last year, Escrimadores and WT-folks from various countries, gathered
in Vodice to participate this year's summer camp. It would become
a very special one this time due to its guest of honour, Escrima
Grandmaster Bill Newman.
4th of 2003 it all started at 8.30 pm when GM Bill Newman and
his wife Helen arrived at the international airport of Split.
The temperature was still 97°F when the national coach of
Croatia, Tihomir Kolar and Bernd Hoyer (assistant Escrima head
coach of Croatia) gave them a warm welcome. After about a one-hour
trip by car, it was straight to a cosy restaurant for local delicacies.
The food was served on a roof-top terrace which was built of planks
from old ships, and giving a wonderful view all over the pictorial
marina of Vodice. That night's "dessert" was the famous
Dalmatian wine and big fireworks right above the marina.
The next day
started at 9.30 am and it marked the first of five days of the
seminar. The participants from Austria, Croatia, Slowenia and
Germany were in a top mood eagerly awaiting the things to come.
GM Bill Newman put emphasis on the student programmes that day.
Everyone benefited from it and had the chance to ask GM Bill question
during and after the session.
the 2nd day, GM Bill Newman went even further into the details
of the student and technician programmes and focused on some "Short-Power"
applications that were trained intensively by everyone then. As
that day's grand finale, Sifu Tihomir Kolar was awarded the 3rd
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