Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gilbert Karate - Adult & Family martial arts

Utah Shorin-Kai members at special training at the Arizona Hombu Dojo in Mesa across the street from Gilbert, Arizona.
We feel it is important to reach out to offer martial arts to the public. Why? Take a look at Japan. The Japanese have a relatively low crime rate compared to the United States. Part of this is due to the Japanese culture and part due to a large segment of the population having trained in martial arts. Not only does traditional martial arts teach non-violence, commitment and integrity; but when much of the population is armed, it acts as a deterrent.

Yudansha from Utah traveled to the Hombu dojo in Arizona
in April to train in advanced martial arts
We offer special self-defense classes to the public and this year have added a new program - NEIGHBORHOOD SELF-DEFENSE Clinics. These clinics are 2 hours and only require a minimum of 6 people to sign up. The clinic attendees are taught pragmatic self-defense that includes escape techniques, use of tools as weapons (such as a pen, car keys, magazine, etc).

Soke taught more than a hundred self-defense clinics and classes over the years to a variety of groups including martial artists, martial arts school owners, EMT groups, military, university faculty, university students and staff, librarians, church groups, sororities, women's clubs, girl scouts, scientific organizations, etc.
In addition to weekly training in traditional karate, kobudo (martial arts weapons), self-defense and samurai arts, the school has received visitors by martial artists from Utah, Wyoming, India, Switzerland, Nebraska and Colorado.

In 2012-13, Soke was inducted into Who's Who in America (2012, 2013), Who's Who in the World (2012) and Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors (2012). Shihan Adam (5th dan) another martial arts instructor, was promoted to full professor at Grand Canyon University, and Sempai W. Borea and Sempai P. Borea were both promoted to Sensei (teacher) in 2012.

The weekly training schedule at our dojo at 60 W. Baseline Road is posted on our websites including our Arizona School of Traditional Okinawa Martial Arts site.

FOX 10 news  recently aired a program about two Arizona Grandparents receiving 2nd degree black belts in Shorin-Ryu Karate. The news team stopped by the Borea’s house in Gilbert and then moved onto the martial arts school to film for about 3 hours before whittling the tape down to 3 minutes. They did a great job (other than forgetting to mention the location of the school).
Some members of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (Arizona Hombu Dojo)

Dr. Adam practices kobudo with Rich.
Here they use a bo (staff) and tonfa.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

FOX 10 News From Phoenix Visits GILBERT KARATE SCHOOL

Fox 10 News from Phoenix visited the Gilbert-Mesa Karate school to see what a traditional Okinawan school was like. They were very impressed by the power exhibited by the martial arts students as well as all of the traditions. Our students are from all around the valley including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, El Mirage and Florence.

Fox focused on two grandparents who recently were promoted to 2nd degree black belt and certified as sensei (martial arts instructors) - both whom spent considerable time in Japan and had trained in the martial arts for more than a decade. The FOX 10 interviewer and camera team taped a class of martial artists training with tonfa (side-handle okinawa batons) and video taped self-defense applications of nunchaku vs. tanto (knives).

We had a great time with the Fox 10 news crew from Phoenix and hope to see them again someday.

Standing outside of the Hombu dojo, we greet the Fox 10 camera
Dr. Adam defends against attack by Rich

Members of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Gilbert and Mesa practice tonfa-jutsu on Thursday Kobudo night. Our members travel from Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe to train in traditional Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo.

Friday, September 30, 2011


Sensei Paula Borea punches her way to being
a successful grandmother.
It's our path to train in martial arts such as karate-do, kobudo, self-defense and samurai arts. And the path of some of of Gilbert's martial artists led to the Arizona School of Traditional Karate at the northern border of Gilbert with Mesa in the East Valley of Phoenix (60 W. Baseline Road). The school of martial arts is conveniently located near Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Mesa Community College and Arizona State University

The head instructor of the school on Baseline, has been a top-rated instructor for years. He has nearly 5 decades of martial arts of experience, and is a former professor of martial arts at 4 universities. Stop in our traditional dojo (martial arts school) and you will be greeted as a friend and have the opportunity to meet our students one on one. We're more like a family than a martial arts school.

Training at the martial arts school on the border of Gilbert and Mesa is available for members of Seiyo Kai International as well as for members of the general public. Classes for the general public are limited to 25 adults for each class.
Take That!  Dr. Teule (1st degree black belt) from France practices Shorin-Ryu karate
with Dan from Mesa (2nd degree black belt)

Nunchaku kata practice at Arizona Hombu Dojo in Mesa.

A Hombu is the headquarters of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai. It is occupied by the world head (Soke) of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate. Our Grandmaster is a junidan (12th degree black belt) in Shorin-Ryu karate and kobudo. This is unique, as many styles of karate have their hombu in Japan. We are also affiliated with JKI. Our school is the Hombu of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo SeiyoKai.

Shorin-Ryu Karate has several branches, and our Shorin-Ryu is just one of several. Shorin-Ryu Seiyo Kai was developed over many years and officially recognized and certified by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei in 1999.

Prior to moving to Arizona in 2006, Soke Hausel was a research geologist and Professor of Martial Arts at the University of Wyoming for 3 decades, where he taught classes, clinics, seminars and university clubs karate, kobudo, samurai arts, jujutsu and self-defense. He was elected to Halls of Fame and Who's Who compendiums for martial arts, teaching, geological sciences, and writing and also awarded national and international awards. When he moved to Arizona, he taught classes for a year at Arizona State University in karate, then moved from ASU to open a private school on the border of Gilbert and Mesa.

Soke Hausel demonstrates knife defense with Shihan-Dai
Gewecke at University of Wyoming clinic in 2010.

Tonfa training on Thursday nights. Sarah (2nd degree black belt)
defends with down block using tonfa against attack with the
bo staff by Amber.

We have an unique method for trimming pumpkins at Halloween at the Gilbert
Karate School on Baseline.

Use of hanbo (3-foot stick) for self defense. Ryan employs kubi nage (neck throw).

Bill attacks Paula with his bo while Paula defends with her garden hoe (kuwa).

Last April (2011), members of the Utah Shorin-Kai traveled to Mesa to learn an advanced kata known as gojushiho (54 steps) and its bunkai with members of the Mesa dojo.

Professor Hausel demonstrates kijutsu at
University of Wyoming half-time entertainment.
Shitai Kori like this requires special training
with no protection!
Some evenings, we train in shitai kori (body hardening). We realize that shitai kori is not for everyone, so only those interested in learning this part of Shorin-Ryu Karate are taught this unusual art which is restricted to those at least 21 years old.

Shitai Kori is a method that teaches one to harden their muscles so they can accept strikes to many vital points in the body.

So, stop by and see us - we are always looking to expand our karate family and meet new friends.
Our dojo was recently invaded by a 'Nerdja'
the silicon valley's analogy of a 'Ninja'.

Samurai arts at Arizona Hombu Karate Dojo
include iaido (sword), yari and naginata
Patrick Scofield attacks Dave Hargreaves during kobudo practice. Our students learn to
use more than 2 dozen kobudo weapons in kata, bunkai, self-defense and kumite.