Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Personal Self-Defense - Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Tempe

Ryan trains with Sensei Kyle Linton from Colorado at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate
Dozens of self-defense classes and clinics offered to faculty, staff, students and the local community at the University of Wyoming as well as to people in Utah and Arizona were taught by Grandmaster Hausel in an effort to better prepare people to defend themselves if attacked on campus or in the community. According to sources, as many as 25% of all women attending classes on campuses in the US will be sexually assaulted during their four-year college career. "This is a frightening statistic". "So be prepared and don't become a statistic". In recent years, the University of Wyoming student housing provided grants to fly the Hall-of-Fame grandmaster from Phoenix to Laramie to teach these clinics and were free to the university community.

Soke Hausel also offered clinics to girl scouts, private groups, political groups, ASU and Chandler Librarians in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe Arizona where the Hall-of-Fame grandmaster now resides. Attendees commented on these clinics and noted the training made them better aware of their surroundings and also forced them to think about possible scenarios and weapons at hand. One remarked they will never be able to look at a magazine again without thinking how quickly it can be made into a weapon. Librarians from Chandler, Arizona were surprised they had been checking weapons out for years without realizing that books can also be used as very effective weapons. In another group - two women from Mesa talked about how they were planning to train together with their car keys and purses after talking one of the self-defense clinics. And one woman from Gilbert mentioned she had actually been mugged while jogging, and now she felt better prepared and confident. One father noted that he plans to sign his daughters up for karate classes by Soke Hausel at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and train with them to be sure they are prepared before starting classes at Arizona State University.

Personal self-defense clinics are designed to teach non-martial artists simple, but pragmatic self-defense. In these clinics, attendees learn to use balance, body weight, elbows, knees, hands, and feet to their advantage. Because it is impossible to effectively teach anyone self-defense in a 2-hour clinic, it is highly recommended attendees follow-up with additional self-defense classes so they can achieve one of the great attributes of karate - muscle memory with focus. In order to be able to defend yourself, you must practice, practice and then practice. This is why it is recommended  people sign up for traditional karate or jujutsu classes that do not involve themselves with competition. Traditional karate and jujutsu schools teach students how to defend effectively and do not focus on tournaments.

At the clinics, attendees are taught common weapons and some martial arts weapons. Stop, think and visualize the following tools and try to imagine how you could use these in self-defense. Visualize car keys, pen, coins, book, magazine, rock, stapler, purse, cell phone, I-pad, glasses, belt, towel, etc. If you can visualize how to use the above tools for weapons, you will understand your world is filled with weapons. Practice using these often to be prepared if ever attacked. One thing you don't ever want to do is to have to think about how to use these when that day comes.

Have you ever been attacked? All it takes is one time, and when these people physically survive, they are mentally scarred for life. We all wish we could convince our friends and neighbors to learn self defense before something bad happens - it gives self-confidence, helps you maintain your health and weight, and if you learn at a good martial arts school, you often have a great time and make lifelong friends.

So, what are you waiting for?

Make your day much brighter by gaining self-confidence through self-defense classes.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

SELF-DEFENSE Training in Arizona

My introduction to self-defense was in the 1960s. I signed up for karate classes at the Black Eagle Federation Kyokusin Kai Dojo in Sugarhouse (Salt Lake City). Not sure why I continued training at this school as I was trying to learn to defend myself so I would not get the .... beat out of me. Instead, I paid someone to do exactly what I was trying to avoid.

In Kyokusin Karate, we trained in kumite (sparring) at least once week fighting every person in the dojo, full contact, bare knuckle and feet, with absolutely no holds bared and no one to check to see if anyone forgot to remove a ruby ring or two. The only protection we had was blocking, hitting harder to discourage our opponents, and a athletic cup (more or less for show, as it didn't seem to do much). One of my friends, Steve, ran into a ruby ring and wore an impression of the carat weight stone for the next several weeks (above his right eyebrow). 
I learned the art of tameshiwari (breaking) in 1964 and still teach 
my students this art. Being a geologist helps me find good rocks to 
break with the hand, elbow, foot, knee or head. Breaking is a very minor 
part of karate but used as a self-confidence booster.

The most important things I learned in these classes was to block very hard and use my blocks as strikes to get the attacker's attention. This would become very important to me later in life. We also learned to break rocks which became valuable in high school. One day, I was showing off to some students during PE by breaking a rock. The news spread like wildfire, and soon few would dare to cross my path. But a rock is a rock and not a person and breaking a rock means little. But back in the 60s it was almost unheard of. I suspect each time the event was told over and over it was likely embellished until the stone grew into a boulder.

Now that I have my own students scattered worldwide, I teach them to block hard, hit very hard, and most of all, to respect others. At the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Gilbert Arizona, we have a great group of martial artists.

Friday, December 16, 2011


When attacked -  use your attacker's head! It can be real embarassing.

In traditional martial arts, we teach all of our students self-defense - we also look forward to teaching members of the general public how to defend themselves. Check out our schools in Arizona, Utah and Wyoming.
Self-Defense clinic at the University of Wyoming
At Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai, we love to teach self-defense to the public. Learn more about our martial arts federation.

Some recent comments from attendees of our self-defense clinics - "We had a wonderful time at the self-defense clinic. You people put on a great program" - Posted by Tim and Tina on 12:30 PM November 14, 2010.

"Myself and friends attended your public self-defense clinic - now we feel more confident with running around campus and town, but also had a super night. The techniques and Witt was a great combination" - Posted by Jamie R on 12:32 PM November 14, 2010.

"What a wonderful clinic! We had a super time. This was sooooo fun and entertaining. You should take this on the road and teach it at every university. Very practical and easy to use self-defense with levity. Thank you and thanks to the UW Karate Club" - Posted by Diane & Kara on 07:49 AM December 11, 2010

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chandler Arizona Librarians Use Self-Defense

A good book can be good weapon. Pencil
sketch by Soke Hausel
Imagine – you’re in-between bookshelves at the public library just before closing – someone sneaks up behind and grabs you. What do you do with that book in hand?     

Well you could read them a story, or if it is a serious attack, that book could be used as a self-defense weapon!

Librarians and staff of the Chandler Public Library were confronted with this and other imaginary scenarios at a seminar taught by Hall-of-Fame martial artist and grandmaster, Soke Hausel of the Arizona Hombu Dojo in Mesa (60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa) and world head of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai in Gilbert. 

Grandmaster Hausel taught traditional martial arts for more than 4 decades at four major universities prior to opening the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa, Arizona. The arts that he teaches includes kobudoKobudo is a martial art of ancient Okinawan farming & fishing implements that are used for self-defense. The techniques and concepts of kobudo can easily be adapted to  modern garden and construction tools, as well as to most any movable object around the house or workplace. Soke Hausel admits that he had a very difficult time walking through any garden and tool shop without visualizing how modern tools can be used for self-defense - as a result, he has many garden tools he purchased around the Phoenix valley to use in his training at the Arizona Hombu dojo.

Soke Hausel demonstrates a very simple response to a wrist grabs
at the public library

During the seminar at the library, Soke Hausel taught the librarians to escape from wrist grabs, lapel grabs and bear-hugs by using elbows, knees, feet and hands and taught them how to use books, magazines, coins, pens, belts, and car keys for self-defense tools against aggressive attacks. The attendees were surprised to find they were working with potential self-defense weapons every day and even checking some out to the public. Who would have thought that a book or rolled up magazine could be so effective in self-defense? But Soke Hausel told the librarians that they must think about this every day in order to reach a mental state talked about in Zen and in martial arts - that of mushin or no mind! He told them that they must learn to react without thinking! 

Soke Hausel has taught similar self-defense clinics and seminars to local political groups, EMT, university faculty and staff, military, scouts, teachers, women’s clubs, sororities, religious groups, martial arts instructors, seniors, etc. He is a professor of martial arts and currently teaches karate, kobudo and self-defense in the East Valley.

Monday, September 12, 2011

SELF-DEFENSE Clinics for the GENERAL PUBLIC are Popular

Using one's palm can provide a very effective strike.
Once again, the Hall of Fame martial arts instructor from the University of Wyoming and now Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona is recognized for his many accomplishments - this time by Marquis Who's Who in the World. Soke Hausel, who operates the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and the Seiyo Kai International (Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai) Hombu in Gilbert was selected for the 2012 prestigious encyclopedia as he has been for the past several years. Fred Marks, Editor-in-Chief, noted that Soke Hausel has been selected for inclusion in the 2011 (28th edition) of Who's Who in the World and is being considered for inclusion in the 2012 (29th edition) of Who's Who in the World.

Soke Hausel teaching self-defense to University
of Wyoming Air Force ROTC

One of many techniques taught to advanced martial artists but not
to the general public.
How would you react when someone grabs you?

Defending yourself at Soke's clinics often involves some laughter

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Professor Hausel (right) with Hanshi Finley (7th dan) at Self-Defense clinic at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Soke Hausel enjoys interacting with his instructors & students to provide popular & pragmatic self-defense clinics for both martial artists & the general public. Soke Hausel, Hall of Fame inductee, enjoys putting on a good show by combining useful techniques with wit that brings clinic attendees back again & again.

Why do these clinics have such a great attraction and following? It's because we focus on a group of very simple self-defense applications that are easy to use and we apply these a variety of attacks such as grabs, bear hugs, headlocks, chokes, hair grabs and more. People are entertained at our clinics, because we include pragmatic self-defense with some entertaining restraints. Awarded the AAPG's President's Certificate for Public Speaking, the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame's International Instructor of the Year, Laramie Lyceum Distinguished Speaker and the University of Wyoming Distinguished Lecturer. Wit, pragmatic techniques and great stories are the right combination for a great evening of entertainment that could one day save your life.

In the past, we've taught clinics to women's clubs, EMT groups, Air Force ROTC, sororities, church groups, law enforcement students, airline travelers, business groups, political groups and others.

In 2010, we taught a group of public self-defense clinics where attendees were taught simple, but pragmatic self-defenses against several attacks. In other clinics, we trained traditional martial artists, in advanced self-defense, katas (forms), advanced forms, combinations, kobudo (weapons), knife, rifle and hand-gun defenses. His recent clinics were taught at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa.

Just imagine - how would you defend against someone pushing you against the wall and then choking you. Attendees learned to reverse this attack and run the aggressor's head into the same wall they were pushed into. According to Tracy P, "One of the more exciting techniques was against a grab or a punch, and we quickly put their arm under their crotch & grabbed their collar and just walked them around the room looking bewildered and not so bright. Then we ran them into the wall. You just have to see it to believe it. We laughed so hard, I thought I was going to split my sides".

In clinics for the lay-person, attendees start learning simple defenses against wrist grabs, lapel grabs, chokes, bear hugs, etc, and the same defense is slightly modified and used for each of these attacks as this is the most pragmatic way for beginners to learn to defend one's self. Clinic attendees learned to use their elbows, knees and body weight against an attacker. Then they learned similar defenses using their palm-hands. And straight from the Karate Kid, they are taught about 'wax on, wax off' and more. With the addition of physics and why these work, it was also very educational.

The clinics teach one to defend against a choke. In other defenses, attendees learn to smash the attacker's head against knees, a wall, or just follow up a choke with a more sophisticated choke. And of course, groin strikes are not eliminated - so bring a friend.

Other clinics taught include advanced knife and gun defenses and Shorin-Ryu white crane forms and applications for black belts. These advanced techniques require considerable training and expertise. In other clinics, attendees are taught forms and self-defense applications for martial artists of all ranks. People travel to train under Soke's guidance at the Mesa, Arizona Dojo and Soke travels to schools around the country.

The University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club sponsored self-defense clinics for public, staff and faculty of the university and communities of Laramie, Cheyenne, Casper and Fort Collins. The clinic held on October 22nd 2010 proved  to be very successful as did previous self-defense clinics in September and March which filled the Education Building and Corbett Gyms. It was a time for staff, faculty & students of the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming community to get together and learn how to defend & use pragmatic weapons at hand (such as car keys).

The clinics were also sponsored by grants provided to the UW Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate Club by the UW Residence Halls & Dining Services & ASUW.

In Arizona, we offer similar clinics to residents in the East Valley of Phoenix. Flight Attendant Associations, College groups, Women's Groups, Church Groups should consider learning some self-defense. STOP! Think what would you do if someone right now grabbed your purse - how would you defend? Now, what would you do if someone followed you to your car and then tried to mug you? Or steal your car? 

What would you do if your daughter went off to college without self-defense training? We all think of college as a safe haven - but it is one of the more dangerous environments for a female in particular. Statistics show that at least 25% of all females attending college in the US will at one time be sexually assaulted.  Can you live with that?  Why send your children to college without a complete education.

If you want more training to become an expert in martial arts, one can continue training at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa.

Some classical techniques taught at clinics for the lay-person include defense against a wrist grab. Here the attacker grabs a wrist to restrain the defender. The defender simply grabs her own fist and brings the opposite elbow up into the chin as she steps into the attacker. This results in either  a visit to the dentist, or laughter.

 In another technique (left), the attacker grabs the victim by the throat. This is immediately followed by a thrust of nukite (knife hand) into the juggler notch of the attacker while stepping behind with one foot to drop the attacker over the defender's leg (left).

Following Soke's demonstration on how to defend an attack that restricts the defender against the wall (right) with a forearm to the throat (left), the table is turned on the attacker who is pivoted into the wall followed by a knee to the stomach (below left) or chest. Depending on how hard of a knee strike, the attacker either collapses to the ground in pain or in laughter (left below).

It is very important to learn to defend yourself, while having fun doing so at our lay-person clinics (right).

Knife defense training (above) in some of the advanced clinics, and a popular self-defense technique taught to karate practitioners is the 'Cowboy Pole Dancing', where the attacker is placed on his own arm while directed into a nearby wall or pole (left).