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 Wushu / Kung Fu   "Pushing the Limits of Human Potential"

Wushu / Kung Fu   "Wushu" is, literally, "the art of fighting," or “martial arts.” “Wushu” now commonly refers to the type of Kung Fu popularized by Jet Li and films such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

With training in Kung Fu / Wushu, you will build strength, stamina, agility, flexibility, coordination, and speed.  Sanshou and Qinna, included in our Wushu curriculum, will teach you how to use your power and give you experience defending yourself.

Learn more about Wushu on our What Is page. 


Samurai & Ninja Arts: JING is proud to house Bujinkan Taka-Seigi Dojo | San Diego

From the words of Toshitsugu Takamatsu-soke:

"The essence of all martial arts and military strategies is self-protection and the prevention of danger...More than simply defeating or outwitting an enemy, Ninpo is the way of attaining that which we need to live happily, while making the world a better place."

Please visit BTSDsd.com for more about Samurai and Ninja Arts!



Taiji / Tai Chi   "Rejuvenating Mind & Body"

Taiji / Tai Chi translates as "the supreme ultimate." The underlying theory of Taiji is that the mind, body, and spirit must be unified for wholeness and complete health. Tai Chi's fluid movements and peaceful rhythms soothe the mind, strengthen the body, and invigorate the spirit.

Outwardly, Tai Chi / Taiji improves posture, strength, and flexibility. Inwardly, Tai Chi / Taiji improves balance, coordination, circulation, and immune function.

Learn more about Taiji on our What Is page. 


Bagua / Ba Gua   "Move like a dragon... "

From the book Dragon Stretches its Claws: An Illustrated Manual of Bagua Zhang, by Liu Jing Ru and CS Tang:

"Named after the mystic Eight Trigrams (Ba Gua), an ancient system of divination, Baguazhang is a martial art that employs subtle movement, explosive power and a unique form of maneuvering…. But Baguazhang is more than just a martial art. Its elegant and balletic yet powerful forms build strength, coordination, and flexibility, while its traditional postures and exercises enhance Nei Gong (Inner Strength)."

Learn more about Bagua on our What Is page. 



Qigong / Chi Kung   "Breathe!"

From the website of our wonderful teachers, Dr.s Silvia and Craig Reid:

"Translated as “the working of air,” Qigong (chi kung) ...(is) a series of breathing techniques used to strengthen and circulate the body's already existing Qi as well as regenerate lost Qi.

"It takes less than five minutes to learn, and requires at least five Qi breaths a day to...instantly increase your mental and physical performance (and) over time it will also improve your internal strength, increase the amount of Qi in your body, and prevent old health issues from returning and stop new ones from developing."

Learn more about Qigong on our What Is page. 


Across All Programs

  • Better Health & Positive Self-Image: Good health allows you the physical ability to follow your dreams. Positive Self-Image provides the mental basis for following your dreams. Pride in yourself can act as a motivating force to track down that dream and get it!
  • Courage & Mental Fortitude: Courage makes Champions! Courage is a measure of your heart, your desire, your determination, and your inner strength.  Build your courage with training at JING!
  • Self-Discipline & Achievement: JING students learn to set goals and be self-motivated in achieving them.  We at JING like to help students develop positive attitudes and good habits, so that they can attain their goals with smart planning and good practices.
  • Stress-Reduction & Increased Vitality: Everybody needs a way to relax. Our students have found that training at the JING Institute of Chinese Martial Arts & Culture is invigorating and stress-relieving, ultimately allowing them to relax and focus on their lives.

There is no age limit on martial arts. Whenever you start is whenever you will begin enjoying martial arts and the great benefits that they bring.  Start now.


Chinese Language Class
for Adults

A note from Jing Jing about the Adult Chinese Language Curriculum at JING:

Chinese actually has very few phonemes (it is not difficult to learn!), and so many words share phonemes that I believe it is useful to first attach concepts to characters, then characters-concepts to phonemes.

For example, I was recently asking a pre-literate Chinese-speaker (a child) if she knew the word -- yu3 "rain".  However, she was much more familiar with eating yu2 -- "fish" -- than seeing yu3 "rain".  You can understand the confusion.  Just imagine how curious it would be to have yu2 "fish" falling from clouds in the sky!

But once you know the pictographic origins of the characters for "fish" and for "rain", then it is easy to keep them compartmentalized in your head and use the appropriate word in the appropriate context.

To that end, we simultaneously learn useful verbal phrases and dialogue and writing.

The JING Adult Chinese Curriculum uses the writing curriculum from our JING Children’s Curriculum, because I believe it follows the most logical progression of learning the foundations of Chinese.

I plan for adult students to learn at least one verbal phrase/dialogue and 4 written characters per week. Motivated students with extra time are welcome to self-study characters beyond the weekly lesson plan.

Please do tell me what you are looking for, what works for you, what you do and don’t enjoy, and any other feedback that we can use to make this curriculum better for you!


JING Culture


JING Institute of Chinese Martial Arts & Culture and Bujinkan Taka-Seigii Dojo jointly hold a Cultural Seminar/Workshop every month in the Asian Cultural Arts.  Below is a list of some of our classes, all with brief descriptions, some with more detailed information posted for your enjoyment and edification. 

Call us at 858.578.8267 for more information, or stop by JING to sign up for the latest Cultural Class! 

Chinese and Japanese Culture Classes
Schedule of Culture Classes on our Events page, by email, and at JING!

Abacus  算盘

Ancient cultures had advanced mathematics, but they didn’t have calculators, so, how did they do it? And why are Asians known for being good at math?  The answer: the Abacus.  Skill with the abacus allows people to better understand numbers and number manipulation; using the abacus allows quick and easy addition, subtraction, and multiplication (and, to a lesser degree, division); and great skill with the abacus trains the mind to the point that the physical abacus can be relinquished for the mental abacus, ie doing complex math in your head!   In this class, we learn the history and development of the abacus, and practice using the abacus for addition, subtraction, and multiplication. 

To learn more about the abacus, please

  • visit my favorite online tutorial, ABACUS: MYSTERY OF THE BEAD, or

  • check out some good books, like

    • Kojima, Takashi. The Japanese Abacus: It's Use and Theory. Rutland: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1954.

    • Dilson, Jesse. The Abacus: A Pocket Computer. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1968.

Anime Drawing 画漫画

The characteristic style of Japanese Animation has captured the hearts and minds of millions worldwide, but it is always associated specifically with Japan.  What makes Anime-style drawing unique?  How did it develop?  In this class, we learn the history and development of Japanese Animation, and practice drawing!

Archery 射箭

Before there were firearms, there was archery. The Asians had a distinctive style of archery, which they developed over thousands of years.  In this class, we briefly learn the history and philosophy of archery in Japan and China, and then we go to the range and practice pulling bows and loosing arrows!

You can read more about Chinese and Japanese Archery on my Ultra-Brief Introduction to Archery!

Calligraphy 书法

As Yin is the pair to Yang, so Chinese Calligraphy is the pair to Chinese Martial Arts.  In Asia, it is said that much a person’s character can be seen through their handwriting; as such, it has always been an integral part of a cultivated person’s education that he or she learn calligraphy well.  Even today, Calligraphy is used as a form of meditation, artistic outlet, emotional release, and personal cultivation.   In this class, we learn the history and philosophy of Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy, and most importantly, we practice doing Calligraphy.

Chinese Brush Painting 国画

The study and practice of Chinese Brush Painting can teach you much about the history and philosophy of China. Class will cover:

  • Chinese Paintings vs Western Painting

  • Appreciation of various types of Chinese Brush Painting, including

    • Landscape Painting and its implications for Chinese philosophy;

    • Flower-Bird painting and paintings that combine Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting;

    • Impressionistic Paintings; and

    • Detail Painting.

  • Hands-On practice!

You can read more about Chinese Brush Painting on my Ultra-Brief History of Chinese Brush Painting essay!

Chinese Cooking 中国菜

In this class, we get together and cook!  Students will learn the history and significance of the dish they are making, and we will  make the dish from scratch.

Chinese Historical Museum tour 圣地亚哥中华历史博物馆

JING and Bujinkan join the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum on a walking tour to explore Old Chinatown and the Japanese and Filipino neighborhoods in San Diego's old Stingaree district.  We learn and see the history of Chinese and Japanese communities in our very own city.

Chinese Language 中文

China holds more than one-quarter of the world’s population, and China’s GDP is the third largest in the world… and still growing.  It behooves everybody to gain at least a basic understanding of the Chinese language, and it is an even better idea to learn Mandarin Chinese fluently! 

Chinese Medicine and Herbs 中医

Modern medicine is just starting to accept Acupuncture as a valid form of medicine, but Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used and developed for millennia.  This class covers the principles of Chinese Medicine and its approach to maintaining good health and sickness prevention, and introduces various modalities used in Chinese Medicine, including Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Gua Sha, Cupping, food therapy, various forms of Chinese Massage Therapy including An Mo, Tui Na, Dit Da, Acupressure, and Dup Kwut , etc. 

Chinese Music 中国音乐

Chinese music has a particular sound and philosophy, as well as a plethora of instruments and styles.  This class introduces some of the history and philosophy of Chinese music, and offers students live performances of traditional Chinese instruments, including Guzheng and Guqin.

One of the best articles I have ever read about Chinese music is an interview of Liu Fang, renowned Pipa and Guzheng musician, by Paula E. Kirman, June 24, 2001.

Chinese Opera 戏曲

Chinese Opera is a perplexing theatrical form to almost everybody except those millions of people who love it fiercely.  The face painting is bizarre, the costumes are extreme, the singing is not what we typically call “sweet”, and what in the world are acrobatics doing in Opera?   On top of that, each region of China has its own unique style of Opera.  In this class, students will learn about the different types of Chinese Opera, the meaning of the face painting and costumes and acrobatics, and what makes “good” singing.  After this overview, we will focus on one type of Opera and show students why Chinese Opera earns such love and devotion.

Chinese Painting国画

Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Painting in the traditional style is known today in Chinese as guó huà 国画, meaning 'national painting'. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink; oils are not used.  The two main techniques in Chinese painting are: Meticulous - Gong-bi (工筆), often referred to as "court-style" painting; and Freehand - Shui-mo (水墨), loosely termed watercolour or brush painting.  In this class, we will learn a brief history of Chinese painting, learn about the different styles of Chinese painting, and take ink and brush to traditional rice paper to create our own masterpieces of Chinese painting!

Dim Sum 点心 / Yum Cha 饮茶

In this class, we all go out to experience “Yum Cha” (“drink tea”), a dining tradition from Southern China.  Dim Sum (“touch heart”) is the name given to the type of dishes served with the tea: small and snack-like.  The tea is considered a healthy (and delicious) digestive aid, and should be drunk hot and straight – no ice, no sugar, no milk, no lemon.  Yum Cha is typically something for family or good friends to do on a weekend morning/early afternoon, similar to going out to brunch in American culture. 

Read more about Dim Sum on my Dim Sum / Yum Cha essay!

Go, the Game / Wei Qi 围棋

Go is a strategy game with over 2500 years of history. Go originated in China, and has since become wildly popular throughout Asia, and is slowly gaining popularity in the West.  The rules of the game are relatively simple, but the strategy of Go is so rich that to this day, no computer program can beat a master Go player.  Players alternately place black and white stones on the vacant intersections of a grid of 19×19 lines. Once placed on the board, stones cannot be moved, unless they are surrounded and captured by the opponent's stones. The object of the game is to secure (surround) a larger portion of the board than the opponent. When a game concludes, the controlled spaces are counted by their respective players to determine which portion is the largest. Placing stones close together helps them support each other and avoid capture; on the other hand, placing stones far apart creates influence across more of the board. Part of the strategic difficulty of the game stems from finding a balance between such conflicting interests. Players strive to serve both defensive and offensive purposes and choose between tactical urgency and strategic plans. At its basis, the game is one of simple logic, while in advanced play the game involves complex heuristics and tactical analysis.

History of Sword Making    

 Class will cover the history of these iconic weapons and how it all relates to the arts taught in our school. Learn the process of sword making, where it originated, and how it evolved.

 History of the Samurai

Students learn what it meant to be “Samurai” through the ages of Japan.  Samurai movements will be taught and practiced by students.  We will be focusing on the Kukishinden Ryu lineage of the Bujinkan.
Japanese Dining Etiquette 日本餐

Japanese culture is steeped in etiquette.  This is found to be especially true in the way the Japanese design and consume their meals.  Students learn how to share a meal with each other in a respectful manner as well as practice what they learn at a Japanese Restaurant.

Japanese Friendship Garden 日本親善庭園

The Japanese Friendship Garden is named "San-Kei-En" meaning "three Scene Garden" -- Water, Pastoral and Mountain. San-Kei-En is an expression of the ties between the people of San Diego and Yokohama and blends the two cultures to create a unique experience.  The main principles of Japanese landscape design are "people, natural environment and culture". The life of the Garden continues to develops people's respect for the environment and cultural arts.  We take a private tour of the garden and learn about why the garden is designed in such a particular manner.  When possible, we observe the Tea Ceremony narrated by a guide.

Japanese Music 日本音乐

Japanese music has a particular sound and philosophy, as well as a plethora of instruments and styles.  This class introduces some of the history and philosophy of Japanese music, and offers students live performances of traditional Japanese instruments, including the Koto.

Lion Dancing 舞狮

Once upon a time a monk had a dream in which there were many sorrows and evils plaguing the land. The monk prayed and asked the gods how he could prevent these evils from occurring. The gods told him that a lion would protect them and fight back the evils. The Chinese people had never see a lion before, but had heard stories that the lion was the king of all the other animals, so the monk combined all the lucky or magical animals he could think of and so made a lion. Lion dances can be broadly categorized into three styles, Chinese Northern (北獅), Chinese Southern (南獅), and Taiwanese (臺灣獅), each with its distinct appearance and “dance” style.  In this class, we learn about the lions and practice doing Lion Dance!

Martial Arts in the Movies 功夫片

In the United States, the primary method through which most people first discover Chinese Martial Arts is through the movies.  Decades ago, Americans had only Bruce Lee movies, then they gained access to Hong Kong kungfu movies, and now we have movies like Crouching Tiger, The Matrix, and we can even see Chinese Martial Arts in everyday television shows.  Our instructor Craig Reid, who was also introduced to Kungfu through popular cinema, will tell us of his experiences as a voice actor, kungfu actor, stunt double, kungfu choreographer, and martial arts cinema researcher and author while he shows us an extravaganza of Chinese and Japanese Martial Arts in the Movies!

Modern armor / Wounds and Effects

Visual presentation of the wounds received in modern times as it relates to our weapons.  This class is taught by a Navy Corpsman

Origami 折纸

There’s nothing quite like the joy you get from transforming a plain square of paper into a frog, or a flower, or a boat, or a plane, a useful chopstick-rest, or an esoteric geometric window ornament.   This class covers the aesthetics of Chinese and Japanese paper folding, the development of paper folding as an art in China and Japan, the science behind paper folding, and, most importantly, how to fold many fun and interesting animals and flowers and household items and decoratives!

Qi healing 气功

Qi is the elusive energy that flows throughout all living things.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, blockages of Qi can cause a variety of physical, mental, and emotional ailments; unblocking and increasing the flow of Qi in the body serves to strengthen and heal.   While there is ongoing research to identify what Qi is through Western science, the direct and indirect manipulation of a person’s Qi has been used as a healing technique in China for millennia. Trained Qigong practitioners can emit Qi energy from their bodies, directly manipulating the patient’s Qi.  This healing therapy is very little known in the West, because it has been an extremely tightly guarded secret in China for hundreds of years and requires years of practice.

Find out more about Qigong on our wonderful teachers' website, www.VivaLaChi.com!


The earliest written reference to use of alcohol in Japan is recorded in the Book of Wei, of the Records of Three Kingdoms.  However, Sake is more than just an alcohol to the Japanese.  There is etiquette to drinking and sharing the beverage.  This class also teaches about the history, brewing processes, ingredients, and types of Sake.  For those over 21 years old, you may try different types of sake paired particularly with appropriate foods.

Samurai Arts and Culture at the Bowers Museum

The exhibition, which includes 81 objects from the Tokyo National Museum, is divided into two thematic sections illustrating multiple aspects of samurai life. The first part features battle regalia, including armor, handcrafted swords, robes and medicine cases worn on the warriors’ belts; the second part focuses on the culture of the time via objects such as tea ceremony paraphernalia, scrolls, calligraphy and costumes for Noh theater.  We are provided with a private tour and accompanying museum docent (more docents depending on the number of students).

Shaolin culture 少林文化

The Shaolin Temple is famous for its association with Chinese martial arts and renowned for its wuzeng 武僧, martial monks.    The Temple has over 1500 years of history, has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times, and played a key role in the rise and fall of many dynasties throughout Chinese history.  This culture class invites a Shaolin monk to come tell us about life in the monastery, and guide students through some classic Shaolin kungfu and qigong exercises.  Learn also about the similarities and differences of learning Shaolin kungfu in the temple versus martial arts outside the temple!

Taiko 太鼓

The history of Taiko, which literally means "drum" in Japanese, goes back over 1000 years in Japan. They were originally used as military instruments and as a time keeper for daily village life. As a result of its importance in Japanese culture, Taiko also came to be associated with religious activities. In later periods, the Taiko was played as a centerpiece at festivals, or Matsuri. Modern Taiko, as it is known today in its ensemble (Kumi-daiko) art form, dates back only half a century to the post war Jazz musician Daihachi Oguchi. Oguchi was the first artist to bring Taiko together in an ensemble format, using multiple drums and rhythms within a single arrangement. Since its origins 40 years ago, North American Taiko has taken off as a popular art form, fusing traditional drumming with many modern styles of music. Its power and dynamism has inspired the establishment of hundreds of groups across the continent.  In this class, you will play Taiko!


“Tea,” as the term is traditionally used, actually all refers to one type of plant, the Camellia sinensis.  Different types of tea result from different processing methods.  Tea originated in East and South Asia, was a common beverage by the time of the Qin Dynasty around 200 BC, and has only grown in use since then. In this class, we learn about the different types of Chinese and Japanese tea through lecture, viewing samples, smell, and taste.

Terra Cotta Warriors at the Bowers Museum  兵马俑

The Terra Cotta Warriors are often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World.  In this class, we take the rare opportunity to see the actual Terra Cotta Warriors and learn about China in the era of its First Emperor.  Since his birth in 259 B.C., China's First Emperor was destined to become one of the most important political leaders to rule the country. Beginning at age 13, and for the next 38 years, he assigned over 700,000 workers to build an enormous mausoleum with life-size terra cotta warriors to protect him throughout eternity.  This terra cotta army of soldiers, servants, musicians, acrobats, and animals silently remained underground for two thousand years, until, in 1974, Chinese farmers digging a well made the startling discovery of a terra cotta head.  


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