Karate

“Karate …. is a life-long marathon which can be won only through self-discipline, hard training, and creative efforts.”
– Sokeshodai Shoshin Nagamine (founder of Matsubayashi-ryu Karate)

BEGINNING TO ADVANCED KARATE

Shorin-Ryu karate styles are interpreted as karate-do (‘do’ meaning ‘way’ or ‘path’ indicating there is more to these than fighting). Shorin-Ryu developed from Chinese Kung fu, includes. several varieties including Shuri-Te, Naha-Te, Tomari-Te, Shito-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Shotokan, Okinawa-Te, Ryukyu Kempo, Uechi-Ryu, Isshin-Ryu, Sudokan, Chito-Ryu, Chubu-Ryu.

Our classes begin with basics and kata. When you need individual help, we place you one-on-one with an instructor to assist in rapid development. After teaching Karate, Kobudo, Samurai Arts, Jujutsu & Self-Defense to 50 to >110 students/class at the University of Wyoming for >30 years, Soke Hausel restricts classes to 25 maximum (typically 95% adult, and 30% female)

The late Soke Nagamine from Okinawa stated “Kata is the origin of karate, if there is no kata, there is no karate!” So what is kata? Kata is a living encyclopedia of self-defense techniques tested by past masters. Once you learn kata, you learn self-defense applications and kata becomes self-teaching. Karate kata is living Zen and teaches balance, strength, breathing, body hardening, stances, kicks, blocks, punches, throws, chokes & meditation.

KIHON (Basics). Just like any new discipline, we start with the basics of karate, and continue to review basics to stay sharp and improve technique. As a new student, you learn how to walk, how to stand,, how to punch, kick, block, foot sweep, etc.

KATA (Forms). When practiced correctly, kata builds stamina, speed, reflexes, power, focus, muscle memory, respect, and effective self-defense technique. But kata needs to be monitored by a competent sensei (teacher), otherwise, kata can do the opposite, if not corrected. In a proper dojo, students constantly learn about karate and receive positive feedback, and many have found karate training leads to lifelong friendships.

BUNKAI (self-defense applications extracted from kata). Kata were created to teach muscle memory, power, focus, and speed. If kata is practiced too slow, such as in tai chi, you are likely to defend against an attacker by reacting slow due to muscle memory. To defend properly, practice kata and bunkai with power, speed, focus much of the time and periodically slower with intense focus. It has been said by many sensei:
“the harder you train in a dojo, the less blood you will shed in combat”.

The secret of kata is to also understand bunkai, and practice both kata and bunkai weekly at a bare minimum.

TAMESHIWARI. Breaking inanimate objects with bare hands, feet, head, elbows, has been imprinted in the minds of many. To many, karate and breaking are the same. Actually, the art of tameshiwari is a minor part of karate. Members of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai learn to break rocks as part of their training. Soke Hausel is also a geologist, so he already has an affinity for rocks.