So, I just came back from the seminar Wanderlei was doing in Lille, France. First things first, Wanderlei is awesome. There must have been 75 people taking part in the seminar and was super friendly the whole time and gave technical pointers to pretty much everyone during the exercises. After a quick warm up, Wanderlei went at lenght over a lot of the basics of MMA, mostly clinch work (battling for underhooks, clinch trips, knees from the clinch, then knees from the clinch and knees from the clinch.) and ground work with a big focus on the ground striking ( GnP from standing positions, stomps, GnP from guard and elbows from bottom position which was especially interesting).
After three hours of seminar, Wanderlei took the time to discuss with the participants ( something he stressed was very important to him). He spoke about the situation of MMA in France ( MMA is still illegal here) which led to a very interesting explanation of his vision of MMA and what it means to him going back from his early days when he first started at Chute Boxe. He then answered questions: He said he doesn't plan to retire after the Belfort fight, feels good right now and fights because he loves it. He also explained that he's been doing this since he was fourteen and that he doesn'tknow what he will do after he's done doing it and chose to not think to much about it and enjoy the remainder of his career. He considers the Lidell fight as his best fight ( and I quite agree with it as this fight contains everything i love about Wanderlei, and I find it quite interesting about the kind of guy he is that he chose this fight.) He then took the time to take a picture with every people present ( there was forty people in the stands watching in the stands in addition to the participants. I had a great time as Wanderlei is one of the fighters that introduced me to MMA, one of my all time favorites and it was an honor meeting him.