1. It's Affordable.Early registration is only $199 (expires on 5/31, and jumps up to $225) and that includes food and lodging. You basically just have to get yourself there. In fact, I've got a special deal for anyone that reads this. If anyone puts in coupon code: Wilson15, you get an additional 15% off your cost. If you can't make the whole weekend, you can do a one day pass. If you have a group that wants to go, there's family or group discounts, AND the Wilson15 code still works for that as well.
2. ExperienceI love meeting and talking to new martial artists, and seeing different paths that are applicable to this thing we call martial arts. Anytime I can experience something new, even if I suck at it, I'm going to try it. I'm using this as an excuse to explore a part of the country I've never been to. If there's any dojo in New England that wouldn't mind me coming in and checking it out, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) , I'd love to stop by and see what everyone else is up to.
3. Great time to head NorthI don't know where most of my readers/listeners are from, but I've lived most of my adult life in Florida and now Tennessee. I know that July is not necessarily the best time to be in the South. Temperatures rise, and it becomes harder to do outdoor stuff. I personally am going to use this an excuse for a vacation. And what a great time of the year to go on vacation to New England. I'm excited for this whole trip!
4. New ContactsBesides the new experiences, you'll be able to meet with many great people who share your love of martial arts. These are just friends you didn't know you had yet. Personally, I'm going up there to recruit for interview guests form Martial Thoughts, and I know I'll find lots of people to talk to, and hopefully record.
5. Great Teachers of a variety of martial arts.Among those great new contacts and friends are going to be great instructors. One of the unusual things about this seminar will be that when they're not instructing, they'll be taking the classes as well. So the HEMA instructor you just had last hour, is now taking a Taiji class with you now! That's an awesome idea! If makes a difference, I'll be conducting a couple different seminars on aikido myself. I'm going to do an introduction to aikido, and then share something I've been working on and researching myself, which is striking in aikido, and how that works.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, or better yet, go to www.martialartsweekend.com which should answer any questions!
I hope to meet many of you there,