Germany Seminar - 29th/30th Mar 08

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KNIFE FIGHITNG SEMINAR
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Above is a 6 minutes clip of what is covered in a 10 hrs intensive seminar.
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Pictures Day 1 click here
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Pictures Day 2 click here
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Most instructors measure success by the quantity of participants that have in thier seminars, I usually would think the same, but its different with my 1st seminar in Germany. The quality of people participating over-weighs the need for quantity. As most if not all attending are experienced weapons oriented martial arts instructors, I get to instruct the higher level of the basic movements in SSBD.
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This seminar was hosted and organized by Cristian Velici in Abensberg, Germany on the 29th and 30th March 2008. Total hours trained - 10 hrs in 2 days.
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The seminar covered aspects of unarmed blade defence and blade fighting. It was attended by 14 individuals from different parts of Germany. The participants who participated were experienced martial artists and instructors from other weapons arts.

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I would like to express foremost my appreciation to Cristian Velici, Alex, Anthony Nowak and all the Instructors (whom all are incredible martial artists in their own rights) for participating and their openness to accept and invite me to instruct a workshop for them. Those instructors from Pekiti Tirsia, Modern Arnis, katori Shinto Ryu, Silek Tuo, karate, etc, my thank you. My sincere apologies if I miss anyone.
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This seminar like my other events aims primarily to raise the curiosity and awareness among people from different nationalities about the martial heritage and culture of Brunei Darussalam in general.

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Day 1 participants
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Day 2 participants
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SEMINAR FORMAT
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Initially the seminar was going to be the normal seminar where I teach the basic angles of attacks, basic defensive drills and basic knife mechanics for those who has never trained with bladed weapons.
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But surprisingly most if not all of the participants that attended were instructors from both southeast asian and japanese martial arts that has trained with both impact and edged weapons.
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So not to insult those instructors participating, the seminar was catered to thier level of understanding.
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DAY 1
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On the morning of the first day, we covered empty hands against the knife. Basic body mechanics, movements and knife grips was instructed to understand intentions of the attacker and the correct body positioning was addressed. Later learning how to counter defences and recountering was also instructed.
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Later in the afternoon, after the basic body mechanics was understood, follow ups to strikes, disarms, breaks and basic take-downs was instructed.
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DAY 2
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On the morning of this day we covered knife against knife. We started off with basic drills from 3 lines of attacks, and everyting we do on forth would start from this. The participants was instructed the understanding of multiple attacker, awareness and recognizing between friend and enemy - all this at once.
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Later in the afternoon, after the basic understanding of the drills and excecise was understood, follow ups like strikes disarms, counter disarms, breaks and counter breaks was instructed.
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Feedbacks from the participants were very encouraging, more wanted to know about the Bruneian Martial Arts and the best thing is that the feedbacks are not from someone who doesnt know anything, but from experienced weapons oriented instructors and martial artists that trains with weapons in major aspects of thier martial art.
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For more information about future German seminar contact Cristian Velici here.
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