6064 N. 16th Street (N.W. corner of Bethany Home)
Classical Chinese/Okinawan kung-fu  
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Sweeney Sensei:

Certified in Pediatric Mental Health
4th DAN (registered in Japan black belt)*           
Acupuncture Physician*         
10 Years training in Asia

Learn acupuncture theory*        
Learn Japanese language  
Grace and power combined

Fun kids classes emphasizing balance,
concentration, grace,speed,
relaxation techniques, and Japanese
language basics.

Classes held at clinic and school

A very dynamic, fun, interactive style which comes from
S.E. Chinese Crying Crane and Tiger styles. One can
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Excerpt #1 from the book's Martial Art Chapter:
"Most older boys, as I had done in the States, initially enroll in martial art
training of their own volition for the simple reason of being able to defend
themselves; which at its core is a motivation based on fear. As one
progresses with proper training, the many benefits of increased confidence
can be enjoyed, and this is beautiful to both feel in oneself as well as behold
in others, especially one’s students or children. It is interesting to note that
much of this newfound confidence is usually, in actuality, not reality based i.
e., the student may not really be able to defend themselves physically in
many situations (as many, like myself, learn in their first real fight after
starting training). However, they have become more familiar with fighting
techniques, being hit, and striking others in a controlled fun environment on a
regular basis and so the idea of a fight is not as closely associated in their
thinking with the unknown or fear. Of course, there has been some increase
in skill, strength, coordination and, thus, fighting ability but, the main change
has been in one’s thinking. After many years, some will actually be able to
fight well, but almost everybody will certainly be able to fight better or at
least defend themselves in a more skilled manner than when they started
training. For myself, the actual fear of being hit and hurt has always been
both a motive for more training as well as a fear that I erroneously thought
would go away after many years of training. Despite having trained many of
my body parts to withstand direct strong punches and kicks, this fear
persisted. It was merely the fear-based anticipation before the altercation
started and was gone once the challenge commenced. This reaction has
taught me much about the illusion of fear. In Japan this self-defense/fear
motive is not the main reason for initial training as physical fights are much
less common. Japanese also start martial art training for increased
confidence that an improved mind and body will confer, but without actually
anticipating the need for fighting in the streets. This is a major difference
between the initial motivation of most people in The States and in Asia to
start martial art training. Of course, as one continues to train, or for those
who were originally of a more refined nature, one learns to appreciate both
the more subtle attributes which flower through many years of training as
well as the direct connection to nature, earth and its implosive energy
potential which can be tapped into through the martial arts.

I was a 1st degree black belt (“shodan”) in a Chinese/Okinawa karate style
when I arrived in Japan. Despite what many think, a black belt does not
confer expertise. It takes three to five years in many traditional karate
systems to qualify for a 1st degree black belt and then another three to five
years for a 2nd degree (“nidan’) and then roughly five years for each further
advancement. Most Chinese styles do not use belts as rankings, but most
Japanese styles do use them. One of the martial art centers (“dojo” in
Japanese but this word is often understood in many countries) in Asia at
which I did physical training was in a Buddhist temple in Japan....." end quote