damn! I am already committed to a week in DC for a summer camp (aikido) the end of June which blows my budget out of the window. I won't be able to make Akuzawa seminar. Although, since I'll be in DC for a whole week, I am willing to bribe with dinner and drink for you gentlemen and ladies that could show moi the internal ropes (so I can hang myself).
I'll probably get blasted for this, but ... my suggestion would be to cancel, if at all possible, the DC summer camp in favor of making Akuzawa's seminar. Why?
1. If it's a summer camp, I'm betting that attendance will be large. And I've yet to see a large seminar teach much of anything relevant that stays with you.
2. Akuzawa's seminar will be small. Rob will be there. So you have two quality instructors for about 40 people (my guess). It's hard to beat that.
3. Akuzawa isn't known to do many seminars. I think this is his first on the whole East side of the Mississippi. Summer Camps are just that ... each summer.
4. The experience of hands on with Rob and Akuzawa is priceless. I haven't had hands on with Akuzawa, but with Rob. If you want opinions on Akuzawa specifically, ask the attendees from the previous West Coast seminars.
5. Attending a Summer Camp seems to be more "organizational", more "social", and more "political" than anything else. Attending Akuzawa's is geared more towards developing structure and internal strength which is the basis for DR, Aikido, Tai Chi, etc. This will get you started so that you can then visit others and keep somewhat on track.
6. Akuzawa's training methodology is far better than most Aikido schools. I don't need to train with Akuzawa to know this. I see how Rob has progressed in three years as opposed to some people spending 10 or more. (Same goes for Dan. I see his students and their progression. Can't say that for Mike because I haven't really met any of his students. I don't know that he has any, except us semi-ignorant aikido people.