The mood was very good and the camp started with an evening training at 8pm on the very first day; during the next days Marek Zmarzly took care of the German competitors as a trainer for the coming world championships in Tokyo: Alireza Shams (1st Dan, Hamburg), Darius Schoeneich (1st Dan, Dortmund) and Milena Kovaleva (4th Kyu, Frankfurt). Other sempais (including me) joined the group to help prepare the guys for the championship.
Our group had to perform a running course each day at 6am and we were drilled by Marek with fighting combinations and sparring.
The other group was trained by Sensais Ulrich Münzer, Darius Czaplarski, Slawomir Urbanczyk and Sempai Peter Gawlik, while the performance of the examinees was always thoroughly monitored by the black belts.
Independently of the groups, there were normally four training sessions per day, and the breaks between the trainings were spiced up by beach-volleyball, Sumo and Rugby.
We visited various nice places on Sylt ;-) Here with my "XXL-Burger" in the restaurant Sansibar:
A spontaneous "after-work" party in front of "Peter Pan":
On the fourth day, the examinees had to show kihon, kata and their stamina under the eyes of the present Sensais and Sempais.
The final test for the shodan candidates, 20 rounds of kumite against brown and black belts, came on the fifth day. I was tired but happy when the examination was over and I was already looking forward to the sayonara beachparty, here Evgeny and I directly after the test:
This is the beautiful landscape where Evgeny and I passed our shodan test:
On the sixth day, we had a final running course at 6:30am (half an hour later as usual due to sayonara partying last night ;-) ), then we all met for breakfast to hear the results of the examinations: Sempai Evgeny and I passed and we are now proud to be Kyokushin Shodans - OSU!
For me personally, going Shodan on Sylt was an experience that I will never forget. I wish to thank all Sensais and Sempais for helping me redefine my own limits ;-)
Some more impressions from northern Sylt: