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The 33rd Summer Kyokushin KWF USA camp

Already after 5 weeks after returning from Japan, where Shihan Leslaw Samitowski and his players participated in the international All Japan Championships with a very strong cast, traditionally as every year, and this year, In 2006, the 33rd summer camp organized by KANKU Dojo, as part of the American activity Kyokushin World Federation. Shihan Samitowski, for 35 years running his Kyokushin KANKU Dojo in Chicago (USA). It Dojo with real events, completely independent with great success in sports and organizations.

This time the camp was organized in Michigan (USA) over Lake Michigan in the beautiful scenery of forests and beaches, and the weather was perfect order, beautiful! There was no shortage of international companies because, in KANK, representatives of various nations, such as Polish, Mexican, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Mongolian, Ukrainian, Angola, Pakistani, and American students, participate in training.
This 9-day camp, June 17-25, was a perfect experience for all participants, children, and adults; there were nearly 50 people in total. It was a very intense camp with 3 daily workouts, water workouts, night workouts, and many activities during the day.

The main topic of the camp was fitness preparation, a 30-minute interval run every morning at 7 in the morning and, of course, generally intensive training throughout the day. An equally important topic was the improvement of Kihon and Kata because the final highlight of the camp was the exam up to and including the 4th Kyu. No, of course, there was also no daily kumite training. The number of test takers was not too large because the exam with more participants is being prepared in the fall of this year with exams for Shodan and Nidan inclusive, which does not mean that the exam at the camp was easy. The examinee had to go through a hard way to get his belt.

Despite quite an intensive program, there was also time for Bunkai and Goshinjitsu (self-defense) based techniques from different Kata as well Tao philosophy. In running the camp and in conducting the main training, the instructor, apart from Shihan Samitowski, was sensei Bruno Drab (4 Dan), who was 100% committed to every workout he did
Sensei Andrzej Chuchra often helped. She was also extremely helpful to sensei Magda Drab (3 Dan) in training and the organization of the entire camp, becoming, in a way, the brain that keeps watch over them whole. She also attended the camp after maternity leave, Sensei Ewelina Skretowicz-Jasica (4 Dan) showing real OSU No Seishin (Spirit of OSU) and Toshi (fighting spirit) at every training!

The strong accent of the camp was great, healthy, and tasty food. There was also a Sayonara Party where, apart from other attractions, KANKU Rock Band, composed of Kanku Dojo players, ended the camp with a strong hit. OSU! 


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