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PAWMA Camp 2019

Breaking Down Walls

Register for PAWMA Camp 2019

August 23-26

Aldersgate Camps and Retreats • Turner, Oregon

You Can Design the PAWMA Camp 2019 Logo

We’re looking for an artist/designer to collaborate with the board on creating a camp logo that exemplifies the 2019 spirit and theme: "Breaking Down Walls".

We're looking for a dynamic design that will look great in both monotone and in full color to be used on printed materials, t-shirts, websites and more.

We are offering a $150 stipend, t-shirt (or other item) and the joy of seeing your design worn by the warriors who attend camp and beyond.

If you are interested in applying, please send an email expressing your interest and sample of your work to camp@pawma.org by May 10, 2019.

The Latest from PAWMA News

Life Is a Kodenkan School

By MB Austin

Olivia Brown Latham, Danzan Ryu Jujitsu black belt, and Will Northrup. Photo courtesy of MB Austin.

Apparently, I enjoy a long learning curve. Ironic, given my low tolerance is for being bad at…anything. Last year I began Danzan Ryu Jujitsu (DZR) training. Half healing art and half martial art, DZR encompasses techniques similar to those found in judo, Aikido, and karate (but with its own variations and kata), plus a self-defense curriculum and first aid, massage, etc. Wonderful variety; but oh so much to learn.

The first few months were especially humbling for me. Even with experience in other dojos, learning related arts, my brain felt overwhelmed, my body stuck with outdated muscle memory. Everything familiar was slightly different, making a challenge of things I expected to be easy for me. (I’d done hundreds of rolls and falls before—why were these so tough?) And so much was new, from terminology and principles to technique. Some days my mantra was, “Mizu means water.” If nothing else, at least I knew what to do during breaks.

Read More About MB Austin's Take on Training in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu »

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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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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