|Color pencil sketch of White Crane Gung Fu by Soke|
Traditional karate, or we can just use the term 'karate', was modified from Chinese Gung Fu centuries ago and tweaked for Okinawan royalty and their bodyguards and introduced to some Okinawan peasants. So effective for self-defense, it was kept secret from the rest of the world until the 20th century. One of the principal forms of karate was modified from Shaolin White Crane Gung-Fu, and was developed by a female Chinese martial artist who watched the movements of the white crane.
The Shorin-Ryu karate (in Japanese, this means Shaolin style of karate) modified from the gung fu includes many aesthetically pleasing movements that when understood, provide the performer with many devastating self-defense techniques that includes strikes, pressure point applications, blocks, kicks, body hardening, restraints, throws, chokes and meditation. It also teaches balance, meditation, proper breathing and is an art form - similar to dance - that so happens to contain hundreds of self-defense applications. Karate-do (the way of karate) contains many kata (forms). These forms appear similar to traditional Okinawan dances, and they are taught to look like Okinawan dance, but they are different in that they are a living encyclopedia of self-defense applications. After you learn kata, you can train in the form by yourself and it becomes self-training - teaching muscle memory, balance and focus.
The traditional karate from Okinawa taught respect, focus and power and was designed for self-defense. It is a combat martial art and not sport. When introduced to the Japanese population in the early 20th century, it was watered downed and excluded kobudo (martial arts weapons) and lost part of its effectiveness particularly after the Japanese developed a new form of karate known as sport karate. Some of the effectiveness was diminished with Sport Karate which focused on free sparring and developed techniques to score points rather than to defend oneself.
|Soke demonstrating White Crane |
(hakutsuru) karate at Chinese New
Year celebration at the University of
According to history, King Shoshin from Okinawa outlawed weapons in 1480 AD. This was a concern for all Okinawans as they knew they would be invaded without a standing army - and they were sometime later - by the Japanese. As a result, the focused on kobudo - using their farming and fishing implements for self-defense tools.
Soke Hausel focuses on teaching adults and has taught karate, kobudo, jujutsu, samurai arts, self-defense, martial arts history and philosophy to hundreds of women over the past 5 decades. He has certifications in two dozen martial arts, is the highest ranked practitioner of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (Seiyo Kai), and also an artist, author, astronomer, geologist and public speaker. In recent years, he has taught many self-defense clinics to men and women teaching them to use their elbows, knees, hands, car keys, magazines, belts and even Duck Commander duck calls for self-defense.
|Soke Hausel teaching White Crane Karate to students, staff, faculty and the community during a martial arts clinic|
at the University of Wyoming in 2010.
|Yudansha (black belts) Dr. Florence Teule and Sensei Lenny Martin training|
in White Crane karate at the University of Wyoming 2010 clinic.