November 1, 2010
Cartmell Seminars a Success!
The BJJ seminar on Gi Chokes was great, and a welcome addition for me personally as I suck at gi chokes. Tim made it look damn easy, but as always guided us through step by step making sure we had every subtle detail. I would have like to have seen more support from the NWJJA crew, as only one of Brian's students showed up (thanks Mike). It is a shame to waste opportunities like having a 2nd degree black belt, 7 x Copa champ visit your school to teach BJJ. But to each their own.
The MMA and Bagua seminars were excellent and I got lots of positive feedback from all participants. As usual Tim continues to excel at finding the subtle nuances that either make a technique happen, or not! We focused on striking entries (both offensive and defensive) into a clinch position and then following up with various throws, ankle picks, and takedowns. Great stuff even for those who do not practice Bagua. I have been trying to gain interest from those who are not familiar with the Chinese arts, but something in my marketing is not working.
I have had lots of requests for Tim to teach Bagua related material, yet the last couple of times I have had him in for it those same people do not come to the seminar. I do not quite understand it, but then again... I do not understand people.
All in all a great weekend, and my week is just starting hosting Tim here in Seattle until Fri. when we take off to Portland, OR. for another weekend of seminars. If you are interested in checking out what you missed and want to join us in Portland, send me an email and I can get the details to you ASAP. All are welcome.
Thanks for the support guys!