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#194605 - 10/19/05 10:34 PM Re: Dave Meyer Seminar [Re: MattJ]
RangerG Offline
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Registered: 04/18/05
Posts: 1026
Loc: Chester County, Pennsylvania
I'm thinking about it too... Good price and close...
"If you're gonna be stupid, you better be tough."

#194606 - 10/20/05 01:25 PM Re: Dave Meyer Seminar [Re: MattJ]
ToddR Offline

Registered: 10/04/05
Posts: 148
Loc: York, PA
Man, that would be great if both MattJ and RangerG made it to the seminar (and if each of them brought about 15 people ). Seriously though, I think it's a really fair price and will be an excellent seminar. And, with my 100 sq ft of grappling mats on the way I think I see a garage grappling group (nice alliteration huh?) forming in York, PA. I've been in contact with another guy named Nick who's interested in training in York. Very cool. Hope to see both of you there, and please let me know if you have any questions.

#194607 - 10/20/05 02:07 PM Re: Dave Meyer Seminar [Re: ToddR]
ShikataGaNai Offline

Registered: 08/27/05
Posts: 1163
Loc: Bellingham, WA
todd -
any idea if mr. meyer is coming to chicago? we have a great instructor (trains a UFC big-namer) in bjj, but it's hard to get attention as a beginner when there are so many brown & black belts at the school. i'm keepin my eye out for seminars!

#194608 - 10/20/05 05:48 PM Re: Dave Meyer Seminar [Re: ShikataGaNai]
ToddR Offline

Registered: 10/04/05
Posts: 148
Loc: York, PA
I'm not sure what his seminar schedule is but I'll try to find out. He seems to do seminars all over the world so I'd be surprised if he didn't get to a big city like Chicago at least a couple times a year. Mr. Meyer's website lists Garcia's Black Belt Academy as a school that uses his Masterclass Grappling Curriculum, so maybe they occaisionally have seminars there? You can also go to and click the "Seminars" button to see what Mr. Meyer has scheduled. It doesn't look like this page has been updated for awhile though.

#194609 - 10/30/05 02:02 AM Re: Dave Meyer Seminar [Re: ToddR]
Dereck Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10416
Loc: Great White North
Well today is the 30th and will be going to train with David Meyers at 2:00 pm Mountain Standard Time. Suppose to go to 5:00 but I've been told possible 6:00 or later. Looking forward to it.

#194610 - 10/30/05 11:06 PM Re: Dave Meyer Seminar [Re: Dereck]
Dereck Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10416
Loc: Great White North
The seminar was fantastic. I came home and I was so charged up ... I just ate up the information he gave and left me for wanting more.

Everybody there ... about 30 people ... were already versed in grappling so we dove right in. Our main objective was arm bars and we started arm bars for the person on the top. Then we did a crash course in defending from the bottom with our feet. David Meyer even had an individual try to take top mount aggressively to show how effective the legs can be. All the while he talked calmly and defended at the same time ... he was good. Then he taught how to do arm bars from the bottom. All and all the 3+ hours was not enough ... and like I said it left me for wanting more.

Afterward we took a group photo and he turned to me and asked for me to stay for a few minutes as he wanted to go over a few things. He showed me how to not use strength for one of the exercises where I was on the bottom and had my opponent in my guard and to lock in a arm across my chest while pulling in my opponent and creeping my legs up their body. Then he instructed when I should use the strength to lock the legs, push their head down with my arm/hand and then bring my other leg over top of the head and lock my arm bar in. I was honored he took the time to show this to me and for his kind and motivating words.

After this we were allowed to grapple with other class mates and I applied the arm bar techniques he taught us earlier and unbelievable how well they worked. Like he said earlier, he would show us step by step and break it down so that we can see it if it happens. While grappling I could see it just like he said and it worked great. Also like he said, there are numerous of arm bars and holds but you only need to learn one really good that works and then move on to others.

David Meyers knows his stuff and it was a great pleasure to train with him. He is very personable, friendly and funny and I couldn't have spent a better Sunday. For all of you who will get a chance to train with him I hope you have as much fun as I did.

As pictures become available I will post them. What a wonderful day.

#194611 - 10/31/05 12:13 AM Re: Dave Meyer Seminar [Re: Dereck]
oldman Offline
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Registered: 07/28/04
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#194612 - 10/31/05 12:20 AM Re: Dave Meyer Seminar [Re: Dereck]
butterfly Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 3012
Loc: Torrance, CA

Sounds fun and am glad you learned a lot! Yes, I am somewhat envious.

#194613 - 10/31/05 11:58 AM Re: Dave Meyer Seminar [Re: butterfly]
Dereck Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10416
Loc: Great White North
Just to add to my earlier post, we are trained in grappling in our system and have learned numerous of arm bars from the top and bottom but David Meyer shows so much more and he teaches it in a way that breaks it down so simply. Then he moves from group to group checking and showing small things that need to be fixed. Any questions he is more then happy to answer. To learn arm bars in certain situations that you would have never thought of is just incredible. The easy transition from trying it one places and then moving to another is just amazing and he makes it look so simple. I now want to learn even more and am envious of all of you that train this full time.

Matt and Ranger if you get a chance to go to this with Todd you won't be disappointed.

#194614 - 10/31/05 12:45 PM Re: Dave Meyer Seminar [Re: Dereck]
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 15634
Loc: York PA. USA
I'm there for certain. REALLY looking forward to it now. Thanks for sharing, Dereck.
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin

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