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PAWMA Camp 2020 Cancelled Due to Coronovirus Pandemic
It is with a heavy heart that after much careful thought, the Board has decided to cancel our 2020 camp.
This was one of the toughest decisions we have had to make. As we took into consideration the safety of our members, the responsible fiscal stewardship of the organization, and the logistics of hosting a camp in very uncertain times, it became clear to us that this was the right decision. We will miss training, laughing, eating, sweating, punching, kicking, and rolling together… as I’m sure you will.
So, what’s next?
The Board will be sharing more information about alternatives for both our 2020 and 2021 Camps in the coming months. In the meantime, we are wishing you, your families and your communities good health. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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By Sifu Robin Dahlberg
Ascension Martial Arts, San Jose, CA
As martial artists, many of us train to spar. We take the forms and techniques we've learned, and try them in a somewhat unpredictable setting. That can mean breaking forms apart, moving at different speeds, varying the height of our attacks and defenses, changing our vectors, and occasionally making something up on the spot.
This same practice gives us the skills to work with the ever-changing landscape that is our current reality with COVID-19. First came the social distancing. How well do we know our own range according to the length of our limbs or the distance of a jump? Now we can map that to the new 6-foot rule between people. It's relatively easy in a large space with few people. But what kind of movements or body language can you employ to maintain distance when there's a line for the store?