Health & Wellness

Boston Classical Soo Bahk Do (BCSBD)

Boston Classical Soo Bahk Do (BCSBD) has been operating out of the YWCA Cambridge since 2001 under its founder, Master Steyer. In 2016, the YWCA Cambridge took over the operations of the program as part of their emerging focus on holistic health and wellness.

BCSBD is certified by the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation (USA branch of the World Moo Duk Kwan) to teach the traditional Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do (cert. #SA496) to men and women, children and teenagers, and individuals with special needs.

Our mission at Boston Classical Soo Bahk Do is to work for human development and peace on personal, community, and worldwide levels. On the personal level, we follow the philosophy of "Neh Kang Weh Yu - Strong Inside, Gentle Outside." We train in an atmosphere of strong discipline so that we may best learn to understand and control in ourselves the serious power of our art and our minds. We stress self DEFENSE, not offense, and we are not competition-focused, (although we do offer the opportunity to participate in such events). On a community level, Boston Classical Soo Bahk Do is committed to social action, specifically the reduction and prevention of violence, and the promotion of inter-cultural awareness. Our aim is to help men, women, children, and people with special needs of all ages and ability levels to grow and develop in a positive manner. Worldwide, as a part of the Moo Duk Kwan, we are directly involved in "Mission 2000," our international effort towards World Peace by improving human relations through the practice of Soo Bahk Do.

Community Conversations: Sister to Sister

Startling disparities in morbidity, mortality, and access to high quality healthcare for U.S. Black women are well-documented. To combat these disparities, CC host's monthly meetings in a local hair salon that bring together Black women with a rotating multidisciplinary team of Black women health professionals for informal and candid conversation. Having regular opportunities to meet with other Black women to discuss health and practice health-related conversations can improve the participants' health and wellness experience.
Community Conversation's mission is to remove barriers to improved health outcomes in the Black community by providing a forum for open and honest dialogue between key stakeholders; and to empower community participants as they navigate the medical system in search for the highest quality care for themselves and their families.

Our Health & Wellness Tenants

Huan's Tai Chi offers Tai Chi classes at the YWCA Cambridge for all ages and levels. Take a class with Huan's Tai Chi to reduce stress and improve balance, flexibiliy, patience, concentration and over all health. One-month trial for $29. Go to for more information
Rumba y Timbal Dance Studio is committed to teaching Latin Dance to the local community. Rumba y Timbal offers a variety of classes at the YWCA Cambridge for all levels and holds regular events and workshops. Go to for more information.
Upward Spiral is a Pilates, Gyrotonic®, and Gyrokinesis® studio at the YWCA Cambridge that provides each client with an education about his/her specific physical needs, as well as a safe and individualized couse of exercise and rehabilitation. Go to for more information.