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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 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.

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.


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.


Mesa Martial Artist Inducted

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Professor Hausel of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Arizona, was inducted into Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors at the Tropicana Resort in New Jersey on January 20th, 2012. Touted as the world’s largest gathering of martial arts superstars, film & combat celebrities & renowned masters in the world, the event has become known as the Academy of Awards of Martial Arts. Inducted for Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts as a Grandmaster, Professor Hausel has taught martial arts for more than 4 decades at 4 universities prior to teaching at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate at 60 W. Baseline in Mesa.  Grandmaster Hausel has been inducted into 15 Halls of Fame since 1998.

Photo of Soke Hausel in 1999