Soke Sho Dai W.Dan Hausel

SOKE SHO DAI W.DAN HAUSEL (born in 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.) a polymath of martial arts, geology, writing, astronomy, art, and public speaking. Hall-of-Fame 10th degree black belt grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, mineral exploration geologist who made several gold, colored gemstone, and diamond deposit discoveries in Alaska, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, author of more than 600 publications including books, maps, professional papers and magazine articles, public speaker, artist, former astronomy lecturer for the Hansen Planetarium in Utah, and former rock musician.In 1999, Professor Hausel developed a hybrid style of Okinawn Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo that 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[1] [2]. In 2004, he was awarded Judan (10th degree black belt; the highest rank possible in Okinawan/Japanese karate) and is the only known martial artist to ever be awarded this rank in Wyoming.

Soke Hausel with Dai-Soke Sacharnoski at the Juko Kai
Soke Hausel with Dai-Soke Sacharnoski at the Juko Kai

In 2006, he left Wyoming for Gilbert, Arizona, where he and his wife reside [3].

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, 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."[4]

While at the University of Wyoming, Professor Hausel developed a traditional martial arts program at a university. In 1999, the UW 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, Professor Hausel was awarded Juko-Kai International's Top-Rated Soke of the Year. The program provided martial arts (karate, kobudo, jujutsu, self-defense and samurai arts) training for a few thousand students, faculty and staff from 1977 and continues to this day. Hausel began training in martial arts in the 1960s at the Black Eagle Federation Kyokushin Kaikan Dojo.[5]

He was awarded 2001 International Instructor of the Year, the 2004 Instructor of the Year, and the 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


While at the Wyoming Geological Survey on the University of Wyoming campus (1977-2006), Professor Hausel discovered dozens of colored gemstone, diamond and gold deposits and occurrences[7] [8] [9] . As a consultant for WestGold, a crew of six geologists including Hausel discovered the Donlin Creek gold deposit in Alaska in 1988; now recognized as one of the larger gold deposits discovered in North America in the last 100 years[10][11]. He was inducted into the National Rock Hound and Lapidary Hall of Fame[12] in 2001 for contributions to geological sciences and also presented the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2009 Thayer Lindsley Award for discovery of a major international gold deposit.

In addition to the Donlin Creek gold deposit he discovered the Rattlesnake Hills gold district in Wyoming in 1981 – a district with dozens of gold anomalies that is currently being explored and developed for both Kalgoorlie- and Cripple Creek-type gold deposits[13]. Years later he found the Palmer Canyon, Grizzly Creek and the Sherman Mountains colored gemstone deposits in the Western US[14] and identified several anomalies potentially related to diamondiferous kimberlite in Colorado and Wyoming[15]. He contributed to nearly one hundred books[16] [17][18] and 650 papers and maps on geological sciences and martial arts [19]. Hausel is a diamond geology specialist and contributes to articles fpr the ICMJ Prospecting and Mining Journal[20] [21] .

He is listed in many Who’s Who compendiums: Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century & others.[22][23]

                         Books By Dan Hausel

  • Gold: A Field Guide for Prospectors and Geologists.
  • Gems, Minerals and Rocks of Wyoming: A Guide for Rock Hounds, Prospectors and Collectors.
  • Diamond Deposits: Origin, Exploration and History of Discovery.
  • Gemstones and Other Unique Minerals and Rocks of Wyoming: A Guide For Collectors.
  • Exploration for Diamond-Bearing Kimberlites in Colorado and Wyoming: An Evaluation of Exploration Techniques.
  • Ore Deposits of Wyoming.
  • Geology and Gold Mineralization of the Rattlesnake Hills, Granite Mountains, Wyoming.
  • Gold Districts of Wyoming.
  • The Geology of Wyoming's Precious Metal Lode and Placer Deposits.
  • Minerals and Rocks of Wyoming.
  • Geological and Geophysical Investigations of Kimberlite in the Laramie Range, Southeastern, Wyoming.
  • Economic Geology of the Copper Mountain Supracrustal Belt, Owl Creek Mountains, Wyoming.
  • Economic Geology of the South Pass Granite-Greenstone Belt, Wind River Mountains, Wyoming.
  • Economic Geology of the Seminoe Mountains Mining District, Wyoming.
  • Geology of Wyoming's Copper, Lead, Zinc, Molybdenum and Associated Metal Deposits.
  • Diamonds and Mantle Source Rocks in the Wyoming Craton with Discussions on Other U.S. Occurrenes.
  • Geology of the Iron Mountain Kimberlite District.
  • Geology and Geochemistry of the Leucite Hills Volcanic Field.
Dan hausel at the Griggs copper, lead, zinc, silver mine, Wyoming
Dan hausel at the Griggs copper, lead, zinc, silver mine, Wyoming