Raymond Daniels teaches sparring drills at the 2011 All Star Camp
The US Open Karate Championships is the most prestigious tournament in sport karate. Lately, the fighting divisions draw the most competitors and at the top of the fighting sector is Team All Stars. All Star fighters have consistently won their divisions and grand championships ever since the team was created. And to gear up for the US Open, Raymond Daniels and the All Star elite athletes organized a camp to teach the lessons that brought them their success.
Jason Chen, the team manager, brought out the entire team to instruct the campers. Working one on one with the campers provided a more impacting experience. The fighters led drills, introduced new techniques, drilled the techniques, and then sparred with the campers. Instructor Robbie Lavoie, made an emphatic point that the campers shall spar each instructor. Lavoie described the common struggle of applying newly acquired techniques to different fighting styles. The instructorship had fighters from all ends of the country, providing a more eclectic experience for the campers and making them more versatile.
Another important lesson the campers received was the terminology. There is an unofficial language in point fighting that’s crucial to understand. The campers learned what “blitz”, “D-side”, “wall”, “dive bomb blitz”, and other terms mean.
Along with the the self-improvements, the campers also learned to consider the judge’s