Arizona School of Traditional Karate (Arizona Hombu Dojo)

Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense and Samurai Arts classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, are taught by our top-rated and Hall-of-Fame karate instructors. Experience the difference experience can make in your karate training and your martial arts education. 


Traditional Martial Arts are about self-defense & self-esteem. Karate is a way of life. Those who take up the martial arts way notice better focus & spiritual calm in their lives that comes with traditional martial arts, ethics, religion and/or meditation. Karate is about improving one-self. Karate is a lifelong path. 


We try to be the best martial artists we can be. For example, a couple of our karate instructors have received awards for teaching martial arts as well as for teaching in their chosen professions. Traditionally, karate on Okinawa was taught for self-defense - teaching martial arts was never a profession, but a passion. It is our karate students who are the most important part of our martial art.


Our martial arts instructors include individuals like Soke Hausel, one of the most decorated martial artists in North America, and one of the highest ranked martial artists in the West and inductee of 16 Halls-of-Fame. In his profession, he is also an internationally recognized geologist and author.


The same holds true for many other martial artists in Seiyo Shorin-Ryu including Dai-Shihan Adam, PhD, and Professor of Biology at Grand Canyon University; Sensei Aphale, PhD, Professor of Engineering, University of Aberdeen; Sensei Jensen, Professor of Engineering at the University of Nebraska; Senpai Teule, PhD, Professor of Biology, Casper College; Sensei Arnold, PhD, Patent Reviewer, Maryland; Hanshi Finley, Professional Geologist, Casper, Wyoming; Soke-Dai Eric Hausel, Geophysicist and Astrophysicist, Parker, Colorado; Shihan Gewecke, Teacher, Gillette, Wyoming.


Shorin-Ryu Karate originated on Okinawa centuries ago and was derived from the Chinese Shaolin Temple Gung Fu (Shorin translates as Shaolin). Sport martial arts were invented during the mid-20th century, while traditional karate has evolved over the past several hundred years. At the Arizona School of Traditional Karate – we teach TRADITIONAL Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate – just like Mr. Miyagi.


What Makes Us Different?

Many things make the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai) different from other martial arts schools and martial arts instruction in the Phoenix valley. We have no large picture windows: we have traditional Okinawan & Japanese decor.


Note our flower arrangements (ikebana) when you visit our karate school. When you enter our karate training hall, you will see our clock has Japanese numbers. You will hear the Sensei (martial arts instructor) give commands in Japanese during karate and kobudo training. "Wait a minute! Am I in Okinawa?"


You're still in Mesa, Arizona at its southern border with Gilbert & Chandler next to the Superstition Highway in the East Valley of Phoenix near Chandler and Tempe. For those from out of town, we are within driving distance of thePhoenix Friendship Garden & Chinese Cultural Center - two favorite places in Phoenix for our karate instructors and karate students.


At the Arizona School of Traditional Karate you'll see martial arts students (deshi) bow to one another in respect. Our deshi have focus & power - you can hear the snap of their karate gi (uniform) as they punch, kick & block. And then there is kobudo - martial arts weapons -  the karate students actually know how to use these traditional martial arts weapons!


We teach traditions, self-confidence, self-esteem as well as karate and kobudo. Yokoso - Welcome!


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  • Kobudo night brings out the bo - one of more than a dozen kobudo weapons taught at the Mesa Karate School
    Kobudo night brings out the bo - one of more than a dozen kobudo weapons taught at the Mesa Karate School
  • Training in kobudo includes both kata and bunkai (practical applications).
    Training in kobudo includes both kata and bunkai (practical applications).
  • Self-defense night, Ryan defends against mugger armed with hand gun
    Self-defense night, Ryan defends against mugger armed with hand gun
  • Kobudo night a training with bo and tonfa
    Kobudo night a training with bo and tonfa
  • Some of our favorite people - Hanshi Andy Finley, Heather From, Finley and Dr. Florence Teule
    Some of our favorite people - Hanshi Andy Finley, Heather From, Finley and Dr. Florence Teule
  • some more of our favorite people - Sensei Paula Borea and Sensei Bill Borea
    some more of our favorite people - Sensei Paula Borea and Sensei Bill Borea
  • Some more of our favorite people. Kyoshi Todd Stoneking, Soke Hausel and Hanshi Rob Watson
    Some more of our favorite people. Kyoshi Todd Stoneking, Soke Hausel and Hanshi Rob Watson
  • Group photo at our training facility in Utah
    Group photo at our training facility in Utah
  • Kata and karate night at our martial arts school in Mesa
    Kata and karate night at our martial arts school in Mesa
  • Soke-Dai Eric Hausel with Shihan Kyle Gewecke at the University of Wyoming dojo
    Soke-Dai Eric Hausel with Shihan Kyle Gewecke at the University of Wyoming dojo
  • Dr Neal Adam (Dai-Shihan) shows us how a professor would use his clothing for self-defense
    Dr Neal Adam (Dai-Shihan) shows us how a professor would use his clothing for self-defense
  • Kobudo night might also bring out kuwa and very serious training
    Kobudo night might also bring out kuwa and very serious training
Kobudo night brings out the bo - one of more than a dozen kobudo weapons taught at the Mesa Karate School
Kobudo night brings out the bo - one of more than a dozen kobudo weapons taught at the Mesa Karate School