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Ava’s Back with Goscia

Florist Girl
Beautiful Daughter

From 1/6/10:

Like a lot of our students, after receiving her black belt, my daughter went on to high school and got interested in a number of other activities….Bollywood dancing, Cross Country, Basketball, Polynesian Dance.  Who could blame her?  If I had time I’d add language classes (Mandarin, Italian), an advanced degree in Sports Medicine, and my CPA license.  (I’m a big fan of continuing education).

It was so nice to see her in class again.  Long and lean, delicate but deceptively strong, she looked very different from the eleven year old I remember watching five years ago.  Like other students who train and then leave for various reasons, she was shy about not remembering her material (although she still has a great shoulder roll and roundhouse kick…those things stick with you).

No worries, we are just glad to be here when students return.  We like to think we can instill some super good memories about how it feels to train hard and work in a direction to acheive a goal.  We hope that students can remember us and recall a positive community of people who like to sweat and drink water for fun.  We don’t drink, don’t smoke, and get our fun from watching each other improve.

Sounds ridiculously simplistic?  Kind of like Glee?  Well, Erik’s always here with his wry sense of humor to keep my earnestness in touch with reality.

But when it’s cold and damp outside, I’m so glad students can feel like they can come home again.



Maria Young Ace Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (500) Independent Contractor providing the following services: Office Management, Bookkeeping, Web Design, Marketing and Instruction in Yoga and Martial Arts for children and adults. Black Belt, 4 year program, LockBoxing. Maria studied under Erik Lee and won Grand Champion at the Kuk Sool Tri-State Tournament in 2006. Experience Certified Yoga Instructor: 700 hour level. At Piedmont Yoga, Maria’s main instructors were Richard Rosen, Rodney Yee, and Clare Finn. To them she is eternally grateful. Richard Rosen, founder Piedmont Yoga Studio & editor of Yoga Journal says: “Among the 30...students Maria was always among the more assiduous and adept.  If you’re thinking of adding Yoga instruction to your program, then I highly recommend Maria for the job.” College: CSULB: B.A. English Literature, UC Berkeley: M.A. Comparative Literature