The Hillside Center offers a unique compilation system that teaches the vital elements of several different martial arts and Qi Gong. It is a non competitive program that stresses health and well being. It stresses balance and harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Some of the benefits of training include, improved health, self defense, self confidence, and inner peace. It is a personal journey unlike any other. If you are looking for something a little different than the average fitness center this could be a good experience for you. The rewards for your participation can be tremendous! (See services for rates and schedule under the more menu button).
The Hillside Center offers adult membership only and you must be 18 years of age or up to attend classes.
What is meditation?
There are many forms of meditation. During meditation you will learn to relax and focus inward in a state of mindfulness. It will help you reduce stress and tension. After a session you will have a feeling of calm aliveness as your mind and body become relaxed and energized.
What is Martial Arts Practice?
Our program offers you several different disciplines from Korea and China. It consists of warm ups, meditation, Qi Gong, self defense practice, classical weapons, and training drills. Safety is stressed during training to avoid injuries. You will work and learn gradually at your own pace under the guidance of a professional instructor.
What is Qi Gong?
Qi refers to breath or vital energy. It is our life force. Gong refers to work, practice, or cultivation. It is an ancient Asian system of exercise that can promote total health of body, mind, and spirit. Qi Gong can improve your immune system, increase circulation, delay aging, cure illnesss, and promote a higher state of consciousness. Qi Gong is similar in many ways to yoga and Tai Chi. It consists of flowing dynamic forms, slow movements and sets as well as meditaion and still postures. It is truly an ancient treasure.
Master Gauthier's Bio:
He began his martial arts journey in 1973 under the tutelage of Grandmaster Soo Yong Cha. He learned the Korean arts of Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do, and a compilation system called Ki Do. After over 10 years of study he studied under Grandmaster Myung Seok Seo where he learned Tang Soo Do and the classical warrior monk arts of Kwon Bop. He has also studied under other Grandmasters from Korea and China. He has been involved in the study, research, and instruction of martial arts for over 47 years. He started the Hillside Center of Bowie Maryland in 1997. He places a emphasis on balance between soft and hard arts, weapons and empty handed, mind and body and their unification with the spirit. He has studied oriental medicine to include acupuncture and acupressure. He follows the age old Shaolin temple practices, philosophy, and training doctrines. He believes that they have withstood the test of time and offer great truth and wisdom for today's practitioner.
In 2002 Mr. Gauthier started a self defense program called Defensive Tactics Systems to address real world self defense concerns. It was developed for the individual that did not have the time or the desire to learn or invest in martial arts practice. It is a simple and effective discipline. All of the techniques go through a stringent vetting process. They must be easy to use, learn, and retain. This program has been taught to civilians, law enforcement, military, churches, and corporate clients all over the world. To learn more about Defensive Tactics Systems visit us on Facebook or contact us through this site.