Students and Faculty of Shorin-Ryu
"No matter how you excel in the art of te (karate) and in your scholastic endeavors, nothing is more important than your behavior and your humanity as observed in daily life"
Students reflect the achievements and goals of their Sensei (teacher). The kind of karate students that result, both as professionals in their chosen field as well as martial artists, provide a guideline as to the success of the martial arts instructor. The most successful martial artist in history was Funakoshi Gichin – there are many testimonials as how this one individual influenced so many people and continues to do so decades after his death.
My Sensei is one of the greatest martial artists in history: Dai-Soke R. Sacharnoski. Believe me, I am not the only one who has this opinion! Dai Soke Sacharnoski has a tremendous line of extraordinary students that are also very productive individuals in society. Dai Soke has greatly influenced martial arts as well as all of his students. His philosophy & techniques will always be part of my martial arts and life.
Students also influence their Sensei. I can’t summarize every student’s influence, but I would like to mention one who influenced me – Dr. Pavel Sigalov. Dr. Sigalov told me a story about how he had taught at a university in the former Soviety Union. The USSR would not allow him to train in martial arts (among other things). When he could no longer take the repression of such a bureaucratic socialistic government, he applied to immigrate out of the Soviet Union. This was considered an act of treason and he was placed under house arrest for 6 years (this also happened to the co-author of one of my books on Diamonds – Dr. Edward Erlich). After 6 years, the bureaucrats told him to leave, where he later became one of my students in his 70ies. Dr. Sigalov loved to train in martial arts and has a wonderful personality. When I last saw him, he was in his 80ies and indicated it was due to his training in martial arts that he was the oldest, active, full-time professor at the University of Wyoming. I must say that Dr. Sigalov had the fastest reflexes of any student. He was awarded Shodan black belt while in his early 80s. Over the years, I have been honored to promoted hundreds of very productive students. I try to reward my students for their dedication in karate.
I've been blessed with many students who call me their Sensei (teacher). While teaching at various universities over the past 40 years, many of my students became professors, teachers, engineers, scientists, nurses, peace officers, psychologists, ministers, soldiers, lawyers and more. I have fond memories of my students, and especially remember two days where I attended graduation ceremonies at the University.
One was my son, Eric Hausel (my Soke-Dai). Other people in line for this succession are my daughter (Jessica Martinez) and Hanshi Andy Finley. At Eric's graduation from the University of Wyoming, he was present with my daughter Jessica and we had a family photo of the three of us. By the way, Eric graduated with BS degrees in Geology, Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics - a feat unparalleled at UW.
Another day I remember so clearly, I attended graduation at the college of engineering. The honor student (Sandy Stahl, 5th dan) chosen to speak for the Engineering class spoke on how martial arts had influenced her life at the university in Civil Engineering. As she finished her speech, she bowed (rei) to the audience to show respect to her professors, to her Sensei, and to martial arts.
At this same ceremony, another student (Csaba Rozgonyi) was the top academic student of the year in UW Engineering graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Csaba also noted how important karate had been in his life at the university and how it influenced his professional achievements in Chemical Engineering. I often wonder about these students and pray they are doing well and continuing in their karate studies along with being productive engineers.
This is what karate is about. Over the years, other students had noted similar influences and included acknowledgements in their dissertations and theses on the influence of karate while at the university. Attached are some comments from various Seiyo Kai students. I hope you will take the time to read their comments.
Dr. SUMEET APHALE, 3rd dan/Sensei, (Engineering Faculty) Newcastle, Australia
“I am attaching my dissertation acknowledgement which also features you!! Thanks for all your patience and all that you have taught me.
A Ph.D is a huge undertaking and cannot be accomplished without inputs of all kinds by a great many people. The work with this dissertation has been extensive and trying, but in the first place exciting, instructive, and fun. Without help, support, and encouragement from several persons, I would never have been able to finish this work...
... I also give a special thanks to Dan Hausel, my martial arts instructor for the past four years, for his instruction and patience. His way of life is an ideal I will always try to follow. I thank Amit, my roommate and friend who patiently put up with me and all my whims throughout the years. I also thank my friends Gaurav, Senthil, Chinmay, Jignesh, Kevin, George, Kris, Katie, Cyrena, Brian and Sondra for giving me the much needed moments of joy without which I would never have finished this gigantic task. There definitely are more people who deserve my gratitude and I ask for their forgiveness for not being able to name everyone of them. Please note that I haven’t forgotten you. Finally, I thank my parents who were a constant source of inspiration and optimism through these trying years ...
My interest in martial arts began after watching a series of “old school” Shaw brothers and Jackie Chan movies, way back in 1990. In my home town (Pune, India) the several martial art schools in existence, only taught Judo, Karate or Tae Kwon Do (no Kung Fu). After about a month each in many of these schools, I made up my mind to pursue Karate. I began with Wado-Ryu and soon moved to Isshin Ryu in 1992. For about three and a half years, all I remember is knuckle push-ups, kata, body hardening and getting beaten up by other, more skilled martial artists!
My vagabond life (due to the study options I picked) started in 1996 and I was unable to continue as a full-time student of any single school. Sporadic training and discussion sessions with other martial artists (from different martial arts and styles), books and movies were my training aids for quite some time. It is during this period, that I began understanding martial arts as a Way of Life, rather than just being kata, sparring and knuckle push-ups.
My academic pursuits brought me to Laramie in 2000. It was a time when I was fed up by the stagnant nature of my martial arts training and I took about a year off from it all. I visited the Seiyo Shorin Ryu Karate dojo on the UW campus in 2001 and was quite impressed by the instructor (Soke Dan Hausel) and his senior students. The quality and zeal they all possessed in their technique was surprising to me, knowing that they hardly ever had sparring sessions and I just had to learn from them. The five years that I spent with this talented group of people were full of poignant learning experiences, a lot of self evaluation and fun. From here, I took lasting, fond memories and strong friendships with me, when I moved to Australia in the fall of 2005.
I continue to be a student of martial arts, though currently I can only practice what I have already learned rather than learn something new. Soke would have gone through millions of lower blocks (Gedan Barai) in his 40+ year martial arts career and I have yet failed to spot his focus or force waver by an iota. That is my motivation as well as my goal. To me, that is martial arts in its complete perfection”.
Dr. Sumeet graduated in 2005 and moved to Australia. He was awarded a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Pune University, India in 1999, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2005 from the University of Wyoming. He is currently a research professor at ARC Center for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia with interests in smart structures, nano-positioning and control systems.
Dr. NEAL ADAM, 6th dan, (Faculty, Grand Canyon University) Phoenix, Arizona
I began karate practice in 1982 in Wheeling, Illinois in Shotokan. After several years of trying to find a dojo in the Nebraska/Kansas area, I finally met Soke Hausel while working at the University of Wyoming in about 1989.
During PhD work at Kansas State University and subsequent post-doc research positions in Phoenix, my karate practice continued on a solo basis. Now that Soke has moved to Phoenix, I have the opportunity once again to have good instruction and coaching, and have really been enjoying the weapons training. I am now an Asst. Prof. of Biology at Grand Canyon University, and am trying to make sure that teaching duties do not prevent me from training. My daughters and I live across Phoenix from Soke Hausel, and Emily, my 9-yr-old, likes to follow along in karate practice.
PAULA BOREA, 2nd dan, Gilbert, Arizona.
I started studying martial arts 30+ years ago after my daughter Julie was born in Kansas City, Missouri. It all started as a whim. I had gained so much weight during my pregnancy, and even after Julie was born, my weight had not gone down like I hoped it would. I decided I could not go to a jazzercise class and wear leotards and tights! I remembered seeing a martial arts class at a local shopping mall and they were wearing those white uniforms which I felt could hide my overweight body very nicely!!
The style of martial arts at this particular school was Moo Duk Kwan Su Bak Do. I was the only female in the classes for a very long time. The harder they pushed, the more determined I became to be the very best I could be. I wanted to prove to myself and the other students I could keep up with the rest of the class. The weight came off, my stamina and strength increased, and I gained a lot of self-confidence. I achieved the level of Red Belt and was to test for my first degree black belt when my husband got orders to move (he was in the U.S. Air Force at the time).
While my husband was stationed in Japan, I studied Shudokan (traditional Okinawan style). Studying martial arts had become a part of my life. I continued to study Shudokan when we returned to New Jersey and achieved the level of advanced brown belt. Again, I prepared myself to test for black belt however, this time my Sensei left our school. Since I was working full time, being a full time wife and mom and going to night school for my Bachelor’s Degree, there were not enough hours in the day to also continue my martial arts training. So I reestablished my goals to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree first and then go back to my martial arts training. I graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 1990.
One of the main benefits I’ve found as a result of practicing martial arts is the constant self challenging aspect of the sport. Each level pushes you to a higher level of learning both physically and mentally. It also taught me discipline, total concentration and total focus which I used while going to night school. The ability of total concentration and focus on a subject helped me while my kids would be blasting stereos in their bedrooms, while I was sitting at my desk studying for exams or writing another paper. The discipline, the total concentration, and focus as a result of my training also helped me to achieve the honor of Summa Cum Laude when I graduated.
I went on to studying Taekwondo after graduating and eventually achieved my black belt in 1995. However, the training was nothing like the traditional training I received when I studied Shudokan over in Japan and the Sensei I studied under in New Jersey. Now that we’ve moved to Arizona, I’ve tried a couple of different schools in search of my “Mr. Miyagi” and I finally found him in Soke Dan Hausel!! I feel very privileged to be studying under Soke and going back to the traditional way of learning. Granted it takes a little longer to warm up the body and the flexibility is not like it used to be, but if one has the fighting spirit and heart, practicing martial arts becomes a part of you and a way of life. Besides the fact it helps me keep up with my 4 grandchildren!!!
KYLE J. GEWECKE; 4th dan/Sensei, School Teacher, Gillette, Wyoming.
Favorite Quote: “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” - Bruce Lee
When people ask me about what I did in college, I like to tell them that I double majored at the University of Wyoming. One was in Physical Education with Coaching and Health endorsements, and the other was in Karate. But the truth is, if it wasn’t for all of the positive experiences with the karate program in Laramie and its members, I never would have finished my degree in education. Fighting the endless politics and bowing to every tedious demand put forth by professors and administrators at a large university is something in which someone like me has a hard time finding their place. The funny thing is, if it wasn’t for a political quirk that forced me to change my class schedule, I probably never would have taken karate for my college P.E. credit, which means I never would have met Soke nor joined Seiyo Shorin-Ryu in Laramie.
Before I started karate, I grew up in Gillette, Wyoming and was a state champion swimmer from about the age of 11 through high school and spent my summers playing baseball and working various odd jobs such as life guarding and construction. My true passion though, was, and still is, music. I got my first guitar when I was 9 and began playing the violin at 10. When I got to Jr. High, I started singing and performing in choirs, plays, and musicals. In high school, I decided that I would also start teaching myself how to play the piano. I still love to play and have been spending a lot of time recently working on recording and creating original music.
Now that I am out of college, when I am not teaching karate, I am working as a Building Fitness Coordinator at the Rozet Elementary School in Rozet, Wyoming. Mostly my job involves creating and organizing physical activities for elementary school kids. During the summer, I work for the behavior health department in dealing with at risk and emotionally disturbed youth. Hopefully, I will be able to get hired into a full time teaching position within the next year.
Karate has not only opened many doors for me, it has empowered me to seek out and open doors for myself. It has given me the opportunity to practice the skills of patients and self control, which are two very important tools for all teachers. I could go on and on about all of the things that karate has done for me. But of all of these things, the one I am most thankful for is that karate has introduced me to a family of some of the most fascinating, unique, and respectable individuals that one could ever hope to be a part of.
ANNE CECILIE HAUG, 1st dan, Civil Engineer, Oslo, Norway
Hello fellow karate friends all over the world. My name is Anne Cecilie, and I am a Norwegian girl who had the pleasure of learning karate from Soke Dan for 4 years while studying at the University of Wyoming 1997-2001. I decided to study in Wyoming because of easy access to great skiing. As well as a lot of great skiing in fabulous snow around Colorado, Wyoming and Utah and a good education in architectural engineering, I also achieved a black belt (1st dan) in karate.
Practicing karate gave me positive energy to help focusing on the studies, kept my body in good shape and I made several good friends. Karate was one of the best experiences I brought home with me and one of the things I miss the most.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to keep up my karate skills but I haven't given it up yet. After finishing school I moved back to Oslo, Norway, where I work for an architectural firm called Snøhetta designing a new Opera house in Oslo. I love my job, it is challenging and rewarding. After work I spend my days mountain biking, skiing, hiking and hanging out with my five weeks old daughter.
Dr. WAYNE JENSEN, 3rd dan/Sensei, (Engineering Faculty, University of Nebraska)
There is an Okinawan martial arts dojo here but I have issues with some of their instructors and their instruction methods. I continue to work out one to three times each week on a regular basis but mostly alone. I try to leave one or two days between successive karate training sessions for my joints and muscles to recover. On my days without martial arts, I run, do yoga exercises, or work on strength training.
For me, the keys to successful and enjoyable karate have become balance and persistence. I attempt to follow a program I can maintain and train using a variety of techniques. Training times, places and techniques vary with the seasons. During the warmer months, I attempt to complete a significant percentage of my karate workouts outside, although that sometimes entails working out near dawn or twilight. I strive to maintain a beginner’s mind as I continue to practice the techniques and philosophy of karate.
I fondly remember training in Laramie and still remain in contact with some of the people I trained with. I sincerely hope that your continuing practice of the martial arts allows you to express your individuality and creativity in a way that is uniquely yours.
Dr. Ernst Arnold, Sensei, Hagerstown, Maryland
I can remember my first day of training with Soke. I had been training in Kempo karate for nearly 2 years and was looking for something different. I heard about Soke’s class on the UW campus and decided to look into it. I introduced myself and observed a class. I was very impressed and invited to participate in the next class. I was full of nervousness and apprehension at the next class. After bowing in and stretching, the class began floor exercises. In one exercise, each person faced a partner. One person would step forward with an oi-zuki and the other person would step back with a block. This would proceed the length of the gymnasium and then back. As chance would have it, Soke was my partner. This event had a large impact on my philosophy towards training. As I punched at Soke, he would strike my wrists with great force. He explained that he liked to use full power in his training. Soke would strike and hit pressure points in my wrist and this caused a loss of feeling in my hands, which was a blessing in disguise. Although the pain was real, I was determined not to shy away and I survived. The lesson learned was an important one; train as you would fight. Lack of focus and intensity is a waste of time. Although battered and bruised I was eager for the next class.
KATE LEHMAN, 2nd dan, TSA, Colorado Springs, CO
Kate Lehman; University of Wyoming Seiyo Shorin-Ryu dojo; 2nd Dan. My martial arts training began about 3.5 years ago. At the time, I was a lonely, frightened, freshman of 18 tender years. I was not in the best place of my life; I was questioning my path in life and my decision to attend the University of Wyoming. I joined the UW Campus Shorin-Ryu Club mostly for something to do and for some exercise.
Instead, I found a support group, friends to share my time and structure in my new life as a college student. I hadn’t had any experience with martial arts, but quickly found that I had a certain aptitude for it. I spent more and more time training, and karate quickly became a very powerful force in my life. The dojo kun became personal codes of conduct with which I still struggle sometimes. For the past 3.5 years I have been here, with Shorin-Ryu as my home away from home.
I will leave this place for a position in law enforcement, federal law enforcement with some luck. I’ll take with me two bachelor’s degrees; Criminal Justice and Anthropology. And while I also take with me a rank of 2nd dan that is nowhere near the extent of what Shorin-Ryu has given me.
Since I began my training, I have become more confident and personally stronger than I ever was before. The knowledge I gained will stay with me for the rest of my life, not to mention the physical and mental discipline instilled in me.
KYLE LINTON, 3rd dan/Sensei, Ft. Collins, CO.
My father was a high-school chemistry, physics and history teacher from Canada and my mother a homemaker and secretary from Wyoming. As I grew up we lived in a few places such as Canada, Rhode Island and Colorado but I spent my junior and senior high school days in Cheyenne. I loved sports and my favorite was football - that was going to be my sport. However, I never could get over the feeling that no matter how well I played the outcome was never based solely on my performance. So during the summer of my junior year in high school, I took up golf (more so to waste time before baseball games).
I attended the University of Wyoming on a golf scholarship and graduated in 1988 with a degree in nutrition and exercise physiology. I would highly recommend it as a way to go to college.
After school I spent 3 years as a golf pro in Florida and 6 years as a college golf coach at UW. The past 10 years have been great as I have been running my own business as a financial advisor working with individuals and businesses.
I am married to a wonderful woman, Marcia. We have been together since we were juniors in high school, yes, that’s 25 years! We love spending time together and traveling. We have been fortunate enough over the last few years to travel to South America, France, Cayman Islands, England, Wales, and Ireland. We are also looking forward to a trip to Italy in the fall.
My first introduction to martial arts came in college when I enrolled in a semester karate class taught by a local instructor. I enjoyed it but it was not yet my time, however, it did plant the seed. During my golf career in Florida I joined a tae kwon do club mainly to enhance, (ok, acquire) some flexibility. My master in Florida had recently moved from Korea and was a great influence on my development as a martial artist. The physical aspect of martial arts has always been enjoyable for me, however, he was very traditional and sparked my interest in martial arts philosophy.
We returned to Laramie and I tried to continue my TKD training and did for a couple of years, however, I missed the traditions I had grown to respect. A couple of years later and still missing something in my life, Marcia and I ran across a course called History in the Martial Arts taught by Soke Dan Hausel. I loved the class and after it was over Soke asked if I had any interest in training and invited me to a class. I have been with the club for approximately 7 years, and have enjoyed my time with the club and look forward to continuing to learn and train. I am grateful for all the wonderful people who choose to associate and share this wonderful experience.
RALEIGH LOVE, Sensei (3rd Dan), Buffalo, NY
When I joined Shorin-Ryu, I was on prescription Ritalin. My study habits weren’t the best, and I was having a serious falling out with what I thought was my path in life. It gave me an anchor of discipline, philosophy, and companionship. Indeed, my first semester at UW my attendance at Shorin-Ryu was better than my attendance at my actual tuition classes. Even had that not been the case, previous to that I had significant interest in martial disciplines and philosophies. At Shorin-Ryu I found something I hadn’t expected. I found a home.
Within that home, I found proclivity. I found a passion for learning that I had lost in my academics. I poured my heart and soul into the martial arts, and in return, martial arts poured heart and soul into my life outside the dojo. I found an academic major I enjoyed and advanced rapidly both in school and Shorin-Ryu. I did my best to confer my enthusiasm to others, and began helping other karateka in and outside of the dojo by the time I was a green belt.
Though I picked up something of a reputation in the Laramie dojo, I am still only human. Despite my devotion to Shorin-Ryu, I was given a permanent reminder of the importance of upholding the dojo-kun in everyday life.
While I worked on Easter Island in 2005-06, I practiced my kata down on the beach every few days. Over time, a crowd of children began watching me. Eventually they found the courage to come up and start asking questions.
One of them asked the question as to whether or not I could break a stick of driftwood. I could remember how to break a rock, I could remember how to break a board, but, I forgot that Karate is for self improvement, and not for showing off. I broke my hand that day, and fed my humility well. One lesson that I am still trying to hammer into myself is that no matter what pride or shame may tell you, you can still recover from mistakes.
Despite the broken hand, I still had the focus to earn my Sandan rank in September of ’06. Since that time, my life has taken a number of twists and turns, and I haven’t been as diligent with keeping up my training as I would have liked. But, as I said, it’s never too late to remember the lessons you’ve learned and adapt accordingly. The lessons I learned still help me avoid life’s pitfalls, so long as I listen to what those lessons taught me.
I hope to have the opportunity and focus to keep advancing, and one day perhaps open my own dojo to spread the wisdom, strength, compassion, and courage that I learned.
BRETT PHILBRICK, 2nd dan, Laramie Police Department, Wyoming.
I have been interested in martial arts since I was a very little kid watching martial arts movies. When I was in third grade my parents enrolled my in a Taekwondo class. I stayed with Taekwondo for a few years until another martial art caught my eye. I saw some Steven Seagal movies where he was throwing his opponents around with ease. That made me decide to take Aikido. I enjoyed the art of Aikido very much, and I was very disappointed when my instructor ended up moving. After that I took a break from martial arts training for quite a while. I moved to Fort Collins after I graduated high school and while I was there, I took a mixed martial art class that focused mainly on Combat Hapkido. After two years I decided to move to Laramie (where school was much cheaper!), and I started to look for a martial arts school to join. This is when I found the Seiyo No Shorin Ryu Karate Club. I was amazed at the power and focus that Soke Hausel showed the students in his techniques. This power and focus is what drew me into the club. The club has provided me with so much over the years. I have learned great self defense techniques, discipline, self-control, and respect for all things. I also made some wonderful friendships in the club....
JUSTIN ROADIFER, 1st Dan/Evanston, School Teacher (currently in Cheyenne) Wyoming.
I live in Evanston WY with my wife of nearly five years, Karla. We have a son named Jaden who is 18 months old and are expecting our second child, a daughter, in late April. I really value being a good husband and a good father so I make sure I give lots of time to my family.
I earned a BA in psychology from Chadron State College and a MS in Counselor Education from the University of Wyoming, which is where I met Kevin Vance in some classes, who is an awesome karate-ka! Right now, I am lucky enough to get paid being the 9th grade counselor at Evanston High School. It is a really fun job working with the 9th grade students as they get used to high school life and learn about becoming an adult. But it does have its challenging moments of students choosing poor behaviors and not really wanting to change their behaviors, plus the tasks that prevent me working with students.
I enjoy video games, trying to watch a movie or having a conversation uninterrupted with my wife (parents will understand this undertaking), weight lifting, watching quality shows or movies that have martial arts in it, spending time with my friends at work and learning more about different topics that interest me.
I would have to say my martial arts training began with junior high wrestling. I wrestled for two years in junior high and four years in high school. I really enjoyed all the different techniques that could be used to take an attacker to the ground and subdue them with minimal effort. Near the end of my senior year, I tried Tae Kwon Do. I enjoyed practicing the variety of kicks and learning kata was very fulfilling but I really did not like the free sparring because all I did was kick at my uke and vice versa.
In college, I did some “sword fighting” with a group of friends who were in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). In short, some members of the SCA like to re-create medieval sword combat. I loved the combat and enjoyed improving myself against my friends who had been fighting for 4+ years. Before I left for Laramie to earn my Masters, one of my SCA friends urged me to find some formalized martial art to learn because he thought I could really do well in it. After being in Laramie for four months, I felt lonely and wanted to do something other than school work. I remembered what my friend said and that’s when I found a flyer for the Shorin-Ryu karate club and decided to attend. After the first practice, I was hooked. I was really impressed with the great technique and incredible focus of Dan. I thought to myself that this was different than anything else I had seen. The skill of Dan and the black belts were head and shoulders above other black belts I had seen do demos. Plus the environment was friendly and welcoming. People were there to learn and help each other become better karate-ka.
As for what karate has given me, it would be many things. The first thing would be a great sense of accomplishment and a strong goal to earn my black belt and then sharing this art with other people. I also really like activities that I can work to improve upon and karate fits this quite naturally for me. Karate also gives me a great feeling of power and confidence, especially after I finish a practice! I practice alone every day, except when I work on bunkai with my friend, Bret. Right now, I have a particular affinity for the dojo kun Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto: Cultivate a spirit of effort and perseverance. Plus, it is great exercise and something that I am passionate about in my life.
TOVE LINN TJERSLAND, 1st dan, Civil Engineer, Oslo, Norway
I started studying Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming spring 98. I got to know another Norwegian student called AC (Anne Cecilie) and we soon decided to try out the martial arts program at the university. I had never tried karate or any form of martial arts before I came to Laramie but had always liked doing sports like skiing, mountain biking and soccer, but karate was something totally different, so I was very excited the first day of class. It didn’t take long before both me and AC found karate very interesting and fun. Not only was it good exercise, but we met allot of nice people too.
Karate meant a lot to me while I was a student, because it gave me a break from life as a student to think of something totally different. It gave me more energy both physically and mentally which was a good benefit for further studies.
What I liked most about karate was the variation of practicing katas, techniques, weapons, strength, kicks, throws, even Japanese and meditation. It never got boring because it was so much to learn. You could always be better, always learn another kata, and always practice your technique. And of course, last but not least, feeling the safety of knowing self defense, especially when you are a girl crossing campus late evenings.
I have not practiced karate since I lived in the US, but me and AC have been talking to start over again many times. (Me and AC are still keeping in touch, actually we are almost neighbors in Oslo.) Even though I have forgotten some of what I learned in class in Laramie, I believe that the techniques will come back quickly as soon as I start practicing.
When I look back at the 4 years that I trained karate at the Laramie Dojo, I remember allot of fun and enjoyment. The hours I spent in and outside the Dojo practicing and socializing with the members, and of course Soke Dan Hausel, enriched the time I spent as student at the University of Wyoming! It would not be the same without it.
Dr. HOUSSAM ABBAS, 6th Kyu, Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University
Besides the obvious (Karate techniques), we learned a good deal of focus and self-discipline, both important in and outside of academia. We also witnessed how passionate Dan could be about his class, and all the preparation that went into it. The conviviality, exhumed by both instructor and students. The value of what we were learning, knowing it came from someone who is second to none in his discipline (his long record testifies to that). The feeling that you were working out, and at the same time bettering yourself as a person…
HEATHER FROM, USHI DESHI, Colorado (now located in Nebraska)
It is true that most of us don't know what an honor it is to train directly under a grandmaster - you've spoiled us terribly. It kind of reminds me of a time a dorm acquaintance of mine heard Kate, Ral, and I chatting about karate my freshman year, and the acquaintance asked if you could walk on water. I don't remember if it was Kate or Ral who responded that we didn't know if you had tried, but you had the focus to. Congratulations on all your honors!
LENNY MARTIN, Sensei, UW Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate, Wyoming.
I first joined Soke Hausel's dojo in Laramie where I still live. In fact I had visited a lot of karate schools over the years because it has always been a dream of mine to learn. It wasn't until I found Soke Hausel teaching in Laramie that I finally found a good fit for my idea of what "real" karate is about. Almost six years later I look at the benfits, both mental and physical I have gained by practicing karate and I know that I will be still doing kata on the day my maker sends me the pink slip of life.
I am honored to be one of Soke's Sensei and it is priviledge to serve a higher casue than that of myself by freely giving back to others the skills I have gained in my association with Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu.
I have three children and three grand children...none of them live in Laramie any more but I am blessed to have time and financial freedom to travel and spend time with them when their busy schedules allow. In addition to Karate I own a business and work in the industry of "personal development." I have three quarter horses and love any activity that involves the great outdoors.