Sunday, October 15, 2017
Traditional Okinawa Shorin-Ryu karate and kobudo at the Arizona Hombu Dojo in Mesa, Arizona includes karate with many kata (forms), bunkai (self-defense applications), kihon (basic exercises) that are all designed to keep a person fit and prepared for self-defense. The kobudo classes teach karate students to use Okinawan weapons. These weapons were originally farming, fishing and merchant implements and tools. At the Arizona Hombu, students learn to use nunchaku, sai, kama, tonfa, sansetsukon (3-sectional staff), nitanbo, tanto (Okinawan knife), tekko (knuckle dusters), bo, hanbo, etc.
Samurai (Pechin) weapons are also taught including the samurai sword, spear, naginata, kubotan, weighted chain (manrikigusari), tanto (Japanese knife), karambit (Phillipino knife), rope, hojojutsu, iaido, sojutsu, etc.
These classes are designed for adults and we include a couple of family slots for parents who want to train with their kids.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Derived from the far East, some of the more prominent traditional martial arts came from China, Japan and Okinawa. These have been around for centuries and are tried and tested in combat; thus there is a strong lineage for these arts. I'm speaking of Kung Fu (gungfu), Okinawa Karate, Tode and Kobudo and Japanese Jujutsu and other samurai arts. Then, there are the recent combat systems - such as MMA, no lineage and it is even questionable if MMA can be classified as a martial art based on definition of martial arts. So, in this blog and others, we focus on traditional martial arts - the arts that have distinct lineage and philosophy - and if you are interested in training in martial arts, there is a good blog that focuses on Arizona, but all of the information should apply to most anywhere in North America.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
|When most peole talk of martial arts, or martial art, we think of a person breaking bricks. For myself, I think of breaking rocks. But sometimes I think with my pencil.|
See you at the DOJO
|'The Shotokan', color pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
|'Niki and Mikio san', color pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
|'Lazy Leopard', color pencil sketch by soke Hausel|
|'Fall in Japan', color pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
|'A Whole Lot of Junk', pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
|Chinese sunrise, color pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
|Geisha, color pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
|'A Touch of Zen'. Color pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
|A path to enlightenment, sketch by Soke Hausel|
For classes in traditional Okinawa/Japanese martial arts in the Phoenix Valley, we hope you will pick our martial arts school on the border of Chandler and Gilbert with Mesa. Our instructors love to teach and share their knowledge of martial arts. So stop in for some martial arts and martial art.
|Karate air photo by Soke Hausel|
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Mr. Miyagi “Karate come from China, 16th century, called te, "hand." Hundred year later, Miyagi ancestor bring to Okinawa, call kara-te, "empty hand."
Daniel San “I thought it came from Buddhist temples and stuff like that”.
Mr. Miyagi “You too much TV”.
Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai - where traditions begin and live on. Traditional Okinawa Karate, Kobudo, Samurai Arts & Self-Defense classes in the East Valley of Phoenix (Mesa, Arizona). Train in a traditional karate school with other adult students. We'll keep our Japanese lantern lit for you.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
|Okinawa's iconic symbol known as the Hidari Gomon, is used to symbolize Okinawan karate. It appears in our|
dojo in Mesa, Arizona, on our association’s patch and in many places in Japan. But what does it mean?
When we stare at the Hidari Gomon, the Iconic Symbol of Okinawa for awhile, it may appear like there are two parts to this symbol. The white portion appears gives an impression of a bladed weapon, such as a shuriken, or star dart. Possibly, this has importance, but it is the dark, back ground color that is of significance.
|Morning Exercise - pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
As we focus on the back ground in the Hidari Gomon we see what appears to be three interactive tears known as tomoe. The tomoe (or swirls) known as mitsu tomoe (mitsudomoe) represent a separate part of the symbol. This is compared to life’s cycle with three integral parts that represent mankind, earth & sky which is at the heart of Shinto religion. The Hidari Gomon is also thought to represent valor, wisdom and benevolence.
|Visitors from the Police DAV Karate|
Team, northern India.
|The traditional In/Yo icon, also known|
as the Yin/Yang symbol
|Okinawan Flag (1869-1875)|
The Okinawan Flag of today is different from the flag of the former Island Kingdom. Okinawa was absorbed by Japan; thus it now flies the Japanese flag. But the island kingdom also has its own Prefecture flag. The Okinawan Prefecture flag is distinguished by three circles. The white ‘O’ inside a large red disc on the white field represents the perfecture’s initial letter. The inner small red disc stands for progress of Okinawa and the outer red circle represents the sea surrounding Okinawa. Conversely, the large red circle may represent the land of the rising sun (Japan) enclosing the Okinawa prefecture.
|Okinawan Prefecture Flag|
There are several legends about the origin of the Hidari Gomon. At this past August’s Gassuku in East Canyon, Utah, the Utah Shorin-Kai provided members with a handout that included a some of these legends. One legend is interesting and will be summarized here.
|Soke Hausel training members of the Utah Shorin Kai at the Arizona Hombu dojo|
|Soke Hausel training Utah and Wyoming martial arts students and instructors at the Utah Shorin-Kai dojo in Murray, Utah show up and sign up - wear comfortable clothing, and we will start you that evening learning to protect yourself &family|