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MASC 2013 Information Sheet

Martial Arts Summer Camp 2013

Welcome to the family on our 4th annual summer camp.  Whether this is your first year or not, please do read this information sheet.

Insurance & Safety

No insurance has been organised for this event.  Your own insurance may or may not cover you.  All training is therefore at your own risk.  Please do not be silly – we are here for training and to enjoy ourselves, and to learn.  All training and teaching is performed on a voluntary basis – if you are not happy joining an activity or parts of an activity, just tell your instructor and they will organise a safe place for you to sit and watch.  You are not obliged to take part, but when you do so, you should behave with your own and others’ safety in mind.

  • Axe kicks and wet grass generally end painfully.

  • The cliffs are high, unfenced, unlit, and recently, some sections have collapsed..  Do not walk along them after dark, especially if you have been drinking.

  • When using the beaches, be mindful of the life guards instructions.  Don’t provoke them by swimming outside the lifeguarded areas.  They go off duty at 6.

  • Bude beaches are subject to Atlantic surf conditions, strong currents and riptides.  Be careful, and watch for drifting whilst in the water.

  • Stay out of both rivers, even if you see families letting their children play in them – they are subject to pollution warnings and run-off from nearby fields.  Use the sea or the sea pool.

  • Don’t bang your legs on the canal bridge lock gates in the dark, Tom.

  • There are normally two high and two low tides each day (some people don’t know that).  The long beaches invite long walks – be mindful of your escape points up the cliffs should you decide to do a long walk along the beach.


This year, I would like to encourage those dan grades who do not normally teach to step up and take a session of some kind, or at least part of a session. Once again we are blessed with some very talented and very senior instructors:

  • None of our instructors are paid to attend camp,or to teach.  Please treat them accordingly.

  • Please do ask for help, whether you are an instructor or a student

  • Do not feel obliged to teach, as instructors, you already provide enough to your own students.  Feel free to join as a student and have some of your own training.

  • Be mindful that this is a holiday, at the seaside.  Take advantage of that.

  • Please mark your equipment so that it doesn’t get confused with others’ equipment.

Training Etiquette & Equipment

  • Footwear during training is optional

  • Please wear what you like – we operate a no belts / no uniforms policy, but you can wear ‘em if you want.

  • Training in plain clothes, with semi-strangers helps to reinforce good manners and respect.  You should respect everyone at the campsite, not just the senior grades, you can’t tell them apart!

  • If you need to leave a training session, please don’t just walk away.  Let your instructor know that you would like to finish now, and a safe exit can be arranged.

  • Whilst we knock the living daylights out of our training equipment, it should still be looked after.  Please do not throw pads around or leave them out in the rain.  All equipment is provided voluntarily.

  • Introduce yourself to your teacher, and your training partner, where applicable.  Make sure both know your limitations relating to fitness,injuries, which martial arts you practice, and whether you are good falling / landing.

  • Please remove all jewellery before training.

  • Please do not touch any weapons with the owners consent and supervision.

  • We have a policy of encouraging the public to join and try.  Please offer them as much as help as you can, what you give them may help change their lives as much as martial arts has changed yours.  Please give help and encouragement freely.

Programme of Events

This year we have a dan and kup grading taking part on the Sunday after camp – this will inevitably lead to more taekwondo training than we normally do.  As this is a holiday camp, we must be flexible around weather, numbers of students, content of sessions, and this year, let us use the beaches more, and try to be more communal at meal times.  Here are some activities we could consider, provide there is appetite from both students and teachers

  • All dan grades patterns, daily.  All patterns daily! Intense pattern practice for your next grading.

  • Liam’s pattern seminar

  • Comprehension of each technique in a pattern

  • One step sparring repertoire – all different clubs demonstrate and then teach their basic set pieces for achieving first dan.  This can then move on to workshop and take each technique to the next steps.  This will be good for all students and all teachers

  • Daily taichi – Liam / Mark / Liam’s friends

  • Mantis form – Liam

  • Shaolin form – Liam

  • Standing up holds and locks (specifically upright to save having to hit the deck).

  • Take downs (for those that can land)

  • Build your own kick poomsae – work in pairs and demonstrate after 40 minutes development

  • Surrounded by pads and paddles.  Corridor of kicks

  • Some aiki knife defence

  • Beginner’s sessions

  • Tea


Bude has baked in the heat for at least three solid weeks.  Please be very mindful of cigarettes, incense, barbeques, lanterns of any kind.  You may have seen the campsite signs – no groups.  Once again Upper Lynstone has kindly taken our money and allowed us to be here despite their own published rules.  We must be mindful of this, and have great consideration for the families around us, most of whom will be giving their children a seaside holiday.  Let us set a great example to the youngsters and adults alike.  The site is surrounded by fields and beaches – last year we took our noisy selves away to some hay bales to drink beer and watch the shooting stars.  We can have a good time without disturbing others – just.  This year we are right next to the static caravans – if we drive the customers away, we won’t be allowed back.

  • Showers and toilets and the washing up block are all provided included in your camping price

  • There is a shop onsite

  • There are many water points around the site

Local Attractions & Facilities

  • Beaches – all beaches here are achievable on foot

    • Turn left on to main road.  Summerleaze beach is the first beach you come to after a 7 minute amble.  Dogs allowed off leads outside of office hours, but on leads during office hours.  This beach is home to the Bude outdoor sea pool, which is free to use, and lifeguarded.  There is a cafe above the beach, and a shop for beach tat.  Toilets in the main car park.

    • Middle Beach is accessible from the seapool and Summerleaze, or by walking around the cliffs and using a staircase provided.  There is a shelter at the top.  Same dog rules as Summerleaze.  This beach appears isolated during high tide, but that staircase is always available.

    • Crooklets is beyond Summerleaze and Middle Beach. Strictly no dogs during this season.  Toilets, cafes and luke warm outdoor showers (free).

    • Turn right out of campsite to get to Widemouth Bay.  Bigger walk, not trivial.

  • Seapool – located at Summerleaze beach.  This used to be run by the council who have now handed it over to a local charity formed to keep it from being destroyed.  Please support seapool upkeep by joining Friends of Bude Seapool, membership forms available at the pool or in Seventh Wave Gallery in town.  Membership gives you some discount vouchers for some local businesses.  The pool is free to use and lifeguarded.  It is also currently running swimming lessons

  • Rivers – one at Summerleaze and one at Crooklets.  Both subject to field run-off and other pollution.  Stay out of them.

  • Cliffs – tall, unfenced, unlit.  Stay away at night or when drunk.

  • Canal – deep and cold, don’t swim in it.  Duck food available at the Wharf by The Falcon Hotel – its a contribution in a box outside Wharf Woodcraft.  Rowing boats and pedalos for hire.  Good long flat walk inland, culminating in a cafe called The Weir.  Look out for an otter, geese, ducks, fish, frogs  and snakes.

  • Please support our local business, specifically Adele’s Three Bees of Bude for unique, handmade jewellery, small gifts, scarves, incense  and cards etc. Three Bees is down at the Wharf, where you can also find a florist, clothing exchange, two pubs, a restaurant, the start of the canal and two ice cream outlets.  Seventh Wave Gallery sells original and printed work by local artists and friends of summer camp Martyn and Lynne Holehouse.  Lynne and Martyn also have a holiday apartment with tennis court for let throughout the year.

  • There are three main supermarkets in Bude.  Morrison’s is back up towards the A39 and also sells fuel.  Sainsbury is at the top of the one way system and is walkable from camp, if you aren’t in a hurry or carrying too much.  Its a smaller shop than Morrison, and does not sell fuel.  Co-op is also on the one way system, but you have to drive all the way round the town (all of 2 minutes) to drive there, or walk up to the right of the green triangle with cedar tree, that you see near Lloyds Bank.

  • Lloyds, Barclays and Natwest have cashpoints in spitting distance of each other, and there additional cashpoints at all three supermarkets and the main post office at the top of town.

  • Mirchi and Bude Tandoori are both good curry restaurants.  Tiandi is a Thai restaurant, but the food is predictably nothing much like authentic Thai food.  The best food in Bude can be found at The Bank, a beautiful modern tapas bar overlooking the wetlands.  Directions on request.

  • Minor Injuries Unit is up in Stratton.  Open 24 hours.

  • There are no McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Express or Dominoes anywhere within an hour’s drive

  • If you see a petition for keeping Tesco out, please do sign it.  Bude is slowly becoming a generic British town, and with three supermarkets already in place, we really don’t need more.

  • Sunday 11th August – 4pm – a local choir will be singing contemporary songs to celebrate 60 years of the Bude Surf Life Saving club over at Crooklets beach.  The performance is free and features numbers from the last 6 decades.

  • Sunday 11th August – noon – 4pm – a beach art competition is being staged at Nortcott Mouth beach, which is beyond Crooklets.  This is accessible by road, beach at low tide or over the cliffs at any time.  The walk is achievable, but will take at least 20 minutes.

For Sale

  • MASC 2013 hoodies (£30) and tee-shirts (£14).  Limited supply

  • Time Travelling Taekwondo Tour Bus and Others Stories – by local TAGB instructor Lisa Southard.  An explanation of the meanings and legend behind TAGB kup patterns.

  • Grange DVD Kukkiwon kup grade poomsae.  £12.  A demonstration and walk through of each pattern from il-jang to pal-jang, by Masters Liam and NIall Grange.

1 thought on “MASC 2013 Information Sheet

  1. Craig Earl

    Would love to see a piccy of the finished hoodies dude? Will definitely look into this for next year 🙂


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