Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Another Kenpo Karate Demonstration

This past weekend, two of my black belts (Matt Trejo and John McDonald) and I put on a 30-minute Kenpo Karate demonstration at the Bellamere Winery & Event Centre. The demonstration was received very well, as we showed the various aspects of Kenpo Karate training. Matt Trejo performed Short Form 1-3, Long Form 1, Long Form 6 and Stance Set 2, while John McDonald performed Short Form 1, Kicking Set 2, Long Form 2, Long Form 3, Finger Set 2, and Coordination Set 1. I performed a Kung Fu Saber form called Orr Fai Do Fa, and performed the 20 self-defense techniques on Matt, first slowly and then at street speed. We had a lot of questions from the audience after the demonstration as they were very intrigued by the performance. To top it all off, we all got to hang out, have some great food.

A Great Weekend of Kenpo Karate Seminars

On Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th, Chinese Karate Federation (CKF) President Sean Kelley conducted seminars at my Kenpo School in London, Ontario, Canada. The Friday night adult seminar consisted of links and parallels of self defense techniques, and the Saturday seminars included knife self-defense, as well as kickboxing. Mr. Kelley also taught a kids self-defense seminar on the Saturday morning. I had a long of fun working directly with Mr. Kelley on his kickboxing drills, and was very inspired by his tremendous teaching ability, and kickboxing skills.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Congratulations to My Awesome Students!

This blog is overdue, but I wanted to take the time to wait until some videos were posted on You Tube. On Friday, November 13th, the following students were promoted by me: Matt Trejo to 3rd Degree Black Belt; Alexa Vreman to 2nd Degree Black Belt; Ryan Welsh to Junior Black Belt; and Chris Newsome to Green Belt. All four of them were amazing, and really set the bar for future up-and-coming students. Here are a few videos worth watching:

Jamie Seabrook vs. Matt Trejo (continuous stand-up fighting):


Matt Trejo, Long Form 6:


Alexa Vreman, Long Form 5:


Ryan Welsh, Long Form 4:


Chris Newsome, Short Form 3:


Toronto Canada Martial Arts Demonstration

On Friday, November 20th, John McDonald (one of my 2nd Degree Black Belts) and I performed a 30-minute martial arts demonstration in Concord, Ontario at Dave & Buster's. I performed the following Kung Fu weapons forms: Single Dragon Short Stick 1, Double Dragon Short Stick 1, Single Tonfa Set 1, Orr Fai Do Fa (Saber), as well as the 5th Degree American Kenpo Karate form, Long Form 8 (double knives). I also performed the following techniques once slowly, and once at street speed on John: Sleeper, Spiraling Twig, Thundering Hammers, The Back Breaker, and Dance of Death with extension. John performed the following Kenpo Karate sets and forms: Blocking Set 1 & 2, Short Form 1, Long Forms 1-3, Kicking Set 2, Finger Set 1 & 2, Coordination Set 1, Striking Set 1, and Stance Set 2. That is quite a bit of material to perform in 30 minutes so it was pretty intense and the audience seemed to really like it. I even had an old friend who lives in the Toronto area who I had not seen in over 10 years come out to watch. It was great to hang out with John, who is a great friend of mine, student, and fellow brother in Jesus Christ.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Hi Everyone,

This post is to inform you that I will be bringing CKF President Sean Kelley to London, Ontario November 27-28th.

Seminar topics are as follows:

Friday, November 27th:

6:30-8:00pm Links and Parallels of Kenpo Self-Defense Techniques

Saturday, November 28th:

9:00-10:00am Kids Self-Defense

10:15-11:15am Kenpo Knife Self-Defense Techniques

11:30am1:00pm Kickboxing

I have also made the fees (in Canadian dollars) very reasonable.

The pre-registration fees are as follows:

$30 for 1 adult seminar

$50 for 2 adult seminars

$65 for ALL 3 ADULT SEMINARS! (or $80 at the door)

$20 for kids seminar

INSTRUCTORS - bring 5 adult students to all 3 seminars, and you get in for FREE!

For more information, you can contact me at:

To register for the event, please make all cheques payable to:

Jamie Seabrook
1053 Wembley Road
London, Ontario, Canada
N6H 3X5

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Great Weekend of Martial Arts Training

I just got back on Sunday from yet another awesome event hosted by my good friend, Michael Miller, from Bradford, Pennsylvania. I went to Bradford on the Saturday with three of my students: Matt Trejo (2nd Degree Black Belt); John McDonald (2nd Degree Black Belt); and Chris Newsome (Blue Belt). All of us had a blast.

The day started out with a 90-minute seminar by Sean Kelley on Links and Parallels of self-defense techniques. We warmed up by going through Short Form 2 a couple of times, and then got into Circling Wing. We grafted Circling Wing into Crossing Talon. We also went through Five Swords with the extension, and Mr. Kelley paralleled this technique to Lone Kimono.

In the second seminar, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace taught us how to create openings in sparring using kicking techniques (primarily, the lead leg roundhouse kick, hook kick, and side kick). Mr. Wallace taught us important footwork drills so as to not telegraph the kicks before executing them. We also worked the lead hand jab in various ways. The seminar went for two hours, so it was great workout.

The last seminar on the Saturday was with Sean Kelley, and we had the opportunity to work various “problem techniques”. Mr. Kelley went through Spreading Branch and also showed a neat graft from Shielding Hammer into Spreading Branch. We also went through Circle of Doom, and Mr. Kelley finished by showing a category completion of motion between Falcons of Force and Spiraling Twig.

After a great day of training, we all went out to the Beefeaters for a great dinner and chat. We stayed there right until close, and then Matt, John, Chris and I finished the night by watching the UFC at a bowling alley of all places.

Keep posted for the next big CKF event in London, Ontario, November 27-28th. At this event Mr. Sean Kelley will be teaching 3 adult seminars, and 1 child seminar. More information to follow soon!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Historic Martial Arts Event

On September 19-20th, my good friend and fellow CKF black belt Mike Miller is hosting two of the most talented instructors in the world at his school in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Mr. Sean Kelley, who is a 7th Degree American Kenpo Karate Black Belt, and President of the Chinese Karate Federation, will be conducting seminars on parallels and links of self-defense techniques, problem self-defense techniques, and knife techniques. In addition, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, a 10th degree black belt, and retired undefeated Professional Karate Association Middleweight World Champion, will be conducting a seminar on kicking techniques. I will be attending this event, as will a few of my students.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Saturday, September 19, 2009:

10:00-11:00am “Superfoot” Child Class

11:30am-12:30pm (Lunch break)

1:00-2:30pm Mr. Kelley (Parallels and Links)

3:00-5:00pm Mr. Wallace (Kicking techniques)

5:15-6:45pm Mr. Kelley (Trouble Techniques)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

11:00 – 12:00pm BBC Class (then lunch) (Knife techniques part 2)

The price for this event is very affordable:

$100.00 (Miller’s Dojo Adult students)

$60.00 (non-Miller’s Dojo students)

$35.00 (child class)

To register for this event, you can send a cheque or money order to Michael Miller:

443 East Main Street

Bradford, PA 1670

Recap From My Sparring Seminar

On Wednesday, August 5, 2009, I conducted a special sparring seminar in London, Ontario, with the aim to improve students’ knowledge on how to bridge the gap between freestyle and street self-defense. Utilizing the equation formula, I taught how one could prefix, suffix, insert, delete, alter, adjust, regulate, and/or rearrange a given sequence of sparring moves and adapt it as necessary to fit a street self-defense encounter. On a personal level, and as I have noted elsewhere (http://jamieseabrook.blogspot.com/search?q=equation+formula+kenpo), I believe that the equation formula is important for students to learn and develop, but not too early in one’s training, since it can bring confusion to the already large quantity of material that beginners have to learn. Fortunately, I was able to cover the equation formula with much detail given that all but two of the seminar participants were in advanced levels of learning. Seminar participants included: Craig Cote, Chris Harvey, Jacob Katz, John McDonald, Chris Newsome, Rick Robson, Paul Tohat, Matt Trejo, and Evan Wiley.

For the first two hours of the seminar, I taught the Kenpo Karate Yellow Belt, Orange Belt, and Purple Belt Freestyle techniques, and had participants do the techniques on partners with varying degrees of contact. During the last 30 minutes, I had all of the seminar participants “put their theory into action”, as each participant had the opportunity to fight against one another utilizing all of the skills they had learned during the seminar.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

UFC Fight Results

First, let me say I am not a die-hard UFC fan. I typically watch the events around 3 times per year, depending upon who is fighting.

Lastnight my wife and I rented the UFC at our home, as I was particularly interested in the Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra fight, as well as the Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans fight. Matt Hughes is a Christian brother, and I admire his work ethic and strong familiy and Christian values. I also read his blog occassionaly.

The fight basically went as I expected. I thought Serra would try to keep the fight stand-up and utilize his fast, powerful hands that he used to demonstrate his knockout power over George St. Pierre. To be honest, Matt Hughes didn't seem very fast in his stand-up game, and was a little heavy on his feet, but a lot of that had to do with the unintentional headbutt he received early in Round 1 which dazed him considerably. In any event, Matt Hughes did what he had to do, and that was get in and tie up Serra. Hughes is very strong and his "ground and pound game" showed that. Hughes showed a lot of heart in his victory, especially after being so hurt in that first round. In all honesty, I wasn't sure which way the decision would go, but I was very glad to see Hughes win.

As for the Machida-Evans fight, all I can say is wow. I expected Machida to win, but yikes, his knockout power is just unbelievable. Particularly impressive for me was his fast and powerful roundhouse kicks, and his ability to "pour it on" once he has his opponent (in this case Evans) in trouble. Machida's ability to stay relaxed and calm during the fight is obvious, as is his great timing. So much for Karate guys not being able to dominate the UFC!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to take the time to thank my good friend Mike Miller for hosting such an amazing Kenpo Karate event in Bradford, Pennsylvania this past weekend. Myself, Matt Trejo, and Chris talked about the event for the 4.5 hour ride home back to Canada yesterday! I have attached a picture for your viewing.

It was great to finally meet and train with David Stanley. The very large line drill working such techniques as Delayed Sword, Sword of Destruction, Five Swords (extension), Snapping Twig (extension), and Leaping Crane (extension) was so much fun, as was David's teaching on Shield & Mace. David is such a great man, and it was awesome hanging out with him as well. Sean Kelley put on probably two of my favorite seminars....EVER! His seminars incoporated links and parallels to SO MANY self-defense techniques, and we are still talking about his NASTY and "SICK" ending to Crossing Talon!! (gonna work it in my next teaching class, LOL). Working Entiwned Lance was awesome as well, and its great Mr. Kelley was working a fake knife on that last drill with Matt Trejo!!!

It was also great to see some of my long-time friends, such as Kevin Kuliga and Bill Larson. Those guys are just awesome to train and hang out with, and thanks Bill for your cool patch!

The CKF isn't just alive and well, it's growing and getting better and better!

Jamie Seabrook
Chinese Karate Federation

Friday, April 17, 2009

CKF Event at Miller's Dojo, May 15-17, 2009

CKF Event at Miller's Dojo, May 15-17, 2009

Professor Sean Kelley (CKF President, 7th Degree American Kenpo Black Belt)

David Stanley (Elvis Presley's step-brother, 4th Degree American Kenpo Black Belt)

Professor Sean Kelley and David Stanley Seminar Schedule:

Friday, May 15, 2009:

6:00-8:00pm (Open House)

Saturday, May 16, 2009:

10:00-11:00am Mr. Kelley Child Class (Kenpo Games)

11:30am-12:30pm (Lunch break)

1:00-2:30pm Mr. Stanley (Kenpo Dynamics pt. 1)

2:45-4:15pm Mr. Kelley (Parallels and Links)

4:30-6:00pm Mr. Stanley (Kenpo Dynamics pt. 2)

6:00 – 7:00pm Mr. Kelley (Kickboxing)

Sunday, May 17, 2009:

11:00 – 12:00pm BBC Class (then lunch) (Knife techniques)

Price: $60.00 (non-Miller’s Dojo students)

$100.00 (Miller’s Dojo Adult students)

$30.00 (child class)

Send check or money order to Michael Miller, 443 East Main Street, Bradford, PA, 16701

Cash only at the door!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Glancing Salute - Orange Belt Technique

Glancing Salute

Orange Belt Technique

Glancing Salute is for a right cross push to our right shoulder. As we borrow force form the opponent’s push, we step in with our left foot toward 11 o’clock into a left neutral bow while simultaneously pinning the opponent’s right wrist with our right arm and breaking the opponent’s elbow with a left inward vertical forearm strike. What this does (in addition to causing an injury) is control the opponent’s width, thereby disabling the opponent from being able to pivot and punch us with his left arm. Our left leg should also be checking the opponent’s right left, thus creating an angle of disturbance for our opponent. We then pivot into a right forward bow as we check the opponent’s right arm down and into his groin to prevent that arm from re-orbiting up into our face as we execute a right glancing heel palm strike to the right side of the opponent’s face (the latter is the reason why the technique is called “Glancing Salute”). The heel palm strikes the target and follows through, thereby enabling us hook our right hand around the opponent’s neck, pull the head down, execute a right knee to the stomach, and then land forward into a right neutral bow or wide kneel stance as we finish the opponent with a right inward elbow to the face.

One should note that this technique also works effectively by taking an angle of least resistance by stepping back with our right foot as we are shoved hard by the opponent. By doing so, it also sets up the possibility of other techniques, such as Flashing Mace for instance.