We have a guest blogger, Joanna Burress, on Caffeinated Chaos today featuring a new activity in the Indy area for your kids to do. Ok, she isn’t just any guest blogger, she’s my big sister, and these two adorable ninjas are 2 out of 3 of my super ninja nephews. I’ll let you take it from here sis…
As a mom of three boys, I know ENERGY.
Daily, these kids tear up my house, use my furniture as jungle gyms, and use the living and dining room as a racetrack. They tackle and tickle; they yell and screech. My house is constant motion and noise. Because of our schedule as well as our general not-wanting-to-push-our-kids-too-early, we haven’t gotten them into any organized sports or activities, but I am starting to see the draw, to burn off energy somewhere other than my house.
When I first heard about NinjaZone Academy, I knew immediately my boys would LOVE it.
The mastermind behind NinjaZone, Casey Wright came up with the curriculum a few years ago, after a lifetime of competing, coaching and judging gymnastics at the highest levels and seeing the lack of boys in the sport.
Ninja Sport, as it’s now called, combines gymnastics, martial arts, and parkour into elements and obstacle courses.
Think: American Ninja Warrior for kids. The classes, up until recently, were held at gymnastic studios all over the country, but the new NinjaZone Academy is a facility purpose-built with Ninja kids ages 3-11 in mind.
I had been wanting to get my just-turned-four Middle Kid into gymnastics, but wasn’t sure he’d be up for standing in line for the balance beam among all the polite girls in leotards. This kid likes to MOVE.
One of my favorite things about NinjaZone is their motto: Turning Energy into Ambition, One Awesome Kid at a Time.
My kid has ENERGY, and turning it into something other than toppling all my couch cushions and knocking down his brothers sounds great to me.
The classes are constant motion, running through obstacle courses, being challenged to jump, tumble, flip, climb, reach, and balance. I got to see my kids fall on the pads the first time through the obstacle course, and exclaim “I DID IT!” the second time, when they nailed a jump, the same jump they had just missed.
Yes, the practice was burning energy, but it was also creating confidence, instilling a growth mindset, and it was EXCITING. They can’t wait to go back.