(Our group classes contain a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 people)
What is Budokon Yoga?
Budokon Yoga combines classical Yoga with mixed martial arts and calisthenics and is designed to improve mobility, agility, flexibility and strength. The emphasis of the class is on the transitions from posture to posture rather than the holding of postures. The purpose of Budokon Yoga is to gain muscular and cardiovascular strength, stamina and joint mobility.
A typical Budokon session begins with 20 minutes of yoga sun salutations to, as Shayne (the founder of Budokon Yoga) says, “lighten and open the body,” followed by a martial arts segment of explosive, dance-like movement. The end is a guided meditation.
How did Budokon Yoga originate?
Budokon Founder, Cameron Shayne is considered the father of the mixed movement arts culture. He is a martial arts expert, social philosopher, educator, fighter, yogi, satirist, artist, writer, and founder of Budokon University and BDK Academy. Based in Los Angeles, CA, during the 90’s, the mecca for yoga in the Western world, Cameron established himself as one of the pioneering voices and transmitters of contemporary yoga, martial and movement arts. As a teacher of teachers, he is renowned as the founding of the Budokon Yoga style, the Budokon Mixed Movement Arts System, and his inspiring and provocative writings on the contemporary movement scene.
Cameron began studying Martial Arts and Zen meditation at the age of 12, and yoga asana and calisthenics training at 25. He has black belts in both Yoshukai Japanese Karate-do and Korean Olympic Style Taekwondo, as well as his Brown Belt in Gracie Jiu-jitsu. He has been studying and sharing Yoga, Martial Arts and Zen meditation collectively for over 30 years.
“Through martial arts I experienced meditation; both yoga and martial arts share self-reflection, but both suffered from the same disease of being stripped down to a westernized workout,” said Shayne, founder of Budokon University in Miami, Florida.
“There is no breath count; we don’t stop,” said Shayne, who describes the movements as snakelike. Observers will note echoes of Tai Chi. “Modern yoga can be very angular. Our primary series is a circular, continuous transition practice,” he explained.
Richard Cotton, of the American College of Sports Medicine, said Budokon can offer a challenging change for people with more advanced levels of fitness. “If you’re a yoga or tai chi purist, it (Budokon) is not that, but it is variety, and variety is rarely a problem”.