Daniel San: “So, karate's fighting. You train to fight?”
Miyagi: “That what you think?”
Miyagi: “Then why train?”
Daniel: “So I won't have to fight?”
Your First Class. Before you begin training at our traditional karate school on the border of Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa, just a short distance from Tempe and Phoenix, you need to sign a waiver and pay for your first month (no contract). The only other fees will be for periodic rank tests when you achieve levels of expertise. Rank tests are scheduled 2 to 6 months apart and you only pay if you pass.
If you have any physical limitations, let us know and we'll modify techniques to suit you. Wear gym clothes & when you are ready, get a karate uniform known as gi. We do not sell these and recommend you contact a martial arts supply house. Find an all white, traditional karate uniform. If you purchase from another dojo (martial arts school), be aware that they may have their logo attached to the gi.
We will introduce you to all of our students & start teaching you the basics (kihon) of karate. When it is apparent you need additional help, we'll put you one on one with another black belt (yudansha) instructor (sensei) for individual attention. In this way you will advance faster.
We operate a traditional Okinawan martial arts school that has received local, national and international recognition! Plan to bow a lot & learn some Japanese.
We have one of the better martial arts instructors who is a member of more than one Hall-of-Fame. He has been awarded 'martial arts instructor of the year', 'international martial arts instructor of the year', and 'grandmaster of the year'.
Soke Hausel (宗家), junidan (十二段) (12th dan), is only one of a handful of martial artists to receive a rank of 12th dan since the 19th century. A copy of his certifications are displayed at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate for examination.
Dr. Neal Adam. Dai-Shihan (師範) Neal Adam, rokudan (六段)(6th dan). In addition to a karate master at the Arizona Hombu dojo, he is a professor of Biology at Grand Canyon University. Dr. Adam has been a student of Soke Hausel’s for more than 2 decades.
Sensei Bill Borea (3rd dan) trained in Japan prior to the Arizona Hombu. 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. Paula keeps us all in line and has trained in ikebana (flower arranging) and chado (tea ceremony). She is a tiger in a karate gi & an inspiration to all of us at the hombu dojo!
Sensei Ryan Harden. Shodan ( 初段) (1st dan) Ryan is originally from Arizona and has developed into one of the better martial arts technicians in the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu system. He began training in karate at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and has turned into an outstanding martial artist.
Sensei Patrick Scofield. Sensei Patrick Scofield (shodan 初段) has a lineage of martial artists in his family. His father trained in Shorin-Ryu Karate on Okinawa while in the US Marine Corp. When not kicking, he works as an engineer and is a pilot and plays guitar. Partick was also awarded Sensei status by Soke Hausel because of his innate ability to educate others and his enjoyable personality.
Classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Martial Arts (aka Arizona Hombu) are taught by Soke Hausel. Our school offers a wide variety of Japanese/Okinawa martial arts. The core art taught at the dojo (道場) is Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo (martial arts weapons). Soke is a master in some samurai arts (侍), so all students also have the opportunity to learn classical Japanese samurai arts along with traditional karate and kobudo.
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 (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 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. He is the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai (aka: Seiyo Shorin-Ryu) & has been affiliated with Juko Kai International since 1991. He was appointed grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu in 1999. Soke is a Christian, martial artist, geologist, writer, public speaker, artist and former musician & astronomer.
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.
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY of MARTIAL ARTS
Soke Hausel began training in karate in 1964 thus marking 2014 as Soke's Golden Anniversary. In addition to this unique Golden Anniversary, Soke Hausel was certified as the Soke of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai in 1999, making this the 15th anniversary of him becoming a grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo.
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).