MB : Now tell me how you developed the IMA from a group of six melbourne Martial arts instructors to hundreds of martial arts schools internationally?
Well you see I waved my magic wand and it all just happened! In fact the reality is that I kept sending invitations to instructors from all styles to participate in various training events other than tournaments. Some responded, some didn't, other times I worked three jobs to get enough money to travel around australia and to various countries to train with anyone who would teach me. I was definitely guided to these places and people by some overseeing energy or spirit because I have trained with some amazing people and we didn't meet by coincidence.
For instance I have just flown into Tokyo and a friend said, "why don't you go and train with this person." To which I've responded "But he teaches in 80 odd countries, he would be too busy."
My friend said "Yes but his Mexican seminar has been cancelled so we can have lunch with him and train after that."
I have been so lucky at being in the right spot at the right time with may teachers I refers to as the gods of the martial arts world. I've been able to train with extraordinary martial artists and consequently been privileged to make some life long friends along the way. I spend a lot of my time corresponding with all these people, sending gifts and visiting them when I can and this has helped me maintain good relations and develop the IMA.
MB : What's new for you right now?
I have taken many teams to Japan over the years and hope to go again soon with the biggest team ever.
MB : What sort of team are you taking?
I'm inviting instructors and their students from all style of martial arts to allow me to show them some of the Japan that I know. We will train in a variety of different martial arts, do demonstrations, see the sights and experience the culture "big time" in places like Tokyo, Nikko, Kyoto and Osaka. There are limited placed because I will have special guest accompanying us along the way and I want everyone to fit on the one coach. Those who want to find out more can check out the upcoming events on the web site. We run international tours every year.
MB : Where are you with your own training these days?
I've gone all internal so to speak, I've been studying Tai Chi and Chi Kung with a few friends and really enjoying it. I have been putting together a new training system over the past five years called Reikijitsukai. It combined my knowledge of Karate, Aikido, Jujitsu, Shintaido, Chi Kung, Tai Chi and Reiki Healing. My body has changed and become more relaxed and fluid, it feels so good to train this way. Since I have incorporated the esoteric healing energies of reiki into my training it has become more powerful and gives me the results I'm looking for. Now lets save the Reikijitsukai for a whole new article because there is a lot more I would like to share on that subject.
MB : Okay well I guess we can leave it there, thank you very much for your time Sensei Slater.
It was a pleasure, thank you for yours Morgan.
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