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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.
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It’s Halloween; the season of ninja, the season of pumpkins, the season of samurai? It’s all of these at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate at the border of Mesa and Gilbert on Baseline where things are always a little different. Different because the school stresses ‘traditional’ curriculum (remember Mr. Myagi in the Karate Kid?), and because classes are taught by Hall of Famer, Soke Hausel, 10th dan, a kojyu of budo (professor of martial arts) and world head of Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo (Seiyo Kai) a traditional style of Okinawan martial arts. Classes are also taught by Shihan Neal Adam, 5th dan, a master of karate and kobudo and also an active professor at one of the local universities. But where does Halloween fit into traditional arts?
Soke Hausel with Traditional martial art gi and hakama
Students of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo not only train in traditional karate and kobudo, they also train in samurai and other arts, so they get a better, all-around martial arts and self-defense education. For example, Soke Hausel has certifications in 23 martial arts and takes advantage of this by teaching a diversified curriculum to his adult classes. Some of the arts taught by the hall of fame grandmaster include Okinawan karate, nunchaku, tonfa, kama, bo, hanbo, nitanbo (two sticks), sai, tanto (knife), yari (spear), naginata, manrikigusari (chain), gusarigama (sickle and chain), katana (samurai sword), kuwa (garden hoe), eku (okinawan oar), shuriken (star darts), jujutsu and other arts.
Soke Hausel carves pumpkin with traditional side cut
But imagine smashing pumpkins – not the famous alternative rock band, but rather smashing pumpkins with a karate punch, kick, or just slicing them with kama (Okinawan sickles) or katana, better known as a samurai sword. Why would anyone do this? Because it is Halloween, it gives the students an opportunity to see how well their technique has developed, and most of all, it brings members together in friendship and works towards the ultimate goal of becoming more self-confident and better all-around members of society at 60 W. Baseline Road.
Soke Hausel of Mesa cuts pumpkin with traditional top cut.