NTN Summer Camp Report
Newlands Taekwon-Do Instructor Carl Smullen recently travelled to Surnadal, Norwayfor the National Taekwon-Do Norway, Summer training camp, also attending the camp from Irelandwas Mr. Hong Looi, Ms Sabina Mason & Mr. Paul King. The camp ran from Sunday 31stof July to Thursday August 4th. Summer training camps are very popular in Norway with the NTN running over 5 camps for various age groups in the different regions and this camp for adults was very popular with over 450 participants ranging from white belt to Master level all over the age of 16. The popularity of the camp was highlighted by those participants who where attending the camp for the 18thyear in a row.
The camp was led by some very high level instructors including Master Per Andresen, Master Per Christian Garnes, Mr. Roger Stokke and many other high level instructors and covered all aspects of Taekwon-Do including Patterns, Sparring, Special Technique, Technical Kicking, Self Defence and Step Sparring.
As well as the high-level Taekwon-Do training there was also a strong social element to the camp which created a great bond between the participants, the extra events included team-building games on the beach, a barbeque, a mountain-trekking trip, a quiz, and concert.
The Irish participants where invited to train with the Norwegian National team in a sparring session and it was great to train with the members who of their team who took bronze (alongside Ireland) in Team sparring in the world championships in New Zealand in March
We also had the opportunity to watch a grading at the camp, where two participants graded to 3rd Degree Blackbelt while Ms. Elin Roekke graded to 4thDan. All participants put on a very impressive display in front of the large crowd.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Master Andresen, Master Garnes, Mr. Stokke, Mr. Magnus Bjoergan & Ms. Hege Sagmo and all those at NTN Norway (there are way too many to name them all individually :-) ) for their hospitality and the excellent training over the training camp and we look forward to returning to the camp next year. Click here for picturesPosted by Stephen Ryan