Sunday, October 20, 2013

Traditional Okinawan Karate & Kobudo in Arizona

Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo (TM). Photo by Ken Knight of Casper, Wyoming
Instructors at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate have combined martial arts experience of more than 100 years! This results in a wealth of experience and students of this school exceed expectations within a short time developing good overall backgrounds in karate, martial arts weapons (kobudo), self-defense, samurai arts, martial arts philosophy and history. The head instructor and grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate, has been training in martial arts since 1964 and taught at Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, University of Utah and for 30 years at the University of Wyoming.
The school also includes a master (shihan) of martial arts who is also a professor of Biology at Grand Canyon University. Then the four sensei (martial arts instructors) include two who trained in Japan for several years, one of actually of samurai lineage, another began training on Okinawa while another instructor began training in Arizona under the grandmaster.

Okinawan Karate & Kobudo at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate on the border of Chandler, Gilbert & Mesa - a place of traditional martial arts as they have been taught for centuries. Students strive to learn Shorin-Ryu Karate, Kobudo, Samurai Arts, Self-Defense, Martial Arts History, Philosophy and much more. The only place in the East Valley where training is available for beginners to highest possible black belt ranks.

When a white belt is worn for years, it will exhibit dirt, blood, sweat and tears from
the hard work of karate training and slowly change to black. After this black belt is worn for a
life time carrying many trophies of blood, sweat, tears, it slowly returns to white. This is the
philosophy of In/Yo and how a martial artist should perceive martial arts. Martial arts
are a lifelong path - not a few days, weeks, months or years.
After training for a few years in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, two of our students - Ryan and Patrick evolved from mudansha (color belt rank) to black belts (yudansha) in the fall of 2013. This is the first major step of a person's martial arts path and some feel the beginning of karate training.

After demonstrating forms (kata) in empty hand combat (karate) and weapons (kobudo), pragmatic applications of individual kata techniques (bunkai), basics (kihon), sparring (ippon kumite) and defense against a variety of attacks including gun, rifle, knife and club attacks, Ryan and Patrick demonstrated excellent understanding of the Okinawan martial arts and were promoted to shodan black belt by Soke Hausel.

Ryan Harden (1st dan) training with bo (6-foot staff) on kobudo night at the dojo.



Kata practice at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate 2013
Senpai Scofield from Mesa, Arizona trains with Hanshi Finley from Casper, Wyoming during kobudo classes. Here, Patrick uses the traditional Okinawan tonfa

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