Summer Camps Dates Announced! Sign-up early and save! Overnight Camp will start June 18th, again at our beautiful site in Tilden Park, and Day Camp will be the week of July 9th. We already have three students on board from Portland for Overnight Camp – and we hope to have kids/teens from ALL Tulen schools the world over. Early registration for camps goes through March 15th so get your place reserved now! You can call to register or register online at the Naga Store.
A Great New Year’s Test! Congrads to our newest black belt, Mas James Wiley, and our two new Pendekkars – Ethan and Amber. We are thrilled, and so impressed with the way all three students committed their whole hearts to their tests. Big love to all who attended and assisted, it was truly a community event. And the first time we’ve ever had such advanced testing here at Studio Naga – thanks to our teachers Tulen-wide!
The Naga Spring Prom: To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are hosting a Formal Dance on Saturday, April 21st. So get started searching for that perfect outfit! There will be early and late dance parties so celebrants of all ages can help us laud our decade-long growth. We’ll have a “vintage” video clip show, refreshments (a waffle bar!) and a late night lounge for those of a certain age. And of course lots of dancing the night away. “Prom” committees are forming, so get involved. To get you in the mood, check out these prom pictures – and there are more going up in the back room! Bring yours in to share the taffeta memories!
From Pendekkar Amber on her recent teaching:
I was happy to teach both a Poekoelan and self-defense class a few weeks ago at MIT with Goeroe Jen, excited to get to share what I love so much with people in my new Boston home. Our one brave student, after getting over the initial shock of moving like a crane, snake, monkey, and tiger, had incredible strikes,and was amazing. She was a natural at holds and my arms were red within the first 5 minutes of her parries.
The next day, our self-defense class was even better. The group of six women included the most confident and fierce 8-year old I’ve ever met. The women were from around the world – Portugal, China, and Latin America. Each one was fully committed to every exercise. (Goeroe Jen reminded me that MIT students and staff are always really intense!)
Each person left asking for another class - that was the best reward. It reminded me why I continue to train and teach. Not only does teaching allow me to share something that is so important to me, but it also reinforces all of my Tulen principles. Helping teach nonverbal, verbal, and physical self-defense skills reminded me that self-defense isn’t only about protecting yourself on the street, but also being able to have to confidence to speak up, which is a challenge when I’m just one student in a 100 person class and when I have fear of what others will think of me.
I hope to teach in Boston again because the feeling when I walked out of both of the classes was unlike any other in the world!
- Pendekkar Amber