Welcome, and welcome back! Fall schedule under way.

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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Spring Tournament: New Event for Parents!

Rohai Dojo’s Spring Tournament (which this year takes place the day before Spring, on Saturday, March 19) has always had a special division for Family Team Kata (parents and kids performing kata together). In the past, though, it has only been open to parents who train in karate. This year, for the first time, we welcome ANY parent who wants to compete alongside their child or children to enter a special division. Come in for a few classes to learn a basic kata from your child’s instructor – or work with your child to create a kata, and come in to get some expert coaching in the lead-up to the event. Families at Rohai Dojo are invited to attend the Wednesday 6 p.m. Family Class to practice together, if they cannot attend together at other times.

At Redwood Dojo, Sensei Didi will be coaching family kata during the Saturday Morning class on March 12, and/or at other times arranged by interested families. Saturday morning class meets outdoors, so dress warmly and wear waterproof shoes! As of today, the weather forecast predicts that it will not rain before noon on Saturday, so all should be well. However, if we do get rained out, family team kata groups should attend anyway, and we’ll find somewhere we can sneak inside and practice quietly.

Try it, parents! This is going to be fun.

If you have not yet registered for the tournament, or did not receive a flyer or hear announcements during class, please visit the Rohai Dojo website for complete information. https://rohaidojo.com/2016/02/22/twentieth-annual-kata-tournament/

You may also click HERE to register online. Note that more than one family member can be signed up with a single transaction; to do this, click the “sign up a friend” button after entering the information for the first registrant.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sensei Didi at redwoodojo[at]earthlink.net.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Saturday Class at Redwood Dojo on March 19, as we will all be at the Tournament. See you there!

December 2015 Class Schedule

Happy Holidays to all, as 2015 winds down, and we prepare to begin our 24th year at Redwood Heights!

As has become our tradition, we will hold classes on a reduced schedule right before Christmas, and between the 25th and the New Year, we will travel to our sister school in Berkeley to work out with our fellow Cuong Nhu members.

Here are the specifics of the Redwood Dojo Holiday Schedule:

Monday, December 21: All classes meet as usual.
Tuesday, December 22: All kids, all ranks, all ages 8 & up, meet at 5 p.m. (no class at 4 p.m.); Teens and Adults meet together from 6 to 7:30 (no 7 to 8:30 class).
No classes at Redwood Dojo from December 23 through January 3 – visit Rohai Dojo between the big holidays!
Classes resume Monday, January 4.

Redwood students are welcome and encouraged to visit Berkeley Cuong Nhu Karate (Rohai Dojo) to take class on Monday, Jan. 28th through Wednesday the 30th, as appropriate. Their schedule is shown below; please read carefully to see which classes you may attend. NOTE: “Tigers” are Peewees age 4-5.

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Don’t Miss West Coast Training Camp!

WCTC is coming up soon! This year it takes place on Friday evening, October 2nd, and all day Saturday the 3rd, at Alameda High School, just 15 minutes away. As always, we’re bringing in some of the top instructors in Cuong Nhu, including head-of-style Grandmaster Quynh Ngo, to teach students of all ages and ranks. This is your chance to get a taste of international Cuong Nhu, without having to travel to North Carolina for the annual international training camp. Don’t miss it!

It’s a great event for kids, and a great training opportunity for adults of all ranks, including beginners. WCTC2014For full details, please follow this link to Rohai Dojo’s website. If you’d like to go directly to registration, click on this registration link. At the bottom of the registration page, after you send in your information by clicking “submit,” you’ll find a link that will allow you to pay online by credit card if you wish.

Can you help by hosting an out-of-town guest? Every year, people travel from as far away as Florida, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Georgia to take part in our event. Most stay at the official WCTC hotel in Alameda, but some prefer to stay with a local family, to make new friends (and save a little money on travel costs). If you can host an out-of-town guest and help them get to Alameda for the events Friday and Saturday, please let us know by emailing Sensei Didi at redwoodojo[at]earthlink.net.

Thanks, and see you at the event!

Here are some of the folks who came last year. Make sure YOU are in this year's picture!
Here are some of the folks who came last year. Make sure YOU are in this year’s picture!

P.S. Did we mention that WCTC is the only national training event with an official Cookie Break? Register today!

Summer Schedule in effect for July and August

Summer is here; students are coming and going to camps, vacations, and such; and here at Redwood Dojo we’re operating on our reduced Summer Schedule for the months of July and August. Most of you should have received either an email or a notice handed out during class – and thank you for your replies! Everyone who responded is either able to attend on the Summer Schedule, or will be away most of the time it’s in effect. For those who did not receive notice till now, please do let Sensei Didi know if you have problems with the schedule, and also let us know your vacation dates, so we’ll know when and when not to expect you at the dojo.

Here’s the Summer Schedule. During July and August:

Peewee Karate is meeting on TUESDAYS at 4 p.m. (no class on Mondays)

All kids age 6 & up, all ranks, meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. (no Monday classes)

Teens and Adults meet together, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

There is Adult Open Workout time after 7:30, for independent practice and advanced test preparation.

Our regular schedule will resume in September.

We’ve got helpers lined up for that 5 p.m. class, in case it’s bigger than expected, and it’s going to be fun. The younger students will have a chance to train with the “big kids;” the older/more advanced students will have a chance to be examples and role models; and everyone will get to learn something new while they’re working hard.

As for Sensei Didi, she won’t necessarily be sleeping in on those Mondays off, because she co-teaches the all-day Karate Summer Camps down at Rohai Dojo in Berkeley. The first camp already took place in June, complete with special weapons training, matwork, and an art project involving broken boards. Advanced Teen Camp is coming up (open to older kids and teens, blue belt and up), and two more all-ranks camps are scheduled. There may be a few more spaces left, so if you’re interested in registering for a Summer Camp, contact Sensei Didi for details, or call Rohai Dojo directly at 526-4880.

Also note: there is currently NO waiting list for Peewee Karate. Please stop by or call 482-7827 to get signed up for class.

Happy Summer!

2014 Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays to all, as the year draws rapidly to a close!

As has become our tradition, we will hold classes on a reduced schedule in the days right before Christmas, and between the 25th and the New Year, we will travel to our sister school in Berkeley to work out with our fellow Cuong Nhu members.

Here are the specifics of the Redwood Dojo Holiday Schedule:

Monday, December 22: All classes meet as usual.
Tuesday, December 23: All kids, all ranks, all ages 8 & up, meet at 5 p.m. (no class at 4 p.m.).
Teens and Adults meet together from 6 to 7:30 (no 7 to 8:30 class).

No classes at Redwood Dojo from December 24 through January 2. Redwood Dojo students are welcome and encouraged to visit Berkeley Cuong Nhu Karate (Rohai Dojo) to take class on Saturday, December 27, Monday the 29th, and Tuesday the 30th. Please click on the image to view the schedule. NOTE: “Tigers” are kids age 4-5.

Rohai Dojo Holiday Schedule

Classes resume at Redwood Dojo on Saturday, January 3.

Important Notice re: Tuesday, November 11 classes

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

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!

Reminder: Summer Holiday Schedule

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.

Summer News and Do’s

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.