Summer Plans

Special Announcement and Schedule Update This summer, Sensei Lara will be welcoming a new member to her family.  She will be going on maternity leave starting at the end of June, with the new baby expected mid-July.  While Sensei Lara is out, Redwood Dojo classes will continue, taught by other highly capable Cuong Nhu instructors.  … Continue reading Summer Plans

Dealing with the Unexpected: Training in Place

Nearly two months ago on March 12th, we had our normal Thursday evening classes, with no idea that it would be our last time training in person for two months and counting.  We have not stepped foot in the Recreation Center since then, and we do not yet know when we will be able to … Continue reading Dealing with the Unexpected: Training in Place

The Unspoken Fear: Violence Against Women

January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month and this month's blog gets into the serious, scary, and widespread epidemic of violence against women.  It is a heavy but important read for all adults and mature teens. January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month. Have you ever had that dream where you try to scream, but … Continue reading The Unspoken Fear: Violence Against Women

What Really Matters When it Comes to Training, Testing, and Tournaments

Training Training is the fundamental basis of studying martial arts.  At Redwood Dojo, we train in Cuong Nhu.  We train every day we are in class.  Training is the core of our art.  But what does good training look like? You show up consistently.  You have a training schedule and you don’t let it get … Continue reading What Really Matters When it Comes to Training, Testing, and Tournaments

Five Steps to Safety: Applying Self-Defense Principles for Halloween Fun

Halloween has always been a favorite holiday, for kids and adults.  I’ve always been drawn to the creative theatrics of the holiday.  I love coming up with weird costumes, pushing the limits of what I can make myself.  Getting a little scared, seeing the amazing creations of others, and trying to figure out “how they … Continue reading Five Steps to Safety: Applying Self-Defense Principles for Halloween Fun

Cuong Nhu Etiquette: West Coast Training Camp Edition

Each year, Cuong Nhu instructors from across the country come to the Bay Area to teach classes at West Coast Training Camp. With a full schedule of classes ranging from soft-style katas to advanced weapon training, balanced with meal times spent socializing with fellow Cuong Nhu practitioners (not to mention the famous cookie break!), students … Continue reading Cuong Nhu Etiquette: West Coast Training Camp Edition