The challenge stuff will probably have to be dropped, I don't think the con organizers would care for it.
The Q and A would be very interesting.
I'll help out if you need it, you know where to find me ;)
You want to go to a Cosplay convention and give a presentation about how engaging in fantasy and doing pretend fighting is for fagz?
That's bound to go well.
Well, find them a master that speaks to them in a language they'll understand...
Ser Syrio Forel.
Maybe touch on fight choreography an aesthetics, I know you have a background in it. Mention the difference between reality and movie fights.
To remain positive mention that most martial arts offer a benefit but not necessarily fighting or self defense skill.
Maybe touch on arts like WMA or ARMA that are somewhat exotic that can still be trained alive and remain practical.
I've done a whole series and more projects on the way regarding the problems with self-defense and preparing to fight for your life. Everyone here knows how huge that cluster eff is. How much will you be going into that? I have some suggestions but don't want to send you to far outside the scope of your presentation.
I also have quite a bit of experience with Anime cons. In particular, promoting a combat sport (a soft one) over there, jugger.
In my opinion, the sort of people that go there react positively when you can get them excited about something. Your presentation sounds little about promoting MA and too much about debunking the bad stuff to me. I would spend more time praising the martial arts you want them to be interested in and let them figure the rest out by themselves.
If I knew jack **** about MA and attended to your presentation, I'd rather come out with the feel that "Wow, look what awesome things I discovered" rather than "Okay, so all these things I thought were cool turned out to be crap".
I'd avoid discussing ninjutsu entirely, lest you find yourself arguing with vehement Naruto fans.
Noble endeavor. However, your time might be rewarded better by teaching them some basics so their "dueling" in the lobby/food court looks a little more realistic.
Originally Posted by TheMightyMcClaw
Seriously these kids need some Wushu instruction.
"What do we say to the God of Death?"
Originally Posted by Hiro Protagonist
For martial strategy I've always been partial to;
The Art of War - Sun Tzu
The Book of Five Rings - Musashi Miamoto
The other guys have already chimed in with the good practice advice. A good watermark would be to get them to a point where they can separate fantasy fighting theory from real fighting theory. The basic "sparring with aliveness" already suggested is the best reality check. (bullshido.net 101?) There's nothing wrong with playing ninjer for the fun of it, but that stuff will get you hurt if you try to take it into a fight. I know that you know enough of the real stuff to get them going.