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    In your training so far what has been your favorite seminar so far, and what you learn from it?
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    Well I've only been to a few seminars, but all have been great. I have the the fortune to attend one seminar with Mr. Planas, one with Mr. Parker (Jr.), and several with Mr. Trejo. Each siminar was different and impossible to compare as each brought a different aspect. Mr. Planas was focused on the techniques and grafting differnt ones together. Mr. Trejo generally focused more on sparing applications. Mr. Parker was focused more on the mechanics of the human body. The most informative one for me had to be with Mr. Parker, the things he showed about body mechanics really changed how I viewed self defense. He discussed not just your own body mechanics, but how best to disrupt your opponent's. While I know that body mechanics is at the heart of kenpo this more generalized view of it helped me understand it better.
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    I have to say that I have never taken a Kenpo Seminar (with any Association) that I did not enjoy and learn something from.

    As to a favourite? I can't choose

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    Interestingly enough, the seminars I've attended were not kenpo. They all involved CMA. I've learned some pretty cool old open hand and weapons forms. The chin na were the most practical though.

    My favorite? Learning a 1,000 year old mantis form from a Chinese Master on the edge of the lake at the Emperor's Summer Palace in Beijing. Now THAT was cool. Watching him do the form at full speed in white silks in that setting was surreal.

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    I think my favorite seminar was with Ed Parker Jr. at Jeff Blay's 2001 camp. He went over environmental awareness. It was a great time.
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    That's hard to say - I've been lucky enough to attend quite a few seminars, & I've gotten something different out of each of them: great drills to practice, a new way of executing a technique or form, great stories about Mr. Parker, the Art, & Life in general, as well as helping in my community, etc. I don't think I can pick just one! (LOL)
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    Well it wasn't a kenpo seminar....

    I went to a seminar with Jim Keating a couple (four?) years ago, it was supposed to be limited to 10 people, well not many other people showed up, and and it was me one other guy working with Jim and one of his assistant instructors for two days. Knife, knife, bowie knife, stick, knife, flexible weapons, unarmed, and more knife. I was completely brain fried by the end of the two days but I learned so much. Unsurprisingly I've never been to another seminar that I learned that much at, though some of the Pekiti Tirsia Kali seminars have come close.

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    Did you learn anything about how to use a knife?
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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong
    Did you learn anything about how to use a knife?
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    Bumping this thread....what has been your favorite seminar and what you learn?
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    It's hard to say what the best seminar is.

    Dr. Dave came up and gave us a great seminar on some concepts of motion. The whole class loved that.

    I had a seminar where we learned some lockflow stuff and that was great. That was Jay Arnold. Frank Trejo did a different kind of lockflow seminar and that was a blast.

    Any seminar that leaves me with someone to take home is on the favorite list.

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    I haven't been to any since my return to training, but I remember seeing Mr. La Bounty's seminar here in Vegas when I was somewhere in my mid teens. He scared the hell out of me, but it was incredible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander702 View Post
    I haven't been to any since my return to training, but I remember seeing Mr. La Bounty's seminar here in Vegas when I was somewhere in my mid teens. He scared the hell out of me, but it was incredible!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Dave in da house View Post
    Mr. LaB. will be among a very distinguished list of professors -- to include our very own Doc from this site -- presenting at the Kenpo Ohana in Santa Rosa, CA, the weekend of September 18th-20th.

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    Back when I was a very young yellow or orange belt....'79...'80? Not sure... but Mr. LaBounty came to my school. It was quite awe-inspiring, of course, especially to a kid...but he did scare me about as white as my gi at one point.

    I had the honor of corresponding with him recently, and he's a very cool person.

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    My favorite seminar was the one I had last night with Dr. Dave.

    We had a pretty good turn out and he talked about the shape of techniques and how to get the best torque with your weapons.

    Everybody is excited. Everybody wants more. It was cool for me because I've been introducing some of those concepts to them and then Dr. Dave came in and confirmed everything I've been telling them (in a much more articulate way) and then took it to new levels.

    It was a TON of fun. I only wish we could've stayed around longer to hang out. My daughter was waiting up for us and didn't feel comfortable going to sleep until we were home.

    But I do get the fun of hanging out with Dr. Dave fairly often, so I'll have to catch him next time.

    We're going to try to have him up a lot more often.

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    Although not my favorite seminar, I sure enjoyed the one that Jason put on in your dojo. When are you going to have him back? Are you planning on any seminars this summer?

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    Up to this point my two favorites were one my old instructor gave, which featured himself, as well as Mr. Terry Rich, a contingent from a small CHA-3 Kenpo group, and a couple of Kung Fu guys who names I can't remember.
    The other was a Joe Lewis seminar he gave during the brief time he lived around the corner from me at Carolina Beach years ago.
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    My favorite seminars are always the ones I just came from.

    I did go to one seminar with Mr. Parker when I was a 20yr. old blue belt.

    I remember it because it was the first time I remember meeting Mr. Parker and the first time I heard the 'sam ting' joke, which I've told myself a few times. And he pulled me up to do 'hooking wings' and I got to do the technique on him.

    He said he liked it and afterwards, signed my Infinite Insights book, thanking me for being his helper.

    Made my .....decade +


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    I've only been to a handful of seminars so far but I would have to say my favorite seminar I've attended would be the one Mr. Marshall gave in August of last year. I had only been in Kenpo a month, I didn't participate actually I took notes instead. That was probably when my fire for Kenpo truly came alive. Mr, Marshall said so many things in that seminar that blew my mind. My absolute favorite thing he said was in reference to executing any technique, "If you go past it you get to hit it." If you have to go past the face, groin, arm anything to complete the base technique you might as well blast it as you go by. I've been to two more of Mr. Marshall's seminars since then and they were both just as enriching.

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