Monday, March 14, 2016

Arizona Karate Demonstration at Carefree

Members of the Arizona Hombu dojo preparing to demonstrate kobudo
arts to the crowd at the Carefree Arizona Pavilion on March 12th, 2016.
Part of the charter of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai is to educate the public on the benefits, traditions and history of Okinawa karate and kobudo. To accomplish this, members from various dojo of our traditional karate association periodic present public martial arts demonstrations, self-defense courses, clinics, lectures, benefits and interviews. This is in addition to our members (from beginner to the highest ranked black belts) training in a variety of traditional martial arts each week at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa.

In March, 2016, members from the Arizona Hombu Dojo on Baseline Road at the border of Gilbert, Chandler and Mesa, Arizona, presented a 30-minute demonstration on traditional Okinawan and Japanese martial arts for a benefit of Pediatric Autoimmune Neurological Disorders that was held at the Carefree Pavilion in the city of Carefree at the northern edge of the Phoenix Valley.

It was a cool Saturday evening for an exciting demonstration of traditional Japanese samurai arts, traditional Okinawa Karate and Kobudo (Okinawan weapons), self-defense and a display of shitai kori (extreme Okinawan body hardening). The karate demonstration followed a performance of Taiko (Japanese drums) by Ken Koshio, and preceded an artistic performance by Jeff Zischke.

Members participating in the traditional martial arts demonstration ranged in age from 8 to 70 years in age and included 40% female members. The demonstration was narrated by Grandmaster Hausel, Hall of Fame martial artist and member of Juko Kai International, Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei, and US Soke Council and also by Sensei Bill Borea. All of the attending members provided an excellent performance; but Sensei Paula Borea, in particular, stole the show with her magnetic personality.  Both the audience and the karate performers had a wonderful time!

Sensei Paula Borea, 2nd dan, and Sensei Bill Borea
3rd dan demonstrate traditional Japanese samurai

Members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo from Mesa prepare to present Naihanchi kata to crowd at the Carefree, Arizona Pavilion. 
Demonstration of Kobudo Bunkai in Carefree, Arizona

Soke Hausel, 12th dan and Sensei Paula Borea, 2nd dan
demonstrate shitai kori or Okinawan body hardening.
Soke Hausel is not wearing any kind of protection. And 
please, do not try this at home, as these people are experts.

Part of the Carefree Arizona benefit program, March 12, 2016

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