Workshop in Dunsborough, Western Australia
IAOMAS Coordinator Colin Wee 6th Dan and IAOMAS Treasurer Dragan Malesic 2nd Dan, together with a handful of students, travelled from Perth to lead a multi-style cross-training martial art workshop in Dunsborough, Western Australia last weekend. Their final destination, amidst wild kangaroos and wine country, was Sensei Phil McCormack’s Saseru Karate-Do.
The idea to visit Phil and his club while on the cards for the last year, was a convenient way to cement ties for IAOMAS. ‘Saseru’ means ‘unity’ in Japanese, and in recent talks with Colin, Phil was excited with the prospects of becoming part of IAOMAS, and to share our concept with other local clubs in the area.
The workshop led by Colin – who is a Traditional Taekwondo practitioner – explored hard style training methodology and application. The idea being to understand the lessons behind sometimes contrived forms of practise.
Basic techniques were explored in order to make sense of the differences between martial art practice v self defence or combative training. Why do we overly focus on form rather than application? How do we make sure to break down technique in order to meet the threat?
Colin – as a Taekwondo instructor – doesn’t go far without talking kicks. One of the major sessions was to ‘give away’ his ideas on how to modify a kick in order to land on the opponent.
The second session was taken by Ninjutsu instructor Dragan Malesic. He focused on stand up grappling, arm locks, takedowns, and counters to those takedowns.
Dragan’s session tried to make stand up grappling concepts easy for hard stylists to understand and to use. While there are many variations and where one lock or throw can literally mutate to another, this might not be the easiest for hard stylists to understand.
This sharing between different styles is one of the opportunities IAOMAS opens up for members. When you have an association only catering to a single style or type of school, you may not get the chance to stretch yourself or your students. This session between three very different styles allowed each to reflect on what it is they practice. It was especially the instructors who enjoyed seeing teaching skills, understand concept discussions and to share ideas.
Just look at how much fun Phil is having!
IAOMAS has always had the best open-minded culture. Long time martial art practitioners extending their hand to other practitioners is what this is all about. We do that through an online directory. We have a forum. We have our FaceBook page. We have this blog. And in the end, we have confidence that such sharing can improve our practice and in fact our lives. If you support this mission, think about joining IAOMAS and becoming a member.
For more pictures of this event go to Saseru FaceBook Album. To join in discussion of material covered at the workshop, go to IAOMAS Forum ‘Techniques and Applications‘ (you need to register at the forum first). See the article which came out in the local paper ‘Workshop improves local skills‘.
A Little On Dunsborough
For those of you who don’t know, Dunsborough is a favourite holiday destination for people from other parts of Western Australia, namely many folk who live closer to the city. It is an easy three hour drive from Perth to some of Australia’s best beaches, dive spots, luxury accommodation, and it’s on the fringe of Western Australia’s wine country. To read more on Dunsborough and to see how Sensei Phil is ‘living the dream’, check out westernaustralia.com.