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What else can you do to keep kids active during the summer?

Many kids during the school year study real hard, however, once summer comes around if kids do not have something to do… many will be stuck on the TV screen or on their game consoles.
It is imperative that you get your kids out of the house and into hands-on outdoor and indoor activities. Summer Camps are an amazing way to keep them active, however many cannot afford them.

Another great way to keep your kids active all summer long and building their discipline and self confidence is through Karate. Some part time karate school will be closed during the summer time; however, many like AmeriKick Martial Arts in Staten Island are open all year round. They have Karate Summer Camps that include indoor and outdoor activities; from karate, gymnastics to weapons classes. Going on trips from the parks, beaches to museums and so much more.
Best of all after summer camp is over, AmeriKick in Staten Island has regular evening classes. Starting the kids off from ages 3 and up. They have amazing karate programs for kids and an awesome adult karate/mma/Ladies kickboxing program as well.

AmeriKick Martial Arts has 2 locations in Staten Ilsand:

341A Sand Lane in Staten island, N.Y. 10305. They can be reached by phone at (718) 524-0244, by Email:

2110 Richmond Rd. Staten Island, N.Y. 10306. They can be reached by phone at (718) 524-0244, by Email:

You can also visit them on the web:
Read their students testimonials and see what others have to say about their experience at AmeriKick.

Don’t let your kids stay home this summer; get them into a karate summer program.

Give your kids an early start to success!

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Bully Season = Bully Prevention

With children now in school it is an ideal time to discuss Bullying. What is it? How do you recognize it? How do you avoid it? And as a last resort how do you defend against it?

Bullying can happen anywhere and at anytime. In school, on the bus, in the playground, over a friend’s house, on the internet and on Facebook. Bullies can be any age. The can be individuals and groups. They can be male and females alike. Bullies usually have a lack of self-confidence in themselves and look for weaker people to push around to give them a sense of power. Ignorance and fear is another ingredient to bullying. When people do not understand the differences in others they become afraid and the result of that is being mean and aggressive towards those differences.

Using the R.A.D. system is a great tool in combating Bullies. R.A.D stands for recognize, avoid and defend. Using these 3 steps can help in most Bullying cases.

Step one-Recognize. Being able to recognize what bullies look for is a great way to deter the bullies from the beginning. Since bullies look for weaker people, do not show signs of weakness. Stand up tall and straight, don’t hunch or slouch. Look in peoples’ eyes when you talk to them. Speak in a clear and strong voice. Be confident in your actions.

Step two-Avoid. The first step to avoid a bully is to just ignore it. Name calling and screaming does not hurt you physically. They are just words. By ignoring the words and walking away takes away the aggressive reaction that bullies are looking for. Bullies want a confrontation. The second step to avoid a bully is to use a vocal response such as “Stop” or “Leave me alone”. If this is done a strong and authoritative voice, most bullies will just leave you alone and move on. The third step is to tell someone about the bully. You can tell a teacher, principal, a parent or an adult. Remember you are not being a coward by telling someone about the bully. You are actually demonstrating courage.

Step three-Defend. This is the last resort. However, it may come to this step. If a bully physically tries to hurt or attack you then you must defend yourself. You use your martial arts skills in the most effective way possible. Remember to first try to use techniques that will control or avoid the bully such as pushes, locks, sweeps and throwing techniques. Use your striking and hurting techniques as a last resort since this may cause serious injury and you may become responsible and held accountable for your actions.

Unfortunately Bullying is a real occorance that must be dealt with. By talking about it, making a plan of action and using the R.A.D. principle you will have a greater success of overcoming bullies.

Mark Russo, Amerikick

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