Fall 2017 happenings…

August 16, 2017

As summer draws to a close all too soon, and kids get ready to return to school, we at Redwood Dojo are looking forward to returning to our full schedule, starting on Monday, August 21st.

If you’ve been away for the summer, we look forward to having you back! Stop by and let us know you’ll be in class, so we can save your space and make our lesson plans. If you’re a former member of “peewees” now ready for “big kids’ class” (age 6-7), plan to attend on Mondays at 5 pm and Thursdays at 4. All new and returning students – check the class schedule here, and let us know if you have any questions about which class to attend.

Sensei Lara is in the house! If you trained in the dojo this summer, you had a chance to take class with Sensei Lara Tribe-Jones, and she’s now going to be a regular instructor at Redwood Dojo. Sensei Lara grew up in the dojo (so to speak)! That is, she began training here when she was a young student at Redwood Heights Elementary, earned her black belt with us, then went away to college after graduating from Oakland Tech.

Demo at Sarah's Science "Ninja Science Week"
Sensei Lara prepares a group of Redwood and Rohai Dojo students for a Cuong Nhu demonstration at Sarah’s Science camp in Roberts Regional Park.

Luckily for Redwood Dojo, she returned to Oakland after college and continued her martial arts training while earning a masters degree and teaching middle school math in OUSD. Now we can all benefit from her considerable talents as an instructor. Just one more good reason to come take class.

West Coast Training Camp is on our calendar; be sure to put it on yours! Every fall, the Bay Area Cuong Nhu community hosts a martial arts training weekend for all ages and levels, featuring Grandmaster Quynh Ngo, Cuong Nhu’s head-of-style, and many of the top instructors in our organization. This year it’s scheduled for October 6th & 7th. Classes are held on Friday evening and all day Saturday (including a catered lunch), at nearby Alameda High School. Children age 6 & up are welcome (we make a point of bringing in instructors who love to teach kids), and of course, there will be a wide range of special classes for adults and teens. Details can be found at Berkeley Cuong Nhu Karate’s website, or on the Facebook event page. Don’t miss it!

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Important Dates for Fall Session 2015

August 20, 2015

With school starting on August 24th (if not sooner), our summer schedule running through the 31st, and Labor Day falling a week into September – there’s bound to be some confusion, for both new and returning students, about when to come to class over the next couple weeks. Here are some reminders:

Our regular schedule (posted here) resumes on Tuesday, September 1st. That means during the last week of August, all kids, all ages (6 & up) are still meeting together on Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. Our regular 4 p.m. classes won’t meet, and there will be no classes on Monday, August 31st.

Fall Session officially begins for age 8 & up beginner/intermediate students on Tuesday, September 1st, at 4 p.m.

For age 6 & 7, Fall Session begins on Thursday, September 3rd, at 4 p.m.

The first Fall Session Pre-Karate (aka “Peewee”) class for ages 4.5 to 5 will meet on Monday, September 14th (late because of the Labor Day holiday on the 7th).

Note to Pre-Karate Parents:  If your 4.5- to 5-year-old would like to try a free class before signing up, you are welcome to attend an introductory lesson on Tuesday, August 25th, at 4 p.m.  (Note that this will not be your regular class day; class will meet on Mondays starting in September.)

All other kids: If you’d like to try a free class before the Fall Session officially starts, Sensei Didi will offer an introductory class on Thursday, August 27, at 4 p.m.

Adults are always welcome during the Tuesday/Thursday 6 p.m. teen/adult mixed class. Adult training from 7 to 8:30 p.m. will resume in September.

Please feel free to contact Sensei Didi directly with any questions or concerns. Email didi[at]redwood-dojo.com.

 


Special Event!

May 31, 2015

Master Nguyễn văn Nhân, head of Cuong Nhu in Vietnam, will be teaching in Berkeley and Oakland on Monday and Tuesday, June 1-2. MasterNhanThis is a very special visit, creating a bridge of friendship between the Cuong Nhu schools founded by O Sensei Ngo Dong in the U.S., and the Vietnamese “descendants” of his original schools in Vietnam. Master Nhân attended the Cuong Nhu 50th anniversary training camp in Raleigh, North Carolina, over Memorial Day weekend, and since then has been visiting Cuong Nhu schools in Florida, including the National Headquarters. He is now honoring us with a visit, and I hope everyone will be able to attend and take class.

The schedule will be as follows (adults in particular are encouraged to attend on both days):

Monday, June 1st, at Rohai Dojo in Berkeley (aka Berkeley Cuong Nhu Karate)

4 to 5 p.m. Kids purple belt & above
5 to 6 p.m. beginning kids
6 to 8 p.m. class for adults and teens (all ranks), and kids green belt & above
Dinner after class (details tba)
Location: 1819 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 1.5 blocks north of University Avenue
Call 526-4880 for directions

Tuesday, June 2nd, at Redwood Dojo in Oakland

4 to 5 p.m. beginning kids
5 to 6 p.m. kids purple belt & above
6 to 7 p.m. teen class (adults welcome)
7 to 8:30 p.m class for adults and teens (all ranks), and kids green belt & above
Dinner after class (details tba)
Location: Redwood Heights Community Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue, Oakland, just off Highway 13 at Redwood Road.
Call 482-7827 for directions

Note to Redwood Teens: You are strongly encouraged to stay for the adult class.

Note to kids age 6 & 7 who do not normally attend on Tuesday: If you would like to take class from Master Nhân, you may ask Sensei Didi’s permission to take part. You may also attend class just to watch. VietnamStudents-narrow


Schedule Alert: This Week at Redwood Dojo

May 17, 2015

Cuong Nhu’s annual International Training Camp is coming up on Memorial Day weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, and as always, Sensei Didi and several other instructors and dojo members will be attending. While they’re away, others will be covering classes (don’t miss it; it’s sure to be a great week of workouts).

In addition, on Thursday the 21st, the 6 p.m. Teen Class and the 7 p.m. Adult Class will be combined into a single class running from 6 to 7:30. Teens who normally attend from 6 to 7 should plan to stay the extra half hour if possible. (If you absolutely can’t do it, please let the instructor know before bowing in that you’ll need to leave at 7.) Adults – if your work schedule doesn’t permit you to get to the dojo by 6 p.m., we understand. Plan to come anyway and bow in late.

Saturday morning class will meet as usual on the 23rd, with a substitute instructor.

There will be no classes on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25). Everything will be back to normal on Tuesday the 26th — normal, that is, except that the Training Camp attendees will be back in class filled with enthusiasm and new ideas! See you then.

[P.S. In our previous post, we linked to a photo album – but some folks were unable to view it. Please try again by clicking here.]


Important Notice re: Tuesday, November 11 classes

November 4, 2014

The building will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, for Veteran’s day. On that day, classes will meet OUTDOORS on the field, weather permitting. When it gets dark (which happens too early!) we will move over near the old center (the building at the other end of the parking lot), where there are lights.

4 and 5 p.m. kids’ classes will meet as scheduled. Students with upcoming tests will have a chance to review and polish their katas and techniques. Students planning to enter the Spar Wars competition will be able to get some practice sword-sparring rounds.

Teen Class and Adult Class will meet together, from 6 to 7:30. There will not be a late class.

No uniforms; please wear loose clothing, suitable for the weather, and comfortable sneakers.
NO FLIP-FLOPS or Crocs! Sneakers only, please.

Parents – remember it will be dark when the 5 p.m. class ends, and no staff will be available to watch the kids. Please arrange for your child to be picked up promptly at 6 p.m.! Thanks.

If you know you will not be able to attend on Tuesday, but you don’t want to miss a day of practice, you may instead attend the Monday 5 p.m. class on November 10.


Flex-Time for Adults and Teens

October 20, 2014

We’re trying out a new “Flex Schedule” for adults and teens. Here’s how it came about, and how it works:

Teen class runs from 6 to 7 p.m. Adult class runs from 7 to 8:30. Sometimes there are adult class members who have to attend the 6 o’clock class for reasons of work or family responsibilities. They wish they could get their full 1.5-hour workout, but traditionally, the first part of the 7 p.m. class would be warm-ups and introductory activities, and they would feel odd bowing out at the end of warm-ups.
In addition, there are members of Teen Class who could use the extra workout and practice that comes with a 1.5-hour class.
Some of the black belts wondered whether the half hour from 7 to 7:30 could be come “flex time” – with an activity that could serve as warm-up for those arriving for adult class, and additional training for those who just completed the 6 to 7 p.m. class. That’s what we’re implementing right now.

Teens and adults who complete the 6 to 7 p.m. class may stay till 7:30 after bowing out. This is optional, informal and voluntary, in the sense that the student may stay for all or part of the activity, by choice, so long as they inform the instructor when they are leaving. For example, if the activity of the day is sparring or sparring drills, a Teen Class member may stay for a couple of rounds or the whole time, as they wish. Teen students who might want to participate till 7:30 should clear this schedule with their parents or ride-givers.

Adults arriving for the 7 p.m. class will participate in the first half hour without bowing in. Formal bow-in will take place at 7:30; however, the activities beginning at 7 will serve as the warm-up portion of class, and it will not be considered optional.

We’ll be choosing and structuring activities so that students who need a warm-up and those looking for a few more drills will be equally well served. The possibilities are endless, and we know the adult class is going to enjoy it. Now all we need is for a few ambitious Teen Class members to step up their training by staying late from time to time.

See you in class!


Summer News and Do’s

June 23, 2014

Torfeh Death Valley, CA  2014
Summer is officially here, and many members of kids’ class – as well as teens and adults – are following new schedules and taking off on vacation.

Please DO let Sensei Didi know what your schedule and participation will be for the summer months.

Your martial arts instructors care about your individual progress, and plan your classes accordingly. The “default expectation” in Cuong Nhu Karate is that you will be in class! Please let us know when you will be missing. Many of you have informed Sensei Didi of your summer plans, and she thanks you for your good manners.

Here’s a fun thing to DO:

Adult class members Torfeh and Greg had a great idea. This summer, wherever you go for travel or fun, snap a picture of yourself in one of your favorite martial arts poses, and send it to redwoodojo[at]earthlink.net. We’ll post your pics here on the blog – like a postcard from your vacation. They’ve agreed to get things started with the two wonderful pictures from Death Valley you see here. Greg Death Valley, CA 2014

Kudos to Danielle

One of our fine teen students and Leadership Program members, Danielle Pohlson, has been honored with an award for her involvement in community, school and softball. It’s called the Arnold Kelly Scholarship, and it puts away $1000 toward her future college tuition. Danielle is an outstanding softball athlete who makes a point to keep up her Cuong Nhu attendance during softball season, even finding extra time to come help with the kids’ classes. Congratulations, Danielle, on a well-deserved honor!

End-of-Session Testing

Students who attend class today (June 23) or tomorrow, who are eligible for testing based on both attendance and knowledge of required curriculum, will be scheduled for an end-of-session test date. Unfortunately, if you are not in class, you cannot be evaluated for testing and you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Please contact Sensei Didi if you have any questions.

August Class Schedule – Notice of Change

We will be implementing our “Summer Holiday Schdule” this year, for the month of August only. During August, all kids, all ranks, will attend class together on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Teens and Adults will train together from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Peewee Class schedule for August is not yet set; keep an eye on this site for updates. Our normal schedule will resume, as always, in September.