I discussed the idea of back-to-back Levels 1-4 in August and/or October with Gail. Basically, we need to get six people in each level to make the classes viable. If we can get enough students to commit to each level (or the full four-day package), we'll do it. To document this commitment, you'll have to formally register for the class and express your desire to attend all four levels. We haven't settled on a formal price yet, but it will probably be in the range of $600.00. I'll confirm this and post the exact amount soon. That breaks out to $150.00 per 8-hour day of training, and each day includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a gift from Spyderco (e.g., Endura or Delica trainer, live blade of same, sharpener, etc.).
In order to be fair to folks planning well in advance, we'll have to make a formal decision well in advance. I think a 1 August deadline is fair for the August class. If we get enough participation, count me in. If not, we'll stick with Levels 1 and 2 only.
For Sochin, although our seminar schedule and your travel schedule don't coincide, get in touch with me while you're in town. I have a small group of private students that meets twice a week. If you'd like to stop by and play, you're welcome to.
For the record, I do offer private instruction in addition to the public MBC classes; however, it is not appropriate to discuss details here. If anyone is interested, please e-mail me directly and keep the forum clean.
One final consideration...
Although taking Levels 1-4 back to back may sound great, it may be tough to retain everything you learn. To really develop your skills, it's a good idea to take a level or two, really practice what you learned, then come back and get the next installment. This really applies to Level 4, which requires a solid understanding and proficiency in Level 1-3 skills in order to make it all come together. Food or thought...
Thanks to everybody for your interest and input.