Alter Wiener, Holocaust Survivor, Speaks at Tulen Center

Holocaust Survivor and author, Alter Wiener, is coming to speak at Tulen Center on Wednesday, February 12th from 6:30 – 8:00PM. Recently, I was asked what a connection I see between martial arts training and the life lessons and stories of someone who survived three years in concentration camps. The connection was intuitive for me, but I thought, “What a great question!”

When I teach self-defense classes to women and kids, part of my job, as I see it, is to instill a sense of self-confidence and empowerment. There are many things we cannot control, but we can take charge of the things within our grasp. We can stand up for ourselves and for others, we can make choices that are in our best interest, we can serve others and make a difference. In the martial art I train, Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen, we practice compassion and taking care of one another. It’s what all the kids, teens and adults in my school, and Tulen practitioners around the world, embrace along the way to black belt.

Often, the women in my self-defense classes have suffered rape, assault, child sexual abuse, you name it. Some of the kids come in with stories that make your skin crawl. In coming to Tulen Center’s self-defense workshops and martial arts classes, they are making a choice to stand up for themselves. In speaking out and sharing their stories, they are embracing their strength and potential and making the world a better place. Women, and children too, often choose the journey from victimization to self-actualization. It is a brave choice and I am always honored to be part of it.

I am fascinated by Mr. Wiener’s capacity to take an absolutely horrible, achingly painful experience and turn it into forgiveness and compassion. He is an example of this journey from victimization to healing. He has chosen to move beyond the anger and victimization into a place of strength and love. He is using his voice to help make the world a better place. I cannot wait to hear him speak and I know our students will be inspired by his life story as they make their way along their own path.

If you would like to come hear Mr. Wiener speak, the event is free, but we ask that you register as we have limited space. Register here.

Mr. Wiener will have copies of his book for sale for $20 each. He will sign them for you. He requests check or cash.

For more information about Alter Wiener and his book, “From a Name to a Number”, here are some links:

Alter Wiener’s Facebook:

Alter Wiener’s Autobiography

From the Amazon Page: Alter Wiener’s father was brutally murdered on September 11, 1939 by the German invaders of Poland. Alter was then a boy of 13. At the age of 15 he was deported to Blechhammer, a Forced Labor Camp for Jews, in Germany. He survived five camps. Upon liberation by the Russian Army on May 9, 1945, Alter weighed 80 lbs as reflected on the book’s cover. Alter Wiener is one of the very few Holocaust survivors still living in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Oregon in 2000 and since then he has shared his life story with over 700 audiences (as of June, 2011) in universities, colleges, middle and high schools, Churches, Synagogues, prisons, clubs, etc. He has also been interviewed by radio and TV stations as well as the press. Wiener’s autobiography is a testimony to an unfolding tragedy taking place in WWII. Its message illustrates what prejudice may lead to and how tolerance is imperative. This book is not just Wiener’s life story but it reveals many responses to his story. Hopefully, it will enable many readers to truly understand such levels of horror and a chance to empathize with the unique plight of the Holocaust victims. Feel free to visit my website www.alterwiener.com for more information including links.

One of Mr. Wiener’s friends, and local children’s author, Trudy Ludwig, has written a biography about Alter for kids. The book will be published in April. Click here to follow the link to her book.

Summer Camps FAQ

Q. What ages do your summer camps serve?

A. Our summer camps are for kids 6-12.

 

Q. Can beginning kids who have never trained martial arts come to your camps?

A. YES! Our camps, much like the style we train, are focused on the individual. Your child will feel welcome and will be taught at the beginning level. Children who have been training a little longer will be taught at their level. We have lots of wonderful instructors in place at camps which allows us the flexibility to meet your child where he or she is.

 

Q. What hours are your camps?

A. We have half day (8:30-noon), full day (8:30-3:00) and extended care (3:00-5:30) options so you can pick what works best for you and your child.

 

Q. What are your camp dates this year?

A. Summer Camps are over for 2014 but we’ll post our dates for 2015 as soon as we have them available!

 

Q. Why do you only offer two camps?

A. We put a huge amount of effort into making our camps as fun and power packed as possible, for each and every camper. This takes a lot of time, energy and people power. All of us have family, friends, activities to do, and communities we like to give back to. In order to keep camps as special as they are, and in order to keep balance in our own lives, we offer only two camps per summer. Because of this, they are in high demand. Be sure to sign up early.

 

Q. What happens during a typical camp day?

A. Campers arrive by 9AM and then camp gets into full swing. The morning is spent learning martial arts and self-defense. Kids get an awesome workout (or two!) each morning. Sometimes we work out all together and sometimes we break apart by rank so we can work individually with the campers at their level/rank. Because we work out so hard, we like to have a small snack break in the morning. Lunch is around 12:00PM, when we head to one of the parks within walking distance from our school. We gather together to eat and relax in the shade, load up with sunscreen and then we play! We are back at Tulen Center by 3:00PM for pick up. Kids who are with us for extended care have some choices. They can join us for more work outs (usually in the form of fun games and challenges) or they can choose some quiet activities like playing with legos, art projects and games, to round out their big day! Pick up for extended care is 5:30PM. Kids ALWAYS sleep well during camps!

 

Q. What skills can I expect my child to learn?

A. Your child will learn some important life skills like discipline, self-control, respect and compassion. Your child will experience the pride that comes with honest achievement and the joy that comes from working together with teammates. S/he will learn effective self-defense skills that will last a lifetime. Specifics include use of the voice, striking and releases from grabs and holds. Your child will gain confidence that he or she will carry outward into the world. We create courageous leaders and upright citizens.

 

Q. This all sounds great, but will my child have fun?

A. YES!! Our style, Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen, is based on animal movement. The monkey, the tiger, the crane and the snake teach us cool moves, and from these animals, we have created some really fun games. We do fun stuff throughout the day like nail painting, face painting, push up and cruncher contests…we have “tattoo parlors”, nifty art projects and guests who come in to teach skills like theater games, card games and magic tricks. Our days are full of fun activities with a nice balance of “down time” to relax and just hang out with our friends.

 

Q. How do I register?

A. It’s easy. You can call us: 503-291-9333. Or you can register online here.

Imagine…

Imagine a world where everybody grows up learning self-defense just like they do riding a bike, swimming, learning first aid…

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What would it be like for kids to grow up with the absence of fear, knowing that they are safe? Knowing they have a right to be safe, knowing they have the skills to stay safe?

 

Hi, my name is Goeroe Silvia, I run Tulen Center in SW Pdx. We’ve launched an Indegogo Campaign with the intention of raising $3500 or better for the Tulen Foundation. The Tulen Foundation is a national non-profit 501c set up to make self-defense and empowerment training available for people from all walks of life all across the country. Please donate here!

I think of self-defense training as a basic life skill. Kind of like swimming, first aid and fireMas Zoe and Mas Matt drills. People need to know how to protect themselves from all sorts of people and situations so they can live with confidence. Tulen Center provides free self-defense classes in elementary, middle and high schools in the Southwest Portland and Beaverton neighborhoods. We teach free classes at Rec Centers, Portland State University and wherever and whenever we can! There are costs associated with providing these classes and the Tulen Foundation helps defer them.

In the martial art we train, Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen, the first six months to a year of sweeptraining is completely focused on basic and very effective self-defense skills, For people qualify, who want that depth of training but can’t afford it, the Tulen Foundation provides partial scholarships.

A lot of parents want their kids to learn self-defense but live paycheck to paycheck and struggle with the basics, let alone sending their kids to a martial arts school or self-defense workshops. Your gift will go directly toward supporting families so their kids can get these life skills that are so important in the world we live in today.

In the elementary school closest to Tulen Center, 34% of the kids qualify for free or reduced lunches and the Beaverton School District has the highest number of homeless kids in the state. The kids in our neighborhood can benefit from self-defense training and you can help them get it! You can donate now through PayPal or with a debit or credit card. Thanks in advance for your tax-deductable contribution!