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Looking forward to Camp 2018

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.

Tyler LePard
PAWMA Secretary and Communications Director

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).

Photo courtesy of YMCA Camp Loma Mar.

Camp lodging will be in cabins (each with a sleeping capacity of 8-12 people) that are arranged in two villages around a central shower and restroom facility. You also have the option to pay the commuter rate and find accommodations nearby through vacation rental sites. We have various rates, so please find the option that works best for you (even if you can only come for the weekend).

Loma Mar, California, is between Pescadero and La Honda, about an hour’s drive from both the San Francisco and San Jose airports. We are trying out Group Carpool to coordinate ridesharing -- sign up to offer a ride or add yourself as a passenger. As we get closer to camp, we’ll also send out a guide for what to bring.

Those of us on the board think a camp setting is fun (and from the surveys, you do too). Choosing a location is always a challenge as we try to keep registration costs low and find places with adequate training spaces and enough beds that are less than two hours from a major airport. This often means the facilities are rustic and the location is beautiful. Thankfully, you agree with us that the company has been wonderful, the food has been good, and (most importantly) the classes continue to be excellent!

Photo courtesy of YMCA Camp Loma Mar.

As a Board, we are committed to creating a welcoming, safe, fun, and diverse camp. We are scheduling classes with various styles, we have a prioritized youth and women of color, we created a new Statement of Inclusion to welcome our women-identifying and gender-diverse friends, and we set a goal to fundraise $2,500 for scholarships so that we can expand this incredible opportunity for more people to train with us all.

Please help us make PAWMA Camp 2018 the best one ever!

  • Spread the word to martial artists who may not be familiar with PAWMA - especially women of color and other groups who have been historically underrepresented
  • Encourage your friends to register for camp
  • Donate to our scholarship and operating funds
  • Buy an ad in the camp book (email camp@pawma.org) - low cost, high return on investment!

Thanks! Have feedback or questions? Want to make camp the best ever? Reach out to us at camp@pawma.org. We look forward to seeing everyone.

Tyler LePard trains at Seven Star Women's Kung Fu in Seattle, Washington.

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