Winter Workshop: Exploring Mind Body Awareness

On Sunday, January 28th, We’ll be having a winter workshop titled Transparent Mind / Transparent Body: Exploring Mind Body Awareness. Click here for more information and to download a flier. Please spread the news to anybody who may be interested in attending.

This workshop will be an active exploration of mind body awareness. It is open to practitioners of all martial arts and non-martial artists alike. Although aspects of martial arts will be employed, it is not the main focus, and no prior experience is necessary. The contents are intended to help anybody understand themselves better, learn how to see clearly, free themselves of fear and anxiety, process pain and stress, and pursue insights into the spiritual aspects of training, whatever their art or focus may be.

Best Martial Arts Institute
795 Almaden Street
Eugene, OR 97402

$50 At the Door
$40 Early Payment

What to Wear: Loose pants and a t-shirt

Note: We will start promptly at 1pm with important information, so please arrive early to make payments and/or change. Early payment can be made out to Matthew Lowes and can be delivered or sent to Best Martial Arts Institute.

Pac MAC preview: I’ll be teaching a short 25 minute segment at the Pacific Martial Arts Conference on Saturday, January 27th at Best Martial Arts Institute. This is one my favorite events of the year, and if you haven’t been, you really need to check it out. All day, an incredible lineup of martial arts instructors from a diverse array of arts will be teaching short 25 minute lessons. It’s a wonderful way to train with new people, explore new training methods, and generally have a lot of fun!


Class Cancelled

Just a quick note to confirm that class is cancelled tonight, as it is Christmas Day. Apologies for the late notice. Best Martial Arts is usually closed on major holidays. Consequently, class next week will also be canceled for Nee Years. Best wishes to you all. I’m Looking forward to seeing you in 2018!


Monday Class has Resumed

We’ve had a bit of a summer hiatus due to travel and various events. It’s been a while, so I just wanted to send out official notice that our regular Monday night Systema class 6:45-8pm has resumed, and will be continuing uninterrupted for the foreseeable future. I hope you all had a great summer and have been exploring the training and principles on your own. And I hope to see you at class soon.

No Class on Labor Day

We’ve had a lot of time off this summer and I know you are all eager to get back to regular training. However, this Monday being Labor Day, BMAI will be closed, and we will not be having class. It’s also been exceptionally smoky in Eugene and air quality is at very unhealthy levels to be out and about. This is one time I encourage you all to take it easy, stay inside with the windows closed when possible, run an air filter if you have one, and pick up an N95 filter mask if you need to be outside. There no sense breathing more of this stuff than you have to.

Next week, September 11th, we will resume our regular Monday night classes, and hopefully we’ll get a break from the smoke by then. I hope you all are well. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Three Class Cancellations

There is always a bit of lull in summer training, with everybody traveling and busy with other summer activities, and this year I am doing quite a bit of travelling myself. I’ll be out of town quite a bit from now until the end of August and will have to cancel three regular classes. July 31st, August 14th, and August 21st will all be cancelled while I am in Canada, Hawaii, Michigan, and Wisconsin. There will be class on August 7th if you can make it.

I hope you’re all having a great summer and continuing your training and practice on your own. I am looking forward to regular classes starting up again, and hope to see you all for training. I’ll be back ongoing in September and classes will continue as usual.

Memorial Day, No Class

In observance of Memorial Day the dojo is closed, and there will be no Systema class tonight. Take some time today to remember those who sacrificed themselves for the sake of others. Consider those qualities in yourself and others which endow us all with the capacity for such greatness. Classes will resume next week at the regular time. Hope to see you there!

Video Course: Kaizen Taki 2012 CTS Workshop

30% Tint BackgroundMovement Daily with Kaizen Taki has released a Systema Common Thread Series Video Course. The complete course includes in depth lessons from a 2012 workshop with Kaizen Taki. This workshop offers detailed drill progressions, principle theory, plus clear explanations of how the same principles apply to Massage, Hand-to-Hand, Strikes, and Weapons Use.

This is awesome! I participated in the original workshop (that me in the photo all locked up) and can tell you the content and the teaching are exceptional. Here are deep principals of Systema explored through a variety of exercises and applications. Highly recommended!

You can watch preview videos and enroll in the course here.