Thursday, January 18, 2018

Breaking Rocks - Arizona Martial Arts Instructor, Geologist & Author Loves to Teach

Soke Hausel, Shorin-Ryu karate,
Gilbert, AZ

Gilbert Arizona geologist and author, Professor Hausel, has had his share of breaking rocks over the years, whether breaking them 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

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 left in outcrop is estimated to be the size of a smart car!

In-between mapping dozens of old mines, and a few hundred square miles 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. Once, a professional musician, artist and even an astronomer. He also earned awards for excellence in public speaking (presented more than 400 talks around North America).

But this is no ordinary geologist. He teaches his students to break rocks with their hands and has entertained at half-time at various basketball games breaking tiles and cinder blocks with his hands and even broke one large slab of rock with his head in front of a few thousand basketball fans at the University of Wyoming.

When not breaking rocks with a rock hammer, Soke
Hausel uses his hands to break rocks at the Arizona
Hombu dojo in Mesa
In addition to geology and writing, 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 his blessings to the grace of God.

Soke Hausel teaching students how to break rocks at the University
of Wyoming - about 2001

Demonstrating body hardening at a basketball
game halftime

One way to use your head, Hausel breaks Mexican
roof tiles in Las Cruces, New Mexico, about 1976

Think this is painful? Sensei Hausel
demonstrates body hardening (Juko Ryu
jujutsu) at halftime at the University
of Wyoming before a sellout crowd.

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

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.  

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.

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

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Dan Hausel began training in karate in 1964. His inspiration to sign up for karate resulted from the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan show in February 1964. After watching the Beatles, he focused on learning to play the guitar and like many teens at the time, played in a rock-n'-roll band after signing up for guitar lessons at the Progressive School of Music in SLC.

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. "Dai-Soke 
Sacharnoski is the best martial artist I've ever seen", says Dan Hausel, Soke
On February 9th 1964, Ed Sullivan introduced the Beatles on his variety show. This event changed people’s lives as they watched the program with their families on black and white TVs complete with the old vacuum tubes. For Dan Hausel, he also wanted to be a rock-n’-roll star! Next door to his Junior High School (Irving Junior in Sugarhouse of SLC) was the Black Eagle Federation karate dojo, which would play an important part of his life, thanks to rock n' roll.

Only a few teenagers at this time grew their hair into a Beatles's cut. Mind you, in 1964 crew cuts were the norm, those who had any hair to speak of were dabbing it with Brylcreme and no male had hair that touched their ears. Those with hair of any length were so greased that many a head could have been used to extract diamonds at any South African diamond mine. Brylcreme ads resonated on TV and AM radio "Brylcreme, a little dab will do you..." – it was an extremely conservative society that did not accept change easily.

Steve Paulos (left) and myself at a Rock
n' Roll concert (Salt Lake Tribune,
Sept. 5th, 1965)
In the summer of 1964, Soke Hausel and three other teens started a garage band. If you travel to Grand Junction, Colorado, you will see photographs of the band displayed on the wall at J.B. Hart Music Company. The band known as the Churchmen, included a keyboard player who now owns Hart Music.

The band became very popular, ended up as a warm up band at some concerts, made it on TV, on the radio, and even had its own personal fan club - made up entirely of a group of Japanese-American girls who followed them around to various concerts, taking photos, and keeping a photo scrapbook of the band. When it became popular due to the hippie culture, the band even took on a light show - Tokyo Joe's light show - ran by one Japanese-American. There were many Japanese-Americans in Utah, presumably because of the World War II internment camps located in Utah, southern Idaho and western Wyoming.

Long hair was a liability in 1964, so sometime in 1964 the band signed up for self-defense lessons at the Black Eagle Federation Dojo in Sugarhouse. Soke Hausel was a sophomore in high school at the time and the dojo was located far enough away from his home that he walked a 2.5 to 3 mile round trip to get there and back because of being under aged for driving. On the walk, he had to pass through a large park. In the evenings, the park often was a play ground for hoods and others looking for trouble. Periodically, he had the opportunity to apply what he had just learned in karate classes.

Our Rock n' Roll band - the
Churchmen outside of Terrace
Gardens (1966).
It was a tough dojo and a declaration by the band's drummer, George Allen, was descriptive: "It was the toughest workout I had ever experienced and I actually sweat blood". He insisted that skinny o' Hausel would not last a week in the dojo, but he didn't understand that Soke Hausel took challenges seriously. George only lasted about a week or two but Hausel became fascinated with martial arts, particularly after the introduction of the Green Hornet (starring Bruce Lee) on TV in 1966-67 and the later Kung Fu series (1972-1975) with David Caridine. Hausel remembers training at the dojo and hurrying home to see Kato (played by Bruce Lee) take out a bad guy in very tiny segments of the program. The show really stunk, but the few seconds Bruce Lee made his appearance made it all worth while.

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.

The 12th Knight Band, 1968. I'm
in the front
Part of the time, the demo was full force - after all , this was a kyokushin kai dojo and they had to maintain the focus of the style: full contact. Hausel survived and later repaid Becker for his demonstrations after he had to leave to dojo to take a job. When he returned, he was in poor shape, had been smoking, and his reflexes were not what they had been. During training, Hausel blocked a kick by Becker with his leg, leaving a large welt on Becker's shin.

Sensei Hausel standing on 2.4 billion
year old Sherman Granite east of
Laramie, Wyoming (about 1985)
But before this happened, Hausel remembers one night in particular. Sensei Becker decided he was going to get everyone in shape. They did dozens of squat kicks, duck walks, push ups, sit-ups, deep horse stances (kiba dachi), and a few hundred kicks until Hausel no longer had any strength in my legs. He was a teenager and had never done any formal exercise on his own up to that point, and unfortunately, had a long walk home from the dojo through Fairmont Park to his home on 27th South and 8th east. Periodically, he collapsed as his knees buckled. To stand, he had to pull himself up, lock his knees and walk with a awkward gait as his muscles would no support his weight. Later, he noticed the positive affects; he found strength in his legs that few others in his high school class could match in track and field.

Each week they had kumite training. In the 60s, no one cared much about safety and the only protective gear was a cup. No gloves, head gear, padding, nothing else, and all strikes were full contact to any part on the body. In a short time, they developed lightning fast reflexes as they fought everyone in the dojo without breaks at each kumite session. If they would have been properly trained in ki, probably someone would have been killed. But even this kind of negative training provided Hausel with experience and ideas on how better to train his own students later in life.

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.
After Hausel graduated from high school he headed to the University of Utah. While at the U, he trained with the U of U Karate Club under Sensei Osaka in Wado-Ryu karate. Sensei Osaka could not speak English, so it resulted in lots of hands on explanations. During one of the club's demonstrations another group presented a demo of Shotokan karate. Hausel was very impressed and decided to start training under Sensei Tutsumi in Bountiful Utah.

After graduating from the University of Utah in 1972 and 1974 in geology, he moved to Albuquerque to attend graduate school at the University of New Mexico. His advisor, Dr. Kudo, was a prankster and of Japanese descent. Following his first mid-term exam in Geology 101, he called on Hauel to assist in breaking the ice. He stashed another graduate student in the lecture hall who pretended to be upset by his grade. The student challenged Kudo to a fight to the death and called his body guard. His body guard, Rusty Riese, another graduate student and fellow martial artist walked out on the podium wearing a gi. Kudo accepted the challenge and exclaimed he had a martial arts expert of his own. This was Hausel's queue and he came running across the stage, leaping into a flying side kick (yoko tobi geri) directed at Rusty. They fought our way off the stage. Many of students probably tell stories about these skits.

Hausel doing another yoko tobi geri
(Flying side kick) with Eddie Begaye
defending, University of New Mexico
On a more serious note, Hausel was attacked by two thugs on the UNM campus right after teaching a karate class in the student union. He was already warmed up. As he walked out of the union, one of the thugs assumed a cat stance on his left, while the other moved to his right to try out-maneuver him. Hausel reports that alarms went off in his head – the one on the left was likely a martial artist and the other had a knife. The one to his left attacked first and threw a right hook, followed by a right kick, and then a left hook. Hausel easily blocked the right punch and kick. While in the process of throwing a left hook, Hausel hit him three times three tsuki directed to the temple, neck and upper lip. The attacker collapsed and Hausel turned to face the other. Frightened, he had no fight in him and wanted to go to the aid of his partner. This was unfortunate, as Hausel discovered he loved to fight and later had to do some serious soul searching to keep himself in check. He began to do a lot of meditating and joined a local Christian Church to finally calm his spirit. But the technique used back on the UNM campus worked so well, that later when he became the grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate, he incorporated the sandan tsuki into one of the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu kata (Meikyo kata).

JKI Yudansha. I'm in the white gi pants sitting in front,
2nd from the left (2004?)
After UNM, Hausel moved to southern New Mexico where he taught karate and worked as a geologist. One of his students was Tom Custer, who had a family with a long history of note. In Tom's lineage was another Tom with his brothers Boston and George Armstrong Custer. Hausel soon left New Mexico for Wyoming where he began research in geology at the Geological Survey on the University of Wyoming campus and started teaching karate, kobudo, jujutsu and self-defense classes at UW.
Over the years, Hausel taught hundreds of students at the University of New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming as well as classes in karate and jujutsu in the UW Department of Physical Education, Department of Kinesiology, and the School of Extended Studies. He also taught at private clubs and offered clinics for a number of groups around the state. Later he opened a dojo with Shihan Stahl, 5th dan, in Saratoga, Wyoming where several martial arts clinics were held and Stahl taught karate and tai ki classes. In 1990, Hausel affiliated with Juko Kai International and focused on Shorin-Ryu and Juko-Ryu martial arts. His personal sensei was (and still is) Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, 12th dan. Most people have no idea what a great honor it is to train directly under a grandmaster. Prior to Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, Hausel had only known of 3 or 4 other grandmasters in the world, and all were incredible martial artists.

At his first national JKI black belt clinic, Soke Sacharnoski tested him for godan (5th dan) and Shihan (master instructor). This test was done in front of 250 black belts from 1st dan to 10th dan – and Hausel was the only one allowed to test. So everyone watched. Following the test, he was promoted. Another black belt (Ron Smith) told him that his ki and focus were so incredible that Hausel actually shook the building with his punches. Another, a Nanadan (7th dan), told him it was the best display of Shotokan (Shorin-Ryu) karate he had ever seen. But according to Hausel, he was like a deer in headlights – he had never seen a grandmaster in person and never had the opportunity to approach anyone with such high rank as a 7th dan, two 9th dans and Grandmaster Sacharnoski. 
A day Hausel will never forget -
as Soke Shodai (grandmaster) of
Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo
Kai by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, 1999

JKI is a unique organization and has many of the top martial arts instructors in North America (as well as the world). Most who apply for membership in JKI are refused. We know of no other organization that requires its instructors to be of such high caliber and rejects so many applicants.

Hausel continued to attend all of the JKI clinics he could afford to. The limiting factor was his work that required him to conduct field work in the middle of nowhere. But in 1996, the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate Club was able to bring Dai-Soke to UW to teach a clinic.

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
To be a Soke, one must demonstrate a new legitimate style, or inherit a style from a Soke. Dai-Soke felt Hausel had demonstrated a new art and proved his ability. Thus in 1999, he was awarded certification as Soke Shodai of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai (TM) at the JKI Hombu in Murphy North Carolina and was promoted to kudan (9th dan).

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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