|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on January 1, 2015 at 11:10 AM|
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.