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Award Winning Martial Artist

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W. Dan Hausel took up martial arts in 1964 for self-defense due to the hostile environment where he grew up. He and three others grew their hair to perform as a rock n' roll band, and the ultraconservative environment in Utah resulted in potential conflicts.  He later discovered there was much more to the martial arts than just self-defense - he discovered traditions,  philosophy, techniques, history and much more. In 1999, he was awarded the prestigious title of Sokeshodai. In 2012, he was presented two of the most prestigious honors in martial arts - Meijin Wajutsu, and the rank of Junidan.


Black Belt Magazine, November, 1999 Buzzline writes:

"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, and highlighted in several Marquis, American Biographical Institute, and International Biographical Center Who's Who documents for accomplishments in martial arts, geological sciences, public speaking, writing and art."


Hausel has trained in martial arts for more than 5 decades and holds many certifications in traditional martial arts. He is the world head & grandmaster of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate-Kobudo Kai and holds the highest rank attainable in Shorin-Ryu (Okinawan) karate. His achievements have led to induction into several Halls of Fame.  A former instructor at four different universities, Hausel has introduced a few thousand students to the ways of martial arts and continues to train adults at the Arizona Hombu Dojo.



  • Soke Shodai (Head-founder, Grandmaster), Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai, certified on September 23rd, 1999.
  • Honorable Grandmaster, Okinwan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do. Certified on March 25th, 2004.
  • 10th Dan (Judan), Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo. Certified by WOMA on February 22nd, 2004. 
  • 12th dan (Junidan), Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate. Certified by JKI, 2012.
  • Certifications for 7 other black belt ranks in Shorin-Ryu, Shotokan, Kempo and Kobujutsu as well as certifications in 10 other martial arts.



2013 Awarded title of Meijin Wajutsu.

2012 Awarded rank of junidan (12th dan) in Shorin-Ryu Karate.

2011 Inducted, Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall of Honors for Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts, New Jersey.

2009 Juko Kai International Honor Award (One Who Points the Way), Dallas, TX.

2008 USHOFMAA International Hall of Honor, Appointed to Supreme Elite Warrior's Council, MD

2008 Appointed as International Representative of Arizona (USA) for IOSKDKA, Athens, Greece.

2008 Appointed to World Sokeship (Grandmaster) Council.

2008 Awarded Lifetime Membership to International Okinawa Seishinryoku Karatedo Kobudo Association.

2007 Appointed to United States Soke Council.

2006 Inducted into the USHOFMAA International Hall of Honor, MD.

• 2006 Honorary PhD Philosophy of Japanese Martial Arts Sciences.

• 2005 Inducted into the World Black Belt Hall of Fame (Grandmaster of the Year), Malaysia along with Bruce Lee.

• 2004 Honorable Grandmaster & Lifetime Member, World Head of Society (International Council of Masters and Grandmasters) Hall of Fame.

• 2004 Inducted into the American Karate Association Hall of Fame, “Instructor of the Year” Cincinnati, Ohio.

• 2004 Inducted into the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tennessee.

• 2004 Lifetime member, World Organizer of Martial Arts, Department of Martial Arts Affairs, Wilmington, Delaware, February 20th, 2004.

• 2003 Inductee, Latin America Martial Arts Society Worldwide Hall of Fame, “International Grandmaster of the Year”, Puerto Rico.

• 2002 Inductee, Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame, “Founder of the Year”, Orlando, Florida.

• 2002 Inductee, World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, “Grandmaster of the Year”, Springdale, Ohio,

• 2001 Inductee, North American Black Belt Hall of Fame, “International Instructor of the Year”, Lakewood, California.

• 2000 Top Juko-Kai International (JKI) affiliated Soke of the Year.

• 2000 Inductee, World Karate Union Hall of Fame, “Lifetime Achievement Award”, Chateau Resort, Tannersville, PA..

• 2000 Inductee, American Biographical Institute’s Millennium Hall of Fame for lifelong contributions to martial arts.

• 1999 - Headmaster of the JKI Top-Rated Club of the Year (UW Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo Club).

• 1998 Inductee, KB Karate Hall of Fame “Grandmaster Instructor of the Year”, Pennsylvania.

• Member, World Soke Council.

• Inductee, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Who’s Who in the 21st Century, and several others.

• Listed in ABI’s Men of Achievement, 2000 Notable American Men, Ten Thousand Personalities of the World, and others.

• Kyoju (Professor of Martial Arts).

• JKI Samurai.



• Juko-Kai International.

• Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Renmei

• Zen Kukusai Soke Budo/Bugei Renmei

• World Organizer of Martial Arts

• Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Kokusai Kempo-Karate-Do & Kobudo Federation

• Okinawa Karate Federation

• World Soke Council

• US Soke Council



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