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When she began training in the art of Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen, Silvia Smart felt instantly empowered. That was in 1987. Today, as a Goeroe and fifth-degree black belt, Silvia and her husband Jeff, also a fifth-degree black belt, share their wisdom of self-defense at Tulen Center. For more than 25 years now, they have taught students as young as three martial arts and self-defense techniques. Silvia, Jeff, and their fellow instructors always emphasize practical skills–falling properly, for instance, which is an important skill for self-defense situations and re-shingling the roof. The Tulen Center team makes its teachings accessible for all skill levels by maintaining a non-competitive, positive environment.
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