|Training in Naifanchi kata at the Arizona Hombu on the corner of Baseline and MacDonald, Gilbert - Mesa, Arizona.|
The club members are all standing in the characteristic kiba dachi, or horse riding stance which is prevalent in this form.
|Inside the Arizona Hombu.|
|Jingle bob on boot - good for Western horse|
|Wyoming Horse riding stance, |
(c) sketch by Soke Hausel
Kiba dachi on the rocks – practicing kata at 8,500
feet in the Laramie Mountains on 1.4 billion year
old Sherman Granite in 1985.
Still others suggest these kata were designed to teach close quarters combat for a defender with his back against a wall. With this in mind, most waza (techniques) in Naihanchi seemed to be directed against attackers from the front and sides. But, there is at least one exception - the first waza in Naihanchi nidan that is almost always interpreted as a defense against a bear hug from behind. But the more we examine this technique, the more it is apparent there are many applications including defense against single and double lapel grabs and single and double wrist grabs from the front.
|Front kick (mae geri) at the University |
of Wyoming about 1993.
|Master Cho of the Shaolin, |
(c)pencil sketch by Soke Hausel.
|Martial Arts Training - Sensei Hausel stands in kiba dachi|
with 400 pounds of weight on his back at the
University of Wyoming.
|Gichin Funakoshi, father of modern Okinawa |
Karate. (c)pencil sketch by Soke Hausel.
|Hanshi Finley, 7th dan, trains in kiba dachi at the University of Wyoming|
At the Arizona Hombu on Baseline Road between Country Club and Mesa Drive on the border of Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona, martial arts students train in these kata until they learn all of their bunkai (self-defense applications) before moving on to another kata. But during this training, they also learn many other martial arts including kobudo, jujutsu, various self-defense applications and samurai arts to keep the students from getting bored. Not all Arizona martial arts schools teach naifanchi kata but they are a very important part of the curriculum at Grandmaster Hausel's school in Gilbert, Mesa, Arizona, who taught martial arts for 3 decades at the University of Wyoming prior to moving to Gilbert, Arizona.