Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate, Kobudo, Thai Massage, Ji-gong and Kong-li.
Very few martial artists today can support the traditional idea that the teacher was a source of knowledge not only for his martial art technique but also as a counselor and advisor for his student's total physical, mental, and spiritual well being. Throughout the history of the traditional martial arts the head teacher was skilled in many healing arts. Herbal formulas and exercises for internal and external healing were necessary for the students to recovery from the mental and physical stress of hard training. The master quickly repaired sore muscles, strained tendons and ligaments. The master was also skilled in acupuncture and internal power development. The students completely trusted and depended on their master's skill and guidance. For the students to progress to the highest level their total mental and physical well-being was the first concern of their master. For many years it has been my sincere endeavor to bring healing skills and responsibilities back to the traditional dojo. After many years of research and discovery I have incorporated some very special methods of developing internal and external health and strength. The ancient healing massage of Thailand, the medical ji-gong from the central hospital of Fuchou in Fukien, China, and the kong-li exercises from Eating Crane master Liu Chang I of Taiwan. These are all very logical and systematic methods of healing and health maintenance that can be profoundly beneficial to our Kodokan members.
For someone who is just beginning their study of the martial arts they must dedicate many years of hard training to the three stages of practice, formation, growth, and perfection. The first stage, formation, means learning all the material that is part of their system and grow strong, physically, mentally, and spiritually, in a natural process. The second stage, growth, is when the student has practiced for most of their lives with maximum effort. It's when their ability and skill has reached its highest level. Then, the final stage, perfection, is when they must concentrate on health and well-being for the rest of their lives. I am certain that the Goju-ryu karate and kobudo that we practice in Kodokan are good and effective means of self defense and are beautiful and sacred arts of Okinawa, and, I am certain that the ancient arts of Thai massage and ji-gong are also good and very effective for one's health and well being, especially for those who have twenty years or more of training. I would like to encourage all members to pursue all of these arts and let them be a part of your life. I know this will help you to become a more complete martial artist.
I wish all the best to you. Please, train hard, train often, and live a long, healthy, and happy life.