During the school season teachers, assistants, and counselors are focused on helping your children learn and grow.
But what happens during the summer season when these people are not around?
It makes sense that as a parent you would want your child to maintain some level of growth and development over the summer in order to limit or prevent your child from losing a lot of the skills gained over the last school season. This includes growth and development in the following areas: physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially.
With that said, one of the very best options is to keep your child active through a solid martial arts program. Whether your child is currently active in a martial arts program and you are considering giving him/her a break from training over the summer, or you are seeking some sort of activity to get your child involved in, consider the benefits of martial arts training over the summer before you make a decision.
To make your job easier, we have selected four of the top benefits and provided an overview of each one below. We would like to cover weight gain, summer learning loss, emotional stability and social stability.
1. Our martial arts program can help prevent unhealthy weight gain!
Although it may seem like children are more active over the summer, the lack of structure also contributes to weight gain. Even just two days of structured physical activity over the summer can have a snowball effect on their physical activities at home.
We believe our karate classes are so much fun, that children actually enjoy the physical workouts even during the summertime.
Did you know?
Children gain weight nearly twice as fast over the summer because they are snacking more often, many times out of boredom or lack of proper supervision. At the same time, many children are also less active over the summer because they sleep in longer, watch TV longer, play video games longer, etc. Our children’s classes includes fun daily classroom activities that boost physical development. In fact, children who train in our karate program, tend to practice more at home over the summer since they have more free time to do so. This means they will enter the new school year in better physical shape than the previous school year!
2. Our martial arts program can help prevent or lesson summer learning loss!
Many people have an image of summer being a carefree happy time where kids can be kids,and take for granted the benefits of enriching experiences from organized activities. Even just two times per week in a structured program can make a tremendous difference in a child’s intellectual development over the summer. Karate provides these benefits in a manner that is also fun so that kids can still be kids and not loose that carefree and happy summer lifestyle.
Did you know?
For over a century, scholars have recognized that summer vacation is a period when children’s brain development declines relative to the school year. In fact, studies have shown that children score much lower on standardized tests when they enter the new school season compared to the same tests taken at the end of the previous school year.
Our karate classes include activities to boost intellectual stimulation over the summer. In fact, children who train over the summer also tend to progress even faster because their brains are not bogged down after a long day of academic learning. This means children can actually enter the next school year even smarter than when they left for the summer break because their working memory and fluid intelligence are expanded into a whole new level of development!
3. Our martial arts program can improve emotional stability!
When the school year ends, children lose a lot of key contributors that boost self-esteem. This leads to less confidence entering the back to school season. Our karate program provides a great environment for building children’s emotional development in a manner that is positive and productive.
Did you know?
Children that lose self-esteem over the summer enter the new school season with many fears associated with making new friends, meeting new teachers, and bullying. Our karate classes provide activities that strengthen children’s emotional outlook. In fact, children that are more confident enter the new school season excited about all of the wonderful opportunities that schooling has to offer!
4. The martial arts improves social stability!
Following rules are very important, especially over the summer when there are lesser rules that children must follow. This includes proper social behavior. Our children’s martial arts classes develops proper social behavior during class, and those lessons carry over at home.
Did you know?
Children that do not have proper social development over the summer tend to misbehave when they enter the new school season. At the same time, children that do not have sufficient positive social interaction over the summer enter the new school season with more anxiety.
Our children’s program includes classroom activities that boost social development. In fact, children who train in karate over the summer tend to be the same students that get glowing behavior reviews from teachers during the first round of parent-teacher conferences.
At the same time, children with the best behavior reviews are also statistically the students with the best academic reviews because they are not distracted with the repercussions of poor behavior.
The summer can be a wonderful opportunity to help your child not only enjoy a break from school, but at the same time become a better version of themselves as they enter the new school year.
What parent would not want to see their child enter the new school year physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially stronger?
Our martial arts training could very well be the best investment you make over the summer!
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Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.
Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for 5 consecutive years in a row.
Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars
Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at: [email protected]
Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.