Fall 2017 happenings…

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!


See us at the Redwood Heights Multicultural Expo on March 24th

Redwood Dojo students will once again be performing at Redwood Heights elementary for their annual Multicultural Expo, this coming Saturday at 1:15 p.m. (Parents of demo participants: please note the change in time!) Performers should attend our regular Saturday morning class at 9:30 a.m., and reconvene at the school no later than 1 p.m. Come earlier, if you can, because the schedule shows Japanese Taiko drumming right before us.

Additional note for demo participants: There is a mandatory 6 p.m. practice on Thursday the 22nd, to be attended in addition to your regular class.

Important info about Adult Classes: We are now accepting pre-registrations to form a new group of adult beginners. Click this link to add your name, and you’ll be eligible for one of our web specials. You may also use the link to set a date for a free trial class, or ask questions about the schedule and how to get started. Free trial classes will take place during the T/Th 6 p.m. Teen/Adult class; please contact us to choose a date.