Instructor – The Learning Center at Red Willow
Michael Norvelle, Ph.D., Sensei, Osho (Zen priest), has been a practitioner of the martial arts, energy arts and healing arts for over 40 years. Once Sensei Norvelle made the discovery that all of these arts are interrelated and are simply different forms of developing, moving, transmitting and utilizing Chi he began the conscious quest to provide this knowledge to others for their benefit. He began his training in Japan over 40 years ago under the founder of Kawaguchi Kai Wado Karate Do, Sensei Yoshio Kawaguchi. He gained his black belt from the founder of the Wado Karate system, Sensei Hininori Otsuka. He currently holds a fifth degree black belt in that system. Later, he came to understand that a complete self defense system required other techniques and studied Jujitsu and Okinawan Goju Karate, as well.
Once he was introduced to traditional Zen training at the Chozen-ji Zendo in Hawaii and became a Zen priest, he was able to see how the martial arts, meditation arts and healing arts were all very closely related. It was at that time that he found a style of Tai Chi Ch’uan that complemented his other training and he was able to integrate “moving meditation” into his practice. At this time, also in Hawaii, he was introduced to his initial Chi Kung and acupressure teacher, Sensei Hirano, and his Jin Shin Do body-mind acupressure teacher, Mary Rose. For the past 15 years, Sensei Norvelle has been practicing and teaching this integrated system of training. Over the last 20 years, he has developed, refined, and taught a specialized course in women’s self-defense. He also brings 10 years of law enforcement experience to the program, providing realistic examples of possible situations. He hopes you will benefit as much as he and others have from this training system.