Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Hombu

(aka Arizona Hombu Dojo) Traditional Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense,Samurai Arts 

Breaking Rocks 

“I'm allergic to rocks hitting me in the face.”
― Mike Rowe

Recent research from the University of Jeffrey City, Rock U, and Home on the Range Community College indicate rock hounds, prospectors, geologists and martial artists in general, could all benefit from karate training, particularly if they forget to take their rock hammer on a field trip. Imagine the benefits of rock hammer kobudo! One hammer or two?

Next time you are in the outback and forget your rock hammer, you can instead use your hands. Just take a geology class or Karate class at a karate school with other rock hounds and martial artists.

The benefit of rock hounds taking karate was discovered in the Australian outback in 1986. In that year, Soke Hausel (before he became a grandmaster) traveled to Western Australia from the University of Wyoming to look for diamonds, crocodiles, gold, iron ore, lamproite, komatiitebeer, sheep, roos, emu and strange speaking people. It was just like Wyoming where diamonds, gold, beer, strange speaking people, sheep, lamproite, komatiite, kimberlite all occurred, but rabbits were considerably smaller and did not carry Joey's in a pocket. Arizona has some similarities - funny-speaking people, sheep, beer, gold and emu, but most everything else is missing.

Geologists, rock hounds and prospectors from many countries attended the International Kimberlite (diamond) field conference including a couple of Australian and Japanese black belts and a sifu from China - so a challenge was issued and a contest began. Should we break rocks with rock hammers, or should we display testosterone and break rocks with bare hands? To be sure the research was thorough, we tried both: the testosterone enhanced method and the rock hammer method. The results were conclusive - termite mounds in Western Australia are hard as rock, and in some cases - harder! I don't know what those termites eat for breakfast, but they are a heck of a lot tougher than ants in Arizona and Wyoming.

Many termite (ant) mounds stand as high as a person. Most have peaked tops that make them perfect for horizontal shuto uchi (open knife hand strikes) - so why would any black belt pass them up? We didn't! The Aussie, American and Japanese black belts successfully broke 85% of the mound peaks with their hands, and about 90% with rock hammers, while the Chinese sifu watched with a puzzled expression. The group also periodically came across rock outcrops and broke rocks to examine fresh rock surfaces for any strange and unusual minerals that would attract interest of the rock hound, diamond prospector and diamond geologist. Yes, some we broke with our hands, others we left to rock hammers.

Above photo shows a termite mound ready to provide some entertainment for geologists and martial artists in the outback. In the background is an outcrop of lamproite (a very rare rock). Photo taken in the Ellendale diamond field of Western Australia by Soke Hausel.