|View of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate at 60 W Baseline Rd (NE corner of MacDonald) in Mesa, Arizona.|
Soke Hausel had hoped to establish the hombu at Arizona State University (ASU). While at the University of Wyoming (UW), hundreds of students learned traditional Shorin-Ryu karate and kobudo and others learned jujutsu, iaido, budo, self-defense, martial arts history and martial arts philosophy from the Grandmaster in the Departments of Physical Education, Kinesiology, Extended Students, University Clubs and Club Sports and developed one of the more popular University-affiliated martial arts programs in North America that lasted for 35 years. The club also taught many self-defense clinics to the UW staff, faculty, and student body, the Laramie community and to various professional groups around the region. Many students earned their black belts along with PhDs, Master and Bachelor degrees and most indicated the martial arts program taught them how to focus. Others said they selected UW over other universities because of the martial arts program. For many years, it was by far the largest and most active club on campus - unfortunately, ASU showed no interest, thus the hombu was opened on the border of Mesa and Gilbert. It's easy to find. Drive east on Baseline Road until you encounter Country Club Drive. Continue east until the Second Red Light and turn left onto MacDonald into a parking lot immediately to your right.
|Members of the Police DAV Karate Team from Northern India visits the|
Arizona Hombu in Mesa Arizona to train with Hall-of-Fame Grandmaster
|Members of the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate Club|
train with Soke Hausel from the Arizona School of Traditional Karate.
|Group photo with Sensei Paula Borea, 2nd dan and Sensei Bill Borea, 2nd|
dan at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate. Sensei Paula is located
3rd from the right (standing) and Sensei Bill is located at the far right
(standing). 2011 photo.
It wasn't until the early 20th century, that anyone outside of Okinawa learned of karate's existence. When it was introduced to mainland Japan, a watered-down version was taught to the Japanese and did not include kobudo. The Japanese modified karate and made it into a sport focusing on free sparring. To make it into a sport, many powerful and vital point strikes were eliminated to keep contestants alive. Contests and tournaments in karate became a common feature of Japanese martial arts, but not on Okinawa. Most Okinawans kept their karate pure. In recent years, MMA was developed as a side show of street-fighters who added some kicks and promoters of MMA unfortunately termed this a martial art, which it is not as it lacks the important features of martial art.
Because of Soke Hausel’s background, one will learn a variety of martial arts that are all part of the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai system. Much training is devoted to Shorin-Ryu Karate. If you ever watched the original KARATE KID, this is the same art taught by Mr. Miyagi to Daniel-san. Most classes are devoted to kata (forms) and bunkai (applications of kata). Members also train in kobudo (Okinawan weapons) kata and bunkai, Japanese samurai weapons and tools (samurai sword, jujutsu, etc), and street self-defense.
|Our Samurai from Japan, Sensei Paula|
attacks Sensei Bill with Okinawa Kuwa (garden
hoe) during kobudo classes at the Arizona School of
Traditional Karate. Kobudo is the art of martial arts
|Dr. Teule demonstrates use of Okinawan tonfa at the|
Arizona School of Traditional Karate
|Dr Florence Teule (1st dan) from France |
(currently at Utah State University) practices
back fist strike with Dan Graffius (2nd dan)
|Sarah, one of many school teachers who has trained at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate|
attacks Sensei Borea with bokken (samurai sword).
|Members of the University of Wyoming student body learn self-defense during a 2010 |
clinic taught by Hall-of-Fame Grandmaster Hausel from the Arizona School of
Traditional Karate in Mesa