2017 was another good year for a valley martial arts instructor and geologist. Grandmaster Hausel of Gilbert was notified of selection for awards acknowledging his lifelong dedication to martial arts, geology, writing, and more!
Hausel teaches karate, kobudo, self-defense and samurai arts to adults at the dojo at the 60 W. Baseline Center. Grandmaster Hausel began martial arts training in 1964 as a long-haired member of a rock n' roll band known as the Churchmen. Since he started training in martial arts, only a few days have passed when he has not trained or taught martial arts during the past 50+ years. Even when he was in the Army, he trained at night in the barracks, and when he worked as a geologist from a tent in Montana, Wyoming, Australia and Alaska, he still trained in karate.
In Alaska, training was challenging. At night, he would return to camp and practice kata until mosquitos covered him from head to toe. Never harassed by bears - but one other geologist was treed by a bear that ran off when another camp geologist shot it between the eyes with a .357 magnum. The bear left with a red streak and headache.
|In the 1980s, Hausel mapped 1,000 square kilometers|
of complex geological terrain at South Pass, but in the
evening would return to his tent and practice karate.
|Inducted into Who's Who Legends in Martial Arts|
|Hausel in 1988 in search of gold in Alaska. When he wasn't digging for gold|
he was fighting millions of mosquitos just to practice karate every evening.
|In the Australian outback, Hausel would compete with Japanese black belt-|
geologist to see who could break the tops off these termite mounds in diamond
|In recent years, while exploring for gold and copper in the Silver Crown district of|
Wyoming, Hausel found time in the evenings to train in karate.