New groups are starting in January!

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We are pleased to announce the addition of the new Tiger Skills Group.  This group is specifically designed for A.K.E.A. students 14 & over who want to get the most from their training. The focus will be on simple, practical self defense.  We will be covering basic foundation skills, along with sparring, spontaneous self-defense, and escrima…all in one group!  This is a fun, high energy group that will push you to your individual fitness level.  It will provide you with the skills needed to move to the advanced groups.  Students will need their own escrima stick and sparring gear to attend.  It will be held Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30.  

We are also adding the new Youth Serpent Group.  This group requires instructor permission to attend.  It is designed for youths who have completed the Beginning Groups and are ready to learn more advanced  skills.  This is a FUN and energetic group that will cover sparring, semi-spontaneous self-defense, and escrima.  Students will take the skills they already know (kick, punch, block) to the next level.  They will learn in an environment that is geared to keep their interests while still focusing on self-discipline, self-respect and self-defense.  Students will need their own sparring gear to attend this group.  It will be held Mondays from 5:00 to 6:00.

Attention: students, parents, friends, and anyone who has an interest in the martial arts in Washington

As you may know, a sales tax on martial arts instruction was enacted in January, 2016.  This has added a financial burden on students and martial arts schools across Washington.  It has resulted in student withdrawals and closures of schools.  We at the A.K.E.A. support the reversal of the sales tax on martial arts schools, and we encourage you to get involved.  

The Washington Martial Arts Association has been actively fundraising to keep lobbyists working on our behalf.  They have hope of reversing the tax in April, but they need help.  They are currently in urgent financial need in order to keep the lobbyists through March.  Please see their flyer and respond if you too would like to join this fight.  

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