Join many dedicated martial arts participants from around the country and the world for an incredible and rewarding training experience under the tutelage of master instructors and competitors. All levels welcome, but some martial arts experience is helpful.
Action! The KMASC encompasses several days of training in the Korean martial arts outside the studio up in the mountains under the tutelage of accomplished master instructors, World Champions, and Olympic Medalists.
Martial Arts. Instruction is traditionally provided by experts in taekwondo, yongmudo, judo, kumdo (Korean swordsmanship), and tsirum (traditional Korean wrestling).
Purpose. Refresh both physically and mentally through dedicated martial arts training in nature and away from home.
Replacing the familiar four walls of the dojang and removed from a comfortable, indoor environment with the expansiveness of nature, martial artists are forced to reevaluate the current status of their skills.
Get focused. By incorporating different drills and exercises that utilize the natural surroundings of camp, martial artists can then refocus and energize their training in the fresh air of the Western Mountains.
Try something new. The format of the camp makes it easy for attendees to try a martial art other than their specialty and greatly exhance their martial arts experience.
Education. Plus, instructors and attendees not only train together but also dine together, and thoughtful conversations are encouraged for added opportunities to learn in a less formal environment outside the training sessions.
The fee has not been determined yet. As soon as we know, we'll post the details here.
The instructional staff often includes exceptional master instructors, World Champions, and Olympic medalists in taekwondo. Instructors for 2018 will be announced soon.
Camp begins at 3pm on Thursday, July 20 and ends at 2pm on Sunday, July 23.
The final camp schedule will be announced at a later date. Following is an example of a typical day at camp.
Early Morning: Participants rise early, before sunrise, to begin their training with a light jog and agility drills or kumdo, Korean swordsmanship. After an hour and a half, participants are dismissed, clean-up, and enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by camp volunteers.
Breakfast: Breakfast is usually around 8am or before and may include cereal, milk, juice, fruit, oatmeal, pancakes. There's a break following breakfast.
Morning: The morning training session begins with taekwondo, yongmudo, or judo. With enough people at camp, there may be more than one choice at a time. Participants are encouraged to try martial arts other than those that they are familiar. Master instructors will lead the participants through drills and techniques.
Lunch: Lunch is usually around noon and may include sandwiches, juice, fruit, etc. There's a break following lunch.
Afternoon: The afternoon session begins about 2pm or before. Again, participants may have a choice of martial arts to select depending on the numbers of participants.
Late Afternoon: This is the time for games, swimming, canoeing, or just relaxing in the shade.
Dinner: Dinner is around 5:30 or 6pm and consists of pasta, hamburgers, vegetarian dishes, etc.
Evening: The evening program maybe around 7pm is filled with a lecture, another activity, or a lighter training session focusing upon skill development.
Since 1975. Dr. Ken Min led the first Korean Martial Arts Summer Camp in 1975 in Montana. It became an annual summertime event in either the Rockie or Sawtooth mountains that brought together many martial artists from California, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Korea for several days of training in fresh mountain air beneath bright blue skies.
Unique Training Experience. Participants experienced the sweet scent of pine intermingled with that of hard-earned sweat under the tutelage of national taekwondo team members and accomplished master instructors. The overall combination of instructors, attendees, activities, and location always made for a memorable event.
Local Memory. Get a better idea of the camp experience from this article from the August 16, 2006 edition of the Mount Shasta Herald:
Who is Dr. Ken Min? He is Master Buhs' and Dr. Halt's instructor at U.C. Berkeley and a world leader at using martial arts to enhance the learning process in higher education.