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