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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[3][4][5]. Hall-of-Fame, black belt and grandmaster of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo[6]. Also mineral exploration geologist who made several gold, colored gemstone, and diamond deposit discoveries in Alaska, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. An author of nearly 1,000 publications including books, maps, professional papers, abstracts and magazine articles, public speaker, artist, former astronomy lecturer for the Hansen Planetarium, and former rock musician[7][8].



Martial Artist

W. Dan Hausel began training in karate in 1964, at the Black Eagle Federation Kyokushin Kaikan Dojo. Later, he taught karate at the University of Utah and University of New Mexico prior to relocating to Laramie, Wyoming, where he taught karate, kobudo, self-defense and samurai arts from 1977 to 2007 at the University of Wyoming[11][20].  In 1999, under the encouragement of his personal instructor, developed a hybrid Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo martial art that is now recognized and certified by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei (international governing body of martial arts grandmasters). The new art - Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai(TM) (Seiyo Kai Shorin-Ryu Karate) was certified as a legitimate martial art[13].  At this time, he was awarded Soke Shodai (1st generation grandmaster) of the art and promoted to Kudan (9th degree black belt)[9]. Seiyo Kai Karate provides a means for student to develop power in strikes and blocks and also focuses on bunkai (applications) in kata (forms). This style of Shorin-Ryu also employs many jujutsu throws as follow-up to strikes.

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[6]. In 2004, awarded Judan (10th degree black belt in Okinawan/Japanese karate) by Dai Soke Sacharnoski of Juko Kai International[19]. The only martial artist to ever be awarded this rank in Wyoming. In 2006, left Wyoming for Gilbert, Arizona, where he briefly taught martial arts at Arizona State University prior to opening the Arizona Hombu dojo - world headquarters of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai. During 2014, the golden anniversary of his martial arts training, awarded the rank of Junidan (12th degree black belt)[21] . 

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 honored in 1998 by induction into two hall of fames, honored as instructor of the year by two international associations"[10] .

While at the University of Wyoming, the UW Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club was awarded the Juko Kai International's Top-Rated Martial Arts School of the Year in 1999[11]. In the following year, Hausel was awarded Juko-Kai International's Top-Rated Soke of the Year. The UW program provided martial arts (karate, kobudo, jujutsu, self-defense and samurai arts) training for hundreds of students, faculty and staff. 

Awarded 2001 International Instructor of the Year2004 Instructor of the Year, and Grandmaster of the Year in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005[6]. Continues to teach martial arts in Arizona Hombu Dojo (Arizona School of Traditional Karate) in Mesa, Arizona. In 2013, awarded 'Martial Arts Genius', by Juko Kai International[12] .


While at the Wyoming Geological Survey on the University of Wyoming campus (1977-2007), Hausel discovered dozens of colored gemstone, diamond and gold deposits and occurrences[14]. He also mapped more than 1,000 square kilometers of geological terrain, several underground mines, and published nearly a thousand books, maps, professional papers, magazine articles and abstracts. As a consultant for WestGold, a crew of six geologists including Hausel discovered the Donlin Creek gold deposit in Alaska in 1988[15] ; now recognized as one of the largest gold deposits found in North America[16] . He was inducted into the National Rock Hound and Lapidary Hall of Fame in 2001 for contributions to geological sciences and he and six other geologists were presented the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's, 2009 Thayer Lindsley Award for discovery of a major international gold deposit[17] . Estimates indicate that the Donlin Creek gold deposit could have more than 180 million ounces, making it one of the largest gold discoveries in history.

In addition to the Donlin Creek 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[18]. Years later he found the Palmer Canyon, Grizzly Creek and the Sherman Mountains colored gemstone deposits in Wyoming and identified several anomalies potentially related to diamondiferous kimberlite in Colorado and Wyoming. Hausel often contributes to geology and prospecting articles for the ICMJ Prospecting and Mining Journal[5] .

Books By Dan Hausel[4]

  • 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.
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