The style of karate taught at our traditional Karate School is Okinawan Shorin-Ryu. 'Shorin' translates as 'Shaolin' suggesiting a connection to the Chinese Shaolin Temple.
Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa opened its doors in 2008 across the street from Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona. In addition to functioning as school of martial arts for residents of the Phoenix Valley, periodically members of world organization of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai travel to Arizona to train at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate. This is because the dojo is also the world headquarters (hombu) of the world organization.
The world organization was established in 1999 & the world head of the international Okinawan martial art lives in Gilbert, Arizona and has been teaching martial arts for more than 4 decades & training for more than 5 decades. In 2006, Soke Hausel retired from the University of Wyoming in Laramie and relocated the Hombu from Wyoming to Arizona. In 2012, he was promoted to 12th dan.
The Arizona dojo is unique with Japanese décor and spoken English and Japanese in the dojo. Not only do students learn martial arts, they learn martial arts history.
It is also unique because of the students (deshi) and instructors (sensei) that attend the school. The students are primarily adults. Families are welcome to train in adult classes: families include at least one parent who trains with their children as they all learn the martial arts of Okinawa and Japan. To assist in making the classes affordable for families, one very low rate allows all members of a family to train.