Northern Mantis with Sifu Josh Schafer
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Northern Mantis with Sifu Josh Schafer

  • 3814 SE Powell Blvd Portland United States (map)
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Come learn Praying Mantis Kung Fu from Master Josh Schafer.  Master Josh Schafer will be teaching the Mantis Fundamental class on Thursday July 18th for free. This is open for current Many Roads Martial Arts students.

About Sifu Schafer: Sifu Josh Schafer is a 5th degree black belt and as the direct successor of Master Jon Funk to the Northern Seven Star Praying Mantis system he is also the head instructor of the 7 Star Praying Mantis federation, Vancouver, B.C.. He is a multiple-times international full-contact san shou fighting gold-medalist; is an international tournament forms champion in both weapons and open-hand competition; and has served as the tournament director and weapons-fighting director at the Tiger Balm Internationals for more than 15 years. He is also a passionate student of the praying mantis insect, a scientist in his day-job.

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Yang Style Greet the Sunrise Qi Gong set
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Yang Style Greet the Sunrise Qi Gong set

  • 3814 Southeast Powell Boulevard Portland, OR, 97202 United States (map)
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Sifu Josh Schafer will be teaching the Yang Style Greet the Sunrise Qi Gong set, which is a 15 movement warm up meditation set that accompanies the Yang 108 (Long Form). It can be performed standing or sitting and works all the major muscle groups of breathing as well as incorporating the primary defensive postures and palm changes. This set is easily learned but provides a wonderful degree of challenge and benefit for those who are interested in improving the qi flow through their micro-cosmic orbit. 

$30 for this class or included in $125 fee for weekend seminar.

About Sifu Schafer: Sifu Josh Schafer is a 5th degree black belt and as the direct successor of Master Jon Funk to the Northern Seven Star Praying Mantis system he is also the head instructor of the 7 Star Praying Mantis federation, Vancouver, B.C.. He is a multiple-times international full-contact san shou fighting gold-medalist; is an international tournament forms champion in both weapons and open-hand competition; and has served as the tournament director and weapons-fighting director at the Tiger Balm Internationals for more than 15 years. He is also a passionate student of the praying mantis insect, a scientist in his day-job.

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Siu Gar Sig (Small Pattern Fist)  Praying Mantis
Jul
20
to Jul 21

Siu Gar Sig (Small Pattern Fist) Praying Mantis

  • 3814 SE Powell Blvd Portland United States (map)
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On Saturday from 12 to 4 pm, Sifu Josh Schafer will teach a seminar covering “Siu Gar Sig” (Small Pattern Fist), an advanced form from the rare Shiny Board (Guang Bang) Praying Mantis lineage. It contains martial combinations that chain together quickly and effectively in combat. Included in this form are the more challenging elements such as the triple sweep and flying kick to cross-arm press throw and the praying mantis double flick kick throw. It is a sister form to Dai Gar Sig, or Large Pattern Fist.

On Sunday, from 1 to 5 pm we'll review the material and conduct praying mantis sticky hands training. Sunday's session will be at David's house and will include a potluck BBQ and pool party after. 

$125 fee for weekend seminar (includes Friday’s Qi Gong class).

$75 fee for Saturday seminar only

About Sifu Schafer: Sifu Josh Schafer is a 5th degree black belt and as the direct successor of Master Jon Funk to the Northern Seven Star Praying Mantis system he is also the head instructor of the 7 Star Praying Mantis federation, Vancouver, B.C.. He is a multiple-times international full-contact san shou fighting gold-medalist; is an international tournament forms champion in both weapons and open-hand competition; and has served as the tournament director and weapons-fighting director at the Tiger Balm Internationals for more than 15 years. He is also a passionate student of the praying mantis insect, a scientist in his day-job.

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Women's Self Defense Class: Teens and Moms
Aug
3
2:00 PM14:00

Women's Self Defense Class: Teens and Moms

Come join Wendy and Jenny for a 2 hour workshop focused on self defense techniques for teenagers. This class is taught by women for women and no previous experience is required. This class is designed for young women from 13 to 18 years old. Mothers are welcome to attend with their daughters but the focus will be on specific self defense scenarios and issues for teenagers. In two hours we will cover:

  • Self defense options and strategies

  • Using your voice and body language

  • Basic strikes and kicks

  • Basic grab defense

Limited to 20 spots.

Costs:
Free to Many Roads Martial Arts Members
$15 to anyone who attended Women’s Self Defense at Portland Shaolin
$30 for everyone else

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Seattle International Martial Arts Championship
Aug
18
8:00 AM08:00

Seattle International Martial Arts Championship

A group of instructors and students are headed up to Seattle to compete in the Seattle International Martial Arts Championship on August 18th. This competition is focused on traditional Chinese martial arts and will have masters and students from around the world. The competition includes:

  • Wushu & Traditional Kung Fu Forms

  • Tai Chi & Push Hands

  • Kung Fu Sparring

  • Kali / Arnis / Eskrima

If you are interested in competing please speak to David B or Jenny. Early bird registration is already open and they encourage competitors to use their online form before August 4th, after Early Bird, registration will be $40 and each additional event will be $35.

If you just want to come and watch to support the school, see some cool martial arts, and meet some new martial artists email Jenny so we can arrange some carpools. Spectator tickets are on sale for $15/person.

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Women's Self Defense Class: On the Ground
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

Women's Self Defense Class: On the Ground

Come join Wendy and Jenny for a 2 hour workshop focused on self defense techniques on the ground. This class is taught by women for women and no previous experience is required. In two hours we will cover:

  • Self defense options and strategies

  • Using your voice and body language

  • Basic strikes and kicks

  • How to fall

  • How to get up

  • Basic ground fighting techniques

Limited to 20 spots.

Costs:
Free to Many Roads Martial Arts Members
$15 to anyone who attended Women’s Self Defense at Portland Shaolin
$30 for everyone else

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Women's Self Defense Class:  Escaping Grabs
Dec
7
2:00 PM14:00

Women's Self Defense Class: Escaping Grabs

Come join Wendy and Jenny for a 2 hour workshop focused on self defense techniques from different grabs. This class is taught by women for women and no previous experience is required. In two hours we will cover:

  • Self defense options and strategies

  • Using your voice and body language

  • Basic strikes and kicks

  • What to do when grabbed

  • Basic escapes from various attacks

Limited to 20 spots.

Costs:
Free to Many Roads Martial Arts Members
$15 to anyone who attended Women’s Self Defense at Portland Shaolin
$30 for everyone else

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Women's Self Defense Class - Striking
Jun
8
2:00 PM14:00

Women's Self Defense Class - Striking

  • 3814 Southeast Powell Boulevard Portland, OR, 97202 United States (map)
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Come join Wendy and Jenny for a 2 hour workshop focused on striking techniques along side non-physical self defense techniques. This class is taught by women for women and will be part of a larger series of classes. No previous experience is required.

Attendance is open to the public and no previous experience is required.

Costs:
Free to Many Roads Martial Arts Members
$15 to anyone who attended Women’s Self Defense at Portland Shaolin
$30 for everyone else

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Pure Animal Experience with Scott Phillips - Part 2
Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

Pure Animal Experience with Scott Phillips - Part 2

This workshop is not just about transcending the fear of death, but also about creating beauty along the way—which is the primary purpose of internal martial arts, should you accept the challenge.

In this workshop you will unpack the Total Dragon-Body Experience through games and other types of joyful intensity. By de-focusing your practice, you will improve the speed at which you learn.

Then, re-Focusing on basic movements, you will discover the source of Tiger-Pouncing spirit, power, and instinct. This marriage of Dragon-body with Tiger-Pouncing is the root of internal martial arts.

But animal movement is not an end unto itself, it is a door way to spontaneity. By first mobilizing the areas of your body which are too quiet, you will remove the obstacles to whole-body power, and reveal the pathways to maximum speed and efficiency.

This work re-Enchants the martial arts through connecting you to its authentic origins. In this workshop, you will become pure animal. 

Scott Park Phillips is the author of Possible Origins, A Cultural History of Chinese Martial Arts, Theater and Religion (2016). He lives in Colorado, where he mixes martial arts with improvisational theater, dance ethnology, and Daoist studies in the teaching of children and adults. He is current finishing a book on the role of Zhang Sanfeng, Nezha and the Golden Elixir in martial arts before the Boxer Uprising. Email: gongfuguy@gmail.com

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Pure Animal Experience with Scott Phillips - Part 1
Jun
1
2:00 PM14:00

Pure Animal Experience with Scott Phillips - Part 1

This workshop is not just about transcending the fear of death, but also about creating beauty along the way—which is the primary purpose of internal martial arts, should you accept the challenge.

In this workshop you will unpack the Total Dragon-Body Experience through games and other types of joyful intensity. By de-focusing your practice, you will improve the speed at which you learn.

Then, re-Focusing on basic movements, you will discover the source of Tiger-Pouncing spirit, power, and instinct. This marriage of Dragon-body with Tiger-Pouncing is the root of internal martial arts.

But animal movement is not an end unto itself, it is a door way to spontaneity. By first mobilizing the areas of your body which are too quiet, you will remove the obstacles to whole-body power, and reveal the pathways to maximum speed and efficiency.

This work re-Enchants the martial arts through connecting you to its authentic origins. In this workshop, you will become pure animal. 

Scott Park Phillips is the author of Possible Origins, A Cultural History of Chinese Martial Arts, Theater and Religion (2016). He lives in Colorado, where he mixes martial arts with improvisational theater, dance ethnology, and Daoist studies in the teaching of children and adults. He is current finishing a book on the role of Zhang Sanfeng, Nezha and the Golden Elixir in martial arts before the Boxer Uprising. Email: gongfuguy@gmail.com


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Talk and New Book Signing with Scott Park Phillips
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Talk and New Book Signing with Scott Park Phillips

Completely new and meticulously researched, Tai Chi, Baguazhang and the Golden Elixir erases a hundred and twenty years of confusion and error to reveal the specific theatrical and religious origins of Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Come meet and discuss this new book with the author at Many Roads Martial Arts Center.

Scott Park Phillips has a reputation for making his students stronger, smarter, richer, funnier and better looking. He lives in Colorado, where he mixes martial arts with improvisational theater, dance ethnology, and Daoist studies. He is also the author of Possible Origins: A Cultural History of Chinese Martial Arts, Theater, and Religion.


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Straight Sword and Broadsword in Chen Style with Myk
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Straight Sword and Broadsword in Chen Style with Myk

  • 3814 SE Powell Blvd Portland United States (map)
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Please join us for a six hour workshop covering four different classical Chinese weapons and their usage within the Chen Tai Chi style.  Myk Olsen will be sharing his experience with spear, staff, broadsword, and straight sword within Tai Chi over two 3 hour sessions.  This class is open to students of all experience levels and regardless of your current level this class will be useful for advancing your tai chi and/or weapons practice.

Sunday will cover a review of the Dan Tien and Fa-Jing before moving into usage and improvisation with the two very different swords.

$45 for one session or $85 for both.

NOTE:  There will be weapons available to borrow at the school but please bring your own if you have them.  Please do not bring any sharpened weapons.

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Spears and Staffs in Chen Style with Myk
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Spears and Staffs in Chen Style with Myk

  • 3814 SE Powell Blvd Portland United States (map)
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Please join us for a six hour workshop covering four different classical Chinese weapons and their usage within the Chen Tai Chi style.  Myk Olsen will be sharing his experience with spear, staff, broadsword, and straight sword within Tai Chi over two 3 hour sessions.  This class is open to students of all experience levels and regardless of your current level this class will be useful for advancing your tai chi and/or weapons practice.

Saturday will cover a general discussion of Chen Tai Chi, the Dan Tien and Fa-Jing before diving into work with spears and staffs.  The class will cover the usage and improvising with these weapons and there will be time for Q&A at the end of the class.

$45 for one session or $85 for both.

NOTE:  There will be weapons available to borrow at the school but please bring your own if you have them.  Please do not bring any sharpened weapons.

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