April 15, 2014

Sumo Seminar w/ Byamba

Bum's me out to no end that I cannot make this landmark seminar with world champ Byamba.  If you can make Southern California next month do not miss this amazing opportunity to train Sumo with an amazing champion!

Couprie Martial Arts
    14559 Erwin St
    Van Nuys, California 91411


Park in the back (north) parking lot, and enter from that north side.

When:    The training and lectures will be for three days . . .

Friday, May 16, 7 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, May 17, 1 pm - 4 pm
Sunday, May 18, 1 pm - 4 pm

We may even go a little longer, depending on the group that shows up.

What:  This seminar will not just be "regular" practices, but will include in-depth teaching of the principles of sumo, fundamental exercises, proper technique, and more.  Even people who have competed for years will learn aspects that they were not aware of, and will improve and refine their technique.

Who:  The training will be led by 4-time World Sumo Champion Byamba (http://www.sumobyamba.com).  Byamba spent 5 years in Japanese professional sumo, where he trained for hours every day.  I will provide support Byamba with the seminar.

    ***** NOTE:  We can not give a 100% guarantee that Byamba will be there at all times during the training.  It is his sincere intention to be there throughout the seminar.  He currently has no personal or business obligations for that time period.  However, if he is booked on a large-scale appearance, he might have to take it.  This is actually extremely unlikely, on a weekend, only about a month in advance, so we are virtually certain that Byamba will lead all aspects of the seminar.  Nevertheless, there is a very small chance that he might miss part or all of the session.  We doubt that this will happen, but we have to inform everyone of the slight risk, just to be safe.  *****

Cost:  This three-day seminar is only $40!  Normal martial arts seminars from world champions often cost $500+, but we are donating our time to help sumo enthusiasts develop in this country.  The $40 per participant will cover the cost of the dojo rental space, if we can get at least 5 or 6 participants.

    So, in fact, if there are fewer than 6 people, we will lose money putting on the seminar.

    (Of course, if everyone paid a lot more, then we could GUARANTEE Byamba's presence 100%, but I think 99% he will be there the entire time, anyway!!)

    Please RSVP, so we know how many people to expect.  In the future, this kind of training with Byamba may cost more, so take advantage of this opportunity now, if you are able to.

What to bring:  If you are completely new to sumo, just wear athletic shorts (and tops for women).  You can either purchase a mawashi, and/or we should have some (sub-standard) mawashis, that can be borrowed if you choose not to buy one.

    For experienced sumo wrestlers, please just bring your own mawashi.

Lodging:  Please search online for nearby lodging options.  For those who want to share lodging costs, I will be happy to put you in touch with each other -- just let me know if you want to share rooms with others.

Other Notes:

** We may also hang out for a while before or after the training.  Byamba might enjoy having a meal with everyone at some point, too.

** Feel free to bring specific questions and areas of your sumo that you want to focus on.  We might not get to everything, but we'll do our best to help each individual with specifics that he or she needs to work on most.

** Once again, PLEASE RSVP if you plan to participate.

Thank you.


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