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Welcome to Inner Dharma, an activity focused on martial arts and physical culture, particularly the Chinese Internal Martial Arts (nèijiaquán) and Classical Japanese Swordsmanship (koryu kenjutsu). My name is Mark Raugas and here you will find information on my training interests, teaching, and perspectives (in the form of short essays) on martial arts and culture.


I practice Chinese Internal Martial Arts under the Yin Cheng Gong Fa (YCGF) organization of Zhang Yun Laoshi. My practice includes elements of the following arts:

As part of this training, I practice straight sword (Tai Ji Jian and Ba Gua Jian), two-handed broadsword (Tai Ji Dao and Tong Bei Dao), and spear (Tai Ji Qiang).

Hebei Xing Yi Quan.

Before I entered the YCGF school I practiced Gao Lineage Ba Gua Zhang and have received instruction from several teachers of that art. In addition to my primary focus -- the arts taught within YCGF -- I practice a subset of Cheng Style Ba Gua Zhang influenced by the Gao Lineage and my experience in modern jujutsu.

Koryu Kenjutsu

I have practiced at two different schools of Classical Japanese Swordsmanship: The Hobyokan and Sugawara Budo.

The Hobyokan of Dr. David Hall, is a private dojo that teaches several koryu. There I practice Kashima-shinden Jikishinkage-ryu kenjutsu, specifically the Hojo-no-kata, To-no-kata, Kodachi, and Habiki. I also benefit from Dr. Hall's experience and insights based on his training in Yagyu Shinkage-ryu and Shinto Muso-ryu jo.

Sugawara Budo is an organization dedicated to the preservation and practice of Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto-ryu. I was awarded a mokuroku license by Sugawara Tetsutaka-sensei in Katori Shinto-ryu in 2010.

Yoga Tantra

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.


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