Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Silvio Scarcella Tournament Results

Silvio Scarcella Tournament Results

I have another outstanding report to give regarding Silvio Scarcella. On July 26th, Silvio competed at the NBL Empire Open in Syracuse, New York and won the Kempo/Kenpo Division. Silvio then went on to the Grand Finals and won the Grands performing Long Form 6. I taught Silvio Long Form 6 two years ago and he has been competing with the Form ever since. What a great representation of American Kenpo!

Overall, Silvio ended up taking 4 first place trophies, 2 second place trophies, and 1 third place trophy.

Way to go Silvio!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Training Solo Outdoors is a Blessing

Today I was on a mission. I was set to go through, perhaps the for the first time in my Kenpo life, the entire Kenpo Karate system from White through 5th Degree Black Belt, full-out, in one long training session. I gave it my all. It was 27 Celsius (about 80 Farenheight) so the weather was picture perfect.

I didn’t get through everything, as I need to conserve some energy for my Kenpo Karate classes I will be teaching tonight. As it turned out, I got through the following:

Blocking Set 1 & 2, Kicking Set 1 & 2, Finger Set 1 & 2, Coordination Set 1 & 2, Stance Set 1 & 2, Striking Set 1 & 2, Short Form 1, Short Form 2, Short Form 3, Long Form 1, Long Form 2, the 10 Yellow Belt techniques, the 24 Orange Belt techniques including the extensions, the 24 Purple Belt techniques including the extensions, and the 24 Blue Belt techniques including the extensions.

I was really determined to do it all in one day. But now, before the clock strikes midnight, I still have the following remaining: Long Forms 3-8, the Two Man Set, the 24 Green techniques including the extensions, the 24 3rd Brown techniques and the 24 2nd Brown techniques. In all honesty, I doubt I will be able to get through it all. Nonetheless, it was a great workout, and I feel awesome.

In my opinion, there is nothing like training solo in the outdoors. It gives you a chance to escape from the pressures and stress of everyday life, and to channel your energy and direction towards exercising with a purpose. Being able to do all of this is such a privilege that I do not want to take for granted. I am so blessed to be able to walk, breath, see, and train as I do. All of my God-given talent in Kenpo I give back to the Glory of the one true God, manifested in Three Persons of the Divine Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Thank you Father for this tremendous blessing and ministry in my life. Without You, I can do nothing. But with You, all things are possible, because I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength. Thank you for your precious Holy Spirit who ministers to me day and night, even when I am not listening. Amen.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Jamie Seabrook Club Defence Seminar

Jamie Seabrook Club Defence Seminar

Scott Southwell's Kenpo Karate School will be having Jamie Seabrook conduct a seminar on Sept 5th 2008 from 6:30-8:30pm at Riverside United Church in London Ont.

Topic: "The How's and Why's of Club Defence"

Seminar cost is only $20, please bring your own club.

For more information or to pre-register call Scott Southwell at 519-641-4872 or email scottsouthwell6@hotmail.com

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Royce Gracie Seminar - London, Ontario

Hi Friends,

A long time friend of mine, Simon Sherbourne, will be bringing the legend, Royce Gracie, to London, Ontario for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminar on September 27th from 1-4pm at Fanshawe College. Royce Gracie was the tournament winner of UFC 1, UFC 2, and UFC 4. This will be a no uniform (ghi) event, so please wear your shorts and t-shirt only. I will be attending the seminar, as will several of my students from Jamie Seabrook’s Kenpo Karate.

The Fight Network will be at the seminar as well to take some video clips for news purposes, and will be conducting an interview with Royce Gracie for their program called "One on One" which features top fighters from around the world.
Pre-registration for this awesome event is $125 (money order only) by August 30th, or $150 at the door. Please note, however, that there are limited spots available for participants so do register early!

For more information, please go to:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Logging Your Training Routine

On several occasions, you may have read or heard about the importance that I give to logging your training routine. Doing so will not only motivate you to train frequently, but will also ensure that you are balancing out your training material with respect to the forms, sets, and self-defense techniques that you know. I also recommend that you keep track of how many days per month you are devoting to sparring, and perhaps how many of those days were against opponents that bring out the best in you.

Recently one of my Yellow Belts, Alan Russette, created a "training tracker" in Excel format. This spreadsheet provides a day to day and month to month log of all of the Kenpo Karate material required for promotion from White belt through Black belt. Each time you practice a given form, set, and/or technique you simply record the number of times that you did it, and on what day. The excel spreadsheet will then give you a total for the month, as well as an average.
If you would like to have a copy of the Excel spreadsheet, you can email him at:


Friday, July 4, 2008

Silvio Scarcella Tournament Results

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to take the time to congratulate one of my long distance students, Silvio Scarcella, for his unbelievable success at the NBL tournament in Chicago this past weekend (which is why he wasn't at the Kenpo Karate Boot Camp in Sarnia, Ontario).

Silvio won 1st place in six events (including Kempo/Kenpo and soft divisions). He also won two 2nds, and one 3rd. In the grand finals, Silvio performed Long Form 6 and lost by a show of hands (3 to 2), after an initial tie.

Way to go Silvio!

Jamie Seabrook