Martial Arts Summer Camp 2014 – 5th Anniversary!
Welcome to the family on our 5th annual summer camp. Whether this is your first year or not, please do read this information sheet. I am very proud of our achievements and the generosity of all our instructors for the last 4 years. Long live camp! Camp starts on August 9th 2014 and runs to the following Saturday, at Upper Lynstone. If you are booking to stay here, please make sure you mention that you will be attending the martial arts camp.
This year sees a few small changes to camp – we have introduced a training fee of £10 per person for the entire week. That’s crazy cheap! This year I am also trying to raise money to purchase a marquee to replace the gazebo that finally gave up last year. The marquee will allow us to train in shelter, and a give us a common area for eating and socialising. I have started a Crowdfunder campaign which will be published and available on Friday 21st February, and in return for donations, you receive a variety of different rewards, depending on the amount you donate. Please do help us raise the money by promoting this Crowdfunder project to your friends, families and business. By donating £25 or more, you will effectively be paying your £10 training fee and supporting the marquee project. Its also the only way purchase our branded hoodies and teeshirts for this year’s camp. Shooting a video is actually much harder than you may think, so to brighten it up , I have included some out-takes at the end.
Welcome to Our New Friends
For our 5th anniversary, we are honoured to be welcoming the Zhong Ding group of martial artists. You may have heard the name Zhong Ding before, Liam Grange is a member of their team. Zhong Ding will be training and teaching from the following range or martial arts:
- liangzi wushu
Nigel and Fong Suttong are students of Liang He Qing, Tan Ching Ngee, Tan Seow Theng, Lau Kim Hong, Gao Jiwu, Guru Azlan Ghanie, Guru Zainal Abidin among others. They founded Zhong Ding Traditional Martial Arts Association in 1987. They live and work in Malaysia and rather uniquely inhabit the often antagonistic and exclusive worlds of Chinese and Malaysian martial arts. Nigel is the author of ‘Searching for the Way’ ‘Applied Tai Chi Chuan’ and numerous other books. These inspirational masters have dedicated their lives to studying, training, teaching and writing about martial arts. Welcome Nigel, Fong and family of students!
Paul Collins Fitness
This year, we are also joined by Paul and Tina Collins, both of whom will not only be training with us, but will also be providing targeted fitness training, especially geared for martial artists. Tina is an enthusiastic runner, recently spearheading a successful “couch to 5k” running group, and Paul is a personal trainer providing exercise, diet and nutrition advice for people of Bude and surrounding areas. Together they run residential retreats focusing on kick starting fitness and educating people on lean, healthy, nutritious food choices. Paul is a local taiji and qigong instructor, running classes on Saturday mornings, before the Atlantic Taekwondo training session. Welcome!
Programme of Events
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.
- Registration and induction, meet and greet
- Daily martial arts training, the usual menu of arts, courtesy of our generous instructors -though not all instructors have confirmed, roughly we can expect the following:
- Hopefully all of the goodness offered by Zhong Ding
- Personally, I would like to nail 5 ancestor double dagger, the walking stick form and the beautiful mantis form
- Daily fitness training provided by Paul Collins Fitness, who have also generously donated some rewards to the marquee fund raiser
- Local company Triangle Training is offering a 2.5 hour (approximately) Save a Life certified first-aid course for a fee of £25.
- Trig point photography
- Hommous and halloumi kebab night
- *NEW* Sajla Taaza Curry night. Monday 11th August. Local artisan Sajla Armstrong will be providing a curry meal deal for £10, onsite. I eat Sajla’s curry at the local farmers market every Friday, I can’t get enough. Menu is chicken or vegetable curry (or half and half), rice, 1 naan, samosa and mango lassi. This event needs to be booked in advance.
- *NEW* Chinese Watercolour Workshop. Local artist Lynne Holehouse from Seventh Wave Gallery will be teaching a two hour session. This event costs £20 for 2 hours expert tuition. You can see more about Lynne and her work at Seventh Wave Gallery. This event needs to be booked in advance.
- *NEW* Lantern parade. Wednesday 13th August. This year we will hold a lantern parade, barbeque and evening swim and training session down on the local beach. You will need to provide your own lanterns, but we can provide the tea-lights for them. A quick search threw up this Youtube video
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, and are not patrolled by the lifeguards. 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, and be mindful of being in a public, family campsite.
- 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.
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 – we can have a good time without disturbing others, but last year we did upset a few people. Once again we are right next to the static caravans in our own field, but 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
I hope to see you all at camp this year, and leave you with a reminder of last year, courtesy of Master Niall Grange
Jason King, organiser of Martial Arts Summer Camp
Lanterns photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim King Photography