Welcome, and welcome back! Fall schedule under way.

August 24, 2016

As promised in the previous post, our full class schedule resumed last Monday, August 22, and Sensei Didi is back in the dojo full time, hoping to see everyone back in class again. All sections are open to new students at this time. Let’s get started!

And West Coast Training Camp is coming up, too! This very special martial arts seminar for all ages and levels takes place every year near the end of September, and we encourage everyone – including kids age 6 & up – to take part. We bring high-ranking Cuong Nhu instructors from across the U.S., including head-of-style Grandmaster Quynh Ngo, to the Bay Area, so all of you will have the chance to meet them and take class. (This is much easier for most of you than attending Cuong Nhu’s annual training camp in North Carolina.)

For more information please CLICK HERE to read about it – and register! – on Berkeley Cuong Nhu Karate‘s website. Or visit the Facebook WCTC Event Page.

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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.

 


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!


Yes, there’s class today (10-13-14)

October 13, 2014

Classes will meet as usual today; we are not affected by the Columbus Day holiday.

Next month, on Tuesday, Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day), the community center will be closed, and we will be holding the kids’ and teen classes outdoors. There may be special arrangements made for adult class, since it will be dark outside during that meeting time. Stay tuned for our decision on that!


Reminder: Summer Holiday Schedule

July 28, 2014

During the month of August, we operate on a “Summer Holiday Schedule,” combining most of the kids’ classes into one section, and temporarily moving the “peewee class” to Tuesdays from its regular Monday slot.

We hope this will work for those of you who are not away on vacation. Dedicated, ongoing training is what martial arts is all about—so plan to attend class, and if you have problems with the schedule, please let Sensei Didi know.

DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2014:

Pre-Karate (ages 4 ½ – 5) will meet on TUESDAY (instead of Monday) at 4 pm.
All kids age 6 and up, all ranks, will meet Tuesday and Thursday, 5 to 6 pm.
*Adults and teens will train together: Tuesday and Thursday, 6 to 7:30 pm.*
Saturday morning class meets as usual, 9:30 to 10:30 am outdoors (ages 6 through adult).

*There will be some open training time available for adults and advanced students who wish to stay later. Teens accustomed to bowing out at 7 p.m. are encouraged to train for the full 1.5 hours, to get a taste of adult-level training.

There will be no classes on Labor Day Weekend (August 30 – September 1). Our normal schedule resumes Tuesday, September 2. The first Fall class for ages 6 and 7 will be on Thursday, September 4.

Thanks for your participation at Redwood Dojo!

ON VACATION? SEND PICTURES!

As we mentioned in our last post, Torfeh and Greg (adult class members) had a great idea: Send a photo of yourself in a martial arts pose, from wherever you are visiting on vacation. We’d love to see more – and, with your permission, post them here! Email your photos to didi[at]redwood-dojo.com.