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  • Go Beyond the Grades
    Our three-week school readiness program is beginning September 14!To find out more, please visit our Kids Programs page.Go Beyond the grades Anderson Martial Arts SUMMER CAMP was a success!  Check out the Summer Camp page to learn more.2015-07-22 021

     For other events, visit the events page or contact the school.

  • DAV 30th Anniversary

    Modern Arnis – Classical styles class by Dan Anderson

    This is a piece of what I taught today (Aug. 5th). I was showing how the Presas family art of arnis worked hand in glove with the Modern Arnis we see today and how it completes the package, so to speak, of Modern Arnis. Remy Presas included far more of his family art in his Modern Arnis teachings during the early 1980s. This is the first thing learned in Modern Arnis.

  • The DAV Chronicles continued…

    ProfDanBoy, where do I start? At the beginning I suppose. I overslept this morning. I woke up at 8:45 – 15 minutes before I was supposed to teach. I had time to grab a cup of coffee before I made it to the main field. Thanks to Carsten. He loaned me his hat so that I didn’t get cooked by the sun again.

    My class – they just keep getting better and better. I began with disarm reversals or counters. Someone tries to disarm you and you handle their action. I told them from the beginning that it had nothing to do with technique and had everything to do with observation of your partner. We worked some very simple moves and then I let them play with the concept.

    The second section was joint lock reversals. Where in the disarm counters you had to see and feel what your partner was doing, with the lock counters you had to really go by feel. This one you develop tactile observation. They did great!

    Both sections of the class were based on two concepts:
    1. observe your partner and 2. go WITH the flow. FMA is the flow. If you do not have the flow it i not Modern Arnis.

    One of the things that I am stressing over and over again in all my classes is that everything should be simple. When you are being simple and observing your partner right there in the moment, in present time, opportunities simply do not presents itself – your partner gives you the next move by their action. It’s like Christmas. Your partner comes to you with a bowl of candy ad you get to choose which piece of candy you want (I’ll take the Snickers bar, if you please).

    I have not been teaching techniques. I think the DAV has the biggest catalogue of techniques I have ever seen. And they do not have so many techniques that the get lost in the possibilities, either. The students are well trained and well prepared. I really can’t show them any techniques that they don’t already know. Really. I have been teaching concepts and how these concepts will take their applications to a higher level, how to take what they have in the tool box and use all they have instead of being locked in a groove.

    These classes are going so well that I don’t know how the classes can get much better. I’m having a great time at the camp if you couldn’t already tell.

  • Summer Camp 2015!
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    We are happy to announce the dates for our this year’s Summer Camp.
    > June 22-26
    > July 20-24
    > July 27-31
    > August 3-7
    This is an all day camp. We do Karate and other Martial Arts, craft projects, hiking, field trips and more.  Groups are small and spaces fill fast.
    Cost is $175 per week if registered before April 30th, $200 per week if you register in May, and $225 after that. Receive a 10% discount for 2 or more weeks purchased.
    Contact us for more information or to register.

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  • Additional 3-4 year old class

    3-4 imageWe added another 3-4 year olds class on Mondays and Wednesdays 4:05-4:35pm.  Find out more about this and other classes TODAY.

    Take advantage of our introductory offer.

  • End Bullying October

    October is the Bully Defense month.  Understanding that bullying can occur at all ages and in different environments, Anderson Martial Arts provides prevention and defense training to children and adults.

    On October 18th we will be part of a large movement to end bullying in our schools and the work place.  We will be having several age appropriate workshops from 1pm-6pm.

    Workshop Time: Appropriate for ages:
    1pm – 2pm 5, 6, 7 year olds
    2pm – 3pm 8, 9, & 10 year olds
    3pm – 4pm 11, 12 & 13 year olds
    4:30pm – 6pm teens and adults
    The classes are free for all attendees – whether they are students of the school or not.  They are age specific and will include drilling/roll playing on how to handle bullying.