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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.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on July 3, 2015 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
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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Some time ago, I found myself in Australia on a field conference designed to exchange information on the new diamond discoveries in the Aussie outback. Most commercial diamond deposits occur in a rock type referred to as kimberlite, but others are found in placers (stream deposits). The Australian discovery was unique in that diamonds were found in olivine lamproite - and at Argyle mine, the amount of diamonds found in the ore was incredibly high AND, they found many rare pink, brown and yellow fancy diamonds. Prior to the Australian discovery, diamonds had been found in Colorado and Wyoming. A short time later, commercial diamond deposits were also identified in Smoke Creek, in the Ellendale olivine lamproite field and at the Merlin kimberlite.
Commercial diamond deposits had already been found in South Africa, India and Brazil, but new minable sources had been slow coming until the Australian discoveries. This opened up new exploration grounds for other diamond deposits and finally led up to many diamond discoveries in Russia, China and also in Canada.
BUT, on our international field conference - a challenged was issued! Could any of the black belt geologists from the USA and from Japan break the tops off of the hardened termite mounds? I accepted the challenge for the US. At the end of the conference - we were pretty close to being tied but I won! My success was related to my teaching rock breaking 101 in the University of Wyoming Shorin-Ryu Karate club.
Top photo shows termite mound in foreground with a lamproite butte in background at Ellendale. Above photo is the Argyle mine as it appeared in 1986 and lower photos were taken at our Rock Breaking 101 class. Upper photo shows Grandmaster Hausel preparing to break rock after a very, very short lecture on rock types. Lower photo shows Kyle Gewecke from Gillette, Wyoming breaking a piece of limestone (mother nature's concrete).
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Polymath Soke Hausel of Gilbert Arizona has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who in America. The 2015 compendium will include https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert,_Arizona" target="_blank">Gilbert Arizona's grandmaster and Hall-of-Fame martial artist. According to Fred Marks, editor in chief, the 70th Platinum Anniversary Edition will include a summary of Soke Hausel's accomplishments.
Soke Hausel is a Hall-of-Fame martial arts instructor who began training in karate in 1964. Since that time, he has been inducted into more than a dozen Hall-of-Fame worldwide because of his teaching methods. He has also been awarded 3 of the highest achievements in martial arts including title of Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. In addition, Soke Hausel is a Hall-of-Fame geologist who made many discoveries of gold and gemstones. He is also an author of more than 1,000 publications including contributions to 100 books. As a public speaker, he has received some national awards, and is a talented artist.
After teaching martial arts for 3 decades at the University of Wyoming as Professor of Budo (martial arts), Grandmaster Hausel moved to Arizona and opened the Arizona Hombu on the border of Mesa and Gilbert where he focuses on teaching adults, families and teachers. Soke Hausel indicates he loves to teach martial arts and has been lucky enough to teach a few thousand students over the past 4 decades.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on May 21, 2015 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
Thank you so very much Mr. Fred Marks, Editor-in-Chief, Marquis Who's Who in the World and Editor-in-Chief of Marquis Who's Who in Science & Engineering.
It is always a great pleasure hearing from you, especially since your complimentary letters are often attached to an induction notice or nomination. These nominations remind of a time in 2001, when I was inducted into the North American Black Belt Hall-of-Fame and awarded the International Instructor of the Year and inducted into the Rockhound Hall-of-Fame and presented the Education Award. Its not often that I get noticed for more than one profession.
When I began my life, I was constantly bored in school and often found myself day-dreaming about achieving and doing things that were exciting. I didn't have any idea at the time that these day-dreams were actually affirmations that provided me a path for the rest of my life. So I guess I am thankful for all of those boring years in grammer school and high school, all of those not so good grades, and those many boring teachers who constantly called in my parents to try to figure out how to motivate me.
I am pleased to accept your nomination. Only with the help of God could I have done all of these things over the years especially after such a not so auspicious start in life and education. Things just fell in line, one after another, when I began my college career in order to avoid the Vietnam draft. But I must also thank all of those bullies I met in junior high and high school, because they opened the door to my first karate classes at the Black Eagle Federation dojo. Anyone who claims bullies are bad - they are right, but they also serve a higher purpose for many people later in life. After 50+ years in martial arts - I'm proof.
"Soke D. Hausel of Gilbert Arizona is a Hall-of-Fame geologist who found many gold and gemstone deposits. He is also a Hall-of-Fame martial artist who reached the highest level in martial arts. He operates a martial arts center in Mesa, Arizona and periodically consults in geology. The geologist-martial artist writes books and contributed more than 1000 books, professional papers, general interest articles, abstracts, geological maps and information blogs over the past four decades. Because of life-long contributioins, Marquis Who's Who nominates him for inducation into the 33rd Edition of Who's Who in the World (2016)".
By the way, he breaks rocks with a rock hammer and teaches karate students to break rocks with their bare hands. Earlier this year, he was inducted into Who's Who in America (2015) and Who's Who in the World (2015).
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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.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on January 31, 2015 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
Today at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona, Filming for a new DVD on the basics, kata (forms) and bunkai (applications) on the use of a bo (6-foot staff) began. Once the filming is completed and the tape is edited, it will be available for sale at http://www.seiyo-shorinryu.com/apps/webstore/products/show/5140272 ;
The bo is the most common kobudo (martial arts weapon) tool developed by Okinawans as a means for self-defense.
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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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Phoenix, AZ. A group of traditional Shorin-Ryu martial artists from Arizona and Wyoming traveled to the Juko Kai National clinic in New Braunfels, Texas June 15th to train in an incredible art known as Combat Ki - a martial art of extreme body hardening that allows JKI martial artists to accept full-force strikes to vital parts of the body with little effect. The art, created by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski in 1960, is so advanced it has been featured on several programs in recent years including Stan Lee's Superhumans, Sports Science, Discovery Channel and others.
While at the clinic, the group also trained in an Okinawan martial art known as Okinawan Kempo and Tode taught by Dai Soke Sacharnoski. At the close of the clinic, some martial artists tested for Menkyo Okuden (entrance to secrets). Those from Gillette Wyoming who received certifications included Kyle Gewecke (4th dan), Chase Cassidy (1st dan), Brandon Brown (3rd kyu) and Nick Jarvis (4th kyu). The Arizona Martial Artists who attended the clinic included Neal Adam (6th dan) from Phoenix, Victoria Davis (1st dan) from Chandler, and Ryan Nemec (4th kyu) from Mesa. Dr. Neal Adam was awarded Menkyo Okuden.
Special JKI awards were presented to two martial artists from Arizona. Ryan Nemec was awarded Outstanding Male Martial Arts Student of the Year, an award presented by Dai Soke Sacharnoski and the JKI Hombu to students who have shown exceptional dedication in martial arts.
Soke Hausel from Gilbert was awarded the title of Meijin wa Jutsu for lifelong contributions to martial arts as an instructor. Few martial artists have been presented this award which translates as master of masters. Grandmaster Hausel taught at four major universities prior to opening the Arizona Hombu (world headquarters) on the border of Gilbert and Mesa in 2006.
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In 2014, Soke Hausel, world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai awarded Shihan certificates to three karate instructors - Shihan is considered to be a very high level of expertise in the martial arts and translates as 'Master instructor'. To reach such a level in traditional karate requires considerable dedication and many years of training in martial arts. Only a very few individuals ever reach this level.
At the Casper, Wyoming Shorin-Ryu Karate Club in Wyoming, Hanshi Andy Finley, 7th dan, recommended Matt Larson and Duane Good for Shihan certification to the Arizona Hombu, and both were accepted as master instructors. In addition, Matt Larson was also promoted to 5th degree black belt in May of 2014 and Duane Good was promoted to 4th degree black belt in November, 2014.
In March, 2014, Kyle Gewecke with the Gillette, Wyoming Shorin-Ryu Karate Club was also awarded certification as Shihan and promoted to 5th degree black belt by Soke Hausel.
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(Above Photo - Sensei Bill Borea (3rd dan) (left) and Soke Hausel (12th dan) (right) present Ryan Harden from Chandler Arizona with certifications as nidan (2nd degree black belt) and Sensei (martial arts instructor) at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona)
Two students of martial arts from Mesa and Chandler – one a nutritionist employed at a local hospital in Gilbert and the other an engineer at Boeing, were awarded second degree black belts in Traditional Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate by Grandmaster, Soke Hausel.
“We have many outstanding members of society in our martial arts program. I am very proud of Ryan Harden and Patrick Scofield for their dedication in martial arts and both were promoted to 2nd degree black belt after several days of tests. Our students include several doctors, nurses, nutrition professionals, technicians, engineers, scientists, IT technicians, clergy, pilots, social scientists, laborers, university professors, teachers, musicians, students, house wives and senior citizens who become members of our martial arts family”.
Photo shows Soke Hausel with Patrick Scofield at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa following Patrick's successful exams for Nidan no Yudansha (2nd degree black belt) and Sensei (Martial Arts Teacher)..
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Only a handful of people ever reach the level of master instructor in martial arts as this is considered one of the highest honors in traditional Okinawan Karate. To master a martial art required years of devotion and dedication to a martial art to develop extraordinary both physical and teaching skills in the art.
Two martial artists in Wyoming have reached that level of martial arts and were promoted to godan (5th degree black belt) and shihan (master of martial arts) in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. Kyle Gewecke of Gillette Wyoming was promoted on March 28th, 2014 by Grandmaster Hausel from Arizona. Shihan Gewecke has taught martial arts in Gillette for many years and started his martial arts training at the University of Wyoming under the direction of Soke Hausel. Matt Larson of Casper was promoted on May 28th, 2014 after training for many years under Hanshi Andy Finley, 7th dan.
Kyle Gewecke was promoted by Soke Hausel adn Matt Larson was promoted by Soke Hausel and Hanshi Andy Finley. We are all very proud of their accomplishments.
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Phoenix, AZ, May, 2013: Arizona martial arts instructor and Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, Soke Hausel, was notified by Fred Marks, Editor-in-Chief of Marquis Who’s Who of his inclusion in the forthcoming 68th Edition of Who’s Who in America 2014. Hausel was first selected as a Who’s Who honoree more than 25 years ago and has since appeared in many biographical compendiums celebrating his accomplishments and achievements as a martial arts instructor, scientist, writer, artist, public speaker, astronomer and musician. The laureate martial arts instructor has also been inducted into 16 Halls of Fame since 1998.
He began training in martial arts in the early 1960s. In 1999, he reached the highest level in martial arts when awarded certification as sokeshodai (grandmaster) and kudan (9th degree black belt) at the Juko Kai International hombu (world administrative headquarters). At that time, he was teaching karate, kobudo, jujutsu, samurai arts and self-defense the University of Wyoming while working as a research geologist.
Over three decades he discovered many mineral deposits (precious and base metals, colored gemstones and diamonds) and was awarded economic geology’s highest honor with six other geologists in 2009 – the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Thayer Lindsley Award for a major international mineral discovery. He authored nearly 1,000 books, papers, maps and abstracts on prospecting, geology and martial arts, mapped more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex geology, traveled around North America presenting more than 400 lectures on geology as a distinguished lecturer. But because of his research contract, he was unable to financially benefit from any of his mineral discoveries or books including one of the largest gold deposits ever to be found in North America (Donlin Creek, Alaska), a previously unrecognized gold district (Rattlesnake Hills district, Wyoming) and significant gemstone deposits.
In 2004, he received an unprecedented promotion to judan (10th degree black belt) making him one of a very few martial artists in the world to achieve that rank. Grandmaster Hausel in currently head instructor of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate located on Baseline at the border of Mesa and Gilbert, and the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai. He is a former instructor of martial arts at Arizona State University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming and has taught martial arts to many teachers, professors, librarians, scientists, PhDs, engineers and social scientists.
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Kobudo, the ancient Okinawan martial art of farming and fishing tools for self-defense has been so effective, that many law enforcement agencies around the globe adopted many of these tools for their line of work. One notable tool was the tonfa, a side handle baton that replaced the common ‘Billy club’ for a few decades until the expandable baton was introduced. But even the expandable baton, known as a kibo and referred to as ASP, has a Japanese martial arts association. For instance, the hanbo, a 3-foot baton, is used in many styles of traditional jujutsu and ninjutsu and is even used in some styles of Shorin-Ryu Karate. Other similar tools include nitanbo and kobuton.
Other kobudo tools, or weapons, include an unusual fork-like weapon known as sai. The sai is a classical kobudo martial art weapon and one of the hardest to learn. Even so, members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa tested for certification with this weapon. To certify, the group was required to demonstrate four separate advanced kata (forms), bunkai (self-defense applications) and ippon kumite (sparing). Six martial artists from the martial arts school successfully passed exams and were awarded certification in this complicated weapon. The six included Adam Bialek, Sensei Bill Borea, Amanda Nemec, Ryan Nemec, Alexis Pillow and Sempai Patrick Scofield.
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The Arizona Hombu welcomed several yudansha (black belts) and senpai (senior brown belts) from the Utah Shorin-Kai from Murray, Utah to train in advanced martial arts techniques and hanbo-jutsu on May 3rd and May 4th. The group arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor from Salt Lake International airport on Friday morning and checked into their motel in Chandler near the Arizona martial arts training center on the border of Gilbert and Mesa near Baseline and MacDonald. On Friday evening, the group led by Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan, arrived at the martial arts facility and exchanged hugs, handshakes and greetings with members of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Soke Hausel, grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu.
Following greetings, the martial artists bowed in, warmed up, and began training with hanbo. The hanbo is a 3-foot bo (stick) often seen in the hands of ninja or jujutsuka training in the arts of ninjutsu, ninpo, and jujutsu. Soke Hausel was introduced to this practical art by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski and also trained in Togakure-Ryu earning certifications through Hatsumi Masaaki, Soke. Weapons similar to the hanbo include tonfa and ASP. The ASP, also referred to as kibo, is a common tool of law enforcement that is an expandable baton. The difference between training between law enforcement officials and martial artists is that law enforcement training is limited. Martial artists never end training with the and use hanbo to activate pressure points and train with blocks, strikes, restraints and throws. Following two hours of training with the hanbo, the group retired until the next morning. At the Arizona Hombu, students from the Phoenix valley often train for months at a time with hanbo.
On Saturday morning, training began in advanced empty hand (karate) techniques. These included blocks, strikes, chokes, throws and restraints. The group trained for five hours before the clinic ended. At the end of the clinic, Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan and Renshi Todd Stoneking, 6th dan, presented gifts to Soke Hausel. Members of Arizona and Utah said their goodbyes and it was the consensus that time went by too fast. Soke Hausel will travel to Utah in the fall for the Utah gassuku (adverse training) at the East Canyon resort near Park City.
Professional photographs of the martial artists and martial arts at the Hombu clinic were provided by NemecPhotos. We are very thankful and appreciated by the excellent quality of the photography at this year’s clinic.
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Arizona - Utah ts Clinic taught by Hall-of-Fame Martial Artist
All members of the Arizona Hombu (Arizona School of Traditional Karate) are invited to take part in the up-coming Arizona-Utah clinic on the May 3 and 4, 2013 weekend. There is no cost for active members of the dojo or for Seiyo Kai International Members. See SKI newsletter for information.
Friday night, will begin with a group photo session at 6:45 pm (please be on time) and the same for Saturday morning. If you cannot stay the entire session - no problem, just come for as much time as you can.
Since 2009, the Utah Shorin-Kai (led by Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan) has made an annual sojourn to the Arizona Hombu. Prior to the Hombu moving to Arizona, the Utah group made periodic visits to the Hombu dojo at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. This year’s clinic is scheduled for May 3rd and 4th and training will focus on bunkai (applications) of several Shorin-Ryu Kata along with training in Hanbojutsu.
Friday’s training (May 3rd) will begin at 6:45 pm and end around 8:30 pm. On the following day, (Saturday) we will begin at 11 am and run until 3 pm.
All adult students of the Arizona Hombu are encouraged and invited to attend. If you are an active student of the Hombu, there is no charge. If you have been inactive and would like to join in the training, a $100 fee will be accessed.
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Mesa, AZ, May 26, 2012: Martial artists from Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe completed a year of training with Okinawa tonfa at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa. The Okinawa tonfa is thought to have originated as a farming implement and likely originated from a wooden frame or handle of a millstone. It has been nicknamed the ‘millstone handle’.
Many law enforcement agencies use a baton modeled after the tonfa, or have used it in the past, but law enforcement only train with one baton unlike martial artists. In addition, law enforcement officials typically receive only cursory training in the weapon, unlike Shorin-Ryu martial artists who train with it constantly. It is known as the side-handle baton in law enforcement, or PR-24.
After a year of training, a small group of martial artists from the Phoenix valley were certified in Okinawa Tonfa by Grandmaster Soke Hausel, 10th dan. To demonstrate their expertise in this weapon, students had to perform basic blocks and strikes known as kihon. They further had to test in three kata (forms) and demonstrate understanding of the forms in a group of self-defense applications known as bunkai. Such forms were created by Okinawan body guards and peasants centuries ago as living encyclopedia of self-defense applications.
Finally, the group tested using tonfa in kumite (sparring) against other martial artists with Okinawa bo (6-foot long staff or pole). During kumite, students (deshi) do not wear protective equipment other than safety glasses. Overall, the group showed expertise in the weapon and five were certified. Those receiving certifications in Okinawa Tonfa on Tuesday, May 29th, will include Adam Bialek, Patrick Scofield, Sarah Kamenicky, William Borea and Ryan Harden.
Members of the Kobudo Class will continue to train with tonfa learning focusing on one tonfa (as well as two tonfa) and train to use the weapon against attackers with clubs, knives and learn a variety of restraints and jujutsu throws with the weapon. In addition, the group started to learn use of the Okinawa sai.
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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).