The Gassankan (月山館) is a training activity in Seattle focused on traditional and internal martial arts from China and Japan. The same characters are read as Yuèshān Guǎn in Mandarin. Its name is inspired by the mountain shrines in the Dewa Sanzan ( 出羽三山 ) area of Japan, including the Gassan Dai Jinja ( 月山大 神社 ) on Mt. Haguro and the Haguro-san Kōtakuji Shōzenin ( 羽黒山荒沢 寺正善院) Kogane-do in Haguro-machi, which is where in 2005 I decided to shift the focus of my practice from modern jujutsu to traditional internal martial arts from China and Japan.
Mark Raugas mark [at] innerdharma [dot] org