|The 1996 JKI Clinic at the University of Wyoming. Dai-Soke Sacharnoski|
sits in center front. I'm standing in the back far to the left.
|Our Rock n' Roll band - the |
Churchmen outside of Terrace
Hausel trained under various Sensei at the Black Eagle Federation dojo. Its been more than 45 years, but he particularly remembers Sensei Becker, Sensei Rudi, Sensei Fox and the head instructor, Sensei Anguay. Soon, Hausel became the designated uke for Sensei John Becker. Sensei Becker would call him in front of the class – "hey Ringo", and then often level him with a punch or kick. Back in those days, martial artists trained with full power and full force and lawyers were almost unheard of.
|Sensei Hausel standing on 2.4 billion|
year old Sherman Granite east of
Laramie, Wyoming (about 1985)
One evening, the band's bass player was hit in the forehead by an adult wearing a ruby ring. Ruby is only second in hardness to that of diamond - so you can imagine the kind of imprint this made on Steve Paulos. For about a month, one could easily tell the type of cut and carat weight of the gemstone from the impression in Steve’s forehead. And yes, all students in the class were periodically knocked out. Hausel remembers karate ka talking about how great he had fought one evening, which puzzled him as he had no recollection of the match or even getting dressed to go home. He finally realized what had happened half way home when he came to his senses.
|Tim Smith, geophysicist to the left|
and Hausel doing a flying side kick at
the University of Utah, 1970.
|Hausel doing another yoko tobi geri|
(Flying side kick) with Eddie Begaye
defending, University of New Mexico
|JKI Yudansha. I'm in the white gi pants sitting in front, |
2nd from the left (2004?)
|A day Hausel will never forget - |
as Soke Shodai (grandmaster) of
Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo
Kai by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, 1999
His most memorable day in martial arts occurred a few years later in 1999. He had been promoted to hachidan (8th dan) in 1998 and at the time was personally invited to sit and talk alone with Dai-Soke Sacharnoski who suggested he should consider becoming Soke of his own style since he had already developed a hybrid style with his training in Kokushin Kai, Kempo, Wado-Ryu, Shotokan, Dai Yoshin-Ryu, Juko-Ryu, Nippon-Ryu, Shorin-Ryu and other arts and earned status of Kyoju (Professor of Budo), and was awarded JKI Samurai. He had also been awarded the top JKI instructor of the Year. But he never had dreamed of becoming a Soke.
|Soke Jim Moclair (Great Britain)|
and Soke Hausel (Wyoming) at JKI Hombu, 1999
In 2003, Hausel was able to bring his childhood hero to UW for a clinic. Tadashi Yamashita from Okinawa showed up to a packed training session at UW. Yamashita Sensei is an excellent Shorin-Ryu stylist as well as a Hollywood stunt man and movie star.
In the following year, 2004, Hausel was promoted to judan (10th dan) by Dai Soke Sacharnoski as well as by a few other international associations. He didn’t keep detailed records, but a few thousand students trained in Seiyo Shorin-Ryu under the direction of Soke Hausel. Many students from UW became engineers, university faculty, scientists, etc.
|Ron Smith and Soke Hausel at JKI clinic|
|Teaching students to use the hanbo, Soke Hausel has received induction awards from 16 different Halls of Fame for teaching methods|
|2003 Tadashi Yamashita clinic at the University of Wyoming. |
Yamashita Sensei sits in center, I sit six to the left in the black gi jacket,
my son Eric Hausel sits ten to the left, my daughter Jessica is standing in the
back (third from the right).
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