5 Misconceptions People Have About Summer Camp

March 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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If your child has never been to summer camp, you may have a doubt or two on its benefits or effectiveness. Before you scratch summer camp off the list for good, here are a few misconceptions people have about summer camp:

1. The best camp is the most expensive one

It is human nature to assume that we must pay a highest possible price for quality, but this isn’t exactly the case for summer camp. Instead of looking for the fanciest or most expensive summer camp for your child, you should find one that suits your child’s personality or areas of development. Other than price, location, course details and duration are also factors to consider when picking out the ideal summer camp.

2. My child must go with a friend to summer camp

A new and foreign environment may seem terrifying for your child, but just like school, your child will make friends in a short time. If your child goes with a close friend to summer camp, this may hinder their chance in making new friends, as they’ll stick together in their comfort zone and may alienate other children.

3. My child is too young for camp

Some parents may have the misconception that their child is too young for camp, but the fact is that there is a wide range of summer camp options for various ages. Instead of focusing on the age of your child, you should instead focus on the activities of the summer camp and whether these activities are suitable for your child’s age group.

4. Not every child is cut out for camp

Parents may assume that their quiet and shy children aren’t cut out for camp, but summer camp helps children develop certain skills, such as leadership and independence. Playing with large groups of children might be out of your child’s comfort zone, but your child will gradually adapt to the changes and become more social in the end.

5. I can start planning in spring

Popular summer camps fill up early in the year, so it’s never too early to start planning a fun and fulfilling summer holiday for your child. Instead of finding a random summer camp as a last minute resort, parents should carefully consider their options and decide whether their children will benefit from the chosen summer camp.

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3 Small Kickboxing Tweaks That Lead to Big Results

March 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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If you’re going to kickboxing classes regularly, you may already feel stronger and leaner. Paired with good quality sleep and eating right, this should maximize your exercise results. Leading a healthy lifestyle is important, but sometimes all you need are a few simple tweaks to significantly improve your results. Here are three small adjustments to common kickboxing exercises that lead to big results.

1. The push-up

Some people tend to get lazy with push-ups and simply do it on their knees or only go halfway down. However, doing push-ups correctly will significantly improve your exercise results, as this will help you build strength in the targeted muscle areas. In order to do a correct push-up, you should go all the way down to the ground, until your chest is inches from the floor. Pause for a second when you’re down, then slow press back up and repeat the routine.

2. The crunch

Another exercise we do often during the warm-up of kickboxing class is the crunch. Some people just want to get it over with quickly, so they end up using the back of their heads to pull themselves up instead of their ab muscles. If order to reap the full benefits of crunches, you should focus on squeezing your abs and let your body slowly rise up and down. Once you use the correct form, you’ll see big results.

3. The squat

We do a lot of squats during the warmup segment of kickboxing class because it works so many muscles at once. But a mistake that many people make is not going down far enough. If you want a round and tight booty, make sure you squat all the way down to the ground instead of halfway. When you’re close to the floor, make sure you pause for a second or two to hold the squat before you come back up.

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5 Ways Summer Camp Will Help Your Child Succeed

January 31, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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If you don’t want your kid to become a couch potato and watch TV 12 hours a day, summer camp is a great way for your child to have fun, run around and mingle with other kids. Other than socializing and leading an active lifestyle, summer camp also helps your kid develop valuable life skills that will benefit them in the future. Here are 5 ways summer camp will help your child succeed:

  1. Get used to being more independent

When kids are taken out of their comfort zone, they learn to adapt to a new and unfamiliar environment. Since their parents aren’t there to protect them in summer camp (especially in sleepaway camps), they have to learn to fend for themselves. Becoming independent at a young age is a valuable life skill, as it will help your kid adapt quickly to changes and new environments, such as high school and college.

  1. Learn to work in a team environment

On the other hand, summer camp also teaches kids the importance of teamwork. As summer camp includes a range of group activities, kids have to learn to work with new friends and kids from different age groups. Even if they have different ideas and opinions, they learn to work together and compromise in order to achieve the end result.

  1. Boost their self-confidence

Learning a new skill or completing a new task can give kids a sense of accomplishment. At Urban Martial Arts, our karate sports summer camp helps boosts kids’ confidence, as karate is a new skill for most of them and they learn to conquer new challenges outside of the academic and social competition.

  1. Increase their self-esteem

If your kid suffers from low self-esteem, you should send them to a summer camp. As kids at summer camps are exposed to different personalities and age groups, this will help develop their interpersonal skills and hence build a higher sense of self-esteem. Once they learn how to interact with different kinds of people, they’ll no longer feel socially awkward or have a low self esteem.

  1. Learn to never give up

Sometimes kids require the support of other kids to develop perseverance. Encouragement from others in summer camps can help your kid develop this valuable life skill, as they will help motivate each other in completing challenging tasks. Once your child learns this valuable life skill, they’ll be able to develop perseverance internally and use it to get through challenges in life, such as studying for a difficult exam or learning to adapt to a new environment.

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5 Misconceptions People Have About Kickboxing

January 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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When people think of kickboxing, they often associate it with MMA fighters covered in blood, beating each other to a pulp. If you’re simply taking a fitness kickboxing class as a great cardio workout, you won’t become the next Anderson Silva in class and suffer a gruesome leg injury. Here are 5 misconceptions people have about kickboxing:

  1. Women get “ bulky”

A lot of women are afraid of doing kickboxing on a regular basis due to the fear of “bulking” up. Although kickboxing helps to build and tone muscle, you won’t become a bodybuilder simply by going to kickboxing classes on a regular basis. Kickboxing actually has an opposite effect on women – instead of bulking up, it enhances your feminine curves and gives you a boost in confidence.

  1. You get injured easily

Fitness kickboxing classes aren’t like what you see in the movie “Fight Club” – you won’t get a black eye or break a limb from attending the class. Since the classes are non-contact and take place in a controlled environment, you’re more likely to hurt yourself walking on the street rather than in a fitness kickboxing class.

  1. It promotes violence

Kickboxing doesn’t promote violence. Yes, if you practice it competitively, it is a full-contact sport. But like other forms of martial arts, kickboxing actually promotes focus and discipline. Professional MMA fights may look violent, but keep in mind that these shows are designed for entertainment purposes.

  1. You have to be super fit

Fitness kickboxing may look like an intense cardio workout, but at Urban Martial Arts, the classes are designed to accommodate all kinds of people, including beginners. You can go at your own pace to slowly build up your stamina. If you go too hard in the first class, you may become traumatized by the exhaustion and muscle pain and never go back to class again.

  1. It’s full of “sweaty men”

Some TV shows and movies may portray kickboxing as a “man’s sport” by showing a bunch of half-naked, sweaty men battling it out in the ring in dirty old gyms, but nowadays there are plenty of clean and modern facilities (like Urban Martial Arts!) that offer fitness kickboxing classes for men and women. Kickboxing actually has numerous benefits for women, as it is a great stress reliever and you can get a lean and toned body from the workout.

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January 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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MLK Mega Fun Day January 19, 2015

January 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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There’s no better place for a kid to be on the MLK Day holiday than at our Mega Fun Day!

Your child will experience non-stop action, excitement, and fun.

Just have a look at what we’re packing into one day!

  • Dodgeball tournament
  • Nerf gun wars
  • Wii boxing challenge
  • Arts & crafts
  • Karate class
  • and much, much more!

It’s $79 for the day. Save your spot with just $50 down and pay rest by January 16th.

Spaces are going to fill up fast, so register today!

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The activities will take place between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, but you can drop off as early as 8 am and pick up as late as 6 pm.

All you need to do is pack a lunch, a water bottle, and two snacks. Everything else is included!

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Dodgeball Parents Night Out Jan 16, 2015

January 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Dodgeball Parents Night Out at Urban Martial Arts

We think that hard-working parents like you deserve a night out on the town, kid-free!

So why not drop your child with us on Friday, January 16th from 6 pm to 9 pm for a night of dodgeball and pizza?

It’s just $25 per child. Each additional sibling can come for just $20.

The event is open to all kids aged 4 to 13 — and you do NOT have to be enrolled at Urban Martial Arts to participate.

It’s open to the public!

Click here to instantly pay and register.

Members: If you prefer, we can charge the fee to the card we have on file for you – just call us at 718-287-5500.

Or if you’d like to pay by cash or check, you can do that at the front desk.

Remember – space in the event is limited, so call us today at 718-287-5500 to find out if we have any spots open for your child!

What Age is Good to Start Learning Karate? [VIDEO]

January 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Is your child at the right age to learn karate? Here are some ways to decide whether your child is ready to become a karate kid:

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How Kickboxing Can Help You Avoid Gaining Holiday Weight [Infographic]

January 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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