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6 Days Beginner's Karate Summer Camp in UK

Karate Summer Camp in United Kingdom

This summer of 2016, Shoto Ryu Karate Kai Association organizes their annual Karate summer camp in Bideford, UK. As usual, participants will enjoy multiple sessions of training a day with experienced instructors of the Association. Taking place in the historic town of Bideford, the camp guarantees many interesting places of interest to visit during off time as well. So come and join the camp where you will surely have a wonderful time.


  • Training 4 times daily
  • Training with head instructor of Plymouth club
  • Practice includes Kata, Kihon, Kumite, Bokken, Bo and Tai Chi
  • Plenty of time to explore the historic town
  • Accommodation at Kingsley college
  • 5 nights of accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation is at Kingsley College, on a self-catering basis.



The camp will include training and practice sessions in Kata, Kihon, Kumite, Bokken, Bo, and Tai Chi. Training will take place 4 times per day, from 7:00 - 8:00, 10:30 - 12:30, 14:30 - 16:30, and 18:30 - 19:30.


Self Defense

Karate is a martial art of self defense. The Japanese characters which form the word Karate mean "empty hands". Literally, this means that the Karate practitioner uses his unarmed body to aid him in a reliable system of self defense.

As a method of self-defense, Karate is probably as old as the human race. However, only in recent years has this method of empty-hand defense taken on a vast scientific approach in which body movement, timing, balance, and even psychology are studied and applied in formulating techniques that are effective against any would-be assailant.

Physical Discipline

Many people have fallen victim to an undisciplined, over indulgent, and stressful society. A look around clearly shows man's poor condition. Disregarding the need to balance our activities with proper exercise creates obesity, chronic back pain, weak and flabby muscles, poor posture, minimal flexibility, lack of endurance, tension, depression and emotional instability.

The superb co-ordination and stamina required in executing each Karate movement demands the utmost from your body. With training, you will learn to strengthen your body with proper exercises. In time, each part of your body will take a new dimension of conditioning and growth. Learning these skills will aid you in eliminating and preventing a variety of illnesses and other conditions that cause your body to deteriorate. Karate training brings about a great physical high which will overcome any temptation to indulge in drugs, alcohol, or junk food.

Mental Discipline

Self-defense does not in itself create a worthy art. Karate-Do involves mental training as well as physical training. It is hoped that the practitioner will open new doors of learning and understanding - that exercise will take greater meaning. After many hours of practice, the meaning of "Kara" or "empty" will change from the literal definition to a deeper, more aesthetic meaning - ridding the mind of negative thoughts and feelings thereby creating space for useful actions more worthy of cultivation.

Spiritual Discipline

As harmonious interaction of mind and body evolves, the practitioner will come to realise that we are mere links in the chain of life. Practising Karate only to prepare for an attack that may never come proves useless. Striving to strengthen one's mind and body only to achieve worldly happiness would also prove useless if death comes tomorrow. One must learn to expand his thoughts beyond the physical realm in to the spiritual sphere. Learn to forget yourself and to adapt to the pace of nature, and you will learn to accept the absolute truth. You must study this well.

Shoto Ryu Karate Kai Association

Shoto Ryu Karate Kai Association was founded in 1981 by Sensei Viv Nash, 8th Dan. The 5 tenets of their practice are relaxation, centralization, concentration, harmonization,


Most Shoto Ryu Karate practices are performed with the muscles in a natural state of relaxation/readiness. Those that require rigid tension only serve as a method of finding relaxation. Relaxation brings quickness of movement and aids flow of ki. Tension slows movement and inhibits ki.


The center point or tan dien is located a little below the navel. Many martial arts concentrate on this point during practice, Shoto Ryu is no exception. It is believed by many that ones 'center' stores ki (internal energy). Centralization consolidates balance and body positioning.


Practiced correctly, Karate increases strength of mind and focus. Self discipline is essential to increase concentration. Concentration is essential to produce ki.


Knowing oneself is essential in order to defeat an opponent, but harmonizing with that opponent is also essential. Without relaxation, centralization and concentration, harmonizing with your opponent is impossible.


To aid concentration the breath should coincide with ones movements. To centralize, one must concentrate on the breath. Breathing, relaxation and concentration, are essential to produce ki.


The camp will take place at Kingsley College, Bideford.


Bideford is an attractive town on the west bank of the River Torridge, where the river begins to widen to form the estuary. The old road has a lovely old bridge crossing the Torridge linking the town of Bideford to its neighbouring village East the Water. This impressive, arched stone bridge was built in 1535. The original bridge was built from timber in 1300, and was replaced by a stone bridge in the 15th century. Various adaptations have been made to the bridge throughout the intervening years.

Author Charles Kingsley lived here and based his novel Westward Ho! in this area of North Devon. The town of Westward Ho! takes its name from the novel - the only town in Britain known to have been named after a book rather than the other way round and also the only town in Britain with an exclamation mark in it!

Kingsley described Bideford as a town of white houses. Many of these are now pastel colored but the town still has some pleasant narrow streets and attractive small shops.

In the 16th Century, Bideford was Britain’s third largest port. The name of the town is derived from by-the-ford, presumably from the days before the bridge was constructed. Today, Bideford is a thriving shopping center with an historic Pannier Market holding both produce and crafts markets twice each week. Many antique shops are scattered amongst the narrow backstreets and alleyways that lead up from the quay and the river. These alleys are known locally as drangs.

The tree-lines quay still bustles with fishing vessels, cargo and pleasure boats, and there are regular boat trip to Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel, about 12 miles away.

The parish church of St Mary stands on the site of the original Saxon church, which was replaced by a Norman building. Most of the present church was rebuilt in 1865, but the tower and the font have survived from the original Norman building.

The area around Bideford has some fascinating places to visit such as the charming villages of Appledore, Instow and Clovelly. The town is also close to the start of the Tarka Trail and not far fro the lovely Exmoor National Park.



  • Gym
  • Fitness center
  • Hiking nearby
  • Surfing nearby


  • Beach nearby


  • Free WiFi


Food is not included in the price. Participants will need to take care of their own meals and drinks.

Things to do (optional)

Burton Art Gallery and Museum

Cobbaton combat collection

Hartland abbey and gardens

Instow beach

Lundy Island

Surfing, wind surfing, and kite surfing

Westward Ho! Beach

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily training 4 times per day
  • Training in Kata, Kihon, Kumite, Bokken, Bo, and T'ai Chi

What's not included

  • Airfare travel
  • Food
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

The Kingsley College is located on Northdown Road in Bideford. Please contact Shoto Ryu Karate Kai Association or Mr. Owen Luscombe at [email protected] for further question regarding how to get there.

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