Interdisciplinary Martial Arts Tai Chi - Qi Gong IMA Yoga Warrior Bootcamp
“We DEDICATE ourselves to providing the best experience to each and every one of our students through true personalized training. Our mission is to IMPACT & EMPOWER students lives by providing Martial Arts training structured towards maximizing the benefits, and ingraining the principles, of a long established tradition. We wish to create a SAFE & HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT built on humility and integrity. We shall foster GENUINE respect and encourage OPEN COMMUNICATION between all. These principles are to ensure constant improvement for students and instructors. We shall STRIVE to maintain quality instruction and training available for all students regardless of ability or difference. We COMMIT our focus towards personal growth, individual enlightenment and universal awareness. We wish to lead a new way of the Martial Arts and journey towards the reality of the changing world today, by CREATING BETTER COMMUNITIES.”
Here at Panthers Gate We bring the healing side of the art into emphasis in harmony with the combative, to maintain the balance of life and death, the mind, heart, body, and spirit of the warrior, and the past, present and Future. The four pillars, tai chi, yoga, qi gong, and meditation has often been over looked by martial artist who focus on combat and held as non martial practical by the healing practitioners. This is a disservice by both sides. We at Panthers gate believe that a true spiritual warrior practices healing and combat. In times of peace training hard and technical prepares the warrior to deescalate and not fear death or pain. In time of War (which seems to be ongoing in these modern times) the need for internal conditioning and healing is essential for repair and perseverance, to aid the warrior in their respect of self, life and connection to others and nature. Without both combat and healing, the warrior is incomplete in their practice and being. The lifestyle of the Spiritual warrior is the main focus of Panthers Gate.
We focus in the moment of each day the energy that our students bring with them, and tailor the group classes to the collective focusing on the 6th and 7th chakras.. The partner classes are tailored to the individual and their connection with others through the 3rd, 4th, and 5th chakras. The individual sessions focus on the 1st and 2nd chakras. With these in mind, the movement through the styles are fluid and the discipline helps liberate the mind and body of the student while developing the heart and spirit that drives it.
Head Sensei & Owner
Dr. Rev Jeannette Kasemir
Dr. Reverend J Kasemir is a social philosopher, spiritual educator and minister, defense instructor, alchemist, artist, writer, and founder of Muse Academy. She has established Panthers Gate as one of the pioneering spiritual centers to bring back science and spirituality to the holistic trichotomy of the Body, Mind, and Spirit of metaphysics and martial arts. As a teacher of teachers, she is respected for her founding of the interdisciplinary studies in Metaphysical philosophies and practices, services to her communities, and support of our future spiritual educators. Her honest and transparent style of teaching through critical discernment and Socratic methods has established her as a genuine voice for the spiritual renaissance. Her students constantly experience the burning of calcination confronting their challenges, obstacles, and hard to grasp emotions that many shy away from - allowing for spiritual breakthroughs that free them from the chains of the past.
With a diverse and eclectic experience mentoring, healing, and instructing thousands of people from a behind the veil approach, she has enabled people from all backgrounds and ages to experience profound healing and self-awareness. She serves from a non-authoritative position to truly transform the individual resulting in a change from transactional living, to authentic being. Her unconventional and unparalleled methods nurture, guide, and develop each students communication with the self, others, and the spirit world that can not be currently achieved by other means.
As a disabled Army veteran service member, who had served to help many patients entering and exiting this world as a medic, she developed a service heart that understands sacrifice through expectations. Her inquisitive search for truth behind suffering and self-manifestation only was fueled by her studies in philosophy, parapsychology, theocentric psychology, and Ministry. Taking nearly 30 years of Self-Defense experience, training and teaching, she has honed in her perception into the fears and reservations within the individual and mass consciousness, to discover those deep seeded truths that are the hidden key to unlocking our potential.
Are you looking for a way for your child to burn off energy while learning discipline and self-control? Are you seeking a way to give focus and purpose back to your mind, and strength back to your body? These objectives and more can be achieved through martial arts training
At Panthers Gate we train individuals as young as three years of age with some students in their 70s and 80s. Our training is tailored for the individual and takes into consideration learning styles, past injuries, mental processing and body mechanics so every student is supported.
We wish to create a safe and harmonious environment built on humility and integrity.
We shall foster genuine respect and encourage open communication between all.
We shall strive to maintain quality instruction and training available for all students regardless of ability or difference.
We commit our focus towards personal growth, individual enlightenment and universal awareness.
We wish to lead a new way of the Martial Arts and journey towards the reality of the changing world today, by creating better communities.
These principles are in place to ensure constant improvement for students & instructors.
Interdisciplinary Martial Arts
Every Instructor is required to maintain weekly teaching and training classes. Regardless of experience or background, every instructor learns the system as a student and pursues a deeper and richer understanding of the Martial and Healing arts. Each class opens up one’s perspective in the art and encourages exploration. Merging knowledge from the different fields and integrating them into the system has been a huge contribution to the understanding of 8 Hands Martial Arts, and has been the most exciting development in regaining the Art as a whole (martial and healing combined) and for the progression of the students participating.
What is The Way? How is it discovered through Martial Arts? How well can we know it today as it was known back 2-3000 yrs ago? We at 8 Hands Martial Arts Center for Interdisciplinary Martial Arts Instruction guide every student to knowing the art and themselves, discussing the meanings of truth, justice, necessary defense, personal perception and belief, and the dynamics of our world, privately socially and publicly. We leave it open for students to critique and analyze, to question the effectiveness of their movements and discover what is hidden in the art and find the meaning behind it. Some may discover that on their path, there is no meaning left today in the art but what knowledge and truth they put in it. For some, finding a new love for the kata (forms) through deeper understanding is a benefit in training. Furthermore, students find the lost connections between all the disciplines and how they overlap, differ, and even assist one another. One of the main cornerstones of interdisciplinary training is that the student bridges the internal world (qi, thought, and emotion) with the external world (mass, time, and place) through healing, meditation, and physical movement (dynamic and static).
At Panthers Gate, we journey past the traditional boundaries of the most well-known disciplines. The physical application of the Art has always been known to be a playing field for the aspiring “athlete” and “alternative practitioner." Still today, we have had very little breakthrough on the spiritual application of the Art in America as a whole, waiting for science and metaphysics to merge with tradition and modern times, and the Western and Eastern philosophies. We believe that for previous followers, keeping to tradition meant not questioning the old ways. However, in many fields today, questioning is exactly what has been required to appreciate and fully understand the value of the “Old Ways”. We learn how, why, and in what ways the art developed and how it applied in the personal lives of the warrior in time of war as well as in peace
Solving the Unknown
Within the last 60 years, Martial Arts leaders have been on a mission to solve the problem of finding an applicable defense for modern times, while still respecting the traditions. Because of modern application and specialized approaches, we feel that the traditional disciplines alone are unable to address the real issues today. The old traditions were created in a time far different than today, and the art today has lost perspective of what made the old tradition effective in its time. We strongly feel that this breaking down and specializing has taken the majority of loyal followers farther from the solution. Even though technology has advanced civilization, we must not forget what is always present: the effectiveness of ancient practice was the focus on what is unseen and natural. When we remove physical movement and material perspective, we can “see” the reality of what is. Energy is the key to all that is. We look to find again that which the old masters knew.
With globalization and the internet, language and computers have proven effective in bridging understanding and correcting long thought-of truths we now find possibly detrimental to the way of mankind. Bringing the disciplines back together, including some of the newest inter-disciplines will clear up misinterpretations and contractions that both new students and old find within the art. We no longer neglect the very nature of the Healing and Martial Arts.
Pursuit of Effectiveness
The study of the major disciplines, their methods and purpose of training, philosophies, and historical background have helped to find the commonalities and differences that people search for in their practice. Interdisciplinary research involved students as well as teachers. The integrating of many disciplines to find the Spirit of the Martial Arts was an illuminating process and discovery. Many students who come to practice the 8 Hands Martial Arts are relieved in finding that it doesn’t take a specialized branch to find their way, but an open mind and the ability to look within. Students as well as instructors have found a joy in the effective nature of this style, relinquishing them of the need for defense of their style. No longer does any one Martial Art prove to be better or more effective than any other.
There are many styles (Karate, Kung fu, Jujitsu, etc) and Disciplines (Shaolin, 5 animal, Brazilian, American, etc) that are offered in the world of Martial arts. Of the various branches of one tree they can be grouped simply into Hard, Soft, Internal, and external. Kung fu, Qi Gong, Tai chi, were of some the first branches and focused on internal energy and mindset. Due to the increase of conflicts in the world, society in various regions looked for training that was quicker to learn and more efficient by means of raw exterior versus harmonious internal conditioning.
As such, Chinese Martial Arts, through the expansion of disciplines (different mindsets and intent of use) throughout the world, Styles emerged to fit the area or region it was adapted. Styles like Jujitsu from Japan in the 1400's before being brought to Brazil in 1914, Arnis from Spain in the 1500's, Karate from Okinawa in 1700's, Aikido in Japan in the 1800's, Krav Maga from Czechoslovakia in the 1930's, and Kempo in Japan in 1940's and ten years later in the 1950's to America. Over time these arts became more external and hard and less about peace and deescalation, and more about self (ego) and in the case of Krav Maga disregard for the well-being of the opponent.
When we at Panthers Gate speak of honouring a long established Tradition, we focus on the nature of the being both as an individual and a collective. Interdisciplinary (as apposed to MMA or multi-style) Martial arts was created with the notion that through study one finds that 90% of all movements are the same and 10% are varied based on mindset. Further that the 10% is what actually hones the spirit of the warrior, by completing the balance of combining the hard and soft, the internal and external, and studying the why in order to better the how and when of our actions.