Thursday, October 8, 2015

Arizona & Utah Martial Artists Train with Sticks for Self-Defense

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 trains with her father at the Utah Gassuku.
The Hanbo (half-bo) is a Japanese weapon of self-defense considered to be 3 shaku in length (about 3-feet). We typically purchase hanbo from Lowell's and look for strong dowels made from Oak or other wood that will take a beating. The origin of the hanbo is related to traditional Japanese jujutsu and ninjutsu unlike non-traditional jujutsu schools that focus on wrestling techniques. It is a weapon that can be taken anywhere and essentially all of its techniques can be applied to cane (tsune), umbrella, expandable police batons and similar weapons.

 The hanbo is used for blocking, striking, sweeps, throws and chokes and is effective against an assailant with a knife, club or bare hands. Over the past few years, Soke Hausel taught hanbo clinics at the Arizona Hombu dojo at the border of Chandler, Gilbert & Mesa, Arizona as well as at dojos in Utah, Wyoming and at the University of Wyoming. 

After teaching hanbo to the Utah Shorin-Kai at a 2015 gassuku at the East Canyon resort between Salt Lake City and Park City, he decided to reintroduce his students at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa to this weapon in his Self-Defense classes Wednesday evenings in late 2015 and in 2016.

Soke Hausel demonstrates kote ichi with the assistance of Renshi Stoneking
at the 2014 Utah Gassuku. 
Using ude garuma (armbar) with hanbo at the 2014 gassuku in Utah.
Kris 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.
Members of the 2015 Arizona-Utah karate and kobudo clinic at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona.