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Press Release - March 22nd, 2017
Gilbert, Arizona Karate & Kobudo Grandmaster Recognized for Outstanding Scientific Achievement
Sounds strange? A karate and kobudo instructor selected for an award for science? Actually, it is common place for one person.
Grandmaster Dan Hausel is a polymath - a person who reached the highest level of achievement in more than one discipline. In fact, twice in the past while at the University of Wyoming and working for the Wyoming Geological Survey, he was inducted into Halls-of-Fame for contributions to martial arts and geological sciences in the same year. And several years, Marquis Who’s Who recognized him for accomplishments in martial arts, geological sciences, writing, art and public speaking.
As a martial artist, Hausel reached the highest level in 1999, when appointed the Grandmaster of Seiyo Kai Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo(TM) while at the University of Wyoming after more than 3 decades in martial arts. Today, he continues to teach martial arts in Mesa, Arizona.
As a geo-scientist, he authored hundreds of papers and books on geology and mineral deposits, identified hundreds of gold, diamond and gemstone deposits and anomalies while at the Wyoming Geological Survey. In 2009, he and six of his colleagues were recognized for discovery of one of the largest gold deposits on earth found at Donlin Creek, Alaska in 1988. At the time, he was on leave from the Wyoming Geological Survey and consulting for WestGold, a subsidiary of DeBeers. Today, he continues writing books on prospecting and geology, is a geologist for the Ferris-Haggarty Mining Corp, and consults for other mining companies while contributing articles to the Prospecting and Mining Journal.
So, Hausel has been selected for the Cambridge Certificate for Outstanding Scientific Achievement by the International Biographical Institute. IBC is associated with the City of Cambridge and with Cambridge University in Great Britain.
For more information, please refer to the following:
About Grandmaster Hausel
University of Wyoming Alumni Awarded
University of https://www.alumni.utah.edu/u-news/december03/post-it.htm" target="_blank">Utah Alumni Newsletter
Both a Google and Bing Search will result an several thousand articles of interest.
For more information, contact: Nicholas Law, Director General, International Biographical Centre, England or contact W. Dan Hausel.
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Arizona Hombu - Arizona School of Traditional Karate Receives 2016 Best Businesses of Mesa Award
Mesa, January 11, 2017 — Arizona Hombu - Arizona School of Traditional Karate has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Mesa Award in the Martial Arts category by the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program. This is the second time since 2014 that Arizona Hombu - Arizona School of Traditional Karate has been selected for this award.
Each year, the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Mesa area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program
The Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Mesa area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program
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"Through time, a white belt shows age as it slowly turns black. As time continues, this black belt fades to white with usage. Now your journey has begun".
Few know this proverb better than Arizona's Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Grandmaster, Dan Hausel, Soke. Soke Hausel began training in karate in 1964 after he and the three other members of his high-school rock n' roll band began receiving threats from those who didn't like their long hair. He began as a white belt at the Kyokusin Kai Karate's Black Eagle Federation Dojo, and over the years trained in many martial arts including Shorin-Ryu Karate, Shorin-Ryu Kobudo, Dai-Yoshin-Ryu Kempo, Shotokan, Wado-Ryu, Kyokushin Kai, Juko-Ryu, Bujinkan and others. Over the years, he earned black belt ranks in more than one martial art, and over time, his black belt began to fade to white. In 1994, he was certified as a shihan (master) of Juko Kai, and in 1999, he was certified as the Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate Seiyo-Kai and his aging black belt was traded for a red belt - a color presented to those who have reached the highest level in Okinawan martial arts.
But does this mean that Soke Hausel knows everything in martial arts? According to Soke Hausel, when you train for all your life, it is like any profession. You are always learning - there is no end to learning in the martial arts.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on October 21, 2016 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
The Arizona Hombu Dojo lost a dear friend and teacher. O' Sensei Bill Borea passed away this month at the age of 71. Everyone who trained with him had the highest regards for Sensei Borea as a teacher and person. Since to dojo opened its doors in Mesa in 2008 (after moving from the University of Wyoming where it had been located since 1977), Sensei Borea was a nightly fixture taking karate, kobudo, samurai arts and self defense classes as well as substituting for Soke Hausel in his absence. Sensei Borea also often taught new students at the Hombu in the basics of karate and traditions.
Senesi Borea earned a sandan (3rd degree) black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, was given license to teach karate (Sensei certifiction) and also certified in other traditional martial arts including tonfa, kama, bo, and nunchaku. He was one of the few people to be inducted into the Hombu Hall-of-Fame for his martial arts contributions. Sensei Borea assisted in karate demonstrations with Soke Hausel and assisted with teaching various public and martial arts groups at the Arizona Hombu dojo - including the Utah Shorin-Kai, the Police DAV karate team from India, girl scounts and others.
Sensei Borea is survived by his family, including his wife, Sensei Paula Borea. He is also survived by all of his close friends at the Arizona Hombu Dojo. May God Bless him and may he rest in peace. In loving memory of a tough and great martial artist - from the Hombu Dojo.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on August 13, 2016 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
Great Men and Women of Science
Professor W. Dan Hausel, You have been included in the 1st edition of the biographical reference “Great Men and Women of Science” scheduled for release to high-profile libraries and research institutes worldwide. This book will include you along with biographies of legendary 20th and 21st century figures in the world of science, medicine and engineering such as Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak, Elon Musk, Marie Curie, Edward Hubble, Nikola Tesla and Carl Sagan. Your name will stand with these historical scientific greats in the world of science.
You were selected because of your outstanding contributions to pragmatic geological sciences, martial arts, writing and geological mapping. As one of the discoverers of one of the 10 largest gold deposits in the world, two of the largest colored gemstone deposits ever found, author of more than 1,000 scientific contributions, author of more than 1,000 km2 of geological maps, and authority of Okinawan martial arts, you bring considerable prestige to this book scheduled for publication in 2017 by the IBC in Cambridge England.
Your name was brought to the attention of our research board and we feel your achievements will enhance this publication. Only a few thousand of the world’s greatest professionals merit inclusion.
Congratulations, Sara Rains, Editor-in-Chief
Hausel, also known as the GemHunter and Soke, is known for his uncanny ability to find new mineral deposits. Along with 6 other geologists, Hausel discoveried the Donlin Creek, Alaska gold deposit - one of the largest gold deposits ever found. He also discovered the Rattlesnake Hills gold district, along with many other gold anomalies, gemstones and diamonds. He is also a grandmaster of martial arts and holds one of the highest ranks in karate and kobudo. Hausel states, "I have been blessed by God, as I am not genius, I have just been given the opportunities to do what I love to do in this life".
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on July 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
The Arizona Hombu - the world headquarters for Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai, was selected as the best martial arts school of Mesa, Arizona again. Thank you!
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on May 29, 2016 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
On Thursday, May 26th, 2016, Dr. Neal Adam was promoted to one of the highest ranking members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai after demonstrating empty hand (karate) and kobudo kata along with developing some new kata bunkai (pragmatic applications). Soke Hausel promoted Dr. Adam to the rank of shichidan (nanadan) (七段) which translates as 7th dan (7th degree black belt), and providing him with the title of Kyoshi.
It is extremely rare for anyone to achieve such a high rank in a traditional martial art. It is estimated less than 1% of martial artists ever reach this level. In our organization, it is even more difficult as we have had less than 0.1% receive this rank. It is also significant, that only two members - Andy Finley and Neal Adam are in the running for certification for Menkyo Kaiden - a license of total understanding of our martial art.
There are few people as ethical as Dr. Adam. His integrity exudes in martial arts, his daily life, his Christian beliefs and in his profession at Grand Canyon University. As his Soke (grandmaster), I feel lucky to have him as a long time student. He first jointed my organization at the University of Wyoming more than 25 years ago while working on a post doc in the UW Agricultural Department.
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On Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th, senior black belt and brown belt martial artists from the Utah Shorin Kai (https://www.facebook.com/Utah-Traditional-Karate-Kobudo-535263843236113/?fref=nf) based out of Murray Utah flew to Phoenix to train with some members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo (https://www.facebook.com/Arizona-Hombu-225189707505083/) under the direction of Soke Hausel, 12th dan. At the clinic, the karate practitioners trained in self-defense techniques, jujutsu, kata (forms), as well as in the martial art of sojutsu (Japanese spear). The annual Hombu clinic was a success.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on March 17, 2016 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
A 71- year old lady used her handbag to defend against a gang of jewel thieves who attempted to rob a jewelry store in broad daylight in England.
This was an example of modern Kobudo, where she used what weapon she had at hand. In America, the thieves would have been confronted by the store owner with a gun. In England, where guns are outlawed, little could be done until the little old lady took the law into her own hands.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on February 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
Members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo provided part of the entertainment to support the Pediatric Autoimmune Neurological Disorders for the HUMI event http://www.humievent.com/ in Carefree, Arizona on March 12th, 2016.
The demonstration was presented by Black Belt Hall-of-Fame member Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel with members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo, Chandler, Gilbert & Mesa Arizona. Soke Hausel is a former professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming, where he taught martial arts for 3 decades. He is a member of Hall-of-Fames for martial arts, education and geological sciences and is the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai and an active member of Juko Kai International.
Accompanying Soke Hausel was Dr. Neal Adam (6th dan), Sensei Bill Borea (3rd dan), Paula Borea (2nd dan), Patrick Scofield (2nd dan), Ryan Harden (2nd dan), as well as student members Dennis Ingram, Suzette Denvir, John Denvir, Rihanna Denvir and Amira Rodriguez from Gilbert, Chandler and Mesa, Arizona. The 25 minute demonstration included Japanese samurai sword and halberd (naginata), Okinawan kobudo (peasant weapons), Okinawan karate and Okinawan Shitai Kori (body hardening) and self-defense.
The demonstration included samurai arts. Sensei Bill Borea and Sensei Paula Borea treated the audience to traditional samurai arts using katana and naginata. The katana, or samurai sword, was the staple of the samurai weapons, but other weapons were used by samurai and warrior monks including the naginata - a polearm. Sensei Paula Borea was born in Japan and is of samurai heritage.
This was followed by the classical ancient art of kobudo - traditional peasant weapons. Both kata (forms) and bunkai (practical applications) were performed including the bo, kama, and tonfa. After King Shoshin of Okinawa outlawed bladed weapons in 1480 AD, Okinawan peasants coverted many farming and fishing tools into weapons creating the art of kobudo.
The art of the empty hand known as karate was created on Okinawa centuries ago. Empty hand techniques were also demonstrated in both kata and self-defense. The self-defense portion demonstrated how adults and children can respond to grabs, punches, knives and guns.
In the final part of the demonstration, Hall of Fame grandmaster Soke Hausel demonstrated some self-defense and finished with a demonstration of shitai kori (body hardening). Sensei Paula Borea assisted Soke Hausel by punching him in the solar plexus, throat and ended with a full force kick to the groin while completely unprotected.
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Hanshi Rob Watson, 9th dan, of the Utah Shorin-Kai based in Murray Utah was inducted into the USAKF (United States Karate Federation) Hall-of-Fame on April 18th, 2015! This followed his induction into the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate Hall-of-Fame. We are very proud of Hanshi for his life long achievements and path in the martial arts! The attached photo shows Hanshi Rob Watson (9th dan), Soke Hausel (12th dan) and Renshi Stoneking (7th dan) at the annual Utah Gassuku in East Canyon Resort.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on January 3, 2016 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
Shihan Kyle Gewecke and some of his young students were recently high-lighted in the Gillette News Record. Shihan Gewecke was introduced to karate many years ago as a student at the University of Wyoming when he signed up for Beginning Karate in the Department of Physical Education. After joining the class, he fell in love with karate and continued this path by attending the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club three nights a week until he graduated from the university. At that point, he began teaching karate to both young students at Lakeview Elementary and also to adults and also attended martial arts clinics at the Casper, Wyoming Shorin-Ryu dojo, the University of Wyoming, the Juko Kai International Hombu dojo in New Braunfels, Texas, and also scheduling a series of martial arts clinics in Gillette.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 19, 2015 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
Karate Instructor and grandmaster, Soke Dan Hausel of Gilbert and Mesa Arizona, reached the top of his martial arts profession after being awarded Grandmaster in 1999 (there is only one grandmaster per style of karate and kobudo), 10th dan black belt in 2004, and 12th dan in 2012 (only a handful of people in history have ever been awarded this rank). Soke Hausel was also awarded Meijin wa Jujtsu in 2013, which translates as martial arts genius. In addition, Soke Hausel has been inducted into 17 Halls of Fame for accomplishments in martial arts as well as Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
As a research geologist, Dan Hausel stands with few other geologists in history after making dozens of significant mineral discoveries, mapping more than 1000 km2 of geological terrain, and publishing more than 1000 books, general interest articles, professional papers, geological maps and abstracts. He was inducted into two halls of fame for his geological accomplishments. Some of his major discoveries include the discovery of gold in the Rattlesnake Hills greenstone belt in Wyoming, finding one of the largest gold deposits in North America with 6 other geologists, and the discovery of world-class gemstone deposits in eastern Wyoming.
It is rare for a person to be considered one of the best in his or hers profession and almost unheard of to be considered at the top of more than one profession. But history has recognized a few polymaths for their extraordinary accomplishments. On November 6th, 2015, Soke Hausel a martial arts instructor at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa and Gilbert, was contacted by Nicholas Law, Director General for IBC in Great Britain who wrote;
“…. the International Biographical Centre has been closely associated with both the City of Cambridge and with the most outstanding seat of professional learning and research, Cambridge University. …”
“…. To help commemorate this long and valued association, I, as Director General of IBC have decided to commission the Cambridge Certificate for Outstanding Professional Achievement. …”
“… From my research I know that you have been honoured by many organisations for your achievements, but I can assure you, Mr. Hausel that this new award will stand out from the others as one of high importance and value. …”
Grandmaster Hausel, former professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming and former research geologist at the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming has achieved more in one lifetime than most people in the world and in history, in his chosen professions.
L-R, Soke Bill Durbin, Hanshi Ron Smith, Soke Dan Hausel, and Shihan Jeff Goodwin (photo taken at the Juko Kai International hombu in New Braunfels, Texas, 2013.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 17, 2015 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
Recently, Hanshi Andy Finley (7th dan) with the Casper Seiyo Shorin-Ryu dojo, was featured in a Casper K2 TV seqment about adoptable kids - called Wednesday's child. (https://youtu.be/-CFUN-NrHmc)The TV broadcast was excellent and showed one foster child looking for karate training and a good family.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
The Arizona Hombu was again presented the Best of Mesa award for its unique traditional karate classes and training. World Black Belt Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee and Grandmaster, Soke Hausel stated, "I am proud of my students and their accomplishments in martial arts as well as in their lives. Martial arts should improve a person in all aspects of their lives and I am reminded of a statement made many years ago by Gichin Funakoshi from Okinawa that 'Karate is not about victory or defeat, it is about the perfection of the participants' and this is what our program is designed to do".
Grandmaster Hausel has been teaching for more than 4 decades and his schools have produced hundreds of great students in life's arena that include dozens of PhDs in science, engineering and education. The great majority of Soke Hausel's students also earned other graduated and college degrees in science, engineering, social sciences, education and physical education and many are professional engineers, scientists, lawyers, teachers, professors, clergy, counsellors, soldiers, etc. In addition, many of these people also earned blacke belts in karate.
Soke Hausel indicated that his martial arts schools present and past have periodically been considered for awards. For example, while teaching at the University of Wyoming for 30 years, his school was awarded the top JKI school in 1999. This was not an easy accomplishment considering that JKI was one of the larger US/Okinawa/Japan traditional martial arts associations. Being awarded the Best of Mesa is an honor.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 5, 2015 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
Rverview High School in Mesa Arizona invited World Black Belt Martial Arts Hall-of-Fame Karate instructor, grandmaster, and award-winning speaker Soke Hausel and Sensei Bill Borea (also a Hall of Fame martial artist) to speak to the high school students about martial arts and teach them traditional martial arts. The two Hall-of-Fame karate instructors were quite impressed by the ability of the high school students and also impressed by their manners.
During the session, Grandmaster Hausel taught the students two forms (known on Okinawa as kata). All of the students learned the complex forms without great difficulty and demonstrated good balance.
Grandmaster Hausel and the Arizona Hombu dojo are trying to reach out to the schools and churches to introduce traditional martial arts - a discipline that teaches moral philosophy and ethics.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 1, 2015 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
Over the past several months, a group of karate students at the Arizona Hombu Karate School have been training in a unusual martial art known as kobudo, and more specifically as kama. The karate students have been taught about the history of this martial art as well as its use and self-defense applications. After many months of training in this karate and kobudo art, two martial artists from Chandler and Phoenix tested for certification in the martial art at the karate school in Mesa, Arizona.
According the martial arts history, nearly 500 years ago, Okinawan King Shoshin, issued a proclamation to the people of Okinawa to surrender all bladed weapons. Some suggested the proclamation was a result of Shoshin’s fear of revolution, others believed it was because of his Zen Buddhist non-violent education - but in either case, it opened Okinawa to be invaded by foreign entities: Japan obliged and simply walked into Okinawa uncontested.
Because of the proclamation some Okinawan people began to develop the martial art and combat art of kobudo and kobujutsu in secrecy; whereby, common, everyday farming, fishing and merchant tools were converted to personal self-defense weapons and practiced with karate (the empty hand). One of the many tools used by farmers on Okinawa was a sickle - known as kama. The kama was often used in pairs and practiced as an extension of karate and included classical blocks, strikes, slices, cuts and parries. Locally, kama was modified to include straps and even chains to increase striking range.
In order to certify in kama in Shorin-Ryu, students and instructors are required to learn three traditional kata (forms) of the kama and to understand how each and every move in these kata are applied to combat and self-defense. Master instructor Neal Adam, 6th dan of Phoenix and student Ben Moeur, 3rd kyu brown belt of Chandler, passed certification exams in October and will be presented documents at the Arizona Hombu dojo Tuesday evening, November 3rd, at 6:45 pm, by Grandmaster Hausel. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on October 15, 2015 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
Arizona Karate Instructors with the Arizona Hombu martial arts school in Mesa, Arizona, were selected by Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel for membership in the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai Hall-of-Fame for contributions to traditional Okinawan karate. All three have been training in karate and kobudo for considerable time. The group of karate instructors includes Dr. Neal Adam, Paula Borea and Bill Borea.
Dr. Neal Adam, a professor of biology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. He is a 6th degree black belt karate master of Shorin-Ryu Karate. Dr. Adam began training in Karate with Grandmaster Hausel 25 years ago when both were at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Adam periodically teaches karate classes at the Arizona Hombu School in Mesa, and has created a group of karate and kobudo katas (forms) for the martial arts style. Because of his dedication and creativity, he was selected for the Shorin-Ryu Karate Hall of Fame.
Karate Instructors (sensei), wife and husband, Paula and Bill Borea, were also selected for the 2015 Karate Hall of Fame. Both trained in New Jersey as well as in Japan prior to becoming karate students of Grandmaster Hausel. Sensei Paula Borea is a Japanese-American born in Japan, and is of samurai heritage and as considerable interest in traditional karate. Her karate skills are excellent. She is not only a 2nd degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate, but also is certified in Japanese flower arrangment and tea ceremony. Her husband, Sensei Bill Borea is a 3rd degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate and trained in Japan while station in the air force. Both Paula and Bill have provided extraordinary assistance with designing the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa and are both karate instructors at the martial arts school. Both have been training in karate, kobudo, self-defense adn samurai arts under Grandmaster Hausel for the past 8 to 9 years and are considered experts in karate.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on September 19, 2015 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
Arizona Karate - A Living HIstory Demonstration at the Arizona Hombu Dojo. Open to the Public
In 525 AD, an Indian monk named Boddhidarma walked through a pass in the Himalayan Mountains from India to the northern Chinese Henan province to teach Zen philosophy to the monks of the Shaolin temple. Finding the monks to be lazy and unfit, Boddhidarma added combat training exercises blended with philosophy to create the first martial art.
In 1374 AD, a group of 36 Chinese families migrated to Okinawa with a text of martial arts similar to the art taught at the Shaolin Temple.
In 1480 AD, Okinawa King Shoshin outlawed bladed weapons. Many Okinawans developed Kobudo, a martial art that employs tools of trade as weapons in order to defend themselves.
In 1609 AD, Okinawa was invaded by 3000 Samurai from Japan. Karate was kept secret through these events and not until 1922, was introduced to Japan. Later in the early 1950s, it was introduced on Hawaii.
Join us at the Arizona Hombu as we celebrate karate with public demonstrations and exhibits of Karate, Kobudo & Samurai Arts.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on August 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
A handicapped driver from Mesa, Arizona, was confronted by Road Rage last Thursday evening (August 20th) while driving to the Arizonal Hombu to take a karate lesson. More than 2.5 years ago, Dennis, a handicapped man, decided to try martial arts to help manage his physical fitness and pain. He had both knees replaced a few years ago, and undergoes pain management treatments for his back pain. He signed up for karate, kobudo, self-defense and samurai arts lessons from Hall-of-Fame instructor, Soke Hausel, and found that martial arts not only gave him confidence, but also helped him manage physical limitations. Now a brown belt, Dennis trains year round at the karate school.
Road Rage is all too common in the Phoenix valley of Arizona - it happens to individuals and even to families. And Road Rage almost took another victim last Thursday.
Dennis grew up in the slums of Mesa where he was assaulted by gang members growing up. By the time he reached manhood, he had been beaten, stabbed and shot. Now, nearly 60, his body has taken so much abuse he has serious pain problems and drives a car with a state-issued handicap sticker. But none of this has detered his interest in the traditional martial arts.
While driving to the Arizona Hombu Karate School last Thursday along Country Club Drive, Dennis was harassed by a driver who did not like the fact he was driving below the speed limit. In an instant of road rage, the other driver attempted to run Dennis off the road twice and then blocked his entry to an intersection and then jumped out of his car thinking he was going to have his way with a handicapped senior citizen. But the Road Rage driver was in for a major surprise!
His intended victim is "one of the toughest martial artists at the Arizona Hombu dojo", according to 16-time Hall-of-Fame Grandmaster Hausel. The grandmaster indicated that Dennis constantly practices shitai kori (body hardening) with anyone in the dojo who will hit him during self-defense training. Thus, when Dennis stepped out of his car to greet his attacker, he was wearing his karate uniform known as a gi, since he was on his way to the martial arts school. Dennis said to the Road Rage Driver, "Ok, I've had a bad day - so, tell me, what hospital would you like me to deliver you to?" The Road Rage driver took one look at Dennis, and hearing his comment, turned about face and ran back to his car and sped off.
Now this was a perfect defense. Both drivers were able to go home without injury and hopefully the Road Rage driver will think twice in the future.