|The Phoenix Peace Garden|
At one unique traditional martial arts school in the East Valley of Phoenix, adults from Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek and Apache Junction have a rare opportunity to train under a grandmaster in martial arts who is also a member of several martial arts Halls-of-Fame. His martial arts school is not the typical 'I'm tougher than you' school; instead it's a martial arts school of higher education - a school where members learn about martial arts traditions, history, philosophy, physics, why martial arts work and even a little Japanese.
Those who attend this school have a rare opportunity to learn more than they could ever imagine. And no where else in Arizona can people earn legitimate black belt ranks from 1st degree black belt (shodan) all the way to 10th degree black belt (judan). Some people join this school and only learn the basics (kihon) of martial arts, but other dedicated students take the time to learn many of the secrets of martial arts. All of this is wrapped up and taught as part of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo.
|Kobudo weapons line the walls at the Arizona Hombu - most martial arts weapons|
are tools of trade for farmers and fishermen on Okinawa.
- Traditional Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate.
- Samurai Arts
- Sai jutsu
- Tsune (cane)
- Kuwa (hoe)
- Ra-ke (rake)
- Hojojutsu (rope restraints)
- Manrikigusari (chain)
- Hanbo (half-staff)
- Kibo (Kioga, expandable baton)
- Bo (long staff)
- Yari (sojutsu)
- Gusarigama (Chain and Sickle)
- Tanto (Knife)
- Katana (Samurai Sword)
- Shitai Kori (body hardening)
- Modern kobudo weapons such as books, magazines, pens, keys, etc.
|Seiyo dojo in Casper, Wyoming (photo by Ken Knight)|
|Yan Ma with the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate|
club demonstrates beautiful technique.
|Soke Hausel demonstrates White|
Crane Karate in celebration of
Chinese New Year at the university.