Friday, November 18, 2011

Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai

Dr. Amit from the University of Wyoming, demonstrates use of bo (6-foot staff).
Dr. Amit is not only a martial artist, he is also a PhD in electrical engineering.

Shorin-Ryu Karate includes several ryu or schools. One of these is known as Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai (TM).

Shorin-Ryu karate was developed on Okinawa - some of the great teachers of Shorin-Ryu led off on their own to develop their own concepts and techniques in martial arts. This is what happened with Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate. However, Soke Hausel is not a "self-proclaimed" grandmaster; instead, when he was an 8th dan black belt, he was granted and awarded permission to develop his own brand of Shorin-Ryu Karate when certified as the Soke Shodai (first generation grandmaster) of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate in 1999 by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei. At the same time, he was promoted to 9th dan.

Soke Hausel stressed the use of power in both blocks and strikes and taught his students to develop a one-punch knock out. Any technique which lacked in pragmatic application, Soke either eliminated the technique or modified it to be practical resulting in one of the more pragmatic forms of karate in North America. He also focuses on kata as a way to learn good technique and self-defense applications. Even move and every technique in every one of the 70 kata in the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu martial arts system has a practical self-defense application that is taught to the martial arts students.

Part of Shorin-Ryu is Kobudo. Students must learn a variety of weapons in this system including kata(forms), bunkai (applications) and kumite (controlled sparring).
L to R: Soke Bill Durbin, Hanshi Ron Smith, Soke Hausel, Shihan Geoff Goodman at the JKI National Clinic in 2013.

Grandmaster Soke Hausel, demonstrates kenjutsu (use of samurai
 sword). Soke is a Hall-of-Fame inductee, certified 12th dan and
grandmaster by the Zen Kokusai Budo Bugei Renmei and Juko Kai
International. He has been teaching martial arts for nearly a half century.