Lee Wedlake’s Karate Studio, Inc. Seminar Catalog
Seminars, Camps, Professional
Development Seminars (PDS) and Professional Development Weekends (PDW)
“Come for the weekend, benefit for a
Beginner to Black belt, there is something here for you.
These seminars are designed to complement what you do and will assuredly assist you
in improving your art and practice. Lee Wedlake studied directly with Ed Parker, “The Father of American Karate”, was part of his international teaching and demonstration team, and is known worldwide as one of the seniors in the system. You can fly him in to your area or come to his Florida location for an educational weekend. Mr. Wedlake is not going to come in and “tell you how it’s done”, he explains how he understands it and tailors it for you.
Studio owners and professional instructors may be able to deduct the expenses.
Pick from over 50 subjects including Ed Parker’s Kenpo, Yang tai chi, Russian Systema,
and running a karate school business.
These are conducted in half-day, full day, or weekend formats.
How do I arrange a seminar event for my school?
1) Pick your subject(s)
2) Select three possible dates
3) Contact Lee Wedlake by phone or e-mail
Don’t have a school?
These seminars are not offered in your area? Missed the last event? Scheduled
seminars are being held across the country. Or come to Florida for a day or weekend of continuing
education. The family can go to the theme parks or beach while you soak up newknowledge. Check our dates and subjects schedule and register. Pack your uniform and flip-flops and come see us.
Certificates of participation will be given to each participant, signed by Lee Wedlake.
Custom seminars – A seminar designed for your interests can be created. The
following subjects cover most every desire a kenpo school has expressed over
the years but subjects can be blended or expanded on for your group.
Seminar subjects – in alphabetical order
Basics – In-detail explanations of the
“basics priority”, the concepts and principles of each category, methods and
angles of execution, how the basics are named, proper body mechanics, breathing
and more. This may be taught as one class or broken into two. Approximately four hours
Body mechanics – details of body mechanics using kenpo
techniques and forms. This class emphasizes how your body is designed to work.
The intent is to instill knowledge of proper mechanics so as to eliminate or
minimize self-injury and prevent premature deterioration, particularly in the
joints. Instructors will find this especially useful in developing “an eye” for
picking out potential problems in students and being able to correct them.
Sometimes we know something is off but not quite what and this should help in
identifying the problem and fixing it. 1.5 hours
“Broken” techniques – This is not the technically correct
description but my way of looking at numerous techniques that are actually two
techniques in one. Learn about how to recognize two points of origin for the
same attack in one technique. Double your information! 1.5 hours
Business principles – Tired of getting ideas on how to
run your classroom from people who don’t do your art? Wondering what all the
fuss is about “bringing self-defense back in the studio”? Learn from successful
Kenpo studio owners.
Category completion 1 – The fundamentals of the concept of
relating movements and sequences in the Kenpo system. However, one will learn
this is not unique to Kenpo at all and has multiple interpretations. 1.5 hours
Category completion 2 – This is paired with thefirst seminar and delves into the
Response Matrix, considering hard and soft attack and response as well as moral
and ethical considerations. 1.5 hours
Chi kung for beginners – Learn the “Eight Pieces of Brocade”
(Ba Duan Jin) breathing exercises. This is a set that, unlike some sets, won’t
hurt you if you do it a little out of sequence or off-timing. This set is
beneficial for everyone and can be the basis of its own class at your studio
when the instructor course is taken. 1.5
– 2 hours
Chi kung for instructors – This seminar will cover the
previous eight exercises but with variations and corrective methods. Recognize
common mistakes and how to correct them. Get answers to the most common
questions you will be asked. Learn what to do with “excess chi”. This is not an
instructor certification class. It is for instructors wishing to add this basic
material to their program or instructors in training. 1 – 2 hours
Children’s seminar “Great Escapes” – The kids get a charge out of it and most studio owners and instructors benefit from watching a seasoned instructor handle a room full of kids.
Club defenses – A detail of techniques for base
principles such as the Divert, Seize, Control, Disarm principles, and
interchangeability of application and footwork. We’ll cover all the standard Storm techniques in 3 – 4 hours.
Comparative systems – This seminar uses Kenpo as the
basis for responding to an attack and how it compares to those in other
systems. The basic principles of motion and how they differ from other schools
of thought will enhance the ability of an instructor to transition a new
student from another system into Kenpo.
Concussions and sleeper holds – Learn about
the medical implications involved in the application of these techniques, with
information drawn from recent medical studies. The emphasis is on mat safety
and practitioner responsibility. This is a must for instructors. 1.5 hours.
Creating a thesis form – Thesis forms were a requirement for
promotion to several levels in our system, a practice that has largely fallen
by the wayside. The nuts and bolts of creating a logical, useful form are
covered. This information provides insight to what Mr. Parker and other
originators experienced in developing their systems. Lecture/workshop – 1.5 hours
Defending the Third Person – How to use Kenpo
techniques in defense of a third person. Examples: interrupting an attack from
the by-standers point of view, or variations of technique when in a couples
situation. 1.5 hours
Drills – simple but very effective drills
for all levels. Parry, block, punch, kick, and spontaneity drills. 1.5 hours
Falling and rolling – An introduction to falling methods
from both Judo and Russian System. You should be learning and teaching these
for safety and liability protection. Everyone should learn how to fall, martial
artist or not. If you teach takedowns in your studio you should be teaching how
to fall. This class can be done with or without mats. 1.5 hours
Family groupings – explanation of the concept of the
family group. This seminar can be broken up into numerous focus points to
create different, ongoing seminars on the subject matter. 1.5 – 2 hours each
Sample families – Five Swords
Foot maneuvers – A detailed analysis of the foot
maneuvers in Kenpo. Learn how they fit into the “basics priority”, historical
applications, proper methods of execution, and more. 1.5 hours
Freestyle techniques – Learn the standard freestyle
sparring techniques such as B1a or B5aPbk. This is an excellent vehicle to
impart the Fighting Theories to Combat Equations taught in our system. These
are not widely taught but are a valuable tool in demonstrating the
rearrangement principle as well as the eight things you can do to a technique. 1.5 hours
Forms and Sets – Foundation principles, practice
methods, history, lineage, and benefits will be covered. Textbooks are
available. Learn from “The guy who
wrote the book.” DVDs are also available.
and Long One – 1.5 hours.
and Long Two – 2 hours. Textbook is Kenpo Karate 201 for One and Two
Three – 1.5 hours
Three – 1.5 – 2 hours Textbook is Kenpo Karate 301 for the Three forms
Four – overview, 1.5 – 2 hours. More
detail, two 1.5 – 2.5 hour sessions Textbook
is Kenpo Karate 401
Five – overview, 1.5 – 2 hours. More
detail, two 1.5 – 2.5 hour sessions Textbook
is Kenpo Karate 501
Six – overview, 1.5 – 2 hours. More
detail, two 1.5 – 2.5 hour sessions Textbook
is Kenpo Karate 601
Two Man Set – 1.5 – 2 hours, both sides
will be taught
Finger Set, Star Block (Blocking Set), Staff Set, Coordination Set
Fundamentals of Instruction –
“teaching the teachers”. Are you a professional? What is the definition of
learning? How do people learn? If you don’t have a degree in education or have
a teaching certificate of some kind, you need this information whether you are
a paid instructor or volunteer assistant. Current or future instructors should
attend. Lecture/workshop, 1.5 hours
General rules of Kenpo – The difference in the types of
martial arts is their rules of motion. Kenpo has its own set of rules which
should be known and understood. 1.5
Grafting – Learn effective methods of grafting
techniques. This is also known as “changing up”. Margin for Error positions in
the techniques will be pointed out with use of the Universal Pattern
emphasized. You’ve probably been exposed to some standard change-ups but this
seminar will teach you “position recognition” and get you on the road to better
spontaneous self-defense. 1.5 hours
Gun defenses – detail of the four standard Rod techniques and their variations.
Examples of grafting and usage against other weapons will be included. Gain insights
into the strategies used by armed attackers and practice formulation of
techniques for the “thug” grip. 1.5 – 2
How the Kenpo system is structured – This
seminar was a big hit when first introduced in Boston in the late 80’s. This can be very
helpful for the third or fourth generation black belt, or transfer students.
This will help you understand the four facets of the system, how they
interrelate, and the logic that permeates its design. 1.5 hours
How to prepare for forms competition – Lee
Wedlake was the first Parker Kenpo stylist to make the national top ten in men’s
black belt forms. This seminar brings his training tips as described in his
books to life. Feel your skills improve and watch your scores rise. 1.5 hours
Joint locking – This seminar emphasizes standard
techniques having an emphasis on locking. Improve your understanding and
execution of contact manipulation techniques. 1.5 hours
Judo throws for kenpo
people – This class
requires a matted area. Basic Judo principles and their relationship to kenpo
will be discussed. Basic throws and takedowns will be taught to complement
Kenpo techniques. Ed Parker was a Judoka,
and strikers should realize just what is going through the grappler’s mind. 1.5 hours
Kenpo formalities and etiquette – Some of
these are written in Ed Parker’s books but they are incomplete. It is the
responsibility of the instructor to instill these in the student and
instructor-to-be. If you are an instructor from another system and changing to
Kenpo, you should take this class. If you are a Kenpo instructor you may want
to take this to see what differences there may be or if you have pieces
missing. 1.0 – 1.5 hours
Kenpo self-defense – These seminars can be taught in
numerous ways. To “Begin at the beginning” by starting with the Yellow belt
techniques and progressing through the ranks in subsequent visits is a
beneficial plan. Selecting a particular level works too, as does using the Web
of Knowledge. Since many schools have their own sequence and number of
techniques, it may be useful to consider subjects grouped by attack or family
groupings. We can detail the techniques using your list, one of Mr. Wedlake’s
lists, or by an original system master list. 1.5 hours each session
Bear hug defenses
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Knife defense – detail of the five standard Lance techniques, how to graft them,
their application for other attacks, and how the Open Ended Triangle applies in
their use against rapidly changing angles of attack. Especially useful against
the experienced knife fighter. 2.5 – 3 hours
Running the line – One of the best known practice
methods in kenpo. Break up the monotony of the same old line. Learn new
practice methods or another way to spark up your classes. This seminar covers
stationary, moving, double and staggered lines with their variations. Other practice
methods and safety tips for the classroom are included. 1.5 hours
Stick fighting introduction–
#1 Learn the basic elements of use of
the stick. Grips, striking angles, basic blocks and counters. 1.5 hours
#2 Sinawalli – basic stick v. stick
drills for coordination and combat application 1.5 hours
#3 Counter-for-counter drills to
develop flow and integrate use of the knife 1.5 hours
Tai chi – An introduction to Yang
style tai chi; the most popular tai chi system on the planet. This is an
overview of principles and introduction to basic sequences. The object is to
familiarize one with conceptual basics, mechanics, flow, and breathing as
taught in an internal system. Learn “ward-off, roll-back, press and push” and
“single whip”, then integrate them into the “Four Corners”
set. 3- 4 hours
Tai chi sword, Yang
style – Tai chi
experience is required. Wooden practice sword is included in course fee.
Technique extensions – More stuff! Many of the original
techniques were half techniques and had endings that became known as
extensions. Other, longer techniques have endings designed to provide more
information on methods and sequences of motion not included in basic material.
This is most useful for the advanced practitioner but can be fun for new
students, until they get lost or overwhelmed. Recommended for Green belts and
above. Each session is 1.5 hours and
covers as much as the class can handle, with the target being 10 techniques.
Troubleshooting – seminar subject is determined in
part by the participants through taking questions on difficult or
misunderstood techniques.No handouts, due to class structure. 1.5 hours
Two man attacks #1 and #2– detail of the ten
standard two man techniques. Five covered in each session. The relationship to
each other in mechanics and how to graft one to another is covered. Variations
included, time permitting. 1.5 hours each.
Zone theory – Ed Parker Jr. said he thinks Mr.
Wedlake has the best understanding of his father’s zone theory of anyone.
Continuing Education (PDS) attendees will receive an LWKS PDS binder. Texts and DVD’s are optional.