Welcome to Super Summer Seminars
July 21st - 23rd 2017 (Our 35th Consecutive Year)
Every year 200-300 instructors and students from all over the U.S. and Canada come to Herkimer, NY for a weekend of fun, friendship, and training. Participants have even come from India, New Zealand, Venezuela, and Japan! Super Summers is open to any martial artist regardless of style, system, or affiliation.
SSS has hosted some of the world's most famous martial artists including:
Wally Jay, Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace, Tak Kubota, Fumio Demura, Kathy Long, Raffy Pambuan, Kevin Thompson, Tony Blauer, Mike Bernardo, Jean Frenette, Christine Rodrizuez, Tadashi Yamashita, Gary Alexander, Tom Muzila, Ed Melaugh, Tokey Hill, Leonardo Xavier, Higan Machado, Larry Tatum, Casey Marks, Hidy Ochiai, Mike Pombiero, Francis Fong, Kurt Pellegrino, Kiyoshi Nishime, George Alexander, Michael Campos, Relson Gracie, Michael DePasquale Jr., Scott Sonnon, George Mattson, Alain Sailly, Jean-yves Theriault, John Therien, and Dave Kovar.
In addition to special guest instructors each of the approximately twenty-five top notch staff instructors offer over fifty seminars where the participants learn techniques and training methods as varied as Aikido, Ju-Jitsu, Pencak Silat, Escrima, Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun, TaeKwonDo, Tai Chi, ZDK system, Shotokan, Goju,, Muay Thai, Grappling, Sparring, Boxing, etc.. Additionally seminars are offered on topics like fitness and flexibility, business operations, instructional skills, and the psychological and law enforcement aspects of the martial arts.
Super Summer Seminars, (one of the longest continuously running camps), has also long been recognized as one of the best camps available for program, organization, and value. Professor Wally Jay called it “one of the best camps in the country."
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A Brief History of SSS
The Super Summer Seminars martial arts camp was established in 1983 by Sensei Michael J. Campos, Director of the Zen-Do Kai Martial Arts Association (zdkusa.com). Having been involved in martial arts since 1959, and having trained long and hard in several different disciplines, Sensei Campos recognized the beneficial effects of martial arts cross-training. He established Super Summer Seminars in 1983, with the goal to create a camp for Martial Artists of any style or organization to meet and train so they could all improve by learning from each other. Under his direction, for 25 years the program has hosted many world-renowned martial artists as “Special Guest” instructors. SSS has contributed heavily to the training, careers and martial arts traditions of thousands over those years.
One of those whose training and martial arts career was enhanced by association with SSS (as a student and instructor) was Sensei Tom Arcuri. In 2008 Sensei Campos tasked him to carry on the Super Summers tradition for the foreseeable future. Learn more about them and SSS on this site.
Check out our 30th-anniversary video on this page.