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Matthew Lowes is a writer, a game designer, and a martial arts instructor. Visit matthewlowes.com to learn more about his work.

Winter Workshop Reminder

2015-06-20 14.30.29I will be teaching a Winter Workshop tomorrow, Sunday, February 3rd from 1-5pm. The title for the workshop is Transparent Mind – Transparent Body. The topic will be developing meditation practice through stillness and motion. I hope you will be able to join us for this all new workshop.

We will be focusing on meditation through both sitting and movement-based practice. Complementary skills will be taught in multiple modalities, facilitating a deeper understanding of meditation, movement, and action. The workshop is open to all. No prior experience is necessary. The contents are intended to help anybody understand themselves better, see more clearly, resolve inner conflicts, and experience the dropping away of mind and body. This work is for anyone who wants to develop a meditation practice or deepen an existing practice, whatever their art or focus may be.

See the flier here with detailed information, and please share it with anybody who might be interested in attending.

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Class Cancelled Monday

Best Martial Arts Institute is closed on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King day. There will be no Systema class this week. However, Saturday the 26th is the Pacific Martial Arts Conference at BMAI. Come for a full day of training in multiple martial arts. I’ll be teaching a segment on Systema in the afternoon. This is wonderful event and great fun. Hope to see you there!


Winter Workshop: Transparent Mind – Transparent Body

2015-06-20 14.30.29I will be teaching a Winter Workshop on Sunday, February 3rd from 1-5pm. The title for the workshop is Transparent Mind – Transparent Body. The topic will be developing meditation practice through stillness and motion. I hope you will be able to join us for this all new workshop.

We will be focusing on meditation through both sitting and movement-based practice. Complementary skills will be taught in multiple modalities, facilitating a deeper understanding of meditation, movement, and action. The workshop is open to all. No prior experience is necessary. The contents are intended to help anybody understand themselves better, see more clearly, resolve inner conflicts, and experience the dropping away of mind and body. This work is for anyone who wants to develop a meditation practice or deepen an existing practice, whatever their art or focus may be.

See the flier here with detailed information, and please share it with anybody who might be interested in attending.


Holiday Schedule Changes

Greetings all. It is Christmas eve and the dojo is closed. Sorry I didn’t get this notice out sooner, but hopefully you put that together. Class this week is cancelled. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and do some solo training in the midst of the chaos.

Next Monday is actually New Years eve. There will be no class that night either, but we will be rescheduling it for Wednesday, January 2nd. I hope to see you all there for our first class of 2019!


Monday Class Rescheduled for Wednesday this week

Best Martial Arts Institute is closed on Monday for Veterans Day. Our regular Monday night class will be held on Wednesday November 14th instead this week, at 6:45pm. Have a great weekend. Keep training, and hopefully see you on Wednesday!


Fall Workshop: Ending Internal Conflict

I will be teaching a 4 hour workshop (1-5pm) on Sunday, September 16th on Ending Internal Conflict at Best Martial Arts Institute in Eugene. We’ll be practicing self inquiry in motion through a variety of drills and exercises. The workshop will be an active exploration of internal states and their relationship to breath, movement, martial arts, and everyday action.

The Workshop is open to practitioners of all martial arts and non-martial artists alike. No prior experience is necessary. The contents are intended to help anybody understand themselves better, see more clearly, resolve conflicts, and experience the unification of mind and body. This work is for anyone who wants to develop effortless, spontaneous applications and pursue insights into the spiritual aspects of training, whatever their art or focus may be.

See the flier here with detailed information, and please share it with anybody who might be interested.

The aim of this workshop will again be to go deeper into the work understanding internal awareness and control. There will be some martial arts components, but all the work will be very soft, with a focus on movement. The primary work will be internal, combining aspects of meditation, movement, massage, and breathing. As I see it, the fundamental work of Systema is to understand oneself by quieting and clarifying the mind and body. This work is not only the basis upon which any martial applications can be built, but is also the basis upon which one can approach martial arts as a spiritual practice. As a background to our training endeavors, you can again read my thoughts on the subject here: Martial Arts as Spiritual Practice.

And let’s consider the following words by Aikido founder, Morihei Ueshiba:

“If all you think about is winning, you will in fact lose everything. Know that you and your opponents are treading the same path. Envelop adversaries with love, entrust yourself to the natural flow of things, unify ki, body and mind, and efface the boundary between self and other. This opens unlimited possibilities …

“Those who are enlightened to these principles are always victorious. Winning without contending is true victory, a victory over oneself, a victory swift and sure. Victory is to harmonize self and other, to link yourself to the Divine, to yoke yourself to Divine Love, to become the universe itself.”

Let’s train for victory over oneself and to become the universe itself. It’s not as crazy or as far off as it may sound.


This Monday’s class is moved to Wednesday

BMAI will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for Labor Day. For this week, class will be rescheduled for Wednesday, September 5th at 6:45. Please make a note in your calendars and we hope to see you for training Wednesday night. Monday night class will resume the following week, on September 10th.

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget, consistency in training is one of the keys to getting results. There are so many ways to train that it should be no problem to train a little every day.