class is run with a structure of a Martial arts class, but with
the facilitator being conscious of the emotional content of the
Martial Arts are taught with a linear hierarchy and a strict authoritarian
on a military model. Students are expected to follow rigid rules
and are normally punished for any violation of these rules. My
own experiences in these environments led me to the realization
that many such schools are actually contributing to the cycle
of violence couched in this “special” student teacher
relationship. Often this violence is explained away as culturally
significant or necessary for safety. In actuality I see the violence
as a draw for teachers who have not worked out their own issues
regarding violence and power.
works to stop that cycle by creating an environment that is both
physically and emotionally safe. Depending on the abilities of
the student population, the classroom can become a forum for dealing
with emotional issues in a functional way. While we learn to punch
and kick, which is empowering for many young people (as well as
adults) it is important also to acknowledge that most of our life
experiences are not going to involve punching or kicking anyone.
self defense instructors, who seem to enjoy alarming students
with ongoing threats of what will work on “the street”,
Martial Play instructors instead emphasize what will work better
will be remaining calm, cool and collected, and seeking emotionally
intelligent solutions to conflict.
is nothing wrong with self defense- it is just not appropriate
to punch out another kid for disrespecting your mother, or for
threatening violence to a teacher for a bad grade. The use of
force is often misapplied by young people (and adults) in situations
that could have been positively handled.
One of the
important aspects of the martial arts side of Martial Play is
the actual physical training. When we are unconscious of our physical
power, we are more likely to mismanage it. Bringing consciousness
to our own physical strength and power gives us tools to be able
to recognize, identify and label our feelings before they leap
out of our chests and get us in all sorts of trouble.
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San Francisco Ca. 94103
Photo by: Darin
Aikido, currently ranked 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan), through
Aikido Association Of Northern California, Frank Doran, President.
21 years of training, began teaching Aikido in 1988. Currently
training with Frank Doran (Shihan) at Aikido West in Redwood City
CA. Aikido is a Japanese Martial art, derived from Jujitsu, and
it is often described as "sophisticated wrestling".
To verify, contact Aikido West, 3164 Bay Road, Redwood City, CA.
94063. (650) 366-9106
Kenpo Karate, currently ranked 1st Degree black belt (Shodan).
Currently training and teaching with Sibak Brannon Beliso, at
One Health and Fitness, San Francisco, CA. Kenpo Karate, a descendant
of the original training of the Shaolin Temple of China, has evolved
into a complex Kung Fu / Karate system blending many aspects of
and Japanese striking arts. Contact Brannon Beliso, One Health
and Fitness, 850 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA. 94131, (415) 731-9988
Martial Arts Weapons. Currently ranked as 1st degree black belt
(Shodan) by Shihan Michio Nishiuchi, of the All Okinawa Kobudo
Association. Contact Headquarters Dojo, 7144 Auburn Blvd., Citrus
Heights CA. 95610. (916)-723-5425
Kaiser Permanente: Behavioral Health Education instructor Currently
running Martial Play programs at three Bay Area Kaiser locations.
Mira Loma Educational Enrichment Program (MEEP): Designed and
created innovative approach to combining traditional Martial Arts
training with concepts of emotional and social skills development.
Approximately 40 students each year, grades K-5. Contact
program director: Armen Dilachian, 175 Omar Way, Room 109, San
Francisco, CA. 94110. (415)- 584-7080
Everett Middle School: Implementing similar program as above (MEEP)
tailored to the needs of middle school students. Contact Kica
Gazamuri, Bridges Beacon, Everett Middle School Family and Education
Programs, Director, Everett Middle School 450 Church Street San
Francisco, CA 94114. (415)- 626-5222
Middle School: Implementing same program as above (Everett Middle
School) Contact Ryan Keeley, Expanded Learning Director, Francisco
Middle School 2190 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. 415/956-1234
One Health and Fitness: Kenpo Karate and Aikido. Currently running
Aikido instruction program, three classes a week, Kenpo Karate
assistant instructor, four classes each week.
West Portal Karate and Fitness: Aikido and Kenpo Karate Instructor.
Taught ten classes each week before school was sold to One Health
and Fitness. (School closed)
Boldizar Karate School: Kenpo Karate Instructor, Director of Children's
Karate program. Taught ages 4-14 American Kenpo Karate six classes
each week. (School Closed)
City Aikido: Taught beginners classes for Sensei Robert Nadeau
of City Aikido, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco CA.
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