Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Great Teaching Requires Extraordinary Teachers

Dan Hausel, Soke, with Arizona Hombu Dojo 
Karate and Kobudo School, Mesa and Gilbert, 
Arizona demonstrates common kobudo weapon 
known as tonfa. 
Former professor of martial arts (kyoju no budo), Grandmaster Hausel, at the University of Wyoming, taught karate, kobudo (Okinawan weapons), self-defense, samurai arts, and jujutsu for 3 decades, prior to packing up and moving to Gilbert, Arizona in 2006 with his wife Sharon. While at the university, he not only taught martial arts, but also wrote many professional papers, magazine articles, books and walked large sections of the state in search of colored gemstones, diamonds, gold and other minerals, and mapped nearly 1,000 km2 of geology, and explored other parts of North America for gold and diamonds as a consultant. In Alaska, he and six other geologists discovered one of the largest gold deposits ever found in human history deposit with much more gold than the famous Homestake mine. He didn’t get a speck of gold for the discovery at Donlin Creek Alaska, just a consulting fee and his name carved on a stone plaque. Other discoveries included the largest iolite gemstones ever found (some the size of Smart cars), diamond deposits, rubies, sapphires, peridot, garnet, opal and many gold deposits.

He is currently working on a book about Arizona’s gold deposits that is expected to be released in 2018. The skills and methods he uses to prospect, he also applies to martial arts, writing, and sketching. When he learns something of value, this is the treasure he is looking for. Some measure wealth in possessions, Hausel measures wealth in discoveries - whether geology, martial arts, etc.

Just like prospecting for gold, he tends to examine all aspects of martial arts. To him, kata (the forms of karate and kobudo) are like gold mines filled with treasure. The treasure in kata are known as bunkai (practical applications hidden in the forms). In days of old, Okinawan karate masters created karate kata (forms) with all of their favorite techniques and used kata as a living guide to self-defense.

Hausel is a grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo certified by Juko Kai International, Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei and other organizations who attest to his expertise as a great martial arts teacher. Over the years, Hausel found hidden treasures in karate forms that he teaches to his students. Katas contain devastating self-defense techniques developed by karate masters on the small island nation of Okinawa hundreds of years ago, before it became part of Japan. The karate masters taught living forms to their students, and the forms were separated into individual self-defense techniques containing hints of hidden secrets. Many techniques were proven in back alleys of Shuri and Naha, Okinawa. Even though most Okinawan martial artists could not read, they had living forms of self-defense. And over time, just like many old gold mines, the original prospectors and martial arts masters forgot where the gold was hidden.

Dan Hausel, geologist, prepared 
to go underground at the 
Resolution copper mine,
Typically, there are a few dozen or more pragmatic self-defense techniques in each kata that employ escapes, chokes, pressure point strikes, kicks, punches, restraints, joint manipulations, throws, and even weapon applications known as kobudo - the applications are endless. This is the treasure Hausel searches for.

While at UW, Hausel taught martial arts in the departments of Physical Education, Kinesiology, Extended Studies and Club Sports. Over the years, he won fame as a martial arts instructor and was inducted into an unprecedented 16 halls-of-fame. This year alone, he has been inducted into Who’s Who in Martial Arts and selected for the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hausel loves to teach martial arts. He has expertise in many martial arts and has several black belt certificates - the most notable is junidan in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. Junidan translates as 12th degree black belt, the highest rank in Shorin-Ryu Karate. Jigoro Kano (1860-1938), the father of Judo, established a modern ranking system for Japanese martial arts with 12th dan as the highest, and only a few individuals have ever achieved this rank since Kano. National and international awards attest to his teaching skills and include “Instructor of the Year”, “International Instructor of the Year”, “Grandmaster Instructor of the Year”, and “Education Award”

Grandmaster Hausel with two of this black belt instructors 
(Sensei Paula Borea & Sensei Bill Borea) at this 
50th-year martial arts anniversary at the 
Arizona Hombu dojo.
Today, you will find Grandmaster Hausel teaching adults and families at his school (Arizona Hombu Dojo) at 60 W. Baseline Road on the Gilbert-Mesa border, where he teaches traditional karate, kobudo (peasant weapons), self-defense, and many samurai arts. He focuses on adults because of his background of teaching adults at four universities in the past. His students from Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Phoenix include professors, clergy, doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, social scientists, school teachers, soldiers, accountants, pilots, secretaries, etc., who range from 10 to 85 years old.

Hausel is not only a martial arts teacher, geologist, writer, and public speaker, he is also an artist, and worked as a professional musician and astronomer. For people of the East Valley of Phoenix located in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Apache Junction, Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale who are interested in learning traditional martial arts and self-defense, you will want to sign up for classes at the Arizona Hombu dojo. Classes are 98% adult and may vary from 30% to 60% female and classes are limited to 20.  


Great Teaching Requires Extraordinary Teachers

Dan Hausel, Soke, with Arizona Hombu Dojo  Karate and Kobudo School, Mesa and Gilbert,  Arizona  demonstrates common kobudo weapon  ...