Students who attend classes regularly often graduate to their next belt every three months. The graduation ceremony is a celebration of learning, growing, and accomplishment that usually occurs on the last Friday of the month. Friends and family members are encouraged to attend and show their support, and a real sense of community takes over […]

Iron Phurba Intensive Seminar

What if life were like a dream, and in that dream you forgot how truly powerful you were? What if in that dream you forgot how helpful you could be? What if you forgot how much everyone is counting on you to find your way to authentic power and purity? What if you forgot your […]

September 2012 Graduation

Congratulations to all of the color belt graduates. A special congratulations to Francoise Walusis and Brigid Griffin for receiving their Coaches Crests. Youth Black Belt students provided an accurate demonstration of the 4 1/2ft. jo staff and multiple Black Belts demonstrated their own skills in exciting fashion. Don’t miss An-shu Stephen K. Hayes’s demonstration of […]

Facing Inner Demons

A disciplined athlete and wealthy martial arts businessman I knew left his family and students by way of suicide. Many are concerned that revelations of shameful actions that drove the man to end his life will cause public apprehension as to what happens in martial arts schools. How could a master of “focus, discipline, and […]

Battlefield Training in Chapel Hill

Hardee Merritt, Chief Instructor of Chapel Hill Quest Center, says: “What an amazing, life transforming weekend! The evidence was in the dojo Monday night. After an entire weekend training outdoors, grappling with sticks, being thrown in the mud, the classes were packed and everyone was super motivated! Thank you An-shu for a wonderful weekend!” An-shu […]

Always a Question Ready to Go

My habit is never to meet a knowledgeable teacher without having a good question in mind, just in case I am given the opportunity to ask. Rumiko and I traveled to the city of Tajimi municipal dojo for a demonstration of Yagyu Shinkage Ryu sword by Mouri Keisuke and his small group of students on […]