Sunday, 14th June 2009

MSMAS Judo Players in Montegiorgio, ITALY to attend 'Youth Camp'..

Members from the MSMAS Junior & Youth Group were in Italy, accompanied by an experienced MSMAS Judo YuDansha, Chris Sharp...


Sunday 14th June

Airbourne @ 1006hrs

• After arriving at Ancona, went to the beach for a couple of hours then on to host families.

• All met up again - host families, everyone - at a local Pizzeria.

Monday 15th June

• 1st day of the 'Summer Camp', all new to everyone, but the day went well.
• Evening with families and out for ice cream.

Tuesday 16th June

• 2nd day of 'Summer Camp' went really well, with the MSMAS team doing a fabulous job and the Italians really taking them to heart, plus everyone settling in.
• Light Judo session and everyone sweating heavily ~ Chris more than most !
• Another ice cream at half ten, after dinner !

It would appear that already the Italian parents are lamenting the fact that the boys are not around for another week, as they have become quite famous ....

Wednesday 17th June

• 3rd day of 'Summer Camp'
• Another Judo session at night.

Thursday 18th June

• 4th day of 'Summer Camp'
• Judo Session with three other Judo Clubs, including an Italian YuDansha for Chris, and the Italian National Champion matched with Matt...

Friday 19th June

• 5th day of 'Summer Camp'
• 'Street Carnival' in the evening with clowns, street artists, musicians, etc.

Saturday 20th June

• Kyoshi Payne and other MSMAS Team Members arrive...
• R&R Day with part beach and part Italian towns.

Sunday 21st June

• MSMAS Youth Team departs for UK.

Final Comments from Lara, Sensei of Yama Bushi Judo Club

Montegiorgio, June 24, 2009

Dear Roger,

In these few short lines I would like to thank you for introducing us to Chris, Tom, Gus and Matt. They are fantastic young men and in the space of a few short days they managed to capture all of our hearts; you must be very proud of them and honoured to have them as your students. The bond that now exists between them and their Italian counterparts goes well beyond that of judo alone. I am delighted by this as it is only by virtue of friendship and understanding across different cultures  that we can build a world of true and lasting peace. This is why I feel honoured to have played my part in this project of friendship.

I would be very grateful if you could read these few words to the young people in your dojo so that they too can feel honoured to have Chris, Tom, Gus and Matt among them.

With best wishes,




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