|Posted by Soke Hausel, Grandmaster/12th dan on April 8, 2015 at 5:25 PM|
Grandmaster W.D. Hausel, Soke/12th dan of Gilbert Arizona was surprised by special recognition by his students on April 2nd, 2015. Totally unsuspecting, he arrived at the Arizona Hombu martial arts facility at 60 W. Baseline Road in Mesa at a normal time and opened the doors to get ready for the evening martial arts classes when greeted by two of his senior students 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, and the students began with a traditional Japanese ceremony followed by warm-up exercises and stretching. Then Soke 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.