Arizona Martial Arts Blog

Utah martial artists train in Mesa, Arizona

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

The Arizona Hombu in Mesa, welcomed several yudansha (black belt rank) and sempai (senior brown belts) from the Utah Shorin-Kai located in Murray, Utah to train in advanced martial arts techniques and hanbo on May 3rd and May 4th. The group arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor from Salt Lake International airport on Friday morning and checked into their motel in Chandler near the Arizona martial arts training center on the border of Gilbert and Mesa near Baseline and MacDonald. On Friday evening, the group led by Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan, arrived at the martial arts facility and exchanged hugs, handshakes and greetings with members of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Soke Hausel, grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu.

Following greetings, the martial artists bowed in, warmed up, and began training with hanbo. The hanbo is a 3-foot bo (stick) often seen in the hands of ninja or jujutsuka training in the arts of ninjutsu, ninpo, and jujutsu. Soke Hausel was introduced to this unusual, but very practical art by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski and trained in Togakure-Ryu earning certifications through Hatsumi Masaaki, Soke. Weapons similar to the hanbo include tonfa, nitanbo and kioga. The kioga, also referred to as kibo, is a common tool of law enforcement that is referred to as ASP or expandable baton. The difference between the use of the hanbo and kioga is that the hanbo is always the same length, but many techniques are the same. The difference between training between law enforcement officials and martial artists is that law enforcement training is limited in the use of this tool. Martial artists never end training with the tool and use it to activate pressure points and train to use it with blocks, strikes, restraints and throws. Following two hours of training with the hanbo, the group retired until the next morning.

On Saturday morning, training began in advanced empty hand (karate) techniques. These included blocks, strikes, chokes, throws and restraints. The group trained for five hours before the clinic ended. At the end of the clinic, Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan and Renshi Todd Stoneking, 6th dan, presented gifts to Soke Hausel. Members of Arizona and Utah said their goodbyes and it was the consensus that time went by too fast. Soke Hausel will travel to Utah in the fall for the Utah gassuku (adverse training) at the East Canyon resort near Park City.

Professional photographs at the Hombu clinic were provided by NemecPhotos. We are very thankful and appreciated by the excellent quality of the photography at this year’s clinic.

Categories: Arizona Martial Arts, Martial Arts Training

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