Kyu-Level Test Preparation Class
What: Test Preparation Class and Makeup Testing With Sensei Ron Porath, 6th DAN
When: Saturday, June 1st
Where: Westgrove School, 50 Westgrove Way
Class: 10AM - 11AM
Testing 11:15 - 12:30
Official IKD Kyu and Dan Examination Syllabus
Grand Beach Training
IKD World Camp 2013
As you can guess from the heading, this is a training camp open to all Shotokan karateka throughout the world. I have trained and made friends with people from all around the world by attending these camps. It may seem slightly ironic where people from countries near and far come together to punch and kick each other in the face, but originally one of the main reasons for teaching karate outside of Japan was (and still is) promoting world peace. Despite what wars and conflicts are happening in the world, people come to camp, put aside their differences, eat, sleep, and train hard together regardless of race, religion, or personal beliefs. It's a beautiful thing. It's really wonderful to meet people from other countries with the same passion and enthusiasm for karate.
Training camp is typically hard work, but pretty fun too. Training takes place 3-4 times a day, with the first class starting at 6:30AM. I am excited as this will be my first time going to camp in Halliburton (Camp White Pine), which I hear is a fantastic facility. The first IKD Camp was held there, but I missed it as I was preparing to sell my house and move to North Kildonan. Last year the camp was held in Toronto at Ryerson University. I attended this as it was combined with the 1st IKD World Cup in which I competed (and placed 4th in Kata).
Camp is open to all levels and ages, but brown and black belts will get the most out of this training opportunity. Additionally, very young students might find it difficult to attend 6 hours of training each day (no skipping classes unless you're sick or injured). By this time next year, we should have some brown belts amongst our ranks in the dojo. It would be fun to go as a group!
That's all for now. Keep training!