Date: July 27-31, 2019
Place: Warnemuende, Germany
Organizer: Germany Branch Chief Wolfgang Pech
More than 110 Karatekas from all over Germany and from Switzerland were motivated to follow the invitation of the German Shinkyokushinkai Organisation to attend the National Summer Camp held from July 27 to 31.
The camp took place again at one of the most attractive locations at the Baltic Sea. The small town Warnemuende is a fantastic and wonderful place with many nice and long beaches for an ambitious Karate training offering so many varieties.
The special guest instructor of this Summer Camp was Sensei An Driesens, European Kata Champion of 2017 and 2019, from Belgium/Switzerland. Sensei An had teamed up perfectly with the German Shihans and Senseis to instruct the participants over the period of 5 days of training.
3 training sessions every day – the first one started at 6.15 a.m. with running in the early morning – had been led by the qualified and highly motivated team of instructors. As always during the Summer Camp in Germany all participants were split up into several groups with individual instructors to make sure that everyone can enjoy a beneficial training with useful guidance to reach the next level or grade. The training programme was characterized by the entire spectrum of Shinkyokushin. Besides of Kihon and Kumite a special focus was put on Kata improvement with Sensei An obviously this year.
Highlights of the Summer Camp were the annual grading with 24 examinees, the night training at the beach including a final session in the Baltic Sea with all 110 karatekas practising kicks and punches together while standing in the pretty cold water of the Baltic Sea – and not to forget the Sayonara Party with barbecue, singing and dancing at the last evening.
All participants and the team of instructors as well agreed that it was a wonderful and inspiring Summer Camp and they are all looking forward to the Camp in 2020.
Shihan Wolfgang Pech
Branch Chief Shinkyokushinkai Germany