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.

What’s Going On Week of 11/21-11/27 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! The NWSMA leadership is SO grateful for our wonderful community of martial artists and their families. THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts, for all of your support this year!

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Sun. TURKEY WORKOUT Thurs morning from 9-10 am, no uniform necessary, please bring shoes and a sweatshirt. FRIDAY: classes from 4-5 and 5-6 pm ONLY. No classes Saturday.

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In-circle Arnis drills.

Important Dates:

  • No classes: Nov. 26, 30
  • No late classes (6-7, 7-8 pm) Nov. 25 (due to historically low student turnout on the day after Thanksgiving)
  • Sunday classes: Nov. 27
  • TUESDAY class, Nov. 29
  • Turkey Workout: Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day! 9-10 am

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What’s Going On Week of 11/14-11/20 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, and SUN. No class Sat. Wednesday night is also Family Game Night! Contact information for the organizer is located on the bulletin board at the dojo if you have any questions.

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Working on espada y daga (sword and dagger) techniques.

Important Dates:

  • No classes: Nov. 19, 26, 30
  • No late classes (6-7, 7-8 pm) Nov. 25 (due to historically low student turnout on the day after Thanksgiving)
  • Sunday classes: Nov. 20, 27
  • TUESDAY class, Nov. 29
  • Game Night: Nov. 16
  • Turkey Workout: Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day! 9-10 am

Whew! November is a busy month for the Masons, and there are holidays! We’ve tried our best to keep to as normal of a schedule as possible. We’ll be offering 3 Sundays, a Tuesday, and the Thanksgiving Day workout as options for training.

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What’s Going On Week of 11/7-11/13 2016

Normal class this week, Mon, Fri, Sat. NO CLASS Wed or Thurs, due to regularly scheduled meetings at the hall.

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Practicing partner drills to learn timing and distance for blocking.

 

Important Dates:

  • No classes: Nov. 5, 9, 10, 19, 26, 30
  • No late classes (6-7, 7-8 pm) Nov. 25 (due to historically low student turnout on the day after Thanksgiving)
  • Sunday classes: Nov. 6, 20, 27
  • TUESDAY class, Nov. 29
  • Game Night: Nov. 16
  • Turkey Workout: Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day! 9-10 am

Whew! November is a busy month for the Masons, and there are holidays! We’ve tried our best to keep to as normal of a schedule as possible. We’ll be offering 3 Sundays, a Tuesday, and the Thanksgiving Day workout as options for training.

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What’s Going On Week of 10/31-11/5 2016

Normal class this week, Wed-Fri. Monday is Halloween, and we’ll only have ONE class from 5-6 pm. Saturday the 5th, no class, but we will have class on Sunday the 6th.

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Important Dates:

  • Halloween: class 5-6 pm/no costumes
  • No classes: Nov. 5, 9, 10, 19, 26, 30
  • No late classes (6-7, 7-8 pm) Nov. 25 (due to historically low student turnout on the day after Thanksgiving)
  • Sunday classes: Nov. 6, 20, 27
  • TUESDAY class, Nov. 29
  • Game Night: Nov. 16
  • Turkey Workout: Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day! 9-10 am

Whew! November is a busy month for the Masons, and there are holidays! We’ve tried our best to keep to as normal of a schedule as possible. We’ll be offering 3 Sundays, a Tuesday, and the Thanksgiving Day workout as options for training.

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What’s Going On Week of 10/24-10/29 2016

Normal class this week, Mon-Sat. Friday night is Pizza Night from 5-6 pm! $5/person, family and friends welcome to partake.

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Students helping each other target & focus while punching!

Important Dates:

  • 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 10/16-10/21 2016

Normal class this week, Mon-Fri. No class Sat/YES class Sun! Wednesday night is also Family Game Night. Run by an NWSMA parent after normal classes finish for the evening, students and family members are invited to come together for tabletop gaming fun!

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More balancing skills!

Important Dates:

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

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NWSMA Weather Update 10/14/16

NWSMA weather alert: YES classes tonight 10/14***, NO classes Saturday 10/15 (sorry, sparring animals)! If the power goes out at the building and does not come back on, we will cancel any remaining classes this evening. ***Please do not feel like you have to make it in! Be safe, and do not take risks to get to class.

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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