Thursday, January 18, 2018

Geologist breaks rocks with rock hammer, hands and 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, Professor Hausel, has had his share of breaking rocks over the years, whether breaking 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, 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.

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.

Hausel breaking rocks in
Laramie in about 1978
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

Using his head, Hausel breaks Mexican roof tiles in Las Cruces,
New Mexico, about 1976

Halftime body hardening demonstration. OUCH!