Holiday Schedule

Please make note of the change in class schedule over the Holiday season.

December 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st and January 1st – No Kung Fu classes!  There will be regular classes on December 27th and December 29th.  We will be back on track January 2nd!

Hope you all have a wonderful adventure with your families.  Rest up.  Eat good food.  Drink good clean water and forget about the exercise for a week or two.  Let your body refresh and get ready to step it up after the New Year.  I’ll help with that. 🙂

Much love,

Sifu

Swimming Anyone?

New Year's Day Swim 2014-2C’mon now you know you want too!

What better way to start off the New Year.  Off with the old and on with the new.  It’s a challenge for sure.  Most of us are not overly fond of cold water let alone cold water on a cold winters day.  Yes, that is snow you see in the background from last year.  I can tell you first hand though every person who participated was glad they did and proud of meeting the challenge.

I try to do it every year, no matter where I am.  The best times have been in southern California. 🙂  The harder times were in Maine.  Every time was a great experience.  Come out and give it a try this year.  You’ll be glad you did.  Don’t worry, we’ll have a nice little bonfire to warm up next to after we take a dive.

Much love,

Sifu

Holiday Gift Certificates for Kung Fu Classes

Greetings!
Bet you’ll be seeing that word a lot over the next month.  “Holiday Greetings”, greeting cards, seasons greetings you get the idea.
Here’s another idea.  How about a stocking stuffer for Kung Fu classes.  This can be used for NEW students only!  Sorry current students are not eligible for the discount.  The cost is $50 for 1 month, $90 for 2 months and $125 for 3 months.
Get a workout, learn self defense, lose those extra holiday pounds and have a ton of fun while doing it.  No better way to show your affection for a loved one.  Sure beats wasting money on electronics or that ugly old sweater that’s just going to Goodwill anyway. 🙂
There is a limited number available so get em while they are hot!  Please email info@northeastportlandmartialarts.com for more information.
Much love and Happy Holidays,
Sifu Sean

Thanksgiving

Hooray, my favorite holiday is here!!!!  I love the smells, the tastes, family time and a full belly.  I hope you all get a chance to spend some quality time with those you love most.  Let them know how special they are to you.

While I am always and especially grateful for the wonderful students I am privileged to share the art with, alas, there will be no classes on Thursday (Thanksgiving) or Friday.  I need a day to recover from my full belly.  🙂

Enjoy the day.  Be prepared to work off those extra calories next week.  There will be regular classes starting again on Sunday sure to make you sweat it all off.

Much love,

Sifu

Classes Cancelled, special Saturday November 23rd class

Just a reminder that ALL Kung Fu classes are cancelled tonight, November 22nd due to adult testing at The Academy of Kung Fu.  As a thank you and in consideration of any inconvenience I will be holding a special Saturday class, November 23rd at 5:45 pm.  ALL Kung Fu students including Family Fu and kids are invited and encouraged to participate.

Much love,

Sifu

November 22nd adult class cancelled

There will be a test held at The Academy of Kung Fu, 3228 SE 21st, Friday November 22nd beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Because of the test the 6:00 class at NPAKF is cancelled.  Please be sure to come by Sifu Kyles school on SE 21st and Powell to observe some of the test.  There will be several higher ranking students testing and one person testing for their black belt.  It’s pretty incredible to see.

Love,

Sifu

Kids and Martial Arts

Oct_2013_kids_tournament-1There will be a kids martial arts tournament held at the Academy of Kung Fu on SE 21st and Powell (3228 SE 21st) on October 19th.

The approach of the tournament has caused me to think a bit about what it means for kids to train martial arts.  I’ve had a tremendous amount of feedback from parents for which I am extremely grateful.  In EVERY case the mom or dad has expressed that training Kung Fu has improved their childs behaviour.  It shouldn’t be a surprise considering a few of the principles most martial arts focus on are self discipline, self control, compassion, awareness and good health.  Still, every time I hear a parent say how much Kung Fu has helped their child it reinforces in me the virtues of the art. Oct_2013_kids_tournament-1

So kids, (parents feel free to share this please) if you train here at NPAKF its important that you understand that as you get higher up in rank there will be more expected of you than to simply know how to punch, kick and defend yourself.  I will be communicating with your parents to determine if training is helping you in everything you do.  Are you doing your homework?  Are you getting along well with sisters and/or brothers?  Do you help with chores around the house?  Are you kind, and respectful, a good listener, a strong support for those who may be weaker than you and I don’t mean just physically weaker.  What you learn through your martial arts training should be seen in everything you do.  Getting your next sash depends on it!  If you are truly becoming a real martial artist you will become a stronger person.  A stronger person makes the world a little bit better place by doing things to help others and the planet.  Does your training reflect that?  It should for kids AND adults.

Take a minute to think about how training martial arts is helping you become a better person.  Go out of your way this week to do at least one nice thing you wouldn’t normally do for someone.  You may be surprised to find it makes you feel even better than the person you were nice to.

Much love,

Sifu

Professor Anderson Seminar October 12th!!!!!

This is one you don’t want to miss, really.  Professor Anderson is one of the premier martial artists in the country.  Not only that he’s a lot of fun to work with.  Professor Anderson has a long and deep connection to Mo Duk Pai and is good friends with Professor King.  The flyer gives you some insight into his qualifications but doesn’t relay his ability to communicate his art in a class setting.  I’ve had the privilege to work with him a few times.  He’s fantastic!  This seminar is open to all styles so spread the word.  A fun time will be had by all.

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Feels Like Fall

 
Autumn is a transitional time of year. The leaves on the trees change, it becomes darker earlier, and the temperatures cool down. It is a favorite time of year for many people. However, these same changes can also lead to stress for individuals who tend to fall off the health and fitness wagon during the transition. There are many enjoyable opportunities to remain fit, or even begin a fitness program, in the fall that can work for everyone. Martial arts is one great option. Planning for seasonal changes, finding support from group exercise and embracing events and activities that the season has to offer are key factors in staying fit through the transition.

As the days grow shorter, cooler and wetter activity tends to move indoors a bit more.  Too often that can lead to a sedentary lifestyle which will inevitably make it all the more difficult to navigate the sometimes dreary Oregon winter.  Stay active!!!!  Kung Fu is a great way to stay in shape.  Don’t let the lack of sunshine or the cooler weather keep you from staying fit.

Much love,

Sifu