About Sensei/YDN Caitlin

Sensei Yudanjanim Caitlin is a 2nd degree black belt, senior instructor, administrative assistant, and student of Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Arnis at Northwest School of Martial Arts.

Benefits of Yoga for Martial Artists

If yoga had belts, I would be wearing white. I started yoga around May/June of 2013, 1-2 times a week. So I’m not a yoga expert. Yet.

With 14 years of dedication, my martial arts practice is already a lifestyle. In the true martial arts tradition, I am always looking for ways to become better. And I’m finding that yoga is a great parallel path.

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Tree pose: growing to new heights, whether in martial arts, yoga, or in life.

I started out wanting to share the benefits yoga has brought to my martial arts practice. It turned into a 4-part article exploring how yoga is helping me with:

  • Breath
  • Alignment
  • Flexibility/Pain Management
  • Anatomy

This is part 1. Read on to find out what I’ve discovered (so far) on my yoga journey! Continue reading

What’s Going On Week of 10/10-10/15 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Fri, Sat. No class on Wed or Thurs. Friday and Saturday classes will take place in the “Secret Room.”

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Mad skillz during summer camp!

 

Important Dates:

  • No class: 10/12, 10/13, 10/22
  • Sunday class: 10/23
  • Pizza Night 10/28
  • Halloween: class 5-6 pm/no costumes

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What’s Going On Week of 9/26-9/30 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Thurs! Friday night is Pizza night, 5-6 pm, $5/per person, family welcome to partake. No 7-8 pm class on Friday night.

Sign up in class for the Pot Luck & Awards on October 2nd! Let us know how many family members are coming and what kind of food you’re bringing to share.

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Over & under through the obstacle course!

Important Dates:

  • Pizza Night 9/30
  • Annual Pot Luck & Awards: Oct. 2 @ 12:30 pm!

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What’s Going On Week of 9/12-9/17 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat. No class WED. Sparring class Saturday!

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Having fun with an obstacle course in kids’ class!

Important Dates:

  • Street clothes: 9/12
  • No classes 9/14
  • Family Game Night 9/21
  • Last day for BINGO, reading, and donations, 9/9
  • Annual Pot Luck & Awards: Oct. 2 @ 12:30 pm!

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What’s Going On Week of 9/5-9/10 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun. No classes Thurs or Sat.

Topics this week are moving basics and Arnis, so make sure you pack your sticks!

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NWSMA students reading, reading, reading over the summer!

Important Dates:

  • No classes 9/8, 9/10, 9/14
  • Family Game Night 9/21
  • Street clothes: 9/12
  • Last day for BINGO, reading, and donations, 9/9
  • Annual Pot Luck & Awards: coming up in October!

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What’s Going on Week of 8/22-8/27 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat.

SUMMER Donations: We will extend the drive through September 10! Please continue bringing personal hygiene items to donate, and THANKS a BUNCH to those who have already contributed. :)

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Dashing through a warm-up obstacle course in kids’ class!

Important Dates:

  • FINAL Day Camp 8/25
  • FREE Women’s Self Defense class, 8/27 2:30-4:30 pm
  • First Day of School/Stanwood-Camano: September 1!

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What’s Going On Week of 8/8-8/13 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Fri. NO CLASS THURS, SAT. If you are planning to attend Friendship Camp this Saturday, August 13, please get your permission slips in! We have lots of carpool opportunities, so please let us know if you or your child will need a ride.

SUMMER Donations: Please continue bringing personal hygiene items to donate! The drive will run through the end of August.

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Girls at summer camp work together!

 

Important Dates:

  • No classes 8/11, 8/13, 8/20
  • FRIENDSHIP CAMP 8/13
  • Sunday class 8/21
  • FINAL Day Camp 8/25
  • FREE Women’s Self Defense class, 8/27 2:30-4:30 pm
  • First Day of School/Stanwood-Camano: September 1!

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