Summer Weapons Retreat Activities

At the Summer Weapons Retreat we focus on providing high intensity western martial arts training. The learning structure is open, yet directed, encouraging and supporting students in taking ownership of their training path.  A collaborative learning community emerges in which students share numerous fun and awesome opportunities for challenge and success.

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Intensive Sparring Feedback and Growth

  • Students apply techniques during daily sparring, which includes instructor feedback on strengths, weaknesses, and how to improve.
  • Students new to western style weapons use will receive instruction, and begin developing sparing skills.

Individual Goals

  • Students set 1-4 personal learning goals for the retreat.  Instructors mentor each student through developing and enacting a plan to achieve these goals.
  • Goals frequently include growth in specific weapon styles or techniques, development in specific tactical skills in one-on-one or group sparring, strengthening specific physical capabilities, and/or improvement in  specific leadership/interactive skills.
  • Students work daily on their goals and receive instruction and feedback.
  • Students reflect each day on their progress in both goal and non-goal related areas.

Teamwork, Leadership, and Tactics

  • Students participate in daily battles and team activities.
  • Students form multiple flexible small fighting units throughout the week.
  • Leadership, team building, and tactics concepts are taught within the context of a variety of theme related challenges posed to these small units.


  • 1-3 hour classes covering special topics such as:
    • Tactical movement and quick response drills
    • Use of terrain
    • Focus on the chosen weapon style for the camp
    • Test Cutting
    • Video Analysis of Sparring

Discussions of Important Topics

  • Students have the opportunity to explore important ethical, cultural, and  personal topics related to martial arts through discussions led by instructors and with their peers during free time.
  • The variety, as well as depth, of perspectives voiced helps build a balanced view of the topic.


  • Official schedule is released to participants at least two weeks before camp.