Tai Shin Ki Do (the Way of the Body, Mind, and Spirit) is based on the traditional Okinawan Martial Art system known as Isshin-ryu or the “One Heart Method”. The system also includes self-defense techniques from other traditional systems such as Aikido, Judo, Kempo, and Shaolin Gung Fu. These techniques have been selected for balance, effectiveness, versatility, speed, and power. The system stresses kicks and punches thrown from natural stances, elimination of wasted motion, close-in techniques and proficiency in both hand and foot technique. Other influences were: Tang Soo do, Chinese Kempo, Cobra Kai Gung Fu, and Judo. Tai Shin Ki Do also teaches traditional Kobudo weapons such as the Bo, Sai and Tonfa.
A word about Tai Shin Ki Do from our founder Grand Master Barnes,
“I have often said that our system of martial arts is not an organization, but rather an organism. This means that we must continually seek ways to evolve, refine, improve and enhance our system. This policy will continue during my lifetime and after.”
Tai Chi/Chi Kung TSKD is our Tai chi system, developed by Hanshi Barnes, and is being taught through our Dojos
“I come to you with Karate, empty hands.
I have no weapons,
But should I be forced to defend myself,
Or my principles;
Should it be a matter of life or death,
Right or wrong,
Then here are my weapons,
My empty hands.”
A person’s heart is the same as heaven and
The blood circulating is similar to the moon and
A manner of drinking and spitting is either hard
A person’s unbalance is the same as a weight
The body should be able to change direction at
The eye must see in all directions
The ear must listen in all directions
1. Physical development.
2. Tradition and historical review and explanation.
3. Kata (Form) training including the study of Ki (Chi), Kime (Focus) and the
interpretation of the techniques (Tonabunika).
4. Self defense training: Kempo, Aikido, Jujitsu, Judo, Shaolin Gung Fu.
5. Meditation and relaxation training (Centering).
6. Sparring techniques.
7. Advanced training weapons.