INTRO TO WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP
Nov
5
12:00pm12:00pm

INTRO TO WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP

We are holding an intro to Women's Self-Defense Workshop on Sunday Nov 5 (11:30am-12pm). 

Participants will learn and practice 2 Standing, 1 Ground, and 2 Strike techniques during this workshop.  Cost is $20.  Come join us, and bring a friend or two to discover what skills you can gain to protect yourself.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 25 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS EVENT.  PLEASE PREPAY VIA PAYPAL BUTTON BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.

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FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT VAN NESS AVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Oct
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT VAN NESS AVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Please join us as we hold an "Intro to Women's Self-Defense Workshop" as a fundraiser to benefit Van Ness Ave Elementary School. The workshop will be held in the school auditorium.

All proceeds from this event will go towards the building of an edible garden and curriculum to instruct students about healthy eating, earth sciences, the environment, and sustainability.

Participants will learn and practice some simple but effective standing, striking, and ground techniques. Come discover what skills you can gain to protect yourself from an attacker.

This event is open to ages 8+. We recommend comfortable clothing and no jewelry. See you there!

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Sep
10
10:00am10:00am

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE: 6-WEEK SESSION

Join us as we start our next 6-week session of the Women's Self-Defense Program.

You will learn both striking and grappling techniques for standing and ground situations - as most attackers will attempt to get the victim to the ground in the majority of cases.  Our classes will put you in real-life situations so you can train yourself to think and react quickly.  The aim is to gain confidence in yourself and your abilities to identify, avoid and protect yourself against a dangerous assailant.  In each class you will learn 1 standing, 1 ground and 1 Striking technique, along with practice time.   SIGN-UP FOR THE FULL 6-WEEKS OR DROP-IN TO INDIVIDUAL CLASSES.

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INTRO TO WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE
Aug
27
10:30am10:30am

INTRO TO WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE

Our second Intro to Women's Self-Defense Workshop will be held on Sunday August 27 (10:30am - 12pm). 

Participants will learn and practice 2 Standing, 1 Ground, and 2 Strike techniques during this workshop.  Cost is $20.  Come join us, and bring a friend or two to discover what skills you can gain to protect yourself.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 25 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS EVENT.  PLEASE PREPAY VIA PAYPAL BUTTON BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.

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INTRO TO WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP
Jul
30
3:00pm 3:00pm

INTRO TO WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP

We are holding an intro to Women's Self-Defense Workshop on Sunday July 30 (3pm-5pm). 

Participants will learn and practice 2 Standing, 1 Ground, and 2 Strike techniques during this workshop.  Cost is $20.  Come join us, and bring a friend or two to discover what skills you can gain to protect yourself.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 25 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS EVENT.  PLEASE PREPAY VIA PAYPAL BUTTON BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.

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TEST TIME!
Jul
22
10:00am10:00am

TEST TIME!

This marks our 5th test since our doors opened!  For some, it will be their first.  Everyone has been working diligently on practicing their forms and techniques.  There will be board breaking with kicks and punches, and Dans (Black Belts) will be doing some demonstrations as well.  We will have a celebratory lunch afterwards.  Good luck to all our students!

10am - 11:30am-- KIDS TEST
11:30am - 1pm -- ADULT TEST

1pm- ?  -- lunch celebration!

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ACTION-ACTING WORKSHOP
Jun
28
3:30pm 3:30pm

ACTION-ACTING WORKSHOP

Interested in something fun & different?  Come learn how to act in a martial arts fight scene.  
You will learn a choreographed fight sequence, rehearse dialogue, and act out a scene.  It will be professionally filmed, edited, and screened for all participants and their guests.  You will also get a digital file of the scene.
Three Wednesdays starting June 28th.  Screening date TBD.

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1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY POTLUCK BBQ PARTY!
Jun
3
11:30am11:30am

1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY POTLUCK BBQ PARTY!

We invite you to come celebrate with us as we mark 1-year since our studio doors opened!  It's been a great journey and we are looking forward to many many more with you. Everyone that has come through our doors has helped create the positive energy that makes our place special, so even if you haven't been getting to the studio any longer, we would still love to see you. 

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FREE WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR
May
13
12:00pm12:00pm

FREE WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR

On May 13th, we will be hosting a FREE 1.5 hour seminar at our studio focused on personal safety & awareness.  We will demonstrate a couple of simple but effective standing and ground techniques from our Women's Self-Defense Program.  Get a taste of what our 8-week sessions is like. 

Participants will have an opportunity to learn and practice these techniques during this workshop.  Come join us, and bring a friend or two to discover what skills you can gain to protect yourself.

SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT AS SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT . PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO REGISTER.  CHECK-IN IS AT 11:45pm

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FREE WORKSHOP: USNC LA for UN WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE TOOLKIT 1.0
Apr
29
3:00pm 3:00pm

FREE WORKSHOP: USNC LA for UN WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE TOOLKIT 1.0

WE ARE HONORED TO PARTNER WITH THE LA CHAPTER OF US NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR UN WOMEN TO BRING YOU A FREE SELF-DEFENSE WORKHOP ON APRIL 29TH.  THIS WORKSHOP WILL INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME SELF-DEFENSE TECHNIQUES AND VALUABLE SKILLS ON AWARENESS THAT CAN PREVENT AN ATTACK.  ATTENDANCE IS FREE AND REGISTRATION CAN BE DONE ONLINE AT www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-self-defense-toolkit


'Safe Cities Women Self Defense Toolkit 1.0: Self-reliance, empowerment, protection' is brought to you by the The Safe Cities L.A. committee of the United States National Committee Los Angeles Chapter for UN Women (www.unwomen-usnc.org/). The committee strives to adapt Los Angeles’ public spaces, transportation, education and employment systems, etc. to meet the environmental, physical, and emotional needs of women and girls.  

There are 3 locations in the Greater LA area for the April 29 workshop: Police HQ at CSUN, Santa Monica, and Knowles Karate Academy.  USNC for UN WOMEN'S mission with this effort is to provide a program that will empower women to feel safer, continue learning self-defense protection strategies, skills and techniques as an individual way to promote the UN Women's goals of reducing violence against women across the globe. 

 

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TEST TIME!
Apr
22
10:00am10:00am

TEST TIME!

It's that time again!  We have new students, both kids and adults, participating in their first test and some students testing for the 4th time!  Everyone has been working diligently on practicing their forms and techniques.  There will be board breaking with kicks and punches, and Dans (Black Belts) will be doing some demonstrations as well.  We will have a celebratory lunch afterwards.  Good luck to all our students!

10am - 11:30am-- KIDS TEST
11:30am - 1pm -- ADULT TEST

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FREE GRACIE JIU-JITSU WORKSHOP 101
Feb
12
11:00am11:00am

FREE GRACIE JIU-JITSU WORKSHOP 101

We are proud to offer a FREE Gracie Street Defense workshop on Sunday Feb 12 (11am - 1pm) with Jason Sodenkamp.  This is an introductory workshop to the Gracie Street Defense Program for adult beginners, where you will learn some core Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques in a fun, safe, and cooperative environment.  This will be a 1.5 hr class with some extra time allotted for a Q&A.  We recommend wearing comfortable sportswear, no street clothes or jewelry. 

The Gracie Street Defense Program comprises of one-hour lessons, each addressing one standing and one ground self-defense technique.  Your can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience and, since safety is our number 1 concern, there is no competitive sparring involved.  Upon successful completion of the program, you will be promoted to Blue Belt and considered "Street Ready".  You then qualify to continue your journey beyond Blue Belt.  Gracie Jiu-Jitsu also consists of hundreds of advanced techniques organized into a clearly defined, systematic curriculum.

Please register below to reserve your spot.  Looking forward to seeing you at the workshop!

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Jason Sodenkamp has trained exclusively under Rorion, Ryron, and Rener Gracie (of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu fame) since 2003 and was awarded his Brown Belt in 2015.  He had early success in tournaments during his first 3 years, but decided to turn his focus toward the "street" self-defense aspect of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.  His instructors saw potential in him to teach, and by 2007, he was an assistant instructor at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA.  Jason participated in the first of several subsequent Instructor Certification Programs offered at the Gracie Academy beginning in 2008.  in December of 2011, he began a short internship, and then became the head instructor at the Certified Training Center in Hollywood in 2012.  At that time, Jason also began teaching beginner and advanced classes at the newly opened Gracie Academy in Beverly Hills.  He was then awarded his Instructor Bars, as a Purple Belt, by Ryron Gracie.  In July of 2015, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu merged with the Beverly Hills location, where he continues to teach group and private classes, beginner to advanced classes. 

Jason teaches hundreds of students every year and is passionate about his mission to make the world a safer place with these life-saving techniques and empowering individuals to take on a path of total wellness in their lives.  He is dedicated to upholding the values and standards that Grand Master Helio Gracie dedicated his life to.

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5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S SELF DEFENSE DAY - FREE EVENT
Nov
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S SELF DEFENSE DAY - FREE EVENT

We are proud to participate in the 5th Annual Women's Self Defense Day sponsored by the clothing company fodada (www.fodada.com).  We recognize the importance of empowering women and wanted to be a catalyst for this powerful message and movement.  

On November 19th, we will be hosting a FREE 2 hour seminar at our studio focused on personal safety & awareness.  Officer Joseph Pelayo will also be speaking and participants will be taught some simple but effective self-defense techniques.  Please join us for this session to learn how to protect yourself and others around you.  

We had the pleasure of participating in a similar seminar this month at the University of Irvine for their students, sponsored by Congresswoman Mimi Walters, who had co-authored the Sexual Assault Survivor's Bill of Rights signed into law earlier this month by President Obama.

SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT SO SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT. PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO REGISTER.  CHECK-IN IS AT 12:30pm. 

Register for 5th Annual Women's Self Defense Day - Free Event

 

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5th Annual fodada International Women’s
Self Defense Day

We are very excited to announce the 5th Annual fodada International Women's Self Defense Day to be held on November 19th, 2016. This program again aims to raise awareness about protecting women around the globe, and to promote the importance of empowerment.

Around the globe, thousands of women have come together to receive these free two hour seminar on self-defense, empowerment, awareness, and safety. From locations across the US to as far as Pakistan, India, South Africa, Belgium, and Israel, fodada has partnered with various organizations, schools, community centers, groups, companies, and individuals to provide these free self-defense classes on behalf of dads everywhere who care deeply about the incredible women in their lives and want to impress upon their children the importance of empowering others. Our vision for our 5th anniversary is to bring self-defense seminars to over 3,000 women in 45 US cities and 15 countries.

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FREE "HEALTH AND WELLNESS" EVENT
Oct
23
11:30am11:30am

FREE "HEALTH AND WELLNESS" EVENT

Please join us on Sunday Oct 23rd for a FREE session of HEALTH & WELLNESS at Knowles Karate Academy, led by Master Samuel Barnes.  This is a fun and interactive event that is great for kids and parents.   It will encompass a qigong and tai chi seminar, meditation, and class participation. 

Master Samuel will teach the Five Element Qigong Set - a set of five healing sounds & easy postures that can heal the body.  Some of the health benefits include calming the nervous system, improving digestion and elimination, improving mobility and balance.  It is a great simple exercise that can be used as a warm-up for another physical activity or as a way to bring calm, vital energy into one's body and life.

SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT SO SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.  PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO REGISTER.  CHECK-IN IS AT 11:30AM.  

REGISTER FOR OUR FREE "HEALTH & WELLNESS EVENT"

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MASTER SAMUEL BARNES IS THE FOUNDER OF THE TAI CHI WORKS STUDIO IN BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA (WWW.TAICHIWORKSNOW.COM) AND THE QIGONG HEALING INSTITUTE (WWW.QIGONGWORKSNOW.COM).  MASTER BARNES IS A MASTER QIGONG HEALER AND TEACHER WITH THIRTY FIVE YEARS OF TAI CHI AND QIGONG HEALING EXPERIENCE.  HE ALSO TRAINED IN THE KOREAN MARTIAL MART SOO BAHK DO MOO DUK KWAN, ACHIEVING KYO SA LEVEL (CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR). HE IS AN ACTIVE ALUMNI COMMITTED TO HONORING AND PRESERVING ANY INTERNAL TRAINING AND HEALING METHODS HISTORICALLY PRACTICED IN THE MOO DUK KWAN AND INCORPORATES MANY OF THE HEALING TECHNIQUES DESCRIBED IN THE MOOD DO CHUL HAHK IN HIS HEALING WORK WITH CLIENTS.

MASTER BARNES HAS DEDICATED HIS WHOLE LIFE FOCUS TO THE PRACTICING AND SHARING OF THE PEACEFUL ART OF TAI CHI WITH THE WORLD, ALONG WITH PROVIDING POWERFUL QIGONG HEALING PRACTICES, TO ASSIST IN BUILDING A PEACEFUL AND HEALTHY WORLD.  HIS CERTIFIED MASTER INSTRUCTIONS EASILY AND GRACEFULLY INFUSES THE PRINCIPLES OF TAI CHI AND QIGONG INTO A PRACTITIONER'S LIFESTYLE, ALLOWING THEM TO IMMEDIATELY EXPERIENCE THE REJUVENATING BENEFITS OF TAI CHI

 

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TEST TIME!
Sep
17
10:30am10:30am

TEST TIME!

It's testing time again!  Some of our yellow belts will be testing for their orange belts, and some of our new white belts will be testing for their yellow belts.   The students have been working hard learning new techniques and forms, and will be demonstrating those.  Our black belts (Dans) will do some demonstrations as well.  We will have a celebratory lunch afterwards.  Good luck to all!

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GULF COAST FLOOD RELIEF FUNDRAISER
Sep
11
10:00am10:00am

GULF COAST FLOOD RELIEF FUNDRAISER

The recent flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi is the worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy.  Too often, tragedies such as this is no longer top of mind when the news and social media have moved onto the next event or trending topic, but there is still so much work to be done and many needs still to be met when our attention is diverted to and distracted by something else. 
 

We at Knowles Karate Academy have dedicated a day, Sunday September 11, to raise funds for this very worthwhile cause.  Our special yoga classes on this day are on a donation-basis, with 100% of the money collected going to Gulf Coast Floods Children’s Relief Fund, a fund began by the non-profit charity "Save The Children".       

Our yoga instructors are graciously donating their time for this day, so we hope you will join us in helping to make a difference in the lives of these children.

     It takes a village.  It starts with you, with me, with each and every one of us.

CLASS TIMES:  10am - 11:15am/  11:30am - 12:45pm/  1pm - 2:15pm/  2:30pm - 3:45pm

If you cannot make it to one of our special fundraising yoga classes but would still like to donate, you can do so directly through this link: www.savethechildren.org


Save the Children is deploying an emergency response team to Baton Rouge to establish child-friendly spaces in emergency shelters and assess children’s most urgent needs in the wake of severe flooding in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. 

According to Sarita Fritzler, Save the Children’s emergency team leader, “Children are the most vulnerable when disaster strikes and it’s critical that their unique needs are are addressed from the outset during emergencies like these terrible floods.  We’re working closely with long-term local partners to make sure children are protected and cared for amidst the turmoil they and their families are experiencing. Thousands of children have been forced from their homes into shelters and many may have no home to return to anytime soon.”  

The Save the Children Fund was started in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb in England.  In 1932, a group of forward-thinking Americans were inspired by her vision and established Save the Children in the United States and soon expanded worldwide in the wake of WWII.  In 2014, the organization helped more than 166 million children through their global movement.  Their mission statement: 

“To invest in childhood - every day, in times of crisis and for our future.  In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.  By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.”
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FRIENDS & FAMILY KARATE CLASS!
Aug
6
10:30am10:30am

FRIENDS & FAMILY KARATE CLASS!

It's that time again --- family karate class this Saturday August 6 @ 10:30am!  Friends and families of our karate members are welcomed to join in this fun morning session.  See what your friend or family member has learned as they help to lead the class.  Hope to see you there!

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WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
Aug
6
9:15am 9:15am

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE CLASS

We are pleased to begin offering women's self-defense classes:  learn skills and techniques to protect yourself when confronted with a situation where you feel you might be in danger.  Only $12/class or $50/5 classes.  Payable at the studio before each session or on our Women's Self-Defense Page.

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OUR APPROACH TO PERSONAL SAFETY AND SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING IS THREE-PART:  LEARN TO IDENTIFY THE SIGNS AND SIGNALS OF A POTENTIALLY THREATENING SITUATION TO AVOID THEM; HOW TO MODIFY EXISTING BEHAVIORS AND HABITS TO MAKE YOU LESS OF A POTENTIAL TARGET; AND LEARN LEVERAGED-BASED TECHNIQUES THAT ALLOW YOU TO DEFEND YOURSELF EFFECTIVELY REGARDLESS OF THE SIZE AND STRENGTH OF THE ATTACKER.  

OUR DEFENSE TECHNIQUES WILL FOCUS ON BOTH STRIKING AND GRAPPLING TECHNIQUES FOR STANDING AND GROUND SITUATIONS - AS MOST ATTACKERS WILL ATTEMPT TO GET THE VICTIM TO THE GROUND IN THE MAJORITY OF CASES.  OUR CLASSES WILL PUT YOU IN REAL-LIFE SITUATIONS SO YOU CAN TRAIN YOURSELF TO THINK AND REACT QUICKLY.  THE AIM IS TO GAIN CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF AND YOUR ABILITIES TO IDENTIFY, AVOID AND PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST A DANGEROUS ASSAILANT

 

 

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TEST TIME!
Jul
30
10:00am10:00am

TEST TIME!

Our students have been working hard and it's time for them to demonstrate what they've learned to advance to the next level and continue to learn and grow.  Both Kids and Adults will test.  Dan (black belt) members will do some demonstrations as well.

After the test we will all enjoy a celebratory lunch.

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TAI CHI CLASS
Jul
20
10:30am10:30am

TAI CHI CLASS

We're excited to offer regular Tai Chi classes with Master Samuel Barnes every Wednesday from 10:30AM-11:30AM starting July 20th. Perfect for beginners and intermediate practitioners but all levels are welcomed.  Only $10 per class.($5 for Karate Students).  Please wear comfortable clothing.  Payable at the studio before class or online on our Tai Chi Page

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EVENING VINYASA-FLOW YOGA CLASS
Jul
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

EVENING VINYASA-FLOW YOGA CLASS

Come experience an evening yoga class with Sarah Kay Peters AT 8:00PM - 9:15PM.  Vinyasa flow is a vigorous style of yoga, linking breath and movement through a series of sun salutations and postures. The flow will get a good sweat on, building strength and flexibility as we build heat in the body. We will end with a nice long cool down, leaving you ready to melt into bed for a good night's rest. Class is good for all levels.  No mats or previous experience required. Class is $10, payable at the studio before class or online on our Yoga Page                                       

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SARAH IS A YOGI, CAPOEIRISTA, ACTOR, DANCER, MUSICIAN AND TEACHING ARTIST.  SHE BEGAN HER EXPLORATION OF YOGA OVER 20YRS AGO AND HER PRACTICE HAS TAKEN MANY FORMS IN THAT TIME.  IN 2014, PLAGUED BY A NUMBER OF INJURIES FROM CAPOEIRA, SHE WENT DEEP INTO HER YOGA PRACTICE TO REHABILITATE HER BODY AND TO REGAIN STRENGTH AND RANGE OF MOTION.  IN FALL 2015, SARAH WENT EVEN DEEPER AND BEGAN HER 200HR TEACHER TRAINING WITH SARAH EZRIN AT YOGAWORKS IN ORDER TO MORE FULLY UNDERSTAND ANATOMY AND HOW THE BODY FUNCTIONS IN ORDER TO HEAL AN INJURED BACK AND BICEP TENDON AND PREVENT FUTURE INJURIES,  TO MAKE SURE SHE COULD STAY STRONG AND ACTIVE IN CAPOEIRA FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.  IN JANUARY 2016, SARAH BEGAN TEACHING YOGA IN SCHOOLS AND AS PART OF HER THEATRE WORK WITH INCARCERATED YOUTH.  HER PRACTICE NOW CONSISTS OF VIGOROUS VINYASA FLOW CLASSES AND RESTORATIVES AS SHE CONTINUES TO TRAIN IN CAPOEIRA.  OUTSIDE THE YOGA STUDIO, SARAH PLAYS CAPOEIRA WITH "CAPOEIRA BATUQUE" AND RECENTLY ACHIEVED THE RANK OF "INSTRUTORA".  SHE HAS A BA IN ACTING/DIRECTING, IS AN ACTIVE PERFORMER AND BEGAN WORKING IN ARTS EDUCATION IN 2003.  IN 2007, SARAH CREATED "WORLD CITIZEN BABY", A MULTICULTURAL, MULTILINGUAL, EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC AND MOVEMENT PROGRAM, EXPLORING WORLD CULTURE THROUGH MUSIC AND DANCE.  IN AUGUST 2013, SHE EARNED HER MA IN APPLIED THEATRE ARTS FROM USC.  SARAH HAS WORKED WITH "THE CENTER FOR THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED" IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL AND "CHANGING WAYS", A GROUP OF FORMERLY INCARCERATED MEN WHO USE THE THEATRE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE.  CURRENTLY, SARAH IS A LEAD TEACHING ARTIST WITH "THE USUAL SUSPECTS THEATRE COMPANY", WORKING WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AND YOUTH IN PROBATION CAMPS.  SARAH CONTINUES TO BALANCE CREATIVE PROJECTS, YOGA AND CAPOEIRA TO LIVE AN ACTIVE AND ARTISTIC LIFE, EXPLORING HOW ART AND MOVEMENT ARE TOOLS FOR HEALING AND LIBERATION ON BOTH PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY LEVELS. 

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VINYASA-FLOW YOGA CLASS
Jul
19
10:00am10:00am

VINYASA-FLOW YOGA CLASS

Come and join in this Vinyasa Flow Yoga class with Nadia Dassouki Tuesdays 10AM-11:15AM. All levels welcomed. Perfect for beginners and intermediate practitioners. No matt or experience needed. Only $10 per class.($5 for Karate Students). Payable at the studio before class or online on our Yoga Page.

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NADIA'S CLASSES FOCUSES ON ALIGNMENT AND BREATH.  THEY ARE CHALLENGING AND DYNAMIC, BUT SHE ALWAYS ENCOURAGES HER STUDENTS TO LISTEN TO THEIR BODIES AND REST WHEN THEY NEED TO.  SHE LIKES TO SHARE HER PASSION FOR YOGA AS WELL AS ALL THE POSITIVE BENEFITS IT HAS HAD ON HER OWN LIFE.  NADIA HOPES TO INSPIRE STUDENTS TO CHALLENGE THEMSELVES AND TO FIND THEIR INTELLIGENT EDGE.

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VINYASA-FLOW YOGA CLASS 2
Jul
18
12:00pm12:00pm

VINYASA-FLOW YOGA CLASS 2

Join us for a 1hr vinyasa flow class led by Anna Maria Giambanco Fridays at 9:45am - 10:45am. Perfect for beginners and intermediate practitioners. No yoga mats or previous experience required. Only $10 per class ($5 for current karate members).  Payable at our studio before class or online on our Yoga Page.
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ANNA MARIA IS A CERTIFIED YOGA, BARRE, SPIN , AYURVEDA INSTRUCTOR AND PERSONAL TRAINER WITH 14YRS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE.  SHE OWNED A STUDIO IN NY AND HAS TAUGHT ALLOVER NORTH AMERICA, AS SHE RECENTLY ENDED A 2YR TOUR WITH A TRAVELING BROADWAY SHOW.  SHE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT SKINCARE, YOGA, MEDITATION, AND FITNESS.  ANNA IS A WELLNESS AND BEAUTY COLUMNIST FOR ELEPHANT JOURNAL, LOVELIVEHEALTH.COM, ENLIGHTENMENT IS SEXY AND SEVERAL OTHER SITES.

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VINYASA FLOW YOGA CLASS 2
Jul
15
9:45am 9:45am

VINYASA FLOW YOGA CLASS 2

Join us for a 1hr vinyasa flow class led by Anna Maria Giambanco every Friday starting July 15th. Perfect for beginners and intermediate practitioners. No yoga mats or previous experience required. Only $10 per class ($5 for current karate members).  Payable at our studio before class or online on our Yoga Page.
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ANNA MARIA IS A CERTIFIED YOGA, BARRE, SPIN , AYURVEDA INSTRUCTOR AND PERSONAL TRAINER WITH 14YRS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE.  SHE OWNED A STUDIO IN NY AND HAS TAUGHT ALLOVER NORTH AMERICA, AS SHE RECENTLY ENDED A 2YR TOUR WITH A TRAVELING BROADWAY SHOW.  SHE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT SKINCARE, YOGA, MEDITATION, AND FITNESS.  ANNA IS A WELLNESS AND BEAUTY COLUMNIST FOR ELEPHANT JOURNAL, LOVELIVEHEALTH.COM, ENLIGHTENMENT IS SEXY AND SEVERAL OTHER SITES.

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EVENING VINYASA FLOW YOGA CLASS
Jul
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

EVENING VINYASA FLOW YOGA CLASS

Come experience an evening yoga class with Sarah Kay Peters.  Vinyasa flow is a vigorous style of yoga, linking breath and movement through a series of sun salutations and postures. The flow will get a good sweat on, building strength and flexibility as we build heat in the body. We will end with a nice long cool down, leaving you ready to melt into bed for a good night's rest. Class is good for all levels.  No mats or previous experience required. Class is $10, payable at the studio before class or online on our Yoga Page                                       

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SARAH IS A YOGI, CAPOEIRISTA, ACTOR, DANCER, MUSICIAN AND TEACHING ARTIST.  SHE BEGAN HER EXPLORATION OF YOGA OVER 20YRS AGO AND HER PRACTICE HAS TAKEN MANY FORMS IN THAT TIME.  IN 2014, PLAGUED BY A NUMBER OF INJURIES FROM CAPOEIRA, SHE WENT DEEP INTO HER YOGA PRACTICE TO REHABILITATE HER BODY AND TO REGAIN STRENGTH AND RANGE OF MOTION.  IN FALL 2015, SARAH WENT EVEN DEEPER AND BEGAN HER 200HR TEACHER TRAINING WITH SARAH EZRIN AT YOGAWORKS IN ORDER TO MORE FULLY UNDERSTAND ANATOMY AND HOW THE BODY FUNCTIONS IN ORDER TO HEAL AN INJURED BACK AND BICEP TENDON AND PREVENT FUTURE INJURIES,  TO MAKE SURE SHE COULD STAY STRONG AND ACTIVE IN CAPOEIRA FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.  IN JANUARY 2016, SARAH BEGAN TEACHING YOGA IN SCHOOLS AND AS PART OF HER THEATRE WORK WITH INCARCERATED YOUTH.  HER PRACTICE NOW CONSISTS OF VIGOROUS VINYASA FLOW CLASSES AND RESTORATIVES AS SHE CONTINUES TO TRAIN IN CAPOEIRA.  OUTSIDE THE YOGA STUDIO, SARAH PLAYS CAPOEIRA WITH "CAPOEIRA BATUQUE" AND RECENTLY ACHIEVED THE RANK OF "INSTRUTORA".  SHE HAS A BA IN ACTING/DIRECTING, IS AN ACTIVE PERFORMER AND BEGAN WORKING IN ARTS EDUCATION IN 2003.  IN 2007, SARAH CREATED "WORLD CITIZEN BABY", A MULTICULTURAL, MULTILINGUAL, EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC AND MOVEMENT PROGRAM, EXPLORING WORLD CULTURE THROUGH MUSIC AND DANCE.  IN AUGUST 2013, SHE EARNED HER MA IN APPLIED THEATRE ARTS FROM USC.  SARAH HAS WORKED WITH "THE CENTER FOR THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED" IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL AND "CHANGING WAYS", A GROUP OF FORMERLY INCARCERATED MEN WHO USE THE THEATRE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE.  CURRENTLY, SARAH IS A LEAD TEACHING ARTIST WITH "THE USUAL SUSPECTS THEATRE COMPANY", WORKING WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AND YOUTH IN PROBATION CAMPS.  SARAH CONTINUES TO BALANCE CREATIVE PROJECTS, YOGA AND CAPOEIRA TO LIVE AN ACTIVE AND ARTISTIC LIFE, EXPLORING HOW ART AND MOVEMENT ARE TOOLS FOR HEALING AND LIBERATION ON BOTH PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY LEVELS. 

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VINYASA FLOW YOGA CLASS
Jul
12
10:00am10:00am

VINYASA FLOW YOGA CLASS

We're excited to offer regular Yoga classes. Come and join in this Vinyasa Flow Yoga class with Nadia Dassouki every Tuesday from 10AM-11:15AM starting Tuesday, July 12th. All levels welcomed. Perfect for beginners and intermediate practitioners. No matt or experience needed. Only $10 per class.($5 for Karate Students). Payable at the studio before class or online on our Yoga Page.

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NADIA'S CLASSES FOCUSES ON ALIGNMENT AND BREATH.  THEY ARE CHALLENGING AND DYNAMIC, BUT SHE ALWAYS ENCOURAGES HER STUDENTS TO LISTEN TO THEIR BODIES AND REST WHEN THEY NEED TO.  SHE LIKES TO SHARE HER PASSION FOR YOGA AS WELL AS ALL THE POSITIVE BENEFITS IT HAS HAD ON HER OWN LIFE.  NADIA HOPES TO INSPIRE STUDENTS TO CHALLENGE THEMSELVES AND TO FIND THEIR INTELLIGENT EDGE.

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FREE 75 MIN VINYASA-FLOW YOGA CLASS - ALL LEVELS
Jun
29
10:00am10:00am

FREE 75 MIN VINYASA-FLOW YOGA CLASS - ALL LEVELS

If you missed the first free class, or just want to try another one, join us for a second free vinyasa-flow class on June 29th at our studio.  This session will be led by Nadia Dassouki.  No mats or previous experience required.  Beginners welcome!

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Nadia Dassouki is a German native living in Los Angeles and a certified 200hr RYT.  She completed her Yoga Teacher training at YogaWorks Larchmont.  Her talent to perform and the desire to express herself through movement was discovered at a young age, when she had the opportunity to join a Jazz & Modern dance performance group.  She participated in dance competitions and performed all over the country.  In 2003, she moved to NYC to pursue a career as a Fashion Model and has been practicing yoga ever since.  Nadia is passionate about natural skincare and beauty DYI's, fitness and nutrition.  Whenever she can, she is devoted to helping animals and children in need.  She has volunteered at the Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing improved quality of life and emotional healing through the arts to medically-fragile children.  Nadia has been a mentor for their annual kids fashion show and photoshoots.  She teaches Beginners as well as more advanced students in strong Vinyasa Flow classes in groups, corporate, or private settings.

 

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FREE INTRODUCTORY TAI CHI CLASS
Jun
28
10:30am10:30am

FREE INTRODUCTORY TAI CHI CLASS

Join us for a FREE hour of gentle and healing Tai Chi practice led by Master Samuel Barnes on Tuesday June 28th at our studio.   No previous experience necessary.  Please wear comfortable clothing.  See you there!


Master Samuel Barnes is the founder of the Tai Chi Works studio in Beverly Hills, California www.taichiworksnow.com and the Qigong Healing Institute www.qigongworksnow.com .Master Barnes is a master qigong healer and teacher with thirty five years of Tai Chi Chuan and qigong healing experience.  Barnes trained to Kyo Sa through the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation and as an active Alumni committed to honoring and preserving many internal training and healing methods historically practiced in Moo Duk Kwan and incorporates many of the healing techniques described in the Moo Do Chul Hahk in his healing work with clients.

Master Barnes has dedicated his whole life focus to the practicing and sharing of the peaceful art of Tae Guk Kwon (Tai Chi Chuan) with the world along with providing powerful qigong healing practices to assist in building a peaceful and healthy world. His certified master instruction easily and gracefully infuses the principles of Tae Guk Kwon (Tai Chi Chuan) and qigong into a practitioner’s lifestyle allowing them to immediately experience the rejuvenating benefits of Tae Guk Kwon and qigong healing prescriptions. Along with presenting group seminars on Tae Guk Kwon, he teaches many of the sitting and standing qigong practices presented in Grandmaster Hwang Kee's original publication "Soo Bahk Do Tang Soo Do Book 1". He is also the featured presenter in the thoroughly modern new DVD "Element Tai Chi for Beginners" that is the Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and is available now on Amazon.com and in stores near you like Barnes and Noble.

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ANOTHER FREE ASHTANGA-BASED YOGA CLASS - ALL LEVELS
Jun
22
10:00am10:00am

ANOTHER FREE ASHTANGA-BASED YOGA CLASS - ALL LEVELS

We are excited to offer a second FREE ashtanga-based yoga class at our studio on Wednesday June 22 taught by Scott Brinkman and Jess Carter.  No previous experience required.  Come experience what this class has to offer!

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* Scott Brinkmann began his study of Yogic asana on the birthday of the Immortal Himalayan sage Mahavatar Babaji in late 2007.  Scott now teaches an Ashtanga based style with elements of Yin, Kundalini, Pranayama and intuition.   He also teaches at the Braille Institute, addicts, students with health challenges, and dancers.  The Ancient Yogic Science is adaptable to any student at any stage of life. 

* Jess Carter began yoga through Hatha in the 1990’s and explored many forms including: Yin, Kundalini, Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, and Iyengar, but ound her roots in Ashtanga, and Ashtanga-based yoga.  In addition to standard classes, she has also taught yoga to the blind at the Braille Center,  and will continue bringing yoga to those who face challenges in coming to class. The strongest calling In her heart is to bring this healing, life-changing practice to everyone, because everyone can find their way home through yoga. 

As Teachers they believe it is vital to remain lifelong students of the practice.  They both still study with Jody Blumstein, the top Ashtangi at Yogaworks, and both chose to take their Teacher Training through Ella Cojocaru, a notoriously tough and globally-renowned Romanian Yogini who competed in the Olympics as a child and has now become one of the most inspiring Yogis on the planet

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FREE ASHTANGA-BASED YOGA CLASS - ALL LEVELS
Jun
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

FREE ASHTANGA-BASED YOGA CLASS - ALL LEVELS

We welcome you to join a FREE ashtanga-based yoga class at our studio on Tuesday June 21 taught by Scott Brinkman and Jess Carter.  No previous experience required.  Hope to see you at this event!

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* Scott Brinkmann began his study of Yogic asana on the birthday of the Immortal Himalayan sage Mahavatar Babaji in late 2007.  Scott now teaches an Ashtanga based style with elements of Yin, Kundalini, Pranayama and intuition.   He also teaches at the Braille Institute, addicts, students with health challenges, and dancers.  The Ancient Yogic Science is adaptable to any student at any stage of life.

* Jess Carter began yoga through Hatha in the 1990’s and explored many forms
including: Yin, Kundalini, Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, and Iyengar, but ound her roots in Ashtanga, and Ashtanga-based yoga.  In addition to standard classes, she has also taught yoga to the blind at the Braille Center,  and will continue bringing yoga to those who face
challenges in coming to class. The strongest calling In her heart is to
bring this healing, life-changing practice to everyone, because everyone
can find their way home through yoga.

As Teachers they believe it is vital to remain lifelong students of the practice.  They both still study with Jody Blumstein, the top Ashtangi at Yogaworks, and both chose to take their Teacher Training through Ella Cojocaru, a notoriously tough and globally-renowned Romanian Yogini who competed in the Olympics as a child and has now become one
of the most inspiring Yogis on the planet

 

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