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Best of Mesa Award presented to Arizona School of Traditional Karate

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

July 23rd, 2013 – The Arizona School of Traditional Karate, home of Hall-of-Fame martial arts instructor, Soke Hausel, was selected for the 2013 Best of Mesa Award. The Arizona Hombu (world administrative headquarters) for Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai was also selected. Each year, the Mesa Award Program identifies companies that are believed to have achieved exceptional success in their community. These exceptional companies help make the Mesa area a great place to live, work and play. The 2013 Mesa Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Mesa Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Arizona School of Traditional Karate

The Arizona School of Traditional Karate was established in 2008 on the border of Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona and is operated by Grandmaster Hausel, 16 time Hall-of-Fame inductee and member of Juko Kai International and Seiyo Kai International. Soke Hausel previously operated martial arts programs at Golds Gym, ASU, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, and for 30+ years at the University of Wyoming.

Unlike many “Self-Proclaimed” grandmasters in the West, Soke Hausel was certified by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei in 1999. After working through the ranks in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo.Soke teaches his students traditional Okinawan martial arts including martial arts history, philosophy and some Japanese. Certified in two dozen martial arts gives him a unique perspective on the martial arts and in 2014, Soke Hausel will celebrate five decades of martial arts experience.

His greatest achievements are his students who are now scattered worldwide and include a very large percentage of PhDs, engineers, scientists, social scientists and teachers.

Arizona Martial Artists Awarded

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Phoenix, AZ, July 2nd, 2013: A group of traditional Shorin-Ryu martial artists from Arizona and Wyoming traveled to the Juko Kai National clinic in New Braunfels, Texas June 15th to train in an incredible art known as Combat Ki – a martial art of extreme body hardening that allows JKI martial artists to accept full-force strikes to vital parts of the body with little effect. The art, created by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski in 1960, is so advanced it has been featured on several programs in recent years including Stan Lee’s Superhumans, Sports Science, Discovery Channel and others.

While at the clinic, the group also trained in an Okinawan martial art known as Okinawan Kempo and Tode taught by Dai Soke Sacharnoski). At the close of the clinic, martial artists from around North America including those from Arizona and Wyoming tested for Menkyo Okuden (entrance to secrets), a combat martial art rank essentially equivalent to 1st dan black belt. Those from Gillette Wyoming who successfully passed the exam included Kyle Gewecke (4th dan), Chase Cassidy (1st dan), Brandon Brown (3rd kyu) and Nick Jarvis (4th kyu). The Arizona Martial Artists included Neal Adam (6th dan), Victoria Davis (1st dan), and Ryan Nemec (4th kyu).

Awards were also presented to two outstanding martial artists from Arizona. Ryan Nemec was awarded “Outstanding male martial arts student of the year”, an award presented by the JKI Hombu for students who have shown exceptional dedication in the martial arts.

Soke Hausel was awarded the title of ‘Meijin Wa Jutsu’ for lifelong contributions to martial arts as an instructor. Only a few martial artists have been presented this title which translates as “master of masters” or “martial arts genius”. In 2012, Soke Hausel of Mesa-Gilbert, Arizona was also awarded rank of junidan (12th dan) and became one of a handful of to be awarded this rank since the 18th century. Grandmaster Hausel began training in martial arts 49 years ago and taught at four major universities prior to opening the Arizona Hombu (world headquarters) in Mesa in 2006.

Mesa Martial Arts Instructor Awarded Who's Who

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Phoenix, AZ, May, 2013: Arizona martial arts instructor and Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, Soke Hausel, was notified by Fred Marks, Editor-in-Chief of Marquis Who’s Who of his inclusion in the forthcoming 68th Edition of Who’s Who in America 2014. Hausel was first selected as a Who’s Who honoree more than 25 years ago and has since appeared in many biographical compendiums celebrating his accomplishments and achievements as a martial arts instructor, scientist, writer, artist, public speaker, astronomer and musician.

The laureate martial arts instructor has also been inducted into 16 Halls of Fame since 1998. These include the World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall-of-Fame, Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honors, World Head of Society Hall of Fame, American Karate Association Hall of Fame, Latin America Martial Arts Society Worldwide Hall of Fame, North American Black Belt Hall of Fame, World Karate Union Hall of Fame, National Rock Hound & Lapidary Hall of Fame, Millennium Hall of Fame and others.

He began training in martial arts in the early 1960s. In 1999, he reached the highest level in martial arts when awarded certification as sokeshodai (grandmaster) and kudan (9th degree black belt) at the Juko Kai International hombu (world administrative headquarters). At that time, he was teaching karate, kobudo, jujutsu, samurai arts and self-defense the University of Wyoming while working as a research geologist.

Over three decades he discovered many mineral deposits (precious and base metals, colored gemstones and diamonds) and was awarded economic geology’s highest honor with six other geologists in 2009 – the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Thayer Lindsley Award for a major international mineral discovery. He authored nearly 1,000 books, papers, maps and abstracts on prospecting, geology and martial arts, mapped more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex geology, traveled around North America presenting more than 400 lectures on geology as a distinguished lecturer. But because of his research contract, he was unable to financially benefit from any of his mineral discoveries or books including one of the largest gold deposits ever to be found in North America (Donlin Creek, Alaska), a previously unrecognized gold district (Rattlesnake Hills district, Wyoming) and significant gemstone deposits.

In 2004, he received an unprecedented promotion to judan (10th degree black belt) making him one of a very few martial artists in the world to achieve that rank. In 2012, he received a one of a kind award: he was promoted to junidan (12th dan) and is only one of a handful of martial artists in history to be awarded that rank.

Grandmaster Hausel in currently head instructor of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate located on Baseline at the border of Mesa and Gilbert, and the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai. He is a former instructor of martial arts at Arizona State University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming and has taught martial arts to many teachers, professors, librarians, scientists, PhDs, engineers and social scientists.

ARIZONA KARATE STUDENTS LEARN USE OF ANCIENT FARMING TOOLS

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Kobudo, the ancient Okinawan martial art of farming and fishing tools for self-defense has been so effective, that many law enforcement agencies around the globe adopted many of these tools for their line of work. One notable tool was the tonfa, a side handle baton that replaced the common ‘Billy club’ for a few decades until the expandable baton was introduced. But even the expandable baton, known as a kibo and referred to as ASP, has a Japanese martial arts association. For instance, the hanbo, a 3-foot baton, is used in many styles of traditional jujutsu and ninjutsu and is even used in some styles of Shorin-Ryu Karate. Other similar tools include nitanbo and kobuton.

Other kobudo tools, or weapons, include an unusual fork-like weapon known as sai. The sai is a classical kobudo martial art weapon and one of the hardest to learn. Even so, members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa tested for certification with this weapon. To certify, the group was required to demonstrate four separate advanced kata (forms), bunkai (self-defense applications) and ippon kumite (sparing). Six martial artists from the martial arts school successfully passed exams and were awarded certification in this complicated weapon. The six included Adam Bialek, Sensei Bill Borea, Amanda Nemec, Ryan Nemec, Alexis Pillow and Sempai Patrick Scofield.

Utah martial artists train in Mesa, Arizona

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Arizona Hombu in Mesa, welcomed several yudansha (black belt rank) and sempai (senior brown belts) from the Utah Shorin-Kai located in Murray, Utah to train in advanced martial arts techniques and hanbo on May 3rd and May 4th. The group arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor from Salt Lake International airport on Friday morning and checked into their motel in Chandler near the Arizona martial arts training center on the border of Gilbert and Mesa near Baseline and MacDonald. On Friday evening, the group led by Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan, arrived at the martial arts facility and exchanged hugs, handshakes and greetings with members of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Soke Hausel, grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu.

Following greetings, the martial artists bowed in, warmed up, and began training with hanbo. The hanbo is a 3-foot bo (stick) often seen in the hands of ninja or jujutsuka training in the arts of ninjutsu, ninpo, and jujutsu. Soke Hausel was introduced to this unusual, but very practical art by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski and trained in Togakure-Ryu earning certifications through Hatsumi Masaaki, Soke. Weapons similar to the hanbo include tonfa, nitanbo and kioga. The kioga, also referred to as kibo, is a common tool of law enforcement that is referred to as ASP or expandable baton. The difference between the use of the hanbo and kioga is that the hanbo is always the same length, but many techniques are the same. The difference between training between law enforcement officials and martial artists is that law enforcement training is limited in the use of this tool. Martial artists never end training with the tool and use it to activate pressure points and train to use it with blocks, strikes, restraints and throws. Following two hours of training with the hanbo, the group retired until the next morning.

On Saturday morning, training began in advanced empty hand (karate) techniques. These included blocks, strikes, chokes, throws and restraints. The group trained for five hours before the clinic ended. At the end of the clinic, Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan and Renshi Todd Stoneking, 6th dan, presented gifts to Soke Hausel. Members of Arizona and Utah said their goodbyes and it was the consensus that time went by too fast. Soke Hausel will travel to Utah in the fall for the Utah gassuku (adverse training) at the East Canyon resort near Park City.

Professional photographs at the Hombu clinic were provided by NemecPhotos. We are very thankful and appreciated by the excellent quality of the photography at this year’s clinic.

Arizona Martial Artists Train in Kobudo

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Mesa, AZ, June 4, 2012: Martial artists from Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix & Tempe completed a year of training with Okinawa tonfa at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa. The Okinawa tonfa is thought to have originated as a farming implement likely from the wooden frame or handle of a millstone. It has been referred to as the ‘millstone handle’ for decades. The Arizona students trained in the tonfa every Thursday evening for a year before they were able to certify.

Many law enforcement agencies use (or have used) a baton modeled after the tonfa, but law enforcement only trains with one baton unlike martial artists & officers only receive cursory training, unlike Shorin-Ryu martial artists who train with it constantly. It is known as the side-handle baton in law enforcement, or PR-24.

After a year of training, a group of martial artists from the Phoenix valley were certified in Okinawa Tonfa by Grandmaster Soke Hausel, 10th dan. But as Soke Hausel stated, "This is only the beginning of your training in tonfa & kobudo in general. We have gone through the process of certifying in Okinawa tonfa; and after a year, this means we are now capable of learning more and we should all plan to continue training & learning about the tonfa for the rest of our lives". In the past few years, some students at the school have also in tonfa (), kuwa, and katana ().

To demonstrate their expertise, members had to perform basic blocks and strikes known as kihon (基本). They further had to test in three kata () (forms) and demonstrate understanding of the forms in a group of self-defense applications known as bunkai (分解). Such forms were created by Okinawan body guards & peasants centuries ago as living encyclopedias of self-defense applications.

Finally, the group tested using tonfa in kumite (組手) (sparring) against other martial artists armed with Okinawa bo () or kon (6-foot long staff or pole). During kumite, students (内弟子) (deshi) do not wear protective equipment other than safety glasses. The group showed expertise in the weapon and five were certified. Those receiving certifications in Okinawa Tonfa included Adam Bialek, Patrick Scofield, Sarah Kamenicky, William Borea and Ryan Harden. We congratulate them for a job well done!

Members of the Kobudo Class will continue training with tonfa. In the upcoming months, they will focus on one tonfa (as well as two tonfa) and use the weapon against attackers with clubs, knives and learn a variety of restraints and jujutsu throws with the weapon. In addition, the group started to focus on the Okinawa sai (). They will also learn the Okinawa Eku and Japanese naginata (薙刀) in the near future and continue training in the hanbo (半棒), katana and naginata on Wednesday evenings.

Classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate are set up so that students learn Shorin-Ryu Karate on Tuesday evenings, Samurai arts and self-defense on Wednesday evenings, and Kobudo arts on Thursday evenings.

 

Hall of Honors Inducts Arizona Grandmaster of Martial Arts

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

ARIZONA MARTIAL ARTIST inducted into the Academy of Awards of Martial Arts

Planet News (5/17/2012) reported:

Hall of Fame martial artist, geologist, author, public speaker, astronomer, prospector and artist, Grandmaster Hausel of Arizona, was inducted into Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honors 2012. Soke Hausel, a martial arts instructor of more than 4 decades, taught karate, kobudo, jujutsu & self-defense at four universities prior to opening a martial arts center at the border of Mesa with Gilbert and Chandler in the Phoenix valley. Soke is an instructor of Shorin-Ryu Karate, a martial art originally developed on Okinawa that teaches its members to respect oneself, each other, and works to develop powerful techniques. For centuries, it was the martial art of body guards for Okinawan royalty and peasants and was strictly guarded in secrecy, such that even the Japanese conquerors of Okinawa had no idea it existed until it was introduced to Japan in the early 1900s by Shorin-Ryu great, Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957). Remember Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san in the Karate Kid? Same karate!

 

Master Alan Goldberg, publisher of Action Martial Arts Magazine stated, “Congratulations, we take great pride and pleasure to inform you of your Induction as an Ambassador to the Martial Arts, into the Largest and one of the most Prestigious Martial Arts Halls of Honor in the World”.

 

Action Martial Arts Magazine touts their Hall of Honor to be the world’s largest gathering of martial arts superstars, film and combat celebrities and renowned masters in the world. The event has become known as the Academy of Awards of Martial Arts that is held at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Soke Hausel was recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts as a Grandmaster.

 

In karate, there is only one living Grandmaster in any particular martial arts style or system. Hausel is the grandmaster of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai, Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Renmei and Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Budo Bugei Renmei.

 

Hausel began training in martial arts in mid-1960s and 40 years later (in 2004), he was awarded the highest rank in Okinawan Karate: 10th degree black belt. Prior to this event, he reached his greatest achievement in martial arts when he was certified Soke Shodai (grandmaster) in 1999 and certified by two of the world’s greatest martial arts grandmasters.

 

At the turn of the century, he was inducted into the Millennium Hall of Fame as a polymath due to contributions to geological sciences, public speaking, writing and martial arts (he has also been active in art, astronomy and music). He is an author of nearly 1000 publications and 100 books and responsible for discovery of hundreds of gold and gemstone deposits.

In 2001, he was inducted into the National Rock Hound and Lapidary Hall of Fame. Since 1998, he has been inducted into 16 Halls of Fame around the world for martial arts and geology and has been awarded Instructor of the Year in 1998 and 2004, the International Instructor of the Year in 2001, and Grandmaster of the Year in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005 by various national and international martial arts associations.

 

Professor Hausel of Mesa, Arizona was inducted into Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors at the Tropicana Resort in New Jersey for Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts as a Grandmaster. Hausel taught martial arts at 4 universities before teaching at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate at 60 W. Baseline in Mesa.

Martial Arts Experts Travel to Arizona for Training

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

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April 12th, a group of senior martial artists from Murray, Utah traveled from Salt Lake City to Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to train at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Seiyo Kai martial arts facility in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona. The group from Utah included Kyoshi Watson, 8th degree black belt and Renshi Stoneking, 6th degree black belt of the Utah Shorin-Kai.

 

The group trained in advanced Okinawan Karate Kata (forms) that included many devastating self-defense applications against a variety of attacks. The group also trained with hanbo (law enforcement night stick, or 3-foot club) along with restraints and also in traditional Okinawan kenjutsu (samurai sword). The three day clinic was taught by Soke Hausel, 10th degree black belt and Hall of Fame martial artist from Arizona.

 

Soke Hausel recently trained librarians from Chandler, Arizona and faculty, staff and students from the University of Wyoming in self-defense.

Arizona Martial Arts Students Defend Against Attacks

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Patrick Scofield was promoted to gokyu (green belt) and Ryan Harden was promoted to sankyu (brown belt) at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona after demonstrating several kata (forms), kobudo (weapons), and self-defense against armed and unarmed attackers. The above photo shows Ryan Harden (right) training with Shihan Adam, 5th dan.

 

 

 

'Rock' BREAKING NEWS

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

BREAKING NEWS!  Or should we say, ROCK BREAKING NEWS in ARIZONA. Each spring, as it is traditional in Okinawa, Our students learn the art of tameshiwara (breaking rocks) along with a little geology!

When Soke Hausel started training in martial arts, most in the US were of the impression this was the primary function of karate and jujutsu -breaking things. In reality, it is a very, very minor part of karate and practiced to assist in development of self-confidence. Many US schools use rebreakable boards, but being that we are a traditional Okinawan martial arts school and Soke Hausel is also a geologist, there are plenty rocks willing to assist us. So, Soke heads out to the field to pick up a bag of rocks. This year, many came from the Salt River flood plain in Phoenix, while others came from the Gleeson Mining District east of Tombstone. The bag contains rocks of all different sizes.

So, for the past 40 years, Soke Hausel has taught this art to a few thousand students and all (exept one) have been able to break rocks after proper instruction.

 


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