If you are involved with Korean martial arts, Crestview, Florida, was the place to be the weekend of April 4-6, 2014. This three day event included training sessions Friday evening, Training sessions, lunch and dinner banquet all day Saturday, and more training on Sunday morning. Nearly 100 people gathered to experience the awesome 8th Annual Korean Martial Arts Festival hosted by Chief Master Thomas Gordon.
The talent and years of experience CM Gordon put together to instruct at this event is phenomenal. Look at this lineup of instructors and session topics:
These were the six key note sessions:
Grand Master Inwan Kim – Leave the Flashy Stuff for Demonstrations
Grand Master Ken MacKenzie – Defense Against Hapkido
Grand Master Geoff Booth – Improvised Weaponry with a Focus on Flexible Weapons
Grand Master Shelton Moreland – Hapki Conversion Technique – Entering and Centering
Chief Master Marlin Sims – Knife Throwing
Grand Master Jimm McMurray – Flex Weapon vs. The Exposed Knife
These sessions were presented two at a time, but each instructor did his session twice during the weekend so people could be sure and attend the ones they wanted.
Grand Master Troy Trudeau – Cane Techniques
Chief Master Kevin Janisse – Developing Your Hindsight
Chief Master Thomas Gordon – Hard Style Knife Defense
Master Steve Kincade – TeukGong Military Shovel Techniques
Master Alain Burrese – Lessons From the Street
Master Chris DuFour – Dynamic Kicking
Master Calvin Longton – Long Gun Disarming and as Impact Weapons
Master Greg Bledsoe – Pocket Short Stick
There were also special Junior Seminars taught Friday and Saturday for the younger participants. These included:
Chief Master Kevin Janisse – Cool Techniques Made Easy
Grand Master Ken MacKenzie – Redirect the Bully
Grand Master Shelton Moreland – Taekwon-Do Skill Sets
Master Calvin Longton – Escaping the Ground (worse case scenarios)
Master Chris DuFour – Dynamic Blocking and Kicking
Grand Master Troy Trudeau – Breakaways and Escapes
Master Wesley Wing – No Retreat Sparring Combos
Grand Master Jimm McMurray – Circle of Bullies
Besides the chance to learn from these outstanding instructors, participants were provided ample opportunity to network and interact with each other and instructors between sessions, during lunch, and especially at the Saturday night banquet.
Above all, the most satisfying element of this weekend is the camaraderie between everyone in attendance. Egos, if anyone had one, were checked at the door, or left at home. It was an atmosphere of sharing, training, and friendship. This includes those who have known each other for decades and those who just met this year. CM Gordon must be commended for putting together such an outstanding weekend even that will be celebrating its 9th year next April. If you are thrifty, you’ll register early like some have already done and save some money on registration fees. Regardless of when you register, put April 10-12, 2015 on your calendar to attend the 9th Annual Korean Martial Arts Festival. For more information on registration, visit KMAF.