Time just fly away when you are around open minded and positive people. And top of that you train, eat, and sleep Kyokushin Karate! As said before, this camp did had visitors from Spain and Sweden. Shihan Juan Carlos Escalera 6.Dan, Sempai Magnus Hanssen 2. Dan, and Sempai Jimmie Collin 1. Dan. Norway had also their first line with Sensei`s who did their part teaching Kyokushin Karate.
←Summer camp in Norway..
The summer camp is the biggest event in the year (of course), and the mix of young and older people, experienced practitioners and inexperienced practitioners give this event a special setting, a family feeling. Three training sessions a day was the program, and all ready at the first session at 06.30 – many needed some spirit! With good instructors you get motivated to work hard, and with the line up of this years instructors – the motivation was no problem. And of course if you train Kyokushin Karate, you will know about the task to motivate your self and other people around you – instructor or not!
Some of the Karatekas training at the beach,with Shihan Escalera and Sempai Collin
The summer camp change location from two places. Every second year at this year location, East in Norway. And the year between West in Norway. Many of the Norwegians have 8-10 hours (one way) car trip to reach the camp, so maybe the spirit starts even before the camp ;o) – and Karatekas from North, with almost with 2000 kilometers to travel – Osu!
Sensei Erik Helin BC North with Ping, Sweden
The training this year have been brilliant.It has also been exceptionally significant time to see what Norway needs of technical upgrading, not to mention understanding of Kyokushin Karate.This can never be good enough, but small steps in the right direction is the way to go.
Shihan Escalera, train with him! Then you will understand the level of his expertise. Already from the first session, had all experienced that now was the time ready for some harder work!
The summer camp, or this kind of seminars often also bring the level above the instructors, and this is a point easy to forget. Instructor can be stuck in their rolls sometimes and build people around them self – but maybe not them self. Sensei Erik Helin / Norway had pointed of this on this years program. So when the session switched, did the instructors the same. In other words, the instructors were also set up on the line and train with the rest.
The same aspect was used throughout the camp, and about Shihan Escalera came with good basic inputs and Kata vice, so did Magnus and Jimmie Sempais in the Kumite section. But even if these guest instructors had something specific roles in Kata / basic and fight, they taught all aspects of Karate.The top of the Swedish national team showed a lot of nice inputs. Great ideas on how to develop as a fighter and as an instructor.
Magnus Hanssen Sempai – lining up.
There were exercises that will make you : physics stronger, better understanding and more technical working. These points are related course. And even as experienced, seeing that today`s fighting requires far more technical skill and understanding than you first imagines…
The camp did not only offer training at day time… 03.30 night to Sunday “the alarm” went off! It was time for working together in groups, all ages and grades. Ten groups battle one good hour running between five post (found around the camp area market on a map the groups received at the wake up call) The winners of this tournament was announced at the barbecue Sunday evening.
←Jimmie Collin Sempai – sparring
A common Kumite session in beautiful surroundings ..Stavern city with the surrounding area has much to offer. It is located down by the sea, and the Norwegian archipelago gives everyone the impression as a summer camp should provide. Friendly sparring almost an hour with the sea in the back, and with some water-exercises to peak it all. The meditation after this gives you a inner calm you hardly reaches on daily bases.
One big thanks to all who has been involved in this camp one way or another. We need all parts, all ages, all levels, all people that are willing to give energy to create some positive values. Osu!