Arizona School of Traditional Okinawa Martial Arts (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, and should be a lifelong path.
We try to be the best martial artists we can. For example, some of our instructors and students have received impressive awards for in martial arts as well as in their chosen professions. Karate on Okinawa 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. 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; Alexandra Lucas, PhD, MD, Professor, Arizona State University.
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 us (Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai) different from other martial arts schools in the Phoenix valley. Note our flower arrangements (ikebana) when you visit our karate school. When you enter our 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 the Phoenix Friendship Garden & Chinese Cultural Center - two favorite places in Phoenix for our karate instructors and karate students.