Jeff Speakman'2 June 22 - 24, 2010 Training Camp in Las Vegas

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  1. Ceicei

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    Jeff Speakman's Training Camp 2010 - Las Vegas June 22-24

    Kenpo 2010 Training Camp in Las Vegas, NV! Join us on June 22 through the 24th, 2010. Ten special guests and instructors will be attending (Lou Angel, Mills Crenshaw, Todd Nathanson, Steve Labounty, Bob White, Jaki McVicar, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Ariel Moses, Kevin "Conan" Bankens, and Ted Sumner). Watch Mr. Speakman test for his 8th Degree Black Belt. This event you won't want to miss!

    For more information, see link below at Mr. Jeff Speakman's website:

    http://jeffspeakman.com/index.php?op...ents&Itemid=42

    It will be at the New Orleans Hotel and Casino, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89103.

    To register and fully participate in the camp will be $259.00, available at the link above. There is an option for installment payments.

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    I had a great time when I went to the camp!~

    I'll be posting my report tonight of what happened during camp and what I learned. I will also include some pictures. They've already notified us of when next year's event will be, so I will also post the date of next year's camp.

    I'll be back soon with my report.

    - Ceicei
     
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    Wow, interesting as I was just shopping today at the Indian store by Jeff's Training Hall. Looks like a great training facility!
     
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    Yes the training facility is great and the camp was awesome!
     
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    Monday, June 21, 2010

    I’m six hours away driving down with my husband to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Jeff Speakman’s Training Camp 2010 would be located. It’s held Tuesday, June 22, 2010 through Thursday, June 24, 2010 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. We decided to go a day early, even though registration isn’t until 11:30 am on Tuesday. I might as well scout the area and get the nervous kinks out of me. Going to an event where I know no one else (other than my instructor, and another black belt student of his) would be enough to make anyone feel like a wreck.

    Arriving there Monday afternoon, I wandered around the Hotel, trying to find out where all the rooms would be for the training the next few days. This hotel is huge, and of course like nearly everywhere else in the city, casinos and gaming halls are easily found. At this hotel, several restaurants, a large arena (big enough to hold a football field or a rock concert or a motocross competition), movie theatres, a 70-lane bowling facility and etc, are all housed under the same roof. My husband made the remark that a person could easily just live there and not have to step a foot outside—which is why probably nearly everyone there so absorbed with gaming seem to have no sun tan—and the weather outside registered 108 degrees. Who wants to fry?

    That night, unable to sleep, I popped in the Jeff Speakman’s DVDs into the laptop I brought. These DVDs have techniques, forms, and sets on them, and I used them to warm down and relax…. Nothing beats Kenpo as a way to get unstressed from the tension of the unknown.
     
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    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 (Day One of Camp)

    I came in to register and got my packet during the registration time of 11:30 am – 11:30 pm. Looking through the packet, I realized there is a long list of those who will instruct us and/or grace us with their presence being on a test judging panel:

    Jeff Speakman (of course), Lou Angel, Ted Sumner, Kevin “Conan” Bankens, Todd Nathanson (and Jared Nathanson), Rudy Tuilosega, Tino Tuilosega, Bob White, Steve LaBounty, Jaki McVicar, Mills Crenshaw, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Eric Lee, and Ariel Mosses.

    Antranig “Anto” Parseghian, the Camp Director, and Mister Jeff Speakman welcomed all of us in the Toulouse Room of the Mardi Gras Ballroom. We did the Kenpo salute and all divided up into four groups: 1) Kids and Teens All Belts, 2) White – Purple Belts, 3) Blue – Brown Belts, and 4) Black Belts. Some of the teens chose to join other groups of similar rank, preferring not to be with the younger ones. There are five separate classes of approximately two hours each, and generally have two instructors per class—most of these instructors teaching just one hour seminars with their co-instructor teaching the second hour—a total of eleven seminars during the camp. Only one class show three instructors, going 40 minutes each. A few others who are not teaching a class during the camp are also on the judging panel for the tests later that Tuesday night. First class for Tuesday would begin 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

    I’m a brown belt from Ed Parker’s American Kenpo system. I’m relatively new to Kenpo 5.0 and studying up to blue belt material. I’m placed with the brown belt group.

    I’m deaf, so I missed out a lot on what actually were said by these instructors, but I followed along with what is physically shown and what I gathered were their points that they were trying to get across to us. Perhaps others who were there at the camp can fill in with what went on with their classes.

    My group of Blue-Brown belts moved to the Salon C&D room. Our first class on Tuesday was with instructors Master Eric Lee, Master Ariel F. Mosses, and Sensei Benny “The Jet” Urquidez.

    Master Lee began with his seminar. He is an expert with Kung Fu, and very good with his katas (known as the “King of Katas”). He explained about the need for physical strength and conditioning, and how important it is to unbalance our opponents. After doing some warm-ups and stretching, he had us do a “train-pull”, where there are several lines of five people holding onto each other, and the first person in the line has to pull the others across the room and back. We took turns being in the front pulling the others. We also did strength work (like laying down propped up on our elbows and feet with the bodies off the floor, keeping our backs straight, and doing this from our sides on one elbow). We finished his seminar paired up with doing moves intended to unbalance our partner, either by arms or legs, or both. When a partner is off balance, it is difficult for that person to fight back.

    The next seminar was with Master Ariel Mosses, an expert with Filipino Martial Arts. I really enjoyed this seminar. He taught us how to use a stick in blocking, striking, and a few basic stick disarms. The best part for me was pairing up with a blue belt guy, and he and I had fun hitting each other’s sticks relatively hard using the striking/blocking pattern Master Mosses taught us. He then moved on with knives, showing how to avoid being cut on important areas (in other words, parts of the arms that we could sacrifice in favor of being able to protect other parts of the arms to maintain ability of manipulation) and a few knife disarms. This seminar felt very satisfying and left me hungering for more. I was disappointed to have this seminar end so soon! I wish I had a full hour of this (and another hour).

    Sensei Benny “The Jet” Urquidez came next, well known for his boxing and kickboxing abilities (MMA style). We wore our sparring gear (gloves, shin guards, and mouth guards). He taught us boxing/kickboxing evasive moves, feints, and how to take advantage of openings presented by our partners. It is really fascinating how smoothly he moved. He reminded me of a well coiled snake, ready to snap with unexpected lightning speed. My motions felt rather awkward compared to his. Of course, his smoothness came from years and years of practice and experience repeating the same moves over and over, and his ability to read the movements of others. His seminar was so short… it felt like fifteen minutes. Maybe it was… I don’t know, as I didn’t have a watch on me. Still, it is amazing watching him move. I’m so jealous. The short time with this seminar did not give justice to the material that could be learned from “The Jet”.

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    After the first class, everyone gathered back together to the Toulouse Room for group pictures (around 4 pm). There were so many of us, my husband had to take pictures in sections.

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    After group pictures, the kids/teen tests began. I left to eat dinner, but was able to catch a portion of the children’s test. The Juniors and Adults test came afterwards. They did the forms and sets, technique lines, and continuous sparring. One adult broke four ribs during the sparring. Mister Speakman was awesome doing his forms and joined several times with the technique lines.
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    [There are a lot more pictures, but I will probably post a link where you can check out the album.]

    After the entire exhausting test ended, the judges left to discuss, leaving those who had tested waiting in their horse stances. The waiting took quite a long time.

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    ...and each judge took their turns expressing their thoughts.

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    The belt ceremony was done, and those who passed were “kicked in” (excepting for the fellow with the broken ribs and one pregnant female—they weren’t kicked in for obvious reasons; they did a great job testing and passed).
     
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    The greatest honor came when Mister Jeff Speakman was awarded his Eighth Dan. It was an emotional event.
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    Day Two report will be coming soon.
     
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    Some of you have sent me messages asking for bigger photos. Alright, I agree the thumbnails are very small. I'll add bigger photos. In fact, I'll have an album link set up soon where you'll be able to see all the camp photos I have in a bigger size.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention,

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    Maybe it's just my browser -- but I'm not seeing any pics at all...

    Which lets me move to another question... I was little bothered that the seemed to have made no effort to assist you. Did you advise them that you are deaf ahead of time? We've got at least one hearing impaired person who trains in our association; we try to make sure that someone is there who can do at least a rudimentary translation. (I don't know if they're completely deaf, though I don't ever recall seeing them use hearing aids.) If I were to know that they were coming, especially with the fees that I suspect this one charged, I would have made a reasonable effort to have an actual translator for the weekend just out of respect.123
     

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