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

As we start our new year, we hope to see you in our dojo - stop by and watch a class, we have no salesmen so you will not be pressured into signing up - in fact, we will not even bring it up unless you ask first.  We offer traditional martial arts classes for adults and families.

At the Arizona Hombu Dojo - we train in traditional martial arts.

Tuesdays is our night for kihon (basic exercises) along with kata (forms). In one class, students learn basic kata which is followed by advance kata training and their bunkai (applications of techniques in kata).

Wednesdays we focus on self-defense and samurai arts. The first class is all about self-defense. We extract self-defense techniques from kata and apply them to various situations such as defending against a drunk in a bar, someone with a knife, a revolver, a rifle, a club, or more than one person. Some evenings, we even turn out the dojo lights and let our students wander through the dojo defending against selected attackers.

The late class is about samurai. In the samurai arts class, you will learn to use a katana (samurai sword), a naginata, yari, hanbo, nitanbo and other samurai weapons including hojojutsu and jujutsu.

On Thursdays, members learn use of kobudo weapons. These are the tools of farmers and fishermen from Okinawa that were converted to weapons for self-defense. 

Then we have periodic clinics on a variety of martial arts.  Check our schedule for our classes.