Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Arizona Karate Instructor & Geologist Selected for International Awards


The year 2017 has been another good year for a valley martial arts instructor and geologist. Grandmaster Hausel of Gilbert was notified of his selection for awards acknowledging his lifelong dedication to martial arts, geology and writing

Along with General Colin Powell, Hausel was selected for the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award and with Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, he was selected for Who’s Who in Martial Arts. 

Earlier, in 2017, the Hall-of-Fame martial arts instructor was also notified of selection to Great Men & Women of Science, the Cambridge Certificate for Outstanding Scientific Achievement and now for Best Martial Arts Teachers in Phoenix for Expertise

Grandmaster Hausel taught martial arts for more than 3 decades at the University of Wyoming prior to moving to the valley to teach at ASU before opening the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa. He currently teaches karate, kobudo, self-defense and samurai arts to adults at the dojo at the 60 W. Baseline Center. Grandmaster Hausel began training in martial arts in 1964 as a long-haired member of a rock n' roll band known as the Churchmen. Since he started training in martial arts, there have only been a few days that have passed by 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 from a tent in Montana, Wyoming, Australia and Alaska, he still trained in karate.

Hausel attended an international diamond conference in the Western Australian outback and accepted a challenge from some Japanese geologists-martial artists to break the tops off of silicified termite mounds using the classical karate chop known as 'shuto'. In Alaska, training was challenging. At night, he would return to camp and practice kata until mosquitos covered him from head to toe. Luckily, he was never harassed by bears - but one of the other geologists was treed by a bear that ran off when another of the camp geologists shot it between the eyes with a .357 magnum. The bear left with a red streak and headache and came back for more the next day when one of the Eskimo samplers finished the bear with a 30-06. 

Then there is the other side to him. The Hall-of-Fame geologist with 45 years experience found gemstones, gold and diamonds and authored hundreds of books, papers and abstracts mostly on the geological sciences. His geological expertise helps in breaking rocks and teaching his students about rocks and what types of rocks are breakable with the bare hands and which ones are not.

Hall of Fame martial arts instructor, Soke Hausel
teaching students the proper way to break rocks
According the Hausel, "Ok, ok, I'm crazy about martial arts - I love to teach martial arts and it is rewarding to me to see  my students progress, and enjoy what they are learning. We have a fantastic group of adults at the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa that includes accountants, research professors, professors, scientists, engineers, school teachers, retirees, physical therapists,  nutritionists, personal trainers who range in age from young adults to retirees. All my life I've taught adults at four different universities".

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