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Only the third time in history of Seiyo Kai Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, three members of the same family received black belt ranks in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. This is extremely rare in any martial art because of the amount of time (measured in years), dedication and expertise that is necessary to reach the level of black belt in traditional Okinawan martial arts. Anyone would feel safe walking through a park in Phoenix with these families nearby.
The three family members were awarded 1st degree black belt (shodan) on October 3rd, 2017, by (Grandmaster) Soke Hausel at a ceremony at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa, Arizona. The Denvirs from Mesa include father, wife & daughter (John, Suzette & Rihanna). John was born in Ireland and his wife Suzette in Barbados. The three kneel in a 2016 photo (below). Congratulations to this very dedicated family!
The only other time this has happened occurred when the Durfee family from Mesa, another very dedicated family that still trains at the Arizona Hombu Dojo), had three family members promoted to black belt in August and October of last year (2016). In addition to the family black belts (Rick, Janel and Tyler), three other family members trained at the Arizona Hombu dojo, and one of their daughters (Harmony), was recently promoted to 1st dan black belt - making this a family affair. The family members have been training for some years. The four black belts of the Durfee family are in the 2015 photo below.
Families of black belts at the Arizona Hombu is not uncommon. Two grandparents were featured on Phoenix Fox 10 news some years ago after being promoted to 1st degree black belt. Both were later promoted to 2nd and then to 3rd degree (sandan) black belt and provided sensei certification (teacher's liscences). The two, Sensei Paula and O'Sensei Bill Borea have been active members of the Arizona Hombu dojo since 2006. Both had previously studied in Japan. Sensei Bill and Sensei Paula stand in the back at the far right of the above photo. Unfortunately, we all lost a great sensei and a wonderful friend when O'Sensei Bill passed away in 2016 after battling cancer - (we pray he is now with God).
And family training does not end there. According to Soke Hausel, some couples were awarded black belts when he was Professor of Budo (martial arts) at the University of Wyoming in Laramie over 3 decades, prior to moving to Mesa, Arizona. After awhile, we began to joke about running a karate dating class because of the family activities. We had at least two couples receive black belt promotions together, as well as other couples with lower rank color belts date for some time prior to getting married. A slogan we've thought about using is "A Family that does Karate together, Stays together".
Grandmaster Hausel, a world renown martial artist, instructor and geologist, has been a martial artist his entire life. He began training in 1964, and in 1999 was awarded grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate, and both his son and daughter, and two of his grandsons all have black belts in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo! According to Soke Hausel, "karate is a family tradition" in both Okinawa and the US.
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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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Arizona Hombu - Arizona School of Traditional Karate Receives 2016 Best Businesses of Mesa Award
Mesa, January 11, 2017 — Arizona Hombu - Arizona School of Traditional Karate has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Mesa Award in the Martial Arts category by the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program. This is the second time since 2014 that Arizona Hombu - Arizona School of Traditional Karate has been selected for this award.
Each year, the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Mesa area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About the Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program
The Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Mesa area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Best Businesses of Mesa Award Program
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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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The Arizona Hombu Dojo lost a dear friend and teacher. O' Sensei Bill Borea passed away this month at the age of 71. Everyone who trained with him had the highest regards for Sensei Borea as a teacher and person. Since to dojo opened its doors in Mesa in 2008 (after moving from the University of Wyoming where it had been located since 1977), Sensei Borea was a nightly fixture taking karate, kobudo, samurai arts and self defense classes as well as substituting for Soke Hausel in his absence. Sensei Borea also often taught new students at the Hombu in the basics of karate and traditions.
Senesi Borea earned a sandan (3rd degree) black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, was given license to teach karate (Sensei certifiction) and also certified in other traditional martial arts including tonfa, kama, bo, and nunchaku. He was one of the few people to be inducted into the Hombu Hall-of-Fame for his martial arts contributions. Sensei Borea assisted in karate demonstrations with Soke Hausel and assisted with teaching various public and martial arts groups at the Arizona Hombu dojo - including the Utah Shorin-Kai, the Police DAV karate team from India, girl scounts and others.
Sensei Borea is survived by his family, including his wife, Sensei Paula Borea. He is also survived by all of his close friends at the Arizona Hombu Dojo. May God Bless him and may he rest in peace. In loving memory of a tough and great martial artist - from the Hombu Dojo.
|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.
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On Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th, senior black belt and brown belt martial artists from the Utah Shorin Kai (https://www.facebook.com/Utah-Traditional-Karate-Kobudo-535263843236113/?fref=nf) based out of Murray Utah flew to Phoenix to train with some members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo (https://www.facebook.com/Arizona-Hombu-225189707505083/) under the direction of Soke Hausel, 12th dan. At the clinic, the karate practitioners trained in self-defense techniques, jujutsu, kata (forms), as well as in the martial art of sojutsu (Japanese spear). The annual Hombu clinic was a success.
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Members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo provided part of the entertainment to support the Pediatric Autoimmune Neurological Disorders for the HUMI event in Carefree, Arizona on March 12th, 2016.
The demonstration was presented by Black Belt Hall-of-Fame member Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel with members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo, Chandler, Gilbert & Mesa Arizona. Soke Hausel is a former professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming, where he taught martial arts for 3 decades. He is a member of Hall-of-Fames for martial arts, education and geological sciences and is the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai and an active member of Juko Kai International.
Accompanying Soke Hausel was Dr. Neal Adam (6th dan), Sensei Bill Borea (3rd dan), Paula Borea (2nd dan), Patrick Scofield (2nd dan), Ryan Harden (2nd dan), as well as student members Dennis Ingram, Suzette Denvir, John Denvir, Rihanna Denvir and Amira Rodriguez from Gilbert, Chandler and Mesa, Arizona. The 25 minute demonstration included Japanese samurai sword and halberd (naginata), Okinawan kobudo (peasant weapons), Okinawan karate and Okinawan Shitai Kori (body hardening) and self-defense.
The demonstration included samurai arts. Sensei Bill Borea and Sensei Paula Borea treated the audience to traditional samurai arts using katana and naginata. The katana, or samurai sword, was the staple of the samurai weapons, but other weapons were used by samurai and warrior monks including the naginata - a polearm. Sensei Paula Borea was born in Japan and is of samurai heritage.
This was followed by the classical ancient art of kobudo - traditional peasant weapons. Both kata (forms) and bunkai (practical applications) were performed including the bo, kama, and tonfa. After King Shoshin of Okinawa outlawed bladed weapons in 1480 AD, Okinawan peasants coverted many farming and fishing tools into weapons creating the art of kobudo.
The art of the empty hand known as karate was created on Okinawa centuries ago. Empty hand techniques were also demonstrated in both kata and self-defense. The self-defense portion demonstrated how adults and children can respond to grabs, punches, knives and guns.
In the final part of the demonstration, Hall of Fame grandmaster Soke Hausel demonstrated some self-defense and finished with a demonstration of shitai kori (body hardening). Sensei Paula Borea assisted Soke Hausel by punching him in the solar plexus, throat and ended with a full force kick to the groin while completely unprotected.
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Karate Instructor and grandmaster, Soke Dan Hausel of Gilbert and Mesa Arizona, reached the top of his martial arts profession after being awarded Grandmaster in 1999 (there is only one grandmaster per style of karate and kobudo), 10th dan black belt in 2004, and 12th dan in 2012 (only a handful of people in history have ever been awarded this rank). Soke Hausel was also awarded Meijin wa Jujtsu in 2013, which translates as martial arts genius. In addition, Soke Hausel has been inducted into 17 Halls of Fame for accomplishments in martial arts as well as Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
As a research geologist, Dan Hausel stands with few other geologists in history after making dozens of significant mineral discoveries, mapping more than 1000 km2 of geological terrain, and publishing more than 1000 books, general interest articles, professional papers, geological maps and abstracts. He was inducted into two halls of fame for his geological accomplishments. Some of his major discoveries include the discovery of gold in the Rattlesnake Hills greenstone belt in Wyoming, finding one of the largest gold deposits in North America with 6 other geologists, and the discovery of world-class gemstone deposits in eastern Wyoming.
It is rare for a person to be considered one of the best in his or hers profession and almost unheard of to be considered at the top of more than one profession. But history has recognized a few polymaths for their extraordinary accomplishments. On November 6th, 2015, Soke Hausel a martial arts instructor at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa and Gilbert, was contacted by Nicholas Law, Director General for IBC in Great Britain who wrote;
“…. the International Biographical Centre has been closely associated with both the City of Cambridge and with the most outstanding seat of professional learning and research, Cambridge University. …”
“…. To help commemorate this long and valued association, I, as Director General of IBC have decided to commission the Cambridge Certificate for Outstanding Professional Achievement. …”
“… From my research I know that you have been honoured by many organisations for your achievements, but I can assure you, Mr. Hausel that this new award will stand out from the others as one of high importance and value. …”
Grandmaster Hausel, former professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming and former research geologist at the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming has achieved more in one lifetime than most people in the world and in history, in his chosen professions.
L-R, Soke Bill Durbin, Hanshi Ron Smith, Soke Dan Hausel, and Shihan Jeff Goodwin (photo taken at the Juko Kai International hombu in New Braunfels, Texas, 2013.
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Over the past several months, a group of karate students at the Arizona Hombu Karate School have been training in a unusual martial art known as kobudo, and more specifically as kama. The karate students have been taught about the history of this martial art as well as its use and self-defense applications. After many months of training in this karate and kobudo art, two martial artists from Chandler and Phoenix tested for certification in the martial art at the karate school in Mesa, Arizona.
According the martial arts history, nearly 500 years ago, Okinawan King Shoshin, issued a proclamation to the people of Okinawa to surrender all bladed weapons. Some suggested the proclamation was a result of Shoshin’s fear of revolution, others believed it was because of his Zen Buddhist non-violent education - but in either case, it opened Okinawa to be invaded by foreign entities: Japan obliged and simply walked into Okinawa uncontested.
Because of the proclamation some Okinawan people began to develop the martial art and combat art of kobudo and kobujutsu in secrecy; whereby, common, everyday farming, fishing and merchant tools were converted to personal self-defense weapons and practiced with karate (the empty hand). One of the many tools used by farmers on Okinawa was a sickle - known as kama. The kama was often used in pairs and practiced as an extension of karate and included classical blocks, strikes, slices, cuts and parries. Locally, kama was modified to include straps and even chains to increase striking range.
In order to certify in kama in Shorin-Ryu, students and instructors are required to learn three traditional kata (forms) of the kama and to understand how each and every move in these kata are applied to combat and self-defense. Master instructor Neal Adam, 6th dan of Phoenix and student Ben Moeur, 3rd kyu brown belt of Chandler, passed certification exams in October and will be presented documents at the Arizona Hombu dojo Tuesday evening, November 3rd, at 6:45 pm, by Grandmaster Hausel. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.
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Arizona Karate Instructors with the Arizona Hombu martial arts school in Mesa, Arizona, were selected by Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel for membership in the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai Hall-of-Fame for contributions to traditional Okinawan karate. All three have been training in karate and kobudo for considerable time. The group of karate instructors includes Dr. Neal Adam, Paula Borea and Bill Borea.
Dr. Neal Adam, a professor of biology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. He is a 6th degree black belt karate master of Shorin-Ryu Karate. Dr. Adam began training in Karate with Grandmaster Hausel 25 years ago when both were at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Adam periodically teaches karate classes at the Arizona Hombu School in Mesa, and has created a group of karate and kobudo katas (forms) for the martial arts style. Because of his dedication and creativity, he was selected for the Shorin-Ryu Karate Hall of Fame.
Karate Instructors (sensei), wife and husband, Paula and Bill Borea, were also selected for the 2015 Karate Hall of Fame. Both trained in New Jersey as well as in Japan prior to becoming karate students of Grandmaster Hausel. Sensei Paula Borea is a Japanese-American born in Japan, and is of samurai heritage and as considerable interest in traditional karate. Her karate skills are excellent. She is not only a 2nd degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate, but also is certified in Japanese flower arrangment and tea ceremony. Her husband, Sensei Bill Borea is a 3rd degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate and trained in Japan while station in the air force. Both Paula and Bill have provided extraordinary assistance with designing the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa and are both karate instructors at the martial arts school. Both have been training in karate, kobudo, self-defense adn samurai arts under Grandmaster Hausel for the past 8 to 9 years and are considered experts in karate.
|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.
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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.
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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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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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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.