Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Arizona Martial Artists Learn Self-Defense

Jessica Ricks learns Geology 101 the hard way at a seminar at the University
of Wyoming taught by Soke Hausel from Mesa, Arizona.
Students at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, also known as the Arizona Hombu, as well as members from around the country learn the basics of karate and kobudo (martial arts weapons) along with a variety of other martial arts that few outside of Okinawa and Japan have the opportunity to learn. These include samurai arts, body hardening, as shitai kori, rock breaking, kobudo (weapons), self-defense, and more.

During classes, martial artists from Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale and from other states in the US learn to take away guns and clubs as well as defend against knife attacks - something all too common on the streets of Phoenix.

Hanshi Andy Finley, 7th dan, learns body hardening while being choked by
Shihan Kyle Gewecke, 4th dan, at a clinic in Gillette, Wyoming taught by
Soke Hausel, 12th dan, from Mesa, Arizona.
Hands Up!  Ryan defends against a mugger with gun at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, Mesa and Gilbert.

Ryan takes rifle from Amanda at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa.

Sarah practices defending against a mugger (Patrick) with gun.
Knife Attack!  Kyle Linton, 3rd dan, from Colorado defends against knife attack by Hanshi Finley, 7th dan, from Casper Wyoming during a clinic at the University of Wyoming taught by Soke Hausel, 12th dan, from Gilbert, Arizona


  1. Wonderful martial arts Pic.
    Thanks for posting it.
    I am a regular visitor of your blog!
    Self defence art at Kung Fu Sutherland Shire training center.

    1. Thank you for the compliment Glenn, I enjoy trying to capture my students with the lens: we are also blessed by two excellent professional karate ka photographers in our Arizona dojo who take incredible photos. All the best to you and your students - and great website!

      Several years ago I visited Austrailia for a diamond mining conference and went to Perth, up north to Derby and to Argyle. Spent a month in the outback - you have a wonderful country - just need a couple of more mountains.