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Horsing Around in the Arizona Sun

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (86)

Horse Around? Yes! That is exactly right!


Each year, the Arizona Hombu Karate Dojo in Mesa Arizona hosts an annual Arizona-Utah martial arts clinic in" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. Shorin-Ryu is one of the original forms of karate developed on Okinawa that in the past was also known as Okinawa Te, Shuri Te, and Tode. The Chinese writing used in Shorin-Ryu is significant as it translates as Pine Forest Style in Japanese, and Shaolin-Style in Chinese, indicating there is tie between Shorin-Ryu karate and Shaolin Kung Fu (Wushu). Karate was developed from Kung Fu and used by royal body guards for Okinawan royalty. Kobudo (ancient martial arts weapons) was developed by both Okinawan body guards and Okinawan peasants and uses farming, fishing and merchant tools for weapons of self-defense.


At the 2018 clinic in Arizona, Soke Hausel, world head of" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai, began the clinic on Friday evening (April 20th) by teaching Okinawan horse sense.




Borrowing horseshoes from the local communities of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Phoenix, the martial artists trained with tekko for self-defense. Tekko is more or less, horseshoes, stirrups, or brass knuckles that are often referred to as Okinawan knuckle dusters. These were developed by Okinawan martial artists for self-defense. Clinic attendees trained with tekko against attackers armed with knives; then trained in the kata (form) - Maezato no tekko.


On Saturday, attendees switched from peasants to penchin (Okinawan samurai) and trained in Sojutsu using the Okinawan spear known as yari. The members learned a long, complex kata that teaches many blocks and strikes with spear.


Following training with spear, the group trained in hanbojutsu - a short stick about 3 feet long, used for striking, blocking, throws and chokes. This was following by training with Okinawan nunchaku for self-defense against knives.


The clinic ended Saturday afternoon with many tired martial artists, Some boarded flights at Phoenix sky harbor and traveled to Utah, others to California, and the Arizona members rested on Sunday looking forward for classes to resume on Tuesday.


Geologist Breaks Rocks for Hall of Fame

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hall-of-Fame Martial Arts Instructor and Hall-of-Fame Geologist from Gilbert, Arizona, Soke Hausel, was inducted into the 2017 Who's Who in Martial Arts and Who's Who in Martial Arts Hall of Fame on August 4th. 

Grandmaster Hausel is also a member of other martial arts Halls-of-Fame including the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame, the World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame, and others, and is also a member of some Halls-of-Fame for geological discoveries and education including the Lapidary and Rock Hound Hall of Fame, the Millenum Hall of Fame, and he is also a member of several other Who's Who including Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Science.

Phoenix Valley Karate Instructor & Geologist Selected for Awards

Posted on June 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

So far, 2017 has been an amazing year for one valley martial arts instructor and geologist ( Grandmaster W.D. Hausel of Gilbert has been selected for awards that acknowledge his lifelong dedication to martial arts, geology and writing. Along with General Colin Powell, Hausel has been selected for the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award. Along with Grandmaster Jhoon Goo Rhee, Grandmaster Hausel was selected for induction in Who’s Who in Martial Arts.

Earlier, Hausel was notified of selection to Great Men & Women of Science and for the Cambridge Certificate for Outstanding Scientific Achievement. In the past week, he was notified of his selection for Best Martial Arts Teachers in Phoenix award for expertise. Grandmaster Hausel has been training in martial arts for more than 50 years and taught martial arts for more than 3 decades at the University of Wyoming prior to moving to the valley and first teaching at ASU before opening the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa. He has also been a geologist for 45 years and made many significant gemstone, gold and diamond discoveries as well as publishing hundreds of books, papers and abstracts mostly on the geological sciences.

Arizona Karate Instructor Nominated for International Awards

Posted on May 27, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Arizona Karate Instructor Nominated for Two International Awards

May 28, 2017   Business News

Arizona Karate Instructor - Dan Hausel, Soke - has been selected for the 'Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award' and the 'Cambridge Certificate for Outstanding Scientific Achievement' by Marquis Who's Who, Princeton, N.J., and the International Biographical Institute, Cambridge, England. These are considered very unusual awards for any karate instructor.

But, Grandmaster (Soke) Dan Hausel, who operates a martial arts school for adults in Mesa Arizona is a polymath - a person who reached the highest level of achievement in more than one discipline. While at the University of Wyoming and working for the Wyoming Geological Survey, he was twice inducted in Halls-of-Fame for contributions to martial arts and geological sciences in the same year. He is now a member of more than a dozen Halls of Fame for both martial arts and geology.

As a martial artist, he reached the highest level in traditional karate when in 1999, he was certified as grandmaster of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai (TM) while at the University of Wyoming. Soke Hausel has been a martial artist for more than 5 decades and continues to teach in Mesa, Arizona. In recent years, he was awarded 'Martial Arts Genius' by Juko Kai International which recognized his vast array of martial arts achievements over the past 50 years.

As a geologist, he authored hundreds of papers and books on geology and mineral deposits, identified hundreds of gold, diamond and gemstone deposits and anomalies. In 2009, he and six of his colleagues were recognized for discovery of one of the largest gold deposits on earth at Donlin Creek, Alaska in 1988 and presented the highest award for an economic geologist - the Thayer Lindsey Award.


His contributions are summarized at a number of wiki sites including everipedia. Along with geology and martial arts, Hausel is also an artist, writer, public speaker, and worked in the past as a professional musician and professional astronomer. He has been awarded black belt ranks in several martial arts and more than a decade ago, was awarded Kyoju no Budo (professor of martial arts) after achieving high-level black belt ranks in a half-dozen martial arts and teaching karate, kobudo, jujutsu, samurai arts and self-defense at the University of Wyoming. Previously, he had taught karate at the University of New Mexico and University of Utah. Soke Hausel indicates he could not have accomplished anything without the blessings of God, and owes everything to the Creator.

Arizona Traditional Karate Demonstration Scheduled

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo have been invited to present a traditional Okinawan martial arts demonstration to assist in raising money for Pediatric Autoimmune Neurological Disorders at the HUMI event in Carefree, Arizona on March 12th, 2016.


The demonstration will be led by Black Belt Hall-of-Fame inductee Soke (Grandmaster) Hausel and members of the Arizona Hombu Dojo, Chandler, Gilbert & Mesa Arizona. Soke Hausel is a former professor of martial arts at the University of Wyoming, where he taught a variety of martial arts for 3 decades and has more a martial artist for more than 5 decades. He is a member of several Halls-of-Fame for martial arts, education and geological sciences. Soke Hausel is the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai and an active member of Juko Kai International.


Accompanying Soke Hausel will be Dr. Neal Adam (6th dan) (a professor at Grand Canyon University), Sensei Bill Borea (3rd dan) (retired air force pilot), Paula Borea (2nd dan) (a Japanese American of Samurai Heritage), Patrick Scofield (2nd dan) (an engineer), Ryan Harden (2nd dan), as well as student members Dennis Ingram, Suzette Denvir, John Denvir, Rihanna Denvir and Amira Rodriguez.

The 25 minute demonstration will include Japanese samurai sword and halberd (naginata), Okinawan kobudo (peasant weapons), Okinawan karate and Okinawan Shitai Kori (body hardening). While at the University of Wyoming, Soke Hausel and his students presented many very popular karate demonstrations at UW’s men’s and women’s basketball games.


Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa Karate Instructor Awarded Professor of Martial Arts & Science

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Few in history have been selected as a PROFESSOR OF MARTIAL ARTS and also a PROFESSOR OF SCIENCE. But over-achiever and polymath" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dan Hausel of Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona has been selected for both honors due to his numerous contributions and expertise in both Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo and also in the Geological Sciences

Grandmaster Hausel of traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo has been teaching martial arts for more than 4 decades and training in the martial arts for more than decades. As a geoscientist, Professor Hausel has explored and found many diamond, gemstone and gold deposits over the past four decades including some world-class deposits.


Grandmaster Hausel received legitimate certifications and papers as the grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate (Seiyo-Kai) in 1999 at the Juko Kai International Hombu dojo. His certification as Grandmaster was presented from Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, 12th dan and yudansha certification was authorized by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski of the US and by Soke Shian Toma (10th dan) of Okinawa. Additional certifications were presented by other martial arts organizations and Soke Hausel was later selected as a member of the US Soke Council. He also graduated in geology from the University of Utah in 1972 and in 1974 and since worked for the US Geological Survey, the Wyoming Geological Survey, University of Wyoming and as a consulting for many diamond and gold companies.


For many years, Soke Hausel has been recognized as a polymath of martial arts, geological sciences and education. He continues educating the public on karate and geological sciences through teaching classes, clinics, public lectures, websites and books.


Recently, he was selected for the 'Leonardo Da Vinci Award' (a polymath) in 2015 and now has been selected for HONORARY PROFESSOR OF SCIENCE for 2016. In 1997, Grandmaster Hausel was awarded 'Kyoju no Budo' by Juko Kai International which translates as Professor of Martial Arts while he was teaching martial arts and self-defense classes and clinics at the University of Wyoming.


Hausel received notification of the selection from Nicholas Law, Director General, Cambridge England on Dec. 18th, 2015 - "... Only a very select few are to be honoured in this way and each recepient has been handpicked by the Appointments Board of which I have the pleasure to be Chairman. The selection processs in clear: a receipient must show the very highest level of achievement within the field of science and must be seen as an authority within his field of expertise. ...".


Mesa Arizona Karate Instructor Selected for International Award

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Photo shows Grandmaster Hausel of Gilbert, Arizona celebrating Halloween at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona

Nicholas S. Law, Director General for the Awards Board for the International Biographical Center in Cambridge England wrote to Grandmaster Hausel in Mesa Arizona on June 26th, 2015. In his letter he stated:


“To achieve what you have, to scale the heights from which you inspire and lead by the standards you have attained are no ordinary accomplishments … As an existing Man of the Year the Awards Board of the IBC have decided to bestow on you, as respected and trusted friend of the IBC, the auspicious and beautiful Da Vinci Diamond.”


“Leonardo Da Vinci was chosen as the inspiration for the award due to his world renowned accomplishments in many different disciplines. I feel most reassured that by selecting you as the Da Vinci Laureate in recognition of your varied talents we are keeping to the register of his memory…”


“….Your avocation, enthusiasm and reputation are responsible for this magnificent recognition.”


Professor Hausel accumulated a bibliography of almost unachievable size - an author of more than 1,000 publications; author, co-author and contributor to 100 books. As a geoscientist, you inspired many with your discoveries including one of the largest gold deposits in the world, some of the largest colored gemstone deposits ever to be found, and then there are the diamond deposits mapped and found by you. As a public speaker, you presented lectures all over North America. As a geologist you mapped more than 1,000 square kilometers of virgin ground. You are an artist of vision with dozens of detailed works. As a martial artist, you accumulated more than a dozen black belts, the highest rank in the world in Shorin-Ryu Karate (Seiyo-Kai), have been certified as Sokeshodai (grandmaster), and awarded Martial Arts Genius for your many accomplishments over five decades, and others inducted you into 16 halls of fame for unmatched martial arts and teaching skills, geological knowledge, and more.

Filming for New Martial Arts Video

Posted on January 31, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

January 31st, 2015, Filming began for a new martial arts training video at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate. This video focuses on the use of a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon known as bo - a six-foot long staff that is commonly used by SE Asians for transporting goods across their shoulders. The bo is a very effective weapon developed by Okinawan farmers for self-defense along with karate. 

The Video filmed in Mesa, Arizona will include several forms known as kata as well as their applications for self-defense. When completed the video will be for sale at:

Chander, Gilbert & Mesa Samurai Defend Karate School

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Students at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (aka Arizona Hombu) took up the blade (samurai sword) and trained on pumpkins as an annual event for Halloween and Thanksgiving. The group all had the opportunity to practice cuts with the samurai sword using many donated pumpkins. 

Arizona Black Belts Attacked by Thugs with Knives and Guns

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Two Karate students from the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa – successfully defended against attackers armed with guns, rifles, clubs, and knives as part of their exams for 2nd degree black belt. Both Ryan Harden of Chandler and Patrick Scofield of Mesa also demonstrated several advanced forms, self-defense applications and use of Okinawan weapons. Following their exams, both were promoted to Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo.


Grandmaster, Soke Hausel said, “We have many outstanding members of society I am very proud of Ryan Harden and Patrick Scofield for their dedication in martial arts. Our students include several doctors, nurses, nutrition professionals, technicians, engineers, scientists, IT technicians, clergy, pilots, social scientists, laborers, university professors, teachers, musicians, students, house wives and senior citizens who become members of our martial arts family”.


Classes at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate include karate, kobudo (Okinawan weapons), self-defense, jujutsu, samurai arts and martial arts history by World Martial Arts Hall-of-Fame member Grandmaster Hausel. All students learn to defend against a variety of attacks.