The 250+ people who took part from England, Australia, Belarus, Georgia, Holland, Ireland, Kazakhstan, £atvia, Moldova, New Zealand, Russia, Romania, Sweden, Italy, Ukraine and of course Poland
Mr Carr attended the 18th Central Summer training camp in Poland, this 10 day experience attracted over 250 people from across many different countries (including several famous world champions such as Katya Solovey of Ukraine). The camp was led by Master Jerzy Jedut, Master Tadeusz Loboda, Mr Jaroslaw Suska, Mr Robert Jasinski and Mr Kamola Slawomir. Two training sessions took place each day, with the technical aspects being covered in the morning, and sparring in the afternoon - the combination of 30+ degree weather, exceptionally difficult exercises and a very high technical standard of the participants meant that every session was mentally and physically exhausting.
Patterns consultation with Jaroslaw Suska VI Dan patterns phenomenon
There is no doubt that the level of training at this camp was world class, with a massive emphasis on kicking and leg control. Yoga and stretching sessions began each day at 7am, followed by breakfast and training, followed by lunch and training, followed by dinner. Self defense sessions were available in the evening with counter terrorist police officer Kamola Slawomir, and if you were still feeling energetic after that, one on one pattern consultations took place every night with the best patterns practitioner in the world, Jaroslaw Suska. The camp was based in the University for Sport in Biala Podlaska, bedrooms were ensuite and the building offered a swimming pool, indoor running track, canteen and massive sports halls.
One of the many kicking exercises
There were two optional 'rest' days, giving the opportunity to travel to the Warsaw science museum, and the old town of Lublin, where we were shown around the Majdanek concentration camp - an experience which cannot be described with words alone.
Melissa Timperley (New Zealand), Mike Carr, Master Loboda, Naomi Scott, Master Jedut, Daniel Caine
For anyone who wishes to experience a truly intense and challenging week of Taekwon-Do training, this camp should be your number 1 choice! Many thanks to the Masters, instructors and students for making this event possible, oh and the biggest thanks of all goes to Daniel Caine of Wirral UKTA who helped me maintain my sanity during the many 'difficult' moments of our trip!
Danny Caine, Jaroslaw Suska, Mike Carr, Naomi Scott