On June 30th, Andrew Somlyo and Beth Hammer of Seattle Escrima Club came out to teach an afternoon introductory workshop at Valkyrie. We had a fantastic time, and we can’t wait to get these great coaches back up for another visit!
The schedule for this year’s Swordsquatch event is packed to the gills with amazing programming. Overstuffed, even. With so much to fit on the roster, it was inevitable that some super great workshops would have to be left out. The bad news is that you won’t be seeing them in Seattle this September; the good news is that you can see them in Vancouver this July instead! NOTsquatch is a celebration of the PNW swordplay community spirit that Swordsquatch embodies, and a showcase of some excellent workshops that you won’t be seeing at that event, from instructors that you will. It’s also a not-for-profit fundraiser, and all proceeds will be used to help send low-income members of the Valkyrie WMAA community to Swordsquatch.
We’ve shipped off our final Box. Wrestle. Fence. Bodies. 2018 calendar, and that means that our 2018 fundraiser is officially wrapped up! Thank you so much to everyone who modeled and helped with production, to everyone who bought a calendar or digital package, and to everyone who helped spread the word. In the end, we sold 98 print calendars and 29 digital packages, including 22 print/digital bundles. The proceeds from these sales have allowed us to donate $520 directly to RainCity Housing, and a whole lot more…
Two Days. Fifteen students. Two of the best teachers in the business. We’re thrilled to announce that Valkyrie WMMA will be hosting Maija Soderholm and Rory Miller for a weekend workshop this August 11-12! Join us for a small, immersive event that integrates both Maija and Rory’s approaches to the complex topic of fighting tactics.