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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".
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Instructor of the Year and International Instructor of the Year - Grandmaster Hausel at the
Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona.
Nicholas S. Law, Director General for the Awards Board for the International Biographical Center in Cambridge England wrote to Dan Hausel, Grandmaster of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai of Gilbert Arizona on June 26th, 2015. In his congratulatory letter, he wrote::
“To achieve what you have, to scale the heights from which you inspire and lead by the standards you have attained are no ordinary accomplishments … As an existing Man of the Year the Awards Board of the IBC have decided to bestow on you, as respected and trusted friend of the IBC, the auspicious and beautiful Da Vinci Diamond.”
“Leonardo Da Vinci was chosen as the inspiration for the award due to his world renowned accomplishments in many different disciplines. I feel most reassured that by selecting you as the Da Vinci Laureate in recognition of your varied talents we are keeping to the register of his memory…”
“….Your avocation, enthusiasm and reputation are responsible for this magnificent recognition.”
It is notable that Professor Hausel accumulated a bibliography of almost unmatchable size: author of more than 1,000 publications; author, co-author or contributor to 100 books. All of his popular books on Amazon with a 4.5 to 5 star rating.
As a geoscientist, he inspired many prospectors and rock hounds with hundreds of discoveries including one of the largest gold deposits in the world with colleagues; some of the largest colored gemstone deposits ever found, and then there are the diamond deposits. He mapped the two largest diamond-bearing kimberlites in the US and the largest field of lamproites in North America.
As a public speaker, he presented 400+ formal lectures all over North America.
As a mapper he completed more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex geological maps including 2 dozen underground mines.
He is an artist of vision with dozens of detailed works.
As a martial artist, he accumulated more than a dozen black belts, the highest rank in the world in Shorin-Ryu Karate (Seiyo-Kai), have been certified as Sokeshodai (grandmaster), and awarded Martial Arts Genius for many accomplishments, and he has entered16 halls of fame for martial arts and teaching skills, geological knowledge, and more. He is one of the more decorated geologists and martial artists in the world.
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Grandmaster Dan Hausel of Gilbert Arizona was surprised when he was presented a special recognition by his students in 2015. Totally unsuspecting, he arrived at the Arizona Hombu martial arts facility at the 60 W. Baseline Center in Mesa at a normal time and opened the doors to prepare for evening martial arts classes when he was greeted by two of his senior students and instructors requesting special permission to speak to the class. Having complete faith in these two he granted their request without asking what the announcement would be about.
The class began at 6:45 pm with a traditional Okinawan ceremony followed by warm-up exercises and stretching. Then Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel stood aside and gave the floor to Sensei (instructor) Bill Borea and Sensei Paula Borea, long-time students of Soke Hausel who had trained previously in New Jersey and in Japan prior to moving to Arizona.
Sensei Bill Borea began by acknowledging that the first time he had ever heard of karate was back in 1968, four years after Soke Hausel has already begun training in Kyokushinkai Karate as a teenager. Sensei Paula Borea acknowledged that she was generally aware of karate as a teenager before 1964, because she was born in Japan of samurai lineage, but it would be many years later before she began training in martial arts. Sensei Bill Borea also went on to tell the students at the Arizona Hombu that the karate he had trained in while serving in the US Air Force in Japan was the same as taught by Soke Hausel, with all of the traditions, the Japanese commands and terminology,
and the emphasis on power, body hardening, forms and practical applications. He emphasized this was the real thing that included an entire curriculum unmatched even by most Japanese schools.
The discussion ended with a presentation of a Certificate of Achievement for dedication and devotion to the martial arts over the past 50 years (1964 to 2014) to Soke Hausel by all of his students in Arizona and around the world. Over the decades, Soke Hausel touched many lives through the martial arts and his teaching of martial arts while working at four major universities including Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, University of Utah and the University of Wyoming. Over the years, he trained in many martial arts including Wado-Ryu Karate, Kempojutsu Budo Arts, Shotokan Karate, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Kobudo, Iaijutsu, Jujutsu, Shitai Kori and more and was also inducted into some Halls of Fame scattered around the world. He was awarded three of the highest possible achievements in martial arts that include (1) being one of a handful of martial artists ever certified as junidan (12th dan) since the 19th century, (2) certified as sokeshodai (grandmaster) of Shorin-Ryu Karate, and (3) awarded a document that translates as “Martial Arts Genius”. It was also noted that Soke Hausel, who is outstanding in many things, was recently inducted into Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.
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Mesa, AZ, January, 2015: Arizona Martial Artist and Karate Instructor, Grandmaster Hausel was inducted in the 2014 Who's Who in America and 2015 Who's Who in the World 32nd Edition. He has appeared in Who's Who for more than two decades due to accomplishments as a martial artist, scientist, writer, public speaker and artist. The polymath is also a member of several Halls-of-Fame.
Who's Who noted that the Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo has appeared in several Who's Who compendiums including Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the 21st Century, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the West. The Arizona karate instructor has also been honored by induction into several Halls of Fame around the world. Some of note include World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall-of-Fame (Indonesia), Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall of Honors (New Jersey), World Head of Society Hall of Fame (Philippines), American Karate Association Hall of Fame (Ohio), US Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Tennessee), Latin America Martial Arts Society Worldwide Hall of Fame (Puerto Rico), World Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Ohio), Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Florida), North American Black Belt Hall of Fame (California), World Karate Union Hall of Fame (Pennsylvania), National Rock Hound & Lapidary Hall of Fame (South Dakota), and Millennium Hall of Fame (North Carolina). The latter two Halls of Fame were for contributions to science and education.
Grandmaster Hausel is the world head of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (Seiyo Kai) and was certified as Grandmaster (Soke) in 1999. In 2004, he received an unprecedented promotion to 10th degree black belt (red belt) making him one of only a handful of Shorin-Ryu martial artists to achieve that rank. In December 2012, he received a one of a kind of award for the continuing development of martial arts and was promoted to 12th degree black belt (red belt) and remains one of only a handful of martial artists since the 19th century to ever receive this rank. Unlike many martial artists claiming to be Grandmasters on the Internet, Soke Hausel has proper lineage, certification and credentials.
Grandmaster Hausel in the head instructor of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona, the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai, and a former instructor of martial arts at Arizona State University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Utah, and professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming.
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Mesa, AZ, May 22, 2012: Fred Marks Editor-in-Chief of Who’s Who in America notified Grandmaster Hausel, 10th dan, of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa of his inclusion into Who’s Who in America 2013 (67th Edition) this afternoon.
“Congratulations! Based on your outstanding record of success, Marquis Who’s Who has selected you for inclusion in the forthcoming Who’s Who in America. First published in 1899, this renowned biographical reference directory chronicles American achievement of the highest merit. It is a testament of your dedication and hard work that you have earned a place once again among the county’s most accomplished professionals”.
Hausel indicated his road to achievement started back to when he was a teenager. “I was often caught staring out windows and not paying attention. This still happens, I’m always thinking about being somewhere else and doing something different. After awhile, these daydreams simply become affirmations or goals and then my subconscience works to accomplish them. I hate being bored and need to entertain my mind. Many of my teachers in the past just assumed I was not interested in their classes and I ended up developing a reputation as a poor student.”
“Just before I graduated from high school, my parents were called into the councilor’s office and told I was not college material and it would be a waste of money to send me to college. Instead they were told that military was the best option for me. A short time later, five other students and I were called before a dress code committee headed by the principal and told we could not graduate unless we all cut our hair and conformed. On graduation night, I was the only one with long hair. I hid it under my cap and when handed my diploma, I took off my cap and bowed with my hair falling to my shoulders. If looks could kill, I wouldn’t be here today.”
“My hair also got me started in martial arts. In the mid-60s, few people knew what martial arts were in North America. At this time in history, it was very unpopular to have long hair unless you were a famous musician. So our local rock and roll band members signed up for karate lessons at one of the only two karate schools in the city. Karate in those days was tough and I was the only one who stuck with martial arts. Besides I often daydreamed about martial arts and it became an affirmation and obsession".
Today, the daydreamer has accomplished more than entire schools according to some people. His accomplishments are too numerous to mention, and a quick search on Google returned 219,000 results!
Recently he was also inducted into a 16th Hall of Fame: Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honors 2012. Master Alan Goldberg, publisher of Action Martial Arts Magazine wrote, “Congratulations, we take great pride and pleasure to inform you of your Induction as an Ambassador to the Martial Arts, into the Largest and one of the most Prestigious Martial Arts Halls of Honor in the World”. This was followed by his induction into Who’s Who in the World.
Photo of Soke Hausel (University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club photo).
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Karate instructor, Soke Hausel from Mesa Arizona was inducted into another Hall of Fame. Hausel acknowledged Planet News, Master Alan Goldberg, Action Martial Arts Magazine and all who supported his induction into the Hall of Honor.
Soke Hausel began teaching martial arts more than 4 decades ago, beginning at the University of Utah, then the University of New Mexico, and 3 decades at the University of Wyoming. His greatest achievments were not so much the martial arts he created, the mineral deposits discovered, the books wrote, etc, but it has been the students who went through the martial arts programs and were encouraged to become better people. Many of his students because university professors, clergy, teachers, socialogists, geologists, biologists, engineers, chemists, astronomers, astrophysicists, lawyers, nurses, doctors, dentists, law enforcement officiers, soldiers and more. These are the people whomade a difference in Soke Hausel's career in martial arts.
PRESS RELEASE (Planet News, 5/17, 2012).
Hall of Fame martial artist, geologist, author, public speaker, astronomer, prospector and artist, Grandmaster Hausel of Arizona, was inducted into Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honors 2012. Soke Hausel, a martial arts instructor of more than 4 decades, taught karate, kobudo, jujutsu & self-defense at four universities prior to opening a martial arts center at the border of Mesa Arizona with Gilbert and Chandler in the Phoenix valley. He is an instructor of Shorin-Ryu Karate, a martial art originally developed on Okinawa that teaches its members to respect oneself, each other, and works to develop powerful techniques. For centuries, it was the martial art of body guards for Okinawan royalty and peasants and was strictly guarded in secrecy, such that even the Japanese conquerors of Okinawa had no idea it existed until it was introduced to Japan in the early 1900s by Shorin-Ryu great, Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957). Remember Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san in the Karate Kid? Same karate!
Master Alan Goldberg, publisher of Action Martial Arts Magazine stated, “Congratulations, we take great pride and pleasure to inform you of your Induction as an Ambassador to the Martial Arts, into the Largest and one of the most Prestigious Martial Arts Halls of Honor in the World”.
Action Martial Arts Magazine touts their Hall of Honor to be the world’s largest gathering of martial arts superstars, film and combat celebrities and renowned masters in the world. The event has become known as the Academy of Awards of Martial Arts that is held at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Soke Hausel was recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts as a Grandmaster.
In karate, there is only one living Grandmaster in any particular martial arts style or system. Hausel is the grandmaster of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai, Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Renmei and Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Budo Bugei Renmei.
Hausel began training in martial arts in mid-1960s and 40 years later (in 2004), he was awarded the highest rank in Okinawan Karate: 10th degree black belt. Prior to this event, he reached his greatest achievement in martial arts when he was certified Soke Shodai (grandmaster) in 1999 and certified by two of the world’s greatest martial arts grandmasters.
At the turn of the century, he was inducted into the Millennium Hall of Fame as a polymath due to contributions to geological sciences, public speaking, writing and martial arts (he has also been active in art, astronomy and music). He is an author of nearly 1000 publications and books and responsible for discovery of hundreds of gold and gemstone deposits including one of the largest gold deposits in North America.
In 2001, he was inducted into the National Rock Hound and Lapidary Hall of Fame. Since 1998, he has been inducted into 16 Halls of Fame around the world for martial arts and geology and has been awarded Instructor of the Year in 1998 and 2004, the International Instructor of the Year in 2001, and Grandmaster of the Year in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005 by various national and international martial arts associations.
Professor Hausel was inducted into Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors at the Tropicana Resort in New Jersey for Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts as a Grandmaster.
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Soke Hausel of Mesa, Arizona, was inducted into Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors at the Tropicana Resort in New Jersey on January 20th of 2012. Touted as the world’s largest gathering of martial arts superstars, film & combat celebrities & renowned masters in the world, the event has become known as the Academy of Awards of Martial Arts. Inducted for Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts as a Grandmaster, Professor Hausel taught martial arts at 4 universities prior to teaching at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate at 60 W. Baseline in Mesa. (Soke Hausel at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert, Arizona, Photo by Kenrick Davis).
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Soke Hausel poses in kokutsu dachi - photo by Kenrick Davis.
Thumbtack.com rated the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and Seiyo Kai International Hombu as having the #1 and #2 Top-Rated Karate Classes in Phoenix. How does one receive such a favorable rating? The answer lies in quality of instruction & appearance of the school.
Students attending the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and the Seiyo Kai Hombu in Mesa are treated to traditional Okinawan décor in the Mesa martial arts center. As one walks into the dojo, the school is similar to what one would see in some training halls in Okinawa. The school also focuses on adults and families. Thus adults learn to defend against one another instead of getting kicked in shins by 5 year olds. In this way, adults can learn basics of karate and much more complex advanced techniques (>150 black belts have trained under Soke Hausel along with hundreds of other students).
Kids are not neglected, but to participate in the Kids’ Karate Class, children must attend family classes with their parents and later be invited to attend the Kids’ Karate class. Parents who have their kids in this class are impressed by the training – the children are actually taught karate and kobudo rather than games, and they are also required to learn respect and Japanese. Unlike many other schools in the valley where adults may be taught by teenagers, nearly all of the classes at the dojo are taught by the Soke. Many self-defense classes and clinics are taught to martial arts students and to the general public by Soke.
Soke is a term meaning world head, president or grandmaster; thus Soke is the highest ranked martial artist in the world in Shorin-Ryu Karate (Seiyo-Kai). He has 8 different black belt ranks and is a certified 10th degree (judan) black belt in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. As a result, the students (deshi) get access to Soke’s 46 years of experience in martial arts. Furthermore, Soke has certifications in nearly 2 dozen martial arts – so one will not get bored while training at his schools because there is lifetime of martial arts experience to draw from. The over-achiever has been inducted into 15 Halls of Fame for his accomplishments and is a member of dozens of Who’s Who.
Hausel was awarded the title of kyoju (Professor of Martial Arts) due to 40 years of teaching at four Division 1 universities. He was also awarded the 2001 International Instructor of the Year, the 2004 Instructor of the Year and the 2000, 2002-2005 Soke of the Year by several major international martial arts associations. He was awarded the President’s Certificate in 1992, the 1994 Distinguished Speaker and 1998 Distinguished Lecturer awards.
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