Karate week in Malá Morávka 1.-8.8.2020 On Monday 3.8. I got up early - before everyone else, and practised Taiji for a little bit. As we expected, it was raining whole day, so we only went to visit a nice cave and played games for the rest of the day. Not much activity otherwise. After the cave visit, the others wanted to go to a sauna center. Me and Sett didn't really feel like it. We would not spent the supposed 3 hours there, and if we wouldn't the price would be a bit too much. And we thought there would be too many peoplee just like in the cave. Our car therefore went back to our cottage, which had a small sauna of its own, which we used twice, we ate the remainder of spaghetti I brought from Prague, finished with a lefover cake we also brought and enjoyed the sauna. Later it turned out we were actually the only ones to be to a sauna at all. One group decided they are too tired and went back after a lunch, the other went to a pool only... Tuesday 4.8. was also a lazy day. We visited a castle, at a last moment were able to get an excursion to a local beer brewery, where we had a lunch and also went to visit an arboretum. We barbecued in the evening. It was raining for half of a day. Wednesday 5.8. We slept a bit and our group then only visited a watchtower. I wanted for everyone to be back by lunchtime so I could prepare the pot of Japanese Curry I also brought from home with me and I thought we better not leave it any more days to get spoiled. Then we went to get a cake and I fell asleep. I was like the only one to keep awake all days until now and I was always the first one up in the morning, so... After dinner, I went outside, where I mistakingly thought everyone was sitting by fire and spend most of the evening just chatting with sensei about life, karate etc. I kind of passed him a thought about perhaps making at least one training for the advanced students, which we could benefit from as there is not much time to go through the more advanced stuff when there are beginners in the class. And sensei seemed to like the idea. That would be great. Thursday 6.8. We planned a trip to the second highest mountain in our country - Praděd (1492 metres).We had a three year old with us, so we drove as close as we could and only walked 4 km there and 4 km back on an easy road and not even too great of a hill. So it was mostly relaxed. We did not visit the watchtower on the summit as the whole mountain was covered in thick fog and it was rather cold. We wouldn't see a thing from the tower... In the afternoon we played a bit of tennis, although very amateurish as no one knew how to do it well. I left my place to others and practised my Taiji form for a bit. This was a last evening for everyone since sensei was already leaving tommorrow. He therefore asked sensei "I" from Slovakia to do a training if he could. We started with some combinations in pairs and solo with footwork originating with sensei Bakkies, then went through most of our kata. We finished with Sanseru and since I asked sensei if we could go through bunkai, he wanted us to do so, but invited our sensei to show it as they do have some differenced in Slovakia. We practised once, then everyone demonstrated one kata and the training concluded after a bit over two hours. We were jut about to go back when sensei offered to go to the pool. The past few days, with the exception of today wasn't very warm and I am not a huge fan of pools, so I haven't been there yet and knew the water was cold etc. and didn't feel like going. When I declined I immediately realized what was inevitably going to follow and jumped back a bit just at the moment sensei pounced at me, still grabbing my legs. I was going to the pool whether I wanted to or not... I wrestled with sensei quite successfully and we were still quite a distance away from the pool. I shouted for Sett's help, but the guy chose not to help mee, his girlfriend, since he always took sensei's side in situations like this. However, he did not dare to help sensei either, so he stayed passive. A friend wanted to help me, but as soon as sensei asked whether she wanted to go to the pool, too, she silently dissappeared. That was when sensei asked for sensei I's help. By this time I was doomed. Two 5th dans with a combined weight over 200 kg... What could I do? I struggled as much as I could, but the pool was down a hill and I was dragged there in a moment and thrown in with a huge splash The water wasn't as cold as I had expected to be honest, but after I got out I made sure to at least hug sensei I properly to get him wet. Our sensei was to quick to run away and me too lazy to give chase. Then I told Sett about what exactly I thought about his passivity and as soon as I said he's going to the pool, too, he didn't even wait for anything as it was as clear as a day to him that there was no way he could get away dry. So he just went and jumped to the pool as he was, too Friday 7.8. A trip to a nice peat bog Rejvíz. A walk of maybe 6 km. Then we ust went to look at a castle and stopped for a lunch. The later afternoon was spent packing our stuff as we were to leave tommorrow morning, but we found the time to go for an ice cream. In the evening, it was only the second time sensei I took his guitar and we sang. And were tasked with finishing the wine. Sensei I brought a few boxes of wine with unusual flavors that were all very tasty. Some 18 bottles I think? Only about 5 of us actually drank and did not want to get drunk, but we still managed to finish them during our stay here. And some bear and a bottle of my homemade strawberry liquor from vodka, water, sugar and strawberries. Yum! The holiday was very nice, although I expected to do much more training. But oh well. On Wednesday I am going for a 4 day taiji course, so I have to practise a bit till then. Hopefully I will be able to make it to Tuesday class.