausel was presented Shodai Soke appointment of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Budo/Bujutsu Kai by Dai-Soke R. Sacharnoski as well as certificate as Central Hombu Shihan in Juko-Ryu Aiki Inyo Bujutsu, Professor of Bujutsu & Juko Kai Honor Award for One Who Points the Way.
Other awards & nominations for 2009 included Top 2000 Scientists of 2008-09, 21st Century Achievement Award, Most Admired Man of the Decade, International Einstein Award for Scientific Achievement, Great Minds of the 21st Century Award, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Hall of Fame for Distinguished Accomplishments, & the Thayer Lindsley Award for a major international mineral discovery.
Black Belt Magazine, November, 1999 Buzzline writes"W. Dan Hausel, Professor of Martial Arts at the University of Wyoming, was appointed Soke Shodai (grandmaster)/kudan (9th degree black belt) of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate/Kobudo by the Zen Kokusai Soke Budo/Bugei Renmei commission at the Juko Kai International headquarters in North Carolina on September 26th, 1999. Soke Hausel was also recently honored in 1998 by induction into two hall of fames, honored as instructor of the year by two international associations, and highlighted in several Marquis, American Biographical Institute, and International Biographical Center Who's Who documents for accomplishments in martial arts, geological sciences, public speaking, writing and art.
SOKE OF THE YEAR
W. Dan Hausel, Soke Shodai of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai was noted as the Top JKI Soke of the year for 2000 (The November, 2000 issue of Juko Kai Warrior, v. 40, no. 11).
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