|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 11, 2016 at 1:05 PM|
"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.