about     

Brian Skow is an accomplished therapist and teacher of Japanese medicine, holds a black belt in Jujitsu, and is an active practitioner of Soto Zen. Having an interest in human health, wellness, spirituality and performance since childhood, he designed his own Bachelor of Science in Human Performance at Arizona State University, followed that with a Master of Science in Systems Management at the University of Southern California, and then spent a successful eighteen years in the corporate world in quality management and process improvement. Following his heart more deeply, Brian began a professional career in Japanese medicine in 2002 after receiving a diploma and certificate of excellence in Zen Shiatsu. Taking this path seriously, in 2003 he became a Certified Practitioner of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®-CP) and a Diplomate for Asian Bodywork Therapy by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Dipl. ABT, NCCAOM). Since then, Brian has had much continuing education, including training in Zen Shiatsu from Morita-san, Masunaga Sensei's son, at the Iokai Shiatsu Center in Tokyo, training in Sotai from Hiroshi Miura Sensei at his healing center in Tokyo, training in Moxa from Junji Mizutani Sensei, and successful completion of a two year clinical Kampo (Japanese herbal medicine) internship with Nigel Dawes. Loving to share his own knowledge and experience, Brian has taught many courses in Shiatsu and related subjects, was a faculty member at the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA) for many years, and is now focused on providing continuing education to acupuncturists, massage therapists and nurses. In addition, he has volunteered in a number of capacities for the AOBTA (currently a state representative) and the NCCAOM (as an exam development committee member), and published articles. Brian's martial arts journey began in Belgium as the child of an ex-pat, with two years of training in Japanese Jujitsu. As an adult, training continued with a year of Kantan Kyo Jujitsu in Boise, Idaho. This was followed by five years of intense training in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in Arizona, which culminated in receiving Shodan from the Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai in 2000. After a pause to focus on healing arts, Brian returned to training, in both Danzan Ryu Jujitsu (2014, promoted to Nidan in 2016) and in Judo (2015, promoted to Yonkyu in 2016). In the spring of 2016 he relaxed his schedule, continuing with workshops in Jujitsu (promoted to Sandan in 2018) and casual training at home in Judo with his son. Also in Belgium, Brian was trained in Transcendental Meditation (TM). This experience eventually led to committing to the Soto Zen Buddhist path, with its emphasis on Zazen meditation. Japanese medicine, martial arts and meditation comprise a complete approach to healing, wellness and peace.