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Who’s Who recognizes Arizona Martial Arts Instructor

Posted by okinawakarate on July 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (3)

Mesa, AZ, July, 2012: Fred Marks Editor-in-Chief of Who’s Who in the World notified World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall-of-Fame member Soke Hausel that he has been selected for inclusion into their prestigious biographical reference compendium. Earlier this year, Hausel had been elected to Who’s Who in America and inducted into Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honor for Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts as a Grandmaster.

Fred Marks wrote to Hausel, “Congratulations! Based on your outstanding achievements, Marquis Who’s Who has selected you for inclusion in the new 30th Pearl Edition of Who’s Who in the World. This new anniversary edition will feature more than 55,000 of the most accomplished men and women around the world”.

Professor Hausel operates the Arizona School of Traditional Okinawa Martial Arts at 60 W. Baseline Road and has been teaching martial arts for more than 4 decades and a highly sought instructor for clinics around the west. He taught martial arts at four universities prior to opening a public martial arts center on baseline for adults and families. As the head Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai he has students scattered around the world with many in Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. In 1999, he was certified as the grandmaster of the Okinawan martial arts association, and in 2004, was promoted to Judan (10th degree black belt).

Valley Students Promotied in Martial Arts

Posted by okinawakarate on July 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

At the Arizona School of Traditional Okinawa Martial Arts, Mesa –Gilbert, students train in martial arts as they have been taught for centuries on Okinawa. Both adults and families train under the supervision of Soke Hausel, 10th degree black belt, the grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo and learn karate, kobudo (martial arts weapons), samurai arts and self-defense. As one shows significant progress, they will be invited to test for rank.

Tests are not common in traditional martial arts. One has to progress considerably before being invited to test. For mudansha ranks (colored belts), tests are typically separated 2 to 6 months and only scheduled when the grandmaster feels the individual student has progressed to the next higher step of expertise. For yudansha ranks (black belt), tests are separated by 1 to 4 years for those who train regularly.

Exams for mudansha require knowledge of kihon (basics), kata (forms), bunkai (pragmatic understanding of kata), kobudo (weapons), self-defense and kumite (controlled sparing with and without weapons). Following recent tests in mid July (2012), two members of the Mesa Hombu were promoted – Patrick Scofield was promoted to yonkyu (4th kyu) green belt and Ryan Harden was promoted to nikyu (2nd kyu) brown belt at a ceremony at the Arizona Martial Arts Center at 60 W. Baseline in Mesa. The martial arts center is open to the public.