Saturday, January 5, 2013

University of Wyoming's Martial Arts Legacy migrates to Arizona

Soke Hausel at Grizzly Creek where he
discovered a world-class gemstone deposit in 2004
Japanese garden - representative of Zen and traditional martial arts.

In 1977, Sensei Hausel was hired by the Geological Survey of Wyoming on the University of Wyoming Campus in Laramie to search for base metals, precious metals, gemstones, radioactive minerals and industrial minerals along with developing publications and maps to provide information to the public, state and mining industry on these deposits. He was also charged with researching both Precambrian geology and Igneous Petrology, both which had been neglected up till 1977.

As a polymath, this was a perfect job for the geoscientist: over the years, he more than fulfilled these obligations finding hundreds of mineral anomalies, major mineral deposits and even some world-class mineral deposits - both gold and gemstones and finding new mining districts. Never in the history of the Geological Survey had one person accomplished so much. 

In addition to finding mineral deposits, he published nearly 1,000 documents including books, magazine articles, professional papers, geological maps and abstracts, mapped more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex Precambrian geological terrain, and mapped major kimberlite and lamproite volcanic fields, mapped and investigated mineral deposits associated with calc-alkaline porphyry copper deposits, mapped and investigated gold deposits associated with alkaline volcanics, discovered major gold deposits in Wyoming and Alaska, and presented nearly 500 talks around the country about the geology of Wyoming. He was presented dozens of awards and honors and inducted into two Halls-of-Fame for his work in geological sciences and public educating.

At the same time, Sensei Hausel taught martial arts at the University of Wyoming for 30 years as part of University Clubs, Club Sports, Department of Physical Education, Department of Kinesiology and University of Wyoming Extended Studies. Five thousand or more students, staff, faculty and members of Wyoming community attended these martial arts classes, karate clinics and self-defense short courses. These included Karate, Jujutsu, Kobudo, Self-Defense and Samurai Arts. He also taught periodic martial arts clinics to martial artists and the general public on self-defense, rape prevention, jujutsu, karate, and kobudo.(martial arts weapons) 

Another of many Hall-of-Fame
inductions for Arizona-Wyoming
Special martial arts classes and clinics were also taught to Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Nebraska, and Montana martial artists and communities and included hanbo, hojojutsu, tonfa, nunchaku, kama, sai, manrikigusari, naginata, yari, shitai kori, bo, kuwa, eiku, tanto, kibo, katana, nitanbo, kobuton, and others. Most of the clinics were taught at the University of Wyoming, but others were taught in Afton, Alpine, Cheyenne, Casper, Gillette, Riverton and Saratoga. To further educate the public on traditional martial arts, its history and benefits, lectures on the history of traditional of martial arts were presented to a variety of groups around the region. 

And like the geological sciences, this fit well with a polymath. Sensei Hausel was inducted into Halls-of-Fame and several Who's Who for his teaching martial arts, influence on his students, and for developing a hybrid traditional martial art. From 1998 to 2012, he had been inducted into 14 Halls-of-Fame recognizing his accomplishments in the martial arts and became one of the better martial arts instructors in the world. Few other karate instructors had accomplished as much. 

In 1999, he was awarded the rank of kudan (9th dan) in Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo and certified as Sokeshodai of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Renmei. In 2004, Soke Hausel was awarded the highest rank in Shorin-Ryu Karate (Judan). As a 10th dan Soke, he continued to develop his martial arts. 

In 2006, Soke Hausel ran into a dilemma. He had to chose between his love of his profession at the University and continue to work at the Geological Survey, or to take early retirement because of moral and ethical conflict of working for a corrupt individual. Three people died at the Geological Survey and nearly half of the staff resigned, transferred or retired. Even though it was his original intent to stay at the Wyoming Geological Survey until they carried him out in a box, he decided to retire and move to Arizona to start over.

Since leaving Wyoming, Soke Hausel continued his geology career as a consultant for several mining companies, VP of US Exploration for and Australian diamond company, offered several book contracts, and has even been contacted by a half-dozen companies about doing reality shows related to gemstones and diamonds. In the past, Soke Hausel found several diamond deposits and identified nearly 300 anomalies that likely include additional diamond deposits. He also found dozens of gemstone deposits and hundreds of gold anomalies.

Along with consulting, Soke Hausel continues to teach martial arts for members of the public in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Phoenix Arizona. He also operates an international martial arts association (Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai) with martial artists in more than a dozen countries and teaches several times a week at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona

Soke Hausel's classes were always filled at the University of Wyoming. His PE Beginning Karate Classes all filled to 110 students and including long waiting lists.
So, the martial arts legacy continues in Arizona. According to Soke Hausel, he enjoys having his own martial arts training center and martial arts hombu (hombu is a world martial arts center or karate school) where he teaches adults and families about traditional martial arts, but he really misses the university environment.

In the past he taught not only at the University of Wyoming, but also at the University of New Mexico, University of Utah and Arizona State University (ASU). ASU could have been a good fit, but the "bureaucracy was impressive" and after a year, Soke decided to leave ASU. Hopefully, one day, ASU, Grand Canyon University, Mesa Community College or a similar school will recognize they need a traditional martial arts program and a top martial arts instructor. Martial arts are not just about breaking rocks, they are mostly about improving a person mentally and physically. If all members of our society were receiving traditional martial arts training in the public schools and universities as they do in Japan, violence related to drug drivers, drugs, etc. would almost go away.

Soke Hausel left a legacy at UW that included 2,000 to 3,000 students who participated in the club's activities, as many as a hundred who received black belts, and many students from all around the world. This program was one of the top martial arts educational programs in North America for many years.

30th Anniversary Clinic at Corbett Gym at the University of Wyoming. Soke Hausel kneeling (center). Sensei Nicole Maxwell stands in back (4th from left).

Florence Teule (1st dan), former University of
Wyoming Club Advisor and Nicole Maxwell (2nd dan)
University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and
Kobudo Instructor.

UW students learn self-defense at Soke Hausel's clinics

His self-defense classes for women, students, faculty, ROTC, sororities, etc
were always very popular with attendees filling the University of Wyoming