Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Self-Defense in a Classroom

The author several years ago at the University of Wyoming. 
A person needs to prepare to defend oneself - especially in a classroom, where the only people allowed to carry weapons are criminals. This provides a major disadvantage to teachers and students. And in Arizona, there are many dangerous people  (just take a look at our Senators in Congress), but let's focus on the criminals we can do something about. If some thug attacks you and you don't have access to a gun, some form of pepper spray, or other weapons; remember you have feet, hands, knees, elbows, car keys, magazines, books, coins, cane, belt, rings, chairs, etc. You just need to learn to use these for self-defense. But you just can't pick these up and defend yourself, unless you have good muscle memory from training for hours and hours and hours in self-defense.

Taking a short course, or a one day clinic at a MMA school or police station is not going to help. A person needs to practice constantly to learn to punch with power and focus. Think of martial arts, or karate, as a form of physical exercise. It's going to be exactly like going to the gym, but with the added benefit of getting into great shape and learning how to defend yourself.

Okinawa karate has been a successful form of self-defense for centuries. This is because it was taught as a weapon, not sport! It is the constant drilling and building of muscle memory under the watchful eyes of an experienced instructor that helps build self-defense abilities.

Attacks on senior citizens and women have become epidemic since 2008. In New York and Brooklyn, teens and democrats roam streets searching for senior-citizens something all too common in many large cities. Our politicians no longer work for the people.

Car keys can start a car and defend against an attacker when
used properly. These and other ancient and modern tools are
taught at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa.
Recently, a 60-year old woman was attacked and beaten in Phoenix while walking down a street. If only this woman was trained in self-defense and had been walking with a cane or car keys, maybe she could have turned the tide and beaten this coward. And it wasn't all that long ago that a priest was killed, and another beaten, in Phoenix. Isn't it time to turn the tables on these attackers!

As a member of a rock n' roll band, we all grew our hair
and then had to learn how to defend it. The author stands
in front with the Gibson firebird electric guitar in the 

Churchmen band.
Some years ago, I played electric guitar in a rock n' roll band - it was not popular to have long hair. in this days. So, all four members of our band signed up for martial arts lessons at one of only two martial arts schools in our city at the time.  We learned how to defend ourselves using our hands and feet, but there was never any discussion about weapons that are all around us: car keys, pens, pencils magazines, rocks, belts, etc. So we had to live with our God-given appendages.

Later, something happened that was not exactly planned. We learned to break rocks in our karate class (rocks were much more affordable than boards in those days). One day during physical education at my high school, I decided to show off my new talent to a couple of the other guys in my class. I picked up a rock and broke it with my hand. It was like dropping a lit match in dry brush. Word spread like a wild fire all around school. Soon, no one in high school would cross my path - they all heard about what I could do to a rock - and possibly to them. It wasn't what I had really intended - all I was doing was showing off, but it worked in my favor.

I've wondered if this might work for school teachers. On the first day of class - break a rock for the students and continue with your lecture with no explanation as to why your broke the rock.
Teaching students at the University of Wyoming a little about geology and
more about karate - breaking rocks with one's hands.

Grandmaster Hausel from the Arizona Hombu
dojo in Mesa instructs Chandler librians in self

Soke Hausel shows students staff and faculty at the University of Wyoming several
simple self-defense techniques at an evening clinic in the Education Building Gym

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Self Defense For School Teachers

Professor Hausel, Grandmaster of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai
teaching other karate instructors and school teachers in the art of Okinawan
karate in Mesa, Arizona.
Many students in the Department of Education at the University of Wyoming participated in training in traditional karate at the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo club. The training provided physical fitness as well as self-defense training. The UW club also taught many clinics to university students, staff and faculty over 30 years as well as nursing groups, EMT and librarians. All people attending the University Club activities felt they had learned something of great value. 

As Soke (grandmaster) Hausel moved this hombu from the University of Wyoming to the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona, other groups took advantage of this training including Chandler Librarians, Mesa girl scouts, Gilbert women's groups and other men's and women's groups. Several school teachers now train at the Hombu regularly as do some professors and many women. Soke Hausel also taught missionaries and clergy martial arts while at the University of Wyoming and University of Utah.

There has been a rise in the number of school teachers and professors training in karate and self-defense. The notable increase in teachers learning self-defense is likely influenced by an increase in physical attacks on teachers around the world. It is our philosophy that NO TEACHER SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND.

When Soke Hausel taught martial arts at theUniversity of Wyoming over 3 decades, by far, the largest group of martial arts students came from Engineering. The martial arts classes were filled with civil, electrical, mechanical, petroleum, mining, architectural, structural and chemical engineers and only a few from the education department. YetEducation was a large college and the martial arts club and classes were primarily located in the Education Building Gym - so one would have anticipated more from that department. 

It is apparent teachers are wary of the dangers associated with teaching and tired of being out-of-control. Being proficient in self-defense provides self-confidence along with physical and metal well-being. In the first quarter of 2015, nearly 20% of our student population at the Arizona Hombu were teachers, retired teachers and university faculty. As a teacher, what would you do if a student walked into the room with a gun? Would you cower under a desk and hope the police arrived in time, or would you take action and try to take the gun & how would you get that gun out of their hands? How do you defend against that irate parent who takes a punch at you, kicks you, pulls a knife - or even worse, reads you some political propaganda. We teach our students to defend against these types of attacks (except the political propaganda - you're on your own for that one).

Imagine how much more at peace you would feel by burning calories while learning karateself-defense and kobudo. And why would you train in all three? Karate provides the basis for all personal self-defense and teaches you to react in stressful situations by rote, known to martial artists as mushin. In our Self-defense class, we focus on all kinds of situations including grabs, punches, kicks, chokes & defenses against clubs, knives, guns, rifles, swords, etc. And we include training with common everyday weapons, such as those tools sitting in front of you right now - such as that book, magazine, stapler, keyboard, cell phone, pencil, pen, salt shaker, paperweight, computer disc, rock, towel, coins, belt, etc.

CNS news (6/10/2014) reported a record number of teachers had been physically assaulted during the 2011-2012 school year. The number of assaults on teachers were up 34.5% for a record 209,800 assaults during the school year. On average, more than 1100 teachers were attacked per school day. Reported physical assaults included striking, kicking, biting, slapping, stabbing and shooting (NEA). And this did not include the tens of thousands of acts of harassment against teachers.

In an act of extreme racism, Eric Holder (AG for Obama) sent out a memo instructing public schools to cease punishing students if they were part of a favorable racial category (Daily Caller). It is bad enough teachers are harassed by students and administrators, but this type of a Gothic governing tells teachers they need to be selective in who they allow to attack them. It also sends a message to students that government will protect and reward them for abuse.

According to the American Psychological Association, 80% of teachers surveyed were victimized at school at least once. According to the article, nearly half of teachers reported being harassed which included obscene gestures and remarks, verbal threats and intimidation, and social media threats. And in many cases, physical assaults not only were delivered by students, but also parents. CNS news (3/10/2011) indicated female teachers were more likely to be assaulted.

Recently the NEA reported a group of students in Carson City, Nevada constructed a Facebook page entitled ‘Attack a Teacher Day'. At the same time, a high school student in Omaha, Nebraska, shot both his principal and vice principal. In Surprise, Arizona, a 12-year old smashed a computer keyboard against the head of a teacher and then kicked and punched the teacher until police arrived. In New Hampshire, an 8th grade teacher was body-slammed by a student. 

The Telegraph (9/2/2011) reported one-in-five teachers had been physically assaulted at school, while others had been threatened on Facebook including a student in Pennsylvania who was seeking donations to hire a hit man. It is our opinion, the problem begins at home with ethically-challenged parents. This problem is exacerbated by administrators and parents who refuse to punish students.

Recently, we provided self-defense training for a group of Chandler Librarians who were astonished to find they were surrounded by self-defense weapons. The group was taught not only to use their hands, feet and knees, but also to use books, magazines, keys, pens, markers, belts, coins, purses, etc. for self-defense weapons. At a recent clinic for girl scouts, the students were asked to bring their school backpacks to the clinic and taught how to use the contents in these back packs for self-defense. A group of lady joggers from Mesa were taught that they also carried weapons including car keys, coins, rings.

It is recommended schools, teachers and students attend traditional martial arts programs either in public schools or in private martial arts schools to learn discipline and self-defense and respect for others. This may not be a fix, but it is at least a start. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

College Students, Faculty and the Traditional Martial Arts

Students, staff & faculty at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Mesa Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, AT Still University and the University of Phoenix have the unique opportunity to learn traditional Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate. The kanji used to write Shorin-Ryu translates as Pine Forest Style in Japanese and as Shaolin Style in Chinese indicating this form of karate descended from the famous Shaolin Monks in China. However, Okinawa's masters of martial arts tweaked the Shaolin Gung-Fu and developed Okinawan karate.

Not only is traditional bushido taught at the Arizona Hombu, but there is also the opportunity to learn bujutsu (samurai arts) such as iaido, naginata-jutsu, bojutsu, hanbojutsu, sojutsu, jujutsu as well as martial arts history, philosophy, meditation, breathing, and philosophy. In addition to these traditional arts, some very unusual self-defense training is offered. As a professor, you are always carrying weapons of self-defense - imagine how you would use your glasses, pen, car keys, belt, laptop, etc for self-defense. As a student, you probably have a book, magazine and more that can also be used as weapons.

Its hard to grow anything in Phoenix. Here, Sensei Paula Borea defends here crop
of tomatoes with kuwa (hoe) as a pest (Sensei Bill Borea) tries to sneak into the backyard.
The instructors at the Arizona Hombu include Professor Hausel, who taught martial arts, martial arts history and self-defense at the University of Wyoming for 30 years. Other instructors of note include Dr. Adam, a Shihan (master of martial arts), Sensei Paula Borea, who was born in Japan and is of samurai heritage, Sensei Bill Borea a retired air force pilot also trained in Japan, and we have a nutritionist from a local hospital in Gilbert, Sensei Harden, and an engineer from Boeing, Sensei Scofield. Potential martial artists and interested individuals are encouraged to contact the martial arts club for more information.

Training in kata (forms) the most important aspect of traditional karate.

Training in bunkai (self-defense applications) from kata during self-defense classes 
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