SW Portland Martial Arts Blog

Kid’s Point Sparring Tournament

June 16th, 2019

Not too long ago, we ran a grappling only tournament. We figured now it was time to run a point sparring only tournament. Hopefully everyone who was bummed there was no point sparring last time is excited this time. Actually, hopefully everyone is excited.

For those who don’t know what point sparring is, I’ll take a moment to go through the basics. Two students stand across from each other, just outside of striking range. Then, on the referee’s command, they try and punch or kick one another. When the referee sees one student touch another, they call “break” and decide who got a point. The first student to five points, or the student with the most points after two minutes wins the match. Students get paired up with other students of comparable size, skill, and age in an effort to make the game as fair as possible. We use a double elimination format to ensure each student gets at least two matches. The contact level is kept light but students should wear a mouthguard and male students should wear a cup.

Our goal with hosting this tournament is to give students a culminating event so that they have a tangible reason to continue honing their martial skills during the no-school days of summer. After the event, we will walk over to the park and share popsicles with anyone who cares to hang out for another half hour.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 20th, from 10-11am at our Capitol Highway campus. Go to the event page for more details and to register.

New BJJ Coach

June 4th, 2019

Are you new to BJJ or have you been around the game for a while and are looking to up your Gi game? Either way, you should come check out our new coach, Matt Zorn.

Last night, as I was listening to Matt coach, I was trying to think how I would describe his teaching style in a post. Precise and patient are the two words that sprang to mind. He gives details, he waits until he’s certain that all the students in the class have understood the directions, and then as people are trying the technique, he goes around the class checking in with everyone to iron out any details. In short, he’s precise and patient.

Matt coaches every Monday and Wednesday at 6pm. Whatever your experience level, you should get on the mats and take some of his classes.

Reflection as a Learning Tool

February 9th, 2019

If you’ve been in class recently, you’ve almost certainly heard me talking about the book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. The book is a concise compilation of the last 3 decades of research in cognitive psychology around learning. In other words, the text examines what learning methods produce measurable results.
One of the methods that produces tangible results for students is reflection. Simply put, reflection is taking a moment after learning new material and trying to synthesize it for yourself. In the case of martial arts classes, this usually means talking to your fellow students or your teacher for a moment at the end of class and hashing out what you got out of the day’s session.
The process of reflection helps students put the material into their own words, making them more likely to be able to recall and use the information at a later date. This process of committing new material to memory will be even more successful if students can relate the new material to something they already know.
So, take the time after class to talk about what you learned. Sum up the important parts. Sum up what worked for you and what didn’t. Talk about how you might change things to make the strategies or techniques work better for you next time. Try and relate the material to something you already have a strong grasp of. Reflect.
If nobody has the time to chat, no worries! You can always grab a piece of paper, your phone, or your tablet and write down your thoughts.

Punchcards for the Win!

February 6th, 2019

Not sure if you will be able to commit to ongoing monthly membership with SWPMA/CFH? No problem! Our gym ten-pass entitles any/all family members to enjoy 10 classes with us for $150 [no further obligation].

This punchcard is good for drop-ins with virtually any of classes on the regular schedule – Martial Arts, CrossFit, Yoga, and ongoing kids classes ages 5+…including Parkour. *Not applicable to ongoing 4’s Martial Arts classes, special Six-Week Series for ages 3-6, or Special Events/Seminars please.

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Acro Seminar is coming to town!

January 15th, 2019

Dance on your hands! Balance your friends on your feet!

We’re hosting a two hour acro seminar, coached by Ari Rapkin of justmovement. The first hour will focus on tumbling and hand balancing. The second hour will be partner acro.

If you sign up before February 14th, you pay $25 to do both hours or $15 to do (either) one of the segments. Starting February 15th, the prices go up $10 – $35 for 2 hours and $25 for one.

Click here for more info and to sign up!