Friday, December 16, 2011


Paula Borea (2nd dan) knees Bill Borea (3rd dan) after hooking his neck with nunchaku
during kobudo classes at the Seiyo Kai Hombu in Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler, East
Valley of Phoenix.

Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo go hand in hand at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler in the east valley of Phoenix, Arizona, where members train in Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate. Such traditional karate focuses on development of power and respect - and teaches deshi (students) how to use weapons: most anything can be use as a weapon!

Unfortunately, some legislators do not think before they act (a common phenomenon in politics), but one must be aware it is illegal to carry a pair of nunchaku in Arizona (not sure why as this requires considerable skill to use this weapon - something few criminals will take time to do). 

So, you can have a .45, assault rifle, a live samurai sword, a shotgun, knives and more - no problem; but if you even have a pair of nunchuks, foam rubber nunchaku, or even a simple ninja toy from a toy store that looks like a nunchuku - forget it. The Arizona legislators will have you thrown in jail and throw away the key. Common, give us a break! Is there anyone with any common sense in the legislature? What ever happen to the 2nd Amendment?

I remember a few years ago, my wife and I walked into Toys R' Us and noticed a Ninja toy set that included - that's right - a plastic nunchaku. Kids be careful, because even those toy nunchaku are illegal based on the written law. What gives? We totally support the 2nd amendment and it is the right of US citizens to carry a pair of sticks for self-defense.

I remember hearing about an attempted bank robbery a few decades ago that apparently took place in California (where else?). The would-be robber had been watching Bruce Lee and wanted to show off. After telling the bank teller he was armed with "numb-chuks", he stepped back with his bag of money, started showing off and apprehended himself with a nice blow to the middle of his head. SO, if you would like to get rid of most of the crooks - give them a pair of nunchaku without lessons. It is guaranteed to work. Don't like your neighbor? Give him a pair of nunchuks for his birthday.

"Nunchaku is like a snake - mistreat it & it will bite" - Soke Hausel

Sensei Pritchett (a biologist) blocks hanbo attack by Sensei Harden (a nutritionist) using nunchaku during kobudo training at the Arizona Hombu dojo.

Sensei Harden captures Sensei Scofield's (an engineer) wrist during kobudo class at the
Arizona Hombu dojo

Monday, September 5, 2011


Traditional karate and kobudo in Arizona
Kobudo night is every Thursday evening at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (also known as the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai Hombu) in Mesa across the street from Gilbert in the East Valley of Phoenix. We also add a little kobudo training on Wednesday self-defense nights.

Melinda hooks Steve's neck with nunchaku
before kneeing him with hiza waza.

In August of 2011, we began teaching the tonfa at the dojo in Mesa along with the bo and katana. At the end of May, 2012, several of our students had developed expertise with the tonfa.

And we are continuing to practice our nunchaku kata along with nunchaku bunkai (practical self-defense applications). In April, 2012, we added saijutsu training at our dojo.  Sai training has coninued into 2013. Sometime during mid-year, we will switch our focus to bo and eku (iiku).

Blocking a punch with nunchaku