|Trademarked symbol of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo|
Just Today, Grandmaster Hausel, president of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai(TM), was notified by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge England, that his compendium will appear in the 1st Edition of Great Men and Women of Science. His selection to this Who's Who encyclopedia related to his many accomplishments as a polymath.
And it was just last year, Hausel was selected for Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World and nominated for other honors. Not bad for a martial artist! Hey, is there some mistake - why is a karate instructor being considered for science awards?
It has to do with something known as a workaholic and a polymath. Grandmaster Hausel has been a workaholic most of his life. He is particularly good at the things that interest him - karate, kobudo, self-defense, sojutsu, iaido, samurai arts, kempojutsu, geology, prospecting, writing, music, sketching, public speaking, etc. But as with most polymaths, there is a ying/yang effect - he is just as bad at the things he has no interest in - so if your car dies on the highway - call a tow truck and don't ask him for help. He is what is known as mechanically declined.
|Soke Hausel with two of his favorite people - Sensei Paula|
and Sensei Bill
As a martial artist, he has won many awards, especially for his unique style of teaching. He has been recognized as the Instructor of the Year, International Instructor of the Year, Grandmaster Instructor of the Year, Grandmaster of the Year, all by martial arts associations that Soke Hausel is not even a member. He was even presented one of the highest honors in martial arts just a couple of years ago - when he was recognized as a 'martial arts genius'! Whoever heard of geniuses in martial arts?
So, what does all of this mean? Simply put, Soke Hausel has taken the pain and the boring repetition out of martial arts and modified it so that his students can't wait to get to class to learn something new. Unfortunately, his current classes are restricted to adults and families - he admits that teaching kids perplex him. Besides, before he opened the Arizona Hombu Dojo (Karate School) in Mesa, he taught hundreds of martial artists at four major universities, where classes would fill to capacity - often as many as 110 karate students in his beginning classes in the Departments of Physical Education and Kinesiology (with long waiting lists), 50 or more in Self-Defense in the Department of Continuing Education, 24 in jujutsu in the Department of PE (the number of jujutsu students were restricted because of available mat space), and up to 100 in the University Club Sports and Recreation. So what does he do different than other instructors - he works to find ways to do martial arts in a variety of entertaining ways. And the monthly fees are very reasonable.
|Yan Ma, University ow Wyoming Student, accepts |
award from Grandmaster.
Soke Hausel is a member of 16 Halls-of-Fame scattered around the world. Well, not all of these Halls-of-Fame inducted this Arizona instructor for his karate skills, most inducted him for his teaching methods and a couple inducted him for his geological expertise! And more recently, he was highlighted as one of the top instructors in Arizona by Thumbtack, who also recently spot-lighted his accomplishments. For those starting out in martial arts, one can not emphasize enough how important it is to have an instructor with experience.
Traditional Karate Schools have many traditions: some may be apparent to prospective students as they first enter a dojo (karate school) for the first time, others are picked up in the classes over time. When entering the traditional martial arts school, if you are set upon by a herd of aggressive salesmen, turn around and get out - at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, there will be no mention of prices unless a prospective student asks. If you hear music blaring in the background, you are not in a traditional martial arts school and there should not be any trophy cabinets, just traditions - the way Mr. Miyaga of the Karate Kid would want it and the way martial arts have been taught for hundreds of years. Just use your imagination. If you walked into a traditional martial arts school in Japan, how do you imagine it should look like?
YOUR FIRST CLASS
|Grandmaster Hausel demonstrates one of dozens of|
Okinawan kobudo weapons known as tonfa
Imagine this - you will have the opportunity to learn traditional Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate, Okinawan Kobudo, Samurai Arts, and Self-defense. Each one of these major categories include several different martial arts.
|Soke Hausel demonstrates joint lock on Officer Phil during|
jujutsu class at the University of Wyoming.
|Kobudo night at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate.|
|Kata night at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate.|
|Kata and Karate are the same - you cannot train in karate without kata. Here,|
Ryan and Alexis are seen practicing Pinan Sandan
|Dr. Adam (7th degree black belt) demonstrates Billy Bob kata using the tools of|
trade for Nebraskan farmers
|Training in kata on Tuesday nights|
|Merry Christmas from the Arizona Hombu dojo|