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Every year, International San Ten Karate Association hosts a weekend-long, multiple-instructor training camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains right outside Yosemite National Park. Located among nature and set in the magnificent of Yosemite, the camp offers participants a unique opportunity to train, enjoy the fresh air, and make connections with other Karatekas.
This Karate summer training includes bunkhouse accommodations, hot showers, and free meals for the duration of the camp. For those who require more privacy, Fish Camp offers many lodging options, some within walking distance of the training hall. Please contact The International San Ten Karate Association if you require any assistance.
The three-day camp will include the following sections:
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 realize that we are mere links in the chain of life. Practicing 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.
Hanshi Ricardo Llewelyn has been practicing Shotokan Karate since 1970. He holds a Kyu-Dan (9th Degree Black Belt) in Shotokan Karate and has been granted titles of Hanshi, Kyoshi, and Shihan with the International Santen Karate Association (ISKA).
The ISKA Sierra Camp is held at the Jack L. Boyd Outdoor School at Camp Green Meadows, in Fish Camp, California. Fish Camp is about 1.5 hours north of the Fresno Air Terminal on Highway 41.
All meals are included, starting from dinner on August 12, 2016 and ending with breakfast on August 14, 2016.
Between training sessions, ISKA participants can enjoy the camp's tall trees, green lawns, burbling brook, hiking trails, horseshoe pits, basketball court, volleyball or badminton court, campfire meetings, and restored Miwok Indian village.
From San Francisco International Airport (SFO), travel east on 580/205 to Manteca, south on 99 to Merced, east on 140 to Mariposa, south on 49 to Oakhurst, and north on 41 to Fish Camp. 215 miles, 5 hours.
For all routes, Oakhurst is your last-minute shopping spot. There is a Vons, Raleys, and Longs Drugs near the intersection of Hwy 41 and Hwy 49. All three have at some selection of camping gear.
Finding the camp: Enter Fish Camp on Highway 41. Watch for a small pond on the right. Immediately after the pond is a small bridge. Less than a block later look for White Chief Mountain Road on the right. Follow this single-lane road about 100 yards through the trees and cabins, watching for small signs that point out the Jack L. Boyd Outdoor School at Camp Green Meadows.