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Why is Self Defense Training Important?

There are lots of reasons why learning self defense is important!  One day, women and children will be safe at all times, no matter what. Until then, all of us deserve to know how to stand up for and protect ourselves. You owe it to yourself to know what your options...

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...

Keep Your Child Safe from Assault

As a parent, you want to know everything you can do to keep your child safe from sexual assault. Check out this interesting article from the New York Times written by Stuart Bradford: What Parents Can Do to Help Keep Their Children Safe From Assault "They...

Pencak Silat, the Beaverton-Virginia Connection

When you train a martial art that is as rare, beautiful, authentic and exotic as Poekoelan, and when you love it as deeply as Jeff and I do, you get used to people looking at you funny when you try to explain your commitment to training and teaching. Why in the world...

The Indonesian Fan Form is Coming!

The Indonesian Fan Form will be taught by Mas Goeroe Silvia throughout the month of January every Monday during 5:30 class and every Thursday night at 5PM. This traditional Indonesian Weapon Form is both beautiful and deadly. The weapon has an interesting...

What do Jeff and Silvia do?

Our lives are quite full. Often times, people are surprised to find out just how full! Yes, Jeff and I show up and teach martial arts classes at Naga. These classes, these amazing students and families make our world go around. We love each and every one of our...

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