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Soke Dan Hausel 

W. Dan Hausel, Grandmaster


W. Dan Hausel (born 1949 in Salt Lake City Utah, USA). Grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo (Seiyo Kai) and world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai (a.k.a. Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Budo-Bugei Renmei).


Attended South High School in SLC and was confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church. He later earned BS and MS degrees in geology at the University of Utah. Began martial arts training in 1964 at the Black Eagle Federation Kyokushin Kai dojo, and later attended the University of Utah Wado-Ryu dojo, University of Utah Shotokan dojo, University of New Mexico Shorin-Ryu dojo, and trained in Shorin-Ryu and other martial arts at the Juko Kai International Hombu from 1993 to present. He taught martial arts for more than 3 decades as Kyoju no Budo (Professor of martial arts) at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona and teaches at the Arizona Hombu Dojo in Mesa, Arizona.


In 1999, his hybrid Okinawn Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo style was recognized by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei (an international governing organization of martial arts grandmasters) as a legitimate martial art and was awarded Soke Shodai (1st generation grandmaster) of this art. He is a member of more than a dozen Halls-of-Fame including the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame, the World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame and others. In 2004, he was awarded Judan (10th degree black belt) and is the only known martial artist in Wyoming to ever be awarded 10th dan and certified as a grandmaster. In 2012, he was awarded the unprecedented rank of Junidan (12th dan) and presented Meijin wa Jujutsu. 


Black Belt (Magazine), November, 1999 wrote: 


"W. Dan Hausel, Professor of Martial Arts at the University of Wyoming, was appointed Soke Shodai (grandmaster)/kudan (9th degree black belt) of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate/Kobudo by the Zen Kokusai Soke Budo/Bugei Renmei commission at the Juko Kai International headquarters in North Carolina on September 26th, 1999. Soke Hausel was also recently honored in 1998 by induction into two hall of fames, honored as instructor of the year by two international associations".


While at the University of Wyoming, Soke Hausel developed a traditional martial arts program that was unmatched by most universities in the world. In 1999, the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club was awarded the Juko Kai International Top-Rated Martial Arts School of the Year. In the following year, Soke Hausel was awarded Juko-Kai International's Top-Rated Soke of the Year. The university program provided martial arts (karate, kobudo, jujutsuself-defense and samurai arts) training to a few thousand students, faculty and staff from 1977 and continues to this day, although Soke Hausel left the University in 2007. Martial arts classes were taught in the Department of Continuing Education, Department of Physical Education, Department of Kinesiology, and the University of Wyoming Club Sports Program. In addition to teaching formal classes, Soke Hausel offered an out-reach program and taught self-defense to sororities, church groups, women's groups and clubs, professional associations, other martial arts schools and ROTC.


He was awarded 2001 International Instructor of the Year, the 2004 Instructor of the Year, and Grandmaster of the Year in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005. He continues to teach martial arts in Arizona at the Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Hombu (Arizona School of Traditional Karate) in Mesa, Arizona

Martial Arts Grandmaster (Soke) Hausel celebrated 5 decades of martial arts in 2014 with some of his students at the Arizona Hombu Dojo.

Soke Hausel is a polymath and recipient of national & international awards in geology, public speaking, art, mineral discoveries, exploration, education, teaching, martial arts & writing. He is a member of 17 Halls-of-Fame.


Soke Hausel, the polymath, was recipient of the Thayer Lindsley Award in Economic Geology with six other geologists in 2009. This, considered the highest honor for an economic geologist by many, was presented for discovery of a world-class gold deposit in 1988 in Alaska. He has also been presented the Archimedes Award in Geological Sciences, Wyoming Geological Association Distinguished Service Award, University of Wyoming Department of Geology & Geophysics Distinguished Lecturer, appointed to the United States Soke Council Soke Hausel has been presented several other national awards (see Honors page and also refer to GemHunter and Hall of Fame). He is also the author of several blogs, books, magazine articles, professional papers and geological maps.



Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo (Seiyo Kai)

Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai is an traditional martial art with roots in Okinawa. One of the primary focuses on Seiyo Karate is to develop both power and acceleration in technique resulting in strikes that potentially produce one-punch knock down power.  Seiyo Kai Karate emphasizes personal, spiritual, mental & physical development. It is not a sport, it is considered a weapon, and few members of Seiyo Kai Karate take part in sport competition. As stated by many Okinawan martial artists including Hanshi Shoshin Nagamine, sport martial art is  "too shallow". Kata is the heart and soul of our martial art.  For those who practice sport competition that is a personal decision, as it is very easy to lose focus and power of technique and one must be careful not to lose the true meaning of karate and martial art. 


According to Hanshi Nagamine, "kata is the origin of karate". "If there is NO KATA, there is NO KARATE!"  Without kata, there is no longer martial art - instead it becomes nothing but primative street fighting! Shoshin Nagamine provides us with further insight into karate by stating "one must embrace a do mu gen proverb""there can be no end to learning and that karate begins and ends with the study of kata".



In addition to kata, bunkai (applications) are very important part of the curriculum. Each kata is dissected into a group of ippon kumite, which a student learns along with kata. As such, the student develops first-hand knowledge of applications and purpose of kata. We also emphasize power (focus) in all techniques and include kobudo (weapons) as an essential part of our Ryu (style) along with te (empty hand techniques).  All of our kobudo kata are also broken down into ippon kumite applications. To ensure that the martial arts practitioner of our style is well-rounded, jujutsu and other samurai arts are incorporated and taught in Seiyo Shorin-Ryu.


Soke Hausel offers affiliation with Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai for any Shotokan or Shorin-Ryu martial artist or club interested in training in traditional martial arts under a certified Soke. Those affiliating with our organization are requested to become active participants in Shorin-Ryu Karate and to spread the positive attributes of martial arts.  


Members of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu are taught philosophy, history and ethics of traditional martial arts. The arts are practiced to develop more self-confident and positive individuals. The dojo kun of the association includes several important precepts including "kara te ni sente nashi" - translation as "there is no first attack in karate". Philosophically, it means the practitioners use karate to help develop self-confidence but affirm not to misuse the martial arts.


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