The Genpei War
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When: Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 October 2007
Where: Camp Simon, Roleystone
This 2-day Annual Bush Camp was a rousing
success, with over 100 people involved in the days events there were
plenty of bodies on the ground to provide clan vs. clan action. The
members were broken up into two clans competing to see who provided the
best espionage action for their prospective Samurai clients.
Starting off with warm-ups then teamwork exercises, the clans soon
developed a competitive edge, especially when they had to defend their
Clan Leader from the opposing side. After a light refreshment break the
clans headed off to learn the basic skills that were going to serve them
during the night exercises.
With a whole day of exercises behind them, pausing for the catered lunch & dinner, the participants weren't
given the chance to slack off. The night exercises had come! Sensei Paul
Reed & Renshi Trent Mitchell headed a group of senior members acting the role of Samurai Guards who could haul luckless
Ninja's off to temporary imprisonment. The Ninja's had no chances of fighting back, just
stealth and invisibility. Co-ordinated by their Clan Leaders (Renshi
Mark Micallef & Renshi Sharon Morgan), teams were sent out to collect
items or gather information. By midnight many tired and dirty Ninja's
returned to their dorms for sleep.
All too early for many people the sun had risen and clans were gathered
for a morning stretch and meditation. Breakfast refuelled depleted
bodies then more exercises in weaponry, wrestling, striking targets in
crowded bush environments and storming a defended hill! All before
Then the Genpei War began. Two clans gathered and, in lieu of deadly
edged weapons, foam pool noodles were handed out. Sensei Paul and Renshi
Trent explained the rules of engagement then war began. Flags were
captured, positions held then lost and people ran like madmen for an hour
before a good natured draw was declared.
Parting with good memories and vivid experiences, all the participants
weren't going to forget this weekend for many years. Already there are
enquiries about the next Annual Bush Camp (Annual
Bush Camp 19th October 2008).
Here are some pictures of the two days of
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