Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mesa Karate

Training at the Arizona Hombu Dojo, 60 W Baseline Center, Mesa -
 just across the street from Gilbert and Chandler. Classes focus on adults and families and are attended 
by 30 to 50% women. 
Karate, Kobudo and Kata are all the same - you can't have one without the other parts - they are inseparable. And together, they lead one to a path of self-defense, self-confidence and respect for others.

To find this martial arts path, one must first find a teacher, or a martial arts instructor, who has a wealth of knowledge and is willing to share that knowledge with his students.

More than a couple of decades ago, Dan Hausel, owner and operator of the Arizona Hombu Dojo searched for a sensei of extraordinary knowledge and talent because he found that he could go no further in his martial arts education. Even though he had been teaching karate and kobudo at the University of Wyoming many years, he found himself at a crossroads in his martial arts training. Then he applied for membership to Juko Kai International, one of the more prestigious Okinawan/Japanese/USA organizations in the world. JKI doesn't accept everyone, in fact most are turned away because of questionable martial arts lineage and background. Professor Hausel was accepted as a probationary student in JKI until he could attend the National Black Belt Clinic in Florida and test in front of the great grandmaster: Dai-Soke Sacharnoski. After his test, everything began to fall in place and he has been an active member of JKI ever since.

Today, Hausel has established he is one of the better martial artists in Arizona. The Mesa Karate Instructor and Hall-of-Fame Grandmaster has been presented prestigious national and international awards for lifetime contributions to teaching martial arts.

Soke Hausel says he loves martial arts, loves to teach others what he has learned in the martial arts over the past decades, loves seeing his students gain confidence, and enjoys being around his students to help them find their way, or path in life. Over the years, he taught many scientists, engineers, teachers, accountants, business managers, sociologists, law enforcement personnel, faculty, staff, and a few lawyers and clergy. And most of his students have loved their karate lessons.

Suzette demonstrates iaido (fast draw sword techniques) at the Arizona Hombo dojo, Mesa. In addition to the typical
 Okinawan martial arts, members also learn some of the classical traditional Japanese martial arts related to samurai.
As kyoju no budo (Professor of Japanese and Okinawan martial arts) at the University of Wyoming over three decades, he taught karate, kobudo, samurai arts, self-defense & women's self-defense in the Department of Continuing Education, Department of Physical Fitness, Department of Kinesiology and the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club. He put his heart and soul into teaching hundreds of students and worked with many individually to guide them to a career path at the university.  "It is what these students have achieved that makes teaching martial arts worth-while." Over the years, he became known as an outstanding martial arts instructor and geologist.

Grandmaster Hausel demonstrates proper technique
After leaving the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Geological Survey, the grandmaster now operates his Hombu Dojo (world headquarters of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo) at the 60 W. Baseline Center on the border of Mesa with Gilbert and Chandler Arizona. Recently, Hausel was selected for the 2015 DaVinci Award because of contributions to martial arts, geology, art, astronomy, public speaking and writing. At the same time, he was inducted in to the Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in Science and Engineering. Soke Hausel is a polymath and has excelled in karate, kobudo, self-defense, samurai arts, geological sciences, public speaking, astronomy, art, music, and writing. He is an author of more than 1,000 publications!

Gavin blocks bo attack using nunchaku
After more than 50 years of martial arts and teaching for more than 40 years at four universities, Soke Hausel continues to teach 7 classes a week at the Arizona Hombu (a.k.a. Arizona School of Traditional Karate) and travels around the country to teach martial arts clinics. He is an active member of Juko Kai International and Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei. Juko Kai International is a very prestigious Okinawan/US martial arts association. Many people in the association hold black belt ranks in five or more martial arts. Soke Hausel has been greatly influence by Dai-Soke Sacharnoski who has been his personal instructor for a quarter of a century.

At the Hombu dojo in Arizona, students learn a variety of martial arts including traditional Okinawa Shorin-Ryu karate and kobudo. They also learn a variety of traditional Japanese samurai arts.

Soke Hausel (white pants at far left of photo) with
high-ranking black belt members of Juko Kai International.
Dai Soke Sacharnoski (white pants) sits near center
Being a Christian, Soke Hausel has been asked about turning the other cheek? "Not when I can block", he says - "but if someone harasses me for being a Christian, I will  forgive them, after I pick them off the ground".

Asked if he ever had been attacked he indicated he had. In one instance, while teaching at the University of New Mexico, he was attacked by two individuals right after he finished teaching a karate class at the university union. He was walking across campus when attacked by two individuals (one had a knife) in front of a couple of his students. It was over in seconds and Hausel indicated he had blood all over his hands. So, how did he contend with this altercation? "I didn't think about it much, other than I prayed that these two what-a-be muggers found a better path in life."

2016 photo of Tuesday evening class at the Arizona Hombu dojo
Kobudo training (Okinawan farming and fishing tools) at the Arizona Hombu. Photo shows Dennis with sansetsukon
(3-sectional staff) defending attack by Gavin with bo.