Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Polish Summer Camp 2006

Deshi Pawel Explains...

Our summer camp took place this year in Inowroclaw. We were training outside and in the gym. The camp was almost cancelled, but like every year it has to be done! And it was...

Before camp was officially started, Meijin visited Biskupin. It's one of the oldest towns in Europe! It is thought to have been around for 2700 years! The next day we started to train. Meijin's drills were hard! After a few hours of training, nobody could move their legs, but everyone was happy to learn something new.

That evening we started the second part of our training. This part was spent on techniques. Gi grabs - both hand and one hand and deshi techniques. All deshi worked on their monjin categories and then learned senpai kata.

Also we made some progress with weaponry. Bokken, sai, tonfa, nunchaku, and manriki were the main weapons we were training to know better. There was a lot of fun and some pain, which is nothing new to training with weapons.

The final day was the exam day. All of my students were quite sure of their knowledge on the next rank, but when the exam began, all of them were nervous. Every member of Poland Summer Camp made his next rank, which means that everyone made some progress in their skills. Now we have a lot to do. We learned lots of new things which we need to repeat and improve.

In the Poland Summer Camp were 8 Konigun students. Now our goal is to make it double on the next one. By the end of the year we are planning to open a second class in Torun and in the first part of next year, hopefully, a third.

There is more good news: Monjin Adam and I are coming to the USA during next summer. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Monjin Pawel