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Move Your Butt!

Turn off your screen, get up from your desk, step away from the couch and move your butt! You love your technology and strive to be effective at work, but when you don’t take regular breaks from all that sitting around, your very health is at risk. The good news is...

Training Martial Arts Over Fifty

The Human Snowball – or – Does Martial Arts Training Help an Old Lady Ski? Growing up, my family was never a skiing family. I was raised by non-athletic parents on the East Coast and went skiing a total of about three times in my life. Mostly, I just hung onto the ski...

Above and Beyond Resolutions

Weight loss resolutions don't work. Do it differently this year. Find out how! If you feel you are overweight, chances are good that it's not because you don't work out enough (and yes, exercise is super important), but if you are at all like me, it's probably more...

What Makes a Summer Camp Truly Special?

There are many camps kids can go to. This isn’t a secret.  But what makes a camp the kind that kids keep talking about long after summer is over and the fireflies went, well, wherever fireflies go after summer ends? Are there specific qualities? Is it the connection?...

Why is self-defense important to NAGA?

The Art we train The art we train at Naga, Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen, is based in self-defense. What does that mean? It means we don’t go out looking for trouble and we don’t broadcast the fact that we train. Instead, we keep our skills close, “in our back pocket”,...

Calling All Heroes!

You, our dear hero, venture out into the world on a quest to find adventure, challenge and dragons! After battles, contests and brave feats, you return home a new person; stronger, more courageous & yes, victorious, after slaying ogres! Back within your village,...

GRLQUAKE!

GRLQUAKE WEEKEND EMPOWERMENT CAMP: July 27-29 Power, Confidence, Leadership. A Camp Just for Girls 8-16 This weekend camp provides girls and young women with life changing self-defense and empowerment skills and space to make "fierce" and positive friendships! Set...

Wim and Jim Wetzel

Martial Arts history comes to downtown Beaverton! Poekoelan was brought here from Indonesia by Willy Wetzel. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and train with two of his sons! Aside from amazing workouts, we expect to learn a lot about the history of our art and to...

#MeToo Self Defense Class in the News

#MeToo Self Defense Class for Survivors is in the News In my three-plus decades of teaching women's self-defense classes, I've been privy to hundreds of stories of survival. There's something about being in a group of supportive women that opens up the floodgates, and...

Black Belt Essay – Mas Sarah

In the art of Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen, it takes more than just a physical ability to make it through a black belt test successfully. Sure, we raise incredible fighters at Naga, but our Black Belts must also demonstrate incredible fortitude, resilience and strength...

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