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Arizona Families Receive Black Belts in Karate & Kobudo!

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on October 26, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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.

Arizona Karate Instructor & Geoscientist Selected for International Awards

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on June 11, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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.


Best Martial Arts School in Mesa, Arizona

Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on January 18, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (1)

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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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