Why Summer Camps and Programs Are So Important

It is important for kids to remain physically and mentally active, and that includes during their summer breaks. Summer camps and programs are the perfect opportunity to keep kids active and introduce them to new concepts and interests that could influence the rest of their lives. Read on to see why summer programs are so important for kids.

Keep Minds Active

There is usually a period of one to three months of summer where kids are not exposed to any type of academic education. This is incredibly detrimental to kids’ education, and it can negatively influence their beginning weeks in a new grade. Summer programs keep kids’ minds active by introducing new concepts and by reinforcing learned concepts. Kids are also around their peers and instructors who all contribute to mental stimulation and keep kids prepared for when school begins.

Keep Bodies Active

Summer and no school are great excuses for kids to sit in front of the television or play on tablets with little to no physical activity. These are unhealthy habits that affect kids’ physical and mental health. Summer camps and programs encourage kids to move and interact with the outside world. Many summer camps involve accelerated teachings in gymnastics, sports, and martial arts. These are great activities that keep kids’ bodies and minds active over the summer.

Keep Interests Alive

Enrolling kids in a summer camp or program is a great opportunity to introduce them to new interests. Kids can learn about physical activities, such as gymnastics; they can also learn about creative and educational activities, such as photography and science. Kids may find a new passion that they would not have been exposed to during traditional school. They can then take this new passion and develop it on their own or through after school programs and extracurricular activities.

Summer has begun, and that means that Heart & Soul Kids Activity Center has many camps starting in Tucson, AZ. We offer camps in gymnastics, dance, crafts, and science programs for all kids to stay active during the summer. We are available for more information at (520) 818-7974.

Exploring the History of Martial Arts

Martial arts is a broad term, encompassing many distinct fighting styles and combat practices, many of which date back thousands of years. Though Americans often recognize martial arts as action movie fodder, the practice of martial arts is about more than just fighting. Martial arts blend spiritual, mental, and physical learning for the purposes of self-expression, creative movement, and self-defense. In modern martial arts classes, which are especially popular with children, the curriculum often consists of mixed styles drawing inspiration from around the world, representing just a small fraction of the long history of various combat traditions.

Early Origins of Specialized Fighting

Evidence of martial arts dates to 3400 BCE, and it appears that each cultural empire had their own distinguished combat styles. It is unclear if the styles of ancient Greece, India, Africa, China, and Japan were inspired or influenced by each other, or if they all emerged independently.

Rise of Asian Martial Arts

Today when people think of martial arts, they probably think of styles including karate, taekwondo, and jujitsu. Often, classes will blend these principles in a mixed martial arts style, which emphasizes these Asian influences.

Western Interest in Martial Arts

Though Asian martial arts have been in practice for centuries, it was not until the late 19th century that they gained notoriety and popularity in the Western world. This is in large part due to increased trade and cultural exchanges with the nations of China and Japan through this period, which inspired a growing interest in martial arts media.

If your child is interested in martial arts, Heart and Soul Kid’s Activity Center can help you select the right class for his or her age and skill level. Our instructors help students grow in their skills and self-confidence to encourage healthy physical activity, social skills, and self-defense. To learn more about our classes and family activities, give us a call at (520) 818-7974.