The holidays are quickly approaching and our team at SKILLZ of Patchogue hopes it is the best ever!
It is super easy to get lost in the moment and forget to practice our martial arts over the holiday break. But if we can remember to do so, we are better prepared to have the upper hand when we return to class. Our instructors believe there is nothing cooler than a ninja that can come back from a break without missing a beat.
Here are a few quick tips from our instructors that can help make training during the holidays fun:
1. Practice your SPEED by having a relative hold a piece of used wrapping paper as you break it!
This challenge will help your ninja practice their martial arts speed because if they are not punching fast enough, they won’t make it through the paper. We can also work on their technical speed by using progressively smaller pieces of paper so that they have to aim more precisely. See how many different martial arts moves you can use to “break” the paper
2. Develop TECHNIQUE by using the empty wrapping paper rolls as a “Sword”.
We can help our ninjas develop their “performance” of their forms this holiday by having them create their own martial arts form. Then challenge them to perform this form in front of their relatives. This should be fun for all and everyone knows family loves to see those sweet ninja moves!
3. Work on your FLEXIBILITY by using empty boxes to slide into our splits.
Show off your flexibility this holiday by putting one foot in the top of a box, and using the bottom for the other foot. Challenge yourself to see how deep you can go! If that is too easy then try going across the house.
4. Wrap your feet in used wrapping paper and try to sneak around the house.
For the ultimate ninja challenge wrap your feet in wrapping paper and try to sneak up on the adults! This will challenge your child to develop even better CONCENTRATION. Make it even more fun by having the adults agree to do 3 push-ups if you can sneak up on them.
We hope you are able to find even more creative and fun ways to practice your martial arts this holiday. Don’t forget to share your ideas on our FB page too!
Looking for a last minute gift idea? Signing your child up for our awesome age-specific martial arts classes is the gift that keeps on giving. Give us a call and we’ll make sure you even have a uniform to put under the tree 🙂 631-776-8060
Michael is a 6th-degree black sash under his teacher, Moises Arocho, and has been training in martial arts since 1985. Michael has a degree in Massage Therapy from NY College of Health Professions. He is the co-owner of 4GK Martial Arts in Patchogue, NY, and Skillz of Patchogue, a childhood development facility using martial arts and other movement modalities as the vehicle for kids’ growth and success. Michael is also the Lead Consultant for Skillz Worldwide.
380 East Main St
Patchogue, NY 11772