Karate

The form of karate (empty hand) taught at this school is Pwang Gai Noon Ryu. It is one of the three largest styles in Okinawa. It is from the same system as Uechi Ryu. Our karate is an older style which is very exceptional in this day and age.

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Kobudō

The Okinawan weaponry (kobudo, which means “ancient way of stop fighting,” literally) is from the lineage of Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei of Naha, Okinawa. His organization is called Zen Okinawa Kobudo Renmei.

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Iadio

Iaido is “the way of drawing the sword.” The live, unsharpened and sharpened blades are used with very practical sword fighting techniques. Because this is the “budo,” the “way of the samurai,” manners and philosophy are very much incorporated in this training.

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The Shen Mind Connection

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at things differently and while it may be a little confusing, there is usually some common ground that can be found upon examination and explanation. One such area is the idea of the mind. The mind in Traditional Chinese Medicine is commonly referred to as the shen.

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Physical Aspects Related to The Lungs

In the world of Traditional Chinese medicine, the lung is probably the organ whose TCM functions overlap the most with its Western functions. Respiration, the immune system and the skin are all systems heavily influenced by the lung, both in acupuncture and in Western medicine.

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Mental and Emotional Aspects of the Lungs

As an acupuncturist, I am constantly assessing. Before my patients answer a single question, I am taking in cues as to what types of imbalances might be going on. In five-element acupuncture, the five major organ systems are the kidney, liver, lung, heart and spleen. When any of these systems are out of balance, certain physical, mental and

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