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2017 and 2018 has been a productive time for one valley martial arts instructor and geologist. Grandmaster Hausel of Gilbert, Arizona was selected for awards that acknowledge a life time of dedication to martial arts, geology and writing. AND recently, Phoenix Voyage Magazine highlighted the Hall of Fame martial arts instructor. And along with General Colin Powell, Hausel was selected for the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award. And along with Grandmaster Jhoon Goo Rhee, Grandmaster Hausel was selected for induction in Who’s Who in Martial Arts Legends. Hausel is listed as a notable person in Gilbert Arizona.
Earlier, Hausel was notified of selection to Great Men & Women of Science and for the Cambridge Certificate for Outstanding Scientific Achievement. In the past week, he was notified of his selection for Best Martial Arts Teachers in Phoenix award for his expertise. Grandmaster Hausel has been training in martial arts for more than 50 years and taught martial arts for more than 3 decades at the University of Wyoming prior to moving to the valley and first teaching at ASU before opening the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa. He is also a geologist and made many significant gemstone, gold and diamond discoveries as well as publishing hundreds of books, papers and abstracts primarily on the geological sciences.
Grandmaster Hausel said that anyone who knew him as a child will likely say this is all a miracle! As a scholastically inferior student in public schools, and afraid of confrontations, it is without a question this is all a miracle - a gift from God. Such as in 1990 when one day he had not ability to sketch, and in the following years, he began producing detailed award-winning pencil and color pencil sketches. God had definintely blessed me.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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On Wednesday, February 23rd, a group of girl scouts from Troup 4102 in Mesa learn a little about Self-Defense. The 2-hour clinic focused on simple blocking and strikes along with a variety of escapes designed to teach them how to react if attacked by an adult.
On the following week, the scouts spent another 2 hours learning the art of modern Kobudo (martial Arts weapons). Here the girl scouts were taught how to use pens, pencils, Ipads, computers, back packs, magazines and their school backpacks as weapons of self-defense.
The Girls were surprised that such common tools could be used as weapons. They all indicated that they would never be able to look at their school books in the same manner again.
Grandmaster Hausel, their instructor, has taught dozens of self-defense classes and clinics over the past 4 decades to groups as diversified as religious groups including priests to military groups to sororities to other martial arts school owners.
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