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Join YMCA in their summer Judo camp, organized in their signature style - to nurture your soul and body, to widen your network, and to build social responsibility. During this camp, through daily training, discipline, and blending-in with other participants, you will not only improve your Judo techniques, but also make lots of new friends. What's more? You will be able to do all that in the beautiful setting of thousands of acre of green campus.
You will be staying in dorms. YMCA dormitories provide a great space to relax, enjoy the view and hang out with friends. Wake up each morning refreshed and ready to achieve new goals! Each dorm sleeps 48 to 56 people. There are bunk beds, divided into four rooms of 10 and two rooms of 4. There are shared bathrooms across the hall
and a central lobby with fireplace. There are no linens, pillows or towels provided.
Camp participants can choose to start each day with a Tai Chi session and meditate in motion, or take a jog through our wooded trails. Morning training sessions begin in the Dojo, where a 4:1 participant to instructor ratio ensures excellent attention for technique development. After lunch, continue training with fellow participants and instructors. During the evening, a Randori gives everyone an opportunity to practice new skills.
There are also self-defense classes and a daily Kata clinic for demonstration and instruction of technique. Of course, there’s plenty of time set aside to enjoy the beautiful thousand-acre camp! Participants can swim in the lakes, go on a horseback ride, climb up rocks, wander through the woods on a hike, be creative with arts and crafts, try their luck at fishing and more. All activities are facilitated by professionally trained camp staff.
Best of all, the YMCA teaches all of campers to be responsible, caring, honest, and respectful people - values to share with family, friends, and everyone.
Judo consists of throwing and grappling techniques to suit all shapes and sizes. It is a real fighting sport where you actually come to grips with your opponent, specializing in close-in fighting - just what you need for effective self-defense. It emphasizes free-form practice rather than rigid, repetitive routines, and this freedom of expression provides interest, enjoyment and a challenge for any tactician.
The benefits of Judo are numerous. Apart from having a lot of fun and meeting people, the ‘judoka’ develops confidence, coordination and balance, falling skills, efficiency of movement, and self-defense skills. It is the perfect activity for improving one’s physical fitness, as training in judo improves aerobic capacity, flexibility and strength, and is an excellent activity to complement other sports. Indeed the principles of Judo can not only be applied to other sports, but as a way of approaching and living life.
The story of New York City's YMCA parallels the story of our great City. Throughout our 160-year history, the Y has played an important role in New York City, anchored in its neighborhoods and continuously evolving to meet the needs of the kids, families and adults who live there. The YMCA was established in New York 1852 to provide young men new to the city a Christian alternative to the attractions of city life. Organized in the Mercer Street Presbyterian Church, the New York YMCA first operatedfrom numerous rented facilities in lower Manhattan, including buildings at 659 Broadway, Astor Place, Waverly Place, Bible House, 161 Fifth Avenue and 3rd Avenue and 9th Street. In 1869, the New York YMCA moved into a large building constructed in the French Renaissance style.
Thought to be the first purpose-built YMCA in the United States, the building was designed by notable church architect James Renwick, Jr. It included a large library and reading room, rooms for games, social parlors, a gymnasium, baths, a bowling alley, classrooms, lecture rooms and an auditorium. These features came to be standard at YMCAs throughout the countryOne of the most important events in the early history of the New York City YMCA was the appointment of Robert R. McBurney, first as librarian and later as secretary. Said to be the first paid YMCA secretary,
McBurney was an immigrant from northern Ireland whose influence on the development of the YMCA in New York was profound. For example, he helped the national headquarters of the YMCA of the USA locate permanently in New York; there was considerable overlap between the boards of the New York and national YMCA. McBurney was instrumental in developing the metropolitan concept of YMCAs that still operates today in large cities throughout the US. He organized and presided over early New York State conventions and reached out to influential and wealthy men in New York to support the work of the YMCA. The New York YMCA, in part because of McBurney's leadership, played an important role in the development of local and national social welfare organizations, including the Sanitary Commission, founded in New York in 1861; the U. S. Christian Commission, established in the same year by northern YMCAs to help troops and prisoners of war; the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, founded in 1876; and the White Cross Army, established in 1885 to promote personal purity among young men. The New York YMCA also supported and publicized the revivalist work of evangelists such as Dwight L. Moody and Ira Sankey.
When McBurney died in 1898, the New York YMCA had more than a dozen branches, including those devoted to serving railroad workers, French and German-speaking immigrants and college students. Although the number of branches and the outreach programs have changed to reflect shifting demographics and community needs, the YMCA in the 21st century provides services to millions of New Yorkers. During the early years of the YMCA in New York, the organization was also developing and expanding in Brooklyn and other boroughs. Founded in 1853, the Brooklyn Young Men's Christian Association merged with the YMCA of Queens in 1924 to form the Brooklyn-Queens Young Men's Christian Association. This organization merged with the YMCA of the City of New York in 1957 to form the YMCA of Greater New York. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the YMCA in 2002, the YMCA of Greater New York published a book entitled "The YMCA at 150 - A History of the YMCA of Greater New York" by Pamela Bayless. Copies are available upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking for more historical information about the Y? Contact the Kautz Family YMCA Archives at the University of Minnesota.
There is simply no place in the United States as brimming with opportunities as New York City. Those of us who live here open our doors to incredible options each and every day: The chance to experience the best and newest in the worlds of art, theater, dance, and music; the ability to feast on expertly prepared foods from all over the world; the belief that we can make our voices heard on political issues, in this news media capital of the nation; and the opportunity to meet today’s movers and shakers. The ambitious come here because they know that if they want to achieve a certain level of prominence in their careers or in the eyes of the world, New York is the place to do it (are you humming “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere, right now?).
There’s a factual basis to this New Yorker’s pride. Because of the density and diversity of our population; our long history as a center of commerce and ideas; our access to the United Nations, Wall Street, and the opinion makers of Madison Avenue; and endless other resources, there’s simply more here than in other places. And if that claim seems extreme, well, you’ll just have to regard boastfulness as another unavoidable characteristic of “the Big Apple”. What would New Yorkers be without our big mouths?
In visiting New York, you, too, are opening yourself up to a world of wonderful opportunities. In fact, that’s what can make New York so intimidating to visitors: There are just so many darn choices. But we've sorted through a myriad of options, selecting some favorites to help you hit the city’s highlights.
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Hard-working athletes need healthy meals to maintain top physical condition. Meals are prepared with fresh ingredients by our expert staff. Each day begins with a wholesome breakfast, afternoons are energized with a nourishing lunch and evenings dish up a hearty supper. All meals are 100% delicious!
The buffet-style meals include:
Fresh salad bar offering a wide variety of choices
Flavorsome fresh fruit selection
Homemade breads and muffins
Whole wheat pastas
Vegetarian entrée options
Whole grain breakfast cereals
Regular, skim and chocolate milk
Here’s what you won’t find:
Trans fat oils
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