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08-29-2010, 08:51 PM
I am going to my VERY first seminer next weekend. It is a weapons seminar with Mike Flynn Sensei. What I was wondering is if any of you had any tips or advice for me with it being my first seminar (and it being a weapons seminar). I figure I need to take a jo, bokken and shinai and a couple gi's, but I'm sure there are things I'm not thinking of. :)

08-29-2010, 09:11 PM
1. Wrist band... helps with the sweat running to the handle and in long hot seminars, it is a bother.
2. Plasters afterwards, if you've not handled bokkens and jos long.
3. Ice packs because you might get partners who hasn't too.

08-30-2010, 08:47 AM
I'm over 40 but it's not the years, it's the milage.

1. Advil
2. Water / Gatorade
3. Advil
4. Quick snacks - almonds?
5. Advil
6. An open mind
7. Advil
8. Good attitude
9. Advil
10. Have access to a hot tub
11. Advil
12 Beer

Have fun!

08-30-2010, 10:12 AM
Thanks you two. Lloyd, you made me laugh. Thanks. Brings a little joy to my rainy Monday morning. :)

08-30-2010, 10:28 AM
If you're getting worn out or your hands are starting to really hurt, consider asking permission to sit out for a while. Bow out, maybe cool your hands with a cold bottle of water, relax your arms and shoulders. Sometimes, just watching class for 10 or 15 minutes gives you new insight for when you ask permission to rejoin.

Adam Huss
08-31-2010, 07:37 AM
Oh yeah, ask about etiquette for video taping and taking notes. I have notebooks full from seminars I've attended. You might find taking notes to be useful to your training. I always seem to forget my camera off to the side though....

08-31-2010, 08:25 AM
I've never seen shinai used at a weapons seminar, but if you have it, might as well bring it. Make sure all your weapons are marked (initials on the end usually will do the trick). If you don't have a tsuba on your bokken, I'd suggest getting one. If your weapons bag looks like everyone else's, bring a ribbon or something to tie around the handle so you can easily tell it apart. One gi is probably sufficient, but there's no harm in bringing extra. If you have any kind of upper extremity injuries, including repetitive injuries, have a plan to protect them -- you will probably be doing a fair bit of suburi.

08-31-2010, 10:05 AM
oh man... i remember when there'd be seminars with 'the four brothers:' shibata sensei, okuyama sensei, abbott sensei and flynn sensei...

you're in for a great time, ash! have fun. did anyone mention advil? :P

Walter Martindale
08-31-2010, 10:30 AM
New Liver and/or Kidneys - I seem to recall that alcohol and NSAIDS don't mix...
That's if you do the Advil and Beer thing.

Ice packs. Watch what seniors do. See if the shihan(s) give them grief for doing it or praise them for doing it - do the sorts of things that get praise, avoid the things that get scoldings - if you can tell the difference.

08-31-2010, 10:38 AM
Thanks everyone! I am SUPER excited to be going. ::jumps up and down:: Next Friday can't get here fast enough!

09-16-2010, 03:41 AM
I'm going to my first seminar this weekend too, enjoy!

09-16-2010, 10:45 AM
I had a blast. I imagine you will too. :)

Rob Watson
09-16-2010, 10:54 AM
I had a blast. I imagine you will too. :)

Perhaps as a retrospective you can mention the things you were glad you did/brought to prepare and the things you now wish you had brought/done to prepare?

09-19-2010, 11:13 AM
Hiya, yes I had a great weekend too! A tad sore now though ;)

Robert, I think that's well worth doing, and after I have had some time to reflect on the weekend, I'll post. But now, I need to get some rest!