While the weather has been a bit iffy, make no mistake – summer is coming. And with it comes the plaint that plagues parents everywhere. “I’m bored!” What is a parent to do?
Never fear, Oakmont Martial Arts is here!
And if that sounds a bit super hero-ish, it should. Read on to find out why.
Once again, OMA is rolling out a schedule of camps designed to eliminate boredom from any kid’s vocabulary. The summer 2016 offerings include:
- Spar Wars light saber training (all ages)
Students of all ages can train in the art of Light Saber Combat (yes, that’s a real thing). Classes are available for different styles of light saber combat for Tigers, youth, teens, and families. Light sabers must be approved for safe, light contact (saber-to-saber contact).
- Xtreme team (ages 7+)
Ever seen those cool XMA routines? Want to learn? Here’s your chance. Each of the three camps will focus on a different weapon (stick, kamas, and staff), as well as kicks and tricks to include in the routines. All weapons must be Protech or ATA approved.
- Super Hero Training Camp (ages 5+)
Be a super hero for a day! Discover your super powers, complete challenges, and go on a team quest!
- Pixel Ninjas Photography Camp (ages 10+, Adults welcome as well)
Learn the secrets behind all those cool pictures you see on the wall. Set up and run your own photo sessions. All students receive two 8×10 prints of their choice.
- Combat Sparring Clinic (ages 5+)
Learn combat sparring techniques and participate on a team combat sparring challenge. For this camp, students must be ranked Camo belt or higher, and must bring all protective sparring gear and a combat stick.
“The kids love camp,” said Cassi Conti, mother of Claire. “We’ve done the Super Hero camp for two years now, and I think what they’ve learned from it is strength. That super heroes can’t just go out and save lives, but that they have to train and sometimes fail in order to be successful.”
“I love that OMA’s summer camps provide opportunities for kids to stay physically active and keep learning in a way that’s both really fun and really different from the standard summer fare,” said Amy Davidheiser, mother of Emily and Sam. “Our favorite was definitely the photo camp. Emily came out of that with a new hobby, new skills and some great photos, and she’s really looking forward to building on all of that this summer.”
“We participated in the Pixel Ninjas camp for our daughter, Mary, last summer,” said Mary Sutton. “She stopped training when she reached first-degree Black belt, but was really interested in the photo camp because she’s artistic. I think the camp really stretched her creativity. Plus it opened her mind to practical applications of things she’s puttered around with, thinking it’s just a hobby. Photoshop does more than create Internet memes.”
Instructors for the camps are Mr. Weston, Ms. Graff, and Ms. Dugan. Registration for each camp is limited to 12-14 people. This ensures an excellent instructor-to-student ratio designed for maximum learning – and maximum fun.
“I don’t think you’ll find better instructors anywhere,” said Mrs. Sutton. “The folks at OMA are always attentive to the needs of each student including their learning styles and speed of learning. And they are really supportive. They know how to relate to each student in such a way that practically guarantees learning and having fun.”
“If you’re considering camp, go for it,” said Mrs. Davidheiser. “Any and all of the camps offered are guaranteed antidotes for ‘I’m bored!’ and they’re way more fun (not to mention healthier) than video games. The staff at OMA have always been really skilled at differentiating instruction for kids of all ages and experience levels. Don’t worry if your child has never tried anything like this before. They’ll have a great experience and they won’t be overwhelmed by a bunch of ninjas.”
“As a parent, I sell it (camp) to other parents as the kids will learn life skills,” said Mrs. Conti. “Anti-bullying, self-defense, self-respect all the while not realizing it. My son has low self-esteem and this camp (Super Hero camp) always helps build him back up. It’s been kind of a savior for us.”
One thing is important to know: With the exception of combat sparring, none of these camps require previous – or any – martial arts training. That means kids can bring their friends from school. “With three Black-belt instructors and a good student to instructor ratio, we’ll be able to help students at different experience levels,” said Ms. Graff. “We hope for non-member and members to both be able to enjoy these camps, so we hope that students will tell and invite their friends!”
While a lot of parents may see camps familiar from last summer, there is one exception: the Stand Up anti-bullying camp. Instead of offering this as a separate camp, the tactics and information from the anti-bullying campaign will be incorporated in the Spar Wars Tiger and Youth camps, as well as the Super Hero camps. “This way, parents have access to the same great Stand Up camp sessions and kids will get to practice all summer long (if they attend multiple camps),” said Ms. Graff.
Information on all camps is available here. And of course, if you have any questions, one of the instructors will be more than happy to answer them at the school.
Hope to see you this summer for some martial arts fun!
A software technical writer by day, Mary Sutton is the mother of two teens and has been making her living with words for over ten years. She is the author of the Hero’s Sword middle-grade fantasy series, writing as M.E. Sutton, and The Laurel Highlands Mysteries police-procedural series, writing as Liz Milliron. Visit her online at www.marysuttonauthor.com.