I began practicing martial arts under Sifu Brown when I was 14 years old. From day one I knew I found the right path and as I grew in my practice, I saw the profound impact that Zen Teachings had on every single student. There is so much depth to our practice and it has helped me in so many innumerable ways, I knew that I had to share this gift with the world.
Zen Teachings resonates with me because I understand the great importance in being able to be who you want to be, when you want to be that person. I was not always the most popular kid in school. I was younger than everyone in my class and I was not as successful in sports as the other kids. Because of that I dealt with being made fun of and was left out a lot. I learned to be funny as a defense mechanism, but I also had a lot of lack of confidence and anger due to my perception of not having a place in the world. It was only when I started to practice that I learned how to control moments in my life instead. I learned that I was the master of my fate! I learned that through learning to control and discipline my mind, I got to choose how I reacted to every situation. Zen Teachings has enhanced my life in every single aspect and I truly would not be the person I am today without it.
My 23 years of practice have allowed me to become closer to the best version of myself. I want to share that tremendous gift with you. I want you, in whatever you do, to be the absolute best you can be. It’s only through consciously putting yourself in adverse situations that you can see what you are. I will be with you every step of the way.
Sifu Robert Brown
Sifu Brown’s Story
When I was quite young, I had terrible self-esteem and confidence. I was an 8 year old in leg braces and could barely get up the steps. My physical coordination and body was a disaster. I was mad at everyone; my mom and dad, other kids, the neighborhood, and even at God.
One day, my mother read in the newspaper that martial arts could give you confidence and self-esteem. It was her that pushed me to visit my first martial arts school. When I walked in, the scene was magical. Not only could these people move and use their body but they could punch, kick, and throw each other with power and focus! I was in love with it and I had to be there. I didn’t have to be the best like other people, I just had to be there.
Through the years, my physical condition improved. I was able to shed the leg braces, punch and kick like everyone else, and even competed in tournaments. But, most importantly, my inner condition improved as well. I realized then that there was a lot more to martial arts than just fighting.
I started traveling all over the United States, eventually expanding my search to China, Japan, and India. I learned about martial arts all over the world and when I began my first dojo the practice grew. We became the fastest growing martial arts school in the country!
Today, Rudy and I have made it our mission share Zen Teachings beyond the physical walls of our dojos. We want to help more people, whether you practice martial arts physically or not. Your art, which is your life, should offer more than it ever has. Zen Teachings is here to guide you. We are here to help you be who you want to be, when you want to be that person, no matter what life throws at you.