Polander Academy of Martial Arts

Polander Academy of Martial Arts

Polander Academy is the place to learn Okinawan Kempo Karate- a Life Protection Art. We offer kids karate, adult martial arts and self-defense in Bethesda.

This is not a sport. This is a Life Protection Art, passed down from ancient Okinawan warriors to our Grand Master Seiyu Oyata. Train with dojo owner Kyoshi Peter Ciecwierz Polander, a 7th degree Black Belt and senior student of Taika Oyata at our Bethesda, MD location. Karate is a blend of physical, mental and spiritual elements. It offers life-changing benefits, not found in any other activity. It is fun yet challenging, capable of honing you – gradually – into the best shape of your life. You will loose those unwanted pounds, firm up soft muscles and hold off premature aging. It is the perfect life long activity. It can be practiced at any age, does not require exceptional flexibility or natural talents, only a desire to improve your physical, mental and emotional condition. The wonderful team of instructors at Polander Academy (high ranking Black Belts with at least 15 years of Martial Arts experience) is dedicated to sharing their experiences and knowledge with you to bring about positive changes not only in physical fitness but also in awareness and attitude!

Mission: Join our group page to discuss martial arts and Ryute Kempo Karate: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/polander/

First belt testing since the dojo reopened!
CONGRATULATIONS to all who passed!
All the hard "online" work has paid off!

Another great day on the mats!!!
So good to be here 👊🙇‍♂️👍

☀️ Dojo schedule this week and throughout the Summer
🥊 IN PERSON CLASSES AT THE DOJO - MON/WED/FRI
👨‍💻 ONLINE CLASSES - TUE/THUR/SAT
🥋 See you on the mats or on screen!!!

We wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day celebration!!!

We love seeing our students on Zoom but there's nothing like hearing "kiai" echoing in the dojo!
❤ to have you back on the mats!
Thank you for your continued support 🙇‍♂️

Summer Schedule is effective TODAY!!! 🌞
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU BACK AT THE DOJO 🥋🥊

New order of Junior/Adult t-shirts just arrived. Available in all sizes!
Stock up before the Summer Heat Wave ☀️🌞🌡

Great online training session with Sensei Robert Teller!
Hanshi Teller was teaching the dynamic Ufuchiku no Sai kata, which was taught to him by Masanobu Kina Sensei.
Later, Hanshi Teller was kind enough to share pictures and memories of the time he lived and trained in Okinawa.
Thank you Hanshi for sharing your knowledge and experience 🙇‍♂️
We are looking forward to the future training, whether it might be in person or online!

🎉 We are thrilled to announce that the dojo is reopening on Monday, June 29th!!!
😷 We will follow all health and safety regulations.
🥋 The mats have been rearranged, so each student can workout comfortably, while keeping social distance.
🤳 You can now reserve your spot in class:
https://www.mystudio.academy/Mobile/?=2403054040/433///1592867733
👨‍💻For those of you who prefer to do online training a little bit longer, we will continue teaching classes on Zoom Tuesday &Thursday - 5:30pm Kids; 6:30pm Juniors/Adults;

International Okinawan Kempo Federation

Robert Teller, Hanshi will be joining Black Belt Online class on June 27th at 9:30am EST as a guest instructor!
We will be working on Sai kata taught to him by Masanobu Kina Sensei. Class is open and free to all IOKF black belts!

Summer Schedule effective June 29th, 2020!

Both in person and online classes now available!!!

Polander Academy of Martial Arts

Happy Father's Day to all the great dads out there!!!

“A dad is someone who wants to catch you when you fall. Instead he picks you up, brushes you off and lets you try again.” - Unknown

Remembering Taika Seiyu Oyata.
8 years ago we lost our Grandmaster, wonderful teacher and a great man.

May he R.I.P. Always missed, never forgotten.

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Polander Academy of Martial Arts

DOJO REOPENING ON JUNE 29th, 2020!!!

Safety procedures for Phase 2.

[06/16/20]   Dojo re-opening on June 29th!!!
Details coming
soon.

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Polander Academy of Martial Arts

You can now register for next week's outdoor classes
(June 16th & 18th).
Save your spot!
https://www.mystudio.academy/Mobile/?=2403054040/433///1591994530

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Another round of outdoor classes 🌳🥋
We love seeing our students again 😍

#yourdojoiswhereyouare

☀️ The weather forecast looks great and we will be hosting outdoor classes on Tuesday and Thursday this week:
🥊 5:30pm Kids;
🥊 6:30pm Junior/Adults.
✅ We can admit only 8 students per class, so please register thru MyStudio app. You will find the classes under the "Events" tab.
❓Please let us know if you have any questions.
See you soon!

First outdoor classes are in the books 🌳🥋
So wonderful to see our students in person again!
We loved to see your smiling faces 😁
Thank you all for coming!
Weather permitting we will continue to teach outdoors Tuesday/Thursday with online classes available as scheduled Mon/Wed/Fri.

ATTN: DUE TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
Today's outdoor classes has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 6th
🥊 9:30am Kids
🥊 10:30am Juniors/Adults

First Outdoor Class - Thursday, June 4th!
🥊 5:30pm - Kids
🥊 6:30pm - Juniors/Adults
We can only admit 8 students per class, so please follow the link to reserve your spot:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45a4af23a0f58-outdoor

The Thursday's Outdoor Kids Class is now full!
We are so happy that you are eager to train!!
We just opened another outdoor training possibility on Tuesday, June 9th.
Please register thru Mystudio app under the "Events" tab.
Online classes Mon/Wed/Fri remain as scheduled.
Very excited to see you soon!

First Outdoor Class - Thursday, June 4th!
🥊 5:30pm - Kids
🥊 6:30pm - Juniors/Adults
We can only admit 8 students per class, so please follow the link to reserve your spot:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45a4af23a0f58-outdoor

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Outdoor Karate Class

Following The Montgomery County reopening plan, we are now allowed to offer Outdoor classes!
First Classes will take place on Thursday, June 4th
🥊 5:30pm - Kids;
🥊 6:15pm - Junors/Adults
Please follow the link to reserve a spot.

We will be following CDC guiding principles:
📍 There will be 8 students per class + 2 instructors
📍 We will keep 6 ft social distance at all times
📍 We will check each student's temperature before the class
📍 Students can use mats (disinfected after each use) or bring their own mats
📍 Hand sanitizer will be used before and after class
📍 Parents/spectators are encouraged to stay in the car or keep a safe social distance
We look forward to finally see our students in person!

signupgenius.com Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

[05/28/20]   Dojo Night In
Thursday, May 28th at 7:30pm
Grab a drink and have a chat with your dojo friends!
Zoom ID: 827 0109 0345

MEMORIAL DAY: Remembering our Fallen Heros!!!
🙏🏻🇺🇸🙇‍♂️
"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them."
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, May 23rd (Zoom classes held on normal schedule).

Sunday, May 24th - 11am Belts and certificates pick up at the dojo.

Monday, May 25th - NO CLASSES, Memorial Day Holiday.

📣 We would like to recognize the students who defy the odds and continue training thru this difficult time. 🔖 You will receive a special patch which can be proudly displayed on your uniform! It represents the growth mindset, commitment and perseverance!!
👊 You guys rock!!!
⁉️ Now, the question is which patch is your favorite?
Here are the choices:

📍 REMINDER: Hanshi Polander will be teaching forms online, every Tuesday and Thursday
5pm to 7pm. Please see the schedule for details.
📍 You can now go over the forms you already know and/or start working on the next required form.
📍 Feel free to join/leave the class at your convenience.

See you in class!

We earnestly hope the stay-at-home order for Montgomery County will be lifted soon!
In preparation for the reopening:
📍 we rearranged the mats to allow each student to work out on their own "mini mat" and keep a safe distance.
📍 we disinfected the mats and all the equipment.
Looking forward to having our students back on the mats!!!

VIRTUAL BLACK BELT CLASS -
Saturdays - 9:30am EST (15:30 CEST)
This Saturday we are working on Uhugushuku no Sai.
Zoom in!!! Open to all IOKF Black Belts.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Sensei Ryszard Zieniawa.
He was 11 times National Judo Champion, who later successfully coached the Polish National Judo Team and devoted his life to promote the art of Judo.

Great Master, Wonderful Teacher and a Great Man.

Hanshi Polander had the privilege to meet and train with Master Zieniawa at the Georgetown University.
May he R.I.P

Your struggles develop your strengths.

Have courage!

About Us

This is not a sport. This is a Life Protection Art, passed down from ancient Okinawan warriors to our Grand Master Seiyu Oyata. Train with dojo owner Kyoshi Peter Ciecwierz Polander, a 8th degree Black Belt and senior student of Taika Oyata at our Bethesda, MD location. Karate is a blend of physical, mental and spiritual elements. It offers life-changing benefits, not found in any other activity. It is fun yet challenging, capable of honing you – gradually – into the best shape of your life. You will loose those unwanted pounds, firm up soft muscles and hold off premature aging. It is the perfect life long activity. It can be practiced at any age, does not require exceptional flexibility or natural talents, only a desire to improve your physical, mental and emotional condition. The wonderful team of instructors at Polander Academy (high ranking Black Belts with at least 15 years of Martial Arts experience) is dedicated to sharing their experiences and knowledge with you to bring about positive changes not only in physical fitness but also in awareness and attitude!

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5017 Wilson Ln
Bethesda, MD
20814

Opening Hours

Monday 17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 16:30 - 21:00
Thursday 17:00 - 21:00
Friday 17:00 - 21:00
Saturday 09:30 - 14:00
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