April Nagazette

• Self-defense day April 21st!
• Gold sash test May 5th
• Visitor + special class May 4th!
• What are the values here?

 

Self-Defense Day!APRIL 21st 10-11:30 am 
This Saturday class will be totally devoted to self-defense for all ages. We will also include the 33 girls and young women who are our first GRLQUAKE cohort so please attend if you want! It’s going to be a special class (but no standards!). Verbal, physical, and a whole lot of awareness, assessment, and ACTION!

Mas Goeroe Jeff Denson will be visiting from Portland next month. Plan for a free class Friday, May 4th, for third phase older kids and adults: 6:30 – 8pm!

 

GOLD SASH test May 5th! 9am start!
Also save the date: June 10th, Sunday, Temescal Street Fair!

 

Preparing for the Quake!
Over the weekend of April 20-22nd, we’ll be hosting 33 girls for Grlquake, a weekend of empowerment and friendship. The participants range from 8-17 and hail from more than 12 schools and cities from Richmond to San Leandro.

The female staff here at Naga are psyched! And we’re also humbled.

Like with any quake, we don’t know exactly what is going to happen. And in addition to that huge exciting unknown, we are deep in the work of clarifying what we deem is “empowerment.”

In framing the values to share with our campers, we’ve been looking hard at ourselves. It might seem easy to tell a middle school girl to make a new friend when a friendship sours, but her fears and insecurities about making friends are the same as ours.
When is the last time we, as adults, ventured to make a new friend – and  how?

It can seem straightforward to tell a young girl she is beautiful and smart and to ignore a mean boy (or girl) who says otherwise, but do we admit that we sometimes tell ourselves the kind of negative messages she might be hearing?

What do we tell ourselves that we would never say out loud to a young person or child?

We can all agree that being an ally is the right thing to do and that standing up for others is heroic, but when do we ourselves overlook injustice or the racist, sexist, and inappropriate words of others?

Is what we ignore, what we stand for?

And how do any of us deal with the stress of competition (about grades, boys, friends, looks) that becomes so stressful to girls at puberty? How do we impart the value of “when all boats rise” we all benefit?

When is healthy competitive spirit a good thing and when do we use that same competitiveness to put others down?
Our teaching team of 14 has been exploring these questions. We have vast experience: in the classroom, at the Studio and in many other venues, the hospital, the boardroom, the kitchen, and elsewhere. But this work as role models and mentors to our cohort demands a huge leap into self-understanding and vulnerability: a deep look at how we want young women and girls to do things we’re not entirely successful at ourselves.

We hope for more Grlquakes in the future (and perhaps even a Womenquake!) but in the meantime we are certainly living our slogan, “Shake It Up!”

 

Summer Camp –  Tilden Camp will have many surprises – visitors from other schools, advanced testing, many hours outdoors in nature!  Both weeks are packed weeks of fun, friendship, and training – check out Facebook for photos of years past, or talk to your mentor about going!

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