|Posted by okinawakarate on July 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM|
At the Arizona School of Traditional Okinawa Martial Arts, Mesa –Gilbert, students train in martial arts as they have been taught for centuries on Okinawa. Both adults and families train under the supervision of Soke Hausel, 10th degree black belt, the grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo and learn karate, kobudo (martial arts weapons), samurai arts and self-defense. As one shows significant progress, they will be invited to test for rank.
Tests are not common in traditional martial arts. One has to progress considerably before being invited to test. For mudansha ranks (colored belts), tests are typically separated 2 to 6 months and only scheduled when the grandmaster feels the individual student has progressed to the next higher step of expertise. For yudansha ranks (black belt), tests are separated by 1 to 4 years for those who train regularly.
Exams for mudansha require knowledge of kihon (basics), kata (forms), bunkai (pragmatic understanding of kata), kobudo (weapons), self-defense and kumite (controlled sparing with and without weapons). Following recent tests in mid July (2012), two members of the Mesa Hombu were promoted – Patrick Scofield was promoted to yonkyu (4th kyu) green belt and Ryan Harden was promoted to nikyu (2nd kyu) brown belt at a ceremony at the Arizona Martial Arts Center at 60 W. Baseline in Mesa. The martial arts center is open to the public.