Apprentice Sarah training in Krav Maga Self Defense

Apprentice Sarah training in Krav Maga Self Defense

Apprenticeship Program

The curriculum for this program is intense.  This program is modeled after one month long meditation retreats taught at Zen monasteries in China.  There will be lessons every day.  Meditation, Tai Chi, Academic Lectures on Philosophy Eastern thought and Buddhism, Self Defense, Culture and Language Studies, and lessons on living mindfully.  Apprentices will have homework, read extensively, and will live by strict codes of conduct.  The schedule will be unique for each student and designed around the apprentice’s work/school schedule.  If the apprentice is from out of town they may rent a room in my house if available or other accommodations will be made. Apprentices must apply to be in this program and will only be accepted at the discretion of the teacher.  Apprentices will be asked to perform outside study, including reading books, watching videos, studying meditation, and keeping a journal of their studies. We aim to live intentionally, to take care of our body, our mind, and our training space.  Books will be provided for study and are included in the cost of the program.

My name is Cory, and I’m the founder of Corydharma Meditation and Martial Arts.  I help people who are feeling lost or are looking for their own path through an intensive study of the body, the mind, and the spirit.  I’m a meditation, mindfulness, martial arts, self defense, and language instructor.  I’m looking for students for my apprenticeship program.  The program is modeled after one-month-long meditation retreats taught at Zen monasteries in China.  

I have a master’s degree in Asian Studies, 26 years of martial arts experience, and I’ve lived, studied and taught in both China and Japan for half a decade.  I have taught in the school system, college courses, and Zen retreats in China.  This program is designed to share all of best teachings that I have learned through my life to show you a Way of living for your own.  

For successful applicants to the apprenticeship program I will  make a curriculum that is designed around your schedule.  There could be lessons every day or on certain days of the week.  Classes and lessons will take place at the Center for Social Change in Miami, as well as at my home in South Miami, and in parks around South Florida.  It's a wonderful place to live and train.  I mean, look at that nature!


Housing Available:  

From out of town?  No worries.  The option of  doing a live-in apprenticeship is available or other accommodations may be made.  Live-in apprenticeships get the opportunity to fully immerse themselves into their practice.  Much like meditation retreats in a Zen monastery, everything is a practice.  Eating meals, washing dishes, keeping one's house in order, and living mindfully are part of the practice too.  Live-in apprentices will have a bedroom or share a bedroom with one other student.  

Program Fees:

There is a limit of 6 apprentices per month.  There is a limit of 3 live-in students at a time.
If multiple apprentices start at the same time, there will be a discount for each additional apprentice.  

1   Apprentice   Starting                      $1350                                  (+$650 for housing if needed)
2   Apprentices Starting together    $1200 per Student        (+$650 for housing if needed)
3   Apprentices Starting together    $1050 per Student        (+$650 for housing if needed)
4+ Apprentices Starting together    $1000 per Student        (+$650 for housing if needed)

If you would like to continue your apprenticeship for multiple months there will be reduced fee:

Additional Month Apprenticeship    $850                                  (+$650 for housing if needed)
*Subject to availability and are at the discretion of the teacher.



There is an internship opportunity if you have the relevant skills and have the hours to dedicate to Corydharma Meditation and Martial Arts.  Interns will get a discount on the Apprenticeship Program.  This discount is at the discretion of the teacher and may not be available every month.  Interns would help with advertising, social media, website management, audio and video editing for podcasts and youtube, administrative duties, temple maintenance, and other duties.  Intern applicants will need to submit a resume/CV, letter(s) of recommendation, and reference(s).  They may also submit an art portfolio or any other supporting materials with their application.  Full-time internships are for the choicest of applicants.  The right person, might even end up creating their own job.  

Internship Apprenticeship        $1000  (10 hours/week)            (+$650 for housing if needed)
                                                            $650    (20 hours/week)             (+$650 for housing if needed)
                                                            FREE    (Full time)                         (+$700 for housing if needed)


What to Expect:

It’s just an old house.  I’m just a teacher.  It’s not glamorous; there are no bells and whistles.  We are going to be working on ourselves and learning how to appreciate what IS and not what we wish it was.  I have had several apprentices go through this program, but you will still be among the first.  You will be helping me to cultivate this program and make it better every month.  Help me build this into something beautiful.  You will be also be exposed to other teachers of various disciplines and approaches.  Of course you will also have time to do your own thing, time to study, to work, etc. Ultimately, the purpose of this program is to give you the opportunity to focus on you, to give you a place to grow, and to give you a guide to point you along the way.  How much you grow and what you learn is up to you.  I can show you some of the best books, I can point to some of the best teachers of history, try to inspire you to realize your purpose, but you’re the one who’s got to walk through that door.  

Let me show you the door.




Sarah Hirth

My favorite thing about Cory’s apprenticeship program was the combination of body, mind, and spirit work. I got to learn about self-defense, tai chi, walking meditations and so much more. I also really enjoyed all the books I got to read, and the extensive list of book recommendations that I am slowly working my way through. Before starting his apprenticeship program I did not think it was possible for me to sit still for longer than 5 minutes, but now sitting for 50 minutes has become a part of my daily routine. I look forward to seeing how this program develops, and I would love to go through his apprenticeship program again.

How to Apply:

I need to hear from you!  My job isn't to make you better.  It's to help you make you better.  So I need to know some things about you.  

Do you have a well defined sense of self?  What's your purpose in life?  What is the color blue? 
Ok, that's a bit heavy.  We'll get there, but I still need to know all the boring stuff about you too.  What's your email, how old are you; demographics and what not.  Let's start there.   Yeah, filling out forms is lame but, such is life. 

Step 1:  Fill out the application. 
Step 2:  Submit a Statement of Purpose.  
Step 3:  Submit any supporting documents.  (Optional.  Required for Internship Applicants)  

The application is long and thorough for a reason. Let your personality out!  Give thoughtful, honest answers, and wait patiently for your application to be reviewed.  Successful applicants will be invited to interview either in person or via video call.  The interview is a vital part of the process and will help me to determine the type of curriculum that is right for you.  Applicants that are selected for the apprenticeship program will have to sign a waiver for liability, and fill out several forms for insurance, payment, etc.  

Step One:  Fill Out Application


Step Two:  Statement of Purpose

This is a very important part of your application, because it gives the reviewer an understanding of a part of you, your background and interests, and helps them determine if you are a good match for the program.

Please spend time writing a thoughtful statement that answers any/some of the following questions.

Who are you and why are you awesome?  What are your passions and doubts?  Where are you on your path?  How do you choose to suffer?  What your motivations are for applying, and how this fits into your life?  What do you hope to learn, discover, or accomplish in this program?  What knowledge or skills do you hope to take back with you, and why?  What might be the most challenging aspect of this program for you and why?  What are your weaknesses?  What do you feel you might contribute to the program? 

If you wish to send a word document or email instead of using the form below, please send your Statement of Purpose to with the subject:  Application NAME Statement


Step Three:  Submit Supporting Documents

Optional:  Feel free to send any supporting documents to aid your application such as a resume or CV, an art portfolio, references, letters of recommendation, or anything you think would display your character, your struggles and accomplishments, or how you have spent you life.  

Internship Applicants must submit a resume or CV, 2-3 references,  and at least one letter of recommendation.   They may also submit an art portfolio or any other supporting materials with their application. 

Please submit these documents together in one email to

In the subject line put:  Application NAME Support.
Internship applicants but in the subject line:  Internship NAME Support

What Happens Next?

Once we have received, your application, statement of purpose, and supporting documents we will review your application.  Applying does not guarantee admission to the program.  As much as we wish to help all beings, this program is selective, and we may not be the best fit for each other.  We want to be a good fit for you just as much as you do.   What makes the best fit is hard to define.  We will not discriminate based on race, gender, nationality, or religion.  Applicants need to have basic human decency, be sincere in their commitment to learning, be trustworthy, honest, and compassionate.  Successful applicants will be contacted for a video/ in person interview.  The interview is informal and fun but designed to make sure everyone's on the same page and that this program is right for you.    

Here are the remainder of the steps after we have received your complete application.
Step 4:  Interview and Curriculum Consultation
Step 5:  Scheduling and Payment
Step 6:  Housing (If needed)
Step 7:  Begin Apprenticeship

Have Questions?

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