I’ve been taking classes here for almost a year and a half, and when I look back at where I was when I started, I sure have changed quite a bit.
Maybe this review might be a little more mystical for your taste, but if my words escape you, feel my meaning. It’s easy. We’re magical.
Anywho, I have always been very much a nervous person. Always with a ton of energy, but energy I never really knew how to control. This was always a problem, being that I do some acting work and energy healing, I really need to be focused, present, and completely in control. I sort of joined this dojo when I was at my wits end with myself. The things I loved the most were so hard for me to not stress over. Is the make up artist going to be mad at me for messing up my hair because i NEED to jump up and down to get rid of my nervous energy? Is my client going to ask me about their energy when I was too nervous to be in the moment, connected to my intuition, and able to listen? Oy vey. How much meditation must I do in order to be able to be a normally functioning human being, not filled with anxiety, and walk into this audition and show them that I won’t be a nervous wreck on set?
This dojo not only teaches you how to be a great martial artist and to defend yourself, but really shows you how to be in control of yourself at all times.
Sifu Scott teaches mindfulness. He teaches you how to be a warrior in your daily life, and how to deal with everything that confronts you.
Although meditation is really important to this dojo, I actually started meditating LESS. I used to meditate at least an hour a day (for years), and still didn’t feel like I could handle being human. Since Sifu taught us the importance of the breath, catching your emotional bolder before it runs you over, and mushen (the pause. the moment between the stimulus and response), everything has changed in my life. I can meditate for like 15 minutes, but function much better than before. I can also audition without having to do an emotional “i’m good enough, smart enough, and dog gonnit, people like me” prep. And here’s the big one- my Reiki is more honest. I didn’t even know what that meant before. But being able to stay with your breath and just be with the flow, really helps you connect to your intuition. Who knew that martial arts would help me understand how to ground my energy. Thank goodness. It’s finally happening! (And I felt compelled to stop taking my anti-depressant/anxiety medication. And hey, I just need to keep up with my spiritual hygiene, but I’m fine!)
He offers a free class to try out the goods. If I were you, I’d come on a day that he teaches both kung fu and t’ai chi and try both.
Or just come to a free meditation class @7:30 every Thursday night. Bring a friend. Bliss out.
If you’re on a journey to be the best person you can be for yourself and others, this could be your missing piece. It was definitely mine. A Reiki teacher of mine once said that the best gift you can give others is your own well-being. Come join our dojo and be well!