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    Hi.

    Frank Trejo came to Sacramento to do a seminar yesterday. For reasons unknown, we had a very low turnout. We only had one adult from another school show up. I was pleased though because he's great to workout with.

    As for the seminar, he spent the first hour telling us some history of Chow, Mitosi and Parke, about how the techniques came into being, etc. I thought it was interesting, but I was a little afraid that we wouldn't get a chance to sweat.

    We spent another 45 minutes working on how to use our self-defense techniques in sparring situations. That was fun.

    Just thought I'd share.

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    Sounds like a session I would have enjoyed. Thanks for sharing your day with us

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    That's cool you enjoyed yourself Amy. Too bad it was clear across the country from me or I'd have been there.

    What was your favorite part?
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    I saw him at one of Jeff Blays camps a few years back. Was a good session. Definitely someone I'd like to see again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong
    Hi.

    Frank Trejo came to Sacramento to do a seminar yesterday. For reasons unknown, we had a very low turnout. We only had one adult from another school show up. I was pleased though because he's great to workout with.

    As for the seminar, he spent the first hour telling us some history of Chow, Mitosi and Parke, about how the techniques came into being, etc. I thought it was interesting, but I was a little afraid that we wouldn't get a chance to sweat.

    We spent another 45 minutes working on how to use our self-defense techniques in sparring situations. That was fun.

    Just thought I'd share.

    --Amy
    I can't believe anyone would miss out on that opportunity!?!? We'd kill to get him down here. At least you had fun and learned some things. I'm jealous!
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    Agreed with Bob. Mr. Trejo's Seminars @ Jeff Blay's camp were my favourites
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    Mr. Trejo is an amazing instructor, and a great story teller. If yo have not heard it before ask him about how he started in the martial arts.
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    Rub it in why doncha!
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    Mr. Trejo is an excellent instructor and a great boxer of course, that is where he started. As Rob said he is a great story teller and the last time I saw him he still moves like he did in the 80's.
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    He was definitely talking about boxing. He had us taking some of the techniques and changing them into boxing moves.

    One of the things I thought was interesting was that he explained why so many of the hard-styles have the front foot facing forward and the back foot turned. I always thought that was a little odd, but he said it was because in China, the people fought in rice paddies full of mud.

    The back foot is turned for bracing (so you don't slide in the mud) and the front foot is forward so you can move back and forth. Makes more sense that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong
    He was definitely talking about boxing. He had us taking some of the techniques and changing them into boxing moves.

    One of the things I thought was interesting was that he explained why so many of the hard-styles have the front foot facing forward and the back foot turned. I always thought that was a little odd, but he said it was because in China, the people fought in rice paddies full of mud.

    The back foot is turned for bracing (so you don't slide in the mud) and the front foot is forward so you can move back and forth. Makes more sense that way.

    --Amy
    That makes sense to me. But wouldn't it be a little uncomfortable to fight like that? Hmmmm, maybe I will try it tonight and see how it turns out.
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    I think the TKD move forward and backward. It kind of sounds a little like fencing. They go back and forth too.

    He wasn't recommending it, unless you happen to be fighting in a mud field.

    He was showing how you can take alternating maces, for instance, and turn it into a sparring technique by doing it like a boxer. Hard to describe. Looks interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong
    I think the TKD move forward and backward. It kind of sounds a little like fencing. They go back and forth too.

    He wasn't recommending it, unless you happen to be fighting in a mud field.

    He was showing how you can take alternating maces, for instance, and turn it into a sparring technique by doing it like a boxer. Hard to describe. Looks interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong
    He was definitely talking about boxing. He had us taking some of the techniques and changing them into boxing moves.

    One of the things I thought was interesting was that he explained why so many of the hard-styles have the front foot facing forward and the back foot turned. I always thought that was a little odd, but he said it was because in China, the people fought in rice paddies full of mud.

    The back foot is turned for bracing (so you don't slide in the mud) and the front foot is forward so you can move back and forth. Makes more sense that way.

    --Amy
    I wouldn't want to expose that much of my knee cap to an opponent. Personally, I think it's a bad idea and goes against the concept of "blading" your body.

    IMHO =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    I wouldn't want to expose that much of my knee cap to an opponent. Personally, I think it's a bad idea and goes against the concept of "blading" your body.

    IMHO =)
    If you were in a mud field, you might think differently. Besides, if you are up to your kneecaps in mud, it would be a lot harder to move you leg, so different means are necessarily...apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong
    If you were in a mud field, you might think differently. Besides, if you are up to your kneecaps in mud, it would be a lot harder to move you leg, so different means are necessarily...apparently.

    --Amy
    LOL. I'll try to stay out of the mud!
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    I like knowing the back story to the moves. Gives me a better perspective on the moves, and references as to why things are done certain ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpat01
    I like knowing the back story to the moves. Gives me a better perspective on the moves, and references as to why things are done certain ways.
    He didn't tell that much stuff so much as where Parker got the idea for things. And that when he wanted to try out a move, he'd hang out in a rough area with money hanging out of his pocket and when someone came to mug him, he tried out his techniques.

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    Are you serious... that's either crazy or awesome, I'm still trying to decide which.
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    AMy Long- Good for you! I really enjoy the history side of kempo/Kenpo so that would have been interesting...

    Did Mr Trejo train with Professor Chow or Mitose? Just curious...

    I have to mention a dream I had a few days ago where I was apparently at Amy Long's dojo (I have never met her or any of you folks), and we were supposed to be doing a kata and I had no idea what I was doing, it was pretty embarassing--- The dream no doubt rooted in this American Kenpo board!

    I really like this board but rarely can fit into the conversation about Amer. Kenpo-
    The above is just my opinion.

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