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.