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.