TheCampus Karate Camp

Marco Mealha, Portugal’s national karate champion, hosts first junior summer karate camp at The Campus, Quinta do Lago in Portugal

Marco Mealha, Portugal’s national karate champion, hosts first junior summer karate camp at The Campus, Quinta do Lago in Portugal 1024 536 Henman Communications

Karate Camp now joins the all-star lineup of sports camps at the five-star resorts new high-performance sports center in the Algarve in Portugal.

The CAMPUS, Europe’s new and exciting premier multi-sports hub, in Quinta do Lago, in the Algarve in Portugal, is delighted to announce that Portuguese National Karate champion Marco Mealha will host their first Karate Camp for children aged 7 to 16 with coaching during the summer school holiday between the 29th July and 2nd August 2019.

Marco Mealha and Claudia Rodrigues will host junior karate camps at The Campus at Quinta do Lago during the summer school holidays from the 29th July – 2nd August 2019.

During the camp, children will also be supported by Claudia Rodrigues, who was a student of Mealha and is an experienced Karate instructor.

The fun and enaging Karate camps will introduce your child to the wonders of martial arts, led by renowned Karate pro Marco Mealha, who ranks 2nd in Kumite Nationals and 7th in the Karate World League.


These dynamic junior camps will focus on flexibility, balance, concentration and discipline. Along with being a great form of exercise, Karate can also assist with your child’s emotional and intellectual development.

The five-day camp will be held in Quinta do Lago’s new state-of-the-art performance centre, The Campus, where athletes and families train side-by-side in the grounds of the luxury resort. In this dynamic camp, children will learn the principles and foundations of karate, as well as improve their flexibility, balance, concentration and discipline.

Before retiring from competing in 2015, Portuguese karate pro Mealha won more than 132 titles in national and international championships over 15 years of active contending, including 1st place in Regional Championships Senior Kumite Category -84kg, and 1st place in the Seville International Open Senior Kumite Category +75kg. Now, Mealha devotes his time to coaching karate to children in the Algarve, Portugal.

Mealha says:

I was very happy when I was competing, but now I am happy when I see my students putting my teachings into practice and I feel a great sense of pride to see them winning. Karate Camp will be a great opportunity for children to learn not only in the physical aspects of karate, but also its values in personal growth and respect for others.

Group Exercise Manager at The Campus, Dinah Josephs, said:

We are very pleased to welcome and host our first Karate Camp at The Campus, which will add a new dimension to the children’s activities we currently run. The camp will be led by two fantastic coaches who add to the line-up of world-class professionals we have at The Campus.

Karate is a complete sport with physical and fitness benefits, and assists with emotional and intellectual development. All students will be given an opportunity to deliver a performance presentation on the final day of the camp.

Josephs adds:

Children at Karate Camp will learn development of hand eye coordination, discipline, self-control, expression, promoting and bringing forth inner and physical strength, and confidence while having fun, which provides the basic foundation of growth and emotional grounding. We look forward to welcoming the children for this fantastic experience.

Karate Camp is one of several sports camps with sports-stars at The Campus this summer. Soccer Camp with Rio Ferdinand and Rugby Camp with Brian O’Driscoll will get children onto the premier pitch at The Campus for functional and technical training. This year, The Campus also hosts junior and adult tennis camps with former Federation Cup coach Judy Murray and dance camps with former Strictly Come Dance pro Lauren Jamieson.

Judy Murrey & Brian O'Driscoll

Visitors to The Campus will experience world class tennis and padel courts, a wonderful cycling center led by Paralympic gold medalist Mark Rohan, as well as a top class swimming facility and a wellness section of the High Performance Campus that offers all visitors the ideal chance to unwind after an exhausting workout.


The Campus new €10 million training, fitness and wellness facility designed to cater to both elite athletes and enthusiastic amateurs.

Accommodation for families participating in these sports camps is available at Quinta do Lago’s boutique hotel, The Magnolia Hotel. Situated on the doorstep of the resort, the hotel has a range of accommodation options, including two-bedroom Cottages ideal for holidaying families. The hotel offers free transfers to The Campus, Quinta do Lago golf courses and the beach.

Magnolia Hotel

Guests can also stay at the magnificent The Magnolia Hotel, situated on the doorstep of The Campus and Quinta do Lago resort. It has a range of accommodation including 74 comfortable rooms, three suites and seven cottages.  The rooms have been recently been fully refurbished and the five-star service will help guests unwind and destress at the end of their day. There is a free shuttle bus service to The Campus for all guests.


– 29th July to 2nd August
– 14:00 to 15:30
– For children aged 7 to 16
– 260 € per child with 10% sibling discount if two or more children are booked


– Age: 32 years old
– Lives: Faro in Portugal
– Standard: Black belt of karate
– Graduated: 2005 by Kenei Mabuni


Marco completed the karate coaching course in 2005 at the National Karate Federation of Portugal.

During his 15 years of competition he won 132 titles in the national and international championships, representing his club and on some international championships where he represented the National Karate Federation.

Marco stopped competing in 2015. His titles included:
– 1st place in the Regional Championship in the senior kumite category -84kg
– 1st place at the Seville International Open in the senior kumite category + 75kg
– 2nd place in the National Championship in the senior kumite category -84kg
– 2nd place at the Oporto International Open in the senior kumite category + 75kg
– 3rd place in the Olympic League FNKP in the senior kumite category + 75kg
– 3rd place at the Maia International Open
– 7th place in the Open Paris – Premier League in the senior kumite category -84kg
– 9th place in Open Almere – Premier League in the senior kumite category -84kg

After many years as a competitor Marco decided to hang up his gloves and open a karate club so he could share his experiences with the young practitioners. He also teaches Karate to children from 3 years of age, in public and private schools and in sports inventions so that they can know the modality.

Two years ago Marco started a Functional Karate project for high-level athletes. This project is not only for athletes from his club, but also for athletes from other clubs looking for a more personalized workout. It is a cross between karate and functional training, where athletes improve their physical and cognitive abilities at the highest level according to their needs.

Marco was very happy while competing on the tatami, but now he is very happy when his sees my students putting his teachings into practice and when he sees them winning he feels a great pride.
Marco hopes to continue to help the growth of many children not only in the area of karate but also in growth as a “person”, teaching the values of life and respect for the other.


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