So the 27th of July it was time again. We started our journey from Skavsta, Sweden with Ryan Air to Paris with our end destination outside of Soissons. The end destination was a little village, which name I can’t remember. We were 10 people from Sweden that was going to attend the camp, so the Swedish team was a big group this year, last year we were only 3 people. Just the idea of going to this camp with good friends was fun.
I know from last year, it was long days and it was going to be tough. I must say, this year I wasn’t as tired as I was last year. Last year I had to sleep after lunch everyday to cope with the training. This year we were training instead…I think the way Kenneth my instructor and I train under this last couple of months up to the camp was some of the reasons to why I wasn’t that tired as I was last year.
The weather was good, we had some raindrops, but those drops was more than welcome. That is something that I really love, to train outside in the hot sun, what could be more lovelier than that.
This year was truly special, it was 10 years ago that Mangisursuro Michael G Inay passed away, so to commemorate this, people were coming from USA, Belgium, France, Germany and Sweden. It was especially fun and truly an honor to meet Emanuel Harts brother an Masirib Guro under Mangisursuro Mike Inay, Andre Green. We also had the privilege to meet one of the IS3 guros, Keith Schuch. It was really interesting to meet some of the people who had train with Mangisursuro Mike and had the opportunity to meet him, to hear stories from back in the days.
On Saturday we had got an assignment, we were going to hold an exhibition for the everybody, so all the students were divided in four groups:
– First group was level 1-4
– Second group level 5-8
– Third group level 9-12
– Fourth group Instructors
This was not only a test for our technical skills but also a way to learn to more about ourself. How do we communicate with those around us that have poor english or don’t understand it all, and how do we act when there are more willpower than our own. I am always fond of Social experiment, that is probably why I watched big brother when it was aired here in Sweden or any kind of reality show, all though most of the reality shows suck big time. Well i am getting off topic here, so we had four nights of training to get the moves and time each individual couple with rest of the group. This was also a challenges because we were tired after a full day of training, then we had to concentrate ourself to make a good exhibition.
So Saturday come pretty fast, and we had no idea on how the stage looked like, to say this, the stage was a lot smaller than most of the groups had anticipated. Wich ment on the spot we had to think on our feet ta make it good. As always I am a wreck when I am going to do stuff like this, doesn’t matter if I have done it before I am still nervous. But all the groups did a great job, it was nice to see. It was cool to see how the groups choose to interpret the assignment and the different ways to execute it.
As the year before, Emilyn cooked a delicious buffet of Filipino food. Since it was a bit more people attending the camp this year than the last, Emilyns sister was nice enough to give a helping hand and they also had a helping hand from some of the Inayan students aswell. The buffet was really good, it is nice for me that doesn’t really know how to cook anything more then Stewed Maroons all though I do it really good… So it is really interesting to try some different kind of food. It was as I said before, delicious.
After almost six days of training, I was cooked. Even though the last two days was that not that intensive as the first 3 (the camp started on Wednesday but we arrived one day before the camp and train for our selves when we got there. That’s why i got it to six days of training.) From Sweden it was 4 people who tested for a new level, all of them passed with flying colour. Those that tested got the chance to get tested by Masirib Guro Andre Green and some people also by IS3 Guro Keith Schuch, this is something that is very rare and for us that tested, it was a tremendous honor.
From talking with some of my Swedish friends that were there for the first time, they said that this was one of the best camps they had been to. Then again this year was really special in many ways. I am already looking forward to go back…But before next summer camp, Sweden IS3 is arranging a Winter Camp, if you want to know more about it follow this link.
For me the Inayan Summer Camp has been a great experience both of the times, I can not say that this yeas was better than last year. I always have a lot of fun and training with Suro is always challenging and that existing.
The photos from the camp,are provided by Eda, Daniel and Emilyn. Thank you for letting me use your photos.