"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart."
St. Sebastian's Sports Camp focuses on building teamwork and community through sports. They focus on a wide variety of sports, including more traditional ones like soccer, basketball, and football, but also newer sports like Ultimate Frisbee or King Ball. First session got a treat when Sensei Brian Dowdy, Susan Daughtry's husband, taught an Aikido free elective.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art designed entirely for self-defense, with an emphasis on protecting the well-being of the attacker. Brian went over some of the basic footwork of Aikido, and practiced a simple throw initiated by an attacker's punch.
Brian emphasized the discipline and respect for the sensei that is important in the Aikido tradition. Each time Brian gave two firm claps, the campers formed a quick line to sit in and await further instruction.
Check out the photo gallery below detailing the discipline, camaraderie, and occasional ridiculousness.
By David Churchman
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