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Grand-Master Sken Seminar 2023 : 28th Oct 2023.

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by Grand-Master Sken
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Brief Seminar Report by Neil Holden

On Saturday 28th October 2023, my teacher, who was recently promoted to the Instructor rank of 'Senior Grand-Master', delivered his third annual seminar at the Wolf-Gym.

October is the month that the Wolf-Gym always hosts it's annual seminar, as October was the month that I was awarded my Instructor grade by Senior Grand-Master Sken and the seminar date is a tribute, ( thank you ), for the promotion. This year being the 31st year since my Instructor grade promotion ( 10th October 1992 ).

On the morning of the seminar I had a private training session with Senior Grand-Master Sken. During the warm up time that was spent on stretching, we spoke about how Muay-Thai in the U.K. had developed over the last 3 decades, and especially about the recent changes brought about by ONE Championship and the incredibly popular format of 'Global Rules' Muay-Thai.

Being open to change, is often the key to success, and Senior Grand-Master Sken spoke about how techniques and training methods, systems and styles need to evolve over time. We also spoke about the Combat-Sports of Mixed-Martial-Arts and how many M.M.A. fighters choose to mix Muay-Thai ( Striking ) with Ju-Jitsu ( Submissions ) for their combat style.

After stretching, it was time to put on the 4oz MMA gloves and get to work in the white ring.

The training session seemed to pass very quickly. Skipping, Shadow-Boxing, Plyometric exercises, Bagwork techiques, Stamina-drills on the bags, then finishing with a cool-down round utilising the Strikes-&-Submission grappling dummy, ( mixing Muay-Thai and Ju-Jitsu techniques whilst grounded ).

Muay-Thai is a young mans Sport. Most Instructors stop training in their 30's. Being 51 years old, and still aimimg to train like a 21 year old, is no easy achievement, especially with the many injuries that middle age brings to the game. I did my best, under the watchful eye of my teacher, and was grateful that there were not to many corrections to work on.

Following the training, we had a short break before the students arrived for the seminar. I took this opportunity to present Senior Grand-Master Sken with a personal gift, that he could use while teaching. A pair of stunning White & Gold VENUM Boxing Gloves, made in Thailand.

A long standing tradition that we have continued to observe at the Wolf-Gym, is that only Master Sken ( now Senior-Grand-Master Sken ), can use White Gloves. Another tradition is that only a 'Grand-Master' uses the colour Gold. So, for Senior-Grand-Master Sken, the White & Gold gloves, I felt were the ideal gift.

The seminar for the Wolf-Gym members started at 11.30am, and lasted 90 minutes. Grand-Master Sken lead a warm up that included very intricate drills with lots of position changing and head movements.

Then the seminar moved onto striking skills using the Thai-pads and some incredible combinations. Senior-Grand-Master Sken impressing everyone with his speed, agility and striking skills. His High-Kicks, leaving the students in awe. Senior-Grand-Master Sken, who is 68, moves like an 18 year old. One has to witness this with their own eyes to appreciate it!

At the end of the seminar I presented Bram-Arjarn-Yai Sken, on behalf of the Wolf-Gym members in attendance, an engraved trophy, thanking him for the 2023 seminar.

The event was a great success, as were the 2022 and the 2021 seminars, and an experience that members will remember.

Thank you Senior Grand-Master Sken, my teacher, my mentor and my inspiration.

Photo’s - to follow :
























































Neil Holden, presents Bram-Arjarn Sken a thank you gift on behalf of Team-Wolf-Gym!



Senior-Grand-Master Sken, with some of the Champion's from Wolf-Gym.



Bram-Arjarn-Yai Sken, who after a lifetime of dedication has become a Senior-Grand-Master ( Bram-Arjarn-Yai ).



Senior Grand-Master Sken, official Certificate of promotion.



Bram-Arjarn-Yai Sken, in the traditional Muay-Boran uniform.




The evolution of the Combat-Sport of Muay-Thai, with 'Global Rules'.


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