|Dai Shihan Neal Adam (6th dan) trains with sai to counter|
Classes in Sai, an Okinawan martial arts weapon, are taught at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe. The classes are part of the traditional martial arts curriculum taught to all students of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu by Grandmaster Soke Hausel.
After months of training with the classical Okinawa weapon known as sai on Thursday evenings, six members of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate on the border of Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa tested in expertise of kihon (basics), kata (forms), bunkai (self-defense) and kumite (sparring) with sai and were certified in the weapon. These Arizona Sai Martial Arts Classes are taught to traditional karate students. This was followed by presentation of diplomas by Grandmaster Hausel, on May 9th, 2013. Sai was one of the first weapons learned by Soke Hausel, who has been teaching the Okinawan weapon for more than 4 decades.
“You don’t pick your teeth with sai – you pick your attacker’s teeth, feet, hands or anything else that presents itself” – Soke Hausel
|Hall-of-Fame martial artist and Who's Who in Martial Arts, Grandmaster Hausel, poses with Okinawan|
sai at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa, Arizona.
|Attacking with bo. Ryan Nemec's bo strike is blocked with juji uke (cross block) using sai.|
|Sensei Bill Borea uses sai to block attack during kobudo certification|
|Training with sai can get a little 'sticky'. All edges of the sai are used in self-defense - here Adam Bialek defends|
|Sensei Scofield attacks with bo while Senpai Harden defends with sai.|