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 Post subject: summer camp
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2002 6:58 pm 
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After summer camp officially ends, and everyone starts to relate all of the highlites of the weekend, I love to read all the testimonies because some people inevitably say it better than others. Long story short, what a camp.

Although this was a very tough camp for me with my wife recovering from back surgery, and it being the first time I could not stay all three days (left after the Saturday test), it will be a weekend I will not remember. Once again, meeting new friends like Henry Thom sensei, Joan Niedie (sp?)sensei, and all the others who passed my way is what it is all about. Reacquainting myself with old friends like Len, Raf, Mike A., Roy, "Be Like Moy" David, Gary, Vinnie sensei, Dan sensei, and all the others is just as gratifying. Seeing my students enjoying the camp as much as I do and coming back year after year to celebrate this Uechi experience is near and dear to my heart. This includes my adopted student from Pennsylvania, Alan, who is getting better each time I see him.

My "personal" favorites this year were listening to Campbell and Niede Sensei under the tent. What great stories they have. You two ought to write a book. Working with Walter Mattson Sensei on kata. It's a different perspective, but it made me think about everything I am doing. Of course, working with my own sensei, GEM, on Sanchin. That always put me into perspective. But the thing that will live in my memory for quite sometime will be that test on Saturday night. You can't say anything about the board of seniors there. When will that ever be duplicated? I hope those who participated this year will come back year after year. But what a performance from the candidates. I won't say anything different than what you already have read about Mike R., Tracy and others. They were all simply awesome. But I do want to add my kudos to one of the people who tested, who perhaps wouldn't necessarily get a lot of attention. Brian Stoia's (sp?), the first person to perform, form was incredible. I was so enthralled by what I saw and felt from him. Not only did he express power from each strike, but he was extremely accurate with each technique. What an awesome display. This is NOT putting down anyone of those other incredible displays of form from the other candidates, it's me simply stating what stuck in my mind. Thanks Brian!

What about your thoughts?

mike


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 Post subject: summer camp
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2002 1:44 pm 
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Mike sensei,

Living in PA and being out of the Uechi main stream for training, Camp really means alot to me. Feedback and instruction that I recieved keeps me focused until the next opportunity occurs.

For everyone else reading this, Mike sensei adpoted me as his student acouple of summers ago and always does everything he can to help me improve my Uechi. Coming to my dojo, reviewing tape after tape to get me ready for the Dan test, having special pretest workout at his dojo and taking time at camp for some personal instruction. All this because he cares and wants to help me.

THANK YOU MIKE SENSEI!

Yours in budo,

Alan


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 Post subject: summer camp
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2002 11:18 am 
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Shows the "spirit of camp" can be year round. Mike has high expectations but he also puts in the work to get those he help/instruct to meet the level.

david


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 Post subject: summer camp
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2002 3:01 pm 
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Thanks guys,

Alan, as soon as the wife is ready to travel, we're coming down. I promised this summer, but things went down the tubes for the most part.

Talk to you soon,

mike


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