Friday, October 31, 2008

TAI CHI Articles


A few articles about TAI CHI written in 2003 for the Acupuncture and Healing Arts Center of Dothan.
These short articles explain in a simple way - if at all possible in less than 2 pages - some basic principles of Chinese Medicine applied to Tai Chi. Please keep in mind that my goal was to provide a concise explanation of complicated matters, which is not easily done without having to take shortcuts that may be questioned by more knowledgeable practitioners. I welcome your comments on these matters.

YIN / YANG and Tai Chi : a concise explanation of the principles governing YIN and YANG.

TAI CHI and Meridians : the basic principles of the circulation of Chi (Ki in Japanese) through Yin and Yang Meridians - without getting into the details of the individual meridians.

Tai Chi and Pain : how, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, pain is generated in the body when Chi does not flow, and how Tai Chi can help reduce or prevent pain.

How it Works : how Tai Chi can help improve flexibility, Strength, Balance, Stamina, Metabolism and Serenity.

TAI CHI Practice : the basic 3 main principles to concentrate on when practicing Tai CHi : Truth of moves, Proper Breathing, Harmonious Flowing.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Women's Self Defense & Safety Seminar

This seminar, Free for all females of the Wiregrass Area will be held at the Westgate Recreation Center from 5:45 to 6:45 pm, on Thursday Nights on November 6, 13, 20 and December 4.

. Learn to recognize signs of danger and avoid potentially dangerous situations
. Learn hand defensive techniques
. Learn to use everyday, ordinary objects for protection
. KNOW YOU HAVE OPTIONS

Sponsored by Mike Culbreth of World Yoshukai Karate , the Dothan Department of Leisure Services, the Dothan Police Department, the District attorney's Office and Dr Brett Johnson

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

SELF DEFENSE for Women

A Women's Self Defense & Safety Seminar - FREE for all females of the Wiregrass Area is offered at the Westgate Recreation Center from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursday Nights on November 6, 13, 20 and December 4
This Community service is sponsored by :
World Yoshukai Karate
The Department of Leisure Services
The Dothan Police Department
the District Attorney's Office
Dr Brett Johnson

Yoshukai Open Karate Tournament


Grand Master Kaicho Yamamoto - 10th degree black belt and the founder of Yoshukai Karate - will preside over the 29th Yoshukai Karate tournament this Saturday November 1st at the Dothan Civic Center.

The Dothan Yoshukai Karate Tournament is organized by Mike Culbreth's School of Martial Arts and the Department of Leisure Services of the City of Dothan. It is the longest existing Martial Arts tournament in the South East. Competitors from California, Japan and Germany will be competing this year.

Inscriptions start at 8:30 a.m., Competitions at 10:00 a.m. The entry fee is $45.00

Introduction to Zen Meditation


Last week end - October 26, 2008, Sensei Michael Elliston, Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center came to Dothan to speak about Zen Buddhism and lead a Meditation Seminar. The event was hosted by the Spiritual Enrichment Center.
30 people attended the Meditation seminar in the early afternoon.
A Sitting Meditation Group will begin meeting in November to practice Zen meditation and discuss various aspects of it.
These sessions will be held at the Yoshukai Karate Dojo
I will keep everyone informed of the date for our first meeting

Monday, October 27, 2008

Notes on Iai Jitsu Seminars and classes


Here are notes taken about several classes and seminar we had in Pensacola, FL or Dothan, AL :

October 2008 Seminar in Pensacola (Taught by Carl Long Sensei)
March 2007 Seminar in Pensacola (Taught by Carl Long Sensei)
April 2008 Class in Pensacola Taught by Patty Heath
January 2008 Class in Pensacola Taught by Patty Heath
June 2007 Class in Dothan Taught by Joe Byers
May 2007 Class in Pensacola Taught by Patty Heath
January 2007 Class in Dothan Taught by Patty Heath

Hello There...

I am creating this blog hoping that it will be a good tool to communicate with my students and other members of the Martial Arts and Zen sanghas.

I intend to post here technical material related to Martial Arts I practice and teach, mostly Yoshukai Karate, Tai Chi Chuan, Kendo and Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu.

I will also post articles about Zen which shares with Fighting Arts - according to the legend - the same founder Boddhidarma, who came from India to China in the 5th century and taught Sitting Meditation and Open Hand Fighting to the monks of the Shaolin Temple.

I hope this blog will be helpful to all person genuinely interested in realizing themselves through these disciplines.