Extend Ki

A Place for Deeper Training... Traditional Martial Arts, Cultural Classes and Mind Body Fitness

"Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something." -Morihei Ueshiba

Other Programs

We are a NO contract school! Ongoing dues are paid monthly (with discounts for additional family members and quarterly advance payments). We offer classes in the evenings and on weekends.

You are welcome to come visit. Try your first class for FREE!

Shugyo Cultural Center is pleased to offer a weekly meditation class. This is an informal meditation loosely based on the Rinzai Zen tradition. We generally sit for 30 minutes then have a philosophical discussion period. Students are welcome to sit in a chair or on the cushions.

Meditation Program

Benefits of meditation include stress relief, gaining a bigger perspective (water off a duck's back), reduced depression, reduced blood pressure, appreciating life more, becoming more aware/mindful, feeling more connected and less lonely, getting better sleep, having better brain functioning & better metabolism, increased immunity, staying healthier, increased attention span, greater patience, better pain management, muscle relaxation, more resilience and emotional intelligence, improved memory, and better creativity.

There are many different types of meditation. You can sit in a chair, on cushions on the ground, or walk. There are benefits to trying to be comfortable such as sitting in a chair, and to work on willpower by pushing through any discomfort. There are different focusing techniques; watching a candle burning, listening to music, counting your breath, reflecting on a koan, repeating a mantra, opening your senses, focusing on your heart chakra or feelings of gratitude, etc.

It all comes down to posture, breathing, and quieting/focusing the mind. We want to maintain an erect but relaxed posture, and we want to be resilient, not stiff and unmoving. This alignment, relaxation, and resiliency requires a constant gentle effort during the sit. We are wroking to achieve a new state of the body/mind/spirit.

We are human, we will have thoughts. But there are thoughts, there is the thinker, and there is something that transcends both. There are many analogies to how we should perceive the thoughts; looking through them as through a spinning propeller; watching murky water becoming clear, or feeling as if a storm is abating. The trick is to not focus on them but note them and continue on with the focusing exercise such as counting the breath.

More instruction will be given during the class. There is no fee for current Shugyo Cultural Center students enrolled in other arts; guests are welcome to contribute a voluntary donation.

KYOKU translates to "The ultimate", SHIN means "truth" or "reality", and KAI means "meet, join associate".

"You will never know your full potential until you push yourself to the limits from small to big, this is the way of Kyokushin."

Kyokushin Karate

Kyokushin is hard style of full contact karate originally from Japan was developed by Masutatsu Oyama it's one of the strongest fighting styles. A number of UFC champions have backgrounds in Kyokushin. It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement and discipline through arduous training. KYOKU translates to "The ultimate", SHIN means "truth" or "reality", and KAI means "meet, join associate". Training is comprised of three main components: technique, forms, and sparring. Often, these are referred to as the three "K's" kihon (basics), (forms), and kumite (sparring). Advanced level training focuses on achieving a more graceful power. We belong to the International Kyokushinkai Union.

Instructors: Tiberiu Bredicean, Nicolae Sever Bleier

Tiberiu Bredicean Tiberiu Bredicean Has been practicing Kyokushin Karate for over 35 years and has trained and fought with all of the best trained in Kyokushin. A number of UFC champions have backgrounds in Kyokushin. He feels you have to train hard or go home and mentally pushing yourself to your limits every time regardless of injuries. You still have to train and do your best every day. This is his lifestyle - "you will never know your full potential until you push yourself to the limits from small to big, this is the way of Kyokushin - you have to empty your cup before you refill". He passed the 5th Dan test in April 2013, after 4 intensive hours of fighting and techniques. Osu!

Monthly Rates Adult/Youth $60 or $30 as a 2nd art
Annual Dues Individual $25 Family $40
Ask about our family discounts!

You are always welcome to come visit or try a class!

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Phone: (219) 736-7854


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