December 2015 Class Schedule

December 1, 2015

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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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.

 


2014 Holiday Schedule

December 18, 2014

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.


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.


Food Banks in Trouble; We Can Help!

May 7, 2014

For over a week, I’ve been peering into that bin in the Redwood Heights lobby and finding it empty. It’s a collection bin from the Alameda County Food Bank, and it appeared one day – right around the time there was some media coverage of how the drought is affecting food pantries and the poor who depend on them.

I’ve been meaning to bring some canned goods – but like you, I’m very busy, and I forget. And I tell myself there are bins in the nearby Safeway that are easier to notice and fill. Still, it bothers me to see our bin empty – as though our community isn’t doing as much as we could.

So – here’s my idea: Let’s work together on this.

I’m calling on you, the Redwood Dojo community, to make it our project to fill that bin up. If every student and/or parent brings one or two non-perishable items over the next few days, we can start filling it up – and maybe inspire others to do the same by our example. If you need some ideas, click here for the food bank shopping list.

Thanks, everyone! Let’s get it done.

Sincerely,
Didi Goodman


Yes there’s class today! …and other news

January 20, 2014

From Sensei Didi:

There will be a special Martin Luther King Day workout in the park for the Monday classes: Peewees at 4 p.m., age 6 & 7 at 5 p.m. Please wear shoes (no flip-flops), and if it’s cold out, dress warmly! The 5 p.m. class might end early (instructor’s discretion) since it gets dark by 6.

In other news… The year is off to a great start, with kids’ classes bigger than ever. We love the high level of participation, and are also alert to the problem of keeping things focused and orderly in large groups. The instructors and I have many tricks up our sleeves, and we’ll pull them out as needed! Feedback from parents is always welcome.

Martial arts isn’t just for kids; in fact, this is a great time for parents and other adults to get involved. Karate is such a popular activity for children these days, I think people sometimes forget that its origins are very serious and “grown up,” and traditional martial arts continues to be an excellent, long-term activity for adults interested in mental and physical fitness. Come check out our Adult Class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., or Teen/Adult Class, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.


Class Schedule for Christmas/New Year’s Break

December 16, 2013

cookiesWith Christmas and New Year falling mid-week this year, there will be fewer classes than we usually offer over the holiday break. Students are encouraged (as always!) to attend as many classes as you can, and practice on your own when you can’t come to class.

Redwood Dojo’s last class of 2013 will be on Saturday morning, December 21, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the park. (If the weather is bad, we’ll practice indoors, so come by even if it’s cold or rainy.)

Our first class of 2014 will be on Saturday morning, January 4, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the park. Again, the indoor option may be available in case of bad weather.

Saturday morning class is open to all students age 6 through adult.

While Redwood Dojo is on hiatus, Redwood students are invited to attend holiday classes at Rohai Dojo in Berkeley. Rohai, aka Berkeley Cuong Nhu Karate, is located at 1819 San Pablo Avenue (1.5 blocks north of University Avenue). Phone 510-526-4880 for more info, or if you get lost on the way. It’s a big, white building on the east side of San Pablo. Off-street parking is available.

Holiday Break classes at Rohai Dojo in Berkeley:

Monday, December 23:
5 to 6 p.m. Kids age 6 & up, all ranks
6 to 7 p.m. Teens and adults all ranks

Saturday, December 28:
9:15 to 10 a.m. “Tiger Team” (Kids age 4-5)
10 to 11 a.m. Kids 6 & up AND Parents’ class (adults)
11 to 12: Kata class (teen & adult, kids with permission)
12 to 1: Sparring class (green belts and above)

Monday, December 30:
5 to 6 p.m. Kids age 6 & up, all ranks
6 to 7 p.m. Teens and adults all ranks

Friday, January 3:
4 to 5 p.m. Kids/Teens Green belt and above
5 to 6 p.m. Kids age 6 & up, white & yellow belts