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Well its probably either arnis, kali or eskrima.
Arnis - Warrior Art of Northern Philippines. Spanish for harness of the hand. Very aggressive, powerful, & relies on speed. Uses sticks, knives, & empty hands.
Kali - Warrior art of southern Philippines. Very flowing, rhythmic, & circular movements using sticks, knives, & empty hands. Kali is from the word Kalas which means blade.
Eskrima - Warrior art of the central Philippines. Very economical, tight, & speedy. Utilizes sticks, knives, & empty hands. Eskrima means skirmish, the art of fencing.
I would say that in a short seminar you will only touch on basics and probably then only with a single stick.
Most FMA stick fighting has single and double stick work and defences, plus knife and sword work. It'd be unlikely that you will do any of the advanced stuff using blades in only one seminar.
We do arnis in our MA system and start the white belts early with it on just single stick work, moving into double sticks as they progress through the ranks.
Hope this has been helpful!
Suggest you do a google search on arnis, kali and eskrima or ask your instructor what you will be doing.
Of course you will also need sticks for your seminar which you should be able to get through your club or from a good MA shop, ask for arnis or kali sticks.
Rattan is best for beginners, its light and easy to work with and cheap. I wouldn't buy the expensive hardwood type until you've done it for a few years.
Plus it hurts a lot more if you get hit! I've only just fixed one of my knuckles from a vicious hit a few months ago, my whole hand went black and swollen, I thought I'd cracked a few bones, I probably did too.