Monday, August 27, 2012

Bo Martial Arts Classes in the East Valley of Phoenix

The Arizona School of Traditional Karate (Arizona Hombu) offers classes, clinics and private sessions in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo along with some of the better Okinawan Kobudo training in the US. The martial arts school is also the Arizona Hombu. A hombu is essentially the administrative office for a martial arts association and is the home of a grandmaster. The Arizona Hombu thus is the administrative dojo for Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai. The dojo is located on the corner of Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona and is open for classes for adults and families. 

In addition to a variety of Okinawan Weapons, members of the martial arts school and association learn use of the Bo, Half-bo (hanbo), Nitan Bo (two sticks), Kuboton (Short Stick), Kibo (Kioga) and Tonfa (side-handle bo).  We stopped by this dojo to see some of the training - it was first class!

Soke Hausel, the grandmaster, was awarded Sokeshodai of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo in 1999 while teaching at the University of Wyoming. In 2006, he moved the hombu to Mesa Arizona where it now resides at 60 W. Baseline Road near Walmart on the northeast corner of MacDonald (across from Sundevil auto). Soke Hausel has been teaching martial arts for more than 4 decades and has a lifetime of vested interest in this martial art. 

Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo examines kobudo and samurai tools at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, Mesa, Arizona