|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on May 29, 2016 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
On Thursday, May 26th, 2016, Dr. Neal Adam was promoted to one of the highest ranking members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai after demonstrating empty hand (karate) and kobudo kata along with developing some new kata bunkai (pragmatic applications). Soke Hausel promoted Dr. Adam to the rank of shichidan (nanadan) (七段) which translates as 7th dan (7th degree black belt), and providing him with the title of Kyoshi.
It is extremely rare for anyone to achieve such a high rank in a traditional martial art. It is estimated less than 1% of martial artists ever reach this level. In our organization, it is even more difficult as we have had less than 0.1% receive this rank. It is also significant, that only two members - Andy Finley and Neal Adam are in the running for certification for Menkyo Kaiden - a license of total understanding of our martial art.
There are few people as ethical as Dr. Adam. His integrity exudes in martial arts, his daily life, his Christian beliefs and in his profession at Grand Canyon University. As his Soke (grandmaster), I feel lucky to have him as a long time student. He first jointed my organization at the University of Wyoming more than 25 years ago while working on a post doc in the UW Agricultural Department.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on January 1, 2015 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
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.
|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on October 14, 2011 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
Few ever master martial arts – it takes years of dedication & training.
Dr. Neal Adam, Associate Professor of Biology at Grand Canyon University, receives certification as Shihan (Master Instructor of Martial Arts) and Godan (5th degree black belt) from Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel, Judan, at the Hombu dojo in Mesa Arizona.
When most people think of a master of martial arts, they visualize an old, wise, Oriental monk; or a faster than life karate master who is almost indestructible. Hollywood exaggerates many elements of a martial arts master. To be a true master of martial arts, one must learn considerable oriental philosophy, history, traditions and of course, martial arts.
It is rare for a PhD to earn a Master Degree: not a master’s degree from college but a master degree in Shorin-Ryu Karate. Reaching the level of a PhD and Professor requires dedication to a particular field of study and research leaving little time for anything else. And to do the same in martial arts is rare.
Dr Neal Adam, associate professor of biology at Grand Canyon University, has dedicated the past 30 years to learning karate while pursuing a career in science. His love for karate reached a level of nearly complete comprehension of Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Seiyo Kai Karate and Kobudo. To reach such a level of expertise, one must understand the mechanics and physics of karate, they must comprehend the philosophy of the art, they must learn dozens of complex forms and be able to demonstrate the forms without thinking and with extraordinary power and focus, they must master several ancient weapons, and they must learn to defend themselves effectively.
The Master degree is a measure of one’s expertise and translates in Japanese as Shihan. Dr. Neal Adam reached this level and was presented certifications of Shihan and Godan (5th degree black belt) after testing in front of Soke Hausel, world head of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo at the Hombu (world headquarters) in Mesa.
In addition to demonstrating an understanding of karate and kobudo, Dr. Adam was also required to develop new forms of kobudo. He created a new form of hanbo (3-foot staff) and applications for self defense, and also developed a new form using common tools of his trade for self-defense: eye glasses, rulers, pens, belt, etc.