2015 Spring Camp – Calgary, Alberta
The seventh Annual Canadian Spring camp was held from May 22-24 in Calgary Alberta Canada. This year karateka from all over Canada enjoyed the event including the warm sunny weather. Shihan Pierre Cataford from Montreal was the main guest instructor for the weekend.
Shihan Cataford covered a number of topics including the connection of Kihon, Ido geiko and Kata to Kumite. He stressed the importance of movement, timing, distance and strategy when fighting, giving examples of each and how the techniques he taught are currently being used in international competition. He also took us on a journey with the Bo, exploring the many ways this weapon can be used in practical applications, and for fun. His passion for Kyokushin Karate was obvious throughout the weekend; his sessions spirited, technical and engaging.
Several times during the weekend the group was split up and Sensei Alex Kleschelsky from Vancouver shared the instruction. Sensei introduced participants to the Tonfa, going through some basic movements, and later into the more complex applications of the weapon. It was quickly apparent that he has a deep understanding of the Tonfa. Thank you Sensei Alex!
Most of the time at Spring Camp is spent training, but a lot of time is also spent together eating, sharing stories, playing games and socializing. It is a GREAT camp to build camaraderie and meet new friends. One of the more interesting gatherings of the weekend was a spontaneous group conversation to honour our visitors – all in French! A great big THANK YOU to Sempai Michelle and her crew for preparing all the delicious meals for the weekend.
Once again, Thank you to everyone who supported the event, it made this the best Spring Camp to date. When we work together it is truly amazing how much more we accomplish. We are already looking forward to next year.