We welcome all women and girls including individuals who are transgender, non-binary or self-identify as female. We aim to make our training spaces as accessible and inclusive as possible for our diverse community. Please contact us if you are wondering if this is a good program for you or your youth.
Camp 2021: Resilience in Motion - Aug 26-29
After much careful consideration, the Board has decided to host our 2021 camp online. This was once again a tough decision to make, but the Board felt clear that it was the choice that most aligned with PAWMA’s values in terms of the safety of our members, the responsible fiscal stewardship of the organization, and PAWMA’s commitment to financial accessibility. Although vaccines are being rolled out across the country, it is difficult to determine who in our community will be fully vaccinated, and peoples’ comfort levels for training, sleeping, eating, and sharing space together will certainly vary. In order to allow for adequate timing to create an amazing camp experience, and ensure that the experience doesn’t jeopardize the organization’s fiscal health, we are making a slightly more conservative decision now.
While we will miss training, laughing, sweating, and rolling together in person, we also feel excited to build on the success from our 2020 camp last year.
The theme for this year’s camp is Resilience in Motion, and we would love to see your interpretation for our logo design. Please submit your application HERE (instructions included on the form). We are accepting applications until April 9, 2021.
We are opening up our teacher selection process -- and encourage you to apply! We are taking applications through April 10, and are excited to hear from both seasoned and new instructors. We also welcome volunteer teachers and teaching teams! Find the application and details here.
Camp is by far our biggest source of income each year. The organization went into our 2020 fiscal year with strong reserves (thank you to our previous Board!), and has weathered the last year well, in spite of not offering an in-person camp. PAWMA is still financially secure, and we have set a fundraising goal of $10,000 this year to set us up well for the future camps. We are asking you, our training community, to contribute in any way you are able. We understand that many folks have and will continue to experience financial instability during this time, so please only contribute in a way that feels comfortable and sustainable for you.
We invite you to make a meaningful financial contribution as you are able, allowing PAWMA to come together in years to come as the fierce crew of martial artists that we are. Thank you for being the backbone of our organization!
If you are able, we encourage you to continue paying your yearly membership dues, which we generally depend on for approximately a quarter of our annual income. Not a member? Consider joining!
The Board will be sharing more information about registration and camp details in the coming months. In the meantime, mark your calendars for August 26th - August 29th, 2021! We are wishing you, your families, and your communities good health. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Emmy & The PAWMA Board of Directors
Black Lives Matter Conversation
Our nation is engaging in conversations that need to be had about how Black Americans face disproportionate violence at the hands of police, a disproportionate rate of incarceration, and systematic racism that prevents access to resources. Below are listed ways that you can help with or without donating money.
This list is sourced from submissions from our PAWMA community and compiled by our newsletter editor. It is, of course, incomplete—we invite you to continue the conversation by sharing resources and reactions in your training communities and in our racial justice programming at this year’s camp!
ACTIONS THAT DO NOT COST MONEY
ORGANIZATIONS TO FOLLOW