EMA Summer Gathering 2010

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Darren R

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Post Tue, 08/06/10, 19:00

EMA Summer Gathering 2010

So the Summer EMA Summer Gathering is nearly upon us!


Run over the weekend of 12-13th June in a fantastic site in the Wye Valley, Gloucestershire, we have a host of EMA related training, demo's and workshops going on, as well as fitness training, some special contributors and of course a few drinks.

Attendees will also get plenty of chances to bring up and work on particular aspects of the Art that they have any queries about or issues with, so there will be something for everyone and hopefully everyone will come away fitter and wiser!

Rough schedule for the weekend to follow but will include:

  • Scholar > Free Scholar specific training
  • Sword Techniques - revision and intensive using steel
  • Intensive Quarterstaff work
  • working with the environment - fighting on uncertain ground
  • light to intensive Sparring sessions throughout the weekend
  • Sword & Dagger -and- Sword & Buckler techniques
  • Barefist, Unarmed & EMA Self-Defence
  • plus plenty more..


The cost is £55 for the weekend including site fees and camping.
More info here... http://www.englishmartialarts-esp.com/events.shtml

Any questions, further details, etc just post them here and we'll deal with them ASAP.

Cheers,

Darren R
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Donna

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Post Mon, 14/06/10, 22:00

Re: EMA Summer Gathering 2010

Hi All,

What a fantastic weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would like to express thanks to Marcus for organising the event and location (and what a beautiful location it was too) and thanks to Darren for the training and knowledge passed on.
I really enjoyed training with all of the Medieval Martial Arts Crew and socialising with them too, what a fab bunch of people.
Also thanks to Vics for the Yoga class.

I feel that the only thing lacking from the weekend were some awards, so here is my list of who I felt deserved what award :lol: :

Big Chris = Best cook (for supplying cooking equipment and making sure all were fed and watered, what a star)
Little Chris = Soldier (carrying on in combat dispite his injurred finger)
Bruce = Most enthusiastic (give him a weapon and he will endevour to swing it around as much as humanly possible)
Ed = Best Sparring of the event (the focus and intent in the sparring with the quarterstaff was superb, no uneven ground put this fighter off)
Marcus = Best Hippy impersinator (unfortunately Marcus was looking extreamly spaced alot of the time, but he had been working flat out prior to the event)
Rob = Sheep and Cow Whisperer (my my, how the cow's pined for him and he did have a most impressive sheep call)
Darren = Quote Master of the weekend (" a good kickin, or your money back")
Me = Japanese tourist impression (for clicking away at the camera as much as humanly possible. There are some good ones. Chris's Predator/Ninja Donkey impression is excellent)


Thanks again all, hope to meet you all again for some training in the not to distant future.

Regards

D :D
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Darren R

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Post Mon, 21/06/10, 21:00

Re: EMA Summer Gathering 2010

Haven't had much of a chance to put something up since last weekend but thought I'd finally get to it early this week.

The weekend was great fun and the location and conditions couldn’t have been much better as, despite some very dark clouds on the way and some iffy weather warnings, all we had to struggle through was beautiful weather, bright sunshine and lush green surroundings!

So thanks again to all and sundry involved in the Gloucestershire gathering - everyone put in plenty of time and solid effort to really increase the level of ability and understanding of the English System and the principles and mechanics behind it. Fantastic work!

The effort put in with Quarterstaff, Barefist work and Cudgel was superb, and personally I thought the work on the Sword Grips in particular was excellent and testing out the various mechanics under pressure and seeing what happens I feel helped open things up and really give an idea of the potential dangers and options when in close. And of course good stuff for everyone who happily weathered getting twisted around, thrown or generally dumped in the dirt while teetering on the edge precipices and dodging branches!

There was also plenty of trying out weapons and techniques new to many, such as Sword & Dagger and Buckler, as well surprises like the Axes! Plenty more work to do in the future.

The idea of really taking a good look at existing techniques and making them work as well as possible for each individual using all the principles and truths seemed to give plenty of food for thought, and the atmosphere of openness and experimentation to find your own angles, areas to work on and strengths to work to was good to see embraced.

Anyway, plenty more could be said but we’ll leave that open to talk and debate from the attendees and anyone else interested for now while I put a link up to the Weekender Gallery!

There were plenty of pics taken by our stealth photographer so I thought I’d get them up and let you se for yourselves.

** http://www.englishmartialarts-esp.com/gallery.shtml **

Which reminds me, if anyone has any more pics they want to add to the pile then just drop me a line and a link to where they can be found (or mail them over) and I’ll put them up too. Or alternatively put them up here on the forum.

Just want to end by saying I personally enjoyed the camaraderie, the booze (lethal stuff Bruce!) and the training – bring on the next round!

Cheers,

Daz

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