Martial Arts Principles
Rather than focusing on one martial art, this class is oriented toward working on principles that apply across disciplines, such as balance (breaking), angles, use of relaxed power, breath, and proper falling technique. For classes focusing on Aikido, please see other listings.
This class is good for people interested in beginning a study of martial arts and looking to get their feet wet but don't know which art to choose, beginning martial artists, or intermediate/advanced martial artists looking to develop skills and/or explore new areas. I am open to trading lessons with other advanced martial artists.
Training & Qualifications
I began my martial arts training in 2000, at seven years of age. I started in Aikido, which has remained my main focus, and I have since cross-trained in Taijiquan, Goju-ryu Karate, Judo, and Daito-ryu Aikijujitsu.
When I started teaching a class of middle schoolers, I called my first teacher and asked him for any words of advice or wisdom that he might share with me. He offered these two words, "Teach love." He didn't elaborate, and wished me luck. My interpretation has a couple of different parts:
1) Share my love for what I do, because if I don't love it, why should they want to learn from me, and how can they love it?
2) The martial arts is not about causing harm; they are about self-mastery. A practitioner of the highest level in any martial art should be able to defend himself from attack without harming his assailant. Besides, only hurt people hurt people. No one in a good place emotionally is going to attack someone else, so why would we want to cause more harm? If we are aiming to create the harmony that this world desperately needs, we have to start with our own reactions to perceived threats. We need to respond with love.
Availability & Preferences
These would be private sessions, either in home or in a park somewhere. An ideal amount of space would be around 25 sq. ft (5'x5' ish, not 2'x12.5').