Gilbert Martial Arts
A summary from two students at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate on the border of Gilbert and Mesa (60 W. Baseline Road).
We read about the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and found it was associated with international martial arts associations including Seiyo Kai International, Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei and Juko Kai International. We first stopped by the school and were very impressed by the extensive curriculum of training from the lowest white belt to the highest level of black belt. It was apparent, one could spend a lifetime trying to learn all of the martial arts taught in this one incredible, traditional school. We couldn't wait to get started.
As we progressed, our time with Soke Hausel grew and we found we were learning martial arts at leaps and bounds. The classes were broken up so that Tuesday evenings, we trained in kata. We really enjoy kata and found these were forms that include many basic and advanced techniques. By practicing katas over and over, we achieved muscle memory and learned many self-defense techniques.
Wednesdays we learn a lot of self defense. We learned to defend against knife attacks, guns, rifles, clubs and people in general. This was followed by samurai training that included using a samurai sword (always wanted to learn to use one), naginata (polearm) and other weapons.
|Dr. Teule, a biologist who studies spider silk|
trains in karate with Dan, an engineer and recently
appeared on Stan Lee's Superhumans
We also discovered that the school offers periodic clinics. Now get this. We pay for all of our classes at the beginning of the month and their are no contracts.
Over the weekend in May 2013, we got to train at a special Friday evening and all day Saturday clinic with a bunch of martial artists from our school in the East Valley as well as a group of fun black and brown belts who flew in from Utah for training. Most places might charge $500 or more for a special clinic like this - we paid nothing! It was included as part of our normal training. We were shocked.
|Dr. Neal Adam, professor of biology, trains with garden hoe|
|Sensei Paula (of Japanese samurai heritage) trains with her husband O'Sensei Bill (retired air force pilot).|
|At the Juko Kai International Clinic in New Braumfels, Texas. Members |
attend the clinic and train in Juko Ryu Kijutsu.