Saturday, March 1, 2014

Arizona Martial Artists Learn Martial Arts Weapons

Torii gate to Shinto shrine in Japan (photo courtesy of Heather From).  
It was brutal - well, not really, but during exams for Seiyo hanbojutsu certifications at the Arizona Hombu, those martial artists testing for certification had a enjoyable time demonstrating their abilities to fend off armed and unarmed attackers.

Following the tests, one small group of martial artists from Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe were certified in hanbojutsu by Soke Hausel, grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo.

Sensei Paula Borea defends hanbo grab by Sensei Bill Borea. In back-
ground, Scott Pritchett defends against Adam Bialek.

Sensei Thadd Barrowes from the Utah Shorin-Kai applies ashi barai (Foot sweep) to Sensei Bill Borea at the Arizona
Hombu in Mesa during annual Arizona-Utah clinic taught by Soke Hausel.

Ouch! Sensei Bill Borea smashes toes of Ryan Harden
during hanbo training at the Arizona Hombu.

Members of the Arizona Hombu in Mesa test for certification in Hanbojutsu in Mesa Arizona. L-R Sensei Ryan Harden,
Adam Bialek, Ben Moeur, Sensei Patrick Scofield, Sensei Bill Borea, Sensei Scott Pritchett, Sarah, and Gavin Skarphol

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