Datu Hartman presents at The Calling 10?
Recently, I had the opportunity to return to Exeter for the 10th anniversary of “The Calling,” an annual kenpo event hosted by the charismatic Damian Abbott. This was my second visit, and what I love most about this gathering isn’t just the rigorous training sessions but also the well-planned sightseeing excursions. This year, we were treated to a delightful visit to the coast, and as is tradition, a train ride – I have a sneaking suspicion Mr. Abbott has a soft spot for trains!
The event was truly international, with attendees from the U.S., Holland, Jersey Island, Canada, and various UK regions. The weekend was divided into two main training sessions. The Friday evening was more casual, emphasizing peer learning. Sunday, however, was the highlight – a congregation of Kenpo experts sharing their wisdom. I was deeply honored to represent Modern Arnis, initiating the day’s proceedings.
One of the most memorable experiences was witnessing Mr. Abbott’s testing for his eighth-degree black belt in Parker’s Kempo. It reinforced the reasons for my fondness and respect for the Kempo community. The day concluded with the training hall transforming into an impromptu dance floor – a mix of great food, drinks, music, and the company of fellow enthusiasts.
I’m profoundly grateful to Mr. Abbott for inviting me and allowing me to present my teacher’s techniques. My deepest appreciation to everyone who joined us, bringing their passion and an open mind to the mat. I’m eager for our paths to cross again!
As a side note, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting the North American Kempo Summit on September 21 & 22, 2024, in Buffalo, NY. Hope to see many familiar faces there!
Datu Tim Hartman
World Modern Arnis
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