American Family Martial Arts helps the brain
Hey the American Family Martial Arts ninja here
Did you know that keeping kids active in programs like karate classes and camps can actually improve their ability to do well when returning to school?
Unfortunately, sometimes these camps and classes are an afterthought. But at American Family Martial Arts summer camps they are not! We balance whole brain learning with games that reinforce learning new things, keeping the brain active and flexible during the summer.
Studies in Baltimore and Atlanta show that when skills are not used or reinforced they initially begin to decay at a rapid rate, but eventually slow. Specifically, the tasks that are procedural, take multiple steps, have no performance cues will tend to decay the quickest. This means when kids stop using critical thinking skills that they will start to deteriorate.
One of the great benefits of American Family Martial Arts summer camps is that we are constantly engaging their decision making and critical thinking skills. Not only do we put them to work physically, but we also work them intellectually each and every class. This means that the intellectual skills that they develop in school will actually be reinforced every time they come to class at American Family Martial Arts! Each drill we run in a martial arts class is specially designed to challenge their stage of development. Each drill will also focus on implementing the skill in a way that is different or opposite from the drill prior. This makes them practice having more mental flexibility when it comes to applying existing knowledge, as well as, forces them to problem solve on the fly.
Practicing this during the summer at American Family Martial Arts is a great way to prepare them for the coming school year. During the school year, they will need to be able to pick up new skills and ideas and the more practiced they are at doing so, the better they can perform academically.
By keeping the brain active throughout the summer with martial arts helps them to strengthen their retention of academic knowledge. Because of this at American Family Martial Arts we are able to reinforce learning skills, encourage time commitment, and follow through. We are capable of doing all of this in a fun environment all summer long so that we can help each ninja be outstanding when they return to school.
The children’s programs at American Family Martial Arts (formerly PKSA Karate) teach respect, discipline, focus, self defense, stranger danger, and bully defense. Children can start as young as age 3 and are in a program called Tiny Tigers for ages 3 & 4. Children ages 5 & 6 are in a 45 min class called Little Ninjas. Kids ages 7 and up attend their choice of classes two times per week.
Adults are more than welcome and parents can not only train alongside their children, there are special adult only classes available.
We have super awesome martial arts birthday parties! Check out our web site-s2.muscl.co/~pksakarate – for videos showing the fun times!
We’re not just kicking and punching. We have fun events like Nerf Wars, Water Gun parties, Parent’s Night Out, Halloween parties and more! We also hold charity fundraisers and Women’s Self Defense classes.
Check us out at s2.muscl.co/~pksakarate or call 225.272.5425