|From node to node in mature bamboo is|
considered to be 1 shaku - a Japanese measurement.
Hanbo is considered to have a length of 3 shaku.
|A daughter gets even with her father at the Utah Gassuku.|
Several years ago, Soke Hausel, the first generation grandmaster of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai decided to include this weapon into his kobudo curriculum of weapons for the traditional Karate system after learning techniques from Dai Soke Sacharnoski of Juko Kai International as well as techniques from Soke Masaaki Hatsumi's system and from Soke Shoto Tanemura's system. The hanbo is used for blocking, striking, sweeps, throws and chokes and is very effective against an assailant with a knife, club or bare hands.
|Training with the hanbo can be dangerous, but also fun if|
done properly (photo from the 2014 Utah gassuku at East
If you have never tried using the hanbo, for those who live in the Phoenix Valley, the Salt Lake Valley, Casper Wyoming, Gillette, Wyoming and at the University of Wyoming in Laramie - this is a great opportunity to learn this brilliant weapon of self-defense. Just contact the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate school near you. Remember, no experience is necessary as we all start out with no experience.
|Soke Hausel demonstrates kote ichi with the assistance of Renshi Stoneking|
at the 2014 Utah Gassuku. The stick is longer than the arm.
|Using ude garuma (armbar) with hanbo at the 2014 gassuku in Utah.|
|Kris Watson applies armpit throw to Renshi Stoneking at the|
2015 gassuku in East Canyon near Park City.
|Jeff applies arm bar at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa after throwing opponent.|
|Group photo at the 2015 gassuku at the East Canyon resort, Utah.|
|Jeff knees Luis during the 2015 Arizona-Utah clinic at the Arizona Hombu|
in Mesa Arizona.
|Members of the 2015 Arizona-Utah karate and kobudo clinic at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona.|