ABOUT US - Your Instructors
Traditions, respect, self-esteem, philosophy, martial arts history, karate, kobudo, self-defense, samurai arts & ethics are values of traditional martial arts. This is not sport karate, it is the karate taught for centuries on Okinawa for self-defense, respect & health.
If you cannot defend yourself with one technique, then you have not learned Okinawa karate. Okinawa karate a is powerful.
YOUR FIRST CLASS
Before you begin training at our traditional martial arts school on the border of Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa, you will need to sign a waiver and pay for your first month's classes. Other fees include periodic tests for rank when you achieve various levels of expertise. Rank tests are individual and typically scheduled 2 to 6 months apart depending on your ability and attendance - and you only pay if you pass your exam.
Feel free to wear gym clothing to your first karate and kobudo class. When you are ready, get a traditional 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 karate gi. And be sure it is a karate gi, not a judo or taekwondo gi.
We will introduce you to all of our students & then start teaching you basics (kihon) of karate. When it is apparent you need help, we'll put you one on one with a black belt karate instructor (sensei) for individual attention in karate. In this way you will advance faster in the martial arts.
"We have one of the better martial arts instructors - 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, is only one of a handful of martial artists to be awarded 12th dan in karate since the 19th century. Copies of his certifications and diplomas are displayed at the Arizona Hombu (aka Arizona School of Traditional Okinawa Martial Arts) for examination. Soke is a former professor of martial arts at four major universities, and he sought out the greatest living martial artist as his personal instructor, Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, who has been his martial arts instructor since 1991. Since 1998, he has been inducted into 16 Halls-of-Fame around the world for teaching. More recently, Soke Hausel was selected for two great honors: (1) 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award, and (2) 2017 Who's Who in Martial Arts Legends.
Dr. Neal Adam (8th dan) is a karate master instructor and professor of Biology at Grand Canyon University. Dr. Adam has been a student of Soke Hausel's for 30 years, and is a Hall-of-Fame karate instructor.
Shihan-Dai, Alexandra Lucas (4th dan). Dr. Alexandra holds black belt certificates in Shorin-Ryu karate, Kempo and Shorinji-Ryu Karate. She is a cardiologist and research professor at Arizona State University. She has been a student of Soke's for 5 years.
Sensei Dennis Ingram, 3rd dan, has been a student of Soke Hausel's since 2012. Prior to that, he had trained several years in American Kempo karate.
Senpai Ben Moeur, 3rd dan, Ben has been a personal student of Soke Hausel's since 2012. Ben is very dedicated and rarely misses any classes.
Sensei Adam Bialek, 3rd dan, has been a personal student of Soke Hausel's since 2011 and is a very dedicated student.
The Arizona Hombu is the world headquarters for Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai established in 1999 at the University of Wyoming with permission from Dai Soke Sacharnoski of Juko Kai International and Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei. The hombu relocated to Arizona in 2006. Soke Hausel began training in karate in 1964.
Our karate school offers a wide variety of Japanese/Okinawa martial arts. The core art is Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo. Soke Hausel is also a master of samurai arts, so you have the opportunity to learn classical samurai arts along with traditional karate, kobudo and self-defense.
We focus on traditional martial arts. We do not compete as this was never the intention of traditional karate. 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).
After teaching karate and self-defense for 30 years at the University of Wyoming, he and his wife Sharon moved to Gilbert, Arizona and opened the Arizona School of Traditional Okinawa Martial Arts (Arizona Hombu Dojo) in Mesa in 2006. He is the world head (grandmaster) of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai & has been a member of Juko Kai International since 1993. 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. Or stop by and talk with us at the 60 W. Baseline Center, Mesa, Arizona.
BLACK BELT MAGAZINE featured Soke Hausel in the November, 1999 Buzzline
"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."