Head Instructor Lara Tribe-Jones, Nidan (second degree black belt), began her training at Redwood Dojo more than 20 years ago, while a student at Redwood Heights Elementary. Sensei Lara holds an M.A. in Education, a B.A. in mathematics, and a California Teaching Credential. A former Oakland middle school teacher, she has taught kids and teens in classroom, camp, dojo, and after-school settings.
Founder Didi Goodman, Shichidan (seventh degree Master), has 40 years’ experience in the martial arts, and regularly teaches at regional and national seminars. Prior to dedicating herself to Cuong Nhu, she spent many years training in Taekwondo and Aikido. She founded Redwood Dojo in 1992. She is the author of The Kids’ Karate Workbook: A Take-Home Training Guide for Young Martial Artists, from North Atlantic/Blue Snake Books.