I had never had martial arts training before, but after the first class I quickly realized two things: One, that I needed this in my life; and two, that Portland Shaolin was where it needed to happen. Over three years later, my enthusiasm hasn’t dwindled.
The material is challenging, but the only pressure is internal; no one is going to rush you to test before you’re ready or expect you to be further along than you are. Instructors and classmates want you to both succeed and have fun. Having fun, of course, is the easy part. But with the well-designed curriculum and the high quality of teaching, gaining proficiency isn’t far behind.
I’m excited that Portland Shaolin is growing – it means that this awesome space they’ve created can only get better.