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Please follow the Seminars link to the appropriate locations.  Seminars dates and contacts are listed for Ireland and Germany. 

 

Links to seminars in the following locations are:

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Prof. Clark teaches seminars around the world, information on some of his upcoming seminars can be found buy following the links on the left side of the page.   If you would like to see some pictures from past seminars please look at the Gallery for a limited number of photographs

Hosting a seminar is made as simple and cost-effective as possible for you.  If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Clark mailto:Rick.aodenkou@verizon.net  

Hosting a seminar is made as simple and cost-effective as possible for you.  If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Clark mailto:Rick.aodenkou@verizon.net  

If you need to contact Prof Clark while he is teaching seminars you may contact him by mobile.  These numbers will be active only when he is in the specific country listed.

United Kingdom +44 79-6079-6913

Belgium +32 487 55 85 22

Germany +49-152 0391 2874

Ireland +353 85 7545 110

United States +1 812 201 7655

Course Review: Pressure Point Seminar with Prof Rick Clark

(Taken from: http://www.societies.ncl.ac.uk/karate/multimedia/Rick%20Clarke.html  Newcastle University Shotokan Karate Club)

A well known researcher into the history of the Asian fighting arts, and a highly respected author on the subject of pressure points and kata application, Rick Clark regularly tours Europe to share his knowledge with anyone willing to learn, delivering seminars in his own open and relaxed manner.

Having started training in the US with judo in 1962, he was exposed to other martial arts as instructors passed through, and currently holds the grades of 8th dan Ryukyu Kenpo, 7th dan Ju-Jutsu and 7th dan Tae Kwon Do, among others. His eclectic syllabus of techniques is broadly labelled as Ao Denkou Jitsu, meaning ‘Blue Lightning’, drawing references to his pressure point fighting and the influence of the Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do, which he has studied since 1966.

Professor Clark’s November UK stopped on Tyneside for a four-hour seminar hosted by Dave Nicod of the North East Kick Boxing Academy to which students of Japaense, Korean, Chinese, western and mixed martial arts attended.

The course was split into two sections with the first exploring applications from the heian (pinan) nidan form, and in particular the first eight movements. Points on the wrist, neck, arm, leg and chest were examined and practised before seeing how they related to the movements found within the subject kata, as well as other forms such as Unsu, Seiunchin and Naihanchi. Some of the sequences practiced are shown in the photographs accompanying this report.

The second session focused more on the application of stances found within the Asian fighting arts. The hour-glass, front and crane stance were covered, but a course favourite was the foot work application from Naihanchi, given the name ‘Walking the Leg’ which exploited point on the foot, lower leg and thigh to great effect (and pain) which will form part of an accompanying article in the future.

I went into the seminar having enjoyed the instructor’s publications, but still had reservations over the effectiveness of pressure point fighting simply because of the accuracy that I perceived was necessary in order for them to work. These reservations were quickly destroyed by the ease with which the attendees managed to pick up the techniques Prof Clark was teaching.

Despite having been on the receiving end of over half of the demonstrations I still find it hard to describe the amount of pain caused, and the speed and ease with which it was delivered. In the instances where students missed the point slightly the effect on the body was still sufficient to affect the opponent’s balance and grip, and they still hurt enough to gain pain compliance, removing the perception that great accuracy is needed.

Supporting the effectiveness of the pressure point fighting that Prof Clark teaches, and the main reason why my perception of this fighting method changed, was that the sequences did not rely solely on pressure points, but complimented by and with a variety of locks, throws and strangulations both standing and on the floor showing that pressure point manipulation is part of a greater system, and not necessarily an independent method of fighting.

I’m a great believer that when teaching it’s not necessarily what you do but the way that you do it, and so perhaps the most important aspect of the seminar was the way it was conducted. The mysticism around this subject, which is propagated in part by the chi/ki labels and claims of being able to knock people out with a few taps, was not present. The points were not described using traditional Chinese medicine references, just simple descriptions using body parts as location markers, and the methods of exploiting the points was simply ‘here’s the point, hit it like this, and this happens’. This avoided confusion and misunderstanding, and along with the humorous way in which Prof Clark taught made the material accessible to ten-year old novices as well as the experienced instructor, and one bewildered SFUK fighter. Throughout the day Prof Clark was willing to take questions, explain elements in more depth when asked, and generally kept an emphasis on learning and enjoyment, balancing the fact that people were giving and receiving some serious pain.

Everyone there would highly recommend attending a course with Professor Rick Clark, who also has several widely available books, and has just made a 2DVD instructional recording on some of the applications of Naihanchi. Hic contact details and published work is available through his website www.ao-denkou-kai.org and more info about the hosts can be found at www.blackbelt4u.co.uk.

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