Join our karate school on the border of Gilbert and Mesa Arizona and learn the traditions and values of traditional Okinawan karate and kobudo. This is not sport karate, but instead it is the karate taught for centuries on Okinawa for self-defense, respect and health. 

It is said on Okinawa that if you cannot defend yourself with one technique, then it is not karate. This is the type of karate we teach - a powerful karate with focus.


Daniel San: "So, karate's fighting. You train to fight"
Miyagi: "That what you think?" 
Daniel: "No"
Miyagi: "Then why train"
Daniel: "So I won't have to fight"


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 will need to sign a waiver and pay for your first month. The only other fees will be for periodic rank tests when you achieve various levels of expertise. Rank tests are individual and can be scheduled 2 to 6 months apart depending on your abilities - and you only pay if you pass.


Feel free to wear gym clothing to your first classes & when you are ready, get a karate uniform known as gi. We don't sell these & 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 sure they do not have their logo attached to the gi.


We will introduce you to all of our students & then start teaching you the basics (kihon) of karate. When it is apparent you need help, we'll put you one on one with a 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 - a member of more than one Hall-of-Fame and recognized as the Martial Arts Instructor of the Year, International Martial Arts Instructor of the Year & Grandmaster of the Year".


Soke Hausel ,junidan (12th dan), is only one of a handful of martial artists to be awarded 12th dan since the 19th century. A copy of his certifications are displayed at the Arizona Hombu (aka Arizona School of Traditional Karate) for your examination. Soke is a former instructor at four major universities & professor of martial arts (kyoju). He sought out the greatest living martial artist for his instructor, Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, who has been his instructor since 1991.


Dr. Neal Adam. Dai-Shihan Neal Adam, rokudan (6th dan) is a karate master instructor and 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 Borea is one of the better martial arts instructors in Arizona.


Sensei Paula Borea

Sensei Paula Borea, nidan (2nd dan) is Japanese-American with Samurai 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

Sensei Ryan Harden, nidan  (2nd dan), began training with Soke Hausel several years ago. Sensei Harden is originally from Arizona and has developed into one of the better martial arts technicians in the 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 (2nd dan), 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 has the innate ability to educate others with his enjoyable personality.

Senpai Victoria Price

Sensei Price came to us from another school and we have enjoyed having her as another of our black belt instructors. She has considerable experience and we look forward to keeping her at our dojo for many years. 

Senpai Alexis

Sensei Alexis, 1st dan, came to the Arizona School of Traditional Karate a short time after it moved to Arizona from Wyoming. She is a school teacher in the East Valley with very good martial arts technique. 

Senpai Scott Pritchett

Sensei Pritchett, 1st dan, started training in karate at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate while a student at Arizona State University. He has proven to be one of the better karate technicians in the region.



The Arizona Hombu was established in 1999 at the University of Wyoming and relocated to Arizona in 2006. Soke Hausel began training in martial arts in 1964. 


Our school offers a wide variety of Japanese/Okinawa martial arts. The core art is Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo (martial arts weapons)Soke is also a master of samurai arts, 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. 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(one-step sparring), (5) kobudo (weapons), and (6) shitai kori (body hardening).


Business History. Soke Hausel has been teaching martial arts for more than 4 decades. After teaching 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 & has been a member of Juko Kai International since 1991. He was certified as a grandmaster of 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, politicians & solicitors should not call) or stop by and talk with us at 60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, Arizona.

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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. 


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).