As promised, here’s the first piece of video footage from our summer camp in august. I’m not a VJ, so I just packed all the clips I have into one big clip, so don’t expect any fancy art here.
Anyhow, I think this footage gives you an idea of what sparring looks like at my Dojo – sometimes we play it fast an rough, sometimes smooth and easy, but always with a big deal of respect and caution. Sparring is just a form of training, an opportunity for both participants to learn and grow. Getting injured in sparring is a waste of time.
Let me emphasize that: Being injured sucks. That’s not just me being a softy, I’ve been there, done that and bought the t-shirt. All it ever did for me was keep me from competing. Not something I envision for my students. Took me a while to realize the true meaning of sparring, even longer to introduce a sensible sparring culture in my classes, but I believe it’s been well worth the effort.
Since this is primarily a post about the camp, though, I’ll spare you more theory on the meaning of proper sparring. Hence, without further ado, let’s get ready to watch some video…
Hope you enjoyed it – over the course of the next days, I’ll upload a clip for every day we spent at the camp, not necessarily in the correct order (camp actually started on sunday, so the above footage was taken on the second day…). Make sure to check all the other clips as well!