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British IKO Summer Camp 2018

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This year’s Summer Camp was organised by Wales Kyokushin and took place in Brecon, a small town on the edge of a large National Park. Tohyama Sensei was invited to teach there and Greg, Masami, Tudor and myself took part in the camp.

Greg, Masami and myself rallied the location thanks to Tudor and his great driving skills. After under four hours on the road, with the unavoidable rain when crossing the Welsh border, we made it to the venue, Christ College, and were greeted by the organisers who showed us around. The sun was set to shine for the whole weekend on this beautiful location.

Oscar Fichelson’s 10th birthday BBQ

Saturday 21 st July 2018 was the last training for the Saturday class until September 1 st . It also was a chance to celebrate a number of things: Oscar Fichelson’s 10 th birthday, Pierre Fichelson’s shodan grading success, a farewell for Kenshi Kamitani and a visit from Milan from former students of the Yamaguchi family.

 

As it was the final class for a month and the first after the grading, it was a good chance for students to reflect on their training of this half of the year by doing all the Kihon, Ido and Kumite training in an extended class which allowed students young and old to

1,000 Punches and 1,000 Kicks 2017

The 1000 punches and 1000 kicks has usually been a good indicator to show how far the club has come. This year there was an evident jump in concentration and performance compared to last years’ event making it perhaps the most successful dojo event in recent times.

On entering the Dojo, there was a change in atmosphere with students from white belts to brown belts warming up so they were ready to train straight away. While in prior years there was a tendency to lose count and start again, everyone seemed to be very switched on and the 1000 punches were completed without any need to restart.

British Summer Camp 2016

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This year’s British Summer Camp took place on 15-17 July in the north of England, near Matlock. Members of Dojos from across the UK gathered to attend this three-day event hosted in a very nice countryside location. From the Toyama Dojo, Romeo, Antoine and myself took part. 

We were honoured to be taught by highly ranked instructors over a total of seventeen hours. Shihan Daniel Lorente Spain IKO branch chief, was this year’s guest instructor. Shihan Daniel is an outstanding teacher who trained world-class champions including Sensei Alessandro Navarro.

Having the chance to be taught

1,000 Punches and 1,000 Kicks 2015

Kyokushin is about presence. Both physical and mental. It's most likely to be the only actual thing we can have a conscious decision about: to be present or not.

This Saturday we've been given the opportunity to present ourselves, examine ourselves, wonder, convince, enjoy and occasionally hate ourselves in the forms of Seiken-Chudan-Zuki and Chudan-Maegeri for kyokushinkai up to 6th kyu (yellow belts) and jodan for the more senior ones. We had the opportunity to do it 1000 times. Or more. Depending on how well we focused on the count. Or focused on our technique.

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