Schools demonstrating the strength of their arts included Fuchs Delina Sensei's Chico Kodenkan (Danzan Ryu Jujitsu) Sifu's Richardson and Aarin Oakland Hand to Hand (Kajukenbo) and Goeroe Louise Rafkin's Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen.
26 imagesDay two of Spirit of the Dragon summer camp included an evening demonstration/Lifetime Achievement and Martial Artist of the Year award ceremony. MC'd by Sifu Sonya Richardson and Sifu Aarin Burch from Oakland based Hand to Hand Kajukenbo, a large captive audience of community, friends and family witnessed board breaks, forms, self-defense demonstrations, learned more about PAWMA and a variety of martial arts styles, and celebrated the Lifetime Achievement and Martial Artist of the Year presentations to Leslie Lippard and Michelle Dwyer. These photos show a focused and interested audience, the set list for the evening and some of the board breaking techniques.
49 imagesForms, hyungs, kata: These are some of the words used to describe detailed patterns of movements practiced by martial artists either solo, in pairs, and/or in teams; with and/or without weapons. These patterns of movement, are designed to preserve and pass on successful combat techniques, and are prescriptive for self defense against multiple attackers. The more advanced the practitioner is within his/her art form, the more movements the patterns have, which is indicative of more advanced fighting techniques and internal development. When practiced repeatedly to perfect the movements, forms can be very meditative and internally strengthening. The 6 forms represented in these photographs have many more movements than are shown here. However these movements were chosen as the most illustrative of the components necessary for a form: style, fluidity, strength, grace, focus, reality. Among the martial arts styles represented are forms movements from Cuong Nhu, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Tai Chi Chuan, Zujitsu-Ryu; as well as what looks to me to be a meditative form performed with a staff from yoga instructor Helen Yee.
6 imagesAfter the demonstrations and the award ceremony on the second night of 2012 camp, Seven Star Women's Gung Fu and members of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu took fun group shots!
29 imagesOn 4 August, the second day of Camp 2012, PAWMA honored Leslie Lippard and Michelle Dwyer for their exemplary achievements in the martial arts. Leslie Lippard was honored with the PAWMA 2012 Martial Artist of the Year award for her talent and leadership in her art (Cuong Nhu) and for her strong support of and contributions to PAWMA. Sifu Michelle Dwyer, as a pioneer and leader in the fields of Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and Gung Fu was honored with the PAWMA Lifetime Achievement award. ---------- "The study, practice, and teaching of martial arts has enriched my life on every level. The most profound effects have been my psychological and spiritual growth. The Taoist masters say only one thing counts in this life and that is to look deeply into the structure of your being. It is this aspect of the discipline, enabling one to know oneself, that holds the most fascination for me." --- Sifu Michelle Dwyer, from the book, 'Women in the Martial Arts,' edited by Carol A Wiley
114 imagesFour schools presented team demonstrations to a rapt audience, in three martial arts styles from kajukenbo to jujitsu; against single and multiple attackers, and utilizing strikes, throws, and grappling as means of self-defense.