Dublin Seminars - Three Years And Counting!

By Dennis Lawson
Published on May 13th, 2009

Lena Varuolo (TheMALC Director of Information Technology) and I arrived in Dublin on Saturday morning April 11th. After settling in we worked a bit with Liam Brady, Gerry Lynch, and JJ Kelly on the principles of Self-Defense --- With and Margin for Error. The lesson then evolved into our first work on technique extensions vs. formulations. Easter Sunday and Monday were tourist days for me. For Lena's experiences see issue 11 of the MALC newsletter at . Gerry and I took a trip to Northern Ireland. We played tourist stopping at the Bushmills distillery and spending time at the mythic Giant's Causeway.

Tuesday we picked up Paul Christ at the airport. Paul, our guest instructor (Kenpo 2000) from the Netherlands, went right to work at Brittas on Tuesday evening. That night he introduced the Posture strategy to a group of enthusiastic teachers and students. Wednesday gave us another opportunity to train before heading to the Red Dragon location at Roadstone. While training on Posture once again, we took a few moments to evaluate Erich Manning for his 2nd degree Brown Belt along with a few other evaluations. To Sinead, Nicole, and Terri, we say, Well Done!

Thursday brought Mike and Dee Ilderton to Dublin from Newcastle in the U.K. The good news was that Mike brought all of us TheMALC t-shirts. The bad news was that they had been awakened at 5 AM with the news that their community center (where Mike teaches) was on fire! Thursday was a great day to count our blessings. After spending some time in Killmanon jail (more on that in a later article) we visited Barretstown ---"a magical castle in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. Where children with cancer and other serious illnesses come for some serious fun." Barretstown was the beneficiary of our seminars on Saturday . That afternoon we enjoyed an A rated meal at the Ballymore Inn, Ballymore Eustase, Co. Kildare --- highly recommended (restaurant review to follow). We then moved on to the Guinness Brewery in the Dublin City Centre for another history lesson (with pints)!

Friday morning was disorganized chaos. We started later than expected after a lovely party and a late night at Gerry and Carol Lynch's lovely home in Greenhills. We were able to get some work in on the Principles of Motion and what the Dictionary of Motion forms teach. Saturday morning came bright and early for our seminars. We had a grand turnout especially considering there were two other martial arts events scheduled that same day. Old friends like John Ward (Ward Kenpo Studios), Jimmy Poland (Jimmy's Kenpo Academy), and JJ Kelly (White Tiger Kung Fu) trained with us and new friends, like Peter Coyle (Kenpo Ireland) dropped by to say hello.

The seminars went very well. The children worked With and Making the Ground their Friend. They especially enjoyed the high energy groundwork. Adults enjoyed the challenge of our Words of Motion seminar. My old friends seemed to take a great deal of pleasure in watching Lena demonstrate the Bow of Compulsion formulation on me! Perrystown, our host, was preparing for a dance that night and our seminars were running late. We took advantage of the lovely Irish sunshine and finished the Associated Moves seminar outside in the grass. It was an ideal setting to illustrate Locking the Arm Long while going to the ground with the opponent. TheMALC raised just over 2,000 euros for the kids at Barretstown. I hope other Martial Arts groups will follow our lead and create opportunities to be of service to their communities.

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Author Bio :: Dennis Lawson

Dennis Lawson has trained for 4 decades in Ed Parker's Kenpo. During his varied career, Mr. Lawson has been an IKKA Regional Director for Region #3, has acted as Master of Ceremonies for the International Karate Championships, and has published numerous articles in publications for the International Kenpo Karate Association, The Martial Arts Learning Community (TheMALC), and Kenpo 2000.

Mr. Lawson has had the opportunity to study other Martial Arts and holds advanced rank in Aikido and Takemusu Aiki Budo. Dennis taught, competed in, and promoted events in the New Orleans area for 20 years. Among his list of favorite achievements is choreographing and performing Kenpo for the Dance Council of New Orleans. His academic background in psychology and love of music allow Dennis to offer a unique and entertaining approach to tailoring "the Art" to the individual. Dennis has taught seminars in Ireland, Jersey Channel Islands, The Netherlands, Portugal, and throughout the United States.

Dennis holds a Sixth Degree Black Belt in Ed Parker's Kenpo and was awarded the title “Professor” under the auspices of The Martial Arts Learning Community (TheMALC). Mr. Lawson was inducted into the International Black Belt Hall of Fame as Master Instructor of the Year for 2006.

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