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Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists

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of women and girls in the martial arts.

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120 Women and Girls Attended 

PAWMA Camp 2018 

August 16-August 19 at YMCA Camp Loma Mar
Loma Mar, California

Camp 2018 Teachers

Professor Barbara Bones Kajukenbo
Sifu Michelle Dwyer Qigong, Shaolin Gong Fu, Taiji
Sa Bum Nim Jen Berg
Kyo Bum Nim Sierra Harden
Shifu Sally Chang Taiji, Qigong
Sifu Robin Dahlberg Taiji, Qigong
Sifu Restita DeJesus Pangamot, Filipino arts
Molli Khangsengsing Brazilian Jiu jitsu
Sifu Ann Kileen Modern Arnis
Master Uyen Pham Cha Yon Ryu, Bo Fung Do
Sensei Nikki Smith Judo
Contra-Mestra Tigresa Capoeira

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Looking forward to Camp 2018

Tyler LePard
PAWMA Secretary and Communications Director

PAWMA board at Camp 2017

Photo by Kerry "Mena" Kehoe, PAWMA Camp 2017. Board members left to right: Aminta Steinbach, Gin Yang, Mary Lynn Morales, Ellen Morrison, Lynn Keslar, Tyler LePard, Leslie Lippard.

Feel the excitement in the air? That means camp is coming up soon!

This year’s camp will be held at YMCA Camp Loma Mar, August 16-19. Camp will start with welcome activities and classes on Thursday evening (plan to arrive between 3-6pm, if possible) and then feature the All-School Class taught by Professor Barbara Bones on Friday morning around 9am. Camp will wrap up with a closing ceremony, ending at noon on Sunday.

We have a terrific lineup of instructors with an eclectic offering of cool classes, as usual. Their styles include Judo, Brazilian Jiu jitsu, Qigong, Taekwondo, Shaolin Gong Fu, Taiji, Pangamot, Arnis, Cha Yon Ryu, Bo Fung Do, Capoeira, and Kajukenbo. Read the full list of instructors at pawma.org

We’re excited that Camp Loma Mar also offers a rock climbing wall, swimming pool, and zipline--we’re trying to squeeze these fun activities into the schedule (we know you’ll understand that the camp requires staff supervision for those activities, so they’ll only be open during specific time periods).

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We welcome all women and girls including individuals who are transgender, non-binary or self-identify as female. We aim to make our training spaces as accessible and inclusive as possible for our diverse community. Please contact us if you are wondering if this is a good program for you or your youth.

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Are you a woman or girl training in the martial arts? Do you want to support women and girls training in the martial arts?

Do you enjoy experiencing other martial arts, and sharing your own?

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Are you moving and looking for a school or teacher in your new location?

Are you a beginning student and want to experience a variety of styles before you settle on one?

Are you an advanced student and want to reinvigorate your training or train with other master teachers?

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At PAWMA, we believe that the martial arts have special value for women, whether pursued for self-expression, self-protection, spirituality, or physical health. We are committed to encouraging women and girls to train, and to promoting an atmosphere of respect and support for women martial artists of all styles. Membership is open to everyone who supports the full and active participation of women in the martial arts.

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