Arizona martial artists from Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale train in the ancient Okinawan art of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa. Part of the training involves traditional Okinawan weapons, such as the sai.
|Adam (left) trains with Patrick using sai during kobudo classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in the East Valley of Phoenix in Mesa, Arizona. Every Thursday Evening is Kobudo (weapons) night.|
|Sensei Borea (right) blocks bo strike from Shihan Neal |
Adam (left) during kobudo class and bunkai training.
Thus after one learns to use the sai, they must learn the bunkai (分解) of all techniques in the kata and learn them with full power and focus. This requires considerable expertise as it is easy to hurt one's knuckles during bunkai because of the nature of the weapon. But after considerable training, one tends to block out the pain of being struck on the knuckles. Our kata are simply numbered as Sai Shodan (釵初段形), Sai Nidan (釵二段形), Sai Sandan (釵三段形), Sai Yondan (釵四段形), Sai Godan (釵五段形) and Sai Rokudan (釵六段形).
|Dr. Neal Adam (Professor at Grand Canyon University & 5th degree black belt) trains with Sensei Bill Borea (2nd degree black belt and retired air force pilot) during kobudo class at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate |
at 60 W. Baseline road, Mesa, Arizona.
|Soke-Dai, Eric Hausel, trains with sai at the University of Wyoming Campus|
Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club in Laramie.
|Adam (left) blocks Patrick's strike with hanbo using his sai during Kobudo Training at the|
Arizona School of Traditional Martial Arts in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Arizona
Neal Adam (5th degree black belt) in Mesa, Arizona
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