Come Join Our 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Fairwood Martial Arts celebrates 20 years in business! Come join our special celebration on Saturday, September 12 2015 from 11AM to 2PM.

Festivities include demos, games, prizes, lunch, and other refreshments. We’ll have activities for all ages, including katas, board breaking, self-defense and weapons demos.

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate our first 20 years as a martial arts school.

“Join” our Facebook Event to track up-to-the-minute details.

Contact Master Ricki for more details.

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Add Fairwood Martial Arts’ Calendar to your Smart Phone

We’ve added a new feature that lets students and parents view Fairwood Martial Arts calendar events directly from their smart phone or Google Calendar. As we update our calender, those events will automatically appear calendar. If you use an iPhone, Android device, Gmail, or Google Calendar then we’d love you to try this out!

iPhone Users

Go to Settings, Mail Contacts, Calendars, then scroll down under the Accounts section and press Add Account…

Click Other, then Add Subscribed Calendar. In the Server box, enter:[email protected]/public/basic.ics

Press Next, then Save. You’ll now be able to see our calendar events in your iPhone. If you ever want to turn our Calendar off, you can always do so by pressing the Calendars button from inside your Calendar app.

Android & GMail/Google Calendar Users

For Android users, you simply need to add our calendar to your Google Calendar account on a desktop computer. Go to a desktop computer, sign in to your Google/GMail account, and go to Calendar. On the Calendar page, look for the Other Calendars section on the left side of the page, then type [email protected] in the box and press Enter. Our calendar will appear in both your web-based Google calendar and Android smart phone.

It’s that easy! Now you can stay up-to-date with the latest events, updates, dojo closures, and everything else happening at Fairwood Martial Arts.




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A Guide to Cuong Nhu Social Media

Cuong Nhu LogoWhat’s the difference between the Cuong Nhu Group, Channel, and Facebook Page? How do I find them? And once I do, how do I use them?

Don’t worry — to help keep track of all the “official” online Cuong Nhu resources, we’ve put together a list of places you may want to bookmark or “like.”

  • – the official Cuong Nhu website. All official announcements, information, and resources are stored here.
  • Cuong Nhu Google+ Page – A page for Google+ users to find and share information about Cuong Nhu, and participate in video Hangouts at Cuong Nhu events.
  • Cuong Nhu Facebook Group – A discussion group for talking about anything related to Cuong Nhu, sharing photos, asking questions, and generally where online announcements are made. All Cuong Nhu participants are invited to join this group.
  • Cuong Nhu Facebook Page – An “interest” page that is automatically generated by Facebook (not editable by humans), so that people can say they “like” Cuong Nhu. So go ahead and “like” it. :)
  • Cuong Nhu Facebook IATC Page – A “local” page for our International Annual Training Camp. Because it’s set up as a “local” Facebook page, you can “check-in” to IATC using Facebook Mobile, as well as “tag” any photos you post with IATC as the location. Please “like” this page if you attend IATC, and feel free to post directly on the page before or during the event. The date and location on this page will change each year, based on where it’s hosted.
  • Cuong Nhu IATC Mobile Site – A mobile-optimized website with schedule, class descriptions, check-in instructions, and more. If you have a smartphone and are attending IATC, you’ll want to bookmark this site!
  • Cuong Nhu YouTube Channel – A collection of videos posted on YouTube by Cuong Nhu participants, and organized into playlists. Please note that unless specifically stated in the video’s description, any kata videos are not to be considered the “official” version of the kata. If you have a Google or YouTube account, please feel free to “subscribe” to this channel.

So to sum up, you should:

  1. Visit,
  2. Add Cuong Nhu to your Google+ circles,
  3. Join the Cuong Nhu Facebook Group,
  4. “Like” both the official Cuong Nhu page and IATC page on Facebook,
  5. Bookmark the IATC Mobile Site,
  6. Subscribe to the Cuong Nhu YouTube Channel.

Thanks, and see you online! :)

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Student Paper: Respect by Dave Peters

The following paper was submitted by karate student Dave Peters as part of his 2nd Black Strip test requirements on September 26, 2012.

We talk a lot about respect, but do we really agree as to what we mean by that term? I am not sure. As a teacher, a number of approaches to that question come to mind. Overlapping with my background as a lawyer, my first impulse is to start with a definition and then to look for some quotes that speak to me. As a teacher, I also tend to look at things developmentally—the concept of respect we teach young children is not necessarily as complete as what we would like to see from an adult. See more ›

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Student Paper: Brown Belt Paper by Ty Davis

The following paper was submitted by karate student Ty Davis as part of his Brown Belt test requirements on October 6, 2012.

Dear Dojo,

I have been doing karate for five years, and in those past five years I feel like I’ve grown in this sport and have become stronger every day. I started when I was 8, and now I am 13. It has been long, and a lot of hard work, but I still enjoy it. It helps me vent some of my anger, and sometimes it helps me burn off some of my energy. It has been increasingly harder to attend due to scheduled conflicts caused by basketball but it is important to me. See more ›

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Student Paper: Respect by Dave Davis

The following paper was submitted by karate student Dave Davis as part of his 2nd Black Stripe test requirements on October 6, 2012.


Many years ago, I worked for a small family-owned company. The owner had a sign on the wall behind his desk that read, “Respect is earned, not given”. Over the years the words on that sign have often come to mind and I’ve reflected on them because there are always situations that involve respect and disrespect. Some people demand respect, and others are surprised when they are respected. Here are two statements where respect is specifically talked about in the Cuong Nhu Code of Ethics. See more ›

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New Spin Classes Added and Updated Schedule

Starting October 1, 2012, Fairwood Martial Arts is adding two additional Cardio Spinning classes each week on Monday and Wednesdays and moving our spin classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Monday and Wednesday spinning classes start at 5:15PM, and classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays start at 5:30PM and 6:15PM. We made these changes based on customer feedback, so that parents could get a cardio spinning workout while their kids are attending karate class. Our new schedule is good through June 2013.

Please see our complete weekly class schedule for a list of all class times.

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Sensei Steve Jenkins’ Digital Marketing for Karate Schools 2012 Notes

In response to some requests from participants, here is the link to Sensei Steve Jenkins’ notes for the class on digital marketing for Karate Schools he taught at the 2012 Cuong Nhu International Annual Training Camp.

Also, in response to requests from class participants, here are the WordPress plugins I’m currently using for our dojo’s website:

  • Ajax Event Calendar (for our calendar)
  • All in One SEO Pack (for search engine optimization)
  • Google XML Sitemaps (for search engine optimization)
  • Jetpack (a number of cool features)
  • MailChimp (ties in with the free service we use to send announcement mails)
  • NextGEN Gallery (what we used to use for photo galleries, but now we just link to our Facebook Albums)
  • Staff Directory (for our instructor page)
  • Weekly Class Schedule (for our weekly schedule)
  • WordTwit (to auto-post news to our Twitter feed)
  • WP-Compare Tables (to make the pretty tables on our prices page)


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Komokuten Dojo heads to Cuong Nhu IATC 2012

This is a reminder that the instructors at Fairwood Martial Arts (Komokuten Dojo) are headed to Emory University in Atlanta, GA this Memorial Day Weekend to participate in testing and training at the Cuong Nhu International Annual Training Camp.

If you’re not going with us, we invite you to start planning for next year. Training camp is always scheduled over Memorial Day weekend, and is strongly encouraged for all students of every rank.

The dojo will be closed from Wednesday May 23 through Monday May 28. Normal classes will resume on Tuesday May 29.

Have a great Memorial Day holiday!

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Kids Summer Karate Day Camp 2012 Dates Announced

It’s that time of year again! If you’re looking for something fun, exciting, and active for you kids to do during summer break, then check out our Kids Summer Karate Day Camps!

Space is limited, and these popular programs fill up fast, so pick your dates and contact us right away to enroll.

Here’s looking forward to summer!

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17138 116th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98058
(425) 255-8144