Here is the poster for the 2013 Ryusei Summer Camp, hosted by Rick Going and Kam Miranbigi, the instructors of Ottawa Ryusei Karate-Do. The summer camp will run the weekend of July 20 to 21, with guest instruction supplied again by Terry Valentino of Koshin-Ha Chito-ryu, in the U.S. The camp is always a great experience, held on the outdoor platform (enclosed with screens to keep out the bugs) built on Rick and Basia Going’s beautiful country property in the Gatineau. It’s always great training with a Saturday night celebration of music, campfire and, often, sushi. Download a copy of the flyer here. Sign up soon. We can only accommodate up to 30 participants. First come, first serve.
This year, Ryusei Karate-Do Canada will hold its annual summer camp on the weekend of August 25-26. As always, the camp will be hosted by Ottawa Ryusei instructors Rick Going and Kam Miranbigi, on the beautiful country property in the Quebec countryside, owned by Rick and his wife, Basia.
After Sakamoto-Sensei came to Canada last year to teach clinics, we have a lot to work on. This year, we will concentrate on the proper use of hips, trying to understand the concept of shime goshi. We will study this vibration of the hips in the kata Naihanchi, and then seek to apply it other ways. I am finding in my own training that all techniques require a hip vibration. A simple rotation is not enough at a high level. So as one of our practices we will perform basic techniques but with advanced hip vibration.
One of the keys to doing the right hip vibration is to have a soft and fluid body. With a soft body it is also easier to sink your weight and root your stance – a key concept in many martial arts. We will work on this at the camp.
And I will also like to look at the concept of kime. Right now the focus of energy always seems to come with a contraction of the body at the moment of impact. I am wondering if it is possible to get greater energy by relaxing at the moment of contact.