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15th Aikido Warriors' Camp 2019
Gordon Head Recreation Centre
22 - 26 July 2019
Facilitator: Rafael Oei Sensei.
Ueshiba Aikido Victoria

Thank you for making our 15th Aikido Warriors' Camp a success!
This was a weeklong overview of Aikido practice and philosophy
for children not familiar with Aikido,
and a summer refresher for our regular students.

Each day begins with morning warm-ups and a jog:
a light refreshing warm-up in the fresh morning air
for students to move around as a team.

A team-game normally follows the jog, reinforcing the importance of
working together, being mindful of team mates, working out strategies,
leading the team, and delegating responsibilities.
Frisbee Game
Capture the Flag
Daily practice, with the observance of
Aikido etiquette and discipline.
International Football (Soccer)

Practising the Bow


Getting to know you...

Remembering everyone's name...
Setting personal goals and life statements...
... reflecting on etiquette, behaviour, and philosophy ...
Mini lecture
Ask: are my decisions propelling me toward my goal?
No excuses... be accountable... Blame and be lame ...
Working Together
Working Together

Centeredness through Ki exercises,....

... extending one's energy...
Working Together
Working Together

... calligraphy ...

... and through games...
Working Together
Working Together

Picnic lunches...

Working together...
After the normal dojo warm-up, students
were brought through basic unarmed and weapons training.
Elbow Crawl Bokken
Elbow Crawl Bokken
Ikkyo, and Irimi Nage, the first techniques
Tanto Dori

Forward Roll

Multiple attacks...
Jo Dori

A question of trust, being clear with our
intentions, and selecting our words precisely
and well: The Blindfold Obstacle Course

A central theme of the camps,
apart from technique, is the importance
of developing one's character and attitude
from the inside: proper and appropriate
etiquette, respect, discipline, self-reliance,
accountability, being responsible, and being
conscious of one's decisions and actions.

These will help when making decisions that
lead a person in the direction of desired
outcomes in life and in one`s life`s journey.
These are explored through
games, and paired practice, and reflection.

The other purpose for the annual camp is to
give first time students glimpse and
an overview of the practice of Aikido.


Students also practiced the Aiki-Jo, ...

and the Aiki-Ken

15th Aikido Warriors' Camp 22 - 26 July 2019
Thank you for an awesome, and very meaningful week of Aikido practice!
Thanks also to our helpers,
especially Mrs Gillam, Mrs. Oei, Nicole, and Aimee.
Have a most wonderful and enriching summer.
See you in the Dojo!

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