Classes resume today after a relaxing holiday break, and we’re excited to get going again because it’s our 20th anniversary!
Twenty years ago today, the brand new building opened with a celebration at Redwood Heights Community Center. Redwood Dojo did its first demo: hard and soft style kata, weapons, and throwing, with Sensei Didi, Sensei Mal May, Sensei Meg Stenger, and a couple of kids we borrowed from Rohai Dojo in Berkeley: Nick Stohlman and Geeno Carlone. Click here to see some old photos.
We owe much of our success to Gwen Austin, the director of Redwood Heights, who welcomed us into the center. She didn’t just add us to the schedule; she was our number one recruiter, and supported us in every way (as she did for all the instructors and staff at Redwood Heights). Thanks Gwen! The dojo got started with eight kids and a handful of adults. Today we have over 100 students in six sections, ranging from “pre-karate” (4- and 5-year-olds) to teens and adults.
Boy have we learned a lot in those twenty years! — as students, as instructors, and as head of a school. (Enough to write a book! 😉 ) This year we’ll be sharing some of those lessons learned, through posts on this blog. Stay tuned to learn much more about what we teach at Redwood Dojo, how we approach it, and why we do what we do — essential knowledge for students, parents, and future black belt instructors.
Join Us for Our Official Celebration on February 26th
Our 20th anniversary demonstration and party is scheduled for Sunday, February 26th. Mark your calendar and plan to be there! Between now and then, the students will be working up some special demos. Friends, family and neighbors are all invited! If you have suggestions or requests, please post here. More details to come!