Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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

Students at the University of Wyoming learn self-defense to assist in self-
confidence as well as self-preservation. Over the years, Grandmaster Hausel
offered dozens of such clinics and classes to students, faculty, staff, and
various groups. The Hall of Fame Karate Instructor has been part of the 
martial arts community for more than a half century.
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 and train 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

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
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 Hombu dojo in 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 when done right.

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. 
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.
A great defense when some grabs your wrists - pull them 
towards you and kick them in the crotch.

"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

Four of our female black belts at the Arizona Hombu (Hombu for Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai) in Mesa,
Arizona, train with magazines and books as very effective self-defense weapons at an annual Shorin-Ryu clinic
in Arizona in 2019. Such handy tools are available to any school teacher, university faculty and librarian. You just
 need to know how to use these and other tools found in the work place, such as pens, pencils, etc.
You are between two bookshelves at the library just before closing – someone sneaks up behind and grabs you. What do you do with that book in your hand? Imagine you are a school teacher, when a couple of large students back you up against the wall and all you have in your hand is a magazine, or a pen. What do you do to defend?    

Well, you could read your attacker a story, or if you were properly trained in self-defense, you would stomp on the person's toes and follow by striking your would be assailant with the edge of your book! We all think of libraries as being safe houses, but few places are truly safe anymore because of the drug wars, invasion of our homeland by millions of illegals, and an overall degradation in the moral fabric of society.

Librarians and staff of the Chandler Public Library were confronted with this and other imaginary scenarios at a clinic taught by Who's Who in Martial Arts and Hall-of-Fame martial artist and grandmaster, Soke Hausel of the Arizona Hombu Dojo in Mesa and world head of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai

Grandmaster Hausel taught traditional martial arts for more than 4 decades at four universities prior to opening the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa, Arizona. One of the many arts he teaches is known as kobudoKobudo is a martial art of ancient Okinawan farming, fishing and merchant implements and tools used in 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 he has a 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 purchased around the Phoenix valley to use in training and teaching martial arts.
Soke Hausel demonstrates a very simple response to wrist grabs
at the public library. When done properly, this technique causes
the attacker
 to lean forward into the kick.

During the Chandler Arizona seminar, Soke showed the librarians different methods 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 as self-defense tools against aggressive attacks. The attendees were surprised to find they were working with self-defense weapons every day and even checking these weapons out to the public. Who would have guessed that the pen could be mightier that the sword for personal self-defense?

The librarians were also surprised at how effective a rolled up magazine could be as a self-defense weapon. Clinic attendees are taught to wrap a magazine tightly as it provides more punching power for a strike to the side of the head, ear or neck, to block a punch or knife thrust, or use the end of the magazine to thrust into the groin, solar plexus, liver, kidneys, neck or nose. In fact, magazines are so effective that he often has some of this students make their own weapons from magazines - such as nitanbo, kubotan, and even nunchaku. The magazine nunchaku are much better than any foam rubber nunchaku sold by martial arts supply outlets. The magazine chuks can be made from light-weight magazines for bunkai (self-defense) practice, or heavy magazines for kata (martial arts forms) practice.

Soke Hausel emphasized to the librarians - they must think about self-defense every day in order to reach a mental state talked about in Zen and in martial artsmushin or no mind! He told them they must learn to react without thinking! 
Striking an attacker with a book.

As an example, he told them stories when he was a teenager after training in Kyokushin karate. "In kyokushin karate", he related, "we trained to fight in the dojo using nothing more than our bare hands and feet and the only protective gear available was an athletic cup which really didn't provide any protection". Years later when he trained in Shorin-Ryu karate and Kempojutsu at Juko Kai International, and learned an art known as Combat Ki which allows martial artists to take full-force strikes to vital points (including the unprotected groin) while smiling. He mentioned a demonstration at the University of Wyoming basketball half-time where is was photographed taking a full force kick in the groin from a 3rd degree black belt while smiling. The next day, the University photographer called him to stop by the university Photo Service to see the incredible photo caught at the moment of impact: Hausel was smiling! But he said, the full contact training in kyokushin karate taught him to react without thinking. In one instance, he hit another student in the hallway without any thought just because as the student walked by and quickly lifted his hand to brush his hair. Apparently, Soke Hausel's mushin mind interpreted this as an attack. 

It's also a way to break up a relationship. While digging through his high-school locker, his girlfriend snuck up behind him and gave him a light love-tap on the side of the face. Without thought, Soke indicated his body responded with a back elbow strike knocking her to the floor. He told the librarians not to worry about developing this kind of mushin mind, as it requires constant full-contact training where you often get hurt allowing your muscle memory to interpret this as negative reinforcement. By constantly training without full contact, you can get close to this kind of empty mind by practicing the same self-defense application over and over, thinking about it and visualizing the application. This will give you muscle memory, but with control over your muscles.
Great defense - note how the attacker (in
blue) leans forward into the kick.

So, the librarians trained in empty hand self-defense techniques, were told to carry car keys to the parking lot in one hand with the keys available for striking similar to a kubotan (short stick), or similar to tekko. He emphasize that the parking lot terrace in downtown Chandler could provide opportunities for criminals in the area. Let's face it, down town Chandler and the neighboring community is not the safest place in the evening. He joked saying he might be tempted to carry a samurai sword if he worked in the area. If nothing else, it would provide a warning to criminals.

The clinic continued and the librarians were taught simple escapes against varieties of bear hugs, wrist(s) grab, lapel grabs, take downs, chokes, punches. Some commented they were impressed to discover how easily they could defend themselves with just a little knowledge and training. They broke up into groups of two and practiced with each other while Soke and his student (a brown belt librarian from his dojo) came around to help each pair tweak the techniques.

Soke Hausel has taught similar self-defense clinics and seminars to political groups, Christian and Mormon organizations, EMT, university faculty and staff, military, scouts, teachers, women’s clubs, sororities, martial arts instructors, firemen, senior citizens, etc. He was a professor of martial arts and geologist at the University of Wyoming from 1977 to 2007 prior to moving to Gilbert, Arizona. He currently teaches karate, kobudo, self-defense and samurai arts at the Arizona Hombu dojo in the East Valley, writes books, and consults on various geological projects around North America.

One of many self-defense clinics taught by Soke Hausel at the University
of Wyoming to students and faculty. Soke indicates he especially likes to
have fun with the attendees and see that they learn and also have fun while
learning how to defend.

Librarians listen to Soke Hausel as he tells them how to use their knees and elbows.

A good book can also be good weapon. Pencil sketch by Soke Hausel, Hall of 
Fame martial arts instructor at the Arizona Hombu Dojo.

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, our Hall-of-Fame martial arts instructor from the University of Wyoming, who relocated to Gilbert, Arizona in 2007, is recognized for accomplishments - this time by Marquis Who's Who in the World. Soke Hausel, who is the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai was selected for inclusion in the 2012 prestigious encyclopedia as he has been in 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 taught martial arts at four universities including ASU, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, and the University of Wyoming. 

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 Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Hombu in Gilbert, Arizona.

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).