Classes & Schedule:
To-Shin Do Self-Defense Training Level 1
This class is open to all levels with a focus on Level 1 skills and techniques. A great way for intermediate and advanced members to stay ‘tuned-in’ to the foundations that build our specific method of movement.
All Levels Training
Open to all students. Training is tailored for every student, covering their specific curriculum.
Extended training with a deeper emphasis on specific aspects of To-Shin Do. Open to all levels of the Black Belt Club
Weapons Training (Black Belt Club Members) Tuesday evenings
Weapons training covers the follow applications:
Roku-Shaku Bo (6ft. Bo Staff)
Hanbo (3ft. Stick)
Kusari-Fundo (Flexible Cord)
The schedule changes monthly. Check back within the last 2 weeks of each month for the next month's schedule!
Classes are designed to provide a concentrated amount of exploration without mental overload. Working in a non-competitive atmosphere, students move thru solo and partnered exercises to maximize curriculum retention. Within each of our 'elemental approaches', training partners will go thru 3 phases of study, each ending with a demonstration of learned skill.
The levels of study are as follows:
Level 1: Earth
During this introduction part of your training, you’ll learn the principle of ‘Holding Your Ground with Confidence’ and ‘Commanding Your Space’ characterized by up and down directional movement, using gravity as your ally.
Level 2: Water
Utilizing proper timing and footwork to create distance without losing connection, you’ll learn the principles of scientifically gathering physical energy/information while positioning yourself to respond with natural speed and power thru effortless mobility.
Level 2: Fire
To take preemptive action, intercepting conflict before it becomes out of control. This is a primary principle of the Fire Element. With confident mobility and proper timing, you collect experiences to connect with, shut down and resolve potentially dangerous encounters.
Level 3: Wind
Be everywhere and nowhere at the same time! With ghost-like movement, you’ll learn the ideas of giving up space to win. Gain knowledge of incredible power thru full-body, circular movement. Take action and always be one step ahead!
Level 3: Void
The potential of limitless possibilities. The space of spontaneous creativity. This level is an intermediate path of study while approaching 1st degree Black Belt…Each element is revisited with a deeper focus and expanded understanding. The application of the principles associated with the 4 elements come in to play throughout all movement as you gain the experience of ‘Moving with feeling’.
Level 4: Black Belt
Upon completion of these five areas of study, you’ll be invited to demonstrate your understanding within the private audience of Scott Akitoshi Bragg, his mentor, Mark Sentoshi Russo and a panel of other senior practitioners. This experience will mark your transition into the Black Belt ranks, leading to advanced, modernized To-Shin Do strategies from historical lineages of Ninjutsu.