Have you ever wanted to learn how to crack a whip like Indiana Jones or Zorro? Then come on down to our Bullwhip classes. These monthly practice sessions are held every 3rd Sunday of each month from 5 pm to 7 pm, at the School of Acrobatics New Circus Arts in Seattle Washington. Classes are free, but donations are gladly accepted for use of the space. Classes are taught by Sifu DeJesus and assistant coach Lyn Yancha. For more information, see the "Snapdragons Bullwhip Enthusiasts Group" web page. http://snapdragonswhips.webs.com/
"Introduction to knife throwing" is currently on a private lesson basis (individual or small group). These lessons are at Seattle Wushu Center in West Seattle, and Sifu Restita provides the targets and knives. Participants must be at least 10 years old to participate. Minors must have signed parental authorization form for this class, which is available through Sifu Restita.
Instruction for up to 3 individuals is $65 per person for first session (2 hours) and $15 thereafter for coached practice (1 hour). Family members are half price.
Groups of 4 to 15 people are $50 per person for the first session and $15 per person thereafter for coached practice (1 hour). Family members are half price.
Sessions may be scheduled at your home for an additional travel stipend fee of $10 per session, within the areas of Seattle, Renton, Kent, Burien, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond. Areas further north or south will have a travel stipend fee of an additional $20 per session.
Sifu DeJesus is a 4th Dan (black belt level) coach in the the art of "Fukiya Do", ("Way of the blowgun" , with "Fukiya" meaning "blowgun") as taught by Shihan Hironori Higuchi. This isn't just your "point and shoot" type of thing...instead, FukiyaDo introduces the the proper stance, posture, breathing and targeting methods needed for accurate blowgun shooting. Beginners are always welcome to learn, and we have a few blowguns for beginners to start with. However, if you choose to continue with the activity, you are responsible for purchasing your own blowgun, darts and accessories through our supplier, Targetzone Sports. (see information below).
We are members of the United States Blowgun Association (USBA), an affiliate to the International Fukiyado Association (IFA). Members may apply for official ranking within the USBA, much like belt ranks in martial arts. All rankings are based on final scores in "competition" events that are held periodically at our studio. Members must register as members of the USBA before they may apply for national ranking.
All 2 hour sessions are taught in private individual or group format, and are $65 per person for up to 3 people. Groups of 4 to 8 people maximum, are $50 per person. Coached practice sessions are available for $15 per hour. Participants are encouraged to purchase their own blowguns before instruction. A good supplier is Targetzone Sports at http://www.blowgun.com. Adults should purchase a .50 cal "Extreme Precision CT" blowpipe at 48 inches. Children under 9 to 13 years old should use a 36 inch "Exteme Precision CT" (48 inches if over 5 feet tall). Children 6 to 8 years old should use a .40 cal 36 inch blowgun.
More information, photos of our Blowgun club is here at our "Northwest Blowgun Enthusiasts" page: http://nwsportblowgun.webs.com/