I have to hand it to my long-time friend and colleague, Colin Wee of Joong Do Kwan, the IAOMAS Coordinator: everything ran like clockwork.
Colin also managed to assemble a very diverse, yet mutually compatible and reinforcing, group of instructors and managed to attract a participant group that was especially open-minded, friendly and well-skilled. The net result was a very enjoyable and informative experience.
Proceedings opened with Dr Nigel Farrier of Martial Arts Education Centre whose topic was: "Using your body more effectively for weight transference and generating speed.
I followed with my topic: "Fighting in the ‘melee’ range; understanding the significance of ‘toe to toe’ fighting in civilian defence, distinguishing it from sport fighting, learning to dominate it and avoid collapsing into the clinching/grappling range".
We then broke for a light lunch which Colin organised (and his student Niall cooked!) - a sausage sizzle!
After lunch there was a presentation on Tabata Exercise by Dr Farrier and a presentation on Nutritional Supplementation by Dragan Malesic of Shinobi Bujinkan Perth.
A video showing some highlights of the IAOMAS conference
Andrew Hickey of Inner Circle Combatives Australia then restarted the sessions with "full-force, full-aggression" demonstrations of his system, then followed with sample drills to illustrate his topic: "Do No Harm/Do Extreme Harm concept and how it applies to the continuum of force and legal application of force method".
Finally, Nigel May of KOMA led the last session: "Sepac Hapkido’s joint locks" which focused on gap closing/entries and a combative approach to the use of joint locking.
The talented Ashley Johnson closed proceedings with an iaido (sword drawing) demonstration.
I'm very pleased to have had the opportunity to meet so many fine martial artists and share in the atmosphere of the IAOMAS experience.
Well done to Colin, the instructors and all the participants!