The dojo wasn't what I was expecting - it was like a giant igloo shaped marquee had landed in the carpark at the Sydney Olympic complex at Homebush. There was one big mat inside - I was expecting different rooms or something. We were split into 3 groups depending on belt level - there were over 140 participants on the first day - so it got quite crowded on the mat at times when people were doing throws etc :) Our Defendo group had about 40 people there (adults and kids over 12) so we made the numbers swell!
On both days, we had 6 x 45 minute sessions with instructors from different clubs all around Australia. The brain hurt by the end of it - so did the body! We did a lot of wrist locks and arm locks, some grappling work, knife defense work, nerve control (I have the most spectacular bruise on my inner thigh from that!). I honestly can't remember what else - hopefully it will come back to me when I'm at training again!
|This was at the end of day 1 - I'm at the back somewhere.|
As well as the seminar itself, it was a valuable weekend spending social time with members of our Defendo group. We had shared apartments, so got to know our roomies a bit better in the down time. We also went out for dinner on both Friday and Saturday nights which let us chat and 'bond' outside of class.
It was a great weekend and I'm hoping to do it all again next year :)