Tuesday evening karate classes focus on basics known as kihon in Japanese. Learning stances, kicks, punches, blocks, and how to fall come in handy not only for self-defense, but also for self-confidence and physical fitness. By far, the most important aspect of karate, besides learning to respect others, is to learn kata. Kata are ingenious forms created centuries ago and are the heart of Okinawan karate and kobudo. When done properly, these teach karate practitioners muscle memory, good stances, balance, movement, power, accretion, and hundreds of self-defense applications. In traditional karate-do, there is nothing that compares to kata. And at the Arizona Hombu dojo, the student is always learning. Soke Hausel, recognized as a martial arts genius, knows more than 90 kata; thus students of Soke Hausel include beginners who don't even know how to tie their obi (karate belt), to the most advanced black belt master instructors.
|Soke Hausel teaching black belt clinic at the Arizona Hombu dojo|