Cedar and Sage Martial Arts is a not for profit school operating in Anadarko, Oklahoma. The school operates under a charter from N.A.M.A.A. Grand Master (GM) Alan Little Sun. The school if fortunate to have the mentoring of 10th degree black belt Alan Little Sun, 10th degree black belt David Little Sun, and 9th degree black belt Mark Jimboy.
Master Ron Quoetone established the school as a not for profit with minimal tuition so that money would not be a significant factor for anyone seeking self-defense and martial arts training. Tuition is currently $20.00 per month per student..
Classes meet each Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Cedar and Sage Martial Arts dojang located at 115 N 1st Street in Anadarko. The first class is free. Anyone considering enrolling is welcome to stop by during regular class time to visit. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on their first visit.
Why The Name “Cedar and Sage Martial Arts?”
Master Quoetone chose the name to honor his Grandmother. Martial Arts is a way of life. It’s a quest to achieve the most one can be in body, mind, and spirit. The use of Cedar and Sage in the school name pays honor to the role these items play in traditional Native American culture.
Native American Elders have long taught the importance of the cedar and sage plants in cleansing the body and spirit. They are traditionally used to cleanse one of any bad feelings, negative thoughts, bad spirits, or negative energy.
In a traditional smudging ceremony, sage smoke is used to drive out bad spirits, feelings or influences, and also to keep bad spirits from entering the area where a ceremony takes place. In Plains nations, the floor of the sweat lodge is frequently covered with sage, and participants rub the leaves on their bodies while in the sweat lodge.
Smoke from burning cedar is used to carry prayers to the Creator. Cedar is also spread along with sage on the floor of the sweat lodges of some tribes.