Martial Arts Camps Bring Life Long Rewards
Martial arts camps are a great way to build on your skills and train side by side with some of the most talented martial artists there are. I have personally gotten to experience several camps and I was in awe of the top of the line instruction and level of mastery at each one. I have had the pleasure of training with Sensei Erik Paulson, Ajarn Chai, Ajarn Greg Nelson, among others. During these camps you also have a unique opportunity to meet and train with others from around the world that share the same passion for martial arts and are also working to further their skills. Developing these friendships and contacts is priceless and can have such an impact on your personal growth. Camps also give you the opportunity to travel with friends and share these experiences together as you represent the school. One of my favorite and most trying experience as a martial artist was Thai camp, I feel I grew tremendously in my discipline as well as my skills, and was able to receive so much instruction and repetition that I felt like it was equivalent to a year or two of training. No matter what art you have a passion for I would without a doubt recommend trying a camp, it will not only test your skills and help you build new ones, but will be an experience you will not soon forget.
I’m very proud of the instructors who make the commitment to go to camp, put themselves on the line, increase their knowledge and physical skill. Doing these types of things is what sets Martin Academy apart from many other schools. 30 years ago I went to camp in St. Louis, Mo and met Guro Inosanto, Sifu Francis Fong, Ajarn Chai Sirisute and Dwight Woods from Miami. Three of those men (Guro Dan, Sifu Francis and Ajarn Chai) are still my instructors and all 4 dear friends, are still in my life and have made my life better. I want the academy instructors to experience some of the great friendships and training that I had. Whether it’s Thai Camp in Oregon, Combat Submission Wrestling camp in California, Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu Jitsu camp in Altanta , a weekend training session with Sifu Francis Fong, Guro Dan Inosanto and Ajarn Chai the long term benefits are all worth the time, money and extra effort it takes. Want to be a better person and martial artist. You have to commit to time, effort and money. The benefits will still be giving you rewards many years down the road. Sifu LaVonne