Martial Arts and Summer Camps

Summer Camps teach kids discipline in a fun environment. No wonder parents enroll their kids in such camps. These camps are also the perfect way to get their first taste of martial arts. Many summer camps, in order to stay fresh, have different weekly themes to keep interest going. Your child will learn how to train like a Jedi from Star Wars and do ninja like they show in acclaimed movies. Most important of all, they would learn the art of creative thinking. Martial arts not only teaches self-defense but also guides a child on how to be creative, below is a general overview of what you can see from a Martial Arts Summer Camp Program.

Events at a summer camp

Your child will enjoy to the fullest. They will do a minimum of two classes in martial arts every day. There will be enough activity to keep them engaged. There will be a number of different activities and games. These includes tackling an obstacle course specially built for martial artists. Other than these pro-martial arts infrastructures, there will also be jumping drills and pegs. Your child will be involved in a number weekly themes. These themes include training like superheroes and also mastering the humble attitude of a black belt warrior. They could also practice Jedi like skills with the provided light-saber or equivalent. As a parent, do not forget to pack a heavy lunch as your child will soon build up a heavy appetite. At the end of it, your child will emerge more confident and disciplined- the key to any successful life.

Newbies are welcome

Everyone gets entry to summer camp. There is no hard and fast rule that you must have previous experience. A number of students went on to became martial arts champions later in life as they enjoyed the summer camps and then took the decision to further hone their skills. The camp is suitable not only for the beginner but also for intermediate ones. If your child has the skill, he or she can advance to the next rank too. Camps begin after school recesses for the summer. You can send your child early in the morning.

Bullying and its effects

Bullying affects everyone- from the person being bullied, to the person doing the crime and to those who silently witness such tactics. This activity is associated with a number of negative outcomes. It has a marked impact on substance abuse, suicide, and mental health. And that is why it is extremely important to ask children whether they are being bullied.

Victims of bullying

Children who suffer from bullying experience negative mental and physical issues. A kid subjected to this kind of torture has a greater chance of suffering from:

  • Anxiety and depression: There could be excessive feelings of loneliness and sadness. Changes in eating patterns and sleep cycles should be observed in such cases. There could also be a loss of interest when it comes to activities they previously enjoyed. Such issues could spill over into adulthood and that could get dangerous.
  • Bad health: Poor mental health directly impacts that physical health as well.
  • Lower academic accomplishments: this is evident in lower standardized test scores and GPA. Participation in school activities could also falter.

Only a few children who have been bullied have the capability to retaliate via violent measures. In most of the shooting cases which have occurred in schools, it is the child that has been bullied the most who has been the perpetrator. Over 80 percent of the shooters suffered from bullying.

Bullying and suicide

There is a misconception that children who suffer from bullying tend to commit suicide. This is wrong. Most of the bullied children do not harbor thoughts of suicide and desist from suicidal behaviors. Even if a child ends his or her life, bullying is usually not the sole reason. A number of issues have contributed to suicide risk. This includes depression, trauma history, and problems at home. People of some cultures also have an increased tendency to commit suicide. Support of peers and parents are intensely needed to stop such situation from getting out of hand.

Kids who bully

Bullies are often the ones that engage in a number of risky behaviors, including violent activities. These disturbing traits can persist even when they grow up into adults. Bullies use a number of drugs and also indulge in alcohol both in adolescence and also as adults. They frequently engage in fights and vandalize property. They also leave the school education system and never get to complete higher education. Bullies are often found to have criminal convictions as adults which makes it even worse. They are also more often than not found to be abusive towards spouses or romantic partners and also tend to abuse their child, hence starting the cycle all over again.

Bullying should never be ignored, as it has long lasting effects and should be addressed as soon as humanly possible. Martial Arts Schools, like ours, help to teach children how to identify and what to do about addressing bullying. Contact us today to learn more!

 

 

Goals and the importance of focus

A typical child can never focus on a sole task and that is because of their inherently less attention span. Children will do a dozen different things within a span of an hour. This trait is quite natural. A child finds the world around him or her extremely interesting and wants to experience anything new as soon as it is shown.

As a parent, it is your duty to teach your child how to concentrate. Small children should be able to finish tasks like completing a puzzle or making a block tower. Such as with martial arts, children will expand their ability to focus on a goal. Of course, not every child increases this ability at the same rate. You will notice a growth in this area of development; for instance, they will patiently stand in line for movie tickets as opposed to becoming impatient the more they have to wait. In one sentence, your child will grow up to be a complete individual!

Minimize distractions

Since we are older, we can shut off distractions and have gotten better at getting tasks done. We can ignore the sound of traffic outside the house, but the same noise can disrupt the focus of the child. For young children, ambient sounds are louder and they are more sensitive to smells; if injured, for them it pains more. As a parent, it should be your job to minimize such distractions or eventualities.

Keep your child engaged

Do not think about how long a time your child does a specific activity. Take into account the interest level instead. If you see your child abandoning the blocks after placing only two of them, make the little one do one step more.  There will be an increase in the focus and attention span. The child will also learn how to manage frustration. Exposing your child to valuable life skills earlier in life will help discipline, focus and help them learn easier as they grow up.

Different Styles of Martial Arts

The world of martial arts is a diverse one, let take a look at a few of the more common styles around. There are so many different styles and different types of martial arts out there. How many of them are you familiar with? Well, if you want to test your martial arts general knowledge, go through our list and find out how many martial art styles you’re familiar with.

Karate

Karate is probably one of the most popular martial art styles. Its birthplace is Japan and it is a style that is focused mainly on self-defense and self-discipline. Learners are taught to control, deflect and disable attacks instead of going on the offensive. As for offensive moves, learners are taught to punch areas such as the solar plexus, which can lead to temporary incapacitation.

Taekwondo

People all over the world are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of physical exercise in their daily routine. Although Taekwondo is an ancient form of self-defense, more and more people are taking it up as a route to fitness. Encompassing various aspects of life skills, taekwondo helps the individual develop a greater bond between body and mind.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a martial arts style that originated in Israel. It is basically a tactical system that teaches the learner how to prevent or handle violent attacks. Krav Maga was developed to present itself as a fighting style that can be executed in real world scenarios. Krav Maga techniques are taught across various sectors such as anti-terrorism, special commando units, air marshals, and law enforcement etc.

Aikido

Like Karate, Aikido also comes from Japan. The term literally translates to “the way of the harmonious spirit”. The main aim of Aikido is to help learners defend themselves without causing harm to the assailant. So, there is very little striking in Aikido. Instead, learners are taught to leverage the opponent’s weakness, which according to Aikido, is something that is often exposed by the opponent unknowingly.

JiuJitsu

JiuJitsu is another Japanese martial arts style that incorporates everything from hard striking and grappling to biting and joint locking. The key principle here is to leverage your own center of gravity against the attacker’s. There is a variation of this style called Brazilian JiuJitsu, which mainly focuses on joint locking.

Kickboxing

Kickboxing originated in the US sometime around the 1970s. What’s more interesting is that it was developed by karate practitioners who weren’t fond of the kicking and punching rules followed in karate competitions. So, relatively speaking, kickboxing is one of the newer martial art styles to have originated. A lot of the changes and updates were actually incorporated only in the last 2 decades. Kickboxing relies mainly on the use of kick blocks, kicks, and punches.