Hanabi Japanese and Judo Summer Camp is an adventure in physical and cultural education for children from 5 to 14. It is an exciting, active introduction to the traditions of Japan. Every themed session will have children learning judo (a requirement in japanese schools), Japanese songs and Japanese stories in addition to the main artistic, linguistic or culinary activity.
At Hanabi learning is fun. Whether we are rolling, running, story telling or speaking Japanese, we use both our bodies and minds to expand our abilities and experiences. Hanabi offers a positive learning environment where respect comes as naturally as smiling. And we do smile - and laugh - a lot.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What does my child need to bring to camp?
A: We recommend a lunch or a snack, a water bottle, a backpack (with name in permanent marker),
sunscreen, jacket or sweatshirt, and shoes good for running outside. Those staying in the afternoon
should also bring a favorite book (though we do have a small library.) Do not bring money, expensive
belongings or video games.
Q; What about lunch?
A: Children who leave at 12:00 do not need to bring lunch. Those who are staying in the afternoon
should bring a bag lunch. All children are welcome to bring snacks.
Q: Is there care available before or after camp?
A: Early arrival begins at 8:00am and late departure is until 6:00pm. While we have a separate supervised area with games, puzzles and books, our regular judo classes start about 4:00 pm so children staying after camp are welcome to take part.
Q: Does my child need to know judo?
A: No. The judo we will be doing is basic, very safe, and appropriate for new students.
Q. Will my child need to have a judo uniform?
A: No. While having a judogi would be nice, most of the judo activities will not require a uniform.
Q: Are there any other costs for this program?
A: No. The materials for each session will be covered. At the same time, we do appreciate donations
such as origami paper, water colors or rice for bento.
Q: Who are the staff?
A: Dan Augustine, Camp Director, is an educator with over 30 years teaching experience around the
world. Counselors include Flora Ziprin, Education Major at UCLA and Wesley Augustine, Engineering
major at Duke. Our Counselors are Red Cross Certified in First Aid and CPR, and have years of
experience teaching children; they are also black belts. Counselors in Training (CITs) - high schoolers
hand-picked from over 150 Hanabi students - offer additional support. All staff are wonderful young
people and wonderful role-models.
Q: There will be a wide range of ages attending. Will the activities be appropriate for all?
A: The camp activities can be enjoyed by children of all ages. In addition we have found that having
older students learn and interact with younger students is fun and rewarding for both.
Q: What is judo? How is it different from other martial arts?
A: Judo was developed to be both an effective means of self- defense and a safe sport. Judo does not
allow hitting, kicking nor other dangerous moves. Our students will learn to fall safely, wrestle
effectively and throw their instructors (not each other.) It is the world's second most popular sport
(behind soccer) and has been an Olympic event since 1964. Judo is a required part of a child’s
education in many French schools and most schools in Japan.
Q: I have thought about Martial Arts for my child because of the discipline. Will this program focus on
A: One of the basic foundations of Judo is respect and the development of character. We expect that
all of our students, whether in our regular judo program or in our camp, will be respectful and kind to
others. At Hanabi there is no conflict between having fun and being disciplined: we
expect our students to follow rules and be respectful while they smile, laugh and have a great
Q; What does “Hanabi” mean?
A: Hanabi means “fireworks” in Japanese. (Literally “flower-fire”). We believe its brightness, energy
and excitement truly expresses our spirit. Please find out more about