Below are some of the cultural classes we hold at BTSDsd. The ancient Japanese saying "Bun Bu Ryo Do" - "The pen and the sword in accord" is alive and well at the BTSDsd dojo.
Qigong - As taught by Drs Craig and Silvia Reid - Translated as “the working of air,” Qigong (chi kung) can be one or a series of standing, sitting, moving or lying down breathing techniques used to strengthen and circulate the body's already existing Qi as well as regenerate lost Qi.
"The Moment" - Operational Mindset Course - A paradigm shift in thinking for preparation, surviving, and recovering from high-stress situations. Pre-registration is required. Mature audience only. Here is a synopsis of the Operational Mindset course.
Shabu Shabu! - A wonderful Japanese dish that means "Hot Pot" Learn what it is and how to do it properly!
Martial Arts in the Movies - In the United States, the primary method through which most people first discover Chinese and Japanese Martial Arts is through the movies. Decades ago, Americans had only Bruce Lee movies, then they gained access to Hong Kong kungfu movies, and now we have movies like Crouching Tiger, The Matrix, The Last Samurai and we can even see Chinese Martial Arts in everyday television shows. Our instructor Craig Reid, who was also introduced to Kungfu through popular cinema, will tell us of his experiences as a voice actor, kungfu actor, stunt double, kungfu choreographer, and martial arts cinema researcher and author while he shows us an extravaganza of Chinese and Japanese Martial Arts in the Movies!
Calligraphy - As Yin is the pair to Yang, so Calligraphy is the pair to the Martial Arts. In Asia, it is said that much a person’s character can be seen through their handwriting; as such, it has always been an integral part of a cultivated person’s education that he or she learn calligraphy well. Even today, Calligraphy is used as a form of meditation, artistic outlet, emotional release, and personal cultivation. In this class, we learn the history and philosophy of Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy, and most importantly, we practice doing Calligraphy.
Chinese Medicine and Herbs - Modern medicine is just starting to accept Acupuncture as a valid form of medicine, but Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used and developed for millennia. This class covers the principles of Chinese Medicine and its approach to maintaining good health and sickness prevention, and introduces various modalities used in Chinese Medicine, including Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Gua Sha, Cupping, food therapy, various forms of Chinese Massage Therapy including An Mo, Tui Na, Dit Da, Acupressure, and Dup Kwut , etc.