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Karate Summer Camp in Poland

Join Traditional Karate Federation of Poland in their biggest gathering of the year in Przedbórz, Poland. With international, world-respected instructors from different countries coming over to offer the highest quality instruction, the camp will provide you with one week of intensive training that will improve significantly your level and skills. There is also dan grading test for those who wish to pursue a career in Karate instruction. Join the camp and feel the difference.

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Albert, Mahmoud, Nelson, & 1 More…
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  • Daily training in Kumite and Kata
  • Judge's examination and dan grading test
  • Instruction from multiple instructors around the world
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Sayonara party on last day
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Polish, English
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There are two options to choose from:

Accommodation at the center dojo - Stara Wies

With this option, you will be staying in living houses, enjoying three meals per day, and attending the Sayonara party free-of-charge. However, accommodation at the center is limited and you are suggested to make a reservation as soon as possible.

The dojo - Stara Wies covers a vast area of 60 hectares of ‘magic landscape’. It is located in the very center of picturesque Przedborski Landscape Park and surrounded by woods. The center consists of more than 20 buildings to be used by guests, Japanese gardens of gravel and stone, an artificial lake, and a sports field where you can play soccer, volleyball, and basketball.

The dojo offers 16 high standard cottages. According to the customs of Japanese culture, they ensure comfort, silence, absolute privacy, and the proximity of nature for guests. Each of 13 standard buildings can host seven to eight persons, with the new three double bedrooms and one single room, living room with terrace, kitchen, and private bathrooms.

In Japanese VIP houses, there are two apartments for two guests with one bedroom, and two apartments for four guests with two bedrooms. Houses are equipped with specialized futons for sleeping, internet access, fireplace, and refrigerator. There are 103 beds, if including extra beds, the total number will reach 116.

There are also conferences and two halls at the dojo. The conference building is suitable for training sessions, workshops, business meetings, and lectures. The unique atmosphere of this place makes gatherings particularly effective. Dojo was built in accordance with the philosophy of Japanese architecture where the natural environment strongly pervades the residential zone.

The facility is equipped with two conference rooms. They come with a screen 3m x 3m, projector, sound system, and flip chart. One room is larger with 50 meter in length and 14 meters in width and a height of 3.80 meters. The other room is smaller with an area of 13m x 13m and a height of 3.80 meters.

Accommodation at your own camper

With this option, you will stay at your own choice of accommodation, whether it is a tent or a camp. You will gain access to a sanitary room and connection to electricity.



The six-day camp will be packed with action and instruction from four world-respected instructors, as well as other activities such as dan grading test, judge's examination, and farewell party. Participants will have plenty of opportunities to engage in their passion, share their experience with others, and make friends.

Traditional Karate


Traditional Karate is an art of self-defence which evolved from the original Japanese Budo (martial art). Original Japanese Karate known today as traditional Karate never distinguished any styles.

As a result of the worldwide interest towards Karate caused by the commercial reasons, there have occurred numerous styles and schools which have nothing in common with Karate. Many spall-schools separated from the original traditional Karate mainstream.

The World Traditional Karate-Do Federation (WTKF) is responsible for governing the original Karate in the world and in Poland, it is the Traditional Karate Federation of Poland.

What is traditional Karate

In the late 1950s, worldwide interest in Karate prompted many countries to invite instructors from Japan. Since there were a limited number of available Japanese instructors, many areas of the world developed their own forms of "new" Karate.

In the public mind, original Karate as practiced in Japan became known as traditional Karate while the variations later developed in different parts of the world became known as new Karate.

Traditional Karate, as an art of self-defense, evolved in Japan over many years. Its technical base is founded on the Okinawan principle of "Tode", which itself is based an "Chonfa", the fighting art of China, a weaponless form of self-defense. Its philosophical base is Japanese "Budo" which is common to many Japanese martial arts.

The combination of Okinawan fighting forms and Japanese Budo philosophy eventually became traditional Karate. Central to the technical structure of traditional Karate is the concept of "Todome-waza" or finishing blow whereby a single technique totally disables an opponent. This high technical proficiency makes traditional Karate a form of high art.

Since traditional Karate training involves the dynamic use of the total body, the physical benefits are of the highest quality. While traditional Karate strives to develop the whole person, it also benefits the mental and emotional states, providing for overall equilibrium and stability of emotions. The ultimate goal of training in traditional Karate is not merely the perfection of fighting skills, but rather the total development of the human character where fighting is no longer necessary.

In 1993, the 101st IOC Session (General Meeting) specified that traditional Karate is the discipline which is practiced by the ITKF and governed by its rules. At this time, traditional Karate was differentiated from other "Karate" disciplines.

Therefore, that form of Karate which is practiced and governed by the rules and regulations of the ITKF is the only officially recognized "traditional Karate" much the same way that IOC recognized swimming as practiced under international swimming rules is distinguished from general forms of swimming.

ITKF competition rules are based on the "Shiai" of "Budo". Shiai directly translates to "testing each other" which means that the purpose of two individuals competing against each other is to mutually develop their skills and not merely to see who defeats the other.

Mutual respect for each other is a fundamental principle of such traditional Karate competitions. Technical development is gained through continuous dojo training in traditional Karate fundamentals which are then incorporated into a competition. The categories of traditional Karate competitions are as follows:

  • Kumite (free sparring): Men's and women's individual and men's team
  • Kata (forms): Men's and women's individual and team
  • En-bu (offense - defense technique demonstration): Man - woman and man - man
  • Fuku-go (composed of Kumite and Kata): Men's and women's

History of traditional Karate

The evolution of traditional Karate reached its completion about 1930 in mainland Japan. Its technical basis began earlier in To-de, the weapon-less fighting art that developed in Okinawa, Japan. To-de came about when the Okinawan government of the period would not allow the people to own any weapons.

Okinawan To-de was itself based upon the Chinese fighting art known as Chuan-fa. Chuan-fa traced its origins back more than one thousand years. It is believed that the Chuan-fa fighting art called Nan-Pei-Chun, which was developed in the Fukien Province of China had the greatest influence on the development of Okinawan To-de.

When the technical basis of To-de was added to the martial arts philosophy, the result became traditional Karate. This came about in 1600 when the various Japanese fighting arts finally came together both in technical principle and philosophy. It was this coming together of the fighting arts as martial arts that defined the beginning of Budo. With this also came the goal of continual seeking for the highest human development.

There are many so-called styles (school systems) within traditional Karate. However, these are principally divided along two lines: Shuri-te (including Tomari-te) and Naha-te. Shuri-te developed in the Shuri area of Okinawa (presently part of the City of Naha). Shuri-te was based on the Chinese Chuan-fa from the era of 1400 A.D. lt was subsequently developed in its own unique way under the geographic and political conditions of Okinawa.

Naha-te traces its origins to the Nan-Pei-Chun of the 1900's. It was directly introduced to the Naha area of Okinawa from Fukien, China.

Traditional Karate Federation of Poland

Traditional Karate Federation of Poland (TKFP) is the governing body of traditional Karate in Poland. It is estimated that in Poland, there are approximately 30,000 people practicing traditional Karate. TKFP has got about 200 member clubs and sections in all regions of Poland.

The principal aim of TKFP is the popularization of traditional Karate, spreading the values and benefits of the Japanese Budo and all its aspects. Virtues flowing from practicing of Budo make an invaluable impact on education and health.

International activities of TKFP

  • TKFP is a member federation of the World Traditional Karate-Do Federation (WTKF) seated in Geneva (Switzerland) and the European Traditional Karate Federation (ETKF) seated in Milan (Italy).
  • Representatives of the TKFP are actively involved in the works of international authorities. Mr. Wlodzimierz Kwiecinski, Chairman of the TKFP is the President of the WTKF and Vice-President of the European Traditional Karate Federation (ETKF).
  • Polish national team members are among the top world’s top athletes. For years, they have been winning a number of medals at the world and European championships.
  • Athletes, judges, and instructors have been constantly working on their self-improvement and upgrading their skills.


  • 2001 - Wlodzimierz Kwiecinski, chairman of the TKFP awarded with Silver Cross of the Order of Merit of Republic of Poland - state award conferred by the President of Republic of Poland - for his contribution to the development of traditional karate and great coach achievements.
  • 2003 - TKFP received the Fair Play 2002 award from the Polish Olympic Committee for “behaviour of the audience in accordance with a fair play rule during traditional youth competition as well as during the Traditional Karate World Cup in Warsaw and the European Cup in Lodz”.
  • 2003 - TKFP received the Fair Play award from the Polish Sport Confederation for an excellent organization of traditional karate tournaments, ensuring security to all participants of the events and cultural behavior of the audience during the Traditional Karate World Cup Prokom 2003.
  • 2012 - Wlodzimierz Kwiecinski, chairman of the TKFP awarded with Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette bestowed by the Emperor of Japan for his steadfast dedication to his study and pursuit of the concept of Budo which lies at the heart of the traditional Karate.
  • 2012 - Wlodzimierz Kwiecinski, chairman of the TKFP awarded with Golden Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland - state award conferred by the President of Republic of Poland - on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of traditional karate in Poland for his contribution to development of this martial art in Poland.

Organization of international events

  • The TKFP hosted a number of prestigious international events in Poland:
  • ITKF world championships (Pruszkow, Warszawa 1998; Lodz 2012)
  • Three times European championships (Lodz 1992, 1999; Rzeszow 2006)
  • All editions of the World Cup and the European Cup since 2001
  • The organization of all above events was highly estimated by the international authorities.

Investments, projects

  • Japanese Martial and Sports Centre “Dojo - Stara Wies”; the investment being realized in a village called Stara Wies in the Lodzkie Voivodship.
  • The TKFP is planning a new project professional traditional karate centers in major cities of Poland.


Albert Cheah
Albert Cheah is the founder and chief instructor of Orange County Japan Karate Association, the oldest traditional Karate dojo in Orange County, California. Sensei Cheah has trained in traditional Shotokan Karate for over 35 years under the tutelage of Sensei Nishiyama. He is a seven-time AAKF National Champion, and also an instructor, judge, and member of the AAKF Technical Committee.
Mahmoud Tabassi
Mamoud Tabassi is the Vice President of the World Traditional Karate-Do Federation (WTKF), the Vice Chairman of Senior Council, and a member of Senior Advisory Committee of the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF).
Nelson Carrion
Nelson is a member of the WTKF Board of Directors. He currently hold the position of General Secretary. He is the General Director and instructor of the Traditional Karate Do Institute (TKI), and the founder of a few national traditional Karate federations in the world, e.g. in Uruguay, Morocco, France.
Wlodzimierz Kwiecinski
Wlodzimierz is the President of World Traditional Karate Federation, the chairman of the Traditional Karate Federation of Poland (PZKT), and trainer coach of the National Team of Poland.


The camp will take place in Japanese Martial Arts and Sports Centre, Dojo - Stara Wies located in Stara Wies village in Lodzkie Voivodship.


If you choose to stay at the center Dojo - Stara Wies, three meals per day will be catered to you. If not, there is a canteen available in the dojo. The canteen is located in the same building as reception. In addition to traditional tables, restaurant contains a section decorated in Japanese style.

There is a terrace where guests can enjoy meals outside. A professionally equipped kitchen is used to prepare high-quality dishes. The menu can be matched to the individual needs of guests.

Things to do (optional)

Participants can see how varied and delicious Japanese cuisine is and enjoy the beauty of Przedborski Landscape Park during their free time.

Spa treatments

Physical fitness and mental balance of human being are inseparable. After sports activities, dojo guests can take advantage of body renewal services, water massage therapy, or the benefits of a sauna. They can also try natural Japanese infusions in a beautiful tea room with an atmosphere.

Tea room

In an atmosphere of silence, peace, and mutual respect, Japanese tea ceremony meeting is held here. The tea room is situated on the banks of the water pound. The building is equipped with a fireplace, terrace, a bathroom, and kitchen. This is a great place to meet in a small group of 10 to 15 people.


The building with terraces over water pound, guests can enjoy a sauna for 12 people and relax in a room with sofas. The second room is equipped with tables, which allows you to organize meetings with refreshments in the beautiful scenery.

What's included

  • 3 meals per day
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily training
  • Sayonara party

What's not included

  • Meals for those staying in their own camper or tent
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Łódź Władysław Reymont Airport (LCJ).

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