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Jun 4, 2015

Healthy Living Visits a Karate Summer Camp

Within the next few weeks, students countrywide will be out for summer break. Of course, the children are looking forward to the break, the parents, though…not so much. If you’re looking for activities for the children over their summer break, then the following episode of healthy living will help you decide.

 

Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

In the past five years, since the House of Shotokan opened the doors to its dojo on Princess Margaret Drive, the school for martial arts has quickly become recognized for its karate, self defense training and mixed martial arts fights.  Each summer, though, the school shows off its lighter side with its annual summer program.”

Shihan Ray Kelly

Shihan Ray Kelly, Grandmaster, House of Shotokan

“We opened up the first summer camp which was very successful for children ages three years old to twelve years old. We found out that we had to close off our registration because it was so popular for parents to get their children in for the summer.  In the beginning it was exclusively karate, but as time continued on, we realize that there are different things that there our community wants so subsequently we went ahead and expand our different programs to assist the community for their liking and also to help them develop in the different areas in the different arts that we offer.”

 

The summer program at House of Shotokan offers a wide range of activities from the usual academics and arts and crafts to foreign languages and of course – karate.

 

Shihan Ray Kelly

“We look strongly at the academics side because we know that during t he summer youngsters children they don’t want to hear anything about books so in the summer program we offer them mathematics, English, reading writing, those type of programs we offer and the academic side because we want our children to have the continual development during the school break during the summer. Then we also have the language because House of Shotokan is a karate based school we teach them the Japanese language and here in Belize Spanish is a very strong language – aside from the Creole and the English that is spoken here – we incorporate Spanish also as part of their curriculum. So we have the academic setting, then we have the language setting and also we have our fun part. Children have to have fun. We offer arts and crafts and also with the arts and crafts is the karate. We make the karate very fun and exciting for the children during the summer camp.”

 

According to the Grandmaster, parents appreciate the fusion of academics, discipline and fun. But he advises that when looking for a summer activity for your children; make sure that it’s ‘kid-approved’

 

Shihan Ray Kelly

“I recommend to the community and parents, find an activity that your children first likes and two, one that will help them to develop his mind and body and three make sure he’s having fun because if they’re not having fun, they’re not going to like it and they’re not going to learn and subsequently you’re wasting your money and you waste the time of the child.”

 

Registration for the camp is now open. The camp runs from June twenty-ninth to July thirty-first. Sessions are from nine a.m. to midday.

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