Sunday, October 4, 2015

Breaking Rocks, Restraining Prisoners, Self-defense, Karate, and Gardening in Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert Arizona

Students at the University of Wyoming in Laramie line up to break rocks
I returned from teaching a martial arts clinic at the East Canyon Resort in the Oquirrh Mountains of Utah to the east of Salt Lake City in August, 2015. The 2015 Utah Gassuku (outdoor training) included a variety of martial arts such as Tameshiwari, Kamajutsu, Hanbojutsu, Hojojutsu and Karate Bunkai used in self-defense against an individual armed with a hand gun as well as a rifle.

During the tameshiwari training, I taught the Utah students a little about geology, gems, minerals, rocks and how to break rocks with their hands. Rocks can be very challenging as they are not like boards and seldom provide a grain to break along. A couple of years ago, I watched a taekwondo group break some boards at the demonstration at the Islands clubhouse in Gilbert. Honestly, it was pathetic as these offered no resistance and I had no idea that you could purchase boards that thin. I've seen taekwondo demos in the past that were very entertaining - this one was not. Personally, I enjoy watching people break bricks or ice and putting some effort into breaking.

hojojutsu training at the 2015 Utah Gassuku
At the Utah Clinic, they were all quite impressed that they could break rocks as none of them had tried before. I also gave them a little lecture on rock types and what kind of rocks are a little more friendly and why they should avoid granite, gabbro, basalt and rhyolite.

Hojojutsu is a traditional samurai martial art that uses cord or rope to restrain prisoners. The hojojutsu is always a lot of fun for students who have never seen this art - actually its fun if you have as there is nothing more satisfying than tying up your partner with a rope so they look completely helpless.

Over the past few years, I've been teaching members of the Utah Shorin-Kai as well as members of the Arizona Hombu the art of hanbojutsu. At the Utah clinic, I reviewed some of the strikes, throws and chokes with the hanbo (a 3-foot stick) and added a couple of new techniques. The hanbo is a great weapon as it can be carried anywhere - much like a cane.

Daughter and father train with hanbo (yalf-bo) at the Utah Clinic. 
Kamajutsu is a traditional Okinawan martial art that uses a pair of sickles for self defense. These are great weapons and we spent a few hours at the Utah clinic practicing kata bunkai (practical applications hidden in kata).  Then it was time to train in self-defense against an armed attacker with knife, handgun or rifle. These techniques are simple, but also effective and must be practiced over and over again in case one ends up in a situation where an aggressor has a gun.

Kamajutsu training at the Arizona Hombu on Baseline Road, Arizona

Utah students train in handgun defense at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa in the Spring of 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

Arizona Karate Instructors Awarded

The Arizona Hombu at the 60 W. Baseline Center, Mesa, Arizona (480-294-1001)
The Arizona Hombu (a.k.a. Arizona School of Traditional Karate) in Mesa, Arizona, includes a group of martial arts instructors with more than a century of combined experience in martial arts. 

Dr. Adam, a 6th dan (6th degree black belt) in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (and professor at Grand Canyon University) has been training in traditional martial arts for more than 3 decades. He initially trained in Shotokan karate (a variety of Shorin-Ryu Karate) prior to training under Hall-of-Fame Grandmaster, Soke Hausel at the University of Wyoming in 1990. After Soke Hausel left the university and moved to Arizona in 2006, the two met again and are teaching at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa.

Upon arrival to Arizona, Soke Hausel began teaching at ASU as well as at Gold's Gym in Gilbert, Mesa, and Awatukee and at the Civic Center in Chandler, and then moved into the Arizona Hombu (world headquarters) at the 60 W. Baseline Center in Mesa where he began teaching adults and families

Soke Hausel sits at front with white gi pants (second from left)
at the JKI Hombu in Texas
Bill and Paula Borea found the Arizona Hombu and began training under Soke Hausel. Both had trained in Japan where Paula was born. After training with the grandmaster for several years, they were promoted to Nidan (2nd dan) and Sensei Bill Borea was later promoted to sandan (3rd dan). Recently, the two senior citizens were inducted into the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai Hall-of-Fame and both continue to train at the hombu in Mesa. They were also high-lighted on Fox 10 News for accomplishments. Sensei Bill Borea is a retired air force pilot, and Sensei Paula Borea is Japanese-American who was born in Japan.

The head instructor at the Arizona Martial Arts School in Mesa is Grandmaster Hausel, a member of Juko Kai International and Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei, two of the more prestigious martial arts associations in the world. Grandmaster Hausel is also an inductee in several Halls-of-Fame and has been presented many national and international awards.

Dr. Adam often entertains members of the Arizona
Hombu with his creative martial arts.
Sensei Bill Borea trains with Sensei Paula Borea
In the last few months of 2015, Soke Hausel was elected to Marquis Who’s Who in America (70th Platinum Anniversary Compendium) scheduled for publication in 2015. This induction recognizes contributions as a polymath in martial arts, geological sciences, writing, art and public speaking. Earlier, he was also elected to Who’s Who in the World 2015 aWho’s Who in Science and Engineering 2016-2017 (12th Edition). Along with these prestigious honors, the Arizona Grandmaster was selected for an international award by IBC. The award (DaVinci Award) recognizes his success as a polymath. And earlier this year, Soke Hausel was presented an award by his many students for his golden anniversary in martial arts.

In 2011, Soke Hausel was selected for the ABI Man-of-the-Year for lifetime accomplishments, but turned down the award. Previously, he had been awarded ABI Man-of-the-Year and IBC International-Man-of-the-Year in 1994 and 1995.

Soke Hausel with two of his Hall-of-Fame grand parents - Sensei Paula and
Sensei Bill Borea at the Arizona Hombu
Students Honor Soke’s 50th Anniversary. In 1964, a long-haired teenager from a popular rock n’ roll band in Salt Lake City walked into a local dojo (Black Eagle Federation) in sugarhouse and began training in karate. In 1964, he had no idea what karate was other than a form of self-defense. This became a lifelong journey with Soke training in many martial arts and receiving more than a dozen certifications in different martial arts. Not only was he awarded sokeshodai (grandmaster) of the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu karate-do and karate-jutsu, he has been awarded Shihan (master) of 4 other martial arts.

Award presented to Soke Hausel at the Arizona Hombu by his Students.
In 2015, Thumbtack also high-lighted the Arizona Hombu as well as Grandmaster Hausel. And then the Arizona School of Traditional Karate (which is part of the Arizona Hombu) was awarded Best of Mesa for the third year in a roll.

Members of Seiyo Kai International pose with Hanshi Ron Smith at the JKI
Hombu in New Braunfels, Texas in 2013.

Best In Mesa, Arizona.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Arizona Karate Instructor Receives Award By Students

Soke Hausel hugs his two students and karate instructors - Sensei
Paula Borea and Sensei Bill Borea - at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa.
Grandmaster Hausel of Gilbert, Arizona has received many awards and recognition for teaching martial arts throughout his martial arts career. This spark of excellence takes a leap beyond martial arts and he has received national and international awards for public speaking, geological sciences, writing and sketching. Since 1998, he entered the halls of several Martial Arts Halls-of-Fame for his unique teaching methods such as the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame, the World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame, the
American Karate Association Hall of Fame, the World Karate Union Hall of Fame and was  awarded Instructor of the Year, International Instructor of the Year, and Grandmaster of the Year. His latest inductions in 2014 and 2015 show abilities as a polymath: Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. There is no question he loves to teach, so he teaches a variety of traditional martial arts at the Arizona Hombu (he has certifications in 16 martial arts) in Mesa, Arizona, he periodically teaches prospectors and rock hounds how to search for gemstones, gold and other valuable minerals through magazine articles, books, lectures and websites and writes informative blogs to educate the public on diamondsgemstones, gold and martial arts.

After receiving so many awards over the years including three of the highest honors in martial arts, one of the highest in geological sciences, and one of the highest in rock hunting one would think that nothing new would surprise him. But on April 2nd, 2015, he was totally surprised by his students as he was preparing for to teach karate and kobudo classes at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa.

Sensei Bill Borea surprises Soke Hausel with plaque showing
recognition by all of the Grandmaster's students scattered worldwide.
After arriving at the Arizona Hombu martial arts facility at the 60 W. Baseline Center on the border of Gilbert and Mesa, he was greeted by two of his senior students requesting special permission to speak to the class. Having complete faith in these two, he granted their request without asking what the announcement would be. 

Class began at 6:45 pm with a traditional ceremony followed by warm-up exercises and stretching. Soke Hausel then stood aside and gave the floor to Sensei (instructor) Bill Borea and Sensei Paula Borea of Mesa, long-time students who had previously trained in Japan prior to moving to Arizona and becoming students of Soke Hausel in 2006. 

The plaque reads: "This certificate is presented to W. Dan Hausel, 12th dan/Soke. One who leads the Way" 
"In recognition of Outstanding Accomplishments and Contributions for 50 Years of Dedicated Devotion to the
 Martial arts. The Knowledge, Understanding, Teaching and Embodiment of and Sharing that with your Many
 Students. We Your Dedicated Students Say Arigato, January 2015, Mesa, Arizona.
Sensei Bill Borea began by acknowledging that the first time he ever heard the term "karate" was in 1968, four years after Soke Hausel had already begun training in Karate as a teenager. Sensei Paula Borea acknowledged she was aware of karate as a teen since she was born in Japan, but knew little about the art. Sensei Bill Borea also went on to tell the Arizona students that the karate he trained in while serving in the US Air Force in Japan was the same taught by Soke Hausel, with all of the traditions, Japanese commands and terminology, emphasis on power, body hardening, forms and practical applications. He emphasized this was the real thing and included an entire curriculum that was even unmatched by most Japanese schools.

Soke Hausel talks to students at the Arizona Hombu, 2015.
On behalf of Soke Hausel's Arizona students, as well as all of those scattered around the world, Sensei Borea presented a 'Certificate of Achievement for Dedication and Devotion to the Martial Arts over the past 50 years (1964 to 2014)'. It was noted, Soke Hausel touched many lives through teaching martial arts while at four major universities including Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, University of Utah and the University of Wyoming. 

Soke Hausel with students at the University of Wyoming, 1999
Soke Hausel with students at the University of Wyoming Black Belt clinic. Students include Hanshi Andy Finley
from Casper, Soke Dai Eric Hausel from Parker, Shihan Kevin Vance from Cheyenne, Shihan Ben Froidevaux
from Switzerland, Shihan Kyle Gewecke from Gillette, Sensei Jessica Ricks from California 
Soke Hausel with Hanshi Rob Watson (left) and Kyoshi
Todd Stoneking (right) at the Utah Gassuku in East
Canyon, Utah.
Soke Hausel with Murray Utah Shorin-Kai students
Three favorite people with Soke Hausel include Dr. Flo
Teule from France, Ushi deshi Heather From out of 
Colorado, and Finley from Casper.

Soke Hausel with students and Hanshi Ron Smith at
the 2013 Juko Kai Clinic in New Braunfels. 
Soke Hausel with the Police DAV school karate team from India

Monday, January 28, 2013

Arizona's Hall-of-Fame Karate Instructor

Arizona Karate Instructor, Soke Hausel loves to teach martial arts and has been teaching for more than 40 years. Imagine learning karate from a Hall-of-Fame grandmaster, a grandmaster of Traditional Martial Arts. Imagine what this would do to your learning curve. All of this experience and expertise available to accelerate your martial arts training and skills. The Arizona School of Traditional Karate on the border of Mesa and Gilbert is home to this Hall-of-Fame martial artist.

Soke Hausel is not only a great martial artist, he is very good at several professions - so much so that Who's Who noted that he is a polymath. He was inducted into the 2013 and 2014 Who’s Who in America and 2013 and 2014 Who's Who in the World and appeared in several Who’s Who compendiums over the past two decades because of accomplishments as a martial arts instructor, scientist, writer, public speaker and artist. Who’s Who noted 2013 was the 10 year anniversary since he was initially inducted into Who's Who in the World and the 20th anniversary of his induction into Who's Who in the West and Who's Who in Science & Engineering.

If you have the opportunity, visit the Arizona School of Traditional Karate and Arizona Hombu for Seiyo Kai International in Mesa. The walls are decorated with Hall-of-Fame induction certificates including the World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall-of-Fame (Indonesia), Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honors (New Jersey), World Head of Society Hall of Fame (Philippines),  American Karate Association Hall of Fame (Ohio), US Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Tennessee), Latin America Martial Arts Society Worldwide Hall of Fame (Puerto Rico), World Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Ohio), Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Florida), North American Black Belt Hall of Fame (California), World Karate Union Hall of Fame (Pennsylvania), National Rock Hound & Lapidary Hall of Fame (South Dakota), and Millennium Hall of Fame (North Carolina). The latter two were for contributions to science and education.

Professor Hausel looks forward to his students' progress. When he started teaching martial arts at the University of Wyoming in 1977; within a short time, his classes will filled: more than a hundred students signed up for Beginning Karate in the Department of Physical Education and Department of Kinesiology each semester, 22 students in Jujutsu classes (the maximum number of students allowed in both of these classes), dozens of students in self-defense, kobudo, rape prevention, self-defense for women and martial arts history classes in the Department of Extended Studies, and more than 150 students in the University of Wyoming Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club in Club Sports.

Photo of Grandmaster Hausel (right) with friend of many years, Hanshi Ron Smith (10th dan) from
Virginia. Hausel met Hanshi Smith at a Juko Kai International Clinic in Florida more than
20 years ago and the two developed a close friendship. Photo taken at the New Braumfels, Texas
JKI clinic in 2013.
Many dozen of clinics taught to the public, staff, and faculty related to self-defense, jujutsu, samurai arts, karate, kobudo as well as special classes taught to the University ROTC and dance departments on his free time. This training led to international recognition to the University of Wyoming martial arts program which the program, Soke Hausel, and some students were presented national and international awards. Previously, he had taught karate at the University of Utah and University of New Mexico, and recently at Arizona State University.

He was asked if he considered himself a good fighter? He responded,"What does that have to do with martial arts? Personally, I see myself as good instructor and hope students agree".

The Arizona Karate Instructor, Soke Hausel is the head instructor of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate on the borders of Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler. He is also the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai. He continues to teach classes in Shorin-Ryu Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense and Samurai Arts at the Arizona Hombu.

More Information

Friday, May 18, 2012

Arizona Martial Arts Grandmaster Inducted into Hall of Honor

Training in kata. Soke Hausel teaches his martial art to members of the Utah Shorin-Kai from Murray, Utah at the Arizona Hombu on the border of Mesa and Gilbert.
Arizona Karate Instructor and polymath, Grandmaster Hausel was recognized by Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honors 2012 for Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts as a Grandmaster. Hausel operates a Martial Arts School in Mesa Arizona on its border with Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona. 

Soke Hausel has trained in martial arts his entire life and taught for more than 4 decades. Prior to moving to Arizona, the grandmaster taught karate, kobudo, jujutsu & self-defense at four universities. After teaching at the University of Wyoming for 30 years, he moved his hombu dojo to Mesa, Arizona across the street from Gilbert in the Phoenix East Valley. He continues to teach Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo (少林寺) at the Arizona School of Traditional Martial Arts in Mesa

Soke Hausel teaching Hakutsuru Shorin-Ryu Karate at the
University of Wyoming.
Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo originated from Gung Fu (功夫) at the Shaolin Temple in China, and evolved into a unique form of self-defense kept secret on Okinawa from all outsiders. Those who trained in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu prior to the 20th century were required to swear an oath that they would never reveal the art to the outside world.

When finally revealed to the Japanese in the early part of the 20th century, this form of self-defense became known as karate (空手). Today, karate can be separated into old school (古流) known as koryu, modern () known as gendai. Some people include sport karate and MMA. However, MMA in particular, is not a martial art as it cannot fulfill requirements necessary to make it an 'art'. Traditional karate systems include both koryu and gendai and are quite different from the common variety of sport martial arts: traditional forms focus on respect for self and others, focuses on development of powerful self-defense techniques that can include intense body hardening, and focuses on several esoteric values that fulfill the requirements of being a martial 'art'.
Great shot of two of Soke Hausel's students. Patrick Scofield
follows through with tonfa  reverse strike after blocking
Adam Bialek's attack with bo.

For centuries, karate was the martial art (代武道) of Okinawa body guards who protected royalty. It was also the martial art of Okinawa peasants who learned it for self-defense. It was strictly guarded from outsiders such that Japanese conquerors of Okinawa had no idea karate existed until it was introduced to Japan in the early 1900s by the great Shorin-Ryu master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957).  Remember Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san in the Karate Kid? Same karate!
Sensei Paula Borea blocks Sensei Bill Borea's bo attack
using her kuwa.
Master Alan Goldberg, publisher of Action Martial Arts Magazine and curator of the Hall-of-Honor recently contacted Soke Hausel, “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 held at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Soke Hausel a well-known teacher of martial arts, was inducted for Lifetime Dedication to the Martial Arts as a Grandmaster.
In karate, there is one living Grandmaster in any particular martial art. 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 (西洋少林流空手道).

Hausel began training in martial arts as a youth. In 2004; he was awarded the highest rank in Okinawa Karate: Judan (十段). Prior to this, he had reached his greatest achievement in martial arts when certified as Soke (宗家) Shodai (grandmaster) in 1999. In karate, there is no higher position than a Soke.

Since 1998, he has been inducted into several Halls of Fame around the world and 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.

In addition to teaching Karate and Kobudo (ancient weapons), Soke Hausel teaches a variety of Japanese samurai arts and also self-defense for both martial artists and non-martial artists. Over the past 40 years, Hausel has taught self-defense classes, clinics and seminars to many Church Groups, women's clubs, sororities, many martial arts groups, political groups, EMT personnel, Taekwondo School Owners, Military, Law Enforcement personnel, girl scouts, teachers, airline travelers, scientists, librarians, clergy, university faculty, staff and students and also has taught university classes in self-defense, karate, kobudo and samurai arts.
Dr. Florence Teule trains with Dan Graffius at the Arizona Hombu.
His kobudo (古武道) classes are also popular and he teaches many different martial arts weapons and even throws in a few modern day tools that can be used as weapons such as rakes, hoes, car keys, books, etc.

Members of the Arizona Community are invited meet the Arizona Karate Instructor and Hall-of-Fame inductee at the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Hombu, also known as the Arizona School of Traditional Karate located on the northeast corner of MacDonald at 60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ.  More Information.

It's Halloween in Arizona! Pumpkin carving the Okinawan way

Friday, May 4, 2012

Mesa Martial Arts Instructor Nominated For 30th Pearl Anniversary of Who's Who in the World

Soke Hausel (left) and Hanshi Finley at the Arizona School
of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Gilbert, Arizona.
In 1999, the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club was awarded the top JKI-Affiliated Martial Arts School of the Year after training a few hundred students in a variety traditional Okinawan and Japanese martial arts at one of the smaller State universities in the country. In that same year, Professor Hausel, was promoted to Sokeshodai (grandmaster) of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (Seiyo Kai) after 35 years of martial arts training.
Yudansha attending the University of Wyoming 2010 Martial
Arts Clinic. Soke Hausel stands 4th from right, Hanshi Finley
Stands 5th from the right.
Now a martial artist of more than 45 years of experience, Grandmaster Hausel has been recognized as one of the top-rated martial arts instructors in the region. He was awarded Grandmaster of the Year by six major martial arts associations over the years, Instructor of the Year, and International Instructor of the Year. He is also a member of several Halls-of-Fame for Karate, Kobudo, Teaching, and even Geological Sciences. He is a notable alumni of his high school, and the University of Utah and notable person of Gilbert and Laramie.

Soke Hausel with three of his favorite students.
His students are scattered worldwide and include many university faculty, staff, researchers, as well as engineers, scientists, health care providers, law enforcement officers, clergy, pharmacologists, and martial arts instructors and most indicate his classes were some of the better at the university because of diversified teaching, interesting stories, philosophy and Okinawan history that kept the classes interesting. In 2006, Grandmaster Hausel took early retirement and moved to the Phoenix valley and opened a martial arts training facility at the northeast corner of Baseline and MacDonald (between Country Club and Mesa Drives) in 2008. The facility; Arizona School of Traditional Karate acts as a school of martial arts for the public as well as the Arizona Hombu (world headquarters) for his students around the world. He continues to focus on academics.
Soke Hausel with some Yudansha members of the Utah
Shorin-Kai including Kyoshi Rob Watson (8th dan)
(Standing next to Soke) and Renshi Todd Stone King (6th
dan) standing next to Kyoshi.
During the past 30 years, Grandmaster Hausel also taught many classes and clinics for the general public and other martial artists in self-defense such as self-defense for laymen, self-defense for martial arts instructors, self-defense for airline travelers, self-defense for women, self-defense for librarians, self-defense for teachers.

Because of his contributions in martial arts as well as geological sciences, art, public speaking, astronomy and writing, he has been nominated for induction into Marquis 30th Pearl Anniversary of Who's Who in the World.  Soke Hausel indicated that he looks up to two martial artists who he believes are the two greatest living martial artists in the world - Dai Soke R. Sacharnoski and Osensei Tadashi Yamashita.
1996 International Martial Arts Clinic members sit outside of Corbett Gym on the University of Wyoming Campus in Laramie. Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, TV and Movie Star sits in center front.  Professor Hausel stands in back to the far left.
Soke-Dai Eric Hausel (left) and Soke at the Arizona
Hombu (Arizona School of Traditional Karate in
Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona.
JKI Yudansha including (in front row in white pants) Soke Hausel (2nd from left) and Dai-Soke Sacharnoski
(4th from the left).
Famous photo of Professor Hausel accepting full force kick from Donette
Gillespie (3rd dan) while totally unprotected and smiling! Photo courtesy of the University
of Wyoming.

30th Anniversary Clinic at the University of Wyoming (2008)
2003 Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Clinic at Corbett Gym at the University of Wyoming. Soke Hausel sits in front (6th from the left in black jacket), Osensei Tadashi Yamashita sits 8th from the left, and Soke-Dai Eric Hausel sits 10th from the left (in black jacket). Yamashita is one of the better known Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate Ka, a movie star with such credits as Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee and The Octagon with Chuck Norris.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Fred Marks Editor-in-Chief of Who’s Who in the World writes that many famous people have biographies that appear alongside the biography of Phoenix, Arizona’s outstanding martial arts instructor and grandmaster.    

Professor Hausel, hall of fame martial arts
instructor from Arizona, demonstrates a
restraint on Sensei Jason Gies from Chicago
during a jujutsu class at the University
of Wyoming (UW photo).
In the recently published Who’s Who in the World 2012 (29th edition), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton), named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2011 by Time magazine, Didier Faivre, appointed Director of the Galileo program and navigation-related activities for the European Space Agency, Professional cyclist Cadel Evans, winner of the 2011 Tour de France, Dilma Rousseff, inaugurated in 2011 as the first female President of Brazil, Carolyn S. Miles, newly appointed President and CEO of Save the Children and others’ appear alongside the biography of Arizona Polymath W. Dan Hausel.

Geoscientist Hausel discovers the Grizzly Creek
colored gemstone deposit in Wyoming in 2004.
Hausel is a world-renown Martial Arts Instructor and member of more than a dozen Halls of Fame scattered worldwide. He is a geoscientist, author, public speaker and artist, and in the past worked as a guitarist for some rock n' roll bands and was employed as an astronomer. He also conducted geochemical research on some of the first lunar samples recovered by the Apollo program. But as a geoscientist, he may be best known for his many discoveries.

Each year the Who’s Who staff researches people from around the globe who merit inclusion in Who's Who in the World. Beginning with the first edition of Who's Who in America in 1899, which featured such luminaries as Thomas Edison and Mark Twain, Marquis Who's Who publications have represented the most comprehensive sources available for information on human achievement.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Grand Canyon University Professor Earns Master Degree

SO How Does a PhD Earn a Master Degree? Easy! Join a Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts School.

Dr. Neal Adam is awarded both Godan (5th degree black belt)
and Shihan (Master Instructor) certificates by Soke Hausel at
the Seiyo Kai Hombu in Mesa.
Wax on, wax off.  It takes decades of dedication & training to master a martial art. When most people think of a master of martial arts, they often visualize an old, wise monk; or a faster than life karate master who is indestructible. But to be a true master of martial arts, one must not only master the physical skills of a martial art, but they must also master oriental philosophy, history and traditions.

It is also rare for a PhD to earn a Master Degree: not the master’s degree from a university, but a master degree in Shorin-Ryu Karate. Remember Daniel-san from the original Karate Kid?   Mr. Myagi taught Daniel-san Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate - the same art taught at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and Gilbert at 60 W. Baseline Road. Reaching the level of PhD and Professor requires dedication to a particular field of study and research leaving little time for anything else. And to do the same in martial arts is rare.

Dr Neal Adam, associate professor of biology at Grand Canyon University, has dedicated the past 30 years to learning karate while pursuing a career in science. His love for karate reached a high level of comprehension of Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Seiyo Kai Karate and Kobudo. To reach this level of expertise, one must understand the mechanics and physics of karate, they must comprehend the philosophy of the art, they must learn dozens of complex forms and be able to demonstrate these forms without thinking and with extraordinary power and focus, and they must master ancient weapons, and must learn to defend themselves effectively.

Mild mannered Dr. Adam in his traditional
university professor uniform
The Master degree is a measure of one’s expertise and translates in Japanese as Shihan. Dr. Neal Adam reached this level and was presented certifications of Shihan and Godan (5th degree black belt) after testing in front of Soke Hausel, world head of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo at the Hombu (world headquarters) in Mesa.

In addition to demonstrating an understanding of karate and kobudo, Dr. Adam was also required to develop new forms of kobudo. He created a new form of hanbo (3-foot staff) and applications for self defense, and also developed a new form using common everyday tools of his trade for self-defense: eye glasses, rulers, pens, belt, etc. The new form was named the Nerd-ja kata.