Integral Martial Arts

Martial arts can be a powerful vehicle for self-development.  The Integral Way Martial arts school applies “Integral Theory”, popularized by Ken Wilber, to its instruction methods and philosophy.  Studying in this manner honors the traditional values of fitness, discipline, and self-defense while weaving in deeper insights from meditation, breathing, and other elements, especially with Integral concepts like Quadrants, Stages, States, and Lines.

The bulk of this site acts as a blog to further disseminate the concepts of Integral Theory as applied to the Martial Arts.  Posts are made by Sensei Josh Simon (with the occasional guest) as the insights become available.  Like any new exploration, this union of theory and practice is experimental and continually evolving.  Come back to this site regularly to see if anything new has been revealed and contribute your own take in the comments!

About Sensei Josh Simon

As a second-generation martial artist, Josh’s training began informally from his father in 1981 at age 6.  His dad had been practicing Gojo Ryu at the time for about ten years.  Josh’s first formal martial art was the fencing program at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in New Jersey in 1987, which he did that for a number of years until coming into contact with his main martial arts school in Cherry Hill, NJ in 1992.  This class was led by Sensei Merrick and Traci Rosenberg and became Josh’s base school for learning the Okinawan art of Wado Ryu.

Josh’s career took him to various places over the next several years where he joined a number of classes and spent a few years in each of them.  These included Danzan Ryu Jiujitsu (Sensei Barb Gessner) and Isshyn Ryu karate under the guidance of Sensei Arsenio Advincula and Sensei Glenn Wargo.  He has also trained in Western Martial Arts forms through the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA) and the Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia.
Somewhere around 2007, Josh was introduced to Integral Theory and realized that the framework could be applied to martial arts to make it more accessible to the masses, and to allow the martial arts to address any warrior’s needs at any point in their personal journeys.