Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Martial Arts in Gilbert, Arizona

The Arizona School of Traditional Karate is a unique martial arts school on the border of Gilbert and Mesa, that focuses on the traditional Okinawan martial arts along with traditional Japanese martial arts. A wonderful group of adults and families who are all waiting to meet more positive members. The student body includes engineers, teachers, scientists, professors, lawyers, electricians, accountants, doctors, priests and more. 

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.

When we signed up for classes, we were a little nervous but our nerves soon faded after we met Soke Hausel and all of the students and other martial arts instructors. All of the adults were great explaining that the group was more like a club or a family than a trophy factory (that's right, they do not train for tournaments). We started training in traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate and after about 20 minutes, Soke Hausel broke the group up and all of the white belts went to the far end of the dojo - one night we trained with Shihan (master) Neal Adam, a professor of biology at Grand Canyon University and other nights we trained with Sensei Bill Borea (a retired air force pilot) and Sensei Paula Borea, a real live samurai from Japan.

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
Thursdays are our favorite nights. We train in Okinawan weapons known in Japanese as kobudo. These are tools of trade of Okinawan fishermen and farmers. We found we could apply this to the tools in our garage - rakes, hoes, hammers, etc. It turned out to be very practical. After this class, we trained with a hanbo (3-foot stick). This was great!

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
Anyone interested in training in traditional martial arts would be crazy not to try this school in Gilbert. We are so happy that we found this place! And thank you Soke and thanks to all of the friends we have made over the past year.

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.

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