ABOUT US - Your Karate Instructors

Traditions, respect, self-esteem, philosophy, martial arts history, karate, kobudo, self-defensesamurai arts & ethics are all 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 it is not karate. This is the type of karate we offer - 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 karate training at our traditional karate school on the border of Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa, a short distance from Tempe and Phoenix, you will need to sign a waiver and pay for your first month's classes before you learn our karate. The only other fees will be for periodic karate rank tests when you achieve various levels of expertise in karate. Rank tests are individual and typically are scheduled 2 to 6 months apart depending on your karate abilities - and you only pay if you pass your karate exam.


Feel free to wear gym clothing to your first karate and kobudo classes. 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.


We will introduce you to all of our martial arts 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) 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 - 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, is only one of a handful of martial artists to be awarded 12th dan in karate since the 19th century. Copies of his martial arts certifications and karate diplomas are displayed at the Arizona Hombu (aka Arizona School of Traditional Karate) for examination. Soke is a former professor of martial arts at four major universities. He sought out the greatest living martial artist for his personal instructor, Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, who has been his martial arts instructor since 1991.  Soke taught martial arts at four major universities prior to moving the Hombu (world headquarters) from the University of Wyoming to Mesa, Arizona. Since 1998, he has been inducted into 16 Halls-of-Fame around the world for teaching & creativity. 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 (7th 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 2.5 decades and is a Hall-of-Fame karate instructor.


O'Sensei Bill Borea (3rd dan) trained in Japan and in New Jersey prior to the Arizona Hombu. He is a retired air force pilot. O'Sensei Borea is one of the better martial arts instructors in Arizona and has been a student of Soke's since 2009. He is also a Hall-of-Fame instructor. But, we were all sadden to lose O'Sensei Bill during October of 2016. After battling cancer, God sent an angel to escort O'Sensei to heaven. We all greatly miss him as he was a cornerstone for the hombu dojo.


Sensei Paula Borea, (3rd 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 has been a student of Soke's since 2007, is a tiger in a karate gi & an inspiration to all of us at the hombu dojo! She is also a Hall-of-Fame instructor.


Sensei Patrick Scofield (3rd dan), has a lineage of martial arts in his family. His father trained in Shorin-Ryu Karate on Okinawa while in the US Marine Corp. When not kicking, Sensei Scofield works as an engineer; he is also a pilot, plays guitar and has outstanding karate spirit. Partick has the innate ability to educate others with his enjoyable personality.

Sensei Alexandra Lucas (3rd dan). Dr. Alexandra hold black belt certificates in Kempo karate and also in Shorinji-Ryu Karate. She is a cardiologist and research professor at Arizona State University. She joined our dojo in 2016.

Sensei Victoria Davis came to us from another Shorin-Ryu karate 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. 

Sensei Alex Hurowyj (3rd dan) joined our dojo in 2016 after training at a Juko Kai International dojo in Indiana for many years.

Senpai Ryan Harden (2nd dan) began training in karate under Soke Hausel in Shorin-Ryu karate and kobudo in 2010. 

Senpai A. Pillow, 1st dan, came to the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in 2012 after the Hombu dojo moved to Arizona from Wyoming. She is a school teacher in the East Valley with very good martial arts technique and one of our better karate practitioners. 

Senpai Scott 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. Currently, he is on leave in Peru.

Senpai Rick Durfee, 2nd dan, started training at the Arizona Hombu dojo with part of his family and you will find fewer people with greater martial arts spirit than Senpai Rick. He speaks fluent Japanese and spent a few years living in Japan. He became a student of Soke Hausel's in 2012.

Senpai Dennis Ingram, 2nd 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, 2nd dan, Ben has been a personal student of Soke Hausel's since 2012. Ben is very dedicated and rarely misses any classes.

Senpai Adam Bialek, 2nd dan, has been a personal student of Soke Hausel's since 2011 and is a very dedicated student. 

Senpai Tyler Durfee, 2nd dan, has been one of Soke Hausel students since 2012. Tyler is an outstanding martial artist and in 2017 was awarded "Male Karate Student of the Year" at the 2017 Juko Kai International Clinic in Texas.

Senpai Janel Durfee, 2nd dan, began training with the rest of the Durfee family in 2012.

Senpai Amira Rodriguez, 1st dan, began training at the Arizona Hombu Dojo in 2015. Like several of our students, she is also a school teacher. She has progressed rapidly in the Shorin-Ryu karate system and is very dedicated and rarely misses any classes.

Senpai Suzette Denvir, 1st dan.

Senpai John Denvir, 1st dan

Senpai Rihanna Denvir, 1st dan

Senpai Harmony Durfee, 1st dan



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 (martial arts weapons). Soke Hausel is also a master of samurai arts, so all students have the opportunity to learn classical Japanese 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 Karate (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 (telemarketers, politicians & solicitors should not call). Or stop by and talk with us at the 60 W. Baseline Center, Mesa, Arizona.

Social media links: Arizona Karate Facebook.


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."