Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mesa-Gilbert Arizona Traditional Karate has lineage

Seiza - kneeling to show respect
Keizu - or lineage in Japanese, is a very important part of any Okinawan karate school or system. The Arizona Traditional Karate Center at 60 W. Baseline (Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai Hombu) along the border of Mesa and Gilbert has lineage documentaion dating back for many hundreds of years. The Soke of this style was presented certifications for his system in 1999 by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei, a lineage chart by Juko Kai International in 2006 and was promoted to judan in 2004 by Dai-Soke R. Sacharnoski. Members of Seiyo Kai travel world wide to train under Soke Hausel in karate, kobudo, self-defense, philosophy and more.

Shorin-Ryu Karate, one of the original styles of karate developed on Okinawa has evolved into several hybrid forms including Seiyo Kai Shorin-Ryu. Seiyo focuses on power and acceleration to develop unusual force and speed. Those who master the art are known to have one-punch knockout power, but at the same time, are taught to master themselves and show respect to all others. It is a strange dichotomy, but necessary to bring a person to peace within oneself.

As you may have gathered, those who train at the Arizona Hombu at the border of Gilbert and Mesa, are trained in the art of self-defense, kata (forms) and kobudo (weapons) but are also taught the art of life and are asked to live by dojo kun (philosophy) designed to improve oneself and self-confidence.
Some philosophy to live by -

“To win 100 victories in 100 battles is not the highest skill. To subdue an enemy without fighting is the highest skill” – Sun-Tzu

“Karate begins with courtesy and ends with courtesy” - Gichin Funakoshi
Soke Hausel demonstrates traditonal
karate - Hakutsuru (white crane Shorin-
‘No matter how you excel in the art of te (karate) and in your scholastic endeavors, nothing is more important than your behavior and your humanity as observed in daily life’ - Teijunsoku. (this zen is particularly applicable considering that Seiyo Shorin-Ryu includes many scholars in a variety of sciences, engineering, etc.
In form there is emptiness; in emptiness there is form

Shoshin Nagamine (1907-1997), Grandmaster of Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu karate wrote, "if there is no kata, there is no karate, just kicking & punching"
The purpose of Karate Lies not in defeat or victory, but in the perfection of its participants.

"The art of painting and the art of karate-do have the same Zen principle; in karate one does not make a fist, but becomes the fist. In painting one does not paint, but becomes the paint brush".

While many schools in the East Valley of Phoenix claim trophies, we claim our lineage and students.

"At the Seiyo Hombu, we will teach you about life and about your path in life" - Soke Hausel

Traditional Okinawa Karate for adults in Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler & Tempe.

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Our center is open to the public - we focus on Adults and Families. Learn the traditions of Okinawan Karate & Kobudo & how we are trying to make this world a better place, one person at a time. We introduce meditation, philosophy, Japanese and martial arts history in our karate & kobudo classes.
Our schedule is as follows:

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Arizona Karate

You can find more information about our affiliations at
Seiyo Kai International
Juko Kai International

Other websites about us
Arizona Hombu

Even though our address is 60 W. Baseline Rd, we are actually located at the NE CORNER of McDONALD just off of baseline.

We have some of the lowest rates in the East Valley.Contact Us

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