SW Portland
Martial Arts Classes

Everybody was kung-fu fighting. But not everybody was as fast as lightning. But that’s okay. We’re all learning. Southwest Portland Martial Arts (SWPMA) trains students in Mo Duk Pai kung fu, Systema, Kali, American boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Yoga, Olympic Lifting, and CrossFit. Their mission is to provide students with quality instruction, support a love of learning, and instill an open appreciation for all movement arts.

I currently responsible for beginner to intermediate-level classes of students with ages ranging from 14 to 60-years old. Some evenings, attendance is up to eight people. Other evenings, I find myself with a single student. One week, the class will be composed of regular students who are ready to tussle. The next week, we may have a new student who is brand new to martial arts. Carefully laid class plans are often scrapped and reworked on the fly in response to attendance numbers and experience levels. The importance is to keep people active, teach them something, and make sure they have fun while doing it.

Toolset

Class planning, teaching, coaching, mentoring, wrangling, counseling, problem-solving, delegation, public speaking

References

  • Head of School Sifu Wally Jones
  • Fellow Teacher Jaydra Perfetti
“Thanks for another fun class, Matthew!”
Amalia, teenage student