Thursday, June 28, 2012

It Was Fun...

We are sad to announce that the Velvet Klaw Studio is now closed.  The VK studio had to shut its doors this week to to unforeseen circumstances.  We had a great (almost) 2 year run at the NTC in Liberty Station, but now it's time to move on.  We are still printing shirts, bags, etc., so if you are interested in learning more about our hand screening services, drop an email to: .  You can also find us at all San Diego North Park Craft Mafia events too!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Come See Us On Sunday at the North Park Festival of the Arts!

It's the middle of May and that means it's time for the Craft Mafia's "Spring Line Up" at the North Park Festival of the Arts this Sunday!  Velvet Klaw will be located in the Craft Mafia's booth near the Main Stage at 30th St.  We'll have a group style booth with all the other Mafia members, so be sure to stop by!  Lot's of great stuff will be on display for your shopping pleasure.  With Father's Day, graduations, & wedding season upon us, why run around town for a unique handmade gift?  Here's a look-see at the "line up" of vendors you'll find in our exclusive section!

The San Diego North Park Craft Mafia!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Upcoming Derby Lite Events & Sessions!

We are working on our schedule for Summer & Fall!  Here are some dates we can share with you now so that you can make room in your schedules!  Registration for the sessions will be open three weeks before the session starts.  The best way to be kept up to date on all the latest info is to subscribe to this blog and "like" us on Facebook!

Summer Advanced Beginner Session -
Tuesdays, July 10th - 31st, 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
 This session is geared toward returning Derby Lite members.  If you are a new skater you should sign up for the fall Beginner Session.
"Get In Gear" Event -
Tuesday July  28th, 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
This is our open house event where you can see a demo and try skating to see if it's something you will enjoy for 12 weeks.  We know you'll be hooked once you try it!
12 week Beginner Session -
Saturdays, Sept. 22nd - Dec 15th, 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
If you are a new skater, this is the session you want!  We'll start at the very beginning and you will learn the basic skills of derby skating.
(no class Thanksgiving week)

12 week Intermediate Session
Tuesdays, Sept. 18 - Dec 11th, 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
This session is open to returning DL members and those with previous skating experience.
(no class Thanksgiving week)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Saturday Derby Lite Session Has Been Cancelled

Bad news.  We have had to cancel the Saturday session for spring.  We are currently planning the summer session, so if you are interested in getting into those classes, please email us and let us know!  Tell us what day & time would work best for you!  We want to skate with you!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Derby Lite Is Adding A Second Beginner Session!

If you missed out on signing up for this fun fitness class, don't despair, now you're getting a second chance to get in on all the fun this spring!  A 10 week Beginner session will start on Saturday, April 14th & run on Saturdays from 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm at the Serra Mesa Rec. Center.  Online registration is now open! Visit: and enter code 06-041412.  Don't wait too long to sign up.  If you miss out on this one there won't be another Beginner class offered until the fall.  That's too long to wait!

Need skates & protective gear?  You can order that from us once you are registered.  We have skate packages available for rent or purchase.  Rentals are just $60 and purchase options are offered at special prices just for Derby Lite members! We deliver everything to you at your first class.  Questions? Email us at 

If you're new to Derby Lite and missed our Get In Gear event, you can still get a taste of derby skating!  There's a great event happening this Saturday at Skateworld in Linda Vista.  It's a 2-hour "Be a Derby Chick for a Day" event hosted by the Millionaire Girls Movement. This workshop is a single day event that will give you the opportunity to give derby a go!  Spaces are still available for $30 and you will get a fabulous Derby Lite sports sack filled with goodies from local businesses.  Stop by the Derby Lite booth, find out more about Derby Lite, and meet me, Velvet Klaw, your Derby Lite: San Diego Instructor!  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Our First Derby Lite Class Filled Up In One Week!

What a great response we've had so far from ladies who want to get in on all the action of fitness skating!  Registration was only open one week and the first session was full!  If you were planning to sign up, but missed getting in, sign up for the waiting list.  A spot may open up and, if we get enough ladies who are interested, we may open up a second beginner class.  You just have to let us know that you want to join us by sending an email to-  We don't want you to miss out on all the fun we will be having this spring!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Derby Lite: San Diego Debuts April 3rd - Register Now!!

It's true! We are proud to be bringing a new kind of fitness class to the West Coast! You won't want to miss being a part of this fun new way to have fun and get fit!  Registration is now open!  Space is limited, so don't delay!  Visit: and enter code 06-040312.  You will be prompted through the registration process.  If you couldn't make it to our "Get In Gear" event last month, you can still sign up for the Spring Session. Here are some FAQs to get you familiar with our program and be sure to check out the video!

What does each class look like?
Our current members include women from 18-66 years old; students, professionals and stay-at-home moms. We do 10- 15 minutes of off-skates dynamic warm-ups, 60-70 minutes of skating and 10-15 minutes of off-skates strength training and cool down stretching. This is a high intensity workout. Beginner classes are 90 minutes long.

I haven’t been on skates since 8th grade, can I do this?
Absolutely! No skating experience is required, however we strongly recommend that if you have not skated in years or ever, that you go to a local roller rink to make sure that you are comfortable with roller skating for fitness, understanding that Derby Lite is not strictly a “how to skate” class. So, if you are comfortable on skates, can participate in 20 minutes of mid-intensity cardio exercise, and can fall down and get back up on your own, you can do Derby Lite. (We teach you the right way to fall.) Ladies are encouraged to use knowledge of their fitness ability and their own body to pace themselves. We expect beginning skaters to progress at their own comfort level and ability.

Am I going to get elbowed in the face? Knocked on my ass?
In Derby Lite we do not engage in full contact or deliberate impact. Instead we use positional blocking (literally positioning yourself in order to block or assist other skaters) and modified contact (we do touch each other while skating, using each other for stability, whipping, leaning or lightly bumping). We never intentionally hit or cause other skaters to fall down. Beginner & intermediate skaters will learn the skills & drills involved with game play, including positional blocking, but will not actually play the game.

Is skating good exercise?
Skating is fantastic exercise! It strengthens your bones, your muscles and your heart. The average person will burn 6-8 calories per minute while skating (according to ACE FitnessMatters, Volume 1, Number 4, 1995), so that would equate to 540-960 calories burned per Derby Lite practice. And it might be higher based on some of the plyometric and higher intensity drills that we do.

What do I need to get started with Derby Lite?
You need to complete your registration with Derby Lite on our website. We require full protective gear (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and mouth guard) and quad speed skates. Derby Lite helps all its ladies get into the proper skates & gear upon completing your registration with us. You can get skates through us, or take the information we provide and get them someplace else.

I’m having a problem with the online registration process, what should I do?
Send an email to and provide information on the problem(s) you are having.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Derby Lite is Coming to San Diego! Get a Preview & "Get In Gear"!

Looking for a unique workout that's never boring? Try Derby Lite! Weekly workouts include dynamic stretching, free skate time, learn-to-skate basic skills lessons, high intensity skating drills, upper body exercise and cool-down stretching. In order to participate safely, you should be able to engage in a mid-intensity cardio drill for 20 minutes without stopping, and be able to fall down and get up on your own (you'll learn how to fall properly).

Practice skills and drills related to competitive roller derby without the impact of derby regular (think of it like flag football or no-check hockey). Ladies build strength, endurance, balance, agility, and flexibility while learning a new skill. Derby Lite is also a great way to build confidence, make friends and reduce stress.

Beginner level classes are set to begin at the Serra Mesa Recreation Center in early April! Come and check out the "Get In Gear" event and see what it's all about!

The Serra Mesa Recreation Center is located at 9020 Village Glen Drive., San Diego, CA 92123.