Combining Ancient Wisdom with Modern Practices

  • Tai Chi Chuan

    body control and harmony
    Tai Chi Chuan

    About

    We focus on Five areas in our Tai Chi Classes

    Tai Chi Chuan Fundamentals
    We focus on helping students memorize the Yang Style 24 form in detail. Students get individualized attention with details and fine tuning of their form. For that reason, these classes will be limited to 15 students per class.

    Tai Chi Chuan Martial Applications Class
    Everyone’s favorite and seldom-taught aspect of Tai Chi Chuan. Did you know that every Tai Chi Chuan move has a martial application? Learn the hidden meaning behind each of these movements. Learn how to apply these practical self defense moves to any situation. Learn how to develop your spatial awareness and timing. This class is an essential part and rarely taught aspect of your Tai Chi Chuan training.

    Intro to Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands
    This ancient practice is a sensitivity training exercise that increases our internal sensitivity while learning to be sensitive to the environment and to the intentions of your opponent.

    Advanced Tai Chi with Weapons Forms Class
    In our "All Levels" class we encourage students to move towards their next level. After you have become familiar with the Tai Chi Chuan movements it’s time learn the weapons forms. Weapons are simply an extension of our bodies and the basic hand form. By practicing weapons forms we learn how to develop and refine ourselves as Tai Chi Chuan practitioners. You will notice how your Tai Chi Chuan hand form (24 Form) gets even better. You will be introduced to and learn the Dao (Chinese Broad Sword), Tai Chi Sword (straight sword), and the rare Fan form. A bonus Kung Fu cane form may also be taught when students are ready.

    Instructors

    • Daniel Hoover, DC, LAc
      20 years experience
    • Jonathan Lin, DC, LAc
      5 years experience
    • Veronika Gilliland, LCSW
      4 years experience
    • Lisa Carpenter
      3 years experience

    Features

    • Yang Style Form 24
    • Individual attention
    • Work on fine tuning form
    • 15 students per class

    • Veronika Gilliland, LCSW

      Veronika Gilliland, LCSW

      One of the greatest moments in life is realizing that two weeks ago your body couldn't do what it just did.

      Veronika Gilliland

      Tai Chi Chuan first caught Veronika Gilliland’s attention in high school when she read that Tai Chi helps promote harmony of the organs, internal strength, and peace of mind. In college Veronika took her first course in Tai Chi Chuan. Seven years later, she remembered that time as the most peaceful period in her life, inspiring her to return to Tai Chi Chuan. It was at this time that she met Master Daniel Hoover, founder of the School of Healing Martial Arts™ (SHMA), and has been practicing regularly for a year and a half. She immediately fell in love with Tai Chi Chuan and since has incorporated Tai Chi into almost every aspect of her life. Through Tai Chi Chuan Veronika has cultivated an internal awareness of her mental and body states, promoting the mind and body connection. With this new sense of awareness and connection, Veronika has been able to recover from stress and heal her body more easily.

      Veronika now has a stronger sense of herself and renewed confidence in all aspects of her life. She is inspired to teach Tai Chi Chuan to support the development of self-knowledge and self-inquiry in those she works with. Veronika is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and integrates her knowledge of mental health and mindful living with the philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan. Practicing Tai Chi Chuan has brought Veronika a new set of clinical skills in mental health, such as the benefit of gentle firmness, grounding techniques, pairing breathing with movement, yin/yang and mindful actions. Veronika’s commitment to the SHMA is driven by its unique focus on freeing up subtle energies of the body to heal and using the same techniques to protect oneself through its martial arts applications. Veronika’s involvement as a student and teacher in SHMA is inspired by the School’s dedication to reach as many people as possible by continually providing a free weekly class to the community. Fun Facts: Veronika eats mostly vegan, but loves pizza and cheese (so it’s hard to be 100% vegan!). In 2010 she moved to Lakewood/Long Beach from the Glendale area. She provides psychotherapy and is pursuing training in guided imagery, mind-body psychology, and different forms of yoga.

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      Skills

      • Tai Chi Chuan
      • Yoga
      • Guided Imagery
      • Mind-Body Psychology

      Archievements

      • Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
      • Psychotherapy
    • Jonathan Lin, DC, LAc

      Jonathan Lin, DC, LAc

      Resident "martial arts nut."

      Dr. Lin Feature

      Dr. Jonathan Lin’s martial arts education began when he was attending Cornell University. He learned the basics of western boxing, thai kickboxing, jujitsu, capoeira, filipino kali, taijiquan, qigong, lion dance, gymnastics – anything even remotely related to martial arts was fair game. He joined Cornell Wushu club early in his freshman year and developed a love for Chinese martial arts, which led him to train traditional Northern Shaolin kung fu in Taiwan. As his martial arts skills improved, Dr. Lin also developed a passion for understanding and maximizing how the body moves and functions.

      This passion led him to find Southern California University of Health Sciences, from which he received his Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and Doctorate of Chiropractic. It was also at this school that he
      met Dr. Daniel Hoover, and together they began intensive taijiquan push-hands practice with Master Young-Tsai Chu. To round out his practical and self-defense skills, Dr. Lin also began formal training with Dr. Hoover in Shaolin Kempo, and eventually worked his way up to blue belt. Today, Dr. Lin continues to train Taijiquan with Master Chu in El Monte, CA and contemporary Wushu and Taijiquan with Coach Matt Wong at OC Wushu Association in Irvine, CA.

      Dr. Jonathan Lin is proud to teach the Simplified 24 Taijiquan form under SOHMA. He strives to integrate the knowledge from his clinical background with his martial arts experience to combine the best of modern methods with old-school training, and hopes to express and inspire passion for Taijiquan with you all!

      Skills

      • Tai Chi Chuan
      • Acupuncture
      • Oriental Medicine
      • Chiropractic

      Archievements

      • Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Candidate
      • Doctor of Chiropractic Candidate
    • Daniel Hoover, DC, LAc, MH

      Daniel Hoover, DC, LAc, MH

      Movement generates positive energy and harmony.

      Dr Hoover

      Dr. Daniel Hoover has a rare combination of skills that adds to the depth of knowledge that he passes onto his patients and students. He is a doctor of Chiropractic, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, Master Herbalist, 5th degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo, and the Chief Tai Chi Chuan instructor at the School of Healing Martial Arts™.

      In an effort to share a more comprehensive holistic approach to healing, Dr. Hoover founded the SOHMA Integrative Health Center™ located in Long Beach, California. He is passionate about patient centered care, research, and combing ancient wisdom with modern practices.

      After studying and teaching the martial arts for many years Dr. Hoover decided it was time to learn how to heal with his hands. He found it fascinating that many of the points used to strike an opponent are the same points used to treat injuries and illness with acupuncture. This understanding is what sparked his interest in the healing arts and further exploration into the concept of Yin and Yang and Tai Chi Chuan. Dr. Hoover first became a licensed massage therapist and worked for two doctors of Chiropractic. It was there he first witnessed the true power of natural healing through Chiropractic and massage therapy. He wanted to learn more. Dr. Hoover continued his education by studying herbs at the School of Natural Healing where he earned a Masters in Herbology.

      Dr. Hoover is very passionate about studying and teaching the martial arts and healing arts. He really enjoys playing beach volleyball, basketball, playing goal keeper in soccer, kayaking, snorkeling and going on hikes. Dr. Hoover also enjoys reading and gardening.

      Skills

      • Chiropractic
      • Herbal Pharmacy
      • Acupuncture
      • Eastern Medicine
      • Rehabilitation
      • Tai Chi
      • Holistic Mental Health
      • Wellness For Life Programs

      Archievements

      • DC
      • MAOM
      • MH
      • Lead Instructor/Founder
  • Shaolin Kempo

    practical martial arts applications
    Shaolin Kempo

    About

    Have you ever thought about earning your black belt? Shaolin Kempo is a comprehensive martial arts system that has been passed down for generations. It originated within the Shaolin Temple. This system of martial arts is also called Shaolin Chuan Fa (Shaolin Fist law). It is an ancient art the utilizes strategies and techniques of the five animals–Tiger, Leopard, Snake, Crane, and Dragon–as a means of self defense. It has evolved throughout the years and integrates the best of many other systems such as Karate and Jiu Jitsu to make this system a very well-rounded, comprehensive, and practical self defense fighting systems for today’s world. Shaolin Kempo isn’t just about learning beautiful martial arts forms, it’s also about bringing forms and techniques to life. We practice hands-on applications with partners and instructors so that you will know how to apply these techniques in many situations. We practice techniques together and on each other in a safe and controlled environment so that students gain confidence by applying these techniques on people of all shapes and sizes. If for example a bully who is bigger than you comes rushing in to attack you, you will have learned to adapt your fighting strategy to become a crane and dash out of the way of the tiger, rather than meeting force with force. If you’re interested in learning this time-tested system of martial arts and are willing to follow the five rules–Effort, Etiquette, Sincerity, Self Control, and Character–you could go from white belt to earn your yellow, orange, purple, blue, green, brown, and black belts along the way. We are now accepting new student applicants.

    Instructors

    • Daniel Hoover, DC, LAc
      20 years experience

    Features

    • Comprehensive martial arts system
    • Practice hands-on
    • Time-tested system
    • Learn to adapt fighting strategy

    • Daniel Hoover, DC, LAc, MH

      Daniel Hoover, DC, LAc, MH

      Movement generates positive energy and harmony.

      Dr Hoover

      Dr. Daniel Hoover has a rare combination of skills that adds to the depth of knowledge that he passes onto his patients and students. He is a doctor of Chiropractic, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, Master Herbalist, 5th degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo, and the Chief Tai Chi Chuan instructor at the School of Healing Martial Arts™.

      In an effort to share a more comprehensive holistic approach to healing, Dr. Hoover founded the SOHMA Integrative Health Center™ located in Long Beach, California. He is passionate about patient centered care, research, and combing ancient wisdom with modern practices.

      After studying and teaching the martial arts for many years Dr. Hoover decided it was time to learn how to heal with his hands. He found it fascinating that many of the points used to strike an opponent are the same points used to treat injuries and illness with acupuncture. This understanding is what sparked his interest in the healing arts and further exploration into the concept of Yin and Yang and Tai Chi Chuan. Dr. Hoover first became a licensed massage therapist and worked for two doctors of Chiropractic. It was there he first witnessed the true power of natural healing through Chiropractic and massage therapy. He wanted to learn more. Dr. Hoover continued his education by studying herbs at the School of Natural Healing where he earned a Masters in Herbology.

      Dr. Hoover is very passionate about studying and teaching the martial arts and healing arts. He really enjoys playing beach volleyball, basketball, playing goal keeper in soccer, kayaking, snorkeling and going on hikes. Dr. Hoover also enjoys reading and gardening.

      Skills

      • Chiropractic
      • Herbal Pharmacy
      • Acupuncture
      • Eastern Medicine
      • Rehabilitation
      • Tai Chi
      • Holistic Mental Health
      • Wellness For Life Programs

      Archievements

      • DC
      • MAOM
      • MH
      • Lead Instructor/Founder
  • Yoga

    relax, detoxification
    Yoga

    About

    The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years. In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout the world. The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.

    The whole system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation. The exercises of Yoga are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world, and so a Yoga student treats it with great care and respect. Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body. The Yoga student gently increases breath control to improve the health and function of both body and mind. These two systems of exercise and breathing then prepare the body and mind for meditation, and the student finds an easy approach to a quiet mind that allows silence and healing from everyday stress. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.

    Trainers

    • April Vuong
      2 year experience

    Features

    • Flexibility
    • Strength
    • Wellness
    • Inner harmony

    Pricing Plan

  • Watch Our Beginners Tai Chi Chuan Series

    Tai Chi Chuan is a slow moving internal martial art that helps improve our balance and health in many ways. Welcome to Tai Chi for beginners. This first episode is an introduction to Tai Chi Chuan concepts and its first two major movement patterns “Parting Wild Horse’s Mane” and “Brush Knee.” Each episode will build on the previous one.
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  • Learn More About Our Instructors

    Click on the below link to learn more about SOHMA's previous and current Tai Chi Chuan instructors.
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Martial Arts Products

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The Integrative Health Center produces Die Da Jiu (also known as Dit Dat Jow), an herbal liniment that follows the classic formula of the Chinese “Materia Medica.” It is handmade by Dr. Daniel Hoover, DC, LAc. Die Da Jiu incorporates warming and acrid herbs to improve blood circulation. The herbs are classically indicated for knitting tendons and sinews, and use tree resins that are traditionally used to decrease pain. Martial artists have been using this formula for centuries. It prevents and relieves the pain of local bruising, swelling, aches, strains, sprains caused by traumatic injury. Die Da Jiu is a perfect addition to your first aid kit or as a post-workout muscle and joint rub treatment. Use a few drops on the affected area and rub into the overlying skin until warm; repeat 3-4 times or as needed.