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Join SKIF in their annual Karate camp in Butgenbach, Belgium, where you will have the opportunity to train Karate-do quite intensively during a short period of time, meet world-class instructors, and make new friends. All levels are welcome. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced practitioner, you will surely take something with you from this camp.
SKIF will secure accommodation for you if you register before March 31. After that, you will need to find and pay for accommodation yourself.
July 1, 2016
15:00 - 16:30: Check-in
17:00 - 19:00: Training session
19:00 - 20:00: Dan examination (nidan and up)
20:00 - 24:00: BBQ
July 2, 2016
8:00 - 9:00: Breakfast
9:30 - 12:00: Training session
12:30 - 13:30: Lunch
16:00 - 19:30: Training session
20:00 - 03:00: Walking dinner + party
July 3, 2016
8:00 - 9:00: Breakfast
10:00 - 12:00: Training session
13:00 - 15:00: Check out
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.
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.
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.
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.
SKIF Belgium teaches traditional Shotokan Karate Do as taught at the SKIF Honbu Dojo in Tokyo - Japan. Their instructors teach a comprehensive syllabus allowing everyone, regardless of sex, age and ability to make progress in Shotokan Karate Do. Their strong ties with Japan Headquarters provide the opportunity for members to regularly receive high-class instruction directly from Japan's top experts. All their dan grades are registered in Japan.
As SKIF member you are part of a global "Karate Family of SKIF Karateka". Hence the "F" in "SKIF" which not only means "Federation" but also "Friend" or "Family". They offer the possibility to young karateka to compete in a safe and respectful environment in Belgium and also abroad.
The camp will be held in Butgenbach, 2 hours from Brussels.
BBQ on the first day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the second day, and breakfast on the last day will be provided. No drinks are included.
The camp is held at Worriken Center - Worriken, 9 - B-4750 Bütgenbach. You will need to take care of the travel to arrive at the venue. Please contact SKIF with any questions regarding traveling to the venue.