|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on May 23, 2012 at 10:45 AM|
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).