Monday, July 9, 2012


In addition to empty hand jujutsu, several weapons are commonly employed with jujutsu including the hanbo (3-foot staff), manriki (rope or chain), hojojutsu (rope restraints), kobuton (short stick), kibo (expandable baton), tsue (cane), tanto (knife), katana (samurai sword), yari (spear), naginata (sword on a bo), bo (long stick or 6-foot staff).

These are taught to students in our Samurai Arts classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona, and are taught to students worldwide in the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai system.  Soke Hausel, 12th dan, added these arts to the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu system over the past several years to be sure our students received a well-rounded education in martial arts.

Choke hold taught at University of Wyoming Clinic by Soke

Sensei Harden applies kubi waza on Shihan Adam at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa
Grandmaster Hausel demonstrates restraint using hanbo at the
Arizona School of Traditional Karate (photo courtesy
of Nemec Photography (May, 2013).

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Arizona Martial Arts

Okinawan karate and kobudo is typically filled with many throws, foot sweeps, chokes, arm bars, joint locks - it is just that they are not as obvious in kata as kick or a block- but they are there. They are within the kata as a way to learn muscle memory of the techniques, one just has to recognize where they exist, and they visualize them every time you practice kata. 

At the Arizona Hombu Dojo - Students train in traditional Okinawan martial arts including karate, kobudo, and a variety of samurai arts that includes jujutsu and hanbo-justu. This is done to provide the students with a broad range of training. 

Kyoshi Stoneking applies ude garuma (arm bar) during training in the
Utah Mountains