I am not a great writer and often stuck with expressing emotions but here is a review of the seminars I had the chance of participating in.
I still remember one of the first seminars I attended: a 4-day course with increasingly difficult applications of joint locking and throws. After that, most seminars were predominantly on basics and principles which I experienced as more comfortable, being a total newcomer.
These are the feelings I went through…
- The first day was overwhelming: trying to follow the instructions as best as possible with sometimes a little success.
- The second day things settled a bit and it became a little easier and more manageable.
- The third day was the most frustrating one because exhaustion is starting to kick in and less and less applications are working.
- The fourth day you reach the point where you cannot do anything anymore and things get funny. At that point, the mind lets go and things change…
It is ok to be out of your mind
What I most appreciate in Howard as a teacher is that he does not keep any secrets. He is also very knowledgeable and approachable.
The seminars have a nice balance between practice and philosophy. It is also refreshing to see Howard’s point of view on training away from tradition.
And of course there is ‘the Howard effect’ that helps you proceed whenever stuck…
I hope to meet you again in the future to further explore the path. Thank you for your guidance.