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Monday, September 19th, 2005
12:01 am
oops, should have told you guys about this sooner. But Master Tu a reknown qigong master in Taiwan is teching classes in the bellevue area until next friday. I can't remember where exactly... let me know and I'll post if I find the article.

Anyways, my dad went to his seminar and told me a bit about it.

you can find his website: www.mastertu.com
Thursday, June 30th, 2005
12:13 am
Recommendations for a Seattle Physician?
I am looking for a new primary care provider, and was wondering if anyone could recommend good doctors in Seattle. I'm asking on here as it seems likely that I have some similar criteria as some other martial artists for a good doctor.

I'm looking for someone who takes a holistic approach to health and is good with injuries, etc.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
11:33 pm
Hello everyone!!
I was wondering if some you wouldn't mind filling out this questionnaire for me. It's part of my research project which is about whether or not those studying a martial art, incorporate what they learn in their training into their everyday life.

Please forgive me if some of the information I use within the questions are wrong. I, unfortunately, am not currently studying a martial art, and so I do not know as much as I should. But soon, very soon I am hoping to begin studying Iaido.

I'd appreciate any feedback. Thank you!

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2005
10:01 pm
For any of you who may be interested, the Tuesday Chen Taiji class that I teach at Artspawn is going to be beginning the form again soon, and is therefore open to new students. (We have three new students already, I believe ;-) ) Details are in the artspawnchen community.
Friday, October 15th, 2004
8:10 pm
Sorry for the late notice, but....

The World of Martial Arts

Chinatown Community Center
8th & Maynard, Seattle (a green building)
Saturday the 16th -- tomorrow!
6 PM

Not sure about the ticket price but it was something like $5 donation the previous years it was held at Queen Anne. Variety of martial arts demos, weapons forms, and fellow NW practitioners present. My own kwoon is represented later in the program: Yee Jong Pai kung fu with Sifu Shawn Miller.

If you have nothing better to do tomorrow night, we'd love to see some of you there. :)

P.S. If you catch me, the name's Kris. :)
Friday, August 27th, 2004
2:21 pm
Just Joined PSMA
Hi There! I just joined this community with hopes of meeting others interested in Martial Arts in the Greater (read: Eastside) area. A friend of mine and myself have not that much experience in Martial Arts, but want to join up somewhere somewhat close to home and was hoping we could get reccomendations for good schools. Now I am in charge of Information gathering (woohoo!) so here goes.

I live in Issaquah, he lives in Maple Valley. He works in Sea-Tac and I in Redmond.
He has told me that he is interested in a "Softer Style" rather than a Karate. I am not exaclty what he means by that though and was hoping someone could give me an idea what "softer" might mean. He didnt seem too interested in Judo or Aikido so yeah. Any information would be great =)

Any assistance is GREATLY appreciated!

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, August 23rd, 2004
10:45 pm
I just joined the community, and I know I should have read the posts carefully and figured this out that way, but forgive me for not having all the time in the world, so hear me out.

Some friends and I want to find a taiji teacher and split the cost for a small group lesson. We live in north bellevue WA, so anyone from redmond would also be immensely convienent and awesome. Does anybody know a great sifu that would be willing to give us lessons? Hopefully, if all goes well, we might want to get funding from the school too. And if we play our cards right, the sifu can also get a more stable coach's pay.

We are mostly interested in Chen style and all thing involved in it. But any well experienced tai-chi master would be cool.

Thanx for your time.
Thursday, June 17th, 2004
5:35 pm
Fifth River Open House on June 26th

Fifth River Poekoelan Indonesian Martial Arts and Self-Defense is proud to announce the opening of our beautiful new studio in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. We’ll be hosting an Open House on Saturday, June 26th from 12 – 5pm with hands-on classes and demos throughout the afternoon.

Celebrate with us! Classes and events are FREE and open to all.

Noon – Introduction to Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen

Learn the basics of this amazing Indonesian martial art! With the guidance of an advanced level instructor learn the history of the art, the basics of throwing effective strikes, and crucial self defense skills.

1:00 – Beginning Poekoelan: Adult Cun Tao

Cun Tao means “self defense” and is the foundation of Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen training. In this workshop you will practice effective physical responses to common attacks, watch a demonstration by our beginning students, and learn about the first phase of training.

2:00 – Play of the Animals

Poekoelan is based on the movements of the monkey, tiger, snake, and crane. The animal movements give our art its distinctively beautiful style. Advanced students will show you the fighting movements from the animals and teach you basic animal movement. Learn to fly like a crane in this high energy workshop!

3:00 – Calm and Clear: Indonesian Breathing Exercise

This class includes dynamic tension exercises, meditation, and low impact, energizing movement. The breath work will focus your mind and refuel your body. Perfect for all fitness levels.

4:00 – Welcome Party!

Enjoy some light snacks while you watch a Poekoelan video or check out information on our other programs. Fifth River instructors will be on hand to answer your questions or to just hang out and chat.

For more information visit us at www.fifthriver.com; call 206.216.0300; or email info@fifthriver.com.

Fifth River Poekoelan is a premier martial arts school located at 130 Western Ave. W, Seattle, WA, in the Bayview Worklofts. Information regarding programs and schedules is available at www.fifthriver.com.

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, May 25th, 2004
10:28 pm
You people don't post stuff often enough...
I pwned my belt test. Not just passed it, but got the highest average scores I have gotten on any previous belt test.

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Current Mood: Furmf
Thursday, May 20th, 2004
10:03 pm
Betl test tomorrow for taekwondo. I'm going for high-green (5th gup)! Yeah, I'ma feeling ready for it, I know the form, I've got all the kicks down, got my specialty dealy.... good to go.

X-posted to.... taekwondo community, my own journal, and martial arts community

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Current Mood: Crunchy
Tuesday, May 18th, 2004
10:00 pm
Intro of DOOM
Hey I just joined this community. I live in the kent area, and am currently training in Taekwondo. I will be testing for high-green (5th gup) on friday (may 21), and have been training for a little more than a year. Umm... that's all I will say now, I'll do a full intro later, but now I do not have the time.
Wednesday, April 21st, 2004
6:45 pm
Women's martial arts training camp in Olympia deadline coming up
For those of you who had not yet decided on whether or not to go to PAWMA Camp this Labor Day weekend, the deadline for registering is May 1. It is an incredible experience, and I highly recommend it (though I cannot go this year). All styles are welcome; last year I took workshops on Tai Chi, Hapkido, a karate staff form, various kinds of self-defense, poekoelon and moving meditation. There are some advanced-specific workshops, some beginner-specific ("basic falling" saved me some pain) and most things are open to everyone.

It's close to Puget Sound for the first time in a while this year (last year was California, and it bounces all over the West) which means it's a great opportunity to check out PAWMA camp without having to find the money for airfare. :)
Monday, April 19th, 2004
11:46 pm
Ok, I just joined the community, from a link on seattle and - I am not currently studying a martial art! (Dork!) But I have taken some Karate (Julius Thiry @ Shoreline Comm College).

That was 10 years ago, but apparently we did enough repetitions - I can still do the basic strikes and blocks we learned.

Anyway, I am determined to get back into it. So, I am looking for suggestions/recommendations. I would really prefer somewhere near the UDistrict (Bellevue might be ok), and somewhere both cheap and good. Picky, huh? That's why I thought I should post and ask you guys.

I am actually not so picky about the style, as there are benefits from each (right?) but I would rather know who you studied under & where if you are having very positive (or negative) experiences. Thank you!

(& I hope this is a reasonable on-topic first post.)
Friday, February 13th, 2004
4:23 pm
Do you Woo Shoo?
Interested in or doing wu shu (or taichi)? Then this is the place for you!
So visit the community that's totally devoted to wushu.
And, the mod. (me) is from the Puget Sound!
Friday, January 16th, 2004
4:56 pm
For anyone interested in kali/kickboxing in the Puget Sound area
I hope advertising my class is ok for this forum.

Crossposted to fma, psma, martial_artists

For the martial arts classes (Kickboxing and Kali) I take in Kent, WA

Class times are currently Saturday mornings
10a-11a: KB
11:10a-12:10p: Kali
12:10p-1:10p: KB

KB $45
Kali $55
Both $65
Add a class - $10
Initiation fee - $20
first and last month's up front

Kali equipment: pair of sticks and wooden knife

KB: hand protection. hitting targets are nice too, but not required.

In February, there will also be Monday classes
6p-7p: KB
7p-8p: Kali

If attendance is good, my instructor John will also add a grappling/jujitsu class.

Get my email from my info page in you're intersted.
Wednesday, October 8th, 2003
1:37 am
I guess I forgot the most important part. The arena!

World of Martial Arts Demonstration
Queen Anne Community Center
1901 1st Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

(206) 386-4240
1:30 am
Martial Arts Demo in Seattle
Hello. :) I just wanted to inform everyone about the World of Martial Arts - Chamber of Shadows demo that my Dai Si Gung, Sifu Allen J. Chinn of Golden Steel Association, hosts every year.

On October 18th, many talented martial arts from the region will demo from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Some of the best in the Northwest will be present, so don't miss out!

There will be demonstrations of Kung Fu, Tang Soo Do, Aikido, Karate, Tai Chi, Capoeira, even Falun Gung and Cardio Kickboxing. Exhibition Admission is only $6, and you may purchase a fancy shirt for $12.

I'll put in another notice closer to the date, and may even decide to wear something noticeable at the event -- so I can hopefully meet some of you all!
Sunday, August 10th, 2003
11:47 pm
Lightning fast!
I figure it must be the martial arts work that has improved my reflexes. However, it has not entirely succeeded in making me less of a klutz... So I'm very good at accidentally knocking things over, but catching them before they fall and break.

Monday, August 4th, 2003
1:35 pm
Posted by anonymous in the Orange Belt Journal
I am reposting these questions for the forum to read as I'd like to hear group responses on this. This was originally posted by anonymous here in PSMA.

I'm trying to write this in the most delicate way possible. I train at a place with circa 20 men and *one* woman. For whatever reason, it's almost impossible to interest women in our system.

What things turn women off to various martial arts schools and leads them to seek out segregated training?

I can think of a few potential things:

1) most training halls are run in a militaristic and epitomize an organization style focused on "unconsensus."

2) close-contact grappling (standup or ground) appeals to men more than women. Furthermore, I wonder how many women have a visceral response to being man-handled even if it's a training situation.

Being equitable, our lone female loves groundwork, but I suspect she's unusual.

3) finally, I think there's a chicken'n'egg problem. Any women visiting us would see either zero or one woman. This is inherently lonesome.

So, if you have a training hall with the following characteristics:

1) lack of amenities -- Good mats and acceptable restrooms, but no heating or airconditioning.
2) a heavy level of contact -- mostly resulting in mild contact or pinch bruises. Periodically, resulting in minor joint injuries. Very seldom resulting in major joint or bone injuries.
3) somewhat extreme fitness level requirements

Is there something we should add to make the club more accessible to women?
Friday, August 1st, 2003
3:32 pm
Just wanted to say hi to everyone and I am a total newbie. I study Yabe Ryu jujutsu and have been for almost 2 years. It is a blast!
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