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.

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