A couple reminders:
1. Promotion ceremony for the kids will be tonight at 6pm. Don’t expect trumpets or anything…we’re just handing out certificates and such. Followed by lots of push-ups!
2. The monthly Kobudo class lead by Scott Schweitzer is this Friday from 7-9pm. I’m not a Kobudo guy myself (only so many hours in the day!) but the reports I hear are that people really enjoy this class. If you enjoy Okinawan/Japanese martial arts it’s good to at least be exposed to some of the traditional weapons training. It’s the 2nd Friday of every month.
3. I’ll be in Kansas City, MO the weekend of June 11&12, teaching a seminar at the Blue River Martial Arts Club. Details here. If you know anyone in the area that might be interested, please let them know!
My friend Eric Parsons of Blue River Martial Arts Club was kind enough (or foolish enough…remains to be seen!) to extend me an invitation. I met Eric at the Crossing the Pond seminar last year and had the pleasure of training with him in several of the sessions. Good times.
One thing that impresses me about Eric is that he’s open and confident enough to invite other instructors to his school. Not so many teachers are comfortable doing that, but I think it’s a mark of a great instructor. The guys that understand they don’t know everything, and are confident enough to admit it, are the ones you should train with (in my humble opinion).
Earlier this year Eric hosted Nicholas Yang (of YMMA fame) for a seminar on Chinese arts, and in October he’s hosting Iain Abernethy (of, well, Iain Abernethy fame) to cover what looks like LOTS of kata material. By itself that’s a pretty good line-up, so I (of no particular fame whatsoever) feel pretty honored to be included.
Those who attend in June should also come to Iain’s seminar in October if you have the chance. There will be some cross-over between his material and mine (we’re both teaching Karate after-all), but I think they will be fundamentally different seminars. I’ve been following Iain’s stuff for quite some time…our emphasis might be a little different, but I believe the things we do are very complementary. This is perhaps over-simplifying, but one way I look at it is this: 1. how to train to make you move/hit/throw better, and 2. what to do to stop the other guy from hurting you. I’ll cover both, and I’m sure Iain will too, but my sense is that my focus will be more on 1, and his will be more on 2. (And apologies to Iain if I’m misrepresenting his material!)
In any event, both of ‘em will be bone-crunchingly fun, so don’t miss either one!