“I was doing my own weight and cardio program at the gym and getting good results but was curious how much more efficient a professionally managed program could be so I signed up for Satori Method. What I have found is that this workout is probably twice as efficient as what I was doing on my own with much better coverage of the whole body. I’m the in the best physical condition of my life and enjoying the path to being healthy. Thanks!"

~ Greg North, Computer Chip Manufacturing

"Sabrina I just wanted to thank you for being the very best exercise instructor I have ever had !! I have taken numerous classes (step, aerobics, strength training, etc.) over the past twenty years and none of the instructors compare to you. I appreciate your focus on using the correct technique and in fact, have discovered that I was doing many of the strength training exercises incorrectly. You have a way of communicating proper form that has really helped me to achieve my fitness goals. I also want to thank you for being an excellent dance coach. If some aspect of a dance step is not working for me, you are always able to provide a different perspective that allows me to successfully execute the step. I appreciate your never-ending patience and attention to detail. Your positive and playful attitude is contagious and I always look forward to class or dance lessons, which by the way, are never boring!"

~ Charlene Laramey

"The Mushin [meditation] mindset is phenomenal! We recently had a situation in the hospital where a patient was reacting to the medicine our department gave them. This is a life threatening event and it is so important to be calm as the physician on the scene. Mushin kicked in because of the training and I was able to take in all of the options and treat the patient exactly how they needed, no more, no less. The nurses were amazed!"

~ Dr. Lori Barr
"Lab results from my annual physical in September showed a 20% decrease in total cholesterol and a 30% decrease in triglycerides over the past 12 months. The Satori Method program, which I began in March, 2009, was the only significant change in my routine. I have developed a great appreciation for the Program, it's creators, and fellow attendees. And I'm really impressed by what attention to exercise, diet and meditation can do for someone who neglected these things for too long. Keep punching and kicking and all those other things we do - good things will happen!"

~ Doug Hall, Business Coaching Consultant
"Your tools and coaching helped to unleash the power of me in the good sense. I am much more aware of myself and sensitive to others, making it much easier to make positive changes in my personal life as well as inspiring healthy changes in my organization. My confidence and optimism have spread to others, and it just seems that my life has fallen into place. Even on 'bad days', it's easy to get myself back on track because I know how, thanks to you. These tools are for a lifetime, and I am grateful to have them in my arsenal. Thanks for everything, Tristan!"

~ Penny Mina, Innovation Manager, Dr Pepper | Snapple Group
"I would like to tell you how appreciative that I am for how much you have helped me not only with my weight loss issues, but also how much Satori Method is helping with my health issues. When I started with Satori Method I was on two blood pressure medications and my blood pressure was still running around 140/85. As of last week my doctor took me off of one of my blood pressure medications as my bp had dropped to 104/80 and he said if I continue to drop at this rate within the next 2 to 3 months he will be monitoring my bp and hopes to get me off my other drug. Thank you so much for your dedication in continuing to help improve peoples lives and thank you for starting Satori Method. I absolutely love it and only wish we could go 5 nights a week."

~ Dawn Krantz
"Through insightful guidance, brilliant analogies, patience, and deep personal experience Tristan helped me gain both an intellectual and physical understanding of meditation and how to “get there” (Additionally, his Art of Mushin DVD/CDs were extremely helpful in reinforcing what I learned). I owe many thanks to Sensei Tristan for illuminating this practice for me. Meditation gives me a feeling of deeply centered, objective comfort/calmness/joy that is somehow bigger and different from anything else I know. It’s a feeling that spreads and supports all the other activities of my life. Meditation sharpens my mind and balances my emotions. It is has become an integral part of my self-care daily routine."

~ Jane
"Sabrina, I have been attending your exercise classes for many years and find it to be very life changing for me... you have a way of presenting and explaining each muscle movement with focus and with a contagious passion to make us get toned and feel better. You really want us to get it and see and feel the results of your workouts. I am so impressed with your stamina and energy at every class every single day without any excuses. You always perform with great technique and have a smiling face the total time. Your charisma makes me want to get excited about exercise and really try to emulate your moves. In doing this, as a result, I find that not only weight, but also all those other things that come with aging are all in check. Thank you Sabrina for exposing me to this exercise perfection daily."

~ Camille Remedi
"I just want you to know that I really like the Satori classes and I am so looking forward to increasing my strength and stamina. You [Dana Gribi] have been a great help and inspiration to me, and Sensei Tristan has so many qualities that make it fun, challenging, and enlightening.  I love his sense of humor, his great respect and dedication to his students, and his playful yet deeply spiritual energy. I am so happy to have found you both. Blessings."

~ Cynthia Treglia, MS, LAc
"Dear Sensei Tristan, as you know, I was having constant aching pain in my low back for several months. After trying different forms of treatment including physical therapy, I wasn't sure anything was going to work. Then, when you sat down with me one on one to explain the true connection of the mind & body, I began to understand that my very real physical pain was rooted in my mind and not my body. Using methods you taught including tapping, positive affirmation and meditation, we were able to clear out negative images and let go of past/present blockages. It's been well over a year now and I'm still pain free. This whole experience was like a cleansing of the mindbodysoul and has allowed me to move freely, mentally, emotionally AND physically, on with my life with a new appreciation of self. Clearly, my gratitude is endless. Thank you."

~ Dana Schwartz, Real Normal Productions
“When I take Sensei Tristan’s class [Satori Flow] I am transported from the hectic, busy world to a place of calm where I can connect with my true self. His exercises energize my body while the Meditation and Qigong brings clarity for me to be in the present – the here and now. His teaching is a gift – I am filled with a feeling of joy and well being when I finish the class. Thank you!”

~ Debbie Miller, Executive Vice President - Midtown Video
"I was having increased back problems for about 6 months. Sharp pains in my lower back that got so bad I could barely move and I couldn't sleep. I was in constant pain and it was getting pretty serious and affecting every aspect of my life. The pain would literally paralyze me at times and I felt completely shut down. Tristan showed me a series of Martial Yoga movements from the Satori Flow Course that took me from immobility to absolutely no pain whatsoever within about a week. Even the day after I began I noticed considerable improvement. I haven't had back pain since and I continue to train with Tristan doing Satori. I've never felt better. It's really a life changing experience to train with Tristan and helps keep me focused, relaxed and ultimately healthy both mentally and physically. These techniques are amazing and great for anyone regardless of whether or not you have specific pain or stress."

~ John Gibson, Film Maker

"Satori is good for the soul as well as good for the body. It is just what I need after a stressful day. It's hard to believe that something so powerful is so simple."

~ Radhia Gleis, Ph.D., M.Ed., C.C.N.

"I wanted to share with you what I perceive as the positive benefits from following the Satori Flow training. Usually, several hours after my work out routine at the gym, I experience a soreness and stiffness in different parts of my body. I had accepted these 'aches and pain' as a part of the process of the body getting older. Several hours after the Martial Yoga exercises, I was NOT experiencing my usual aches and pains and actually felt more relaxed and my whole nervous system felt much calmer. The following day, when I would really feel all my 'aches and pains', I felt very relaxed, calm, and energetic. I have noticed that since I have begun using Satori Flow on a regular basis, I do not experience the same stiffness, or soreness that I did before."

~ Martha Garrett, M.Ed., Clinical Psychologist
"Sensei Tristan helped me to be a better therapist. I have always focused more on the academic side of things, looking for new methods, techniques, theories, because I thought it would make me more competent and effective in my work. Yet the more I learned, the more I wanted to know and always felt there was something still lacking. Through Sensei Tristan's Life Mastery Coaching, I learned skills that helped me discover the power of Presence. I always knew about presence and it's place as a cornerstone to effective therapy, but had never truly experienced it in this way before. This Presence I have come to experience is the space in which my life derives meaning, not just for my therapy practice, but in everything. I can bring conscious awareness to everything I do because it is already there! Where? In the Present. For anyone wanting a more beautiful and meaningful life, I recommend this course. If you keep an open mind and dedicate your time and positive intention to it, you will not be the same again."

~ Jiovann Carrasco, LPC, Psychotherpist
"Thanks so much for all your help! I just have to tell your I LOVE you class!!!!!! I have never been a person who exercised regularly, your class has changed that! I could not be happier with the class, I just wanted to let you know, I have never felt better about myself. Have a great day. Peace."

~ Stephanie Lemke
"Just wanted to say Thanks for allowing my son Steve to work out with us last night, he really did enjoy it, said it was a heck of a workout. He mentioned how it would be really easy to keep coming back, told him that’s the energy at the dojo, it is amazing and the whole class motivates each other. I think he was a bit surprised that his “old man” can still pack a punch. Again, Thanks."

~ Sabas Flores, A.I.A.
"Tristan, meeting you through mutual friends and learning about your background wound up being one of the most fortunate events of my life. As we discussed, I have had lower back problems for over 20 years. Through the physical stretching exercises you showed me along with proper breathing techniques, combined with an introduction to Dr. Sarno’s literature have dramatically improved the quality of my life. I am able to do all the physical exercises (including racquetball) that I once loved when I was younger -virtually pain free. I diligently follow the Mind Body regimen recommended in Dr. Sarno’s books. After trying many different things to conquer my back pain through the years, nothing was successful until the guidance and direction you set me on. I do not think twice about engaging in any type of physical activity now. Best of all, I do not worry about waking up the following morning unable to get out of bed. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to you for setting me free. My warmest regards."
~ Ira Kravitz, Morgan Stanley

"Until a year ago, I had never heard of Qigong. Today, I cannot imagine my life without practicing this wonderful energy generated breathing technique that has helped me achieve and maintain good health. I have suffered with migraine headaches for many years, and since I have begun practicing Satori Flow, I have not had a major headache of any kind. The practice of Satori Flow has enhanced the stamina and coordination of my body; it has helped my mental concentration during my day and has reduced the stress in my life by at least three fold. I have learned about Qigong through my martial arts practice, but it is a practice that would be beneficial to anyone. It is wonderful to be able to center into my breath and to be able to achieve a highly relaxed and tranquil mind and body state during my day, no matter how stressful it may be. The practice has increased my joint flexibility, increased the range of motion in my body and has increased the flood flow, which has provided better circulation to all of my body including my hands, feet and especially my head."

~ Dana Gribi, Events Coordinator

"Dear Sensei Tristan, while it is still fresh in my mind, I wanted to drop you a note to let you know that the Satori Flow combination of Mushin meditation, followed by qigong was absolutely fantastic! I've done meditation, and I've done movement, but I've never combined them like that before. It hit exactly my mind-body-spirit connection, and at one point I had so surrendered to the flow of the qigong that it was as close as I've come to an out-of-body experience. I'm still buzzing from it. Thank you so much for guiding me through that this afternoon. It was an amazing experience."

~ Lauren Shaw, Attorney

"Tristan, I wanted to let you know that I was so happy with the life coaching we did. I got something valuable out of every single session and truly learned life tools that I can now apply to all types of situations in both business and personal life. As I told you, even though we finished our program, I would like to continue the coaching with you, because I think the rewards of it are ten times the cost and time I put into it. I would absolutely recommend your coaching program to anyone without any hesitation."

~ Larry Tamkin, CEO, Innovo Realty

"I thank you deeply for the energy you dedicate to the physical and spiritual development of others. I thank you personally for the relief, release, and reconnection which you facilitated in me on Thursday night. Mushin is so powerful. I continue to benefit from and greatly enjoy your instruction. Thank you."

~ Doug Diamond, Montessori School Teacher

"Dear Austin Martial Arts Academy Instructors, I would like to thank you for your time and commitment to helping people. You made a great impact on our residents who attended your workshop. You truly demonstrate an unselfish devotion to arming individuals with the tools necessary to prevent potentially dangerous situations. I hope to work with you again in the future. Keep up the amazing work."

~ Tiffany Dixon, Manager at The Village Apartments at Riverside

"Since starting my Satori Flow training, I have noticed an obvious shift in how I feel physically, emotionally, and intellectually. I've done some work before, but have never felt this real of an experience with personal change and soulful connection. This is the real thing."

~ Jonthan F. Anderson, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

"Your coaching certainly has had an awakening affect on me. A decision was made to do things differently. Then I began simply by preparing and eating healthier foods at every mealtime. Along with this I incorporated a daily practice of soft Qigong, meditation, journaling and an emotional state that is more observing of self. These daily practices have had a profound effect on me and my life today, for this I am truly grateful. Thank you Tristan!"

~ Bruce Kennady, Kennady Co.

"I absolutely loved walking into the Dojo today. It looks so beautiful, feels so warm, is such a great representative of the work that we do and the growth that is happening with us individually and between us. I thank you for all you have put into this. It really shines through. Even though I wasn't able to physically put in the energy to the creation like you have, the love you put in has invited me to feel so part of the process. Thanks again, your friend."

~ Jonathan Hewitt, Martial Arts & Life Skills Teacher

"Hi Sensei, ... I’m grateful for the many hours you have donated to train myself and others through the dojo, I’m grateful for the many hours of counseling/wisdom you have graced me with, and I’m grateful for the wonderful example you are to me (I’ve had very few people in my life that have been good examples that I could follow and learn through), and I’m most grateful for the direction my life is headed because of you and AMAA and the love that you and the other Sensei’s pour through it. Thank you."

~ Cheryl Featherstone, Martial Arts Teacher

"Satori Flow has been the perfect remedy for a whole life change when it comes to healing the body. There has been a lot of fear of not being taken care of and it is so beautiful to realize I'm not a victim to anything and I don't have to create illness to get love. I'm using the tapping on the meridians, sending the golden, healing light of love and then releasing black smoke. Being consistent is one of the most important things to remember for me and that the soul has such power of transforming everything into love. Thanks so much for helping me to see this."

~ April Downing, Hair Dresser

"As a parent, I can attest to the value of the practice of mindfulness [Mushin] that we receive. It helps me to find calm in my own hectic life as a parent, and I can also carry these lessons to my children by example through what I do and how I react to stress. I think this is a great benefit of our class that is separate from punching or physical fitness."

~ Glenn Lightsey (Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas Austin)

"I just want to thank all of the instructors involved with the self-defense seminars. The program has helped me enormously in working through a lifetime of extremely negative experiences. I'm still working on some things but I am so much closer to where I want to be! It's amazing how much past experiences you think you have gotten over that still affect your everyday existence. I was living my life in the past without even knowing it, letting old fears and programming cloud my perceptions and dictate my actions. Now I feel more at peace with myself and the world and I can see everything (including myself) more clearly. To those who are afraid to take this class (I was terrified!), don't worry! You are in good hands and everyone is so supportive and nurturing. I was only nervous the first seminar but now I can't wait for class! Again, thank you to everyone for providing so much more than self-defense training!"

~ Amanda Jones, Teacher/Artist

"For quite some time now I've been going to the Austin Martial Arts Academy (AMAA) I've been training in their ground self defense classes and I really like it because they follow Aikido philosophy of peace & harmony, but I get to train in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu techniques with the concepts of realistic street safety from Tony Blauer. The instructors have been really kind and down to earth and so have the students."

~ Kym Tachibana, Martial Arts School Owner

"I thought I had come to terms with death since I had faced a life threatening illness years ago. But the real threat of violence was different. The fear was all encompassing and overwhelming. The RAD seminars taught me to face my fear/s both mentally and physically and 'detect, defuse, and defend' when necessary. Rather than dispelling my fears or overcoming them, RAD has taught me to dance with them as part of life. This 'dance' has slowly translated into more physical stamina and mental/psychological courage. I highly recommend it."

~ From a "50-something" woman.

"The Realistic Assault Defense seminar on Saturday was wonderful. The staff was engaging, professional, and compassionate while still being intimidating when it was appropriate. The content was outstanding and the techniques , empowering. On Saturday, my confidence was renewed. Absolutely priceless. Thanks."

~ Teresa Van Deusen

"Thank you so much for working with me to put the R.A.D. promotion together. I think it went great and I have plenty of exciting things to talk about tomorrow morning, the next day, and for a while. I really want to make it back for more training and I will...just got to figure out my schedule. Please extend my thank your to your staff; they were wonderful. Let me know if you have an interest in putting another seminar together with the morning show, whether it be sooner or later, for women or kids or teens. I think that would be amazing too. Just something to think about. I can not say enough great things. Please keep in touch. Thank you."

~ Trina - DJ 101 X

"Dear Sensei, Thank you so much for your generosity this past month. I've thoroughly enjoyed training at your school. You have a terrific group of regular students; they made me feel completely welcome while challenging me in a safe and fun atmosphere. You've managed to create what is in my experience a rare environment; one where the students have built a supportive community without the fanatic's blind devotion to a style or a personality. Everyone I talked with seemed to be trying to develop tools so they could seek truth as independent martial artists. Thank you again for welcoming me into your school so graciously."

~ Glenn Garvey, Martial Arts Instructor
"I had the opportunity to attend Sensei Tristan's Advanced Mushin No-mind/No-ego seminar. That three hour seminar taught me so much! I learned why I react in a certain way during stressful situations and how to change my reaction. As a high school teacher, there are many situations that cause me to become stressed and even angry but learning how to control my reactions by watching my breath and reframing has been an incredible help."

~ Becky Hertel, 9th & 10th Grade Teacher

"I wanted to say hello and thank you for teaching me all the martial arts techniques I learned while I attended. …. I was sad when I had to leave (for research assignments) but I do feel that I could assuredly "get busy" and find position "A" quickly or restrain someone without being flipped. Also I feel that my weapons release techniques are good to go. …I hope to never have to use the stuff, but it's wonderful carrying the ability with me everywhere I go. I still feel connected to the Academy and will continue to recommend it to others. Best wishes!"

~ Leo Colegio, Educator

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