Classes held in Ashland, Oregon, U.S.A. Master martial, meditation, and therapy arts
Overview of Shinkaido's Martial Art
Shinkaido Martial Arts
It is not commonly known, but the way that most modern people move is not the only or best way to move the body. Modern movement is abrupt, noisy, and very unstable. For anyone seeking to improve their health, or to practice meditation or martial arts, the modern way of movement is extremely counterproductive.
Thousands of years ago, in the Far East, ways of moving the body were developed that greatly enhanced both the physical and mental well-being of the practitioner. These methods not only helped to improve the quality of life but also reduced injuries and greatly enhanced the combative skills of their practitioners.
Shinkaido movement came from the cauldron of ancient samurai martial, therapy, and meditation methods. This movement connects the entire body, making it like a ball that rolls smoothly on the ground, always in balance and equal on all sides. Through the balanced, smooth stability that comes from this training, the body quiets as the jarring effects of common movement are no longer inflicted on the nervous system. This allows the body to decompress and relax, and it greatly aids in meditation. An advanced meditator who employs common movement is severely hampered by the disharmony and discomfort of the body, which is why most ancient meditation systems also included movement training in their practice. Due to the remarkable efficiency of such movement, it is tremendously effective when employed as a means of self-defense.
In shinkaido movement training, we will be making use of bamboo and wooden swords, as well as ancient samurai training technologies, with the goal of finding harmony in our movement. The instructor, Richard Haight, Shihan is one of a handful of Westerners in the world to have received these arts and be certified as a master instructor.
Getting Started On your first visit, you will receive a trial lesson for an introduction to the practice of the sword. We are looking for students who make a good fit with our dojo.
***Not all applicants will be accepted as students. We request that you set aside your accustomed method while trying the shinkaido method, so as to approach it with a totally open mind.
What to Wear/Bring Flexible, comfortable clothing - any comfortable garment for physical activity, suitably modest, is fine. Tight pants, should be avoided, as they tend to bind movement.
One individual said, "When I compare regular meditators to people that do not meditate, I can't find any significant differences in their behavior or demeanor."
This a damning statement against the meditation community in general that really needs to be addressed.
It was in light of these facts that I realized that there is something lacking in meditation as the world thinks of it. As it has been taught, meditation just DOES NOT translate into our daily lives!
It was precisely this realization- that meditation, as it has been taught in the world, does not translate well in to daily life - that spurred me created a unique form of meditation to address this very issue. The Shinkaido (心開道) method is all about our daily lives. What we find in this unique form of meditation is an increasing stability under stress and pressure. Our lives are fast-paced and filled with distractions, aren't they? Why "retreat" from this fact? In Shinkaido, we face this fact boldly and work to discover an ever increasing stability under pressure, and in this way, we transform our daily lives. I won't waste your precious time. It Works!
Shinkaido (心開道) is a Japanese that translates into English as "heart open path." The basic meditation is an energy-aspect meditation that is the foundation of all that we do, and is the centerpiece in our path to enlightenment through everyday life. Through this training we begin to realize our true origins and the relationship between the "human" and the "being" in human-beings. As we practice shinkaido meditation we will individually become aware of a deeper harmony to life and our own life's purpose. We will become aware of the vastness of our Beingness and the river of life energy that is pouring through us constantly. We will learn to direct this energy through our intentions and use it to be of service in this world.
There is a fundamental difference between the shinkaido approach to enlightenment and almost every other path available. Most meditations and spiritual paths begin with closed-eye meditation in an ideal environment, where there are no distractions. This sounds great, but the problem with it is that it bears no resemblance to our actual lives, which are high-paced, high stress, noisy realities, at least externally. The shinkaido method differs in many ways from these traditional approaches in that it embraces noise, it embraces what would normally distract in other meditations. We learn that we can remain peaceful and stable under pressure, under noise, under circumstances that other forms of meditation try to avoid. It is this embracing of all, even those things that are usually judged as negative, that takes us further and further toward dynamic stability and true peace. Shinkaido is an active path, and because of this it is extremely invigorating and inspiring. Come join us for an adventure in Consciousness!
Getting Started On your first visit, you will receive an introduction to the practice of shinkaido meditation. Although the external form of the meditation does not change much, the internal focus will as you progress on your personal path of awareness thus allowing differing levels of students to practice harmoniously together. If you already have experience in other forms of meditation, we request that you set aside your accustomed method while trying the shinkaido method, so as to approach it with a totally open mind.
What to Wear/Bring 1. Flexible, comfortable clothing - any comfortable garment for meditation and physical activity, suitably modest, is fine. Tight pants, like jeans, should be avoided, as they tend to bind in a seated meditation posture. 2. Couch pillow or zabuton (for seated meditation - the couch pillow help to prop up your body and reduce strain on the spine and abdominal muscles as you sit cross-legged). Long-legged people might want to have two pillows. There are chairs available for those who would prefer to use them.
Cost: $40 per month for one hour per week (4 hours per month) $80 per month for two hours per week (8 hours per month) $120 per month for three hours per week (12 hours per month) One Time Trial Lesson Fee: $10