FS-Brandon Machan- Ethos campout- Blog #10

Hey Team! This Memorial Day weekend, we had just had the Black Belt Campout. This year we were camping at Eagle Creek near the Columbia River. We had a great time, and it was really fun. The rain was nice enough to hold back till the end of the campout, and we had a nice spot to listen to the sound of the waves of the river. And the freeway. And the train. Don't forget about the loud train.

   Over the course of a day and a half, we did some workouts and

practices at a small field in Eagle Creek. On the first day of the campout, right after we had arrived, practiced some of our basic forms and kickboxing skills. Some pretty basic stuff, but it felt strange to do them in tennis shoes and jeans. We didn't get any time to stretch our legs or anything, so I ended up being pretty stiff. My Form's stances weren't all really sharp and my hip and knee was bothering me pretty bad. The next day we woke up, ate breakfast, did more forms and kickboxing, and went on a couple-mile hike up a mountain. You know; the norm. The hike was good, per-say, if you don't count all the thin paths and the steep rocky cliffs that we endured. The hike wasn't easy, but it also wasn't too hard. I was in a group that was sort of in the middle of the hike, because there was a lower group, a middle group, and a high group. I think it was nice to be able to take a hike outside in the wilderness with all of my Martial Arts friends and to be able to take our martial arts outside. I think it was a great experience for everyone. A special shout out to Jeremy Moore, who endured the whole hike with his injuries. Great job Jeremy!

After wards we met up and did a little more forms, and then talked

on the side about what Ethos meant, because it started raining a bit. We talked for a little bit, and bowed off for the whole camp out. The rest of the camp out was just fun and a time to bond and be ourselves. We also had some funny skits that we practiced- Some at last minute- and they were all really funny. I liked the comedy behind each one, and it was nice to be able to make the parents and adults laugh a little and smile. Good job everybody at the camp out! You all did a great job.

-Brandon Machan

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Posted on May 30, 2014 .