Beach Day 2015 – Aug 29th (9a – 3p)

Saturday August 29, 2015 9am – 3pm (ending time is flexible) Oceanside Harbor Beach

All students and families are encouraged to participate.

This is our time to hang out and get to know each other better in the true spirit of Karate-Do.

Lunch will be served (hotdogs, chips, drinks)

**Please feel free to bring any other food items that you may want other than what is noted above**

Please bring your gi, sparing gear, swim suit, a change of clothes, beach toys, beach blankets, umbrellas, chairs and easy-ups.
Adult training will be later in the day.
Volunteer Grill Masters Needed

BEACH DAY 2014 – SEPT 6TH

All students and families are encouraged to participate in this annual fun day for students and families

This is our time to hang out and get to know each other better in the true spirit of Karate-Do as we train on the beach like the old Okinawan masters.

Training begins at 9am with our annual beach run (Kids class students and higher please)

Pee Wee specific training at 11 am

Adult and senior rank training will be later in the day

Students participating the the Sept 7th Advanced test will be excused shortly after lunch so they have ample time to rest before the quarterly cake walk

Lunch will be Hot Dogs (Turkey, Veggie, and Beef), Chips, Fruit, Water and Juice all compliments of the Dojo for students and their families.

**Please bring any other food items that you may want other that what is noted above.  And please make provisions for any food allergies**

We keep this pretty simple

Please bring your gi, your sparing gear, swim suit, a change of clothes, beach toys, beach blankets, umbrellas, chairs and easy-ups, and SUN SCREEN

Volunteer Grill Masters Needed

 

 

2014 KIYOBUKAN SUMMER CAMP FAQS

Where do I find detailed information about the camp?

Simple...Click here

Do we have to stay the weekend in a hotel if we want to attend Summer Camp?

No, staying in the hotel is not a requirement. It is offered as a convenience. The training days during camp start at 9 am and are usually not done until 6 or 7pm. For some it's just more convenient to stay at the conference location, but it is by no means required.

Do the students train non-stop during the camp?

Absolutely not. We take breaks every couple of hours. The goal of the camp is not to wear people out. The goal is to give every attendee an exciting and memorable training experience.

Is the camp only for adults or advanced students?

No way. The first time that I attended a camp I was a gold belt (11 years old) and I learned so much that I was able to test the very next week that I attended class. There is something in the camp for all ranks and all ages, and the best part is that the student gets to pick what is most interesting to them. More often than not, it will be something that they DON'T GET IN NORMAL TRAINING CLASSES.

Can I drop my student off at camp during the day?

Yes you can. The camp is a pretty closed environment, where the students will be around their friends, classmates and instructors. We only ask that if you are going to drop your student off, make sure that you have partnered them with someone that can look out for them, you have left them with food or money to get food, and you have left clear information for them to get in touch with you if they need to. Please do not assume that Renshi will be able to watch them. As the event host, he will be very much preoccupied.

What does the registration for camp cover?

The registration fee for camp covers the students participation in the camp training sessions. That includes all training sessions with the Hanshi and other instructors, as well as any one on one training that the students request while at the camp (This is a great time to get one on one training with a black belt). The fee also covers the cost of the banquet. The registration does not cover testing, other meals (outside of the banquet), souvenirs, or extra social activities.

How old does a student have to be to participate?

This year we are allowing student 6.5 years and older.

Will Renshi McCammon be teaching the classes during camp?

It us unlikely that your student's classes will be taught by Renshi McCammon during the camp. The concept of the camp is for the students to meet other students as well as instructors.

Are all students required to participate in the tournament?

No. Actually the tournament is only for students 9 years and older, and green belt or higher. Students participating in the tournament who when first place will have their tuition for next years camp waiver COMPLETELY.

Will the dojo be open during Summer Camp

No. Dojo will be closed until the Monday following camp. Their will be no Karate class for those students who are not participating in the camp during the camp weekend.

How much is the banquet for non-participants?

The banquet will be $30 per person for non-participants (parents and friends).

Can people attend the camp just to watch?

Yes. Spectators are welcome. The cost of attending is $5.

Does the time spent at camp help towards my next belt test?

Yes. Any student that can demonstrate understanding of the required material for their next belt test, may test during the camp (Sunday morning) regardless of accumulated training hours. After the camp every student will be granted 10-hours towards their next belt test.

When do the rates at the hotel go up?

July 4th. Don't miss that date!

How can I register for camp?

Either get and complete a registration form from the dojo, or visit the Summer Camp website at: https://sites.google.com/site/kiyobukancamp2014/

NRK KARATE SUMMER DAY CAMP

SUMMER DAY CAMPS

NRK SUMMER DAY CAMPS ’14

SESSION 1: JUNE 23 – JUNE 27nSESSION 2: JULY 21 – JULY 25nAll Sessions are from 9a – 4p*n*Additional $5 per day to extend session until 5:30pnOpen to ALL Children ages 6-12n (NRK Karate membership is NOT REQUIRED)n

CAMP SUMMARY

-Daily Reading Hourn-Daily Math/Science Enrichmentn-Two 60-min Training Sessions (Applicable To Next Belt Test)n-Pizza And Movie Party On The Last Day Of The Session (Only Day That Lunch Is Provided)n-$200 Per Sessionn-Bring A Friends And Receive A $20 Discount Per Guestn

THE PROGRESSION OF A STUDENT

I often find myself having a conversation with parents about how well their child is doing in karate. Generally speaking my answer will be the same. "They are doing just fine." So why is is that I can apply the same response to such a wide variety of people at different points in their training? My response to it is this: Karate is different.

I'n most activities their is some juxtaposition inherent that separates the great from the average performer. There is your star point guard, you quarterback, you have first string, or varsity, or any other number of separators. Real Karate is not really built like that. Sure, there are champions in competition. There are also children that are physically gifted, or fast learners, but none of that really has much to do with the essence of karate.

In Karate Do (the karate way), the pursuit, ultimately, is for self perfection. It is not for a victory in a match or some metal clad medallion, trophy or flashy ring. Those things can be nice motivators from time to time, but do they really help you to be better. In some cases the arrogance that they breed can have the exact opposite effect.

Indeed, Karate seeks to help you to search inward to find a more perfect version of yourself. From that reflection you learn to grow and improve. In that way can there ever be a point in your training when you are not doing well. That is like telling someone that I want you to be great, but could you please hurry it up, I have a time line to keep... Sound ridiculous? I sure hope so.

Now that is not a dig on any of the parents who ask me that question. We come from different places. I have spent most of my life training, thinking, studying and meditating on karate and its meaning. You are coming to me cold, for the most part. It is for this reason that I am writing now.

Again I say, Karate is different. Every student can be great. I truly believe that, and history has proven me to be correct. Many of the most famous masters of karate were less than what the common world would consider to be sports icons. Many may not have even been considered athletes of any sort when they began training. That is actually appropriate, because karate is not a sport, but that is a topic for another post. As I said, many were not athletes. Some very notable masters were frail or sickly, others were not regarded as that intelligent when they started, but in all of their cases, where they ended up, and where they started were two totally different places.

Every Karate student has a path to greatness. Everyone's path however is not the same. If you were to tailor a suit to two men of a similar height and build, the two suits would be different. They could be on the same color. the same fabric, but they would be different. Such is the case with karate.

Each student will mature at their own time. Each will find a different inspiration. My goal is to use a systematic method to get them to look in the right direction to find their path. I can not truly give it to them. Nor can I really teach it to them. What I can offer the is a direction. A general course that I have followed, and continue to follow in my quest to find a more perfect me. In that way definition of sensei is very appropriate...one who has gone before...it doesn't literally mean teacher though that is the most common translation. Similar is the case with the term senpai ...senior. Both terms imply the presence of applicable experience, not some ethereal knowledge. Even the terms that we regard for what we in the west would call an expert, master or grandmaster....Renshi, Kyoshi, Hanshi, literally these terms are more a recognition of a person's character as a role model than they are an assessment of greatness.

So what am I trying to say with all of this? Simple. If a person of any age is engaged in a practice that has at is core, the holistic development and improvement of that person as a contributor to the world, than participation constitutes a degree of success. When you goal is perfection know two things: 1 -Your path is a long one. How many years are their in infinity.? 2. Action is progress, and progress (towards perfection) can never be anything less than great.