Inner Dharma: Martial Arts & Culture
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Welcome. My name is Mark Raugas -- this website hosts my blog on martial arts and physical culture, with a focus on Chinese Internal Martial Arts (nèijiaquán) and Classical Japanese Swordsmanship (koryu kenjutsu). My endeavors in photography are also documented here.
I practice Chinese Internal Martial Arts under the Yin Cheng Gong Fa (YCGF) organization of Zhang Yun. I focus on Hebei Xingyiquan, Yin Baguazhang, and Wu Taijiquan. As part of this training, I practice straight sword, broadsword, and spear. I also practice elements of Gao Lineage baguazhang, which is a variant of the Cheng style.
I practice Classical Japanese Swordsmanship under the auspices of:
- The Hobyokan of Dr. David Hall, a private dojo where I am learning Kashima-shinden Jikishinkage-ryu heiho.
- Capital Katori, where I am learning Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto-ryu as taught within Sugawara Budo.
I currently teach elements of Gao Lineage Baguazhang applied to modern jujutsu as a mixed martial art, based on 25 years of experience in modern jujutsu and insights from my training with several practitioners in the Gao Lineage. My personal dojo is called The Gassankan.
I maintain a strong interest in Tantric Buddhism and Vinyasa Yoga. I completed a 200-hour level teacher training in hatha yoga in 2006. I have taught Vinyasa Yoga at Charm City Yoga's Fells Point and Towson studios. I attended the Kalachakra Empowerment for World Peace held by His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 2011.
Please contact me at the email address below with any comments or questions.