Summer training camp has been and gone, and once again the venue was the University of Kent at Canterbury. The layout and facilities proved to be ideal for the hoards of kenshi that descended upon the deserted campus over the August Bank Holiday.
Again, this year some Swedish kenshi were present, including Sensei Roy Colegate, and the ever welcome guest instructor from France, Aosaka Sensei, who every year is kind enough to come over here and give us such fine technical instruction. Also present was Tojo Sensei, who recently introduce Shorinji to Holland, where he started the Amsterdam Dojo.
Mealtime at the camp was a veritable bun fight, as the hungry hoards invaded the eating area, first out of the traps on every occasion ws Jee Sensei.
Located high on the hill, overlooking the 12th Century cathedral and city, this site is conveniently isolated from the bank holiday tourists, who used to cause untold aggravation at Littlehampton, where they would shout out rude remarks from passing cars.
Canterbury has a long history as a destination for pilgrims from all over the land, and it is here, for two days that we have an opportunity to experience the training of the Shaolin Monastery in Britain.
This article first appeared in the Autumn 1983 edition of Gassho.