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Summer Camp Curriculum

Posted on: January 27th, 2016 by Paula Lazarz


8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Drop off


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Walk to specific workout spot – various areas in Lincoln Park/North Ave Beach

Warm ups, light run, conditioning


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Kung Fu Curriculum


Depending on the day either:

Forms Training /Weapons Training

Flying Kicks & Acrobatics

Practical Self-Defense

Sparring Combinations & Sport Sparring


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Light snack/Free play/Swim


11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Resume Kung Fu Curriculum


11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Return to Pick Up Location

Pick Up North & Dearborn


Variations in Curriculum

Trip to the Zoo, Nature Museum or Conservatory

15 minute North Avenue beach swim if temp is over 75°


Survival Training every couple of weeks

How to secure water, make shelter, find food

First aid, cut, breaks, concussions



FULL DAY (Camp Continues)

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Group walk to HealthKick on Larrabee


12:30 – 1:30 PM

Lunch and rest

Full Day Campers bring sleeping bags to HealthKick and leave them at the school. The Campers will lie down for 20 minutes.  

(Kung Fu training in China, the athletes take a nap after lunch)


1:30 PM – 1:50 PM

School Cleaning

Campers learn simple cleaning tasks and these are delegated among the groups.

Campers will rotate being “Group Leaders” explaining the tasks, delegating and overseeing the work is done.


1:50 PM – 2:15 or 2:30 PM


We will read Kung Fu stories, or stories steeped in Western culture like Aesop’s fables and discuss the “moral” of the story.

The morals do not deal with religious concepts, but martial ethics and personal integrity.

Or –

We will discuss Shaolin history and theory as it relates to practice and application of the martial arts.


2:15 PM or 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Resume Kung Fu Curriculum outside in the park across from the school.

Variations in Curriculum – We swim at the Stanton Park indoor pool on Friday afternoon.


3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Light snack /Free play


4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Flexibility training (stretching)


4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Pick Up On Larrabee


During inclement, turbulent weather, we meet inside at Larrabee for both Half-Day and Full-Day Camp. We make this decision

in the morning,approx. 1 hour before Camp starts and we keep in good communication with Parents/Caregivers.


We go outside even in light rain with the appropriate rain gear on. Our goal is to have them train outside as much as possible.

In China, Kung Fu athletes train outside all year and there are benefits to be gained from doing this.