National kata training camp, Baia Mare 2009

National kata training camp, Baia Mare 2009

National kata training camp, Baia Mare 2009

The national kata training camp took place in Baia Mare between 19-22 March 2009. The training camp was opened to all athletes, regardless of age and rank. There were a total of 70 athletes from all the dojos in the country. The members of the national team were also present in the training camp. They are training for the European Championships in Kiev, Ukraine.

Five members of our dojo participated at the training camp: Vlad Pop(2 dan), Paula Pop(1 dan), Anda Pop(1 kyu), Fabiola Toader(9 kyu) and Bogdan Ţiţiu(10 kyu).

The surprise of the training camp was the presence of shihan Furko Kalman(7 dan), who despite his health problems he managed to come to Romania. It was a good opportunity for many of the participants to experience first hand the firm way shihan leads the training. Discipline in formation is something you learn in the firs few minutes.

The trainings focused on the competition katas. Participants were divided in two groups by rank. The advanced belts trained with shihan Furko, while the beginners’ group was lead by sensei Anca Wallmen(3 dan). During the training sessions shihan’s explanations were generous, helping all of us improve our kata moves. Also, sensei Grigore Petruţ(4 dan) – the trainer of the national team, had the chance to evaluate the training level of the athletes that are going to represent Romania abroad.

A refereeing course also took place. It was lead by sensei Radu Sângeorzan(3 dan) – the head of the refereeing committee. The course focused on training the young referees, as well as discussing the rules of the European Championships, where Romania will participate with five referees.

This event managed to teach everyone the importance of kihon and especially kata in karate kyokushin. You can find the pictures from this event here.

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