Thursday, January 18, 2018

Geologist breaks rocks with hands and even uses his head!

Geologist Dan Hausel (Soke), readies to go underground
in an Arizona Mine. Hausel is more than just a rock
Gilbert Arizona geologist and author, Soke Hausel has had his share of breaking rocks over the years, whether breaking rocks with his bare hands, or with a rock hammer in the search of gold, colored gemstonesdiamonds, or mapping mining districts in the search for valuable minerals. His work led a group of seven geologists (including Hausel) to find one of the ten largest gold deposits in history, while searching for gold in Alaska. This resulted in his being awarded Canada's Thayer Lindsey's Award with the other six geologists.

While exploring parts of the western US, he discovered dozens of gemstone deposits including ruby, sapphire, peridot, diamond, garnet, diopside, opal and other minerals including the largest known iolites in the world and possibly the largest iolite deposit in the world. One iolite  gem that was left in outcrop is estimated to be the size of a smart car!

In-between mapping dozens of old mines, more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex geological terrain, he wrote more than 1,000 books, professional papers, magazine articles, blogs, and abstracts along with publishing many geological maps. Being an author takes consider amounts of his time. And because of all of this work, this leaves him no time  to do anything else - well, maybe NOT.

He was once a professional musician and an astronomer. He also earned awards for excellence in public speaking (presented more than 400 talks around North America).

When not breaking rocks with a rock hammer, Soke
Hausel uses his hands to break rocks at the Arizona
Hombu dojo in Mesa
BUT, he also loves martial arts, and finds time to train in several martial arts several times a week. While working out the out-back in places like Alaska and Australia, he always found time to train in martial arts. And like his other polymath interests, he reached levels in martial arts few achieve: nearly two dozen Halls-of-Fame inductions, member of Who's Who in Martial Arts, earning black belt ranks in a half-dozen martial arts, presented one of the highest honors for any martial artist - "Martial Arts genius", and then there is certifications as grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo as well as the highest rank attainable in most systems of traditional martial arts. But he insists, he is not a fighter, but instead, he sees himself as a martial arts teacher who taught martial arts in the past at Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, and for more than 3 decades at the University of Wyoming"Fighting is not an important part of traditional martial arts - instead, human development is the most important aspect". Even though he accomplished a lot in his life, he attributes all he learned to the grace of God.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Great Teaching Requires Extraordinary Teachers

Grandmaster Hausel at the Arizona Hombu Dojo Karate and Kobudo School, Gilbert, Arizona. Hausel demonstrates a
 common kobudo weapon known as tekko derived from horseshoes and stirrups. 
October, 2017. Former professor of martial arts (kyoju no budo), Dan Hausel, Soke, taught taught karate, kobudo (Okinawan weapons), self-defense, samurai arts, and jujutsu for 3 decades at the University of Wyoming, prior to packing up and moving to Gilbert, Arizona with his wife Sharon, in 2006. While at the University of Wyoming, he not only taught martial arts, but also wrote many professional papers, magazine articles, books and walked large sections of the state in search of colored gemstones, diamonds, gold and other minerals, mapped nearly 1,000 km2 of geology, and explored other parts of North America for gold, colored gemstones, and diamonds as a consultant and as a VP of some mining companies. In Alaska, he and 6 other geologists discovered one of the largest gold deposits ever found in human history deposit with much more gold than the famous Homestake mine. He didn’t get a speck of gold for the discovery at Donlin Creek Alaska, just a consulting fee and his name carved on a stone plaque. Other discoveries made by the martial artist-geologist-author included the finding of the largest iolite gemstones on earth (some the size of Smart cars) as well as discovering diamond deposits, rubies, sapphires, peridot, garnet, opal and many gold deposits.

He is currently working on a book about Arizona’s gold deposits that is expected to be released in 2018. The skills and methods he uses to prospect, he applies to martial arts, writing, and sketching

martial artist, prepares to go underground at the 
Resolution copper mine, Superior, Arizona.
When searching for gold deposits, he exams all aspects of the rocks and mineralization.  For martial arts, he also examines all aspects of creating the greatest amount of thrust in his blocks and strikes and studies the karate kata (forms) in detail to search for the many, hidden applications known as bunkai. To him, kata (the forms of karate and kobudo) are like gold mines filled with treasure. The treasure in kata are known as bunkai (practical applications hidden in the forms). In days of old, Okinawan karate masters created karate kata (forms) with all of their favorite techniques and used kata as a living guide to self-defense.

Hausel is a grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo certified by Juko Kai International, Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei and other organizations who attest to his expertise as a great martial arts teacher. Over the years, Hausel found hidden treasures in karate forms that he teaches to his students. Katas contain devastating self-defense techniques developed by karate masters on the small island nation of Okinawa hundreds of years ago, before it became part of Japan. The karate masters taught living forms to their students, and the forms were separated into individual self-defense techniques containing hints of hidden secrets. Many techniques were proven in back alleys of Shuri and Naha, Okinawa. Even though most Okinawan martial artists could not read, they had living forms of self-defense. And over time, just like many old gold mines, the original prospectors and martial arts masters forgot where the gold was hidden.

Typically, there are a few dozen or more pragmatic self-defense techniques in each kata that employ escapes, chokes, pressure point strikes, kicks, punches, restraints, joint manipulations, throws, and even weapon applications known as kobudo - the applications are endless. This is the treasure Hausel searches for.

Inducted into a 16th Hall of Fame, Who's Who in Martial Arts awarded
Soke Hausel at their convention in Washington
 DC in 2017.
While at UW, Hausel taught martial arts in the departments of Physical Education, Kinesiology, Extended Studies and Club Sports. Over the years, he won fame as a martial arts instructor and was inducted into an unprecedented 16 halls-of-fame. This year alone, he has been inducted into Who’s Who in Martial Arts and selected for the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hausel loves to teach martial arts. He has expertise in many martial arts and has several black belt certificates - the most notable is junidan in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. Junidan translates as 12th degree black belt, the highest rank in Shorin-Ryu Karate. Jigoro Kano (1860-1938), the father of Judo, established a modern ranking system for Japanese martial arts with 12th dan as the highest, and only a few individuals have ever achieved this rank since Kano. National and international awards attest to his teaching skills and include “Instructor of the Year”, “International Instructor of the Year”, “Grandmaster Instructor of the Year”, and “Education Award”

Grandmaster Hausel - best martial arts
teacher in Phoenix.
Today, you will find Grandmaster Hausel teaching adults and families at his school (Arizona Hombu Dojo) at 60 W. Baseline Road on the Gilbert-Mesa border, where he teaches traditional karate, kobudo (peasant weapons), self-defense, and many samurai arts. He focuses on adults because of his background of teaching adults at four universities in the past. His students from Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Phoenix include professors, clergy, doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, social scientists, school teachers, soldiers, accountants, pilots, secretaries, etc., who range from 10 to 85 years old.

Hausel is not only a martial arts teacher, geologist, writer, and public speaker, he is also an artist, and worked as a professional musician and astronomer. For people of the East Valley of Phoenix located in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Apache Junction, Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale who are interested in learning traditional martial arts and self-defense, you will want to sign up for classes at the Arizona Hombu dojo. Classes are 98% adult and may vary from 30% to 60% female and classes are limited in size, unlike when he was at the University of Wyoming and his beginning karate classes would fill to 110, making them some of the more popular on campus.  

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dan Hausel, Soke, World Head of Seiyo no Shorin-
Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai at the Arizona Hombu Dojo
Mesa, Arizona.
It was just last year (2016) that Dan Hausel, Soke (grandmaster) of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, Seiyo-Kai, was selected as one of the Most Influential Scientists and selected for Who's Who in Science and Engineering. A geologist, writer, martial arts teacher, public speaker and former Astronomer and professional Musician, Hausel was selected for the Albert Nelson Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions as a polymath and was also inducted into the AWAA Who's Who in the Martial Arts Hall-of-Fame at the induction ceremony in Washington DC in August, 2017. So far in 2017, Hausel has also been awarded at the Best Martial Arts Instructor in Phoenix.

Hall of Fame geologist, Hausel has found many
mineral deposits
Author Dan Hausel, has published nearly a thousand papers,
books, abstracts and maps

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Arizona Karate Instructor Nominated for Top Scientist

It's not everyday a Hall-of-Fame Grandmaster and instructor of Karate and Kobudo is considered as a Top Scientist. That's right, it just never happens! Well, almost never. But, why a top scientist? Is karate now a science?

Soke Hausel, an Arizona martial arts instructor, is also a Hall-of-Fame geologist as well as a Hall-of-Fame Martial Arts Instructor. Combining these skills helps him select rocks for his students. No, he doesn't try to convert them to rockhounds, instead he teaches them a little about the toughness of various rocks so they can break them with their hands (and sometimes with their heads). For instance, a friable sandstone is the easiest to break (but will leave grains of sand stuck in your head or hand) and along with this type of sandstone, there are shales that are relatively easy to break - but he tells his students to avoid shale simply because it often breaks with a conchoidal fracture similar to glass and potentially can severely cut the student. But if you are from certain parts of Canada or Colorado, you may be stuck with oil shale. It smells, but what the heck!

Soke Hausel teaches students at the University of Wyoming
the proper way to break rocks. Here, they are learning about
limestone. If you try this without proper instruction and 

training, you will break your hand.
Then there are other rocks. Soke Hausel likes to break limestone, recrystallized or lithified sandstone, dolomite or quartzite as these provide excellent resistance. Limestone is basically mother nature's concrete. But in the Phoenix Valley in Arizona, such rocks are not easy to come by because of all of the past volcanism. The valley is filled with rocks like rhyolite, andesite and basalt. Some of these are very, very hard. For instance, rhyolite is the fine-grained equivalent of granite - and we all know how hard granite is.

After working at the Wyoming Geological Survey and the University of Wyoming as a research geologist, consulting geologist and martial arts instructor, Soke Hausel got to know a lot of difficult rocks. For instance, he mapped more than 1,000 km2 of complex Precambrian terrain covered with metamorphic rocks: metamorphic rocks, like volcanic or igneous rocks, are very, very uncooperative. He doesn't recommend schist or gneiss as they have a fabric, much like plywood that will tend to resist breaking. And Wyoming - the Jade State, of course has some jade deposits - don't even consider jade - it is one tough gemstone.

Governor Mike Sullivan congratulates Soke Hausel
Soke Hausel is also an author and wrote many books and papers on geology and rocks. So, if you want more information, have a look at some of his books. And if you decide to try breaking rocks with your hands or head - remember, you should have professional training first - by someone who has done this before, otherwise you will break your hand - rocks do not cooperate like boards.

Finally, back to the Top Scientists. In a letter from Nicholas Law, Director General with the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England to Soke Hausel, he writes: "You are to be congratulated. As a noted and eminent professional in the field of science you have now been considered and nominated for recognition by the IBC. Of the many thousands of biographies from a wide variety of sources investigated by the research and editorial departments of IBC, a select few are those of individuals who, in our belief, have made a significant enough contributions in their field to engender influence on a local national or international basis. Ratification of your nomination by the Awards board is now complete and it is therefore my great honour to name you as a member of the IBC Top 100 Scientists - 2016. As a holder of this distinction ....."

So what makes Soke Hausel unique as a scientist - all of the gemstone, gold, mineral and rock discoveries. These can only be matched by a handful of people in history. But will he accept this award? Probably not. "It is always nice to be recognize for my work, but I don't need awards anymore - I have plenty buried in my closet".  "When I left the University of Wyoming, I also dumped a bunch of them on a shelf, as there were too many to transport to Arizona".

One of the greatest achievements - discovery of a
giant, world-class gold deposit

Soke Hausel inducted into two Halls of Fame at the same time - one for geology, the other for martial arts.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Valley University Professor Receives Martial Arts Promotion

Dr. Neal Adam promoted to shichidan (7th degree black belt) 
by Soke Hausel. Few martial arts sensei are as
creative and dedicated as Kyoshi Adam. We all have a great
time training with him at the Arizona Hombu.
On Thursday, May 26th, 2016, Dr. Neal Adam of Phoenix, Arizona was promoted to one of the highest ranking members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai after demonstrating karate (empty hand) and kobudo (ancient traditional Okinawa weapons) along with developing new bunkai (pragmatic applications) for kata. Dr. Adam was promoted to 7th dan (7th degree black belt) and awarded the honorary title of KyoshiIt is extremely rare for anyone to achieve such a high rank in a traditional martial art. It is estimated that less than 1% of martial artists ever reach such a high level of expertise. In Seiyo Shorin-Ryu it is even more uncommon as less than 0.1% of members have ever been promoted to such a high rank of expertise

Possibly more significant is that only two people: Andy Finley from Casper, Wyoming and Neal Adam from Phoenix, Arizona remain in the running to receive certification for Menkyo Kaiden - a license of total understanding of the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo martial art

Old photo of Dr. Adam at the University of Wyoming. Kneeling on the left. Photo taken about 1990.
Few people are as ethical as Dr. Adam and he is a very important representative of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai. His integrity exudes in martial arts, his daily life, his religion and in his profession as a professor at Grand Canyon University. Soke Hausel, the grandmaster of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai expressed his admiration for Dr. Adam, "I feel lucky to have him as a long time student of mine. He first joined my organization at the University of Wyoming more than 25 years ago while working on a post doc in the UW Agricultural Department.

Dr. Adam (far right) at the Arizona Hombu dojo, Mesa Arizona

Ok, is he from Hooker, OK, or did he decide to take
up a new profession?

Dr. Adam demonstrates a kata for professors he created and demonstrated at the dojo
The kata is known as the Nerd Kata.

Dr. Adam training in Kobudo at the Arizona
Hombu dojo

Kobudo (Okinawan martial art) at the Arizona Hombu

Dr. Adam entertains members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo with his interpretation
of Nebraskan kobudo 

Karate training at the Hombu dojo, Gilbert, Arizona. Kyoshi Adam with
Sensei Bill Borea

Hands up!

Okinawan kobudo is about applying martial arts techniques
to tools - Here, Dr. Adam demonstrates the use of a modern
hoe, known as kuwa in the Okinawan language.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Geologist breaks rocks with bare hands

Golden anniversary
Soke Hausel presented a very unusual award in 2015 
from all of his students recognizing his
  Golden Anniversary in martial arts

Hall-of-Fame Karate Instructor, & Who's Who in Martial Arts inductee  Soke Hausel of Gilbert, Arizona was recently selected by Marquis Who's Who for induction into these compendiums for his accomplishments in karate, kobudo, martial arts, geology, writing and public speaking. Soke Hausel was a karate instructor at the University of Wyoming for 30 years. 

While at the University of Wyoming, Grandmaster Hausel was inducted
into two Halls-of-Fames for martial arts and geology.

Mr. Fred Marks, Editor-in-Chief of Marquis Who's Who in the World and Editor-in-Chief of Marquis Who's Who in Science & Engineering contacted Soke Hausel of Gilbert and Mesa Arizona to nominate the notable geologist and martial arts instructor for inclusion into these two prestigious compendiums. It is rare that a polymath is selected for recognition in more than one profession, but not all that rare for this Arizona resident.

Soke Hausel is a notable Arizona martial artist teaching Arizona martial arts classes in an Arizona martial arts school. Prior to moving to Arizona, he taught martial arts at the University of Wyoming for 3 decades and created one of the better university-affiliated martial arts programs in North America.

For example, in 2001, Soke (grandmaster) Hausel was inducted into the North American Black Belt Hall-of-Fame and presented the International Instructor of the Year award and was also inducted into the Rockhound Hall-of-Fame and presented the Education Award in the same year.

Soke Hausel of Gilbert Arizona is a writer and a geologist who found many gold and gemstone deposits and is a Hall-of-Fame martial artist who reached the highest level in martial arts. He operates a martial arts center in Mesa, Arizona and periodically consults in geology. The geologist-martial artist contributed to more than 1000 books, professional papers, general interest articles, abstracts, geological maps and information blogs over the past four decades. Because of life-long contributions, Marquis Who's Who nominates him for induction into the 33rd Edition of Who's Who in the World (2016). 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gilbert Arizona Karate Instructor celebrates 50 years.

Grandmaster Hausel poses in Gilbert, Arizona
Fifty years ago, a young, long-haired rock n' roll musician walked into the Black Eagle Federation dojo in Salt Lake City, to sign up for karate lessons at the local martial arts school. This was in 1964 and this teenager had enough harassment by both adults and other teenagers. Many threatened to cut his hair, reform him, and beat him up. So, it was pay back time.

Soke Hausel, an Arizona Martial Arts instructor and grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo started training in Kyokushin Kai Karate in Sugar house and found it may have been easier getting beat up on the street rather than in the dojo (martial arts school). The training was tough and each class included full-contact kumite (sparring) without pads, head-gear, foot-pads or gloves. We had a cup, feet, hands and hard heads, but that was it for protection.

Every week someone was a knocked out, received a broken nose, finger, stubbed toe. Soke Hausel indicates that the training was valuable except for one problem. It was obvious it was not a devastating-type of karate he was looking for. After all, no one ended up in the hospital, so something was not quite right in this training, and we never held back on any block, punch or kick. Later, I was introduced to Wado-Ryu Karate, Kempo Karate, Goju-Ryu Karate, Shotokan Karate and Shorin-Ryu Karate. Grandmaster Hausel took a liking to Shorin-Ryu karate as it was not like the others. It was 'traditional karate' and taught people how to actually defend against most kinds of attacks with maximum power and focus. All of the other types of karate were known as sport karate and were more about winning trophies than defending oneself.

In 1977, Soke Hausel accepted a job as a research geologist at the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming. In addition to conducting research on rocks, he began to teach people to break rocks in classes in the School of Extended Studies, the Department of Physical Education, Department of Kinesiology, Club Sports, and also taught many dozens of clinics in self-defense, women's self-defense, martial arts history and more. 

"I was very lucky in my martial arts education. I had some good instructors early on, and then in 1992, I hooked up with the greatest martial artist on the planet, and likely the greatest martial artist of 21st century, Dai-Soke Sacharnoski. This made all of the difference - after Dai Soke became my instructor, I really improved dramatically in my abilities. Anyone looking to learn martial arts needs to keep this in mind. Find a first class instructor!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Martial Arts Instructors - Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Arizona

The Phoenix valley has many martial arts instructors, some are good, and a few are more reminiscent of Cobra Kai in the Karate Kid. The 'arts' include Traditional Martial Arts and Sport. MMA is not a martial art, but employs some techniques from martial arts and lack philosophy, traditions, and esoteric value necessary to be considered an art. MMA is more of a pseudomorph of a martial art.

Traditional martial arts have been around for centuries and most were created in the East. The martial arts from Okinawa have been considered the foremost martial arts used by many military regimes and law enforcement agencies due to its effectiveness and evolved from Chinese Gung Fu to fit the personalities of the Okinawan people. Traditionally, the forms of Karate and Tode from Okinawa are blended with Kobudo (weapons).

When searching for a martial arts school and instructor in the Phoenix Valley, it is recommended to search for a true traditional martial art - such as Shorin-Ryu, Shotokan, Goju Ryu, Okinawan Kempo, Shito Ryu, Naha Te, Shuri Te, Wado-Ryu, etc. To be sure you are getting into the right system, there are some things that you can check about the instructor and school.

Are they affiliated with a Soke (grandmaster)?
Does the school hand out diplomas in Japanese?
Is the school affiliated with a major martial arts association with ties to Okinawa, Japan?
Has the instructor been teaching for a few years or a few decades?
What kind of national and international awards does the instructor have?
Is he or she an inductee in a Hall of Fame?
Does he or she have another profession? This may sound odd, but traditional martial arts instructors rarely live off of martial arts.
Talk to as many students of the school and instructor as possible and find out specifics on the instructor?

Sensei Harden (1st dan) provides direction to one of our family members at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate
in Mesa. Generally, we do not teach children with the exception of those who attend classes and train with their mother,
father or grandparent, and prove they can focus on karate for at least an hour. Here, Sensei Ryan Harden
 works with one of our Japanese-American students, while adults in the background train with Sensei Scofield.

Two of our senior seniors. Sensei  Bill Borea and Sensei Paula Borea, both grandparents and both
2nd dan instructors in Shorin-Ryu Karate. Sensei Paula is Japanese-American and of Samurai lineage

Monday, November 19, 2012

Arizona School of Traditional Karate presented International Web Award and Best of Mesa Awards

In the past year or so, the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (Arizona Hombu) and the our parent organization, Seiyo Kai International, were presented several awards. We received several web awards including the Web Award for Martial Arts. We thank for recognizing our hard work in promoting history, education, philosophy and pragmatic application of traditional Okinawan martial arts. We were also presented other awards that included the Best of Mesa Award in 2013 for our Variety of Martial Arts Activities and Education. We also received the the Best of Mesa Award 2013 for Special Interests Schools & Instruction.

It doesn't just end there. Our martial arts clubs and association have been awarded dozens of national and international awards since the 1970s. This year alone, one of our students, Ryan Nemec was presented Outstanding Male Martial Arts Student of the Year at the Juko Kai International Clinic in New Braunfels, Texas.

Our Grandmaster, Soke Hausel was inducted into Who's Who in America 2013, and 2014 and also Who's Who in the World for those same years.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Arizona Martial Arts Instructors

Who said I couldn't use my head - Las Cruces, NM, 1976
1985 photo of Soke Hausel on the 1.4 billion year old Sherman Granite in the Laramie Mountains of Wyoming.

Check out our class Schedule for updates on classes at the Arizona Hombu, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Arizona

A teacher of teachers. Soke Hausel shows pressure point attacks to university students while
teaching traditional jujutsu at the University of Wyoming. Soke has been teaching training in
the martial arts for more 50 years and has earned Soke ranks and Shihan ranks in several
martial arts (University of Wyoming photo). Soke is assisted by Sensei Jason Gies.

  • Classes in traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate Kihon & Kata. This is followed by Advanced Shorin-Ryu Kata & Bunkai. Katas are special forms developed by Okinawan masters of the past to assist in training in karate. Bunkai are the applications of the various techniques hidden in the forms (kata).

  • Self-defense training. Learn to defend against punches, kicks, multiple attackers, guns, knives, rifles. This class is excellent for both women and men.  The Self-defense class is followed by Samurai arts class where one can learn the weapons of the samurai, such as the samurai sword, naginata (pole arm), yari (spear), hanbo (half-staff), bo (full staff), jujutsu, and hojojutsu

  • Shorin-Ryu Kobudo & Bunkai (applications). Kobudo is a unique martial art that is blended with Shorin-Ryu Karate. After bladed weapons were outlawed on Okinawa in the 15th century, the peasants began to train with their tools of trade as self-defense weapons.  Farmers used their tools, fishermen used their specific tools. We have continued this tradition by teaching the use of the Okinawan weapons, but have also added more modern tools such as car keys, belts, hammers, rakes, rock hammers, axes, etc.  This is followed by advanced kobudo training.

  • Special Clinics (see our Calendar or Newsletter)