Gregory E. LeBlanc
Greg has for the past 30 years been exploring and learning the healing practices, martial culture and spirituality of the east. He has been in private practice as an Asian medicine provider for over 21 years and in that time performed over 30,000 acupuncture treatments. Greg has completed hundreds hours of continuing education in Asian medicine, which has allowed him to expand and deepen his knowledge and experience of the subject. Greg holds a Doctorate degree in Buddhist studies from Buddha Dharma University and earned his Master's degree in Oriental Medicine at SAMRA University.
Greg's involvement with Chinese medicine began as a teenager when his Kung Fu teacher promoted acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Qi Gong as solutions to a variety of health problems. He was successfully treated for chronic asthma, allowing him to participate in High school sports and continue a life long dedication to the martial arts.
To practice Acupuncture in the state of California, one must successfully complete 3,000 total hours - including 2,000 didactic and 1000 clinical hours. Most people finish this arduous journey over a four-year period of time. The Master's Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the longest master's program in the entire country. Even after the diploma is obtained, one must pass the esteemed California Acupuncture Licensing Exam, which boasts statistics of 49% to 61% pass-rates over the last six years. NCCAOM board certification in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine involves a rigorous process of testing and peer evaluation that is designed and administered by specialists in Asian Medicine.
Dr. LeBlanc has served as an instructor at both SAMRA University and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences; teaching acupuncture point location, pharmacology and nutrition. He trained directly with Dr. Richard Tan, learning the entireBalance Method firsthand from its creator. Most recently he has trained privately with Dr. David Twicken, focusing on I Ching acupuncture and channel theory point selection acupuncture.
-Doctor of Philosophy in Buddhist studies - 2015
-Master's degree in Oriental Medicine - 1996
-California licensed acupuncturist - 1996 to the present
-Board certified in acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine (NCCAOM) - 1996 to the present
-Provider for the US Department of Veterans Affairs
-Provider for The Office of Workers' Compensation Program
-600 + hours of postgraduate education in Chinese medicine and acupuncture
-Founding member of the California Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine Association
Gwyn is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (GCFP) and Strength coach. She teaches individual lessons, or Functional Integration© lessons; and group classes, or Awareness Through Movement© classes.
Gwyn specializes in working with older adults, helping them retain function in their daily lives. Gwyn discovered barbell training in 2008 to support her martial arts practice. She has competed in several strength lifting meets. Gwyn is delighted to help others regain strength and function through barbell training.
Gwyn has been teaching self-defense classes since 2004 with the Girl Army collective. Girl Army teaches women's self-defense to women and trans people. She also teaches group workshops which can range from a one day to a six week workshop. Gwyn is also available to teach individual self-defense lessons.
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Gwyn received her Sandan (third degree black belt) in the art of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in 2013, Aikido in 2012, and received her Nidan in the Japanese sword art Toyama Ryu Battodo in 2010 from her teacher, Professor Michael Esmailzadeh, at Suigetsukan Dojo in Oakland.
Gwyn has an extensive background in ballet and modern dance. Prior to studying martial arts, she performed with modern dance companies in New York, Seattle and the Bay Area for over a decade. Her love of dance infuses her Feldenkrais practice with humor and imagination.