Thursday, August 21, 2014

Keep Kids Safe Afterschool Program at Ambrose Academy

The award winning, Ambrose Academy of Wing Chun Do, in Livonia is now offering a new after-school program.  An after-school program that gives families the benefits of three great services for the price of one - a structured after-school program focused on health, fitness, safety and personal growth.  Keep Kids Safe After-School Program's three components include a safety enrichment program that offers the acclaimed Stranger Smart Program, conflict avoidance skills, Good Bystander anti-bullying techniques, and more.  A big part of children's safety is developing good health and fitness routines. Also children attend kung fu classes learning the art of Wing Chun Do along with other fun and exciting activities. 

As founder of the Keep Kids Safe Afterschool Program, I want to present a program that offers more than the typical latchkey environment. Here is a unique opportunity to create another great learning experience for  children in a structured, more productive way during after-school hours, but still maintain the fun and excitement. This program helps families in other aspects of their lives by promoting solid child safety skills, offering an extracurricular activity such as Wing Chun Do kung fu classes, and promoting fitness, and health. We believe by combining multiple quality activities that families will find more time and experience less stress during the day.

It’s not too late to enroll in the program.  Ambrose Academy keeps attendance to the program under fifteen to ensure that each child receives a quality experience and individual attention.   

Program details:
Cost 62 a week, which includes all of our safety classes and handouts, martial art classes, testing fees, t-shirt, belts, foam weapons, and craft supplies depending on the theme of the week. Children bring snack(s). 10% sibling discount. $40 non-refundable registration fee per child.

Time for homework and reading for those that have a 3 or 3:15 dismissal

Transportation available if your school falls within our pick-up zone.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Summer Day Camps Announced for Summer 2014

Our popular Summer Day Camps at Ambrose Academy, an award winning school, are back for summer 2014.  Our theme of course is Fitness/Sport/Martial Arts. Sign ups are starting today. Make a deposit to reserve your spot.

The dates for each camp is:        July 7-11  and  August 4-8

Each day is filled with activities to keep your child moving all day long.  Morning exercises, daily martial arts class, sports games, team play, creative free play and so much more.  Children expend tons of energy during focus play.  Lessons on nutrition, making fitness a life long pursuit, and of course martial arts training.  Arts and crafts too!  What parents have to say about our camps.

Sign up for the whole week or ask about our half day programs.  Drop off mornings at 8am and pickup at 3:30pm.  Call us for more information at 734-422-4420. Join us on facebook to keep informed.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ambrose Academy's Parents Night Out Balloon Fest

Ambrose Academy loves to offer to its young students an atmosphere of creativity and free play fun.  After twenty-five years in this business, we've learned what needs to be in place to make an event special.  For kids, take your cue from Disney or other kid friendly venues.  Color, lots of bright colors.  I wanted to create a theme for the next Parents Night Out event.  So what better way to create instant fun than to have a balloon themed party for the kids.

Balloons everywhere!  No direction needed, just let the kids go.

Balloon Holding Contest

Relay Races

Trying to get all the balloons in the air.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Crafty Kung Fu Girls

The school has an unprecedented number of girl members.  It is so nice to see that girls want to participate in the martial arts and no longer think it as a "boys only" domain.  This past year the number of girls in my school doubled surpassing the boy student body, making it a 2 to 1 ratio for a while.  The class is now about 50/50.

I also want our school to be more than just a martial art school. I envision the school as a place akin to a community center that offers special events, enrichment classes, and happenings that will excite and build a bond between the students and the school.  I want it to become their club, another nurturing and safe place to be,  a highly positive environment, where creativity is always encouraged, and a freedom to be themselves a must.

I decided to offer a class and invited the girls to my first craft party. Fourteen girls showed up and it was a blast. It was a whirlwind of activity. As I was helping Samantha with her project, my attention was suddenly drawn to the background of voices, the din of activities, the girls engrossed in their projects happily creating, the excitement and positive energy that was all around me.

I felt so fulfilled and happy.  It was a happening!

I looked up to see the girls in groups all over the floor, at the painting table, at the ribbon table, making their choices and complementing each other.  I saw my helpers, Amy, Evelyn, Tessa, Alyssa, and the other moms that were drawn to stay helping the girls with their designs.  Grandma G. sitting on the floor using a hair dryer to help dry the paint more quickly with three girls around her watching. Mrs. M with a constant tear of joy in her eyes, bless her. Everyone happily working, being creative, using their hands, creating their own style and thoroughly enjoying the party.

It's still all kung fu to me.  It's a way of expressing oneself - honestly. Each girl showed off her personality and individuality in their pieces. I was amazed that six year old Samantha was so positive in her choices, never asking me for an opinion on what to do.  She picked out everything and proceeded to tell me how and where to place her design.

Amy and I helping the girls with the sewing machines.

Then of course we just had to have a runway show.  It capped off the event beautifully.   I created a wonderful memory for myself, one that I know will stay with me for a long time and I hope will stay with everyone who was there.

By the way, ignore the woman with the two left feet that falls down at the end of the video.

Now what to do with the boys.....

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lil' Dragons - They Grow Up So Fast


Every once in a while my Lil’ Dragons class is empty for at least a short time.  My class consists of four and five year olds, and children I consider young fives or young sixes.  Lil Dragon’s membership is limited to five to seven children to keep the student/teacher ratio low.  Their attention span isn’t what it should be and every once in a while, one is stuck in what I call “imagination land,” meaning they’re just visiting another world in their head. 

It’s my job to try to get them focused, thinking, and observant to what is around them.  I’ve discovered the best way to get my task done is to play with them. I guide the games that not only entertain, but also challenge them physically and mentally keeping them present and in the moment, in a word, focused. When they are ready or when they reach a milestone like another birthday, they leave my class and join the Children’s class, ages 6-14.

Right now, I’m enjoying my second cup of coffee, and checking on how they are doing in the new class.  Of course they are doing great. Soon a new Lil’ Dragons class will form and I can’t wait to meet them.  But for now, it’s nice to sit back, take a rest, and watch if the lessons I have taught them have taken hold.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Children Need to Go All Out - Especially If They're Superheros

It was an intense hour and a half.  The hobgoblins, princesses, Jedi, and super heroes descend on the place ready for some fun.  Our martial arts school becomes an indoor playground.  The only thing missing is the jungle gym.  The matted jitsu room becomes the ball room.  The main floor becomes a hockey field.

The children are allowed to invite friends to this event, so the rooms were filled with children going amuck.  I heard a visiting parent ask, "Is it always this chaotic?"

Why, yes.  Yes it is.  Controlled Chaos.

Or at least during parties, we let it be chaotic for the first twenty to thirty minutes.  I'm a big believer that children need to expend lots of energy. They need to do it with free play.  They don't often get that opportunity especially in an indoor setting. But when the time is right, the mood is right, and the place in which it happens is a controlled environment geared toward safety, then I say, let them loose.

And guess what.  The energy that has been pent up all day or all week is finally released in the first thirty minutes of frenzy and then they naturally calm down.  Plus it sort of cool when in the middle of it all, I shout, "ATTENTION!" and every child in the room stops dead in their tracks and comes to attention. You can hear a pin drop.  Impressive.

I sometimes have to remind the children and show the parents that the situation is actually under control.  It just doesn't look like it at first glance.

I fixed up one of our changing rooms as "the haunted spot."  This year I didn't have time to set up my usual haunted house in the corner of the school, so sibok Rocco suggested I use one of the changing rooms.  Perfect - set up in less than an hour.

The children played games, got prizes, and showed off their costumes during the costume contest.  Food was flowing a plenty and the children ate with the same degree of fervor.
Super Girl, Goth Girl, Princess Lollipop
Costume Winner - Kid Captured by Alien
Cheerleader, Arial, & Wolverine

I had a great time.  The parents had a good time watching their children play.  And I know the kids had a great time.  All in an hour and a half.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back to School Blues

They fall for it everyday.  "We have some awesome, exciting news!"

Eyes fill with excitement and anticipation waiting to get the awesome news. "What? What?"

"There's only 14 more days before school starts!"

The groans, grimaces, and hunching over in abject defeat.

Children really don't appreciate their martial arts instructor counting down the days at every class that "regular" school will soon start.

I look at it as a public service.  Yeah, that's the ticket.

I'm giving them the news everyday so that they get used to the idea and maybe not groan, grimace, and hunch over in defeat when the time comes, at least not so much.


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