|Soke Hausel, Shorin-Ryu karate, |
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 gemstones, diamonds, or mapping mining districts in the search for valuable minerals.
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
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|
|One way to use your head, Hausel breaks Mexican |
roof tiles in Las Cruces, New Mexico, about 1976