International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan Canada
As with my last spring camp experience, I learned so much more about Kyokushin Karate, and what it really means to study the Martial Way. Sensai Tats Nakamura taught not only how to refine our techniques, but shared some great thoughts and wisdom on how to improve how we train as martial arts students.
For instance: Shomen ni Rei is not just bowing to the Sensei or photo of Mas Oyama, but to yourself. Also, I was inspired by the wise advise of “training is like placing a paper on your work desk – 1 for every day you train, and -2 for everyday you miss!”. One of my favorite moments was watching Sensei Brad and Sensei Tats sparring. To see two masters playfully exchanging with such balance, technique and skill was a privilege to watch, and something to aspire to.
My ledger has many new tips and messages to review and build into my karate repertoire: From learning the small added movements to extend a punch, a slight twist to add power to a kick, being precise in each stance/position during kata or the use of varied technique to create openings.
The event itself was immensely enjoyable. We are blessed in this Kyokushin family with Senseis, Sempais and students who are such great people to train with. The food was excellent and nourishing, the training insightful and the post training events fun for all.
Most important to me is the building of relationships within our Kyokushin team. As you gain trust and respect for the others you train with, you more readily follow their guidance and leadership, and in turn become a leader to others. Weekly training is great, but does not compare to the benefits gained from working hard for 3 days amongst like-minded individuals. I would strongly encourage anyone to attend, as the gains you can make are tremendous.
My thanks to Sensei Brad, Sensei Tats and the leaders and supporters of Calgary Kyokushin for another highly successful spring camp!