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    Martial Arts seminars are becoming more popular as time goes on. Seminars are a welcome supplimet to any student's training. But they should never be treated as the only source for new knowledge.

    Here are a few tips to help you getthe most out of the next seminar you attend.

    DO - Ask the instructor as many questions as necessary. You only have so much time with this person so you should get as much from it as possible. You may never see them again.

    DO - Be aware that there a lot of people of questionable background giving seminars. Just because the person is known does not mean they are competent or qualified to give a seminar.

    DO - Bring necessary materials. if oyu are going to a seminar in Filipino martial arts for example, bring some sticks, a knife, some shoes and clothing you can move comfortably in.

    DO - (as a sponsor) Take advantage of free advertising opportuinities. Most major martial arts publications have listsing of upcoming events, and will be happy to run your announcement free of charge, as long as you getthe listing in 3 months in advance. I amazed at how few promoters are aware of this.

    DO - (as a sponsor) Be prepared to entertain a large number of people. Have refreshments. Have some extra pens and paper available for people who forgot their own. You may also want to get a small supply of what ever materials may be needed for the seminar incase some people do not own what is needed yet. Try to get any supplies you need on consignment.

    DON'T - Be shy or embarassed or in awe of the seminar instructor. Most people on the circuit are down to earth and not to be considered celebrities.

    DON'T - Be intimidated by the seminar instructor or other participants. It's your money, you have as much right to be the instructor's time as anyone else.

    DON'T - Be afraid to ask questions about anything, even if you think it may sound dumb. Asking questions is better than learning incorrectly.

    DON'T - Ever be lured into an instructorship seminar. It is just a way of parting you from your money.

    DON'T - (as a sponsor) Flood the area with too many events too soon. If you are continually bringing in people to give seminars, you will end up short very quickly. People only have so much money for their martial arts and too many events will frustrate them very quickly, when they end up missing the instructor they wanted to see the most.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Excellent points!

    Also to add:

    DO - thank your training partner. We learn from each other after all.
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    DO - Train with other people outside your dojo. I have made friends over the years and we only get to train at seminars. You can always go home and practice with your classmates.

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    Come on everybody lets keep compiling more tips for seminars so that we can all benefit.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Be aware that not everyone at a seminar is familiar with your art. I went to a kenpo seminar a few years ago where there was a large TKD contingent. I was paired with a TKD third, who felt completely out of his element. I had to back track a little to give him a small foundation to understand what we were doing.
    Just because you do something one way, does not mean that everyone else does it that way, or that it is even the correct way.

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    DO- keep an open mind. Being exposed to different perspectives can help you to grow...but only if you're receptive to them. "Don't be like the man that sees the world as if from the bottom of a well....=) "

    DON'T- discard some bit of info just because it is not familiar to you or because it may be different from what you normally practice. Test it out first. You never know, you may find it useful. One things for sure, if you don't test it you will never know for sure. =)
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    Here is a biggie.

    Do - Show up alittle early to stretch and be on the floor on time. There is nothing worse than arriving late and trying to catch up. It disturbs everyone around you and can seriuos ruin the established flow.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    DO- keep an open mind. Being exposed to different perspectives can help you to grow...DON'T- discard some bit of info just because it is not familiar to you or because it may be different from what you normally practice.
    Strongly agree, on many levels ...

    so DO attend quality seminars given by instructors and organizations other than your own, whenever possible. Applies to other Kenpo organizations, and to other systems also.

    DO bring everything you learn back to your base system to rework, apply, and learn to deal with or counter.

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    Its ok not to remember EVERYTHING you learned...often times, there's just so much info. Pick something you really like and hammer it out.
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    My last pointer.

    Do - Have fun.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    DO-Learn something. =)
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    Default Re: Notes for attending a seminar

    Quote Originally Posted by Seig
    Be aware that not everyone at a seminar is familiar with your art. I went to a kenpo seminar a few years ago where there was a large TKD contingent. I was paired with a TKD third, who felt completely out of his element. I had to back track a little to give him a small foundation to understand what we were doing.
    That's because they heard you are the "Hit Man."
    " Come with me, and I will complete your trainning."

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