Friday, November 30, 2012

ARIZONA MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL - Internationally Recognized Training, Education, Students and Instructors

We were excited that our Martial Arts School and Quality of Martial Arts Instruction was awarded Best of Mesa for 2013. Thank you Mesa!
During this year, so far, our martial arts instructors and seniors (senpai) continued to earn national and international recognition. Dr. Neal Adam, a professor of biology at Grand Canyon University, was awarded the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) and title of Dai-Shihan (great martial arts master instructor) by Seiyo Kai International. Dr. Adam also received certification as Menkyo Okuden (1st degree black belt) in Juko Ryu Kijutsu (also known as Combat Ki) by Juko Kai International. Combat Ki is one of the toughest martial arts in the world.

Dr. Neal Adam, Dai-Shihan
Our Grandmaster and head instructor at our traditional martial arts school on the border of Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona, Professor Hausel, retired Professor of Budo from the University of Wyoming and senior economic geologist from the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University, was awarded Junidan (12th dan) in December, 2012, and awarded Meijin Wa-jutsu (Master of Masters) in 2013 at the Juko Kai International hombu in Texas. He was also selected for Who's Who in America 2013 and 2014 and Who's Who in the World 2013 and also 2014.

Professor Dan Hausel, Soke
One of our seniors (senpai), Jesse Bergkamp, returned from training in Okinawa and was awarded sankyu by Seiyo Kai International. He also passed exams for PhD in organic chemistry at Arizona State University and is moving on to Rutgers University. We will all miss Dr. Bergkamp and wish him all our best!

Dr. Jesse Bergkamp in Okinawa.
 And one of our deshi (students) was presented a national award at the Juko Kai International Clinic in New Braunfels, Texas for "Outstanding Male Martial Arts Student of the Year". We are very proud that Ryan Nemec was presented this award. Juko Kai International is likely the largest traditional martial arts association in the West and one of the most prestigeous in the world. To be recognized by JKI is an incredible honor!
Group photo at the Juko Kai International traditional martial arts clinic in
New Braunfels, Texas. Ryan Nemec (Front left) was awarded "Outstanding
Male Martial Arts Student of the Year".
Our KARATE SCHOOL servicing residents of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale Arizona was recognized for its Outstanding Blog Presentations and Education of the General Public in Martial Arts. Snippet.Com from the United Kingdom found information published by the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and Gilbert and its martial arts association - Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai - to provide great educational value and information on Karate and Martial Arts.

The Arizona School of Traditional Karate at 60 W. Baseline Road lies on the border of Gilbert and Mesa and a mile from Chandler. The School and its blogs were recognized for web presentation about its martial arts classes and training.

 on winning the 'Karate' award.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Training in hanbo - the above technique often gets a rise out
of the aggressor. After being struck in the ribs, the attacker is
struck in the groin before being drilled into the ground
with the hanbo.
In April, our dojo (Martial Arts school in Mesa) was visited by martial artists from Murray, Utah headed by Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan and Seiyo Kai Hall-of-Fame member. While in the Phoenix area, the Utah Shorin-Kai trained in Hanbojutsu, Kenjutsu, Iaido, and Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. As the Soke of our international martial arts style and association, I really look forward to spending time with our Utah members. We always have a great time training together.
Members of Arizona School of Traditional Karate certified in Tonfa Jutsu in May, 2012. L-R (Adam Bialek, Patrick
Scofield, Sarah Kamenicky, William Borea and Ryan Harden. 

In May, five members from our Arizona Karate School tested for certification in tonfa, one of many Okinawan weapons taught at our martial arts school at the border of Gilbert and Mesa, and passed their exams after a year of training with the weapon. These members proved their expertise in kata (forms), kihon (basics), bunkai (applications) and kumite (sparring). When a member becomes certified in a martial arts weapon, they are considered to be an expert in that weapon as few people in the world ever reach this level of expertise.

Other activities included recent kyu (color belt exams) by a few of our club members, training in self-defense at our Mesa School against a person with a knife, club, gun and/or rifle, as well as training in Samurai Arts Classes that include iaido (fast draw samurai sword), naginata (bladed staff), and hojojutsu (restraining methods with rope). Other activities included classes in karate kata and bunkai.

In June, our group is finishing up its study of Pinan Godan Kata, while new members are working on Kihon (basics) and the first group of Taikyoku Kata. Our kobudo class is working on self-defense applications with a single tonfa and moving on to the Okinawan sai. The advanced group is also working on Naihanchi Shodan kata and its bunkai.

As a final note, we have started a line of T-shirts on martial arts on our website and also at CafePress. We hope these will be attractive as one can select the color, size and style.
Utah Shorin-Kai members training in Hanbojutsu at our dojo in Mesa. The
Clinic was also open to members in Mesa, Chandler,  Florence, Gilbert, 
Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate Club with Soke Hausel, red belt, 6th from left in front row.
Soke Hausel (center) with Kyoshi Rob Watson (left) and Renshi Todd
Stoneking at the Utah Shorin Kai Gassuku in East Canyon, Utah.
At the Arizona School of Traditional Martial Arts in Mesa, we have some of the better martial arts instructors in Arizona including one one of the top martial arts instructors in the world!

Soke Hausel is considered the best of the best in the category for martial arts teachers with more than 40 years experience in teaching karate and kobudo. Along with karate he has taught many other martial arts including jujutsu, self-defense and kobujutsu (samurai arts).

While Kyoju no Budo (Professor of Martial Arts) at the University of Wyoming, he taught classes and university-affiliated clubs in karate, kobudo (Okinawan weapons), samurai arts and self-defense and taught numerous clinics in martial arts to staff, faculty, students, other martial arts instructors, law enforcement, military, women's groups, sororities, general public, EMT, scientific groups and others.

During tenure at the University of Wyoming, the school had one of the better established martial arts programs in North America in which a few thousand students from all over the world took part. Soke is a member of Juko Kai International, known as one of the premier traditional martial arts associations in the world and has a reputation for producing many of the toughest martial artists in the world (see Part I and Part II videos).

Soke is a grandmaster and 12th dan red belt and member of several Halls-of-Fame including the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame and World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame.
He is also the 2001 International Instructor of the Year, 1998 & 2004 Instructor of the Year
2005, 2003, 2002 and 2000 Grandmaster of the Year.
Dr. Neal Adam, 6th dan, at the
Arizona School of Traditional Karate in
Mesa, Arizona.
Other instructors at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate include Dr. Neal Adam, a professor at a local university in the Phoenix valley, who is ranked as Dai-Shihan (master instructor) with 6th degree black belt. Dr. Adam has a few decades of martial arts experience.

These two are complemented by Sensei (teacher of martial arts) Paula Borea (2nd dan) and Bill Borea (2nd dan). The Boreas spent considerable time in Japan training in martial arts and Paula, is of Samurai Lineage. Thus we have our own staff samurai!

Our Senpai (Seniors at the dojo) include Sarah Kamenicky (2nd dan), Dan Graffius (2nd dan), Kathy Grieg (1st dan), Victoria Davis (1st dan), Dan Lang (1st dan), Ryan Harden (1st dan), Patrick Scofield (1st Kyu), Rich Mendolia (2nd Kyu), Adam Bialek (3rd Kyu) and Charles Jean (3rd Kyu).
Sensei Paual Borea, Japanese Samurai, at the Arizona
School of Traditional Karate in Mesa near Gilbert and
Chandler, Arizona
Yudansha (black belt seniors) Kathy and Victoria train in self-defense applications at the
Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa.
Soke Hausel demonstrates use of books as kobudo (self-
defense weapons) during self-defense clinic for librarians
at the Chandler Public Library in downtown Chandler,
Arizona with the assistance of Charles Jean.
Sarah trains with Bill during Kobudo Class at the Arizona School of Traditional karate
in Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona.

Sensei Bill Borea with Senpai Dan Lang and Shihan
Neal Adam in background at the Arizona School of
Traditional Karate in Mesa at Border with Gilbert and
Dr. Teule (1st dan), visiting senpai from Utah State University, trains with Dan Graffius (2nd dan), Senpai from Mesa, Arizona

Senpai Sarah works with Amber during kobudo class

Monday, January 2, 2012

Traditional Martial Arts in Arizona

Konnichi Wa!  We look forward to meeting you at our traditional Hombu Dojo in Mesa, Arizona across the street from Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona. 

Our Karate Classes in Mesa are open to the public at our Martial Arts School on the border of Gilbert with Mesa in the Phoenix valley.  Stop by and see why we have some award-winning martial arts instructors.

Soke-Dai Eric Hausel and Soke Dan Hausel. We'll meet you at the gate.
Our kamidana at the dojo shomen
Dr. Neal Adam and Rich Mendolia train in kobudo at
the Arizona School of Traditional karate
View of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa on the NE corner of
MacDonald at Baseline Road. Its easy to find. Just drive east on Baseline from
Country Club Road and when you reach the second traffic light, turn left on
MacDonald and then immediately turn right into the parking lot.
Soke Hausel demonstrates secret martial art known as
Hakutsuru karate (White Crane Karate) at Chinese New
Year Celebration at the University of Wyoming.

Members from Utah Shorin-Kai train at the Mesa Martial Arts Center in the Arizona School of Traditional Karate near Gilbert, Arizona.  Hall-of-Fame martial artist Soke Hausel, stands far left next to Kyoju Rob Watson. 
2003 International Shorin-Ryu Martial Arts Clinic at the University of Wyoming with Soke Hausel and O'Sensei Yamashita.

Kata practice at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Renmei) in the East Valley of Phoenix.

We will leave the lights on for you.

Iaido training

Group photo at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, 2000