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Drawpoint I: Reverse Grip Knife
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Drawpoint II: Cover & Slash
Integration of edge and point in forward and reverse grips
plus translation to firearm, flashlight, and unarmed skills.

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Advanced hooking and passing techniques round out
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Seven Martial Art Seminar Survival Tips

Copyright Pete Kautz 2005/18

With six big training events coming up this year listed below this article and on the website Seminars page it seemed like a good opportunity to share this classic article that I've updated somewhat since it was first run in 2005. If you go to any type of training event, I don't care if it's for guitar, computers, Yoga or anything else, you'll be ahead if you follow these tips.

Martial art training seminars are always a great time, but while fun these events can really wipe you out if you're not prepared for them. You need a strong mind and body to get you through a long seminar, especially if you are presenting material there (or teaching the whole thing!)

Here are seven seminar survival tips that I have found helpful over the years.  They have worked for me in both attending and presenting seminars. So, in no specific order...

1) Arrive well rested and in good shape.  I have seen many people who after the first hard day of training were basically wiped-out for the next two days of the seminar!  Attending a good seminar is like doing weeks or months of training in a very short time and the long hours on the floor and the late nights socializing will kick your butt a lot more than what you're used to on the average "class night" back home.

Don't make the mistake of trying to cram extra training into the week before the seminar, however, or you risk hurting yourself and showing up even more run down than you were!  Much like a pro fighter before a fight, I advise tapering down your training schedule and taking some time off from training the week before an event.

2) Never skip breakfast and eat decent balanced meals when you can, rather than living on fast food and snacks.  Going to breakfast will help you more than the extra half-hour of sleep no matter how late you were up the night before.

I think it's a good idea to avoid overly-sugary things (like glazed doughnuts) in the morning because of the resulting crash later, but feel free to pile on the pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash-browns, and so on.  You'll be working so hard throughout the day that you'll burn the calories.

People sometimes laugh when I eat things like chicken fried steak for breakfast at seminars but a few hours later I usually see their "large coffee and a doughnut" butts dragging while I still am going strong.  Definately bring along a few Cliff bars or some such to eat between meals...at some point during the seminar you'll be glad you did.

3) Drink lots of water, way more than you think you need.  By the time you feel thirsty you are probably already on your way to dehydration.  Remember that soda, coffee, and beer are NOT water...only water is water.  Dehydration leads to a state of mental confusion that makes learning anything new very difficult.  If you have a headache, feel dizzy, or are having trouble paying attention the cure may well be just a sip of water away.

4) Do cold water dousing or take cold showers.  A cold blast in the morning and one after training only take a few minutes but give me a LOT more energy throughout the day.  Stay in the cold shower for about 2-3 minutes for an optimal effect.

Another shower related tip for when you're at a camp sight or other location with limited washroom facilities is to take your hot shower before bed rather than in the morning where you're competing with everyone else for the few showers and little hot water available.

5) Know what you want out of a seminar before you go, and be familiar with the material if possible.  This way you will be much better prepared to absorb what is presented.  If the presenter has books or DVDs on what you're going to be learning then get the so you know what to expect.  A very simple trick that works like magic is to write out a list of questions before-hand so when you find the time you might be able to get answers, and not later think "Oh, I should have asked them about such-and-such!"

6) Do the drills the way the presenter asks you to without adding, deleting, or altering or distorting the experience.  Do not judge what you are learning when you are learning it.  Trust that there is a reason you are learning certain things in a certain way.  You must first research your own experience (i.e. "Go through the training and do the drills") BEFORE you can reflect on the subject and absorb what is useful or reject what is useless to you.

As Dr. Richard Bandler once said at a conference, "You already knew how to do things your own way before you walked in the door.  The task now is to learn what we're sharing here by doing these exercises to the best of your ability so you find out how they work.  Afterwards, you're always free to continue doing things your own way, or this new way, or some mix of the two as is right and appropriate for you."

7) Take some time each day to be by yourself (or in a small study group) and review what you learned at the seminar.  Write notes using whatever strategies are best for your learning style to record what you learned so you can ask questions for clarification the next day and so you are sure you have correct material to take home and practice afterwards.  It has been proven that within two weeks you will forget most of what you learned at a seminar unless you work to reinforce the material so you want clear notes to practice from.

So, there you go!  Pretty easy for the most part, eh? Try out these tricks next time you attend a seminar and see if you don't get a lot more out of it!

All my very best to you,

Pete Kautz

Alliance 2018 Seminar Schedule

52 Blocks A.O.D. (Art of Defense) April 28-29
In 2016 I became the first certified Coach in 52 Blocks AOD in the USA with YouTube's own Mr. Lyte Burly. Now you can learn the footwork, evasion, hand feints, blocks, partner drills, equipment training and strategies that are part of this fascinating urban boxing style. This training will blend in with whatever martial art you practice now to help improve your Defense!


Wild Western Arts I - Bowie Knife, Tomahawk, Double Knife & Knife Throwing May 19-20
The classic American Bowie knife is the focus of this weekend along with special sessions on the tomahawk, double knife, and knife throwing. Whether you are interested more in the historical aspect or the martial, you are sure to enjoy this special seminar and walk away with many new skills.


Wild Western Arts II - Rifle & Pistol Aerial "Trick Shooting" (Instinctive Shooting) June 16-17
In the 19th and 20th century there were many American exhibition shooters like Annie Oakley, Ad & Plinky Topperwein, and Ed McGivern who amazed audiences with their ability to hit small targets thrown into the air using a rifle or pistol. Now you can learn their secrets and be able to hit cans, coins, even tiny aspirin tablets or a BB its self with the rifle and hit multiple hand thrown targets with the pistol. All training is done safely with airguns so you can continue perfecting your new skills at home without needing to go to a special range. This skill directly translates to hunting, sporting clays, etc.


Armed Reactive Mittwork July 21-22
What do you get when you mix the weapon skills of Comtech's James A. Keating with the kind of reactive focus mitt work that Roger Mayweather is famous for? Armed Reactive Mittwork! Learn to move, defend, counter strike, draw, shoot, use the blade and more in a constant flow of motion that builds skill and endurance. If you use focus mitts this is next level training in flowing art to art, from unarmed to knife to pistol or any other defensive tool (flashlight, chemical spray, etc.)


Evolution of the Blade August 18-19
This seminar will highlight many aspects of blade culture around the world and throughout time. We will explore methods from from the Medieval times to modern day from North & South America, Europe, and Asia; making the connections and learning how each art enhances the others. We'll spend time working with small knives, big knives, machetes, swords and more.


Comtech Drawpoint Method September 15-16
The Comtech Drawpoint method is a condensed education in some of the best Filipino bladecraft for self defense. This seminar will cover all 3 modules of Drawpoint (Picking, Cover & Slash, Hook & Pass) in both partner and combat drills as well as disarming and counter-counter work. If you've seen the videos and want to get hands on with the training this is a perfect opportunity to learn everything correctly and gain true skill.


Private Training
Private training is available for 250 a day either before or after any seminar, or at your convenience. Tell me what you're interested in and I'll put together a custom program to suit your needs. Bring a training partner along for just 100 more and share the experience.

Seminar Details

All group seminars are 2 days long and cost $250. Each is limited to 8 participants so you will receive maximum personal attention throughout the event.

The training will be held at my school in Alpine, NY. The closest Airports are Ithaca (ITH) and Elmira Corning (ELM).

We recommend the Super 8 Motel in Ithaca (607) 273-8088 or the Knights Inn in Horseheads (855) 516-1090 if you are flying into Elmira or looking for a cheaper option. Both are about a 30 minute drive from the school.

There are a number of closer small motels (15 minutes drive) in the Watkins Glen area, but these can be quite expensive due to tourism in the region.

If you have any questions please write me at petekautz@lightlink.com

I look forward to meeting you this year!

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