International Martial Arts Seminar, Manchester – 3rd August 2019.

Hello everyone, Adam here with my little ‘report’ of yesterdays seminar in Manchester.

As you might be aware, this was my second seminar, my first being the ‘Soke Clark Seminar‘ held back in February of this year. This weekends seminar was hosted by Hanshi John Greenhalgh, who holds the mightily impressive rank of Jūdan (10th Dan!) This was also different in that it wasn’t a WJJF seminar, rather it was open to all regardless of sporting affiliation. But plenty of WJJF members were in attendance.

After a mildly intense warm-up on an already warm day, we started with some Kickboxing! This opening segment was conducted by Former W.K.A. Full Contact British Kickboxing Champion Chris West of “West Freestyle Martial Arts” (Website | Facebook).

I got to work with Claire, herself a champion kick-boxer, who was quite happy to let a me kick her directly! It’s honestly surreal when you kick a stranger in the stomach without them holding a pad of some sort, and they reply with “That was good, try it again!
In all seriousness, Claire was really patient and gave lots of tips on how to improve my kicks and strikes. Speaking of which we started with simple but efficient strikes and kicks, and gradually worked up to more complex spinning kicks and multiple attacks.

After that we moved on to classic Ju-Jitsu, and I changed partners. For the remainder of the seminar I paired up with Sensei’s Peter and Graham, both 8th Dans. We worked on a nice variety of locks, counters and pressure points. What I enjoyed most was that both Peter and Graham showed their experience and how they would modify a move to a given situation.

This is the sort of thing seminars should be all about. Those with experience passing it on to the next generation.

As I posted on our Twitter after the event:

“That was another excellent seminar. I really enjoyed working with the senior belts who don’t just show you how to do a move, they show the technical side as well.
Leaving feeling a bit battered and bruised, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!”

In fact we got so carried away, the seminar actually over-ran, with the Worsley Leisure Centre staff waiting for to leave to they could lock up. Somehow I don’t think they were going to argue with the 30 or so black belts in attendance.

Manchester Seminar Group Photo
Photo via ‘Muga Mushin Ryu Ju-Jitsu HQ Liverpool

But all in all, it was well worth the 350 mile round trip, and I look forward to the next seminar. Though up next will be my 2nd dan grading……..

International Martial Arts Seminar (3rd August 2019)

New seminar announced!

Hanshi John Greenhalgh, the highest ranked person in the WJJF, at the mightily impressive rank of Jūdan (10th Dan!), will be hosting a seminar in Manchester on Saturday 3rd August 2019.

To book, Hanshi Greenhalgh has asked that people message him privately though Facebook.
EDIT: This is now a past event, please not not message Hanshi Greenhalgh.

The seminar is being held at:
Worsley Leisure Centre
Bridgewater Road
Walkden
Greater Manchester
M28 3AB

To get directions via Google Maps, click here.

Sōke Clark Seminar Highlights (16th February 2019)

Footage from yesterday’s seminar at World Ju-Jitsu Federation. See if you can spot our Sensei Adam!

You can also view the pictures posted by the WJJF on their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2571672632904499&type=1&l=3a34f97b13

And to quote our Sensei Adam:
That is the HARDEST workout I have done in a long time! Great to work with and learn from other Sensei, Kyōshi, Shihan and Hanshi.

Feeling humbled by how much I was able to help others and be helped.

I really enjoyed it, even if I’m a bit bruised after!