Staff Spotlight: Keeley Love

Keeley Love greets many of our customers and staff from the front desk at our Hawthorne school. She is originally from Columbia Falls, MT. She found her way to Portland after living in several other cities during her lifelong career as a professional ballerina. She has also trained with several renowned European choreographers, giving her experience in contemporary ballet as well. Her diverse background in dance of all forms, as well as her natural kinesthetic tendencies, very much makes her appreciate the beautiful form of Poekoelan. 

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Student Profile: Mas Saiming

Sai started training as a third grader, and watching her in those early days, I knew Poekoelan was a perfect fit. With endless energy, and a knack for following along what was being taught, she quickly developed a strong sense of accomplishment as she mastered some of those early skills. Little did she know that my goal for her was to focus some of that boundless energy and have her develop her attention span through movement.

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Gender Equality: What in the World is Going On?

March 8th is International Women’s Day. The United Nations theme for 2016 is Planet 50/50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality; equal pay for equal work, safety for women and children, women treated with dignity and respect. International Women’s Day has been given voice and vision to these ideals for over 100 years.[i] How close are we to closing the gender gap in 2016 and can we get there by 2030?

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Strong and Powerful Kids

You can never tell, in advance, who Pukulan Indonesian Martial Arts will resonate with. Fire Dragons (6-7 year old students) come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments – truly like flowers – each one unique. Our broken-mirror style is clearly visible in these beginning students. One thing they do share with each other is that first step onto the mat. For some it’s natural and confident – another group of kids; sort of done this before. For many, however, you can really feel the bravery they’ve mustered to let go of mom or dad’s hand and line up.

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When Justice Fails — Turn Anger into Action

Brock Turner, convicted rapist, receives only six months in county jail. Sentencing guidelines say he should receive 2 – 14 years in prison. This miscarriage of justice has caught fire in social media and now there is a recall campaign against Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara judge who identifies so closely with the perpetrator that he justifies the light sentence saying that going to prison would “have a severe impact on him” and blames the victim because she was drunk at the time of the attack.[i]

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