Day Camps in Brooklyn vs Sleepaway Camps: Which Are Better?

July 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Day Camps in Brooklyn vs Sleepaway Camps: Which Are Better?

When most people think of summer camps, they think of sleepaway camps, which keep children for weeks at a time in the summer. Now, sleepaway camps can be fun, but if you live in Brooklyn, day camps might just be a better option for you. Here are some reasons why you should go for day camps in Brooklyn over sleepaway camps.

1. Day camps ease you and your child into the summer camp lifestyle
Some children have never been to a summer camp and they might be nervous about camp. Day camps are a much better alternative for these children. They get to enjoy all the advantages of camp and then go back home at the end of the day. This helps them build new social, physical and mental skills that will help them gain more confidence and make it easier for them to enjoy any type of camp they want.

2. Day camps offer a greater partnership between camp and parent
At a sleepaway camp, the camp is totally in charge of all the learning and growth that will happen during the summer. Day camps however, allow both parties to participate in the growth and development of the child throughout the summer. The parent still plays an important role in the child’s daily life. At the end of the day, parents can help the child work through obstacles that the child faces, giving guidance and helping to shape solutions.

3. Day camps are more affordable
Day camp is significantly less expensive than sleepaway camps. This is because at a day camp, you only pay for the available resources and the camp itself. You don’t have to pay for boarding and feeding fees. So if budget is a consideration, or if you are stringing together multiple camps over the summer, you might want to go for day camps.

4. Day camps offer greater specialization
Unlike sleepaway camps, where the goal is to build social skills over the summer, day camps often focus more on teaching specific skills. At the Urban Martial Arts karate sports summer camp, for example, we specialize in introducing children to martial arts, and having fun in the process. Day camps teach your child a specific skill, as well as social skills to get through life.

Traditionally, sleepaway camps are what people consider when they think of camps, but day camps come with a lot of advantages. With the ready availability of parents if there is a problem, and all the other advantages listed in this article, day camps in Brooklyn are the better alternative for some families.

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How Summer Camps in Brooklyn Help Parents

June 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

How Summer Camps in Brooklyn Help Parents

When we think of summer camp and its benefits, we tend to focus on how camp benefits children.

But did you know that summer camp is a great help to parents also, especially in urban areas?

Here are some of the ways in which summer camps in Brooklyn help parents.

1. You don’t have to plan all the activities yourself.

Even if you are a full-time, stay-at-home parent, figuring out how to keep your child occupied for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for the entire 2 months of summer can be a daunting and scary task! Summer camps take this burden off your shoulders by designing activities to keep your child busy and entertained all summer long.

2. You have peace of mind, knowing your child is in good hands.

As a parent, you often wonder what your child is doing when they’re not with you. And if you’re using a childcare provider that you’re not really certain about, you’ll be doubly worried. But when your child is in a great summer camp like the one at Urban Martial Arts, you know that your child is being cared for by professionals. This gives you peace of mind. You can relax, knowing you don’t have to worry about their safety.

3. You can enjoy some “me” time.

The rarest thing for parents with children to get is some quality personal time. It can get to the point where even enjoying a cup of coffee by yourself without children demanding your attention can begin to seem like a luxury! Summer camp gives you some desperately needed solo time to not only get some things done, but also to simply enjoy your own company for a change.

4. You know your child is having fun and staying active.

As awesome a parent as you are, you don’t have all the resources that summer camps have at their disposal. The programming and activities your child will enjoy at a camp will far outpace what you could accomplish on your own. You can be satisfied with the knowledge that your child isn’t sitting in front of a TV or computer screen all day long, but is having fun and staying active instead.

5. You learn to let go a little.

Sometimes parents can hover over their kids too much. (I’m guilty of this too!) This limits children and puts too much pressure on parents. When you send your child to summer camp, you’re forcing yourself to back off a little and give your child some much-needed space. This not only teaches your child independence, but allows you room to adjust as well.

Summer camp truly is a win-win situation for both children and parents. The kids get to have the time of their lives and parents get to enjoy a wealth of advantages like the ones listed in this article and more!

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Sore from Kickboxing? 3 Surprising Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

June 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sore from Kickboxing? 3 Surprising Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

Kickboxing is a physical activity that is fun and high intensity. In fact, you can burn up to 800 calories in each class!

But kickboxing can also leave your muscles sore.

So if you’re feeling achy after kickboxing class, here are 3 surprising ways that could relieve some of that soreness.

1. Drink more coffee.

A recent study has shown that caffeine can interfere with the body’s ability to feel pain. So if you drink coffee an hour before class, you may not feel as sore as you normally would. The trick is to drink the right proportion for your body size. For maximum pain-blocking effect, the researchers recommend 2 mg of caffeine for each pound of body weight.

2. Take a dip in an ice bath.

Professional athletes have long used ice baths to loosen up sore muscles. A recent study reveals that there is a lot of truth behind this idea. For maximum relief, the water should be between 54 to 59 degrees. So if your tap water isn’t cold enough, throw in a couple of ice trays. When you’re just getting started, trying taking a dip for 30 seconds at a time. Then increase each week until you’re able to stay for 5 minutes at a time. It’s a great way to relieve sore muscles.

3. Exercise some more.

When it comes to relieving sore muscles, there’s something to be said for the old “hair of the dog” idea: that the best cure for what ails you is to have some more of it.

After your kickboxing class and cool down at Urban Martial Arts, your muscles will feel sore. So when you get a chance, do some more exercise to relax them.

It doesn’t have to be something as high intensity as kickboxing, but some jumping jacks or a quick jog can help a lot.

When you take up kickboxing, you’re signing up for a class that will help you lose weight, stay fit and healthy.

It will also give you sore muscles, which is not a bad thing, as it shows that you’re doing your body good. Still, if the soreness bothers you, try some of the tips in this article for relief.

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Why Summer Camps in Brooklyn Are So Important for Kids

May 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Why Summer Camps in Brooklyn Are Important for Kids

Every time summer rolls by, children across the country get ready to have the time of their lives at summer camp. It’s fun for kids and gives parents time off, a win-win situation. If you’re still not convinced of the importance of summer camps, here are a couple more reasons why summer camps are so important for kids in Brooklyn especially, but everywhere else also.

1. They are physically active all day long
These days, most kids live a very sedentary lifestyle. They spend their free time playing on the computer or with video games or watching the TV. Even in school, they don’t get the opportunity to be physically active all the time, especially with elementary and middle schools now cutting back on gym classes and recess. For a child’s body and mind to develop well, a child needs to engage in physical activity. Summer camps give kids the opportunity to do just that. The kids get to run, jump, play, and engage in sports-based activities and stay active.

2. The change of environment boosts self-confidence
It is very refreshing for anyone to change environments for a while, and children need to feel this too, especially at the end of the school year. Without the usual academic, athletic and social competition that have come to characterize schooling, they are free to experience more success. This leads to kids building self-confidence.

3. They become more resilient
Because many summer camps focus on praising efforts and encouraging kids to push beyond their perceived boundaries, kids will try new things at a summer camp. While this means that they will experience difficulties and even setbacks, they will also build a degree of resiliency. This is something that every child needs to experience.

4. They improve their social skills
Summer camp is filled with not just children, but a new set of adults for the children to get to know. By sharing this time with their peers, they get to make new friends and cement the bonds to friendships that are already present. Equally important is that the children get to learn how to negotiate their needs with adults. This skill will be very useful to the kids later on in life.

5. They feel like they belong
Good camps foster a close sense of community. For example, at Urban Martial Arts, every karate class begins with a recitation of our student creed, which spells out the values we stand for: perseverance, excellence, and using martial arts for self-defense, never for offense. This grounds the kids, makes them part of something bigger than themselves. When children feel rooted, it helps them develop a sense of security.

Summer camp can be a very rewarding experience for your kids. It will help them develop useful skills as well as create memories and friendships that will last through your child’s lifetime.

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How to Find the Best Summer Camp in Brooklyn for Your Child

May 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Finding the Best Summer Camp for Your Child

Every year, in the months preceding summer, parents scramble to ensure that they find the right summer camp for their kids.

The right summer camp is one that your child will enjoy, is convenient for the parent and something that the parent can afford. Finding this mix might be difficult, but it’s definitely not impossible.

Here are some things that should be at the top of your mind when looking for the best summer camp.

1. Consider your child’s interests
Keeping in mind that the best summer camp is one that your child will enjoy, you need to ensure that what you select matches your child’s interests. What activities does your child like or gravitate towards? Your child’s likes, dislikes and limitations should be at the top of your mind when choosing the type of camp your child will attend.

2. Don’t be afraid to try something new
That being said, doing the same thing over and over again is boring. So don’t be afraid to try something new. If your child is in a rut, shake things up a little. Try a new activity or even a new type of camp. Your child will enjoy it and thank you for it.

3. See what camps other parents recommend
A great way to do research of any kind is the word of mouth approach, so ask around. You should especially ask parents with kids a couple of years older than yours. They’ve had a few more years to research and plan and can give you helpful tips. Find out what camps they recommend and why, as well as their personal experience with the camp. This will help a lot in finding the perfect fit.

4. Be realistic about convenience
You may find a great camp but if it is inconvenient for you, let it go. You should take into consideration your schedule and the location of the camp. If the camp is more than an hour’s drive from your house, that long commute may get old very quickly. Also, if you get out of work late and could never pick up your child on time, you’ll be racking up late fees, not to mention inconveniencing the camp staff.

5. Take your child along when you tour the camp
Would you buy a car without ever laying eyes on it? Then why send your child to camp he/she knows nothing of? Your child will be the one attending the camp, not you, so it’s important to get your child’s feedback. Take your child with you and find out how your child reacts to the facility and people. It will also give you an opportunity to evaluate how the staff interacts with your child.

Choosing a summer camp is very important because the right camp could be the best thing that has happened to your child and the wrong camp could turn the summer into a nightmare. So find the perfect fit for your child and for you.

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7 Signs You Are Addicted to Kickboxing at Urban Martial Arts

May 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

7 Signs You Are Addicted to Kickboxing at Urban Martial Arts

How can you tell the difference between a casual kickboxing member and a kickboxing fanatic? Actually, it’s not hard at all.

If you find yourself checking off any of the items on this list, consider yourself addicted to Urban Martial Arts kickboxing!

1. You watch a Floyd Mayweather fight and think, sure he’s got a killer left hook but how’s his roundhouse kick?

2. You check your attendance card obsessively because you can’t wait to earn your red gloves.

3. You don’t even try to get away with doing push-ups on your knees anymore because you don’t want Sensei Serge to give you THAT look.

4. When friends tell you about what they’re doing in the gym, you think to yourself, “Aw that’s cute! Their entire workout is just my warm-up.”

5. You have nightmares about burpees.

6. You’ve said, “You HAVE to try kickboxing — it’ll change your life” to more people than you can count.

7. You can’t remember what it feels like to NOT be sore. It’s just a state of being now.

The first step is admitting you have a problem. But let’s face it – you don’t need rehab because this addiction is a healthy one.

Here’s to all our kickboxing addicts!

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5 Mistakes Parents Make When It Comes to Summer Camp

May 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Summer camp can be a wonderful experience for children, but there are some issues parents should be aware of.

If you’re a parent researching summer camps in Brooklyn, here are 5 mistakes you should avoid:

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Urban Martial Arts Wins Big At the Long Island Open 2014!

April 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Congratulations to everyone who competed at The Long Island Open Karate Tournament 2014 in Islip Terrace, NY!

For a few of our students, this was only their first or second tournament and as you’ll see in the video, they showed a lot of heart!

Great job, everybody! We look forward to seeing how you’ll do in the next tournament!

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DETAILED TOURNAMENT RANKINGS

1ST PLACE
Alyssa Barry (7 & Under Intermediate Girls Sparring)
Ester Fruchter (10-11 Advanced Girls Sparring)
Jose Bermejo (12-13 Intermediate Boys Sparring)
Luke Brillant (7 & Under Beginners Boys Sparring)

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Video from March 2014 Karate Belt Promotion

April 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Congratulations to everyone who earned their new belts! You’ve put in a lot of hard work, and we’re so proud of you.

Here’s a video with some highlights from the belt promotion:

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Five Surprising Reasons You Aren’t Seeing Results From Kickboxing

April 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

5 Surprising Reasons

Kickboxing is a great physical activity not just because it teaches you a great new skill but also because it helps you lose weight, tone your muscles, and generally keep fit. In fact, in one kickboxing class you can lose anywhere between 600 and 800 calories. Factor in the fact that even after the class, your metabolism remains high; there simply is not any reason why you shouldn’t see results from kickboxing. If you’re not seeing results then you are probably doing something wrong. So, here are some things you could be doing wrong that is affecting your weight loss plans.

1. You’re eating wrong.
Diet is a very important part of the weight loss process. This is because it contributes 70% of your weight loss. So if you’re not seeing the results you expected from your kickboxing, it might be because you’re not putting in enough effort to limit your portion. Most people have no idea what a proper portion is because restaurants serve such over-sized portions so even when you’re eating healthy foods, you may be eating too much of them in each serving. A good rule of thumb is that a serving of protein should not be larger than the palm of your hand. Women generally need smaller portions because their body mass is lower than that of men and because women’s palms are usually smaller than men’s palms, the rule still stands. The ratio you should be aiming for on each plate is 1/4 to 1/2 protein, 1/2 non-starchy vegetables and intake of starches should be limited to 1/4 of any meal.

2. You’re not attending enough classes.
You should not be expecting to see a lot of results if you do not put in enough work. If you’re coming to kickboxing class once a week on average, then you simply will not be burning enough calories or keeping your metabolism high enough to see great improvements. At a minimum, you should be taking at least two classes a week, although three is preferable. Also, because it takes time to master the moves involved, you won’t improve quickly enough to move to high intensity workouts if you’re only coming once a week.

3. You’re not working that hard in class.
The people who get the best results from kickboxing are those who are very focused and intense about it. They are very committed and give their all while they are in class. There really is no use in coming to class regularly if you’re not going work that hard when you are on the mat. So when you’re in class, dial up the intensity, cut out unnecessary breaks and really challenge yourself. Don’t be afraid to push yourself, our trainers at Urban Martial Arts will always be there to see you don’t go beyond your limits.

4. You’re inconsistent.
Another reason why you might not be seeing the results that you desire is if you’re being inconsistent. If you come to class four times a week for a month and then drop off and pull a no-show for the next three months, it is simply impossible for you to see any results. It is better for you to come to class less frequently, say twice a week, than to burn out and lose your drive. Consistency is how champions are made and how weight is lost.

5. You’re not clear on your goal.
You’d be surprised at how big a deal this actually is. If you don’t have goals you’re working towards, then you’re probably not going to see the results you actually want to see. Ask yourself, what do I want to get out of this class? If you don’t know where you’re heading, how do you know if you’re even on the right track? Vague goals like “I want to lose weight” will not motivate you. And unrealistic goals like “I want to lose 30 pounds in 2 weeks” will disillusion you. What you need to set are SMART goals, goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-based. This will motivate you and serve as monitors to guide your weight loss ambitions.

Kickboxing is a fun way to lose a lot of weight and generally keep in shape. It exercises all the major muscle groups while keeping your heart rate up. Potentially, kickboxing can be the solution to all your weight loss problems but you need to steer clear of all the mistakes outlined above to achieve the results you desire.

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