Friday, December 16, 2011

Tonfa (Martial Arts baton) taught at the Arizona Hombu Dojo

Katharina (9th kyu) from Germany trains with 
Sarah (2nd dan) from Texas at the Arizona
Hombu dojo.
Soke Hausel began teaching tonfa to the kobudo classes at the Arizona Hombu Karate & Kobudo Dojo on Baseline Road in Mesa to students from Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler in the East Valley of Phoenix including students from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe and even Glendale to train at the Arizona Hombu Dojo. 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 the fall of 2011 in kobudo classes and we began learning basic blocks and strikes with the Okinawan traditional weapon and continued training in bunkai (applications) including kata (forms), ippon kumite (controlled sparring) with the tonfa vs. bo (6-foot staff) and tonfa vs tanto (knife).

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

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Adult Martial Artists learn Tonfa in Arizona

Rich defends strike from Neal Adam.
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.
Watch out for that tonfa! Dr. Adam blocks attack by
Ryan Harden and follows up with a classical tonfa

Charles trains with Ryan Harden at Mesa Gilbert dojo