Friday, December 16, 2011

Tonfa (Martial Arts baton) taught at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate

Soke Hausel (10th dan) began teaching tonfa to the kobudo classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate on Baseline in Mesa to students from Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler in the East Valley of Phoenix. We even have students driving from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe and Glendale to train at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate. Why? Possibly because of the unique 'traditional setting and atmosphere of the dojo' - and much of the training is in Japanese.

Tonfa was introduced to our students in September 2011 in the kobudo classes and we began learning basic blocks and strikes with the Okinawan traditional weapon and continued training in bunkai (applications) including kata (forms). As of December, the class has progressed learning two tonfa kata and much of their bunkai and also trained in some ippon kumite (controlled sparring) with the tonfa vs. bo (6-foot staff) and tonfa vs tanto (knife).

Starting in late January or early February, we will start learning our 3rd kata (form) and its bunkai.

Katharina (9th kyu) trains with Sarah
(2nd dan) during kobudo.

Dave blocks Patrick's bo attack with tonfa
at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Students of all ages learn to use Tonfa in Mesa and Gilbert

Sarah (2nd dan) works with Amber during tonfa class
at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa
Members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai train each week in kobudo, the ancient art of Okinawan weapons. Training includes kata, bunkai (applications) and ippon kumite (controlled sparring), whether they are in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, India, Vietnam or were ever they might be.

Members also train in kobujutsu, or better known as samurai weapons. In September, 2011, members of the karate school (Arizona School of Traditional Karate) in Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert were introduced to one of the many kobudo weapons of old - the tonfa, and we'll continue learning the tonfa well into the next year prior to focusing on some other weapon.

So what is a tonfa?  The tonfa became popular worldwide as a night stick used by law enforcement personnel. A skilled tonfa practitioner can defend against a variety of attacks as this is a very practical weapon.

After the students learn kihon (basics), bunkai (applications), ippon kumite (sparring) and kata (forms) of tonfa, they will be tested for proficiency in this tool and then move on to learn other weapons along with karate (empty hand) training.  We have the greatest students in the world who support one another and work with each other. Our classes include about 30% female. If you are looking for something to do each week that requires only a good nature, come join us at 60 W. Baseline Road.
Rich defends strike from Neal Adam.
Tonfa kihon (basics) training. Here our members practice age uke (rising block) - at the Mesa Gilbert Chandler
karate school in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona.
Don't mess with Texas and especially, don't mess with Sensei Paula. Sensei 
Bill Borea (3rd dan) and tries messing with Sensei Paula (2nd dan) 
and finds new bruises in the following morning. Paula is
our resident Samurai from Japan.

Charles trains with Ryan Harden at Mesa Gilbert dojo