By Lynn Keslar
2017 Board President
Dear members of the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists:
The 2017-2018 PAWMA board was convened at the end of last year, after a generously managed transition from the prior board, led by President Sonya Richardson and Vice President Nikki Smith. They have remained available to us since then to answer any question and run down any detail. I know that they are committed to our success and the ongoing success of our organization. The long hand-off, the generosity of the prior board, their deep knowledge and love of their arts and fellow practitioners, reminds us that as women we bring connection to the table. We are at our best when we are holding each other up, and out, so that our gifts can deepen and be shared and our desires for the world and ourselves in the world can be realized.
By Sifu Michelle Dwyer
The year: 1989.
The scene: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo,112 degrees Fahrenheit.
The first combined NWMAF and PAWMA camp.
The charismatic Colleen Gragen probably conceived and definitely organized this dynamic meeting. For the first time I was hired to teach at national camp. At video night Colleen introduced me to Nina Van Roedon from Amsterdam. Nina organized a women’s summer camp in the Netherlands, F.I.S.T. (Feminist International Summer Training). Nina, at that time, was a strong kick boxer. I took her class early on in the camp. My legs talked to me the whole camp! I asked her to send me an application to teach at F.I.S.T. I applied. I got the job to teach at F.I.S.T. ’90.
By Sigung Sonya Richardson
What are your needs and hopes, on a fundamental level, for yourself? Your sisters? Daughters? Mothers? I want to be safe, feel valued and loved: positive opportunities are certain to manifest from that baseline. So stand our collective wishes for girls and women throughout the world: live in safety and be afforded possibilities. And that is where teaching judo and self-defense in Patiala, India began: we are our sisters’ keepers.
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For Sifu: A Poem
Eating for Health inSync with the Seasons
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