Budo camp: the idea
The idea behind budo camp is to provide an immersive experience of Martial Arts practice, focusing on
diverse topics that enhance the practitioners understanding of budo, bushido and ultimately life itself.
During budo camp, the practitioners 'live' the essence of budo for several days while camping out and
training in the open air. Many techniques and stances suddenly reveal previously hidden minor flaws when
practiced on the uneven ground of real life, yet - more importantly - practicing outdoors is also
essential in removing the perceived line between training in the sports centre on the one hand and
the world as we live in it every day.
Indeed, budo camp presents a unique occassion for the martial arts student that (like so many aspects
of training) is only fully appreciated after time has etched the patterns learned there deep into the
Summary of the budo camp
Over the course of three days, practice was focused on karate techniques (block-counterattack patterns)
as well as iaido practice.
Different in most people's views, iaido and karate are really not seperated at all. Both basic concepts
(attack, evasion and counter - and throughout: initiative) and stances are very similar; only iaido is
much more nuanced and therefore extremely hard to master!
Practising iaido however, will enhance your karate skills over time, as it will improve all other
aspects of your martial arts abilities.
Traditionally an excellent opportunity to get all Sogo Budokan members from the different nations
together, budo camp was again visited by two German branches and two Belgian branches this year.
For many members of the different Sogo Budokan branches, this budo camp also provides them with
the opportunity to study with and meet Sensei Tino Brebels. This obviously means lots of good advice,
many small corrections and a great amount of all-round fun!
Some more photos