Monday, August 19, 2013

Arizona Martial Arts Instructor recognized as Great Scientist

Trademarked symbol of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo
Arizona martial arts instructor, Soke Hausel, selected to appear in Great Men and Women of Science! Huh?

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?

In a traditional martial arts school, students bow lower than their martial arts instructor, students bow lower to all students of higher rank. This is to insure they learn to respect their instructor, training partners, and the martial arts. Everyone bows to the  grandmaster, but the grandmaster seldom bows to students except at the start and end of class. In the traditional school of karate, there are displays in the dojo, but all have traditional meaning. Before one enters or leaves the training facility, one bows to show respect to the martial arts.

"Yokoso!" Welcome!
Grandmaster Hausel demonstrates one of dozens of
Okinawan kobudo weapons known as tonfa
We have martial artists from Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe in our school, about 30% female (some nights as many as 60% female), and overall, the students are highly educated and includes biologists, geologists, chemists, astrophysicists, astronomers, artists, engineers, pilots, accountants, teachers, secretaries, senior citizens, soldiers, electricians, cardiologists as well as faculty members of nearby universities.

If you have physical limitations, you will need to let you instructor know so he/she can modify techniques to suit limitations. Your first month, you should just plan to wear gym clothes. When you are ready, buy a 'traditional karate uniform' known as a gi from a martial arts supply house. Search for an all white, traditional karate uniform.

During your first evening, you will be introduced to a the other students - this is because we are all part of the same ryu (martial arts system or family). The beginning and ending traditional ceremony will be explained and you will be taught basics (kihon) of karate. When it is apparent you need additional help, you will train one-on-one with a black belt instructor (sensei) or a senior student for individual attention. In this way, you will advance much faster than in most other martial arts schools. You will also learn considerably more martial arts because of the experience of our instructors. In total, our instructors have more than a century of martial arts training experience.

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.
We will help you with stances, punching, kicking and kata. Forms known as kata, are the essence of karate. Okinawa karate was developed to include both empty hand (no weapons) and weapons (kobudo), so you will start learning weapons during the same week you start learning karate as shown on the weekly schedule.

Most sport martial arts schools do not teach weapons, and if they do, the curriculum is limited and students are often charged additional prices for weapons training. In traditional karate, weapons are part of karate as they have been for centuries.

Over the next few months, you will train in karate, self-defense and kobudo. You will learn how to use kata to greatly improve you technique. You may start learning to defend against knife attacks, an aggressor with a hand gun, rifle, club, chain. We periodically have special self-defense clinics to teach self-defense, or other training clinics. It it our sincere intention to teach you martial arts while leading you to good health, self-confidence, and developing a lifelong path of martial arts.

We operate a traditional Okinawan martial arts school. So plan to bow a lot and plan to learn some Japanese language. We have one of the top martial arts instructors in the world, so you will learn a variety of martial arts cored around Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. ‘Shorin-Ryu’ translates as ‘Shaolin style’. Karate translates as ‘empty hand’ and Kobudo translates as ‘old martial arts weapons’. So, feel free to stop by our Traditional Karate School and just have a look around. We look forward to meeting you.

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

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