Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gilbert & Mesa Karate Students STICK with Kobudo

Sensei Borea and other members of the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa train with bo during kata (forms). Above
photo shows two of our outstanding members - Amira and Suzette training with bo bunkai (applications).

Karate and martial arts are a lot more than kicking and punching. They are a dynamic art with a variety of disciplines. One discipline is known as bo or bojutsu and has been around for centuries and now practiced in a martial arts school located in the East Valley of Phoenix right on the border of Chandler with Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona. Students at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate learn to use this kobudo weapon along with many other Okinawan and Japanese martial arts weapons as well as Shorin-Ryu Karate.

Imagine a stick. Imagine a 6-foot-long stick (6 shaku in length) with an Oriental carrying that stick across his shoulders and at each end is a suspended bucket. Now imagine that Oriental walking along a rice paddy dike when he is accosted by a tax collector from the Satsuma Samurai clan!

Sensei Victoria training in traditional kobudo kata at the Arizona
Hombu dojo.
Can he defend himself? Does he have any weapons? If he has been training in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate, he has weapons that include his hands, his transporting stick, referred to as a bo, and even the buckets. Training in Okinawan martial arts teaches use all of these as weapons including many other weapons in an ancient art known as kobudo.

To learn this traditional martial art in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale, there is a traditional martial arts school in the East Valley of Phoenix that offer traditional martial arts weapons training and is located at the border of Gilbert with Mesa. The school is the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and includes adults and families from all over the Phoenix East Valley. These students include members of the Arizona State University student body, Mesa Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and Grand Canyon University.

Training in kobudo includes a variety of farming, fishing and merchant tools and implements used by the Okinawan
people in the past. One of the more common is that of the bo (6-foot staff). In our classes at the Arizona Hombu
and all Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai schools, the students learn kobudo along with karate.  Much of the training involves basics, applications and forms. In this photo, students at the Arizona Hombu dojo are training in one of several kata (forms).