Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sean Kelley Seminars in London, Ontario, Nov 12-13th

Sean Kelley Seminars in London, Ontario, Nov 12-13th

Hi Everyone,

This is to inform you that I will be having my instructor, CKF President Sean Kelley, come teach seminars in London, Ontario the weekend of November 12-13th. The seminar registration package is attached to this email. As can be seen below, participants save a lot of money if pre-registered by October 22nd. Since the Berkshire Club has been previously booked for a wedding, the seminars will take place at the Spiritual Martial Arts Center, 186 King Street (Park Tower, basement level) in downtown, London, Ontario. The seminars are open to all styles of martial arts, and to people with all levels of experience. The seminar topics are as follows:

Friday, November 12th

6:30-8:00 pm – Club Self Defense Techniques

Saturday, November 13th

10:00-10:45 am – Kids Self-Defense

11:00 -12:00 – Glancing Lance (Knife self-defense technique)

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Kickboxing (t-shirt only and bring gear)


$25 for 1 adult seminar (by Oct 22nd or $30 after Oct 22nd)

$40 for 2 adult seminars (by Oct 22nd or $50 after Oct 22nd)

$50 for ALL 3 adult seminars (by Oct 22nd or $65 after Oct 22nd)

$15 for children’s seminar (by Oct 22nd or $20 after Oct 22nd)

(Note: Child blue belts and higher can attend the child or adult seminars, or all 4 for just $55 by Oct 22nd!)

Hope to see you all there!

Jamie Seabrook
CKF Canadian Representative

Friday, September 17, 2010

My New Red Belt

As some of you may know, on Saturday, September 11, 2010, Mr. Kelley presented me and my good friend Kevin Kuliga with a new red belt for each of our ranks. For those wondering, I am still a 6th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate, but all CKF black belts who are 5th Degree and higher are going to be wearing red belts with the corresponding black bar and number of stripes (to show the reverse of what is typically done in American Kenpo – a red bar and red stripes on a black belt). To be awarded this new belt from Mr. Kelley was a big honor, as we want to be different in the CKF, especially considering how the typical black belt has been so devalued in recent times as people jump through the dan ranks like candy. For more information about the history of the Red Belt, please see Bill Larson’s article at:

Summary of the CKF Seminars in Bradford, PA, September 2010

I have said this before, and I will likely say it again – Sean Kelley’s seminars just get better and better. Mr. Kelley taught Short Form 2 and Long Form 2, as well as the “what-if” phase of Kenpo on the Friday night. Mr. Kelley taught the theme of Long Form 2, how and why the universal block breaks the order of the inward, outward, upward and downward sequence, how Kenpo is taught as a category completion system as evidenced by the single and dual setups through the dictionary forms, and how Kenpo is a study of motion. He also showed how the basics from the isolations at the end of Long Form 1 are contained in Long Form 2. Although we typically use a neutral bow when striking with the front hand, and a forward bow when striking with the rear hand, Mr. Kelley explained how it is not necessary to move to a forward bow when executing the eye pokes since the target is soft anyway. Also, understanding the timing separation of “distance with rotation” and then “rotation with distance” in Long Form 2 is a critical aspect to the form.

On the Saturday, Mr. Kelley taught seminars on the Storm (club) techniques and on kickboxing. He taught Evading the Storm and Checking the Storm, and showed how Checking the Storm really teaches what not to do, and why Evading the Storm is a much more logical and practical technique. The kickboxing class including hand drills, kicking techniques, leg sweeps, leg buckles, and pad drills. Matt Trejo, John McDonald and I were all there for the seminars and had a fantastic time.