There are lots of choices for Martial Arts, Yoga, and other disciplines, and we understand that each person wants a school where they can learn, relax, and grow. There are some things that we do a little differently than the studios we have encountered that enrich all the internal and external benefits as well and help us to teach each student, and be invested in their individual development.
Focus on Progression (Always Learning)
After an average of 2 years any student can become a certified instructor. At the Pa Kua Health School we are always working to repeat as well as move ahead to the next technique. Every class is a progression. This idea permeates all the disciplines and has lead to us having a rank in each discipline. 3 or 4 times a year we hold evaluations where a student can advance in rank in each individual discipline and gain access to the next set of techniques. No need to go through a teacher training program to learn the advanced techniques! Get a Black Belt in Yoga!
Family Atmosphere (Learning Outside Class)
So much is learned in the questions we get while sitting after class or before class. We have a family environment where people share their experience and questions; which gives the teachers an opportunity to teach things that can directly help the students learn what they are interested in, support a student who has doubts, or pass a healing technique. Students learn from one another, as they each have a unique perspective on life which leads to very different questions.
Noncompetitive (Always Helping One Another)
A group gains more than an individual. Keeping that in mind reminds us that we are not trying to be better than another, but to use our talents to help lift up each of the people around us. Competition makes us weaker because we separate ourselves from the other students, and we start to think that one technique is more important than another technique. One student can kick high, while another is always on time, another drives a fellow student to class, and the last can sit still while meditating. One of the techniques is not any more important than the other one. We help with the things we know, and learn the things we don’t. If you have experience, no experience. an injury, are young or old, you are welcome in any of our classes (that includes Acrobatics…)
Unified Learning (All Disciplines Come from the Same Source)
Everything we study is part of the Universal Pa Kua Knowledge. Chinese Yoga, Martial Arts, and Energy (Chi) Studies are each a piece of the pie that makes up the study of Pa Kua. Each is a path we take to access the wealth of techniques that have been amassed by humanity over the last 6,000 years or more. We choose the classes that we want to experience, that we want to be part of, and we learn as a progression. The skills we learn in one discipline will support what we learn in the other disciplines we choose to study, or we can study only one discipline and walk that path to Pa Kua Knowledge.
Integrated Techniques (Each Class has Many Parts)
We teach a comprehensive version of each discipline, never limiting the topics. In each disciplines we learn thousands of techniques in a variety of ways. For example; in Tai Chi we learn more than 20 variations on the Tai Chi Form, how to kick and punch, self defense, and more. Each techniques is under the general benefits of the discipline, so they will always be done slow and calm; with tranquility. Another example is Chinese Yoga, we work with relaxing techniques, meditations, flow, power position, and so on. We understand that each person is unique, and will find benefits from the different techniques at different moments in their life.
We encourage everyone who wants to learn to spend a month with us. A month is the amount of time it takes to see if you like something or not. You are welcome to come for a free class, but it’s much better to take one of our promotions and try us for a month. Get to know the movements and the class and then you can stay or go.