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Horsing Around in the Arizona Sun

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (42)

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.

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. 

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 (1)

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.

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.