Excerpted from Martial Arts Drills By Sang H. Kim
Boredom is the biggest enemy of every martial arts teacher - your students' boredom and your own. Teaching classes every day, year after year can become monotonous quickly if you are not constantly searching for new teaching ideas, drills, games, exercises and techniques. Not only will your students be bored doing the same old drills, you will be bored teaching them over and over. To maintain an excited, active student body and keep yourself excited about teaching, you need a ready source of ideas and brain ticklers.
This section is meant to be just that. A resource that you can turn to while you are developing your lesson plans or just before you head out of the office to start a class. A quick reference guide packed with new ideas as well ideas you might have long forgotten or that may lead you to create your own games and drills.
Below are a few ideas excerpted from this section of Martial Arts Instructor's Desk Reference:
Making an obstacle course in the training hall is a great class starter for kids' classes. Don't let anyone stand around waiting in line - assign a time killing exercise like jumping jacks or running place between turns at a station. Some ideas for stations to keep everyone moving:
- Jump over a pile of kicking shields
- Crawl through a tunnel of kicking shields without touching them
- Jump over a series of heavy bags laid about two feet apart
- Kick or strike a hanging target, hanging bag or stand up heavy bag
- Weave around a line of hand targets
- Duck walk under a hanging heavy bag