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The 2010 TKRI/Seijinkai Summer Camp was a blast- and boy did it ever go by quickly! Under the direction of Mssrs. Robert Miller, Harry Cook and Elmar Schmeisser,  we plowed our way through timing and slipping drills, Aiki-jutsu-inspired partner work, instruction in core stabilization and corrective stretching,  agility and reactivity drills, a lesson in basic Capoeira, a shodan grading, a sandan grading and a godan grading,  a panel discussion on the future of karate, and a whole lot of happy jamming in the key of “thump and grind.” It was a great weekend with great people and great training.  I think that I speak for all of us when I extend a huge thanks to all who participated, taught,  and helped with the meals and organizational details.

The annual TKRI/Seijinkai Summer Training Camp will be held in Ferrum, Virginia from June 25th-27th. Our star-studded cast of instructors will be on hand yet again to put campers through the wringer:

Robert Miller, CPT CES, TKRI Chief Instructor

Harry Cook, Seijinkai Chief Instructor

Dr. Elmar Schmeisser, author of Advanced Karate-do: Concepts, Techniques and Training Methods

Campers of all training backgrounds are welcome, regardless of style, rank or affiliation. We hope to see you for another weekend of top-notch progressive karate training, friendship, tasteless jokes and beautiful pastoral scenery!

General Information

Camp Registration


Camp Schedule

Friday June 26, Saturday June 27, and Sunday June 28, 2009

Ferrum Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Three days of training and fellowship at the scenic and secluded mountainside Kitterman Farm and TKRI-VA headquarters in Ferrum, VA

Instruction by Harry Cook (Seijinkai/ISOK), Elmar Schmeisser (ISOK), and yours truly (TKRI/ Seijinkai).

With supplemental instruction provided by:
David Campbell–TKRI-VA Chief Instructor
Randy Simpson–Ferrum College Chief Instructor

Participation is not limited to TKRI,  Seijinkai, or ISOK affiliates.
Register today (all the cool kids will be there).

For more information and a schedule of events for the weekend click here.

The Missouri and Virginia branches of the Traditional Karate Research Institute are pleased to announce the upcoming:

TKRI/Seijinkai Summer Gasshuku

June 26, 27 and 28, 2009

For the 4th year running, the camp will feature a trio of the finest karate instructors around:

-Robert Miller

-Harry Cook

-Elmar Schmeisser

Details will be posted soon to this blog and to If you can make it, we always welcome new campers regardless of style, rank, or affiliation. Join us for 3 days of training and camping in the pastoral setting of a private farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with plenty of karate, food, music, good people and bad jokes!

"Try to see yourself as you truly are and try to adopt what is meritorious in the work of others. As a karateka you will of course often watch others practice. When you do and you see strong points in the performance of others, try to incorporate them into your own technique. At the same time, if the trainee you are watching seems to be doing less than his best ask yourself whether you too may not be failing to practice with diligence. Each of us has good qualities and bad; the wise man seeks to emulate the good he perceives in others and avoid the bad."
Funakoshi Gichin


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