I have a 10-year-old son. He’s is not a “typical” boy. He doesn’t like to play sports, he doesn’t play rough with other kids, and he prefers to read rather than playing outside. He’s sensitive and very sweet but not “tough” like people think boys should be.
I’m always searching for extracurricular activities that he can participate in that will enrich his life without being a sport. This particular journey started with a postcard.
I received a postcard from a local martial arts studio.They were offering a “summer special” for $99, which included the uniform and classes–you can’t beat that! When I called the studio, I learned that they offer free, 30-minute classes for students curious about what their program has to offer, so I scheduled a visit. I thought martial arts would be beneficial for my shy son, who is very nervous in new situations.
When we got to the studio, I was asked by the instructor why I wanted him involved in martial arts. I had already given this a lot of thought. Besides the fact that this would get him off the couch and moving, I was really interested in the self-discipline and confidence that martial arts could bring him. Watching the instructor work one-on-one with my son reinforced my motivation for responding to the postcard in the first place.
My son was happy the whole time, and he tried hard. I saw a confidence in him that I had not seen before. The instructor modeled the respect and other expectations of the school. I would like to see the expectations of respect and self-discipline to carry over to school and home, which is what the martial arts instructors expect as well.
Part of my job at Camperoo is to recruit camps kids will find exciting and unique. Our marketplace has great martial arts kids camps in all of our partner cities, but I think the martial arts camps in San Francisco are particularly noteworthy. If you’re a parent in San Francisco, I definitely recommend these camps:
Core TaeKwonDo provides a family-friendly environment for people of all ages to engage in fitness and get the benefits of the martial arts discipline. The camps are filled with educational and entertaining themes and traditional martial arts training. “A TaeKwonDo camp that teaches kids to think before they act.”
HRK was founded to provide exceptional instruction in Olympic Style Taekwondo. The experienced instructors are trained to work with all age groups and skill-levels. Students do not need prior martial arts experience. HRK will help build strength, as well as develop discipline, respect, and self-control.
GLO Summer Adventures is a fun camp with two programs in one. First, the Junior Apprentice Program allows campers to become athletes, physicists, artists, and much more by participating in two-hour, in-depth studies. The second part, Enrichment, includes the opportunity to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with trained instructors. Campers will develop healthy skills and self-expression through creative movement.
These are just some of the many martial arts camps on our marketplace. Be sure to check out what else we have to offer, and give your kids a chance to further strengthen their bodies and minds! Oh, and let us know about some of the things your kids learn at martial arts camp in the comments section!