Kid’s Tournament

IMG_0196Our annual Fall Kid’s tournament is just around the corner – Saturday October 22nd.  If your kids are thinking about signing up, here is some advice for success:
  • Get to class!  Consistent attendance is the best prep there is.
  • If your school offers specialty classes like sparring, grappling or forms classes, make sure you go to those so you can sharpen your tournament specific skills.
  • If you are planning on doing forms, small steady doses of practice are the most useful.  Shoot for doing your form outside of class 2 times a day, 3 days a week.  If it is hard to find space to do your form, come to class 10 minutes early and use that time to practice.
  • If you are planning on sparring, get a mouthpiece and if appropriate, an athletic cup.
We’re excited, as always, for this awesome event!  If you have friends that train in other styles, they are welcome to participate as well!  Signup is located under the events tab.

Sifu Shanti Webley

Congratulations to Shanti Webley for earning the title of Sifu on August 31. Sifu Webley has been the Head Instructor of 18th Street Academy of Martial Arts in Oakland, CA. Visit his website www.18thstreetama.com for more info. Sifu Webley has worked long and hard on honing the necessary skills required to represent the title of Sifu within the Mo Duk Pai system. Nice job!

Beach Day

Beach day was a blast!  What was it?  It was Kung Fu on the sand, in the water and under the sun… or maybe it was a chance for students to gather, socialize and see if any of their martial arts training translated to surfing… or maybe it was a last chance to celebrate the last vestiges of summer here in Oregon… or maybe it was a chance to test our confront against the mighty ocean.  Whatever the case, fun was had by all.
Thanks to Sifu Kyle for the invite, the idea and the surf lesson!  Want to see more photos?  Go here and here.

Who Got Shot?

This game is Sifu Foster’s brainchild. For those not at camp, we presented the idea that there would be “shooters” at camp who would be attempting to take your picture during any of the downtimes of camp. Some basic rules were that Black Belts were not targets or shooters, and that no one would be”shot” during a class so they could focus properly on the teacher. The goal was to heighten students’ awareness of their environment and those within it. Thank you, Sifu for this game. Here’s who got shot.