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Arizona Hombu - School of Traditional Martial Arts
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WE recently began training our students (http://Seiyo-ShorinRyu.com) in the use of sansetsukon (3-sectional staff) at the Arizona Hombu.  This is a distinctly Chinese weapon adapted to Shorin-Ryu karate
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Training with Okinawa bo in Shorin-Ryu class at the Arizona Hombu, Mesa
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Self-defense training against attacker with rifle
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Outside at the Japanese Peace Gardens, Phoenix
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Training in the park sponsored by the Arizona Hombu. This form of outside training provides realistic training for our Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe students with eveyone wearing street clothes and training on uneven surfaces. The sessions are scheduled for some Saturdays and at no additional cost to our students http://www.seiyo-shorinryu.com/self-defense-classes
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http://kamajutsu.blogspot.com Kama training during kobudo night at the Hombu in Mesa, Arizona.
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Last week was basically 'WOMEN's WEEK' at the Arizona Hombu. We celebrated our female martial artists including Sensei Paula who returned to the dojo after an extended absence and we received three new students including Debora, Suzette and Rihanna. We were also excited to hear that Megan returned from Japan after spending the summer with her grand-parents. Two of our students were also promoted last week: Janet was promoted to 9th kyu and Alexis was promoted to 3rd kyu. In addition, we featured one of our female martial artists in the 'Bushido' newsletter. Sensei Elena graduated from graduate school at the Colorado School of Mines and we found out she is in the finals for being considered for colonization on Mars by NASA. Wow, wouldn't that be a 'Kick' if she opened the first dojo on Mars!

All of this gave me an opportunity to reflect on the female martial artists I taught over the years at the University of Wyoming, along with classes at ASU, U of U and U of NM. We had some petite, but very rough women that included Shihan Sandy, Sensei Donnette, Sensei Katie, Sensei Elena, my daughter Jessica and others. We had so many women in our martial arts classes at the university that at one point, nearly 50% of the club was female - and this was at a time when our club had about 150 members.

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One of many weapons of the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai arsenal is the yari (槍). A yari is a spear that was favored by some samurai and warrior monks in Japan’s past. There are many types of yari and each had its own indigenous techniques as well as interchangeable techniques from yari to yari. In Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu, we teach arts that are both indigenous to Okinawa and to Japan: yari is the weapon of sojutsu, a Japanese art. 

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Samurai arts color pencil sketch by Soke Hausel
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