SW Portland Martial Arts Blog

Martial Arts and Philosophy

August 2nd, 2020

Given that one of the martial arts we study is called “Martial Ethics Method” and the fact that philosophy and martial arts have historically been strongly intertwined, I thought it might be fun to have monthly philosophy talks. We’ll vote on a book to read and then meet and have a discussion about how philosophy and the martial arts connect.

For this first meeting, we chose the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. It’s not a long read, but it is dense. Even if you can’t make the meeting, you should read the book and see what you think. Here are my notes, if you’re curious what I got out of it. I’ll try and post notes and/or an audio recording of the meeting as well.


June 18th, 2020

We’re open tomorrow! Happy Juneteenth! Happy grand re-opening?

We’re excited and nervous. Excited because it has been 14 weeks. Nervous because all our usual systems and schedules are scrambled. We’ve got a plan. Undoubtedly, it will change. We’re looking forward to adapting with the ever changing flow of events.

To register for classes, go here.

We were going to make face coverings “highly recommended”, but the governor is making them mandatory – so that just got one step easier. Wear a mask and we’ll see you in the gym.

What Will Kid’s Class look like?

June 10th, 2020

Are you wondering what kid’s class is going to look like when we re-open?

Well, here we are setting out a plan. Students have to wear masks. Everyone gets their own taped off space to do work in. There are no partners. There will be lots of technique practice. Lots of forms. Lots of burpees. Fun is promised.

Watch this video we made to give you a preview and see what you think. Register for a class here.


What will Martial Arts classes look like?

June 10th, 2020

How in the heck will we do martial arts class when we can’t have partners? We’ll be offering a “striking skills” class and a “grappling skills” class. What are those?

Striking skills class will be putting on some gloves and doing bag work. Kicks, punches, elbows, that kind of fun stuff. We’ll work technique and we’ll get sweaty. You should sign up here. Watch this video to see what it looks like.

Grappling skills will be rolling around on the floor, falling, and practicing techniques in the air. We will get sweaty. You should sign up here. Watch this video to see what it looks like.

Hope that helps!

Day 84: Grappling Skill Preview

June 6th, 2020

Today I made a video trying to capture what the “grappling skills” classes will look like when we re-open. If you’re wondering if you should attend, check it out, see if it is for you!