Sanchin Institute
 
 

The Sanchin institute

The Sanchin Institute was founded by two individuals seeking a more meaningful model of teaching martial arts, yoga and meditation. We chose the concept of Sanchin as our namesake to accurately portray the work we choose to do, namely, helping individuals master the three battles all humans face daily: the battle of mind, the battle of body and the battle of spirit. We believe that everyone is searching for a way to harmonize these aspects of being to create a more balanced life. Our physical challenge is balancing our health. Our mental challenge is achieving concentration and control. Our emotional challenge is integrating our spirit to create a meaningful life.

Yoga, martial arts and mediation are the tools we use to work this balance. Each provides a physical practice with strong components of mental discipline and spiritual integration. They are life long pursuits which can, for those with a dedicated mindset, provide lasting benefits regardless of age. We, ourselves, have seen the benefits in our own personal lives, and the lives of the many students we have engaged.  As teachers, we are actively seeking  dedicated students who are looking for long-term solutions to improving and integrating their mental, physical and spiritual lives. 

Our program is designed for mature students who are looking to further their personal development. Every teacher on staff is of a certain age, and has the relevant life experience to integrate the teachings in a meaningful way.  We all walk our talk, and have found ways to put the teachings to work. This is the practice we wish to share with you. 

 

 

Our program is designed for mature students who are looking to further their personal development. Every teacher on staff is of a certain age, and has the relevant life experience to integrate the teachings in a meaningful way.  We all walk our talk, and have found ways to put the teachings to work. This is the practice we wish to share with you. 

The Institute caters to individuals who are looking for more than surface solutions and a surface practice. The Sanchin Institute is not a place of casual learning,  for “drop-in” classes or a space for the curious examination of the latest fad.  We have all put in the time and discipline to reach for the highest level of personal achievement. We will expect nothing less from you. In return, you can trust that we will teach you a carefully crafted and executed skill set to help you better manage your personal and professional lives.

  We believe that relationship must develop and that mastery is a process, not a goal. You will find no flowery language or esoteric promises in our house, but rather a focused, practical style that seeks focused, practical results. But these very results require time and a personal dedication to a “do”, or the “Way”. 

This is why we practice. This is what we practice. This is Sanchin.

 
 

 

Yoga

Yoga, at this moment in time, is experiencing an unprecedented rise in popularity. This has led to a broad diversification in style and focus, which is wonderful for the casual student who simply wants basic benefits.  Any yoga, all yoga, as it is currently being taught will afford the practitioner the most basic of relief from common ailments. You will lengthen your muscles. You will move your bones. You will feel more relaxed. One cannot but help to reap these simple effects. 

However, due to the "all levels" mentality of many gyms and studios, the deeper benefits of yoga cannot be fully explored. A beginning student may find himself deposited into a class for which he has no frame of reference or experience; this increases the likelihood that vital elements of the practice will be missed. An advanced student may be ignored because the teacher has other, less skilled, students to attend; this diminishes the chances of further advancement. The commercial nature of yoga creates gaps in the education of their student body.  

The technology of yoga is a versatile tool. At its most basic, it is a series of techniques to manage the physical body. Yet as one progresses in the science, the discovery is made that yoga is a tool that is miles wide and fathoms deep. It offers techniques to train and tame the mind, creating clearer thinking, emotional patience and mental stillness. This particular clarity leads one naturally into a philosophical questioning about the source of spirit and the nature of the soul. Yoga addresses all of this, which is why it must be studied as a comprehensive whole. To learn only part is to miss the valuable opportunities that yoga offers as a whole life science. Mudra, mantra, bandha, kriya, asana, pranayama and meditation all contribute to the practice, giving the aspirant many paths towards the goal of liberation.

We believe that the answer to this lie in redesigning the paradigm of  yoga teaching. The Sanchin Institute will not offer on-going group classes, but rather will focus on deep level seminars, immersions and trainings for those interested in learning the Way.  This allows us to create a tiered learning experience that builds to a deep knowledge and understanding of your personal practice. Our unique, multi-disciplinary practice of many styles and many masters allows us to create an integrative system that is rich in history and tradition, while being innovative, creative, and utterly flexible.

We are currently enrolling for a comprehensive 200 hour course of study in Naples; Complete information can be found on the Curriculum page. We also offer programming for  individual training, corporate group classes , and executive clients 

The yoga of Sanchin is practical at its core, focused on bringing a measurable sense of relief, patience, power and endurance. Our philosophy is logical and thoughful. We wish for nothing more than to see these tools integrated into your life as a living examples of a complete practice. 

 

In the practice of yoga, one can emphasize the body, the mind or the self and hence the effort can never be fruitless.
— T. Krishnamacharya

 

martial arts

The martial arts tradition at the Sanchin Institute is primarily derived from goju ryu karate founded by Chogun Miyagi. This classical style spread from Okinawa to mainland Japan and then to the rest of the world. Goju ryu, meaning hard-soft style, focuses on a balance between expansion-contraction, inhalation-exhalation, and hardness-softness of technique. This goal of balancing opposites is notably found in two of the most important kata (forms) within the goju style: Sanchin and Tensho. Sanchin being a "hard" kata and Tensho focusing on the "soft".  As our goal is to help practitioners find the balance between hardness and softness in all aspects of their life, we find the training in goju ryu to be an important element in this search. 

While the core martial arts curriculum of the Sanchin Institute will be in goju ryu, supplementary kata and weapons training from other styles will be integrated in order to add perspective and a greater understanding to the practitioners training. 

We view traditional karate as a do, a way, to personal introspection, reflection and improvement of ourselves and the world around us. While traditional karate is most definitely a fighting art and a practical means of self defense, stopping at solely the physical aspects would do a disservice to the mental and spiritual skills that it can endow to its practitioners. The Sanchin Institute does not philosophically ascribe to the belief that martial arts should be for show, sport or other sort of competition. Traditional karate is a means of self-defense and personal development. Our core belief is that training, whether in martial arts, yoga or meditation, is not something that is solely practiced in the dojo. In order for training to be effective, practitioners must be able to integrate their training into their everyday lives.  In this way,  our practice becomes the foundation for how we move in the world and handle everything that it gives us. 

Karate can help control our fight or flight response, so that when we are triggered--be it in the office, on the road, or in the home--we have the ability to act rather than react. Breath work, a fundamental foundation of both karate and yoga is at its core a mechanism for people to handle hectic stress reactions. We aim to bring this remarkable tool into your daily responses so that you have supreme control at the tip of your nose and can find a mindful center as quickly as possible in the most difficult of situations. 

In order to build these calm, collected reactions into your mind-body complex, we have designed our martial arts program to be difficult on all three aspects of your being. We are looking to create a sense of endurance that only increases as you continue to test it through your training. Our simple and focused class schedule enables you to implement a rhythmic routine into your personal schedule so that you may easily make the commitment to your practice and achieve the skills that you need.  Supplemental workshops and seminars allow you to enrich your weekly experience with new and diverse skill sets. 

It is the supreme goal of the Sanchin Institute martial arts program to ensure that its students find that amazing endurance that lives within us all. 

The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.
— Gichin Funakoshi

Meditation

Meditation is one of the three pillars of the Sanchin Institute.  With our focus on the development of mind, body and spirit meditation speaks to each one of these aspects.  Meditation can develop and hone the mind for better mental discipline and clearer thought.  It can develop the spirit by helping each of us look inwardly to develop our inner self and our relationship with the world around us.  Meditation can fundamentally help the physical body by slowing systems down, reducing stress and helping bring about physical wellbeing. Over the past few years much has been written in the media about meditation and mindfulness and the benefits for its practitioners.  The Sanchin Institute agrees with many of these articles touting the benefits of mindfulness and meditation and how it can benefit individuals in the workplace.

 

Meditation at the Sanchin Institute will be integrated into the training regimen.  Additionally, students will be urged to develop their own meditation practice and at times explore longer meditation sessions for further development.  While many see meditation that is something that is “Eastern” and solely the purview of Buddhists or Hindus this is far from the truth.  While those traditions have long made meditation a large part of their religion virtually every religion has some aspect of meditation within it.  Daily devotional prayers, periods of silence and more are the experiences of many faiths and are all, fundamentally, forms of meditation.  Secularists also have developed meditation practices of their own focusing on physical and mental benefits of meditation.  All of these are true.  We at the Sanchin Institute have found meditation to be a powerful tool in self-improvement and believe that integrating it into the curriculum is of utmost importance.