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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. 

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?

  1. Camp 2021: CYO Camp Occidental has graciously agreed to let us push forward our deposit to next year. We are exploring options for dates for August and September 2021 and will be sharing more with the membership when we have our dates solidified. 

  2. Camp alternatives: In lieu of an in-person camp, the Board is discussing other ways that we can come together as a community sometime around our September 10th - 13th time frame. We are thinking about  virtual classes and seminars, parallel practice sessions, show and tells, and a whole host of other possibilities. As we flesh out these ideas, we invite you to please share any you have, and/or let us know if you are interested in teaching or volunteering your time to help organize.
  3. Finances: Camp is by far our biggest source of income each year. The organization is still financially secure, but will experience a fiscal loss by not running camp this year. We have set a fundraising goal of $5,000 to help offset this loss. We are asking you, our training community, to contribute in any way you are able. We understand that many folks have and will experience financial instability during this time, so please only contribute in a way that feels comfortable and sustainable for you. If you are able, we encourage you to continue paying your yearly membership dues and/or to make a financial contribution to allow PAWMA to come together in years to come as the fierce crew of martial artists that we are. Thank you for being the backbone of our organization!

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. 


President, PAWMA

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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.

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