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Leadership Program

Welcome to East Coast Martial Arts

Welcome to ECMA. We excited to welcome you to our East Coast Martial Arts Family. Thank you for having the trust and confidence in choosing our organization to help you reach your goals and aspirations. 

We are here to serve you and welcome feedback both positive and constructive. Our goal is to help you achieve yours. Please never hesitate to seek help in any area. Our Front Desk Staff is ere to help you and to communicate anything you need to our instructors or to myself, the owner.

 Again, thank you for being a part of our T.E.A.M. and Family.

 Sincerely, Master Tommy Lee 

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ECMA Leadership Training

Leadership Training

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Welcome to the ECMA Leadership Team (L.I.T. Student, Leadership Students and Instructors.

Welcome to the ECMA Instructors Training Program. This program was developed to ensure ECMA Instructors, Assistants and Coaches are prepared to teach and assist in a manner most beneficial to their students. 

Everyone from student helpers to Master Instructors are required to go thru this training and stay updated on the most effective ways to teach and motivate students. 

Since we are in the business of teaching Martial Arts, the most vital element to the success of ECMA and it’s students is employing high-quality, passionate instructors and staff who are committed to helping improve people’s lives. 

What is more rewarding than giving the gift of what you have learned and discovered over many years to others? The best teachers teach by example. By being a Martial Artist first, your job as a teacher is already half done. 

Please take your training seriously. Each time a student comes to class they are one step closer to reaching their goal of becoming a black belt or instructor or one step closer to quitting. What you do can have an impact on which road they decide to take. Trust me when I say that regardless of the level you are assisting or teaching you have a direct impact on helping the student make that choice. The training will ensure that you empower that student to achieve their Goals.

Thank you for being part of our ECMA Family and I look forward to having you help ECMA in “Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders”. 

2019 Leadership Class Date & Times

The following dates are the upcoming  L.I.T., Leadership and Instructors Training Sessions. Please sign up the week before the training. Please sign up no earlier than the Monday  and no later than Thursday 11:00 PM the week of Training. It’s important we know who is attending. Please click the date when you are ready to sign up for the class.

Jan 12th (Edgewater Studio)

Jan 19th (Endurance Day)

Feb 9th (Annapolis Studio)

Feb 16th (Edgewater Studio)

March 9th (Annapolis Studio)

March 23rd (Edgewater Studio)

April 6th (Edgewater Studio)

April 27th (Endurance Day)

May 4th (Annapolis Studio)

May 11th (Edgewater Studio)

June 8th (Annapolis Studio)

June 15th (Edgewater Studio)

Leadership Events

Below are some of the dates you may assist if you are qualified to do so. It’s always nice to have extra help. The instructors and students both benefit and each volunteer will earn points toward their Instructor Certification. Please click the link below to request to help. Thank You.

Jan 19th Endurance Day – Click here to assist.

Feb 9th Dragon Test Camp

Feb 10th TKD Test Camp

Feb 22nd Underbelt Testing

Feb 23rd Black Belt Testing

Ecma Teaching Curriculum

The Mindset of A Martial Arts Instructor

You can’t lose with the following five mindsets!

1) We are the friendliest place in town.

2) We are the cleanest place in town.

3) We only teach GREAT classes, never just good classes.

4) We are excellent at student/parent communication.

5) We look for opportunities to recruit new students every day so we can impart the benefits of martial art to enrich their lives as martial arts has enriched ours.

ECMA’s 16 Teaching Tactics, techniques and Tools

16 Effective Teaching Tactics, Techniques and Tools
Download each of the lessons and place in your binder. Write the date on the top corner when you have read and understand the lesson.

1) Be Friendly on purpose.

2) Transformational Communication skills.

3) Harness the Power of Focus Anchors.

4) Positive Pre-Framing.

5) The 3 x 3 Rule

6) Public Praise and Private Reprimand

7) The 3 D’s: Demonstrate, Detail, and Drill.

8) Praise-Correct-Praise. 

9) Using Influence instead of Authority

10) SSL Rule – Smiling-Sweating-Learning.

11) Disguising Repetition.

12) Practice Zero Downtime.

13) Working with Challenging Students.

14) Huddle Discussions.

15) Stressing Safety First.

16) Instructor / Student Relationship.

The Instructors Creed

Using the Instructor’s Creed as a foundation for all your instruction will help you achieve long-term success. you can use The Instructors Creed as a solid metric or standard to examine the situation when classes aren’t going well, too.

Click here to download The Instructors Creed and what it means. Below is the creed, click to download the breakdown of what it means.

1) I will teach this class as if it is the most important class I’ll ever teach.

2) I am patient and enthusiastic.

3) I lead by example.

Student Parent Communication

Communication in all it’s forms is an integral part of the success or failure of our studio. The way we communicate is as important as the way we teach. WE have different levels of training on this skill. Please click the proper link below to download the material intended for  you.

1) Leadership and Assistant Instructors Student / Parent Communication Lesson.

2) Instructors and ECMA Staff. (Passcode Required)

Retention: Our goal is to help others achieve their goals.

Click here for the strategies for helping others reach their goals.

Class Management

The importance of managing the floor cannot be over emphasized. Teaching and empowering, exciting and structured class is dependent on the way you run the floor. Class management is a must for one to be a Master Instructor. Click here to access this module. 

Working with Young Children

What does it take to effectively teach young children. This module will help instructors help ECMA live up to our motto…   “Create Tomorrow’s Leaders”. 

Teaching Challenging Children

Martial Arts continues to grow in popularity, along with its reputation of enabling people to make positive life changes. With this growing reputation, more and more parents are bringing their challenging children to us in hopes that we can make a difference in their lives. This module will guide Instructors with Teaching Guidelines that will Transform Challenging Children’s Lives. 

Wisdom from the Matt

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Warm Ups

Front Kick Hops

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Front Kick Hops

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs by holding themselves on 1 foot while also trying to demonstrate kicks and switches.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to bend your best to keep your knee tight before each kick.

Mini Skills Warm Ups

Warm Up Routine 1

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Warm Up Routine 1

Equipment needed: 

Instructors needed: 

Description: 

 

Steps:

  1. WARM UP (Routine 1): 5 Minutes
  2. Exercises:

 

Warm Up Routine 2

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Warm Up Routine 2

Equipment needed: 

Instructors needed: 

Description: 

 

Steps:

  1. WARM UP (Routine 2): 5 Minutes
  2. Exercises:

 

Warm Up Routine 3

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Warm Up Routine 3

Equipment needed: 

Instructors needed: 

Description: 

 

Steps:

  1. WARM UP (Routine 3): 5 Minutes
  2. Exercises:

Warm Up Routine 4

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Warm Up Routine 4

Equipment needed: 

Instructors needed: 

Description: 

 

Steps:

  1. WARM UP (Routine 4): 5 Minutes
  2. Exercises:

Flat Man’s: Swing your leg forward down the mat and face your body sideways when you land, then swing the other leg and you will face the other direction.

Mini Skills Drills

Following

Bucket Ball

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: FOLLOWING

Drill: Bucket Ball

Equipment needed: 1 Dodgeball per student

Instructors needed: A few to Monitor

Description: The students will practice having good FOLLOWING skills by knowing when to put the dodge ball when his/ her name is called.

 

Steps:

  1. Have everyone make a big circle, and place a bucket in the middle of the circle.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Copycat

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: FOLLOWING

Drill: Copycat

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will work on their FOLLOWING by copying what their guardian does.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the guardians spread out around the mat with their ninja.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

 

Follow The Leader

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: FOLLOWING

Drill: Follow The Leader

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will practice their FOLLOWING skills by sitting or standing when their guardian stands or sits.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your guardians and students spread out around the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Mouse Chase

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: FOLLOWING

Drill: Mouse Chase

Equipment needed: 4-5 cones for each line

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: Students will work on their FOLLOWING skills by following their guardian through the cones.

 

Steps:

  1. Put the students with their guardians in lines.
  2. Set 4-5 cone out in front of each line with space in between each cone.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Obstacle Course

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: FOLLOWING

Drill: Obstacle Course

Equipment needed: Various Equipment Types

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: Students will work on their FOLLOWING by trying not to fall far behind the person in front of them while navigating the course.

 

Steps:

  1. Have students form a line with the guardians standing next to them for support.
  2. Use various pieces of equipment to build a obstacle course that requires 3-4 different types of movement.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that everyone has a chance to lead.

 

Through the Tunnel

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: FOLLOWING

Drill: Through the Tunnel

Equipment needed: 1 ball, 1 tunnel per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on their FOLLOWING by chasing after the ball as it rolls through the tunnel.

 

Steps:

  1. Set up students in groups or lines.
  2. Lay our a collapsible tunnel or make one out of pads.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for multiple rounds.

Mini Skills Jumping

Elevator Jumps

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: JUMPING

Drill: Elevator Jumps

Equipment needed: Three slammer pad for each student.

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: Students will work on their JUMPING skills by jumping off pads into their guardian’s arms.

 

Steps:

  1. Give each guardian 3 slammer pads for their ninjas. Then have them spread out around the mat with their students.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Jump Kicks

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: JUMPING

Drill: Jump Kicks

Equipment needed: One clapper pad for each student and their guardian

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: Students will work on their JUMPING by jumping and trying to kick a pad.

 

Steps:

  1. Give each guardian clapper pad. Then have them spread out around the mat with their students.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so each student has a chance to kick five times.

 

Jumping Joeys

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: JUMPING

Drill: Jumping Joeys

Equipment needed: 1 Small Pad Per Student

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on their JUMPING by hopping like a baby Joey and stack all their pads.

 

Steps:

  1. Place pads down the mat at random points.
  2. Explain that they will be baby kangaroos today!
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for multiple rounds.

 

Kangaroo

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: JUMPING

Drill: Kangaroo

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: Students will work on their JUMPING skills by doing 10 jumps before taking a break.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the guardians and their students spread out around the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Lily Pad Jumps

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: JUMPING

Drill: Lily Pad Jumps

Equipment needed: 3 Small Pads Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on their JUMPING by JUMPING onto and off of each pad.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into lines with their guardians.
  2. Lay 3 small pads, spaced evenly, down the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for multiple turns.

 

Over The Line

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: JUMPING

Drill: Over The Line

Equipment needed: One Bar

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will practice their JUMPING skills by attempting to jump over a bar.

 

Steps:

  1. Give the guardians each one bar and have the guardians and their students spread out around the mat. (You can have pairs share if necessary).
  2. Give a quick review of how to kick:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Ring Jumps

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: JUMPING

Drill: Ring Jumps

Equipment needed: Several Colored Rings

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: 

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into lines with their guardians.
  2. Lay 3-4 colored rings in front of each line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for multiple turns.

Mini Skills Listening

Clean Up

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: LISTENING

Drill: Clean Up

Equipment needed: Various Pads

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: Students will work on their LISTENING by picking up objects throughout the room and putting them where their guardian says they go.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students and guardians sit with each other.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Get the Block

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: LISTENING

Drill: Get the Block

Equipment needed: 2 Colored Blocks per student

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: Students will work on their LISTENING and colors by picking up the correct color block.

 

Steps:

  1. Students will sit with their guardians across from multiple blocks.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Hey Ninja Ninja

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: LISTENING

Drill: Hey Ninja Ninja

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their LISTENING skills by waiting to hear the phrase then going to their guardian.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students and guardians form lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Musical Ninjas

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: LISTENING

Drill: Musical Ninjas

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice having good LISTENING skills by hearing the music to start and stop.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your student and guardians spread out on the mat
  2. Show everyone how to perform a punch and kick.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for as long as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Musical Stars

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: LISTENING

Drill: Musical Stars

Equipment needed: Multiple Stars or spots spread throughout the room

Instructors needed: A couple to monitor

Description: Students will work on their LISTENING by dancing when the music plays and finding a spot to stand on when it stops.

 

Steps:

  1. Spread your students around the mat.
  2. Have each Student/Guardian sitting on a spot/star.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for multiple rounds.

 

Punch, Kick, Sit

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: LISTENING

Drill: Punch, Kick, Sit

Equipment needed: 1 Ring

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their LISTENING by being able to listen to the directions that their guardian gives them.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students find a spot on the mat with their guardians.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called.

 

Stop N Go

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: LISTENING

Drill: Stop N Go

Equipment needed: 1 Slammer Pad

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their LISTENING by being able to hear their guardian while doing a task then trying to stop doing that same task.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students spread out with their guardians.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as possible until time is called.

 

Patience

1,2,3 KICK

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: PATIENCE

Drill: 1,2,3 KICK

Equipment needed: 1 Kicking Pad Per Student

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: Students will work on their PATIENCE by having to count before they can kick.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students and guardians sit with each other.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Castle Smash

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: PATIENCE

Drill: Castle Smash

Equipment needed: 4 Blocks Per Line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their PATIENCE skills by having to wait from their guardian to tell them it’s ok to knock down the tower.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students and guardians form lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Circle of Fun

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: PATIENCE

Drill: Circle of Fun

Equipment needed: 1 Kicking pad, 1 Punching Mitt, 1 Noodle

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their PATIENCE by being able to see people having fun but having to wait their turn to have fun.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students spread out with their guardians forming a big circle.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as possible until time is called.

 

Hit The Color

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: PATIENCE

Drill: Hit The Color

Equipment needed: 3 Different Color Blocks

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their PATIENCE by being able to wait for their guardian to say “GO” before they can go do a task.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students find a spot on the mat with their guardians.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called.

 

Kick It!

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: PATIENCE

Drill: Kick It!

Equipment needed: 1 Pad per Guardian

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice having good PATIENCE skills by waiting to see a pad before they can kick it.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your student and guardians spread out on the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for as long as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

Mini Skills Respect

Big Bow

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: RESPECT

Drill: Big Bow

Equipment needed: 1 Slammer Pad

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their RESPECT skills by being able to practice hitting and showing respect by bowing after they finish.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students spread out with their guardian.
  2. Give a quick review of how to punch:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Block Race

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: RESPECT

Drill: Block Race

Equipment needed: 1 block per student

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will work on their RESPECT by working on their manners and saying thank you to the student holding the block for them.

 

Steps:

  1. Have students sit with their guardians
  2. Quick review on how to punch and then the instructor will sit with the block on the other side of the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for multiple rounds.

 

Hit and Hug

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: RESPECT

Drill: Hit and Hug

Equipment needed: Small square pad per team

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their RESPECT skills by knowing when to hit and when to not.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the student and guardian find a spot on the mat.
  2. Give a quick review of how to kick:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Mess Up

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: RESPECT

Drill: Mess Up

Equipment needed: A lot of pads

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their RESPECT by being able to clean up a mess that they have made.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students spread out with their guardians.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as possible until time is called.

 

Yay Ninja!

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: RESPECT

Drill: Yay Ninja!

Equipment needed: 1 Pad Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on their PATIENCE by not getting upset while they wait for their turn.

 

Steps:

  1. Have students sit with their guardians
  2. Quick review how to kick and punch, have the instructor on the other side of the mat with a pad.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for multiple rounds.

 

You Go I Go

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: RESPECT

Drill: You Go I Go

Equipment needed: 1 Kicking Target

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their RESPECT by holding a pad for a friend and then bowing to each other when the task is done.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students find a spot on the mat with their guardians and another pair.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called.

Mini Skills Sharing

Dodgeball Relay

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: SHARING

Drill: Dodgeball Relay

Equipment needed: 1 ball and cone per line

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will work on their SHARING skills by playing a fun relay race.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your pairs (student and guardians) into lines on one end of the mat, and give the first person in each line a dodgeball. Place a cone at the other end of the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

I Hold, You Hold

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: SHARING

Drill: I Hold, You Hold

Equipment needed: One hand mitt for each student

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: Students will work on their SHARING by sharing the fun of punching something with their guardian.

 

Steps:

  1. Give each guardian a hand mitt. Then have them spread out around the mat with their ninja.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

 

Pass The Cookie

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: SHARING

Drill: Pass The Cookie

Equipment needed: 1 Dot

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will work on their SHARING skills by passing around the dot, which in this case is called the “cookie”.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the guardians and students make a big circle.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Sword Tag

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: SHARING

Drill: Sword Tag

Equipment needed: 1 foam noodle

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: Students will work on their SHARING by learning to wait their turn to use the bopper.

 

Steps:

  1. Have students and guardians spread around the mat.
  2. Give one student the bopper to start the game.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for multiple rounds.

 

Worker Ants

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: SHARING

Drill: Worker Ants

Equipment needed: 4-6 balls for each group

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: Students will work on their SHARING skills by sharing the work of carrying the balls down the mat.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students and their guardians’ pair up with another student and guardian.
  2. Put the balls on the opposite side of the mat from the students.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

Mini Skills Stepping

Down the River

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: STEPPING

Drill: Down The River

Equipment needed: 2 Agility Ladders 1 Punching mitt per group

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their STEPPING by taking steps and alternating punches all the way down the agility ladder.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students get into 2 lines with their guardians.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as possible until time is called.

 

Fast or Slow

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: STEPPING

Drill: Fast or Slow

Equipment needed: 1 cone or dot per student

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: Students will work on their STEPPING by changing the speed of their steps.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students around the mat.
  2. Have each guardian sitting across the mat from their child making sure each child is sitting on or by a cone/dot.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for at least 2 to 3 reps.

 

Little Step, Big Step

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: STEPPING

Drill: Little Step, Big Step

Equipment needed: 6-8 Poly Spots per student

Instructors needed: 1 per every 2 students

Description: Students will work on their STEPPING and balance by taking both big and little steps.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students and guardians sit with each other.
  2. For each line, place 2 dots close together, and then a few inches away, place another 2 dots spaced close together.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called.

 

Over the Mountain

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: STEPPING

Drill: Over the Mountain

Equipment needed: 6 Cones & 3 Poles Per Line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their STEPPING by being able to step over a bar without falling.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have each guardian sit with their child, set up 3 the poles on for each line set at the first or second height.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can before time is called.

 

Over The Rocks

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: STEPPING

Drill: Over The Rocks

Equipment needed: 4 Small Pads Per Line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: Students will work on their STEPPING skills by first trying to step over a pad, then punching in the air.

 

Steps:

  1. Make several lines with four small pads in a row for the students to step over, and have the pairs pick a line.
  2. Give a quick review of how to punch:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Race Car

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: STEPPING

Drill: Race Car

Equipment needed: 1 Slammer Pad and 1 Cone

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their STEPPING by being able to take steps as the move in a circle around the pad.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students find a spot on the mat with their guardians.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called.

 

Rocks & Lily Pads

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: STEPPING

Drill: Rocks & Lily Pads

Equipment needed: 3 Poly Spots & 3 Balance Bubbles per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will work on their STEPPING by working on STEPPING over and on different objects.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have guardians sitting with their child, lay out alternating spots and balance bubbles for each line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can before time is called.

 

Step-Step-Kick-Kick

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: STEPPING

Drill: Step-Step-Kick-Kick

Equipment needed: One kicking pad per pair

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will work on their STEPPING skills by taking two steps and then kicking a pad.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students and guardians line up on one side of the mat.
  2. Give a quick review of how to kick:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

Mini Skills Thinking

Animals

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: THINKING

Drill: Animals

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: Students will work on their THINKING by thinking of how different animals move and what noise they make

 

Steps:

  1. Have students and guardians standing on their dots.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 1-2 rounds

 

Count Your Kicks

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: THINKING

Drill: Count Your Kicks

Equipment needed: 1 smallpad per guardian

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: Students will work on their THINKING by practicing their counting and kicking at the same time.

 

Steps:

  1. Have guardians spread out with their ninjas so that each pair has space
  2. Review how to kick and give each guardian a pad
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for multiple rounds.

 

Over Under

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: THINKING

Drill: Over Under

Equipment needed: 6 Cones & 3 Poles Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on their THINKING by looking at an obstacle and determining whether to go over or under, then remembering to punch or kick.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into lines.
  2. Alternate high and low obstacles for each line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that everyone gets at least 2 turns.

 

Shapes

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: THINKING

Drill: Shapes

Equipment needed: Various shaped pads

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: Students will work on their THINKING by recognizing item shapes.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students and guardians sit with each other.
  2. Set up 1 group of shaped objects as an example, and spread the others out on the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Show Me

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: THINKING

Drill: Show Me

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will work on their THINKING skills by showing his/ her ninja moves.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your guardians and students spread out around the mat.
  2. Show everyone how to perform a punch and kick.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Tower

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: THINKING

Drill: Tower

Equipment needed: Four blocks per group

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will work on their THINKING skills by trying to build a tower.

 

Steps:

  1. Give each guardian four blocks and spread out around the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 2-minutes).

 

Twisted

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: THINKING

Drill: Twisted

Equipment needed: 1 dot or spot per student

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: Students will work on their THINKING by finding different parts of their body, then figuring out how to place that part on their dot/spot.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class with their guardians around the mat.
  2. Make sure each student has a spot or dot.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for multiple rounds.

 

Which Is Which?

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: THINKING

Drill: Which Is Which?

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: Students will work on their THINKING by think about the difference between techniques.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the guardians spread out around the mat with their student.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has had a chance to go through both rounds.

Mini Skills Skills

 

Four Corners

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: GAMES

Drill: Four Corners

Equipment needed: 4 wavemaster cushions (or chairs), Numbered spots, 1 Chair, 1 Blindfold

Instructors needed: 1 – 2 to monitor

Description: The students will race from corner to corner working on their listening skills, counting ability, and control.

 

Steps:

  1. Form your students into on large group.
  2. Place one cushion in each corner of the mat. Place a numbered spot on top of each cushion. The counter will sit in the chair in the middle of the mat, blindfolded.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 3-minutes).

 

Musical Chairs

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: GAMES

Drill: Musical Chairs

Equipment needed: Enough chairs for everyone

Instructors needed: 1 – 2 to monitor

Description: Everyone will walk around the chairs while the music is playing. When the music stops, the pairs will race to a chair and sit.

 

Steps:

  1. Have everyone make a big circle on the outside of the mat. Line up the chairs on the middle of the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 3-minutes).

 

Ninja Freeze w/Guardian

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: GAMES

Drill: Ninja Freeze w/Guardian

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several

Description: The students and guardians will try and sneak up to tag the instructor without getting caught moving.

 

Steps:

  1. Line up all of your students and guardians on one end of the mat.
  2. The instructor will line up at the opposite end with their back towards the students.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 3-minutes).

 

Ninja Ninja Turtles

Program: Mini SKILLZ

Skill: GAMES

Drill: Ninja Ninja Turtles

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One

Description: The student and guardian will take turns picking a pair to chase them around the circle without getting tagged.

 

Steps:

  1. Have everyone make a big circle.
  2. Select one pair to go first.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue as many times as you can until time is called (approximately 3-minutes).

Early Skills Warm Ups

Cross Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Cardio: Cross Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their hearts and arms by demonstrating multiple punches that must travel across their body.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to bend your best to keep punching without slowing down.

Duck Kids

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Balloon Kicks

Equipment needed: One balloon per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will kick the balloon as many times as possible without letting the balloon go out of the ring.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group, set up a ring that is approximately the same size as a sparring ring.
  3. Select one person to go first
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.
  2. You can make it a competition to see who can kick the balloon the most within the ring.

 

Helmets

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Cardio: Helmets

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their hearts and coordination by demonstrating their ability to demonstrate multiple arm movements quickly without getting tired.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to get your hand to the back of your head not your neck.

 

Switch Jabs

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Cardio: Switch Jabs

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their hearts by demonstrating their ability to quickly move their feet and throw strong punches.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to get your hand to the back of your head not your neck.

1 Foot Holds

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: 1 Foot Holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs as they try to hold their entire body weight while only using one leg.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to not fall while standing up or you might not get as strong.

 

Elephant Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Elephant Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their arms and core by being able to lift their upper body off the ground and do alternating punches.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to not fall while standing up or you might not get as strong.

 

Mario Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Mario Kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their leg and coordination by demonstrating their ability to do multiple kicks while starting from an awkward position.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best and throw the highest and strongest kicks possible.

 

Zombie Seals

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Zombie Seals

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their arms by having to hold their body up with one arm while they’re in an awkward position

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to not fall while punching; if you fall you won’t get as strong.

 

Bunny Hop Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: Bunny Hop Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs and arms as they try to do continuous hops and punches without stopping.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to bend your best to stay standing, try not to fall.

 

Jumping Ninjas

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: Jumping Ninjas

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs by demonstrating that they can jump off both feet and do a kick.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to have good technique for the whole exercise.

 

Kick and Step

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: Kick & Step

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs and coordination by demonstrating their ability to do multiple kicks while moving.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best and throw the highest and strongest kicks possible.

 

 

Knee Stand Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: Knee Stand Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their legs by being able to get up from the ground quickly while starting from an awkward position.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to not fall while standing up or you might not get as strong.

 

Front Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: Front Kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs by demonstrating their best front kicks using the best technique they can.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to show all 4 parts to every single kick. (Chamber, Kick, Re-chamber, Return)

 

High Blocks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: High Blocks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their arms by demonstrating their best high blocks using the best technique they can.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to have a strong and fast block, while also using good technique.

 

Middle Stance Holds

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: Middle Stance Holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their legs by demonstrating their best middle stances using the best technique they can.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to hold the front stance as low as you can.

 

Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their arms by demonstrating their best punches using the best technique they can.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to punch as hard and as fast as they can, while also using good technique.

 

Reverse Curl-ups

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Abs Exercise: Reverse Curl-ups

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by raising their legs above their head for ten reps.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their backs.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to have them raise their feet a little further over their head each rep.

 

Seal-ups

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Arm Exercise: Seal-ups

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by lifting their upper body up with their palms.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies with their palms on the ground at their side, right below their shoulders.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to have them bring their hands even lower towards their belt for awesome technique.

 

Spider-ups

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Core Exercise: Spider-ups

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their core strength by lifting their body off the ground using their palms and the balls of their feet for ten reps.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies with their palms on the ground at their side, right below their shoulders; and their legs shoulder-width apart.
  2. Explain the rules:

 

Jack-in-the-box

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Leg Exercise: Jack-in-the-box

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by lowering their body in a squat position while their hands are above their head for ten reps.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students stand with their feet shoulder-width apart and hands behind their head.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. On each rep, have them try to jump even higher.

 

Bicycles

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Dynamic Abs Exercise: Bicycles

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by moving their legs in a bicycle-like motion non-stop for ten seconds.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their backs.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to have them bend their knees constantly when they peddle.

 

Seal taps

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Dynamic Arm Exercise: Seal taps

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by tapping their chest while in seal position for ten reps.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies with their palms on the ground at their side, right below their shoulders. Have them raise their bellies off the ground using their palms just like a seal.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to have them bring their hands even higher across their body towards the opposite shoulder each rep.

 

Crab kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Dynamic Core Exercise: Crab kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their core strength by lifting their body off the ground in a crab position and then kick their legs for ten reps.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students raise their body off the ground in a “crab” position.
  2. Explain the rules:

 

Stationary Frankenstein’s

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Dynamic Leg Exercise: Stationary Frankenstein’s

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by holding their hands straight out in front of them and then raising their legs to their hands for ten reps.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students stand with their feet shoulder-width apart and arms extended straight out in front of them.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. On each rep have them try to keep their arms shoulder level.

 

Feet out of water

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Abs Exercise: Feet out of water

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by holding their heels slightly off the ground.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their backs with their arms folded.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to have them raise their feet a little higher, but not passed a 45-degree angle.

 

Seal Holds

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Arm Exercise: Seal Holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by holding their upper body up with their palms.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies with their palms on the ground at their side, right below their shoulders.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to have them keep their hands lower towards their belt.

 

Spider Holds

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Core Exercise: Spider Holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to Monitor

Description: The students will build their core strength by holding their body off the ground using their palms and the balls of their feet.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies with their palms on the ground at their side, right below their shoulders; and their legs shoulder-width apart.
  2. Explain the rules:

 

Jack-in-the-box holds

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Leg Exercise: Jack-in-the-box holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by holding their body in a squat position while their hands are above their head.

 

Steps:

  1. The students will build their leg strength by holding their body in a squat position while their hands are above their head.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to have them try to lower their body even further until they reach the desired depth.

 

Swimmers

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Abs Exercise: Swimmers

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by moving their legs in a bicycle-like motion non-stop for ten seconds.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their backs.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue to swim while the instructor counts for ten seconds.

 

Beginner army crawls

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Arm Exercise: Beginner army crawls

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by crawling down the mat using their forearms to drag their body.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies on one end of the mat with their forearms on the floor, making a tight fist.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue once up the mat, and once back down the mat.

 

Bear crawls down the mat

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Core Exercise: Bear crawls down the mat

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their core strength by crawling up and down the mat like a bear.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students hold their body up with their hands and feet on one end of the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:

 

Frankenstein’s Down the Mat

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Leg Exercise: Frankenstein’s Down the Mat

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by swinging their legs up towards their hands while walking down the mat.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students stand on one end of the mat with their arms extended in front of them.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue once up the mat, and once back down the mat.

Early Skills Stretches

Hand Throws

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Hand Throws

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their ACTIVE stretching focusing on their triceps and shoulders.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until you have done 2 sets.

 

Hip Rotations

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Hip Rotations

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will practice their ACTIVE stretching focusing on the range of motion in their hips.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for two sets.

 

Knee Wobble

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Knee Wobble

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will practice their ACTIVE stretching focusing on the range of motion in their knees.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for two sets.

 

Sitting toe touches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Sitting toe touches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will practice their ACTIVE stretching focusing on their hamstrings.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:

 

Airplanes

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Dynamic Stretching: Airplanes

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will practice their DYNAMIC stretching focusing on their hips by performing a basic butterfly stretch.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

 

Row Boats

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Dynamic Stretching: Row Boats

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will practice their DYNAMIC stretches focusing on their hamstrings and lower back by reaching as far forward as possible while sitting with legs straight. 

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

 

 

 

 

Stretch Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Dynamic Stretching: Stretch Kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will practice their DYNAMIC stretching focusing on their hip and hamstrings by performing a straight leg swing.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

 

Twist Stretch

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Dynamic Stretching: Twist Stretch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their DYNAMIC stretching focusing on their core by twisting side to side.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:

 

Butterfly Stretch

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Partner Stretching: Butterfly Stretch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will practice their Partner stretching focusing on their hips while their instructor assists by pushing their knees a little lower.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

 

Chest Stretch

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Partner Stretching: Chest Stretch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will practice their PARTNER stretching focusing on their chest by having an instructor gently pull their hands together behind their back while their arms are straight.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

 

Sitting Hamstring Stretch

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Partner Stretching: Sitting Hamstring Stretch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PARTNER stretching by sitting with their legs straight while an instructor gently pushes them lower.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until you have done 2 sets.

 

Straddle Stretch

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Partner Stretching: Straddle Stretch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will practice their PARTNER stretching focusing on their hips and hamstrings by sitting in split position and reaching forward while an instructor gently pushes them farther.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:

 

Kneeling Reach

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Passive Stretching: Kneeling Reach

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will practice their PASSIVE stretching, focusing on their upper shoulder and back.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for three reps.

 

Pat your Back

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Passive Stretching: Pat your Back

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PASSIVE stretching focusing on their triceps.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Hold for 10 seconds each side.

 

 

Side Bends

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Passive Stretching: Side Bends

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PASSIVE stretching, focusing on their obliques and core.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:

Early Skills Kicking

Balloon Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Balloon Kicks

Equipment needed: One balloon per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will kick the balloon as many times as possible without letting the balloon go out of the ring.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group, set up a ring that is approximately the same size as a sparring ring.
  3. Select one person to go first.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.
  2. You can make it a competition to see who can kick the balloon the most within the ring.

 

Castle Crasher

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Castle Crashers

Equipment needed: One kicking shield, 3 small square blocks per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their KICKING in this drill by kicking three stacked objects one at a time without knocking all the blocks over or putting their foot on the ground.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need one kicking shield with 3 small square blocks stacked on top and one instructor to spot.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

 

 

C-A-T, D-O-G

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: C-A-T, D-O-G

Equipment needed: Two focus mitts per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will punch the focus mitts as they spell the word “cat” and “dog.” This is a great drill for teaching the students how to spell while also learning how to punch.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Demonstrate the drill first by punching the focus mitts (alternating hands) while saying one letter per punch spelling the word c-a-t.
  3. The first time through the line, the instructor will say each letter and the students will punch the mitt while repeating each letter.
  4. The second time through the line, see if they can spell the word on their own.
  5. Repeat the drill spelling the word “dog.”
  6. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  7. You can add variety to the drill by spelling other words too.

 

Dizzy Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Dizzy Kicks

Equipment needed: One kicking target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will spin in a circle three times and then kick the pad.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines.
  2. Line the students up on one end of the mat.
  3. On the other end, have an instructor hold a kicking target for each line.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. You can make it fun by making it a race to see which line is the fastest.
  3. You can make it even more challenging by placing a ring on the ground and having them spin within the ring.

 

Donkey Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Donkey Kicks

Equipment needed: 1 Kicking Shield Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: In this drill we will work on having good spatial awareness with their kicks by KICKING behind us and using the bottom of the foot.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Don’t Drop the Cone

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Don’t Drop the Cone

Equipment needed: One kicking target and small cone per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will learn how to develop balance while kicking by balancing a cone on their head as they kick the target. This is a great way to teach them how to keep their head up while kicking.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into lines.
  2. The first student in line will balance a cone on his/ her head and kick the target three times without dropping the cone. You may need to hold some student’s hand to help them build better balance.
  3. Continue until each student has a turn
  4. Repeat the drill but let them do as many kicks as they can without dropping the cone or putting their leg down
  5. The goal is for each student to learn how to keep their head up while kicking.

 

Don’t Drop the Penny

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Don’t Drop the Penny

Equipment needed: Two pennies and a kicking target

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will hold a penny in each hand while they kick the target. This will teach them how to keep their fists tight and their hands up while they kick.

 

Steps:

  1. Explain to your students that a good Martial Artist can keep their fists tight and hands up while they kick.
  2. Show the students two pennies. Hold one penny in each hand and demonstrate how you can hold the pennies tight and kick the target.
  3. Have one student volunteer to go first. Place one penny in each of the student’s hands and tell him to hold them tight.
  4. Have him hold his hands up with his fists touching his cheek (this is the best way for them to learn how to hold their hands up) as shown in the picture.
  5. Have the student kick the target ten times, alternating legs, while holding the pennies tight.
  6. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Don’t Knock the Pad

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Don’t Knock the Pad

Equipment needed: 3 slammer pads per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The student will turn their body and side kick a slammer pad while kicking over a stack of slammer pads. This will help the students build control, gross motor skills, and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need two slammer pads stacked and an instructor holding a slammer pad on the other side of the stacked pads.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.
  2. On the second turn, have the student start over if their foot hits the pad.
  3. On the third turn, make it a contest to see who can kick the pad four times in a row the fastest without their foot touching the pad.

 

Don’t Squish the Block

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Don’t Squish The Block

Equipment needed: 1 small block, 1 clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice kicking the pad while keeping their knee chambered in the air to build better leg strength by keeping the knee held up.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need one block and one Instructor to hold the pad. It may be necessary to assist with their balance
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns

 

Elevator

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Elevator

Equipment needed: Three larger targets and one clapper target per line

Instructors needed: 

Frog Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Frog Kicks

Equipment needed: 4 kicking shields, Clapper Pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their KICKING by being challenged to do so while frog jumping over pads before doing their kicks.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need four kicking shields evenly spaced with an instructor at the end holding a clapper target.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Giant Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Giant Kicks

Equipment needed: 5 rings or spot dots per line.

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice KICKING by being able to kick and step down the mat. This will challenge the students physical stage of development by requiring the students to move forward as they’re kicking.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor with the rings set-up in stepping motion down the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Helping Each Other

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Helping Each Other

Equipment needed: Clapper target

Instructors needed: One instructor per line

Description: In this drill, the students are going to practice their kicks by holding the target for each other.

 

Steps:

  1. Pair your students with a partner.
  2. Give one student the clapper target.
  3. The students will face each other and bow, shake hands with their right hand, and look each other in the eyes and say “do your best.”
  4. Next, the students will practice kicking the target by following these instructions:
  1. Repeat the drill until everyone has at least two turns.

 

How Many?

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: How Many?

Equipment needed: 1 Kicking Shield Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will practice KICKING by demonstrating multiple alternating front kicks on kicking shield but they will have to constantly chase the instructor so they can kick the pad.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Hurdle Jumps with Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Hurdle Jumps w/Kicks

Equipment needed: 2 hurdles and a clapper target (per line)

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill, the students are going to jump over hurdles that are spread far apart which will build their leg muscles.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. Set up 2 hurdles that are spread at least 1 foot apart. Have an instructor on the other side of the hurdles holding a clapper target.
  3. The first student in each line will jump over the hurdles and then kick the target 10 times alternating legs.
  4. Continue until each student has a turn.
  5. Repeat the drill 2 more times and spread the hurdles a little further apart each time.

 

Kick and Catch

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Kick and Catch

Equipment needed: 1 balloon per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The student will toss a balloon in the air, kick the balloon, and then catch it before it touches the ground. This will help the students build foot-eye-coordination, hand-eye-coordination, gross motor skills, and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a balloon.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Kick and Sit

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Kick and Sit

Equipment needed: 1 kicking target and ring per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The student will kick the target ten times while keeping his or her feet in the ring. This will help the students build control, gross motor skills, and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a ring on the ground, and instructor holding a kicking target.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.
  2. On the second round, have the student start over if his or her feet touch outside of the ring.
  3. On the third round, make it a competition to see who is the fastest.

 

Kick Ball

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Kick Ball

Equipment needed: One small agility cone and one dodgeball (per line)

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice their foot-eye- coordination by kicking the dodge ball at an instructor.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. Set up a kicking station with a small agility cone and dodgeball.
  3. Have an instructor or volunteer stand across the station to become a target.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. On the second round, make it a contest to see who can hit the instructor the most.

 

Kick by Number

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Kick by Number

Equipment needed: Four Numbered Circle

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will run to the numbers in order and kick as many times as the number they are standing on. This is great for teaching them number recognition. This is also great for teaching them numbered order.

 

Steps:

  1. Lay out four numbered circles on the training deck.
  2. Show the students each of the numbered circles and see if they can recognize each number.
  3. Pick one student to go first. That student will run to number 1 and kick one time. Next, he’ll run to number 2 and kick two times. He will repeat the process for number 3 and 4 and then sit down
  4. Continue until each student has a turn
  5. On the second round, see if they can run to the numbers in “backwards” order. Some of the younger kids may need help with this, but this drill is exactly how they will learn how to count backwards.
  6. Continue until each student has a turn.

 

Kick Fast!

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Kick Fast!

Equipment needed: One Foam Sword

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice the early stages of kicking while walking, counting and striking a target.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an assistant with a foam sword.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  2. After the second time, have the student and assistant switch roles for even more fun.

 

Kick the Can

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Kick the Can

Equipment needed: 2 Large soft Blocks, 2 Small Soft Blocks Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: In this drill we will work on their Spatial Awareness when KICKING by having the students alternate KICKING a large block and a small block forcing them to really focus on hitting their target and knowing where their foot is in relation to the blocks.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has had 2 turns.

 

Kicking While Counting

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Kicking While Counting

Equipment needed: Dice

Instructors needed: One

Description: The students will roll a dice and then execute the same amount of kicks as the number on the dice while counting out loud.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students make a circle.
  2. Pick one student to begin by rolling a dice.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.

 

Kicking While Walking

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Kicking While Walking

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice the early stages of kicking while walking.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. Have each line stand on one end of the training mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. On the second round, have the students repeat the process but this time have them count out loud on each kick.

 

Kicking While Walking, Counting and Hitting a Target

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Kicking While Walking, Counting, and Hitting a Target

Equipment needed: Kicking Target

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice the early stages of kicking while walking, counting and striking a target.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. Have each line stand on one end of the training mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.

 

Knock the Pads

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Knock the Pads

Equipment needed: 4 wave bag cushions or similar targets

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will learn how to work together by all kicking the pad at the same time, without being tricked by the instructor. This drill teaches the students great listening skills as they try not to make a mistake.

 

Steps:

  1. Set up 4 wave bag cushions.
  2. Have 4 students each stand in front of the wave bag cushions.
  3. Start with the common phrase: “On your marks, get set, …” then try and trick them with words that sound like go: snow, go fish, grow, row, etc.
  4. See if the student can recognize the wrong words. If all of the students do not kick the pads on the wrong words, then applaud their teamwork.
  5. Next, say “go” and see if they can all recognize the word and kick the pad. If they all kick the pads, applaud their teamwork.
  6. Continue until each student has at least two turns with a team.
  7. You can make it fun by doing 5 push-ups if they don’t make any mistakes.

 

Lazy Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Lazy Kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will learn how to chamber by isolating that particular movement while lying on their backs. This will also improve body awareness, allowing them to begin to build leg strength.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups
  2. For each line you will need an Instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student kicks with their left and right side.
  2. On the third turn you can make it a competition to see who can kick the fastest without dropping their foot.

 

 

 

Listen for your Number

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Listen for your Number

Equipment needed: Four numbered circles and 3 blocks

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will stand on a numbered circle. When you call their number, they will run to the middle of the deck and kick a stack of blocks over

 

Steps:

  1. Lay out four numbered circles on one end of the training deck and place a stack of blocks in the middle of the training deck.
  2. Assign one student to each number. If you have more than four students, you can split them into groups and have each group take turns.
  3. Make sure each student remembers his number.
  4. Explain that when you call out their number, they must run to the middle of the deck and kick the bottom block over. This will help them build focus with their feet too!
  5. Call out a random number. That student must run to the middle of the training deck and kick the stack of blocks over.
  6. Continue until each student has a turn.
  7. The kids love this drill because they like knocking things over, so they’ll listen really well during this drill.
  8. You can make this drill even more challenging by having the students kick the middle block on the second round, and then see if they have the focus to only kick the top block on the third round.

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Marching Kicks

Equipment needed: 3 Small Obstacles

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice their chambers by marching over small obstacles then kicking to build leg strength and motor skills.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each group you will need 3 small obstacles spaced a short distance apart.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Mouse and Cat Kicking

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Mouse and Cat Kicking

Equipment needed: Four kicking targets

Instructors needed: Four

Description: In this drill the students will play a challenging game with kicks. The students will chase each other around the mat, but they have to kick targets at each corner.

 

Steps:

  1. Assign one assistant to stand in each corner while holding a kicking target.
  2. Review the starting point and if you do not have rings on your mat, use cones to mark the boundaries they must run around.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn to be the mouse and the cat.

 

On the Number

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: On the Number

Equipment needed: Eight numbered circles

Instructors needed: One per Line

Description: In this drill the students will practice kicking while counting. Kicking is a fundamental skill that builds gross motor skills, and when you have the students count their kicks, their intellectual skills grow as well.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, lay down the numbered circles in order.
  3. Review each number with the students to identify which students know their numbers and which ones will need assistance.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns. On the second turn you can challenge them by mixing the numbers up.

 

Pad Breaks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Pad Breaks

Equipment needed: Two clapper targets per instructor

Instructors needed: Two

Description: In this drill the students are going to split two targets by controlling their kick with speed and aim.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide the students into two lines. Overlap two clapper targets.
  2. The first student in line will practice kicking with power by kicking the middle of the targets as fast as possible. If they kick the target fast enough and with good aim, the pads will make a loud snapping sound.
  3. Continue until each student has a turn. Make sure you teach each student how speed and aim increases power.
  4. You can change the drill to punches.

 

Ring Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Ring Kicks

Equipment needed: 2 Rings Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will demonstrate KICKING by demonstrating their ability show a proper front kick while also focusing on kicking through a ring.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Sandwich

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Sandwich

Equipment needed: 2 slammer targets

Instructors needed: Two per line

Description: In this drill the student will practice knowing their left and right leg by kicking slammer targets.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have two instructors each hold a slammer target and have them face each other approximately 4 feet apart (per line). You can use students to help if you do not have enough instructors.
  3. The first student in each line will stand in between the instructors.
  4. The instructor will call out “left” or “right” and the student must kick the appropriate slammer target.
  5. If the student kicks the wrong target, then the instructors will squish the student like a sandwich.
  6. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  7. Repeat the drill by calling out combinations such as: “left-left-right.???

 

Side Stepping and Kicking

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Side Stepping and Kicking

Equipment needed: Small items to step on (feet in picture available through Century catalog)

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice the early stages of stepping side-to-side while kicking.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, lay out some small objects (in pairs) that are one small step away and side-to-side.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Sideways Challenge

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Sideways Challenge

Equipment needed: 1 Slammer pad per line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice KICKING by being able to demonstrate a kick that is above their stage of development. This will challenge the students physical stage of development by requiring them to do a kick with different chambers and foot position.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor holding the pad for each student.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Spot the Color

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Spot the Color

Equipment needed: Several different color rings

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the instructor will call out several colors and the students will spot the colored rings in order by running to the ring and doing a front kick in the middle of the ring.

 

Steps:

  1. Spread several different colored rings around the mat. As you are tossing the rings, have your students say the colors.
  2. Pick one student to go first. You will call out two colors, and the student will run to each color and do one front kick, punch, or block with each leg.
  3. Continue until each student has a turn
  4. Continue until each student has a turn with both legs
  5. On the second round, call out three colors. Some of the newer and younger students may have a hard time remembering the order of three colors so you may need to help them by giving clues. For example: the next color is the color of a banana.

 

Squeeze the Block

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Squeeze the Block

Equipment needed: 1 small square block / 1 clapper pad

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice KICKING by demonstrating their ability to hold a chamber position before they kick. This will challenge them physically by requiring them to hold one foot off the ground for an extended period of time.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets 2 turns.

 

Stay in the Ring

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Stay in the Ring

Equipment needed: One clapper target and one ring per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will build balance on one leg by kicking a clapper target without putting their foot down or hopping out of the ring. This is a great drill for building balance and increasing leg strength.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several groups.
  2. Pick one student to go first. See how many kicks they can do without putting their foot down or hopping out of the ring.
  3. For reference:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn with both legs.
  2. On the second round, make it a contest to see who can do as many kicks as possible without falling.

 

 

Super Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: Super Kicks

Equipment needed: 4 Rings per Line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice KICKING by demonstrating their ability to do multiple sets of kicks. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to use their lower body muscles more than they normally do.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

You Kick, I Kick

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: KICKING

Drill: You Kick, I Kick

Equipment needed: 1 clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will take turns kicking the target and holding the target. This is a great drill to teach them how to play fair with each other.

Steps:

  1. Pair your students up with a partner. If you have more than 3 pairs, split the pairs into lines so that they do not have too much down time.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. The students will kick back and forth ten times.
  2. Continue until each pair has at least two turns.
  3. Make sure you also use the same protocol when holding targets for each other:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Early Skills Punching

Aim for the Middle

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Aim for the Middle

Equipment needed: Eight focus mitts

Instructors needed: Four (you can use students)

Description: In this drill the students will stand surrounded by instructors holding focus mitts in each hand. The student will go from instructor to instructor punching each instructor’s mitts four times while they work on developing gross motor skills in their arms and learning how to control their punches.

 

Steps:

  1. Have four instructors make a circle while sitting on their knees and holding focus mitts in each hand as shown in the picture. If you are short on instructors, use the students, but make sure you teach them how to hold the mitts properly.
  2. Explain to the students age-specific mechanics of punching the mitts:
  1. Have the first student stand in the middle of the circle. When you say “go” the student will go from instructor to instructor and punch each mitt four times, alternating hands.
  2. Continue until each student has a turn.
  3. The goal of this drill is consistency in their punches. As the go from instructor to instructor, they must continue to punch the proper way.

 

Army Punching

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Army Punching

Equipment needed: 6 cones, 3 bars, one punching pad

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will build upper body strength by crawling under the bars and then repeatedly punching the pads.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need six cones with bars through the top most hole. Spread these about two feet apart. The instructor will be at the opposite end from the students.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Balloon Punching

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Balloon Punching

Equipment needed: One balloon per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will punch the balloon as many times as possible without letting the balloon fall to the ground.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups with no more than four students per group.
  2. For each group, set up a ring that is approximately the same size as a sparring ring.
  3. Select one person to go first.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.
  2. You can make it a competition to see who can punch the balloon the most within the ring.

 

C-A-T, D-O-G

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: C-A-T, D-O-G

Equipment needed: Two focus mitts per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will punch the focus mitts as they spell the word “cat” and “dog.” This is a great drill for teaching the students how to spell while also learning how to punch.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Demonstrate the drill first by punching the focus mitts (alternating hands) while saying one letter per punch spelling the word c-a-t.
  3. The first time through the line, the instructor will say each letter and the students will punch the mitt while repeating each letter.
  4. The second time through the line, see if they can spell the word on their own.
  5. Repeat the drill spelling the word “dog.”
  6. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  7. You can add variety to the drill by spelling other words too.

 

Clock Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Clock Punches

Equipment needed: 1 colored ring per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill students will work on developing spatial awareness with their hands and eyes by having to punch through a ring that is moving back and forth without touching the ring.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:

 

  1. Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns.

 

Color Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Color Punches

Equipment needed: 2 punching mitts per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill students will be working on PUNCHING while spelling their favorite colors.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns.

 

Criss Cross Punch

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Criss Cross Punch

Equipment needed: 2 squeaker targets per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill we will work on developing spatial awareness with our hands by PUNCHING 2 targets at the same time as the get closer to each other and eventually overlap making students cross the vertical plane.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2 turns.

 

Dizzy Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Dizzy Punches

Equipment needed: Two focus mitts and one ring per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will spin in a circle three times and then punch the focus mitts.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. Line the students up on one end of the mat.
  3. On the other end, have an instructor hold focus mitts for each line and lay a ring in front of the instructor as shown in the picture.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. You can make it fun by making it a race to see which line is the fastest.

 

Don’t Drop the Penny

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Don’t Drop the Penny

Equipment needed: Don’t Drop the Penny

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will hold a penny in each hand while they kick the target. This will teach them how to keep their fists tight and their hands up while they kick.

 

Steps:

  1. Explain to your students that a good Martial Artist can keep their fists tight and hands up while they kick.
  2. Show the students two pennies. Hold one penny in each hand and demonstrate how you can hold the pennies tight and kick the target.
  3. Have one student volunteer to go first. Place one penny in each of the student’s hands and tell him to hold them tight.
  4. Have him hold his hands up with his fists touching his cheek (this is the best way for them to learn how to hold their hands up) as shown in the picture.
  5. Have the student kick the target ten times, alternating legs, while holding the pennies tight.
  6. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Drop Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Drop Punches

Equipment needed: One long block, one ring

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their PUNCHING in this drill by dropping on their stomach showing good punches while also developing back strength.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. You will need one ring attached to the block through which the students will punch.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Duck the Sword

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Duck the Sword

Equipment needed: 1 Mitt & Foam Noodle Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice PUNCHING by demonstrating their ability to duck under a noodle and return fire with a punch. This will challenge their physical and intellectual stages of development by requiring the students to time the noodle and fire back with a strong punch.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor holding the pads for each student.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Hand Smacks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Hand Smacks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The student will practice their punches by hitting the instructor’s hand. This will help the students build good hand-eye- coordination.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. On the second turn, have the student say which hand they are punching with.
  2. On the third turn, make it a contest to see who can get as many punches in a row correctly without making a mistake.
  3. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Helping Each Other

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Helping Each Other

Equipment needed: Clapper Target

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: “When you help each other, you can have a lot of fun doing so. In this drill, you are going to practice your kicks by holding the target for each other.”

 

Steps:

  1. Ask your student’s to sit quietly on the deck. Have two students stand up and face each other. Give one student the clapper target.
  2. The students will face each other and bow, shake hands with their right hand, and look each other in the eyes and say “do your best.”
  3. Next, the students will practice kicking the target by following these instructions:
  1. Repeat the drill until everyone has a turn. Make sure you emphasize that they are helping each other.

 

How Many Fingers

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

 

Knock the Block

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Knock the Block

Equipment needed: 4 wave bag cushions and 4 blocks

Instructors needed: Two

Description: In this drill the students will learn how to punch things in order by following the commands “first” and “second.” This is a great drill to test their memory to see if they can remember what comes first, and what comes second.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into two lines on one end of the training deck.
  2. On the opposite end, place two wave bag cushions directly across from each line with a block on top of each cushion as shown in the picture.
  3. The first student from each line will race to punch the blocks off the cushion, but must punch them in the correct order. For example, the instructor will say “Punch the o first and x second,” or “Punch the o second and x first.”
  4. The goal is to see if they can remember what order they must punch the blocks. By making it a race, it challenges their memory even more.
  5. Repeat the drill until every student has at least two turns.

 

 

Knock the Pads

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Knock the Pads

Equipment needed: 4 wave bag cushions or similar targets

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will learn how to work together by all kicking the pad at the same time, without being tricked by the instructor. This drill teaches the students great listening skills as they try not to make a mistake.

 

Steps:

  1. Set up 4 wave bag cushions as shown in the picture.
  2. Have 4 students each stand in front of the wave bag cushion facing the middle as shown in the picture.
  3. Explain to your students a few details about the drill:
  1. Start with the common phrase: “On your marks, get set, …” then try and trick them with words that sound like go: snow, go fish, grow, row, etc.
  2. See if the student can recognize the wrong words. If all of the students do not kick the pads on the wrong words, then applaud their teamwork.
  3. Next, say “go” and see if they can all recognize the word and kick the pad. If they all kick the pads, applaud their teamwork.
  4. Continue until each student has at least two turns with a team.
  5. You can make it fun by doing 5 push-ups if they don’t make any mistakes.

 

On the Number

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: On the Number

Equipment needed: Four numbered circles

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice punching while counting. Punching is a fundamental skill that builds gross motor skills, and when you have the students count their punches, their intellectual skills grow as well.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. For each line, lay down the numbered circles in order as shown in the picture.
  3. Review each number with the students to identify which students know their numbers and which ones will need assistance.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns. On the second turn you can challenge them by mixing the numbers up.

 

Pad Punch

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Pad Punch

Equipment needed: Three wave bag cushions or chairs, and three pads or punching blocks.

Instructors needed: One

Description: “Did you know that practicing your memory is exercise for your brain? The more you practice remembering things, the smarter you get! In this drill we are going to exercise our brain by punching pads.”

 

Steps:

  1. Set up three wave bag cushions side by side and spaced at least three feet apart from each other.
  2. Place a pad on top of each cushion. The pad on the left cushion is pad #1; the pad on the middle is pad #2; and the pad on the right is pad #3.
  3. Have the students sit quietly facing the cushions. Pick the student that is sitting the best to go first.
  4. You will say the numbers out of order. For example: “2, 1, 3.” The student will punch the pads off the cushion in the order that you said.
  5. Continue until everyone has at least two turns.
  6. You can repeat the drill with various strikes such as back fist, knife hand strike, and palm strike.

 

Pass the Line

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Pass the Line

Equipment needed: 3 to 4 small square targets, tape (or white belts)

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice controlling their power by striking a target over the line. This drill will build gross motor skills and focus as well.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines with no more than 4 per line. Using masking tape or a white belt mark a line that is approximately 3-steps away from the start of each line.
  2. For each line the instructor will have the first student stand up in a guarding stance. The instructor will hold the small target at striking distance from the student as shown in the picture.
  3. The student will strike the target with a punch with good power so that the target flies over the line that is marked 3-steps away. Give the student three shots to strike the target over the line.
  4. Repeat the drill until every student has at least two turns.
  5. To make the drill fun, switch roles and have the students hold up the targets as the instructors strike the targets with great power.

 

Pass the Ring

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Pass The Ring

Equipment needed: 2 colored rings

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will learn to punch straight by punching through progressively smaller spaces which will also start to improve spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each line you will need an Instructor with two colored rings.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Repeat this process until the space is really small.
  2. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Pop the Pad

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Pop the Pad

Equipment needed: 1 Clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Popper Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Popper Punches

Equipment needed: 1 Clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice PUNCHING by demonstrating powerful punches on a pad, trying to make the pad pop everytime they hit it. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to put power on all of their punches.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:

 

  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Pull Back

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Pull Back

Equipment needed: 1 foam noodle per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice retracing their punches in this game by not allowing the instructors to chop their arms. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to move quickly without getting hit.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:

 

  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Punch and Sit

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Punch and Sit

Equipment needed: One punching target and ring per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The student will punch the target four times and then sit in the ring. This will help the students build control, gross motor skills, and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a ring on the ground, and instructor holding punching mitts.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. On the second round, have the students punch while the instructor calls out the left of right hand.
  2. On the third round, have the student punch six times as quickly as possible and then sit.
  3. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Punch Ball

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Punch Ball

Equipment needed: One wave bag cushion, small agility cone, and dodgeball per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice their hand-eye-coordination by hitting a dodge ball at an instructor.

 

Steps:

  1. Explain to the students some age-appropriate punching tips:
  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. Set up a punching station with a wave master cushion, small agility cone, and dodge ball as shown in the picture.
  3. Have an instructor or volunteer stand across the station to become a target as shown in the picture.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. On the second round, make it a contest to see who can hit the instructor the most.

 

Punch by Number

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Punch by Number

Equipment needed: Four numbered circles

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will run to the numbers in order and kick as many times as the number they are standing on. This is great for teaching them number recognition. This is also great for teaching them numbered order.

 

Steps:

  1. Lay out four numbered circles on the training deck as shown in the pictures.
  2. Show the students each of the numbered circles and see if they can recognize each number.
  3. Pick one student to go first. That student will run to number 1 and kick one time. Next, he’ll run to number 2 and kick two times. He will repeat the process for number 3 and 4 and then sit down.
  4. Continue until each student has a turn.
  5. On the second round, see if they can run to the numbers in “backwards” order. Some of the younger kids may need help with this, but this drill is exactly how they will learn how to count backwards.
  6. Continue until each student has a turn.
  7. You can add variety to the drill by having them try another kick such as a “flying ninja kick” or even strikes and blocks such as palm strikes and high blocks.

 

Punch Fast!

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Punch Fast!

Equipment needed: One foam sword and a punching target.

Instructors needed: Two per line

Description: In this drill the students will have fun practicing their punches. The students will punch while the assistant tries to chop their arm with a foam sword. This is a fun drill that also acts as a good social building drill between the assistant and the student.

 

Steps:

  1. Explain to the students some age-appropriate tips for punching:
  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. For each line, you will need an assistant with a foam sword and an assistant holding a punching target as shown in the picture.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  2. After the second time, have the student and assistant switch roles for even more fun.

 

Punch the Block

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Punch the Block

Equipment needed: 1 Wavemaster top & 1 small block per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice their Punching by learning to follow through on their punches. The goal is to punch straight to the block is easy to catch for your instructor.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into lines.
  2. For each line set one small block on top of a Wavemaster top..
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Punch the Castle

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Punch The Castle

Equipment needed: 3 wavemaster pads, 3 large cones, 3 punching targets per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will practice punching straight to be able to knock down the castle built of cones. This drill will help build spatial awareness as well as a sense of power and coordination.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need 3 wavemaster pads set up in a small triangle formation. On top of each pad is a large cone to form the “Castle”. The instructor will be two steps away holding the small punching targets for the students.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Punching While Counting

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Punching While Counting

Equipment needed: Dice and two focus mitts per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will roll a dice and then execute the same amount of punches as the number on the dice while counting out loud.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. Pick one student to begin by rolling a dice.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Punching While Striking a Target

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Punching While Striking a Target

Equipment needed: Small ring

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice the early stages of punching while striking the target. Many children within this age group have a hard time striking the target with the correct part of their hand. They have a tendency of swinging their punch, thus hitting the target with the wrong part of their fist. This drill will show you how to introduce the fundamentals of punching while at the same time striking a target.

 

Steps:

  1. Explain to the students some age-appropriate punching tips as it applies to striking a target:
  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line. For each line you will have an instructor hold a striking target.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. On the second round, have the student’s alternate hands.
  3. It is important that the instructor helps each student maintain technique on each punch and corrects the student if they make a mistake.

 

Punching While Walking and Counting

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Punching While Walking and Counting

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice the early stages of punching while walking and counting. Many children within this age group have a hard time punching while walking, alternating arms, all while counting. They have a tendency of favoring their dominant arm. At the same time, when they focus on punching and walking, they lose technique. This drill will show you how to put all of the components together for punching while walking and counting.

 

Steps:

  1. Explain to the students some age-appropriate punching tips:
  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. Have each line stand on one end of the training mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.
  2. It is important that the instructor helps each student maintain technique on each punch and corrects the student if they make a mistake.

 

Ring Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Ring Punches

Equipment needed: 2 punching rings (per line)

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice knowing their left and right hand by punching through rings.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines with no more than 4 per line.
  2. Set up 2 punching rings per line. Have an instructor stand next to the punching rings for each line.
  3. The first student in each line will stand in front of the punching rings. The instructor will call out “left” or “right” and the student must punch through the appropriate ring.
  4. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  5. Repeat the drill by calling out combinations such as: “left-left-right.”
  6. Make sure that you emphasize using their retraction hand when punching, and yelling loud on each punch.

 

Ring Punches v.2

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Ring Punches v.2

Equipment needed: Small ring

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice punching through a ring while counting. Punching is a fundamental skill that builds gross motor skills, and when you have the students count their punches, their intellectual skills grow as well.

 

Steps:

  1. Explain to the students some age-appropriate tips for punching:
  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. For each line, you will need to hold a small ring chest level, or set it up on a stand as shown in the picture.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Robot Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Robot Punches

Equipment needed: 1 small square block per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice their PUNCHING in this drill by using two hands to develop proper punches and speed.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a small square block.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Spot the Color

 

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Spot the Color

Equipment needed: Several different color rings

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the instructor will call out several colors and the students will spot the colored rings in order by running to the ring and doing a front kick in the middle of the ring.

 

Steps:

  1. Spread several different colored rings around the mat. As you are tossing the rings, have your students say the colors.
  2. Pick one student to go first. You will call out two colors, and the student will run to each color and do one front kick, punch, or block with each leg.
  3. Continue until each student has a turn.
  4. On the second round, call out three colors. Some of the newer and younger students may have a hard time remembering the order of three colors so you may need to help them by giving clues. For example: the next color is the color of a banana.

 

Taking Turns Punching

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Taking Turns Punching

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The student will take turns punching while standing in a circle. This will help them build good social skills as they take turns.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students make a circle.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. On the second turn, have the students do two punches.
  2. On the third turn, have the students do three punches.
  3. Takeaways:

    

Washing Machines

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: PUNCHING

Drill: Washing Machines

Equipment needed: 1 Clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice PUNCHING by being able to demonstrate a punch that is above their stage of development. This will challenge them physically by incorporating different angles and movements to their punches.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor holding the pads for each student.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

Early Skills Blocking

Army Blocks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Army Blocks

Equipment needed: 6 cones, 3 bars, one punching pad

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will build upper body strength by crawling under the bars and then repeatedly blocking.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need six cones with bars through the top most hole. Spread these about two feet apart. The instructor will be at the opposite end from the students.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.

 

Battle Blocks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Battle Blocks

Equipment needed: 2 Small Square Pads Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice BLOCKING by demonstrating that they can middle block to both sides of their body. This will challenge the students physical and mental stages of development as they must randomly demonstrate the rapid blocks.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need six cones with bars through the top most hole. Spread these about two feet apart. The instructor will be at the opposite end from the students.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.

 

Blindfold Block

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Blindfold Block

Equipment needed: 1 blindfold per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The student will demonstrate a high block, muscle block, and low block while blindfolded. This will help them build good listening skills as most children this age are still in a visual stage of development.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a blindfold and an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.
  2. On the second turn, call out a left and right high block.
  3. On the third turn, call out left and right blocks at random.

 

Board the Ship

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Board the Ship

Equipment needed: 6 Small Square pads & 3 Slammer pads per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will practice BLOCKING by demonstrating that they can do multiple blocks while standing on an unstable object. This will challenge them physically by requiring them to do strong blocks while also controlling their balance so that they do not fall off the pads.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

Count the Blocks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Count the Blocks

Equipment needed: 4 colored spots

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will practice how to block by hopping to each spot progressively performing more and more blocks. This drill will also reinforce multitasking and counting skills as they will have to count and block at the same time.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an Instructor and 4 colored spots, preferably with numbers.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.

 

Elevator Blocks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Elevator Blocks

Equipment needed: 3 kicking shields per line

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will practice blocking while standing on top of pads. This will teach them how to balance as well as engaging core, leg, and balance muscles.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need 3 kicking shields.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns. On the second turn have the student perform 3 blocks on each level.

 

Freeze the Cone

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Freeze the Cone

Equipment needed: 1 small cone per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice BLOCKING by demonstrating their ability to hold a high block in the proper position. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to hold their arm high for an extended period of time.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets 2 turns.

 

Jumping Blocks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Jumping Blocks

Equipment needed: 1 Slammer pad / Foam noodle per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will practice BLOCKING by demonstrating their ability to multiple jumps and blocks. This will challenge the students physically by challenging the strength of their legs.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets 2 turns.

 

Lit Off

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Lift Off

Equipment needed: 1 Soft Noodle Per Line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will build good BLOCKING skills by learning the proper motion for a high block by using their forearm to lift the noodle off their nose and above their heads.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need one instructor with a noodle.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.

 

Move the Noodles

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Move the Noodle

Equipment needed: 1 Noodle Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will demonstrate their BLOCKING by trying to move a noodle that is in front of them to the side of their body. This will challenge them physically by requiring them to move their arms from 1 side of their body to the other.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has multiple turns.

 

Ninja Circle

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Ninja Circle

Equipment needed: One number dot (per student)

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will work on their BLOCKING by taking turns to lead a group through blocks.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need number dots for each student spread around the circle face down.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 1 turn.

 

Pad Drop Challenge

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Pad Drop Challenge

Equipment needed: Three small targets per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will block targets that are dropped from above. This will help the students build hand-eye-coordination and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need three small square pads and an instructor to drop the pads.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.

 

Pop Blocks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Pop Blocks

Equipment needed: 1 Foam Bopper

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their BLOCKING in this drill by standing up as fast as they

 

 Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need one instructor to hold a foam bobber.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns can and demonstrate two blocks.

 

Protect the Castle

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Protect the Castle

Equipment needed: One cushion and 3 cones per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The student will block pads that are thrown at their makeshift castle. This will help the students build good hand-eye- coordination and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need three cones set on top of a wave bag cushion and an instructor to throw the pads.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.

 

Side 2 Side

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Side 2 Side

Equipment needed: 2 Rings Per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice BLOCKING by demonstrating their ability to High blocks with the correct side. This will challenge them Physically by working there legs as they jump from side to side, and Intellectually by having to remember which side goes to each color.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor in front of 2 rings spaced 1’ apart.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:

 

Squeak It

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Squeak It

Equipment needed: 1 Squeaky Thing per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will demonstrate BLOCKING by hitting with enough power and accuracy to make the squeaky thing squeak!

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets 2-3 turns.

 

Squish the Head, Squish the Body

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Squish the Head, Squish the Body

Equipment needed: Two mitts per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice blocking their head and their body. Blocking builds hand-eye-coordination along with important sensory needs.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.
  2. You can make it fun by switching roles and having them try and squish your head and body.

 

Stand Up

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Stand Up

Equipment needed: 1 Foam Noodle

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice BLOCKING by being able to quickly stand and demonstrate a block before the noodle hits them. This game will challenge the students Physically and Intellectually as they must listen for the words “GO” and have to be able to get up fast enough to not get hit.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor holding the foam noodle.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Step 2 It

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Step 2 It

Equipment needed: 2 Rings & 1 Foam Noodle per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will practice BLOCKING by demonstrating their ability to move and use their high blocks. This will challenge the students mentally by requiring them to be able to block with the same side that they stepped with.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor holding the foam noodle.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

 

Tag the Pad

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: BLOCKING

Drill: Tag the Pad

Equipment needed: 1 Clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice BLOCKING by demonstrating their ability to low block a pad quickly with good accuracy. This will strengthen their physical and mental stages of development as they must use hand eye coordination to low block the pad when it is flashed.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

Early Skills Crawling

1-2-3 Army Freeze

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: 1-2-3 Army Freeze

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One

Description: The students will play a game of 1-2-3 ninja freeze, but with army crawls. Army crawls are good for building arm muscles, and also for spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your student’s line up on one end of the mat on their stomach.
  2. The instructor will line up on the opposite end of the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for three rounds.
  2. You can make it fun by letting the winner be the counter.

 

Bear Crawling In and Out of Cones

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Bear Crawling In and Out of Cones

Equipment needed: Four small cones

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice bear crawling in a zig-zag motion. Bear crawling targets the core muscles and at the same time builds hand-eye-coordination along with hand-foot coordination. In this drill, the students are building these skills while learning the zig-zag motion of moving.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, lay out four small cones approximately 3 feet apart in a straight line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Bear Crawling Over the Pads

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Bear Crawling Over the Pads

Equipment needed: Four large kicking pads (or similar obstacle)

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice bear crawling over obstacles. Bear crawling targets the core muscles and at the same time builds hand-eye-coordination along with hand-foot coordination. In this drill, the students are building these skills while bear crawling over objects.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, lay out four large kicking targets 3 feet apart in a straight line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

 

Bear Crawling Under Objects

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Bear Crawling Under Objects

Equipment needed: One blocker pad or similar item

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice bear crawling under obstacles. Bear crawling targets the core muscles and at the same time builds hand-eye-coordination along with hand-foot coordination. In this drill, the students are building these skills while bear crawling under objects.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, hold out a blocker target approximately two feet off the ground.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Bear Tag

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Bear Tag

Equipment needed: One wavemaster pad

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will develop arm and core strength in this drill, as well as, develop good bear crawling technique by focusing on not using their knees.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need one instructor. Stand the bag on the floor, and have one student on each side in bear crawl position.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.
  2. On the third turn you can make it more fun by having them chase you!

 

Bridge the Gap

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Bridge the Gap

Equipment needed: 2 wavemaster per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The student will practice CRAWLING by demonstrating their ability to show balance as they bear crawl over unstable objects. This will challenge them physically by requiring to engage all their muscles to complete the challenge.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into line.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets 2-3 turns.

 

Cone Pass

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Cone Pass

Equipment needed: 1 Small Shuttle Cone per pair

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice CRAWLING by demonstrating army crawls down the mat while working with a partner. This will challenge them Physically and Socially as they constantly use their arms to pull themselves and as they wait for their partner to deliver the package.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into pairs.
  2. Have the students sitting about 10’-12’ apart, with the instructor starting with one student.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Crab Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Crab Kicks

Equipment needed: One kicking target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will develop core strength and coordination in this drill by doing a crab crawl then balancing while kicking in that position.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.For each line you will need one kicking target.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Crawl & Catch

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Crawl & Catch

Equipment needed: 1 Dodgeball Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice CRAWLING by demonstrating their ability to crawl quickly down the mat before standing up and catching a ball. This will challenge the students physically and mentally as they must quickly be able to start and stop crawling as well as catching a ball.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Cross the Tracks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Cross the Tracks

Equipment needed: Four small targets per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will crab crawl over a row of pads. This will help the students build core muscle development and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need four small pads set in a straight line on the mat, slightly spaced apart.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Cups and Saucers

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Cups and Saucers

Equipment needed: Six small agility cones

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will practice bear crawling around the mat in a race to flip over six cones. Bear crawling targets the core muscles and at the same time builds hand-eye-coordination along with hand-foot coordination. In this drill, the students are building these skills while turning six cones over as quickly as possible.

 

Steps:

  1. Lay six agility cones upside down randomly around the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. You can make it a game by using several colored cones and assigning each student a specific color cone. Then see which “bear” can flip their cones over the fastest.

 

Danger Ball

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Danger Ball

Equipment needed: 1 Slammer Pad Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 instructor per line

Description: The students will demonstrate CRAWLING in this game by demonstrating their ability to quickly move in their bear crawl position without falling. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to stay on their arms for an extended time.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

 

Dizzy Crawls

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Dizzy Crawls

Equipment needed: 1 Wavemaster per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice CRAWLING by demonstrating their ability crawl in a straight line after getting dizzy. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to crawl without falling after getting disoriented.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets 2 turns.

 

Dominos

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Dominos

Equipment needed: 3 Slammer Pads Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will practice CRAWLING by demonstrating their ability to and kick in an awkward position. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to hold their body up and kick hard enough to knock pads over.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Don’t Lose Your Head

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Don’t Lose Your Head

Equipment needed: 3 obstacles to crawl under and a clapper target (per line)

Instructors needed: Two per line

Description: “Crawling and punching builds your arms muscles. In this drill you are going to crawl under some obstacles to make your arms strong. You are also going to punch the clapper target with speed bag punches to make your arms even stronger.”

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up 3 obstacles that are at least 2 feet apart from each other. Make sure the obstacles are high enough for the students to crawl under. Have an instructor on the other side of the obstacles holding a clapper target in a downward position.
  3. The first student in line will crawl under the obstacles using his/ her arms only. When they reach the end of the obstacles they must hit the clapper target with their fists in a circular motion (like a speed bag) while the instructor counts to 10.
  4. Continue until each student has a turn.
  5. Repeat the drill 2 more times while spreading out the obstacles even further each turn.

 

Donut Ninjas

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Donut Ninjas

Equipment needed: 2 rings per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will practice CRAWLING by demonstrating their ability to bear crawl through a small area. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to know where their body is at all times.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

 

Drag the Pad

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Drag the Pad

Equipment needed: One small pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will army-crawl down the mat while dragging a pad with their foot. This will help the students build good core muscle development and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a small pad set on the ground.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Figure 8’s

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Figure 8’s

Equipment needed: 2 Cones Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Instructor Per Line

Description: Students will practice CRAWLING by demonstrating their ability to crawl for an extended period of time. This will challenge them physically by requiring them to engage their core by not dropping their knees.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets 2 turns.

 

Get Away

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Get Away

Equipment needed: 1 Yoga Ball per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice CRAWLING by demonstrating a bear crawl moving as fast as they can away from the yoga ball. This will challenge the students physically by having them moving quickly away from a moving object without falling.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into pairs.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Knock the Castles

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Knock the Castles

Equipment needed: 8 Large cones per team

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will bear crawl around the mat and knock the cones over. Bear crawls are good for core development and hand-eye/ foot-eye coordination.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into teams.
  2. For each team you will need 8 large cones spread out around their ring.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  2. The team with the most points at the end of the drill is the winner.

 

Mountain Crawl

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Mountain Crawl

Equipment needed: 3 bars and sets of cones

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their CRAWLING in this drill by being able to bear crawl over obstacles at different heights focusing on controlling their body and building core strength.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. 3 bars set at various heights & one instructor to supervise.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Out of the Cave

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Out of the Cave

Equipment needed: One kicking pad or similar item

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice army crawling. Army crawling targets the upper body muscles and at the same time builds hand-eye-coordination. In this drill, the students are building these skills while army crawling through their partner’s legs.

 

Steps:

  1. Pair each student with a partner.
  2. For each pair, one will begin by holding a kicking pad and the other will begin in an army crawl position behind their partner.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each pair reaches the end of the mat.
  2. You can make it a game by having each pair race all the way down the mat.

 

Over the Bridge

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Over the Bridge

Equipment needed: Four slammer pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will bear crawl over slammer pads. This will help them build good core muscle development and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need four slammer targets set in a straight line, slightly spaced apart.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Piggy Back

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Piggy Back

Equipment needed: One small pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will bear crawl with a pad balanced on their back.Bear crawls are good for core development and hand-eye/ foot- eye coordination.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need a small square pad.
  3. Have an instructor sit on the opposite end of the mat.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.

 

Race Track

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Race Track

Equipment needed: Multiple Kicking Shields and Cones

Instructors needed: 2 to monitor

Description: In this game students will practice CRAWLING by demonstrating their ability to crawl for an extended period of time without giving up. This will challenge physically by requiring them to go beyond their own arm capabilities.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets 2-3 turns.

 

 

Ring Bear

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Ring Bear

Equipment needed: 1 Ring and 1 Large Cone Per Line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice CRAWLING by demonstrating their ability to bear crawl quickly with their eyes forward. This will challenge the students Physically by having them crawl a long distance while keeping their eyes on the cone across from them.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have the large cone across the mat from the students, the instructor will follow the student as they play.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Snake in the Hole

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Snake in the Hole

Equipment needed: 4 slammer pads, 1 punching mitt per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will develop arm strength and spatial awareness in this drill by army crawling through a tunnel of pads.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need four slammer targets set up in a manner to create a tunnel
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

 

Turtle Shells

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: CRAWLING

Drill: Turtle Shells

Equipment needed: 1 Kicking Shield

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice their CRAWLING in this drill by being able to keep their body strong as they army crawl down the mat with a kicking shield on their back.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor watching the technique and 1 kicking shield.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Early Skills Hopping

Around the World

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Around the World

Equipment needed: 5 rings

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will practice their hopping skills by hopping from one ring to another while facing forward at all times. This will help them build good gross motor skills and balance.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need five rings set on the mat with one ring in the middle, and the other four set to the left, right, front, and back of the middle ring.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Big Foot Jumps

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Big Foot Jumps

Equipment needed: Two small square targets per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will build leg muscles as they jump across the floor using small square targets as their feet. This is a great drill for gross motor skill development too because it takes some skill to keep the pads on their feet.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into lines.
  2. In front of each line, lay down two small square targets.
  3. The first student in line will place their feet in the straps of the targets.
  4. The student will jump across the mat, as far as they can on each jump, without letting the pads slip off their feet.
  5. The goal for this drill is for the students to build enough leg strength to jump as far as possible while keeping the pads on their feet.

 

Fancy Feet

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Bouncy Feet

Equipment needed: 2 Rings Per line

Instructors needed: 1 Instructor Per Line

Description: The students will practice HOPPING by demonstrating their ability to do small rapid hops engaging their quick twitch leg muscles and then a power hop engaging all the main muscles of the legs. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to continuously hop for the entire drill exercising their leg muscles.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students form lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for at least 2 rounds.

 

Cat and Mouse

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Cat and Mouse

Equipment needed: 8 to 16 rings

Instructors needed: One

Description: The students will play a game of chase in a circle while hopping into rings. This is great for building balance, control, gross motor skills, social skills, and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Select one student to be the chaser (cat) and a second student to be the runner (mouse)
  2. Lay out 8 to 16 rings in a large circle. Have the cat stand in one ring and the mouse exactly half of the rings ahead of the cat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn to be both the cat and the mouse.

 

Collect the Circles

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Collect the Circles

Equipment needed: 5 rings and 5 rubber dots per line

Instructors needed: One

Description: The students will hop into rings while collecting dots that are set in between each ring. This is great for helping the students build balance, spatial awareness, gross motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need to lay out 5 rings with 5 rubber dots in between each ring.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.

 

Diamond Hops

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Diamond Hops

Equipment needed: 4 Rings per line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice HOPPING by demonstrating their ability to hop in multiple directions. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to jump forward, sideways, and backwards without falling or stumbling.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line have 4 rings made to look like a diamond.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Don’t Drop the Pad

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Don’t Drop the Pad

Equipment needed: One small target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice hopping down the mat while holding a pad between their knees. This will help them build important lower body motor skills, and also help them keep their feet together as they jump so that both legs are exerting the same amount of energy.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even lines. Give the first person in each line a small pad.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.

 

Elevator Hops

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Elevator Hops

Equipment needed: 3 Slammer Pads Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice HOPPING by demonstrating their ability to hop on an obstacle that gets steadily higher.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.

 

 

Frog Jumps

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Frog Jumps

Equipment needed: Four agility rings per line

Instructors needed: One instructor per line

Description: “When you jump, it is important for you to use both of your feet at the same time. This will help you jump far. It will also help you keep your balance when you land. In this drill you are going to practice jumping with your feet together (like a frog). The goal is for you to jump at different distances without falling.”

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines.
  2. Lay down four rings that are touching each other (in each line).
  3. The students will take turns jumping into each ring with his (or her) feet together, and without falling.
  4. Repeat the drill, but space the rings approximately 3 inches apart.
  5. Repeat the drill, but space the rings approximately 6 inches apart.

 

Hop to it

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Hop to it

Equipment needed: Numbered dots 1 – 5

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will work on HOPPING to a specific number. This will help the students develop spatial awareness between the numbers and each other.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each line you will need numbered dots 1-5. Spread them out evenly around the mat/square.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Hopping From Number to Number

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Hopping From Number to Number

Equipment needed: Eight numbered objects

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice hopping from number to number in various directions. This builds large motor skills, balance, and focus. This also builds number awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, lay down a zig-zag row of numbered objects.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Hopping on Obstacles

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Hopping on Obstacles

Equipment needed: Four slammer pads per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice hopping on obstacles. Hopping from one “unstable” object to the next builds large motor skills, balance, and control.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, lay down four slammer pads approximately 1 foot apart in a straight line
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Hurdle Jumps With Kicks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Hurdle Jumps With Kicks

Equipment needed: 2 hurdles and a clapper target (per line)

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill, the students are going to jump over hurdles that are spread far apart which will build their leg muscles.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. Set up 2 hurdles that are spread at least 1 foot apart. Have an instructor on the other side of the hurdles holding a clapper target.
  3. The first student in each line will jump over the hurdles and then kick the target 10 times alternating legs
  4. Continue until each student has a turn.
  5. Repeat the drill 2 more times and spread the hurdles a little further apart each time.

 

Jumping Middle Stance

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Jumping Middle Stance

Equipment needed: Two slammer targets per line

Instructors needed: Two per line

Description: In this drill the students will jump between two slammer pads and land in a middle stance (one foot on each pad) without falling off the pads. This is a great drill for building balance and increasing leg strength.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several groups.
  2. Pick one student to go first. See how many jumping middle stances they can do while landing on the slammer pads with both feet without falling.
  3. For reference:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. On the second round, make it a contest to see who can do as many jumping middle stances as possible without falling.

 

Ladder Hops

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Ladder Hops

Equipment needed: One agility ladder

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will work on their HOPPING by being challenged to count their jumps while keeping the distance traveled consistent.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each group you will need one agility ladder.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Laser Beam

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Laser Beam

Equipment needed: 1 Foam Noodle Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice HOPPING by demonstrating their ability to hop over a moving obstacle multiple times without falling.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.

 

Leapfrog

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Leapfrog

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will take turns leaping over their partner. This is a great drill for teaching your students about having control while they jump and also about taking turns.

 

Steps:

  1. Pair each of your students up with a partner.
  2. Line up the pairs on one end of the training deck.
  3. Have one student get down on their knees with their head and hands on the ground as shown in the picture.
  4. The partner will place his/ her hands on the students (as shown in the picture) and jump over them.
  5. Repeat the process as the students take turns jumping over each other down the training mat.
  6. To make the drill fun, make it a competition to see which pair can leapfrog their way all the way down the training mat.

 

Little Hop, Big Hop

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Little Hop, Big Hop

Equipment needed: 2 kicking shields, 2 small targets

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on HOPPING by learning how to alternate the amount of power they put into each jump by using short and long jumps. This drill will help better their understanding of power and distance.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an Instructor. Lay the pads on the floor alternating sizes.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Mini Leap Pads

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Mini Leap Pads

Equipment needed: Six small pads per line

Instructors needed: One instructor per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice hopping onto objects. This will help them build focus and spatial awareness as they hop onto each object. They will change from hopping on the pad to alternating on and off the pad on the second round which will also help build their intellectual processing skills.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least 4 turns.
  2. You can make it a contest to see who can hop through all of the pads the fastest.

 

Moon Hops

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Moon Hops

Equipment needed: One stick per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on developing their hopping skills while holding onto a stick to help them jump higher and learn how to plant their feet as they hop. This drill will build basic motor skills and increase muscular development in their legs.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor to hold onto a stick as if it were a curl bar.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for three rounds.

 

Mountain Hops

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Mountain Hops

Equipment needed: 4 Slammer Pads

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice their HOPPING in this drill by being able to hop over different obstacles at different heights.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Number Hops

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Number Hops

Equipment needed: 1 Yellow Bar

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their HOPPING by hopping side to side without stepping on the yellow bar and only doing the number of hops given.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Over the Bridge

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Over the Bridge

Equipment needed: 4 to 6 small pads and rings per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice their hopping skills by hopping from ring to ring while also hopping over small obstacles. This will help them build good gross motor skills and balance.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need to lay down a row of small pads with one ring on each side, alternating sides.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Power Hops

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Power Hops

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice power hopping down the floor. This targets the leg muscles and builds large motor skills. At the same time, this drill builds balance and coordination which are essential skills for all sports and physical activities.

 

Steps:

  1. Set up 4 rings spaced apart.
  2. The first student in line will stand in one of the rings. The instructor will call out “left, right, forward, or backwards” and the student must jump in the appropriate ring.
  3. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  4. Repeat the drill by calling out combinations such as: “left-right-forward-backwards”

 

Rabbit Race

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Rabbit Race

Equipment needed: 5 rings per line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: Students will practice HOPPING by demonstrating their ability to quickly hop in rings without falling. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to hop quickly down the mat without falling.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Ring Jumps

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Ring Jumps

Equipment needed: 4 rings per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill, the students will practice learning how to move left, right, forward, and backwards by jumping in the rings.

 

Steps:

  1. Set up 4 rings spaced apart.
  2. The first student in line will stand in one of the rings. The instructor will call out “left, right, forward, or backwards” and the student must jump in the appropriate ring.
  3. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  4. Repeat the drill by calling out combinations such as: “left-right-forward-backwards”

 

Rock Hops

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Rock Hops

Equipment needed: One small pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice hopping over an object. This will help them build focus and spatial awareness as they hop over the object. This will also help them build good motor skills in their legs.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even lines.
  2. Give the first person in each line a small pad.
  3. Explain the Rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.

 

Side to Side Ring Challenge

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Side to Side Ring Challenge

Equipment needed: 8 rings per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice their hopping skills by jumping from side to side down the rings while keeping their body facing forward. This will help them build good gross motor skills and balance.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need to set four rings on the mat in one straight line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:

  

Stay on the Pad

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Stay on the Pad

Equipment needed: One slammer pad per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will try to do as many squat jumps on the slammer pad as possible -without falling. This is a great drill for building balance and increasing leg strength.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several groups.
  2. Pick one student to go first. See how many squat jumps they can do while landing on the slammer pad with both feet.
  3. For reference:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. On the second round, make it a contest to see who can do as many squat jumps as possible without falling.

 

Three Jumps

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: HOPPING

Drill: Three Jumps

Equipment needed: 1 Large Pad

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice their HOPPING skills by standing on a unstable surface and jumping as high as they can 3 times without falling off the pad.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line place one large pad in front of the line and have the first student stand on the pad.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

Early Skills Rolling

Back Roll

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Back Roll

Equipment needed: 1 kicking shield per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will learn how to roll backwards. This drill will help develop coordination while having fun rolling off the pads.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an Instructor to spot, and a kicking shield.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student gets to roll 3 – 4 times.

 

Beat the Elephant

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Beat the Elephant

Equipment needed: A bin of small balls

Instructors needed: One instructor per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice rolling a small ball between the legs of an elephant (instructor) who is attempting to knock away the balls with their nose (instructor’s arms hanging palm to palm). This is a great drill for hand-eye-coordination, upper body development, control, and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even lines with no more than four students per line. For each line, have a bin of dodgeballs set next to the students.
  2. Approximately 6 feet away, have your elephant stand with his legs double-shoulder width apart with their nose hanging down (arms hanging with palms together) as shown in the picture.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.

 

Bowling!

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Bowling!

Equipment needed: 2 Wavemaster Pads Per Line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice ROLLING by demonstrating their pencil roll in a straight line knocking down objects.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.

 

Chin Down

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Chin Down

Equipment needed: 1 Dot Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice ROLLING by demonstrating their front roll while focusing on keeping your chin down so that you can stay safe.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.

 

 

Color Roll

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Color Roll

Equipment needed: 4 Colored Rings

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their ROLLING in this drill by pencil rolling to colors as fast as they can without stopping.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up 4 rings across the mat from each line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

 

Crazy Pad

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Crazy Pad

Equipment needed: 1 Slammer Pad Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will practice ROLLING by demonstrating their ability to roll a awkward object to their instructor. This will challenge them physically by requiring them to keep the pad on its side.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students divide into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

 

Double Trouble

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Double Trouble

Equipment needed: 2 dodge balls per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will learn to use both hands while rolling two balls. This will develop focus and coordination as they try to control both balls at the same time.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need two dodgeballs.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.

 

Figure 8 Rolls

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Figure 8 Rolls

Equipment needed: One ball per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will roll a ball in and out of their legs in a figure “8” motion. This will help the students build hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a small ball.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.
  2. On the third turn you can make it a competition to see who can make a figure “8” the fastest.

 

Messy Room

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Messy Room

Equipment needed: One dozen small balls

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice rolling small balls across the mat. The instructors will roll the small balls back, as the students try and get as many balls across to the instructors side when the time is up. The group with the most balls on their side has the messiest room. This is a great drill to build hand-eye-coordination, as well as special awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Place your students on one side of the mat and the instructors on the opposite side.
  2. Using cones or similar objects mark the middle of the mat so that one side is the students’ room and the other side is the instructors’ room.
  3. Dump a bin of small balls in the middle of the mat.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. When time is up, count all of the balls in each room and announce which room is the cleanest.

 

Mini Golf

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Mini Golf

Equipment needed: 2 colored rings, 1 dodgeball per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will play a game where they must use specific aim to score. This drill will help to fine tune their fine motor skills by rolling towards two rings spaced close together.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor holding two different colored rings.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

 

Ninja Bowl

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Ninja Bowl

Equipment needed: One large ball per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will play a game of tag by rolling a large ball at their classmates. This will help the students build good hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and social skills.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups of four.
  2. For each group you will need to make a ring if you don’t have one built into your mat, and you will also need a large yoga ball.
  3. Select one person to be “it” first.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn to be it for 1-minute.

 

Over the Hills

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Over the Hills

Equipment needed: 3 Kicking Shields & 1 Wavemaster Top per line

Instructors needed: 1 instructor per line

Description: The students will practice ROLLING by demonstrating their ability to roll a large pad over smaller obstacles. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to engage more of their muscles to lift the bag over the obstacles.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students form lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor and 3 evenly spaced kicking shields laid out in a line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for at least 2 rounds.

 

Over the Tracks

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Over the Tracks

Equipment needed: 1 to 4 slammer pads per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will forward roll over the slammer pads. This will help them build good core muscle development and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need four slammer targets set in a straight line, or you can start with only one slammer pad if your class has more beginners in it.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.

 

Pad Snatch

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Pad Snatch

Equipment needed: 1 small square pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will demonstrate ROLLING by grabbing a pad that’s behind them with their feet. This will challenge them physically by requiring them to use their core muscles more than normal.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Pass the Giant

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Pass the Giant

Equipment needed: Two wave bags or cones and one large ball

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice rolling a large ball between the giant’s (instructor) “gate” while he attempts to force the student to change directions of the rolling ball. This is a great drill for hand-eye-coordination, control, and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even lines with no more than four students per line and line them up on one end of the mat. Give the first person in each line a large ball
  2. On the opposite end of the mat, set up a “gate” with cones or wave bags. Have a giant stand and guard the gate.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.

 

Pencil Rolls

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Pencil Rolls

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice rolling their body sideways (like a pencil would roll down a desk.) This targets the core muscles and builds large motor skills. At the same time, this drill builds spatial awareness which is the ability to be aware of oneself in a specific space.

 

Steps:

  1. Explain to the students some age-appropriate tips for rolling sideways:
  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  2. It is important that the instructor helps each student maintain technique while rolling. As shown in the picture, the instructor is also coaching the student as he rolls.

 

Rolling a Ball in Multiple Directions

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Rolling a Ball in Multiple Directions

Equipment needed: Four cones and one medium-sized ball

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice rolling a ball in and out of obstacles. Rolling a ball in multiple-directions builds hand-eye-coordination while at the same time builds core muscles.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. For each line, lay out four cones approximately 3 feet apart in a straight line as shown in the picture.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  2. It is important that the instructor helps each student follow the zig-ag motion. As shown in the picture, the instructor is also coaching the student as he rolls the ball.

 

Round the Pad

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Round the Pad

Equipment needed: One light ball and one wave bag cushion per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on developing their rolling skills by rolling a light ball around an obstacle. This drill will build basic motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a wavemaster cushion or similar object.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for three rounds.

 

Start and Stop

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Start and Stop

Equipment needed: 1 Wavemaster Top Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice ROLLING by demonstrating their ability to roll a huge object while having them listen for the instructor’s signal. This will challenge the students physically and mentally by requiring them to quickly stop a fast-moving object.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, have one instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Stay In Your Lane

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Stay In Your Lane

Equipment needed: Multiple Cones

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice their ROLLING in this drill by rolling in a straight line and rolling fast.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor watching the technique.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Stopping a Rolling Object

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Stopping a Rolling Object

Equipment needed: One wave bag cushion or large exercise ball

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice stopping a large object while it is rolled down the floor. This builds hand-eye- coordination along with hand-foot coordination.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. For each line, lay a wave bag cushion on its side as shown in the picture. If you do not have wave bags, use a large exercise ball.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  2. It is important that the instructor helps each student maintain technique while rolling the pad. As shown in the picture, the instructor is also coaching the student as he rolls the pad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Pencil

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Super Pencil

Equipment needed: 1 small square pad per line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: Students will practice ROLLING by demonstrating their ability to pencil roll with a partner down the mat. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to roll with a partner to a specific area.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has had 2 turns.

 

 

Through the Maze

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Through the Maze

Equipment needed: 5 white belts, one heavy ball, and one cone per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will roll a heavy ball through a maze. This is great for helping the students build control, spatial awareness, gross motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need to lay out five white belts into a maze with a cone at the end of the maze.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has at least 3 turns.

 

 

Tightrope

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Tightrope

Equipment needed: 1 Belt / 1 Ball per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will practice ROLLING by demonstrating their ability to roll a small ball on a line without losing the ball. This will challenge the students mentally by challenging their hand-eye coordination to roll the ball down the belt.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Touch the Numbers

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: ROLLING

Drill: Touch the Numbers

Equipment needed: 4 numbered circles, one light ball, and one kicking target per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will roll a light ball around the mat, while touching numbered circles in order. This will help the students build control, gross motor skills, intellectual skills, and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Lay out four numbered circles in order to form a square.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

Early Skills Running

4 Corner Challenge

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: 4 Corner Challenge

Equipment needed: 4 wave bag cushions and 4 colored spots

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill, the students will practice their reactive memory skills with a race. This is great for teaching young students how to think and react quickly.

 

Steps:

  1. Set up four slammer targets – one in each corner of the training deck.
  2. Show the students each colored spot with the number.
  3. Place one spot on each wave bag with the number side down.
  4. Have the class stand in the middle of the training deck.
  5. The instructor will call out a number and the students will race to the correct corner. If they run to the wrong corner, they must sit down. (Designate an area that is not on the training deck for them to sit when they are out so that they are not in the way of the other students running.)
  6. If they are the last student to touch the cushion, then they are out too.
  7. The last student standing is the winner.

 

4 Corner Race

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: 4 Corner Race

Equipment needed: Four targets / Stopwatch

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the student will practice controlling their speed by racing the clock. This drill develops gross motor skills and coordination as well.

 

Steps:

  1. Place a target on each corner of the training mat.
  2. The first student will stand in one corner, and when you say “go” the student will race to each corner and tap the target, through all 4 corners.
  3. To calibrate the time that the students must beat, it is suggested that you pick one of your younger students to race and then round up their time to the nearest second.
  4. The goal is for every student to beat the time. Keep in mind that some students may trip or “miss” tapping a station and that will slow them down.
  5. Repeat the drill until every student has at least two turns.

 

Alligator!

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Alligator!

Equipment needed: One ring per student and two foam swords per instructor

Instructors needed: Two

Description: In this drill the students will practice running around the mat. The alligators will chase the students around the mat as the students find an island for safety.

 

Steps:

  1. Place one ring per student in various spots around the mat.
  2. Have the students begin by standing on one side of the mat.
  3. Give each instructor two foam swords to use as the jaws of an alligator.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Chase them around the mat for a total of 2 minutes.

 

 Amazing Race!

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Amazing Race!

Equipment needed: 4 different colored cones, 4 matching rings

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: This drill makes running simple and easy while challenging the students by creating a sense of urgency when they run. Explain to the students that taking big steps, keeping your head up and looking where you are going will make you super fast!

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Place the four cones about seven feet apart in the shape of a square. Next, place the colored rings inside the square but not close to the same color cone.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Count to 10 to see which student can be the fastest while 

 

Around the Square

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Running

Drill: Around the Square

Equipment needed: 4 Cones per line

Instructors needed: 1 instructor per line

Description: The students will practice RUNNING by demonstrating their ability to run facing multiple different directions. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to run forwards, backwards, and sideways as quickly as they can.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets 2 turns.

Balloon Chase

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Balloon Chase

Equipment needed: Two balloons per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The purpose of this drill is to teach the student how to sprint quickly. It will also build good hand-eye coordination and timing as well.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Stand a good distance away holding the balloons.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Count how long the student can keep both balloons in the air.

 

Carry the Log

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Carry the Log

Equipment needed: One wave bag cushion per pair

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will learn how to help each other by picking up the wave bag cushion and bringing it back to their spot the fastest. This is a great drill for teaching cooperation.

 

Steps:

  1. Pair up your students with a partner.
  2. Lay out one wave bag (per pair) on its side across the training deck.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. The first pair back to their spot with the cushion the fastest is the winner.
  2. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Cat and Mouse

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Cat and Mouse

Equipment needed: 4 cones per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will chase each other around the ring. This is great for helping the students build control, spatial awareness, and gross motor skills.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need to set up four cones approximately 6’ apart from each other to make a ring. Designate each cone 1- 4, with 1 being the starting cone.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least one turn to be the cat and the mouse.

 

Catch It

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Catch It

Equipment needed: One large ball per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The instructor will roll a big ball across the mat and the student must catch the ball before it reaches the other end of the mat. This will help the students build control, gross motor skills, and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need a large ball, such as a yoga ball.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.
  2. On each round, make the students wait a little longer before you say go so that they have to run a little faster.

 

Catch Me!

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Catch Me!

Equipment needed: One wave bag cushion per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will work on developing their running skills by chasing an instructor around an obstacle. This drill will build basic motor skills and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need a wavemaster cushion or similar object.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Color Corners

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Color Corners

Equipment needed: 4 wave bag cushions and four colored cones

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: In this drill the students will practice racing around the mat. The instructor will have them run laps on the outside edge of the mat and they will call out a color. The students must race to the station with the matching color cone.

 

Steps:

  1. Set up four stations with one color cone on each station as shown in the picture.
  2. Have the student’s line up on the outside edge of the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Have them race around the mat for a total of 2 minutes.

 

Don’t Drop the Ice Cream

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Running

Drill: Don’t Drop the Ice Cream

Equipment needed: 1 dodgeball/2 small cone per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will practice RUNNING by being able to balance an object in their hands as they are moving quickly down the mat.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Freeze Ball

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Running

Drill: Freeze Ball

Equipment needed: Yoga Ball

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will practice RUNNING by demonstrating their ability to run without crashing into others and being able to freeze when they get hit, this will help them physically and socially by working on their teamwork and stamina as they play the game.

 

Steps:

  1. Let the students spread out on the mat
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor holding the foam noodle.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for at least 2 rounds.

 

Get the Color

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Get the Color

Equipment needed: 5 different colored spots per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will play a fun game that will challenge their memory while RUNNING, by collecting colored circles in order.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need to spread the 5 colored spots in a row a few feet apart.
  3. Have everyone sit opposite from the spots a good distance away.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has gone twice.

 

Hand Off

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Hand Off

Equipment needed: One ball/pad per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will work on their RUNNING by sprinting to their friend trying to finish as quickly as they can.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group you will need one ball or pad and one instructor to monitor.
  3. Form a circle, the instructor will start the game with the ball.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each group has gone twice.

 

High 5 Switch

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Running

Drill: High 5 Switch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice RUNNING by demonstrating their ability to quickly run after waiting for a high 5, This will challenge their social stage of development by having them wait their turn before they run.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into pairs and have them spaced 12 ft apart.
  2. For each pair an instructor in between both students.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Hungry Hungry Ninjas

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Running

Drill: Hungry Hungry Ninjas

Equipment needed: Multiple dodgeballs 1 Big Container per line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice RUNNING by being able t move quickly to pick up as many dodgeballs as they can, but they can only ever pick up one dodgeball at a time.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Hustle

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Hustle

Equipment needed: One ball per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will learn the difference between RUNNING fast, medium, and slow. They will practice using varying degrees of intensity to catch up to the ball.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an Instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student goes 3 times.

 

Land It

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Running

Drill: Land It

Equipment needed: 1 Slammer pad & 1 Ring Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice RUNNING by demonstrating their ability to run and jump over an obstacle, while also having to land in a specific area. This will challenge the students physically by requiring them to use their leg muscles to jump high and control their landing.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Ninja Clean Up

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Ninja Clean Up

Equipment needed: 4 to 6 different targets with at least 4 sets of each

Instructors needed: One

Description: “When you work together, you do not fight. You also do not push or shove. In this drill, you are going to practice working together by picking up targets and putting them back where they belong.”

 

Steps:

  1. Assign each student to one set of targets.
  2. Throw the targets across the floor.
  3. Explain to your students that they will have to pick up their targets as fast as they can. BUT – while they are hurrying to pick up their targets, they cannot shove others and they cannot fight over the target.
  4. Give the command “go.” While they are picking up the targets as fast as they can, point out how well they are working together.
  5. When they are finished, compliment their efforts. Explain the importance of working together at home with their siblings and friends.

 

Ninja Freeze

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Ninja Freeze

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One

Description: “When you are running, you sometimes lose control of your body. You may accidentally run into someone else and hurt them, or hurt yourself. In this drill we are going to practice controlling our body when I say freeze.”

 

Steps:

  1. Have your student’s line up on one side of the training deck
  2. Stand on the opposite side of the deck with your back facing the students.
  3. When you are ready, say the following: “1 – 2 – 3 – NINJA FREEZE!”
  1. Continue the drill until one of the students touches you without getting caught moving. If you catch everyone moving, then start the game over.
  2. To make class entertaining, you can let the winner be the new counter.

 

Ninja Line Up

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Ninja Line Up

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One

Description: “One way to have good discipline is to follow directions. A good student can follow directions quickly. In this drill we are going to test your skills by seeing how quickly you can follow my directions.”

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students sit quietly in the middle of the training deck.
  2. Explain that when you say the number “1” they must quickly grabs hands and form a circle in 5 seconds.
  3. Explain that when you say the number “2” they must make a straight line behind you within 5 seconds.
  4. Explain that when you say the number “3” they must line up on their marks within 5 seconds.
  5. Mix the numbers up to see if they can follow directions quickly.

 

Ninja Training

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Ninja Training

Equipment needed: 1 block, 1 bar, 1 cone, 1 bopper or foam sword

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: This drill is a lot of fun for this age group. Start by explaining that they will be practicing with a ninja sword! But before they can use the real thing, they must first practice with a foam sword.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Place the bar in the block so that it stands vertically, place the cone on top of the bar.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has at least 3 tries.

 

  1. Try counting to 10 to see who can run down, chop, then run back the fastest.

 

Pick Up Challenge

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Pick Up Challenge

Equipment needed: Six small cones per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will build gross motor skills by running around and picking up agility cones one at a time.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several groups with no more than four students per group.
  2. Designate an area of the training mat for each group and spread out six cones per group as shown in the picture.
  3. Place a mark on the mat next to each group for the students to start at.
  4. Pick one student from each group to go first.
  5. When you say “go” the students will run and pick up their cones one at a time and stack them on their mark.
  6. On the second round, make it a contest to see which student can pick up the cones the fastest.

 

Race to the Pad

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Race to the Pad

Equipment needed: One slammer pad per line

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will race to the slammer pads and then sit on it as quickly as possible. The purpose of this drill is to build self-control.

 

Steps:

  1. Explain to the students how to have good self-control and provide some examples as it relates outside of the school:
  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line and have them line up on one end of the training deck.
  2. Set down one slammer pad on the opposite end of the training deck directly across from each line as shown in the picture.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. On the second round, make it a contest to see who can sit on their slammer pad the fastest.

 

Ring Race

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Ring Race

Equipment needed: 1 ring per student

Instructors needed: One

Description: “If you try hard at everything you do, then you will get stronger and smarter. This includes sitting still. In this drill you are going to pretend like you are a statue and sit as still as possible.”

 

Steps:

  1. Spread the rings around the training deck. Make sure you have one ring per student.
  2. Have the students sit in the middle of the training deck.
  3. When you say “1” the students must run to a ring and sit as still as possible (like a statue). Count to 10.
  4. Have the students sit back in the middle of the deck. Next when you say “2” the students must run to a ring and stand as still as they can. Count to 10.
  5. Continue the drill by having them run to a ring and sit like a master (on their knees with their arms crossed) when you say “3.”
  6. Repeat the drill by mixing up the numbers and compliment them for trying hard.

 

Running Back and Forth

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Running Back and Forth

Equipment needed: Two markers per student

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice running back and forth. This builds large motor skills and balance. At the same time, this drill builds spatial awareness which is the ability to be aware of oneself in a specific space, in this case is being aware of distance in between each lap.

 

Steps:

  1. Have each student stand on one end of the mat.
  2. For each student, place a marker on the ground for them to start on and also a marker on the opposite end of the training deck that they must run to.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns. On their second turn, have them do ten kicks alternating legs when they reach the last lap.

 

Running Backwards

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Running Backwards

Equipment needed: Two cones

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice running backwards. This is a fundamental skill that most 3 and 4 year olds will struggle with at first. This builds large motor skills and balance. At the same time, this drill builds spatial awareness which is the ability to be aware of oneself in a specific space, in this case is being aware of space behind them.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. For each line, make a lane with cones, or if you have mats with lanes you can use them as shown in the picture with cones at the end of the lane.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns. On the second turn have them do ten kicks alternating legs when they reach the end of the lane.

 

Running in Circles

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Running in Circles

Equipment needed: One large obstacle to run around

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice running in circles. This builds large motor skills and balance. At the same time, this drill builds spatial awareness which is the ability to be aware of oneself in a specific space, in this case, understanding the distance around objects in between each lap.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than four students per line.
  2. For each line, place an object on the ground that the students must run around.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns. Have them switch directions on the second turn. On the second lap, also have them do ten kicks alternating legs once they are done with their last lap.

 

Running in Various Directions

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Running in Various Directions

Equipment needed: Four small agility cones per lane

Instructors needed: One

Description: “Your feet are one of the most important parts of your body. You need your feet to run, walk, skip, jump, and more. In this drill you are going to practice running forward, backwards, and side to side. The goal is to see if each of you can run in different directions, in a straight line, and without falling.”

 

Steps:

  1. Have your student’s line up on one side of the training deck.
  2. Use small agility cones to create lanes that the students must stay in.
  3. On your command the students will race to the other side of the deck staying in his or her lane.
  4. Repeat the drill running backwards.
  5. Repeat the drill running side to side.

 

Save the Turtles

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Save the Turtles

Equipment needed: One colored ring per student and 4 matching cones

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: In this drill the students will practice running around the mat and picking up objects. The students will each have four turtles spread out on the mat and a special island to place the turtles in a safe place. They must race and rescue each turtle (one at a time) and the first one finished is the winner.

 

Steps:

  1. For each student, lay out 4 cones on random areas of the mat along with a matching ring somewhere on the mat.
  2. It works best if you have four students go at a time, so if you have more than four students, split them into groups.
  3. To begin, have the students stand on one end of the mat. Assign each student a color that coordinates with the cones and ring on the mat.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Shuttle Runs

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Running

Drill: Shuttle Runs

Equipment needed: 4 cones per line

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: “When we run we are making our heart beat faster. When our heart beats faster, our heart is getting stronger. In this drill you are going to do a fun relay race picking up cones while making your heart strong.”

 

Steps:

  1. Set up 4 cones in a straight line which are spaced approximately 4 to 5 feet apart from each other. Place a starting marker on one side of each line that is approximately 4 to 5 feet from the first cone.
  2. Line up 1 student on each starting marker.
  3. When you say “go” the students will run quickly to the first cone and pick it up, then run back and place the cone on the starting marker.
  4. They will continue this drill by running to the second cone and stacking it on top of the first cone back at the starting maker; and then the third cone; and finish with the fourth cone.
  5. Continue the drill until every student has at least two turns.
  6. Make sure you monitor them closely as some younger students may pick up all 4 cones at once.

 

Stack & Smash

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Running

Drill: Stack & Smash

Equipment needed: 3 Blocks Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice RUNNING by demonstrating their ability to run quickly in multiple quick changing directions. This will challenge the students physically by having them quickly transition from one direction to another.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor with the rings set-up in stepping motion down the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Zig Zag Punches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Running

Drill: Zig Zag Punches

Equipment needed: 3 Wavemaster Tops & 3 blocks per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice RUNNING by demonstrating their ability to run in different directions while also focusing on punches. This will challenge them physically by requiring them to run fast while they also have to have strong punches.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each person get 2 turns.

Early Skills Catching

Castle Stacker

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Castle Stacker

Equipment needed: 3 blocks / 1 ring per line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice CATCHING by catching awkwardly shaped blocks without dropping any, if they can catch all 3 blocks then you can stack them up to make a castle. This will challenge them physically by making them should adjust to catching something that is weirdly shaped.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line have a ring 6ft in-front of the instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Catch the Balloon

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Catch the Balloon

Equipment needed: One balloon per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice catching a balloon.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide the class into groups.
  2. Have the group of students sit on the side of the mat.
  3. Pick one student to go first and have that student sit on the mat.
  4. Stand approximately 4’ away with a balloon as shown in the picture.
  5. Explain the rules:
  1. Have the student go three times, sitting at least 2’ further each time.
  2. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Catching in a Circle

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Catching in a Circle

Equipment needed: One large ball to toss

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice catching. This is a fundamental skill that most 3 and 4 year olds will struggle with at first. This builds hand-eye coordination and focus. At the same time, this drill builds distance awareness, which is an essential skill for all youthful Martial Artists.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students make a big circle.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns. On the second turn have them take an extra step away.

 

Catching Targets

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Catching Targets

Equipment needed: Three small pads

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice catching. This is a fundamental skill that most 3 and 4 year olds will struggle with at first. This builds hand-eye coordination. At the same time, this drill builds distance awareness, which is an essential skill for all youthful Martial Artists.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, lay a stack of pads for the student to catch.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns. On the second turn have them take four steps away.

 

Collect the Candy

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Collect the Candy

Equipment needed: 3 Paper Balls & 1 Cone per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will practice CATCHING by demonstrating their ability to catch multiple small objects. This will challenge them mentally by requiring them to use an object besides their hands to catch the small balls.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

 

Crazy Bridge

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Crazy Bridge

Equipment needed: 1 Dodgeball & 3 Slammer Pads

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice CATCHING by demonstrating their ability to catch a ball from varying distances while on top of an unstable surface. This will challenge them physically by requiring them to adjust to the different distances the ball will be coming from.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

 

Crazy Catches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Crazy Catches

Equipment needed: Two focus mitts and one small square target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice catching an object with pads on his/ her hands.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide the class into groups.
  2. Have the group of students sit on the side of the mat.
  3. Pick one student to go first and have that student stand on the mat.
  4. Stand approximately 4’ away with a small square target as shown in the picture.
  5. Explain the rules:
  1. Have the student go three times, standing at least 2’ further each time.
  2. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

 

Elevator Catching

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Elevator Catching

Equipment needed: 2 kicking shields, 1 ball per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their CATCHING by being challenged to do so while standing on an increasing amount of unstable pads.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need one instructor to toss the ball and 2 kicking shields.
  3. Start with one pad on the ground.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.

 

Ground Ball

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Ground Ball

Equipment needed: One ball per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill we will be teaching the student a new type of catching. Normally we throw the ball through the air to be caught. Now we will be rolling the ball making the student have to be in a different position working on spatial awareness, as well as, teaching them to focus on their body position.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need one ball.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.

 

Jumping Fish

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Jumping Fish

Equipment needed: One foam noodle per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice catching a foam sword “jumping fish” in the air.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide the class into groups.
  2. Have the group of students sit on the side of the mat.
  3. Pick one student to go first and have that student stand on the mat.
  4. Stand approximately 4’ away with a foam sword as shown in the picture.
  5. Explain the rules:
  1. Have the student go three times, standing at least 2’ further each time.
  2. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Kick Ball

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Kick Ball

Equipment needed: 1 Dodgeball per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice CATCHING by demonstrating their ability to wait their turn as well as working with a partner to catch the ball.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

 

Mountain King

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Mountain King

Equipment needed: One ball and slammer pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The instructor will toss a ball across and the student must catch the ball while standing on a pad. This will help the students build control, gross motor skills, and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a ball and a slammer pad that is set approximately 6’ away.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.
  2. On each round, you can move the target a little further away.

 

Ninja Dash

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Ninja Dash

Equipment needed: One ball per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The purpose of this drill is to teach good listening skills while reinforcing their ability to catch a ball at different distances.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have each student stand next to the instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Use varying distances to make it more challenging.
  2. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Pancake Catches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Pancake Catches

Equipment needed: One ring and rubber circle per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The instructor will toss a rubber circle and the student must catch it while standing in a ring. This will help the students build control, gross motor skills, and spatial awareness

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a rubber circle and a ring that is set approximately 6’ away.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has 3 turns.
  2. On each round, you can move the ring a little further away.

 

 

Partner Catches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Partner Catches

Equipment needed: 1 ball per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice CATCHING by demonstrating their ability to catch a ball from varying distances with a partner. This will challenge them socially by requiring them to work and share with a partner as they are trying to catch.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines w/ partners.
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each partnership has 2-3 turns.

 

Pass the Pizza

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Pass the Pizza

Equipment needed: One flat spot per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will practice their CATCHING in this drill by taking turns throwing and catching the ball back and forth to the person in the middle.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Form a circle with each group, depending on skill level of the students you can choose to have a student or instructor in the center of the circle.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student gets a chance in the middle.

 

Side to Side

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Side to Side

Equipment needed: 2 Colored Rings and 1 Ball Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice CATCHING by running to the colored ring called by the instructor and then holding our hands out to catch the ball thrown by the instructor.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line set two different colored rings about 4-5ft apart.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

 

Stack It

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Stack It

Equipment needed: 3 Blocks per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice CATCHING by demonstrating their ability to catch awkwardly shaped objects without dropping them.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

 

Standing Catches

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Standing Catches

Equipment needed: One ring, One ball per line

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: This drill teaches students how to throw and catch a ball straight up instead of haphazardly and be able to catch with ease. This is great for hand-eye-coordination, which applies to other sports and activities.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Place one hoop on the ground for each line and give the first student the ball while standing in the hoop.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has 3 turns.

 

Starfish

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 & 4 yrs)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Starfish

Equipment needed: 2 cones / 3 rings

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will practice CATCHING by being able to position themselves to catch rings without using their hands. This will challenge them physically by having them get their hands in the right position so that they can build their coordination.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students form lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for at least 2 rounds.

 

Think Fast!

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Think Fast!

Equipment needed: Two foam cubes or similar item.

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will practice catching. This is a fundamental skill that most 3 and 4 year olds will struggle with at first. This builds hand-eye coordination focus. At the same time, this drill builds distance awareness, which is an essential skill for all youthful Martial Artists.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, lay a stack of pads for the student to catch.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns. On the second turn have them take four steps away.

 

Throwback

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Throwback

Equipment needed: One dodgeball

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will practice their CATCHING in this drill by taking turns throwing and catching the ball back and forth to the person in the middle.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Form a circle with each group, depending on skill level of the students you can choose to have a student or instructor in the center of the circle.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets a chance in the middle.

 

Under the Bridge

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: Catching

Drill: Under the Bridge

Equipment needed: 3 hurdles and three small pads per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The student will crawl under and obstacle and stand up. The instructor will toss a pad and the student must catch the pad in order to crawl under the next hurdle, and so forth. This will help the students build control, gross motor skills, and spatial awareness.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need three small pads and three small hurdles spread approximately 3’ apart from each other.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has 3 turns.
  2. On the third round, you can make it a contest to see who can make it to the third hurdle the fastest. If they do not catch the pad, then they are disqualified.

Early Skills Games

Graveyard

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4-years old)

Skill: GAMES

Drill: Fun Games: Graveyard

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several

Description: The students will try and be as still as possible without getting caught moving.

 

Steps:

  1. The instructors will be the ghosts.
  2. The rest of the class will lie down somewhere on the mat with their feet straight out and their hands by their side.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Rules for the ghosts:
  1. You can make it fun by having the students and the instructors switch roles.

 

Ninja Freeze

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4-years old)

Skill: GAMES

Drill: Fun Games: Ninja Freeze

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several

Description: The students will try and sneak up to tag the instructor without getting caught moving.

 

Steps:

  1. Line up all of your students on one end of the mat.
  2. The instructor will line up at the opposite end with their back towards the students.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. To make it fun, let the winning student become the next counter.
  2. You can also make it fun and challenging by using trickery when you count.

 

Ninja-ninja-turtle

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4-years old)

Skill: GAMES

Drill: Fun Games: Ninja-ninja-turtle

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One

Description: The students will take turns picking someone to chase them around the circle without getting tagged.

 

Steps:

  1. Have everyone make a big circle.
  2. Select one person to go first.
  3. Explain the rules:

 

Four Corners

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: GAMES

Drill: Games: Four Corners

Equipment needed: 4 wavemaster cushions, Numbered spots, 1 Chair, 1 Blindfold

Instructors needed: 1-2 to monitor

Description: The students will race from corner to corner working on their listening skills, counting ability, and control.

 

Steps:

  1. Form your students into one large group.
  2. Place one cushion in each corner of the mat. Place a numbered spot on top of each cushion. The counter will sit in the chair in the middle of the mat, blindfolded.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue so that a couple students get to count.

 

Free For All Dodgeball

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: GAMES

Drill: Games: Free For All Dodgeball

Equipment needed: Plenty of soft dodgeballs

Instructors needed: 1-2 to monitor

Description: The students will work on their running and fine motor skills in this game by chasing and throwing the dodgeballs to hit each other.

 

Steps:

  1. Form the class into one large group.
  2. Divide the dodgeballs evenly among the class.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns to be it!
  2. Make it more fun by having the students get the instructors!

 

Sit Tag

Program: Early SKILLZ (3 and 4 yrs.)

Skill: GAMES

Drill: Games: Sit Tag

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1-2 to monitor

Description: The students will play a game of tag while practicing their self-control and their running.

 

Steps:

  1. Form the class into one large group.
  2. The instructors will be “it”.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue to play for a couple rounds with different winners each time.

Basic Skills Warm Ups

Warm Ups

Run and Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Cardio: Run & Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their hearts by demonstrating their ability to quickly move their feet and throw strong punches.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

     3. Do you best to not fall while punching; if you fall you won’t get as strong

Running Man

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Cardio: Running Man

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their hearts and coordination by demonstrating multiple switching punches.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

     3. Do your best to have good technique for the whole exercise.

Stand Up Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Cardio: Stand Up Kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their hearts and coordination by demonstrating their ability to stand up fast from their stomachs.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

     3. Do your best to get all they to your feet before kicks.

Super Jacks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Cardio: Super Jacks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their hearts and coordination by demonstrating a jumping jack style exercise.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

     3. Do you best to bend your best to keep your knee tight before each kick.

Front Kick Hops

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Front Kick Hops

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs by holding themselves on 1 foot while also trying to demonstrate kicks and switches.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

     3. Do you best to bend your best to keep your knee tight before each kick.

Mario Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Mario Kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their legs by having to hold a difficult position while also demonstrating front kicks on both legs.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

     3. Do your best to not fall over for the entire exercise, if you fall you won’t get as strong.

Superman Sit-Ups

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Superman Sit-Ups

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their core by demonstrating sit-ups while focusing on throwing a strong punch to the ceiling.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

     3. Do you best to not fall while punching; if you fall you won’t get as strong.

Zombie Seals

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Zombie Seals

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their arms and core by holding their seal position while also holding punch.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

     3. Do your best to have good technique for the whole exercise.

Flying Ninja Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: Flying Ninja Kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their legs and build coordination by having them jumping off of one foot and kicking.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

     3. Do you best to not fall down while kicking; if you fall you won’t get as strong.

Heisman Hops

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: Heisman Hops

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their legs by demonstrating hopping on one foot and holding chambers.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

    3. Do your best to not land on the ground hard, try and control your landing.

Knee Stand with Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: Knee Stand w/Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs while they have to stand up and do punches.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

    3. Do you best to stand up quickly so that your legs get stronger.

Sky Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: Sky Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs and arms while jumping and punching.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.

  2. Explain the rules:

    3. Do you best to keep your head up and hands up while punching.

Front Stance Hold

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: Front Stance Holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their legs by demonstrating their best front stances using the best technique they can.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to hold the front stance as low as you can.

Karate Chops

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: Karate Chops

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their arms by demonstrating their best karate chops using the best technique they can

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to chop as hard and as fast as they can, while also using good technique.

Low Blocks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: Low Blocks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their arms by demonstrating their best low blocks using the best technique they can.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to have a strong and fast block, while also using good technique.

Sidekicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: Sidekicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs by demonstrating their best sidekicks using the best technique they can.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to show all 4 parts to every single kick. (Chamber, Kick, Re-chamber, Return)

Sit-ups

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Abs Exercise: Sit-ups

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by lifting their shoulders off the ground for ten reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their backs with their arms crossed on their chests.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to bring your elbows to your knees, not knees to elbows.

Shoulder Taps

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Arm Exercise: Shoulder taps

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by holding their body off the ground with their palms and feet, while tapping their shoulders, alternating arms for ten reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students hold their body up with their palms and feet, keeping their back straight as if they are in push-up position.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Slightly widen your feet for better balance.

Beginner Bridge Side Taps

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Core Exercise: Beginner bridge side taps

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their core strength by holding their body off the ground using their palms and their feet, while tapping the side of their legs, alternating their arms for ten reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students raise their body off the ground with the palms of their hands and their feet as if they were a table.
  2. Explain the rules:

Beginner Squats

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Leg Exercise: Beginner squats

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by lowering their body in a squat position with their arms extended in front of them for ten reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students stand with their feet shoulder-width apart and arms extended in front of them, parallel to the ground.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try not to bend your knees too far when you squat.

Sit-ups with legs in the air

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Dynamic Abs Exercise: Sit-ups w/ legs in the air

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by holding their knees off the ground as they lift their shoulders off the ground for ten reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their backs with their arms crossed on their chests and legs off the ground with their knees bent.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to bring your elbows to your knees, not your knees to your elbows.

Triple-shoulder taps

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Dynamic Arm Exercise: Triple-shoulder taps

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by holding their body off the ground with their palms and feet, while tapping their shoulders three times with the same hand and then alternating arms for ten reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students hold their body up with their palms and feet, keeping their back straight as if they are in push-up position.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to place your hand back on the ground between each shoulder tap.

Squat Jumps

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Dynamic Leg Exercise: Squat jumps

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by lowering their body in a squat position and touching the ground and then jumping for ten reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students stand with their feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to jump higher and higher each rep.

Beginner dish holds

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Abs Exercise: Beginner dish holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by raising their shoulders off the ground.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their backs with their arms to their sides.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. While you are counting, try not to move your body at all.

Beginner push-ups holds

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6-yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Arm Exercise: Beginner push-up holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by holding their body off the ground with their palms, while on their knees.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies with their palms on the ground at their side, right below their shoulders, and knees bent so that their toes are points towards the ceiling.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. While counting, try not to move your body at all.

Beginner Bridge Holds

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Core Exercise: Beginner bridge holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their core strength by holding their body off the ground using their palms and their feet.

Steps:

  1. Have your students sit with their palms on the ground at their side (fingers pointed forward); and their knees up with their feet flat on the floor (toes pointed forward).
  2. Explain the rules:

Beginner Squat Holds

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Leg Exercise: Beginner squat holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by holding their body in a squat position with their arms extended in front of them.

Steps:

  1. Have your students stand with their feet shoulder-width apart and arms extended in front of them, parallel to the ground.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. While counting, try not to move your body.

Donkey-kongs Down the Mat

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Abs Exercise: Donkey-kongs down the mat

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by pulling their body down the mat by placing their hands on the mat in front of them and then using their abdominal muscles to pull their feet up to their hands.

Steps:

  1. Have your students stand on one end of the mat with their feet together.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Keep your knees together and pull them through your arms.

Advanced army crawls down the mat

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Arm Exercise: Advanced army crawls down the mat

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by dragging their body down the mat using only their forearms while their feet are crossed and held off the ground.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies on one end of the mat, with their forearms on the floor making a tight fist, and feet crossed and lifted off the ground.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to go fast and not use your knees!

Forward crab crawls down the mat

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Core Exercise: Forward crab crawls down the mat

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their core strength by holding their body off the ground using their palms and their feet, while walking down the mat.

Steps:

  1. Have your students sit on one end of the mat and raise their body off the ground with the palms of their hands and their feet as if they were a table.
  2. Explain the rules:

Jack-in-the-hox down the mat

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Leg Exercise: Jack-in-the-box down the mat

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by stepping down the mat in a lunge position while holding their hands behind their head.

Steps:

  1. Have your students stand on one end of the mat with their hands behind their head.
  2. Explain the rules:

     3. Focus on doing your best, not finishing first!

Basic Skillz Stretching

Stretches

Arm Circles

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Arm Circles

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their ACTIVE stretching focusing on the range of movement in their shoulders. 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.

  2. Explain the rules:

    3. Continue for 2 sets.

Cross over toe touches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Cross over toe touches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their ACTIVE stretching by targeting their Hamstrings.

 Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.

  2. Explain the rules:

    3. Continue for 2 reps, switching legs.

Side Lunges

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Side Lunges

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their ACTIVE stretching by focusing on their Hips and Inner leg.

 Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.

  2. Explain the rules:

     3. Continue for 2 reps.

Ski Stretch

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Ski stretch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their ACTIVE stretching focusing on the range of movement in their knees.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:

Ball Roll

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Dynamic Stretching: Ball Roll

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their DYNAMIC stretching by rolling back and forth in a ball position to focus on their back.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

Inch Worm Hops

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Dynamic Stretching: Inch Worm Hops

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their DYNAMIC stretching by crawling like an inchworm stretching their hamstrings.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

Middle Split push ups

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Dynamic Stretching: Middle Split Push Ups

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their DYNAMIC stretching by performing a push up from the middle split position.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

Side Leg Swings

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Dynamic Stretching: Side leg swings

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their DYNAMIC stretching by swinging their leg up to the side focusing on flexibility in their hips and inner thigh.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:

Butterfly Partner Pull

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Partner Stretching: Butterfly Partner Pull

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PARTNER stretching by sitting in butterfly stretch position while your partner pulls your arms.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

Kneeling Partner Push

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Partner Stretching: Kneeling Partner Push

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PARTNER stretching by sitting on their knees reaching forwards while their partner gently pushes them further.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

Sitting Elbow Pull

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Partner Stretching: Sitting Elbow Pull

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PARTNER stretching focusing on their chest and shoulder flexibility with the assistance of their partner pulling gently backwards on their elbows.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

Stradled Partner Pull

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Partner Stretching: Straddle Partner Pull

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PARTNER stretching by facing each other in straddle position and pulling your partner’s belt arms.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:

Back Bends

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Passive Stretching: Back Bends

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PASSIVE Stretching focusing on the Back, Hamstrings and Calves.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 reps.

Sitting Elbow Pull

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Passive Stretching: Bow and Arrow

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PASSIVE Stretching focusing on their Deltoid.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:

Front Leans

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Passive Stretching: Front leans

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PASSIVE Stretching focusing on the Back, Hamstrings and Calves.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 reps.

Middle Split

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Passive Stretching: Middle Split

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PASSIVE Stretching focusing on the Lower body.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 reps.

Basic Skills Drills Focus

Drills Form

Bulls-eye

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Bulls-eye

Equipment needed: One wavemaster pad, one block, one ring per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their focus by learning to perform straight punches. This will also develop hand eye coordination and spatial awareness.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Place the block on top of the wavemaster pad, one step away at the same level have the instructor hold the ring.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every student has three turns.

Crawl, Kick, Jump Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Crawl, Kick, Jump Relay

Equipment needed: One obstacle to crawl and jump over and a kicking target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will apply focus to a fun relay race. The students will race to crawl under an obstacle, kick a target ten times and then jump over the obstacle. This is a fun drill that builds focus with their body.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an obstacle set up and an instructor holding a target on the opposite end of the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. The students must focus with their body and not knock the obstacle over. If they do, then they must do three squat jumps before continuing.
  2. The winning line is the first line to finish and sit in a straight line with their legs crossed and their hands on their knees.

Crazy punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Crazy Punches

Equipment needed: 1 Belt, 1 Dodgeball, some electrical tape per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will work on their ability to FOCUS with their eyes and hands by spotting a moving object and trying to punch it as many times as possible in 10 seconds.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets 3 turns.

Fancy Feet

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Fancy Feet

Equipment needed: 1 ring, 1 Wavemaster top and 1 slammer pad for each line

Instructors needed: 1 instructor for each line

Description: The students will work on their FOCUS by demonstrating proper chambers and foot positioning without dropping their ring.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2 sets, switching legs on the second round.

Going Going Alone

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Going Going Gone

Equipment needed: 3 small targets per line

Instructors needed: 1 instructor for each line

Description: The students will practice their focus by learning to judge distance and timing while punching.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have the instructors start from one step away.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.
  2. Hot Feet

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Hot Feet

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill students will work on developing FOCUS with their feet by watching their instructor and quickly following along without getting left behind.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

Knee the Block

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Knee the Block

Equipment needed: One foam block per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will develop their focus skills by kneeing a block in the air and then catching it.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a small foam block.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every student has three turns.
  2. On the second turn, have the student start over if the block touches the ground.
  3. On the third round, make it a competition to see who can knee the block and catch it as many times in a row.

Knock the Block

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Knock the Block

Equipment needed: One wavemaster cushion and block per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will build their focus skills by punching a block off a cushion with accuracy.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need the top of a wavemaster cushion or stack of pads with a foam block sitting on top, and an instructor approximately three steps away.
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every student has three turns.
  2. On the second and third turn, make it a contest to see who can punch the block to their instructor the fastest.

Know Your Foot

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Know Your Foot

Equipment needed: One slammer pad per line

Instructors needed: One instructor per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to kick the pad with all three kicks using the three parts of their foot.

Steps:

  1. Have your students make a straight line. You may need two lines depending on the size of the class.
  2. Teach the students how to kick the slammer pad with a round kick hitting the target with the top of the foot.
  3. Teach the students how to kick the slammer pad with a front kick using the ball (or bottom of the foot).
  4. Teach the students how to kick the slammer pad with a side kick using the heel.
  5. Now randomly call out a kick and the student must react fast and kick with the appropriate part of the foot.

Ladder Kicks with Jumps

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Ladder Kicks With Jumps

Equipment needed: One obstacle and kicking target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will focus on jumping, kicking, and counting. The students will have to jump over an obstacle and then kick a target, starting with one kick, all the way up to five kicks. This is a great drill for helping the students concentrate both physically with kicking and jumping, but at the same time intellectually because they have to keep track of their kicks

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an obstacle set up and an instructor holding a target. If you do not have the same obstacle, you can use a pad or a stack of pads.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. On the second round, make it a competition to see who can reach five kicks the fastest.

Math Kick

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Math Kicks

Equipment needed: One kicking target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will solve a simple math problem and then kick the target equal to the sum of the math problem. This is a great way to teach your students math!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines with no more than four to a line.
  2. The first student in line will have to solve a simple math problem. For example: What is 2 + 2? Stick with math problems that only include numbers 1 – 5.
  3. Many of your younger students will have a hard time figuring them out, so show them how to use their fingers to add.
  4. Once they solve the problem, have them kick the target equal to the sum of the math problem.
  5. Continue until each student has at least three turns.
  6. You can add variety by changing the technique to a different kick, strike, or even block.

Missed Me

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Missed Me

Equipment needed: Three small square targets

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: One student will punch the pad as the other student dodges the pad.

Steps:

  1. Pair your students up with a partner and divide the pairs into groups.
  2. You will need an instructor to hold the pads and three small targets for each group.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. After the student punches all three targets, have them switch roles.

Ninja Dodgeballs

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Ninja Dodgeball

Equipment needed: One dodgeball per line

Instructors needed: Two per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice having focus with their body as they dodge balls that are punched at them. This is a great drill for teaching the students how to dodge small objects

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor that will punch the dodge ball at the student, and an assistant to help retrieve the ball.
  3. The first student in line will stand against the mirror or wall. The instructor will be at least 4 steps away.
  4. The instructor will toss the ball in the air and then punch the ball aiming at the student. The student must dodge the ball.
  5. If the student gets hit, then he/ she will have to do 3 push-ups.
  6. Do this at least 5 times.
  7. You can make it fun by having the instructor do 10 push-ups if he/ she cannot hit the student with any of the shots.
  8. You can make it even more challenging by having the student switch roles with the instructor.

Ninja Ears

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Ninja Ears

Equipment needed: One wave bag or similar target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the student will practice using focusing with their ears as they keep their eyes closed and have to follow the commands they hear. This is great for teaching the students how to listen carefully to commands.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. The first student in each line will stand in front of the wave bag in striking distance and close their eyes.
  3. The instructor will call out left or right punch and the student must hit with the correct hand.
  4. If the student punches with the wrong hand, then he/ she will have to do 3 push-ups for each mistake.
  5. Do this at least 5 times.
  6. Continue until each student has a turn.
  7. Repeat the drill by calling out left or right kick.
  8. You can make it challenging by calling out combinations.
  9. You can make it even more challenging by giving the left and right hand and feet names. For example:

Ninja Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Ninja Kicks

Equipment needed: 1 blindfold, ring, and kicking target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice kicking a target while blindfolded. This is great for teaching your students how to focus on technique without using their eyes.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. The first student in line will place a blindfold around their eyes and stand in the middle of a ring as shown in the picture.
  3. The student will kick the target ten times, alternating legs on each kick. If the student steps out of the ring, or doesn’t chamber properly for each kick, then he/ she must do ten jumping jacks.
  4. The goal for this drill is to teach the student how to focus on their leg chambers while at the same time making it fun and challenging.
  5. You can make it fun by having the instructor do ten jumping jacks if the student does all of the kicks correctly without stepping out of the ring.

Ninja Rings

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Ninja Rings

Equipment needed: 2 rings for each line

Instructors needed: 1 instructor for each line

Description: The students will work on their FOCUS by demonstrating proper punches and chambers without dropping their rings.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need two bars attached like a plus sign, and an instructor holding a kicking target on the other side of the bars
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every student has three turns.
  2. On the second turn, have the student start over if they kick the target with the wrong leg, or if they hit the bar.
  3. On the third turn, make it a contest to see who can kick the target ten times the fastest. If they kick with the wrong leg or hit the bar then they are automatically disqualified.

Pad Rop Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Pad Drop Challenge

Equipment needed: Three small targets and one chair per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will try and punch the target as the instructor drops it in the air.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even lines.
  2. For each line, set up a chair for the instructor to stand on and stack three small targets next to the chair.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns. Make sure that the students switch hands on the second turn.
  2. You can make it a contest to see who can punch the target the farthest.

Pattern Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Pattern Punches

Equipment needed: 2 Rings Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will practice FOCUS by having to demonstrate multiple punches through rings, the challenge is remember the order you’re supposed to punch the rings.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Pop Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Pop Kicks

Equipment needed: 2 Clapper pads per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill we will help students develop a solid chamber for their front kicks by holding one pad that their knee must touch and another that they will kick after touching the first with their knee.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-4 turns.

Quick Fire

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Quick Fire

Equipment needed: One ring per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will focus on building good aim. The students will side kick through a ring as quickly as possible without hitting the ring. This is a great drill for developing distancing and concentration.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an instructor holding a ring.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Once everybody has a turn, make it a competition to see who can do the most sidekicks in fifteen seconds. If they hit the ring then that kick doesn’t count.

Rocket Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Rocket Kicks

Equipment needed: 1 Clapper pad & 1 Ring per line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice FOCUS by demonstrating their ability to use focus with their body and ears. This will challenge them physically by requiring them to quickly stop kicking and have a seat when the instructor says.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an Instructor holding a clapper pad
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2-3 turns.

Shadow Ninjas

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Shadow Ninjas

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: In this drill the students will practice having great focus with their eyes by following every move the instructor makes. This is great for teaching the students how to pay attention and respond quickly to visual demonstrations.

Steps:

  1. Spread your students around the training deck spaced apart so that they cannot kick or strike the students next to them.
  2. The instructor will perform one move at a time as the students follow. To make it challenging, have the students call out the name of each move.
  3. Continue for 10 to 15 moves.
  4. Next, begin to use 2 and 3 move combinations.
  5. Continue for 10 to 15 combinations.
  6. To make it even more challenging, go super fast and see if the students can follow along.
  7. You can make it fun by having some of the students volunteer to be the leader.

Splat

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Splat

Equipment needed: 1 kicking shield per line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their focus using their ears to listen as well as working on doing something fast but without cheating.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. You will need to lay one kicking shield per line in front of the lines.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every group has three turns.

Squish Squish Squash

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Squish Squish Squash

Equipment needed: 1 kicking shield, 3 bug stickers per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill we will help the students FOCUS on punching with the proper part of their hands while alternating hands and levels.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-4 turns.

Strike Zone

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Strikezone

Equipment needed: 1 Slammer Pad

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will practice FOCUS by demonstrating their ability to hit multiple different zones on a pad. This will challenge the students mentally by forcing them to hit and remember the different zones on the pad.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need and instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2-3 turns.

Tap Drill

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Tap Drill

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One instructor per line or group

Description: In this drill the instructor will tap the student on either their leg or arm and they must react quickly with a punch or kick using the body part that the instructor taps.

Steps:

  1. You can set up this drill several ways: as a line drill, sitting in a circle, or lined up as a group.
  2. You will walk behind each student and tap him (or her) on the left arm or right arm. The student will react as quickly as possible by punching with the arm that you tap.
  3. Repeat the process by tapping either the left or right leg (make sure you use caution when tapping the student’s leg).
  4. Repeat the process by tapping either the left or right arm or leg.

Target Practice

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Target Practice

Equipment needed: 4 small square targets (per line), a cone, and a wave bag cushion (removed from the base), or a chair

Instructors needed: One instructor per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to strike targets aimed at hitting a cone by hitting in a straight line and using the first two knuckles.

Steps:

  1. Have your students make a straight line. You may need two lines depending on the size of the class.
  2. (For each line) Set a cone on the wave bag cushion. You can substitute the cushion with a chair. Stack four square targets approximately three steps from the cone.
  3. You will hold the square targets at your student’s shoulder level directly in front of him (or her). The student will strike the target and try to knock the cone off the cushion (or chair). He (or she) will get four tries.
  4. Continue the drill until each student has at least two turns. Make sure your students are hitting with the proper knuckles. Also teach them to strike in a straight line. Each student should be able to hit at least one cone.

Whack-A-Toe

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FOCUS

Drill: Whack-A-Toe

Equipment needed: 1 Clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice FOCUS by demonstrating their ability to switch their feet quickly to avoid their toes getting hit by a pad.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Basic Skills Teamwork

4 Corner Race

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: 4 Corner Race

Equipment needed: 4 Obstacles

Instructors needed: One to monitor

Description: The students will build their teamwork skills by working together in a fun race. This is a great way for the students to also build good social skills.

Steps:

  1. Pair your students up with a partner.
  2. Place an obstacle in each corner, such as a wave bag cushion, and assign each corner a number.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for three rounds.
  2. On the second round, label the corners with Martial Arts moves to make it more challenging.
  3. On the third turn, make it a contest by giving the first pair to the corner a point and the first pair to five points is the winner.

Back and Forth

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Back and Forth

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to practice their kicks back and forth while learning how to take turns quickly.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into 2 or 3 lines. Have the first two students in each line stand up and face each other.
  2. The students will bow, shake hands, and say “do your best.”
  3. Follow these steps:
  1. Continue until everyone has had a turn. You will notice that some students struggle to count correctly as they take turns kicking, so make sure you actually teach them how to take turns with their kicking and counting.

Back and Forth 2

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Back and Forth 2

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will compete against another team to see which group is the loudest. This is a great drill to help your students perform at their best level.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into two groups and have them face each other.
  2. Have each group pick a team name to help build team spirit.
  3. Call out a Martial Arts move, and then point to one of the teams to perform the move with their best team effort.
  4. Next, point to the other team to do the same.
  5. Continue to point back and forth with each team so that they each perform the move approximately four times each.
  6. Pick the team that performed the best.
  7. Repeat the drill with various Martial Arts moves.
  8. You can make it challenging by calling out combinations.

Be the Coach

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Be the Coach

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will build their teamwork skills by coaching their partner. This will help them build good leadership skills and social skills.

Steps:

  1. Pair your students with a partner and then divide them into groups.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every student has a chance to coach and be coached doing push-ups, leg raises, and squat jumps.

Big Foot

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Big Foot

Equipment needed: 1 Slammer Pad

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will work on their TEAMWORK by working together to move a slammer pad from one end of the mat to the other, without using their hands.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into pairs.
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2 rounds. The team with the most points wins.

Catch

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Catch

Equipment needed: Three small square pads per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will practice their teamwork by punching a target towards their partner while their partner tries to catch the pad. This is a great way to build power in their punches, and good focus when catching.

Steps:

  1. Pair up your students and divide the pairs into groups with no more than three pairs per group. For each group, stack three small square targets.
  2. Show your students the proper way to do a punch by making a tight fist, and hitting the target with their first two knuckles.
  3. For each pair, pick one student to punch the pads and one to catch.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. After the student punches all three targets, switch roles.
  2. Continue until each pair has at least two turns.
  3. You can make it a contest to see which pair can punch and catch the most pads in a row.

Circle Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Circle Challenge

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will take turns calling out a Martial Arts move that all of the students in the group must perform correctly. If every student performs the move correctly, then the instructor must do 5 push-ups. If one person in the group makes a mistake, then the group must do 5 push-ups.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several groups and have them circle up as shown in the picture.
  2. Select one student to begin the drill by calling out a Martial Arts move with a specific hand or foot. For example: “Right punch.”
  3. All of the students will then execute the move using the correct hand or foot.
  4. If they all perform the correct move with the correct hand or foot, then instructor must do 5 push-ups.
  5. If someone in the group makes a mistake, then they must all do 5 push-ups.
  6. This drill is challenging because they are in a circle which makes it hard to copy the proper hand or foot.
  7. Continue until each student has a turn.
  8. You’ll be amazed at how many students will work together as a team to get the instructor to do push-ups!

Crab Legs

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Crab Legs

Equipment needed: 1 pole / line

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will work on their TEAMWORK by working together to move a pole across the mat, without using their hands.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into pairs.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2 rounds. The team with the most points wins.

Don’t Crack The Whip

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Don’t Crack The Whip

Equipment needed: An entire obstacle course. For example: 4 rings, 2 jumping bars, 4 slammer pads, 4 cones, 1 wave bag cushion

Instructors needed: One instructor per course

Description: In this drill the students are going to go through an entire obstacle course while working together.

Steps:

  1. Set up two identical obstacle courses:
  1. Pair each student with a partner and then divide the pairs into two teams.
  2. Explain the course and tell the students that they will have to go through the entire course without letting go of their partner. Also explain that they will be racing another pair, which means they must work together, but quickly. If they let go of each other, then they must stop immediately and do 10 push-ups.
  3. Conduct the race until every pair has had a turn.
  4. You can make it even more challenging by having three or four go at one time.

Find Your Partner

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Find Your Partner

Equipment needed: One kicking target per pair

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will close their eyes while their partner finds a spot on the mat, and then the student must find their partner and try to be the first person to do ten kicks on their target.

Steps:

  1. Pair your students up with a partner and have them line up facing each other in the middle of the mat.
  2. Give one student a kicking target and have the other student lay on the ground and hide their eyes.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Make sure you explain the importance of not cheating when they are kicking the pad.
  2. Switch roles.

Hot Potato

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Hot Potato

Equipment needed: 1 clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 per group

Description: The students will practice TEAMWORK by demonstrating their ability to to work as a team to complete a circle of kicks before the other team can.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each group has 3 turns.

Hungry Hungry Ninjas

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Hungry Hungry Ninjas

Equipment needed: Lots of dodgeballs or pads, 2 large buckets

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: In this drill students will practice developing strong TEAMWORK by working together to gather as many dodgeballs as possible in the time given.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into 2 lines (or 1 line per bucket)
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until you play 2-3 games.

Instructor Switch

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Instructor Switch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will build their teamwork skills by calling out Martial Arts moves for the instructor to perform. This will help the students build confidence and good leadership skills.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every student has three turns.
  2. On the second turn, have the student lead you through six moves.
  3. On the third round, make it a competition to see which student is the best leader.

Know Your number

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Know Your Number

Equipment needed: 4 numbered objects

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: In this drill the students will practice teamwork by working together. The students will each be assigned a number 1 -4 and then the students must run to the correct number. This is a great drill for developing focus and concentration.

Steps:

  1. Have your students sit on one end of the training mat.
  2. Set up 4 numbered objects on the opposite end of the training mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Once everybody has a turn, make it a competition to see which team can sit in a straight line the fastest.

Lead The Blind

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Lead the Blind

Equipment needed: One blindfold and kicking target per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: One student will lead their partner down the mat while they are blindfolded.

Steps:

  1. Pair your students up with a partner and have them line up on one side of the training mat, with one standing in front of the other.
  2. Blindfold the person standing in front.
  3. One the other end of the mat, have an instructor or assistant holding a kicking target across from each pair.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Switch roles.

Leadership Relay Race

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Leadership Relay Race

Equipment needed: One cone and wave bag cushion for each line

Instructors needed: One instructor per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to put their leadership skills to the test with a fun race leading the next student in line through various Martial Arts moves.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into 3 or 4 even lines on one side of the training deck. Use a cone to mark the starting point and place a wave bag cushion directly across the training deck in front of each line.
  2. On your command, the first student will race to the wave bag cushion and face the new line leader. Follow these instructions:
  1. After the student at the cushion is finished with all 3 moves, he/she will race back and high-five the line leader who will then race to the cushion as the new line leader calls out 3 moves, and so forth.
  2. Continue the drill until every student in line has had a turn. Remember, the student that began the race will be the last line leader. The line that finishes the fastest is the winner.

Lumberjacks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Lumberjacks

Equipment needed: Two clapper pads per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will practice their teamwork by kicking targets back and forth with their partner. This is also a great drill for teaching your students how to focus while holding the targets.

Steps:

  1. Pair up your students and divide the pairs into groups with no more than three pairs per group. For each group, you will need two clapper targets.
  2. Show your students the proper way to do a front kick, including a chamber, execution, re-chamber, and return.
  3. Have the first pair from each group stand up and face each other while holding a clapper target as shown in the picture.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. They each will kick back and forth ten times.
  2. Continue until each pair has at least two turns.
  3. You can make it a contest to see which pair shows the best teamwork.

Ninja Tunnel

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Ninja Tunnel

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will race to the other end of the mat by taking turns crawling through their partner’s legs.

Steps:

  1. Pair your students up with a partner and have them line up on one end of the training mat, with one standing in front of the other.
  2. Have the person standing in front get into a middle stance with their legs double-shoulder width apart.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each pair has two turns.

Pad Stack Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Pad Stack Challenge

Equipment needed: 5 Small Pads Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: In this drill students will develop good TEAMWORK by working together to balance a growing stack of pads.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone goes for 2-3 turns.

Partner Pad Roll

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Partner Pad Roll

Equipment needed: One wavemaster pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their teamwork by working together to roll a large pad to the end of the mat and back again. This helps to reinforce positive social skills and team building.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into pairs, and then into lines with their partner.
  2. The students will be at one end of the mat holding hands.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every group has three turns
  2. You can make it a contest by picking which group could roll the pad the straightest.

Partner Ring Pass

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Partner Ring Pass

Equipment needed: 1 Ring Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on having good TEAMWORK in this drill by working with a partner and be the fastest in the class to pass the ring over their body 3 times in a row.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2-3 rounds.

Pass The Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Pass the Punches

Equipment needed: 1 Slammer pad per line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice TEAMWORK by demonstrate their ability to work as a team in a relay race style of drill. This game will challenge them physically and mentally as they must do fast punches but they also must wait for their partners to return fully to the team before leaving.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need an Instructor with a cone and clapper pad.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2-3 turns.

Save The Dolphins

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Save the Dolphins

Equipment needed: 1 wavemaster top per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice TEAMWORK by demonstrating their ability work together to move a bag top across the mat without dropping it.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into pairs.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each pair has 2-3 turns

Student Switch Board Breaks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Student Switch Board Breaks

Equipment needed: One easy to break board per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice their teamwork by holding an easy to break board for the instructor. This drill will encourage them to be strong and confident while holding the boards.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. You will need an easy to break board for each line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.

Taking Turns

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Taking Turns

Equipment needed: 2 Clapper Pads per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill we will work on our TEAMWORK by improving our communication by counting for each other and leading by good example.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into pairs
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each pair has 2-3 turns.

Target Practice

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Target Practice

Equipment needed: Three small square targets per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will practice teamwork by holding the small square target while their partner kicks it out of their hand. This is also a great way to teach your students how to focus and hit the target in the middle so that they don’t hit their friend’s fingers

Steps:

  1. Pair up your students and divide the pairs into groups with no more than three pairs per group. For each group, stack three small square targets.
  2. For each pair, pick one student to hold the pads and one to kick.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. After the student kicks all three targets, switch roles.
  2. Continue until each pair has at least two turns.
  3. You can make it a contest to see which person can kick the pad the furthest.

Team Kick Race

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Team Kick Race

Equipment needed: Two kicking targets per group

Instructors needed: Two per group

Description: In this drill the students will build teamwork by helping each other. The students will each have a partner and one will hold the kicking target while the other kicks. They will race against another pair to see which pair is the fastest. This is a great social building drill for the students.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several groups.
  2. For each group you will need two kicking targets.
  3. Divide the students within each group into pairs.
  4. Here are the rules:
  1. On the second round, you can make it more challenging by having them do 8 kicks.

Team Kick Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Team Kick Relay

Equipment needed: Two kicking targets per group

Instructors needed: Two per group

Description: In this drill the students will build teamwork by helping each other. The students will each have a partner and one will hold the kicking target while the other kicks. They will race against another pair to see which pair is the fastest. This is a great social building drill for the students.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several groups.
  2. For each group you will need two kicking targets.
  3. Divide the students within each group into pairs.
  4. Here are the rules:
  1. On the second round, you can make it more challenging by having them do 8 kicks.

Teammate Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Teammate Challenge

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will practice their teamwork by being a perfect team member! The focus shifts to being a good follower in this drill and teaches the students how to be a good teammate.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Give each group their own section of the mat to work in.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns.

Transporter Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: TEAMWORK

Drill: Transporter Relay

Equipment needed: One slammer target and several small square targets per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will build teamwork by working together in a relay race to transport pads back to their line.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into pairs and then divide the pairs into several lines.
  2. For each line, you will need a slammer pad (set next to the first pair in line) and two small square targets (per pair) stacked across the training deck. For example: if you have two pairs per line, then you will want to stack four small square targets across the training deck.
  3. The first pair in line will hold the slammer target together as they races across the training deck.
  4. Once at the opposite end of the training deck, the pair will stack two square targets on the slammer pad and then race back to their line while holding the slammer pad with the two small targets on top.
  5. If the pair drops either of the small targets, then they must stop and do 5 push-ups before they can continue the drill.
  6. Continue until each pair has a turn.
  7. The team that completes this drill the fastest is the winner.

Basic Skills Control

Control Your Body Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Control Your Body Relay

Equipment needed: Approximately 5 rings

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will race across the training deck and control their body to stop quickly in the middle of a small ring.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines on one side of the training deck.
  2. For each line, place a ring directly across the training mat.
  3. When the instructor says “go” the first student from each line will race to the middle of the ring across the training deck.
  4. The first student to stand still with their feet together and hands by their side in the middle of the ring is the winner.
  5. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  6. To make this drill challenging, have the student’s race backwards.
  7. You can make it a fun competition by giving each line a team name and the fastest line gets a point for their team.

Dizzy Race

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Dizzy Race

Equipment needed: One blocker pad and kicking target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will develop better control of their body by racing down the training mat, spinning their head around a blocker target four times, and then kicking a target ten times. This is a fun way to teach your students to control their body.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines and have them line them up on one end of the training deck.
  2. On the opposite end lay a blocker pad down, and have an instructor kneel holding a kicking target.
  3. Review the proper mechanics of a round kick:
  1. Explain the rules:

Escape The Bullies

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Escape the Bullies

Equipment needed: 2 Kicking Shields Per Line

Instructors needed: 2 Per Line

Description: Students will work on their CONTROL by not letting their emotions get the best of them by not being too silly, and not becoming super frustrated as they try to escape the bullies.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has had two turns

Freeze Stance

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Freeze Stance

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Multiple to monitor

Description: The students will work on their CONTROL by trying to be the last person standing in this stance competition.

Steps:

  1. Students will get one half of the mat.
  2. For the group you will need multiple instructors to monitor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until you play 2 games.

Frozen Statue

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Frozen Statue

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students are going to play ninja freeze, but they must have enough control of their body to freeze in attention stance.

Steps:

  1. Have your student’s line up on one side of the training deck.
  2. Stand on the opposite side of the deck with your back facing the students.
  3. When you are ready, say the following: “1 – 2 – 3 – NINJA FREEZE!”
  1. Continue the drill until one of the students touches you without getting caught moving. If you catch everyone moving, then start the game over.
  2. To make class entertaining, you can let the winner be the new counter.

Hit and Run

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Hit and Run

Equipment needed: One slammer target and blindfold per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will practice having control of their heart by being brave. One student will stand blindfolded in the middle of attackers holding pads and then must react to the attack when the blindfold is removed.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups of five.
  2. Have one student stand in the middle of a ring blindfolded.
  3. Give the rest of the group a slammer pad and have them stand on the outside of the ring.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least one turn.

Hit or Miss

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Hit or Miss

Equipment needed: Two punching mitts per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will practice controlling their speed by trying to hit the pad before it is taken away. This will help build better reactions challenging them to not miss the pad.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has three turns.
  2. The second time, only flash for one second to make it more challenging.

Hit the Mitt Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Hit the Mitt Relay

Equipment needed: 2 punching mitts per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will practice controlling their power by hitting the pads either hard or soft. By doing so, they will learn how to turn their power on and off.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

Kick the Block

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Kick the Block

Equipment needed: Two slammer pads and two blocks per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will build their control by side kicking a block off the stack of pads. This will help them build good chambers in their sidekick.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a stack of slammer pads with two blocks stack on top and an instructor on the other side of the pads.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. You will do this three times.
  2. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every student has three turns.

Kicks on Point

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Kicks on Point

Equipment needed: 1 squeaking pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will work on controlling their feet by kicking with their heels with a side kick. Their goal is to kick only with their heel and make the pad squeak!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Have 1 instructor for each line hold the squeaker pad.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every student has at least 2 turns.

King of the Box

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: King of the Box

Equipment needed: Two slammer pads per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will practice controlling their power. The students will try and knock their opponent out of the square using a slammer pad, but they cannot use too much power so that no one falls and gets hurt.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several groups and pair each student with a partner.
  2. For each group you will need to mark a ring on the ground if you do not have square rings in your mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

Knock Down

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Knock Down

Equipment needed: Two slammer pads per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice controlling their power by trying to knock their classmate down with a side kick.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. The first two students in line will stand on one slammer pad and hold another slammer pad.
  3. The second student in line will sidekick the slammer pad held by their classmate.
  4. Each student will have 3 attempts to knock their classmate off the slammer pad.
  5. After the third attempt, the student holding the target will go to the end of the line and the second student in line will take the place of the holder standing on the slammer target.
  6. Repeat the process until every student has a turn to both hold the target and kick the target.
  7. You can add variety by changing the kick to a round kick and front kick, or any other kick that compliments your style and/ or the student’s belt level.

Knock, Knock

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Knock, Knock

Equipment needed: 2 Kicking shields per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this Drill students will work on using their power to punch the pad and knock their instructor off the base.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-4 turns through the line.

Ninja

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Ninja

Equipment needed: 1 pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 to play, one to monitor

Description: The students will work on their control by trying to move quickly yet quietly to steal a pad from the blindfolded instructor.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Assign each line a pad, and have the instructor sit blindfolded at the opposite end of the mat. Place the pads spaced out a few feet away from the instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has at least 3 turns. The team with the most points at the end is the winner.

Over the Moon

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Over the Moon

Equipment needed: One small ring and stand per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will build control in their round kicks by kicking over the ring. This will help the students build good chambers in their round kicks.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a ring on a stand and an instructor holding a kicking target.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has three turns.

Palm and Punch

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Palm and Punch

Equipment needed: 2 Punching Mitts Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill, students will work on having CONTROL with their hands by alternating between striking with a closed fist and an open hand. This will challenge them physically and intellectually by forcing them to use both sides of their brain while striking and remembering when to open and close their hands.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have 1 instructor for each line hold the punching mitts.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every student has at least 3 turns.

Partner Pad Tag

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Partner Pad Tag

Equipment needed: One clapper target per line

Instructors needed: One instructor per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to try and kick the target before their partner moves it out of the way!

Steps:

  1. Pair each student with a partner and then divide the pairs into two lines.
  2. Have the first pair in each line stand up. Give one student the clapper pad (student “A”).
  3. The student without the pad (student “B”) will try and kick the target held by student “A” while student “A” tries to move the target out of the way.
  4. Here are some basic rules:
  1. Continue until each student has had a turn. The student with the most points at the end of the drill is the winner.

Pay Attention with Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Pay Attention With Kicks

Equipment needed: Two clapper targets, 4 cones

Instructors needed: Three (one to run the drill and two to hold the targets)

Description: In this drill the students will practice controlling their speed by racing and kicking a target against their opponent.

Steps:

  1. Have two instructors kneel back-to-back in the middle of the training deck.
  2. Divide your class into pairs and give each partner the same number starting with number 1. Next, have them line up facing each other (in order) directly across the training deck as shown in the picture. Use cones to mark the lines.
  3. The instructor will call out a number, and the two students assigned that number will race to the middle of the training deck and kick the target 10 times and then race back to their spot.
  4. The first student to kick the target 10 times and race back to their spot earns a point for their team.
  5. The first team with 10 points in the winner.

Power and Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Power Punches

Equipment needed: 1 wavemaster top, 1 block per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on their CONTROL by learning how to increase the level of effort and power in each punch to make their block fly the farthest.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until one of the lines reaches 4 points.

Ring Bounce Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Ring Bounce Challenge

Equipment needed: 1 Ring

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will work on their CONTROL by punching through a ring that has been bounced.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need one ring.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Rock the Boat

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Rock the Boat

Equipment needed: 1 kicking shield per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice CONTROL by having a deep stance and not falling off the pad when shaken by the instructor.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. You are “out” if you: Fall, Move your arms out of chamber, Stand up
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns.

Safety Position

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Safety Position

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 instructor per line

Description: In this drill, the students are going to learn how to handle bullies by getting into a safety position.

Steps:

  1. Have your students make a big circle. Explain that you need to have control of your heart if you want to stand up to bullies.
  2. To stand up to bullies, one must set up a safety position. On your command, have the students practice the following steps:
  1. Together, have the students practice the safety position three times and then have them sit down.
  2. Have one student stand up. Walk up to the student and pretend that you are a bully. Saying “I don’t like you!” and try to push the student. The student will react by setting up the safety position as detailed above.
  3. Continue until every student has had a turn individually.

SIT

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: SIT

Equipment needed: One focus mitt per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice controlling their speed. The students will hit the clapper targets continuously as fast as possible and the instructor will say “SIT!” This will help them control their speed from going really fast to being still.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even
  2. For each line you will need an instructor holding a clapper target.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

Smash and Run

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Smash and Run

Equipment needed: One small square pad and foam sword per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice controlling their heart. The students will perform a self-defense move which will help them learn how to defend themselves.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even lines.
  2. For each line you will need and instructor to place a small pad on their arm. The instructor will also carry a foam sword in their other arm.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.

Snap

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Snap!

Equipment needed: 1 piece of paper per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on their CONTROL by kicking the paper to produce a loud snap, and also CONTROL their body by holding the rechamber for 3 seconds.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has had three turns

Speedy Ladder

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Speedy Ladder

Equipment needed: One kicking target, ring, and two slammer pads per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will build their control by front kicking a target while not hitting a stack of pads below their foot. This will help the students build good chambers in their front kicks.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. For each line you will need a stack of targets with a ring on one side and an instructor holding a kicking target on the other side.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has three turns.
  2. On the second turn and third turn have them kick quicker on each rep.

Squeak Punch

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Squeak Punches

Equipment needed: 1 small Squeaking pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill students will practice CONTROL of their power & speed by alternating soft and hard punches without making a mistake!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each person has 3 turns.

Squish Punch

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Squish Punch

Equipment needed: One chest protector and two small mitts per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill the students will try to punch the instructor in the chest while the instructor tries to squish the students hand with two small targets. This is great for teaching students how to control the speed of their punches by retracting their punches quickly.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines with no more than four students per line. For each line you will need an instructor to wear a chest protector while holding a small target in each hand.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  2. You can add variety by having them kick the instructor.

Stance Statue

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Stance Statue

Equipment needed: 1 dice w/ time, 1 dice with stances

Instructors needed: 1 per group

Description: In this drill the students will work on CONTROL of their body and mind by holding each stance without moving, laughing, or talking!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until you have a winner for each group and then repeat!

Stay Back

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Stay Back

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 per group

Description: In this game we will be working on the student’s ability to CONTROL their heart by utilizing their self-defense without being too shy or too silly.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns in the middle

Super Statue

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Super Statue

Equipment needed: One slammer pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will practice having control of their body by racing and jumping over a pad and then freeze into a guarding stance.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines with no more than six students per line and have them line up on one end of the mat.
  2. One the other end of the mat, place a slammer target on the ground directly across from each line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.
  2. The team with the most points at the end of the drill is the winner.
  3. You can make it challenging by stacking more pads on each turn.

Tension Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Tension Punches

Equipment needed: 2 Focus Mitts Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on one of the hardest things to CONTROL, their minds & power! We will be developing patience and skill by working slow motion tension punches.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each students has 2-3 turns.

Test Your Might

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: CONTROL

Drill: Test Your Might

Equipment needed: 20/20 armor & 1 wavemaster for each line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this game the student’s get to give the instructors push-ups depending on how hard they can hit the bag by using CONTROL over their power!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:

■     Green = 1 push up

■     Yellow = 2 push ups

■     Red = 3 push ups

  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns to kick the bag.

Basic Skills Memory

4 Corner Memory

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: 4 Corner Memory

Equipment needed: 4 wave bag cushions or similar sized objects

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: In this drill the students are going to put their reaction skills to the test by racing to the proper corner.

Steps:

  1. Place one wave bag cushion in each corner of the deck. Have the students stand in the middle of the deck.
  2. Designate each corner to be one of the following:
  1. You will say a martial arts move out loud and the students must run to the corner that is associated with the move. For example: front kick = kicks; middle stance = stances; punch = strikes; high block = blocks
  2. If the student runs to the wrong corner, or is the last student to touch the cushion in the correct corner then the student is out and must sit on the side of the deck.
  3. Continue the drill until you have one student left standing.

Bopper Blocks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Bopper Blocks

Equipment needed: 1 foam noodle/blocker pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will work on their reactive memory by challenging them to think about which block to use to stop the noodle/blocker pad.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:

Burn outs (Long -term memory)

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Burn Outs (Long-term memory)

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 Per line

Description: The students will practice their memory by performing all of their blocks, strikes, kicks, and stances in sets of four. This will help them build good intellectual development of their long-term memory.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. On the second turn have them perform their strikes.
  2. On the third turn have them perform their kicks.
  3. On the fourth turn have them perform their stances.
  4. Takeaways:

Chamber Wave

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Chamber Wave

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 Per Group

Description: Students will work on their MEMORY by performing The Wave with their martial arts basics concentrating on remembering their chambers.

Steps:

  1. Split your class into groups
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for multiple rounds!

Circle of Friends

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Circle of Friends

Equipment needed: One small square pad per student

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will put their reactive memory skills to the test by kicking pads held by their classmates in a specific order.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several groups. Have each group make a big circle.
  2. Give each student in the circle a pad.
  3. Pick one student to stand in the middle of the circle.
  4. The instructor will call out three students’ names and the student in the middle must kick the pads held by each student in the order called out by the instructor.
  5. If the student makes a mistake, then he/ she will have to do 10 push-ups.
  6. Repeat the process until every student has a turn to both hold the target and kick the target.
  7. You can make it challenging by calling out four or five names.

Color Combo Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Color Combo Kicks

Equipment needed: 3 different colored cones, 3 orange cones, 1 Wavemaster per line In this drill we will be using our short term MEMORY to remember color combinations and long term MEMORY to remember how to properly perform our round kicks.

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description:

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns through the line.

Double Memory (Short-term memory)

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Double Memory (Short-term memory)

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 Per line

Description: The students will practice their memory by performing a 3-move combination with both hands and feet. This will help the students build good intellectual development of their short-term memory.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:

Friend Facts

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Friend Facts

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will take turns performing their favorite Martial Arts move and at the same time they will say their favorite food. The next student will repeat the student’s favorite move and say their favorite food, and then do their favorite move and say their favorite food.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several groups.
  2. Have the students make a circle.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue all the way around the circle.
  2. Once you are done, sit everyone down and then ask the students questions to see who has the best long-term memory. For example: which student’s favorite move is a side kick and favorite food is spaghetti?

Insrtuctor Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Instructor Challenge

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will practice their long term memory by having to remember a combination they just saw then repeat the names of the moves in order.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Instructor Favorites

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Instructor Favorites

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill we will work on our short term & reactive MEMORY by spelling our “Instructor Favorites” while kicking or punching.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2-3 games.

Instructor May I

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Instructor May I

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the instructor will give the student a combination to perform but the student must fist say “Instructor May I” before they perform the moves.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several groups.
  2. Have the group line up side-by-side approximately nine steps from the instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:

Knock It

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Knock It

Equipment needed: 3 different colored cones, 3 wavemaster tops per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill we will be working on our ability to have great MEMORY by exercising our short term MEMORY to remember which pad to knock over.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue to play at least 2-3 games

Know Your Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Know Your Punches

Equipment needed: 1 Ring Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on their MEMORY by alternating through their basic punches and matching the orientation of the ring with the appropriate punch.

Steps:

  1. Split your class into lines
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until one line has 3 points

Know Your Stance

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Know Your Stance

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 per group

Description: The students will develop a better working MEMORY by associating animals and situations with their stances. Their goal is to remember all of their stances without making mistakes!

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into groups
  2. Demonstrate all your stances and the animals or situations that correspond. Then circle up with your instructor
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for at least 3 rounds.

Memory Relay Race

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Memory Relay Race

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to put their memory to the test by playing a fun relay race with questions that require long-term memory.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines.
  2. Have them line up on one side of the training deck and have one instructor per line stand on the opposite side of the deck.
  3. Ask a question out loud that tests your students’ long-term memory (see samples below) and then say “go.” The first student from each line will race to tag their instructor’s hand. The instructor will raise his (her) hand in the air as it is tagged.
  4. The student whose instructor is the first to raise his (her) hand in the air gets to answer the question. If the answer is correct, their line gets a point. If the answer is incorrect, then the student must do 10 push-ups.
  5. The first line to reach 5 points is the winner.
  6. Sample questions:

Memory Stash

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: MEMORY Stash

Equipment needed: 1 dodgeball/pad for each student

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on their MEMORY by having to remember how to break down their karate basics, and demonstrate each breakdown to the instructor.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2-3 games.

Muscle Explosion

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Muscle Explosion

Equipment needed: Two mitts per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will develop muscle memory by running through combinations non-stop for 30 seconds.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need two focus mitts.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

Number to Move Matching

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Number to Move Matching

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will practice their memory skills. The students must match a number to the assigned Martial Arts move. This builds reactive memory, which is remembering something and responding quickly.

Steps:

  1. Start with using three numbers and assign one Martial Arts move per number. For example:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. It is important that the students have good sportsmanship while playing this game. Ask the students to be honest if they make a mistake or if they are the slowest. Applaud them for their sportsmanship when they show it.

Partner Pad Race

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Partner Pad Race

Equipment needed: 1 Punching mitt, 1 kicking shield, 1 clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: Students will work on their MEMORY by having to remember how to hold and strike each different type of pad while racing to be the first pair to finish.

Steps:

  1. Split your students into lines.
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has had 2 turns to be the holder and striker.

Pay Attention Memory Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Pay Attention Memory Challenge

Equipment needed: Two kicking targets

Instructors needed: Three

Description: In this drill the students will practice their memory skills. The students will each be assigned a number and then must follow the game’s directions when their number is called. This builds both short-term and reactive memory.

Steps:

  1. Pair each student with a partner. Assign each pair a number. Have them sit, in order, directly across the mat from their partner. Have two instructors stand in the middle of the mat holding a kicking target back-to-back as shown in the picture.
  2. Explain the rules:

Ring Kick Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Ring Kick Challenge

Equipment needed: 4 Colored Rings per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will practice their memory by remembering a specific sequence of colors then multitasking by kicking as they hop from one ring to another.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, lay 4 colored circles on the ground side by side.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

Running in the Dojo

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Running In The Dojo

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One

Description: The students will practice their reactive memory by playing a fun game in which they will try to respond the fastest when they hear commands.

Steps:

  1. Have your student’s line up as they do at the beginning of the class. If you have a large class then you can split the class into groups.
  2. Review the names of Martial Arts equipment that you use during class and the most common move that you use with each piece of equipment. For example:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until the drill for at least 3-minutes.

Samurai Shuffle

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Samurai Shuffle

Equipment needed: 1 Kicking Shield

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will work on having good short term MEMORY to remember 3 different kicks and be able to execute them as the instructor calls out different numbers.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need one kicking shield.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Smarty

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Smarty

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 Per line

Description: The students will practice their short-term memory skills by seeing how many Martial Arts moves they can perform in a combination without making a mistake.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until all of the students have at least two turns.
  2. You can have a contest to see who can remember the most moves in a row.

Squish the Giant

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Squish the Giant

Equipment needed: One large kicking target per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice their memory skills. The students must remember an order of Martial Arts moves. If they do, then they get to “squish” the giant. This builds short-term memory, which is being able to recall something for a short period of time before dismissing it.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even lines on one end of the training mat, and for each line have an instructor hold a slammer pad on the opposite end of the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. You can make this drill more challenging by making the second round a 4-move combination and so forth.

Super Shuttles

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Super Shuttles

Equipment needed: 4 Shuttle Cones

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will work on their MEMORY by memorizing where the cones are on the floor then racing to pick the cone(s) up and bringing them back.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need 4 different colored cones.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Superhero Landing

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Superhero Landing

Equipment needed: 1 foam noodle per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill we will work on our long term MEMORY and neurobics by remembering a sequence of actions and our favorite superheros!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each line has gone 3 times!

Touch the Cone

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: MEMORY

Drill: Touch the Cone

Equipment needed: 5 different colored cones per group

Instructors needed: 1 Per Group

Description: The students will practice their memory by touching colored cones in the order that they are called out while returning to “base” in between each cone touch. This will help them build good intellectual development of their reactive memory.

What’s the Password

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. You will need one instructor on the opposite side, at the midpoint of the mat for each line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

Basic Skills Balance

3-Step Side Kick

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: 3-Step Side Kick

Equipment needed: 1 Kicking Shield Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Instructor Per Line

Description: In this drill students will work on their BALANCE when kicking by learning how to properly pivot when performing a sidekick by breaking down each movement and balancing at all times.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, have one instructor holding a kicking shield.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

Alphabet

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Alphabet

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice their balance by kicking while saying the letters of the alphabet and keeping their leg in the air in between each kick.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

Batter Up

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Batter Up

Equipment needed: A stack of foam blocks or similar targets per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will develop their balance by kicking blocks that are thrown in the air while keeping their leg up. This is great for muscular development, gross motor skill development, and foot-eye coordination.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor and a stack of foam blocks or similar targets.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.
  2. You can make it a contest by seeing who can kick the most blocks in a row. (Our record is 27 blocks!)

Battle Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Battle Kicks

Equipment needed: 2 Clapper Pads

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will work on their BALANCE by battling their partner to see who can do the most kicks without putting their foot down.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Blind Man Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Blind Man Challenge

Equipment needed: 4 slammer pads

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will practice their balance by walking over a row of pads while blindfolded.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need to set a row of slammer targets on the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

Can-can Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Can-Can Kicks

Equipment needed: 1 clapper pad per group

Instructors needed: 1 per group

Description: Students will work on their BALANCE while challenged to not be pulled off center by their friends while performing kicks.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Chamber Holds

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Chamber Holds

Equipment needed: One small block or target

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice their BALANCE by holding their chamber high and not falling. This will also increase leg strength by forcing them to hold their leg up high.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need one dodgeball
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2-3 turns.

Circles

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Circles

Equipment needed: One blocker pad or stick per line

Instructors needed: One instructor per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to practice moving their leg in a circle around the pad ten times.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. The first student in line will circle his (her) left leg around the blocker pad ten times while trying not to put his (her) foot down after each circle.
  3. Continue until each student has a turn.
  4. Repeat the drill using the opposite leg.
  5. Make sure you help the students build balance by telling them to keep their body still and not “wiggly.” You may also need to gently hold some students shoulders to help them build better balance.

Collect the Balls

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Collect the Balls

Equipment needed: Three small cones and three small balls per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will build balance by hopping down the mat and collecting the balls without putting their foot down.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even and have them line up on one end of the training deck.
  2. For each line, set up a row of cones with a ball sitting on each cones as shown in the picture.
  3. When the instructor says “go” the first student in each line will hop down their row of cones and pick up each ball while keeping their leg in the air.
  4. As the student makes it back to their line with the balls, have the instructor reset the balls for the next student in line.
  5. Continue until each student has a turn.
  6. You can make it challenging by making it a race and giving the team a point if their line was the fastest.

Crocodile Race

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Crocodile Race

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice building their balance while walking. The students will walk in a duck like position while they hold onto the shoulders of the person in front of them. This will help them build strong balance and key motor skills in their legs.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even lines.
  2. Have them sit in duck walk position and place their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each team has at least two turns.

Dribble Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Dribble Kicks

Equipment needed: 1 Dodgeball & 1 clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on their BALANCE by holding their chamber up high and bouncing a ball on each side of the leg while kicking in between.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Duck Kick

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Duck Kick

Equipment needed: Once ring and mitt per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will build balance on one leg by ducking and kicking a mitt without putting their foot down or hopping out of the ring. This is a great drill for building balance and increasing leg strength.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines with no more than five students per line.
  2. Pick one student to go first. See how many duck-kick combinations they can do without putting their foot down or hopping out of the ring.
  3. For reference:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. On the second round, make it a contest to see who can do as many kicks as possible without falling.

Earthquake

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Earthquake

Equipment needed: One slammer pad and kicking pad per line

Instructors needed: Two per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice their balance while kicking. The students will stand on a large pad and kick a target while an instructor shakes the pad and challenges the student’s balance even more. This will help them build better balance and gross motor skills in their legs.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor to place a large pad on the ground and sit behind it. A second instructor will hold a clapper target in front of the pad.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.

Front to SideProgram: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Front To Side

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice BALANCE by demonstrating multiple kicks in different directions without putting their foot down.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 – 3 turns.

Heel to Toe Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Heel To Toe Challenge

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their balance by kicking down the mat while placing their heel to their toe as they walk down the mat.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

Hop and Catch

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Hop and Catch

Equipment needed: One small target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will develop their balance skills by standing at various distances (on one leg) and catching a target. This is great for muscular development, gross motor skill development, and hand-eye coordination.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor and a small square pad. You will also need to mark four distances spaced apart starting at no less than 5’ away from the instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  2. You can make it a contest by having the student’s race to be the first person to reach the fourth mark and catch the target. If they miss the target or put their foot down at any time then they are out of the race.

Juggling Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Juggling Kicks

Equipment needed: One small ball and kicking pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will test their balance by kicking while “juggling” a dodgeball.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. The first student in line will hold their leg up in the air while passing (juggling) a small ball behind their back as shown in the picture.
  3. After the student passes the ball behind their back they will kick the target without putting their foot down.
  4. Beginners must do 3 to 5 kicks; intermediates 6 to 10 kicks; advanced 9 to 15 kicks.
  5. On the second round, have the students pass the ball under their knee and then kick.
  6. You can make this a contest to see who can do the most kicks without putting their foot down in between “juggling” the ball.

Kung Fu Crane

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Kung Fu Crane

Equipment needed: 1 kicking shield, 1 foam noodle per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their BALANCE by standing on one foot. This will help them develop better balance by forcing them to move without falling.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

Number Pick Up

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Number Pick Up

Equipment needed: Four numbered circles per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will build balance on one leg by hopping down the mat and picking up the numbers in order without putting their foot down. This is a great drill for building balance and increasing leg strength.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. The first student in line will circle his (her) left leg around the blocker pad ten times while trying not to put his (her) foot down after each circle.
  3. Continue until each student has a turn.
  4. Repeat the drill using the opposite leg.
  5. Make sure you help the students build balance by telling them to keep their body still and not “wiggly.” You may also need to gently hold some students shoulders to help them build better balance.

One Leg Relay Race

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: One Leg Relay Race

Equipment needed: One cone per line

Instructors needed: One instructor per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to have a relay race up and down the mat on one foot.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines. Have them line up on one side of the training deck. Use a cone to mark the starting point.
  2. When you say “go” the first student in line will jump on their right leg up and back down the mat. If they put their left foot down, then they must stop and do five push-ups, and continue.
  3. The next student in line will go when the student jumping crosses the starting point (cone).
  4. Continue until each student has a turn. After everyone in line has a turn, the entire line must sit in a straight line.
  5. The first line sitting is the winner.
  6. Repeat the drill using the opposite leg.

Over and Under

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Over and Unders

Equipment needed: An obstacle that the students can kick over and under and one ring per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will build balance while kicking by kicking over and under an obstacle. This is a great drill for building balance and increasing leg strength.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. Pick one student to go first. See how many kicks they can do alternating over and under the obstacle without putting their foot down or hopping out of the ring.
  3. For reference:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn with both legs.
  2. On the second round, make it a contest to see who can do as many high-low kicking combinations as possible without falling or putting their foot down.

Partner Hop Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Partner Hop Relay

Equipment needed: 1 WaveMaster Top

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will work on their BALANCE by hopping on one foot with a partner down and around a WaveMaster top.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Ring Foot

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Ring Foot

Equipment needed: One ring per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will build their balance skills by hopping down the mat while holding a ring on their foot. This is great for muscular development, gross motor skill development, and foot-eye coordination.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a ring.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until all of the students have at least two turns.
  2. You can make it a contest by having the student’s race down the mat.

If they drop the ring then they are out o the race.

Statue Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Statue Kicks

Equipment needed: One small ring and clapper target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to practice doing front kicks without putting their foot down, and without hopping all over.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. The first student in line will stand in the middle of the ring and do five kicks without putting his (her) foot down, and without jumping out of the ring. You may need to gently hold some students hands to help them build better balance.
  3. Continue the drill until everyone has a turn, and then repeat the drill with the opposite leg
  4. Teach the students how to build better balance by keeping their knee high and keeping their legs and stomachs strong and still (like a statue).
  5. Have a contest to see who can do the most kicks without putting their foot down or jumping out of the ring.

Sumo

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Sumo

Equipment needed: 4 circles, 2 kicking shields per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will practice their BALANCE while competing against their friends to see who had great balance.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Place 2 rings together on the floor 2-3ft away from the other two rings. Give each student one kicking shield.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

Tight Rope

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Tight Rope

Equipment needed: 1 Bet and one Kicking Pad Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Instructor Per Line

Description: In this drill students will build better BALANCE while kicking and moving down the mat while trying not to step off the belt.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need one instructor to hold a Kicking Pad. For each line, a belt is placed in front of the first student of the line where one end points toward the student and the other end points toward the instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.

Wall!

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Wall!

Equipment needed: 1 Foam Noodle Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice BALANCE by demonstrating their ability to stay on 1 foot even when there is something trying to knock them over.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 – 3 turns.

Yoga Statues

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: BALANCE

Drill: Yoga Statues

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will practice building their balance while standing. The students will run randomly around the mat and then freeze in a “yoga” like position when the instructor says “freeze.” The goal is to quickly get into position and stay in that position without falling.

Steps:

  1. Demonstrate the yoga position as follows:
  1. Have the students spread out around the mat and practice the position two or three times.
  2. Explain the rules:

Basic Skills Discipline

4, 6, 8

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: 4, 6, 8

Equipment needed: 3 Spot Done / Line

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will work on their DISCIPLINE by doing increased reps of techniques and still keeping good technique even when they get tired.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
    • The 1st student will go to the first spot and do 4 front kicks.
    • Once they get to the second row they will do 6 punches, then go to the next row.
    • Finally at the last row they will do 8 push-ups and run to the end of the line.
    • Once the person in front of you moves to the next row, it’s your turn to go.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

Ants in a Line

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Ants in a Line

Equipment needed: One clapper target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will build discipline as a group by following all of the directions correctly. This is a great drill to build discipline as a group because there are a bunch of directions that they must follow as a group.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into lines.
  2. Give the first student in line a clapper target.
  3. The first student will turn and face the second student in line.
  4. The second student will kick the target 10 times alternating legs on each kick.
  5. Next the second student in line will take the clapper target and turn and face the third student in line and repeat the process.
  6. When the last student in line is finished, then he/ she will run to the front of the line and repeat the drill.
  7. The goal is for the students to follow the instructions through two rotations while maintaining discipline and following directions.

Beat the Instructor

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Beat the Instructor

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Two

Description: The students will develop their discipline skills by performing a Martial Arts move faster than the instructor, but they will begin on their backs. This is great for building Martial Arts technique, following directions, and listening skills.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have the first student in each line lay on their back, and have an instructor lay on their back.
  3. Explain the rules:
    • I will say a Martial Arts move then say “go.”
    • When I say “go” you must jump to your feet and perform the move faster than the instructor.
    • The goal is to freeze into the perfect Martial Arts pose faster than the instructor.
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.
  2. On the third round, make it a contest to see who can get in to the Martial Arts position the fastest, and if the student beat the instructor, then the instructor has to do ten push-ups.

Cat and Mouse

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Cat and Mouse

Equipment needed: Four numbered circles or spots

Instructors needed: Two per group

Description: In this drill the students will practice discipline by trying hard on their exercises. One student will be the mouse and to run to four consecutive corners with exercise commands in each corner. The next student will be the cat and chase the mouse as they begin the same process once the mouse is finished with the first corner.

Steps:

  1. Pair your students up with a partner. One will be the cat and one will be the mouse.
  2. Assign one instructor to watch the mouse and the other to watch the cat.
  3. Lay out four spots to make a square, with the spots marking the corners. For each spot, explain what exercise they will do:
    • Spot #1 – 10 push-ups
    • Spot #2 – 10 leg raises
    • Spot #3 – 10 squat jumps
    • Spot # 4 – 10 jumping jacks
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. On the second round, have them switch roles.

 

Cone Head

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Cone Head

Equipment needed: 1 small cone per student and instructor

Instructors needed: 1 instructor per group

Description: In this drill students will build better self-DISCIPLINE by working on sitting still and waiting for their friends without fidgeting or moving around.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group, have the instructor and students sit in a circle with a stack of small cones, one for each person.
  3. Explain the rules:
    • The instructor will place one cone on top of his/her head and pass the stack of remaining cones to the adjacent student.
    • The student will do the same, placing one cone from the stack on top of his/her head and pass the cones to the next adjacent student while sitting strong.
    • Once everyone has a cone on their head, everyone says “FINISH SIR/MA’AM!”
    • If any of the cones fall, start over. Try to get all the way around without letting the cones fall.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue three times around the circle.

 

Discipline Tag

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Discipline Tag

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 – 2 per group

Description: The students will practice their self-discipline by using their listening positions, sitting still when they are tagged.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into 1-2 large groups.
  2. You will need 1-2 instructors per group to chase and tag the students. These instructors will stand in the middle of the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
    • Your instructor will call out a random characteristic ie/ “If you are wearing the color green.”
    • The students wearing that color must try to run past the instructors to the opposite side of the mat.
    • When an instructor tags a student running by, they will call listening position 1-4, the tagged student must remain seated in that position until the game ends.
    • The game ends when there is one person left still “in”. That student is the winner.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 1-2 games depending on class size and time.

 

Dodgeball Breeze

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Dodgeball Freeze

Equipment needed: Many Dodgeballs

Instructors needed: A few to play and monitor

Description: The students will be challenged to practice their discipline by being interrupted while playing a fun game. The goal is to have great self-discipline by stopping yourself before throwing your ball when you hear the instructor.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into one large group.
  2. Instructors will be on one side of the mat and the students on the other side.
  3. Explain the rules:
    • When you say: “go” they will play dodgeball.
    • When you say: “freeze” they must all sit and hold their ball.
    • The goal is to show great discipline by not throwing the balls after the instructor says: “freeze”.
    • The last student to freeze is out. Also, if a student throws a ball after you say freeze, then they are out.
    • Prompt the students that are showing above average discipline.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue to play a few games as time allows.

 

Don’t Flinch

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Don’t Flinch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will demonstrate self-discipline as they perform their Martial Arts basics without flinching in between each move.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. The first student in line will stand up and perform their Martial Arts basics on the instructors command, but they cannot move.
  3. In between each move, the instructor will try to get the student to flinch.
  4. If the student flinches, then he/ she will have to do 3 push-ups
  5. Call out at least 5 random Martial Arts basics.
  6. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Elevator

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Elevator

Equipment needed: Four slammer pads per group

Instructors needed: One instructor per group

Description: In this drill the students are going to challenge their discipline skills by balancing on slammer pads with their listening positions and without falling.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several groups.
  2. The first person in each group will sit on one knee (on one slammer pad) with their hands on their knees. Count to 10.
  3. Next, add a slammer pad and repeat step 2.
  4. Continue by adding up to 4 slammer pads. Explain that they will need to be as still as possible in order to kneel on 4 slammer pads without falling.
  5. Repeat the drill until everyone has a turn.
  6. You can mix it up by having them sit with their legs crossed or sitting like a master.

 

Escape Tag

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Escape Tag

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several

Description: The students will develop their self-discipline skills by escaping the proper way (within five seconds) when the instructor grabs them. This is great for developing self-defense skills and confidence.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines and then quickly review a single-hand escape with the students.
  2. Have your students spread out on the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
    • When I say “go” you will run around the mat.
    • The instructors will try and grab your wrist.
    • You must escape within five seconds with the proper escape technique.
    • If you do not escape, then you have to go to the side and do five jumping jacks before returning to the game.
  1. Continue for 2-minutes.
  2. After 2-minutes are up, make it a contest by having the students sit out if they cannot escape within three seconds and then the last student standing is the winner.

 

Eyes on Target

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Eyes on Target

Equipment needed: 1 Clapper pad, 3 Cones, and 1 paper ball per line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: Students will work on having DISCIPLINE with their eyes while paying attention to which cone has the paper ball under it!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
    • Set up three cones side by side with the paper ball under one of them.
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 3 turns.

 

Fast Fire

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Fast Fire

Equipment needed: 1 Kicking Shield Per Line

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: In this drill students will punch as fast as they can and work on their DISCIPLINE by stopping when their instructor says so without anymore.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns.

Get Low

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Get Low

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice DISCIPLINE by demonstrating their ability to stay calm in an uncomfortable situation!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
    • The students will spread their feet as far as they can, getting into their split.
    • Once they feel uncomfortable, they will stop and hold.
    • They should stay frozen without falling for 10 seconds.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 – 3 turns.

 

Kicking Machine

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Kicking Machine

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 Instructor

Description: In this drill we will build the DISCIPLINE to be a first time listener by stopping when we hear the instructor and maintaining good kicks when they are not looking.

Steps:

  1. Line the students up on their dots.
  2. The instructor will stand in front of the class and give DISCIPLINE commands.
  3. Explain the rules:
    • When the instructor says “GO,” the students will begin to perform front kicks, alternating their kicking leg.
    • When the instructor says “Attention Position,” the students will yell “Yes Sir/Ma’am” and stand in their Attention Position.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2 to 3 minutes.

 

Lights Out

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Lights Out

Equipment needed: 1 Blindfold

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: In this drill students will work on self-regulation as they build DISCIPLINE by remaining as silent as possible, performing techniques & yelling when called by their blindfolded peer.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into 1 large group & 1 “seeker”
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2-3 games.

Listen to the Leader

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Listen to the Leader

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will progressively follow as many commands as possible without making a mistake. The purpose of this drill is to teach the students how to follow directions.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several groups.
  2. Explain the rules:
    • The instructor will give you one command to follow. For example: take three hops forward.
    • After you complete each command, the instructor will add on another command.
    • As each command is added, you will start from the beginning.
    • The goal is to see how many commands you can follow without making a mistake.
    • If you make a mistake then you must sit down.
  1. Here are some sample commands:
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.

 

Meet the Bar

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Meet the Bar

Equipment needed: 2 Cones and 1 Bar per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will work on their DISCIPLINE by pushing through to have the most self-DISCIPLINE and hold their stance the longest.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
    • Set the bar on the top rung on the opposite side of the mat.
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2 – 3 games.

 

Ninja Ears

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Ninja Ears

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A few to Monitor

Description: The students will work on their discipline by using their ears to listen to certain commands and follow promptly. This drill will teach the students to listen closely.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Explain the rules:
    • When the instructor counts “1, 2, 3” you may run towards him/her as quickly as possible.
    • Then the instructor will turn around and call out listening position 1-4, the students must stop and assume the appropriate position.
    • If they move or do the wrong position, they must go back to the beginning and start over.
    • To win, they must tag the instructor.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2 -3 games.
  2. You can make it harder by trying to trick the students.

 

Ninja Pose

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Ninja Pose

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students are going to be placed in different Martial Arts poses and then try very hard not to move.

Steps:

  1. Split your class into several group.
  2. Explain that you will place each student in a Martial Arts position as if they are “posing” for a picture.
  3. Once each student is placed in their position, count to 10. If anyone moves, then you must start over.
  4. Repeat the drill with several different poses, and add 10 seconds on each pose.
  5. This is a great opportunity to help them build technique in their Martial Arts moves as well.
  6. Watch the parents pull out their cell phone cameras!

 

On Your Own

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: On Your Own

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: In this drill the students will race back and forth across the training deck doing various exercises and Martial Arts moves. The purpose of this drill is to teach the students how to have self-discipline by following the rules properly.

Steps:

  1. Have the student’s line up on one end of the training deck. Designate the starting side B and the opposite side A.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. The drill is complete when the last student is finished. Pick the student that has the best self-discipline based on their overall effort.

 

Perfect Pitch

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Perfect Pitch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: The students will practice their discipline skills by trying hard on their moves as they count loud, while blindfolded instructors choose which one was the loudest.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups of four.
  2. You will need a few blindfolded instructors.
  3. You will also need to set up four dots on the ground spaced far enough apart so that the blindfolded instructors can tell where each person is standing.
  4. Explain the rules:
    • When I point to you, you will do 3 reps of the Martial Arts move that I pick while counting as loud as possible.
    • After each person has a turn, the instructors will point to which student they thought was the loudest.
    • The person with the most points is the winner.
  1. Continue until every group has three turns.
  2. On each turn, change the Martial Arts move.

 

Red Light/Green Light

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Red Light / Green Light

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will build their discipline skills by punching down the mat and stopping on the instructor’s command. This is great for building technique in their Martial Arts moves, gross motor skill development, and listening skills.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines on one end of the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
    • When I say “green light” the first student in each line will begin punching down the mat in a front stance.
    • When I say “red light” you must freeze in a strong front stance with your punch out.
    • The goal is to freeze in the perfect Martial Arts pose.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until all of the students have at least three turns.
  2. While the students are frozen, walk around and help adjust their technique.
  3. On the third round, you can make it a game by eliminating the student that freeze the slowest.

 

Self Motivation

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Self Motivation

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice their self-discipline by picking how many reps to do for each exercise by picking 5, 10, or 15 reps. This will help them build good emotional skills as they challenge themselves to do more than what is expected.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
    • Your instructor will call out an exercise.
    • You will run to the opposite end of the mat and perform that exercise for 5, 10, or 15 reps.
    • My goal is for you to choose 15 reps, as that will show me that you have great self-discipline.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.

Ship Captain

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Ship Captain

Equipment needed: 4 wave bag cushions or similar sized objects

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: In this drill the students are going to challenge their discipline skills by following many different directions.

Steps:

  1. Have your student’s line up on one end of the training deck.
  2. Place two wave bag cushions on opposite ends of the training deck. Name one set as the “ship” and the other the “island.”
  3. You will be the ship captain and will give one of the following commands:
    • Ship – the students must run and put one hand on the ship
    • Island – the students must run and put one hand on the island
    • Shore – the students must line up at the starting point
    • Hit the deck – the students must drop on their stomachs
  1. The last person to respond to the command is out. For example, the last student to put their hand on the ship after your command will have to sit out.
  2. Continue until only one person is left.

 

Sidekick Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Sidekick Challenge

Equipment needed: 1 WaveMaster

Instructors needed: Multiple to Monitor

Description: The students will work on their DISCIPLI

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up 1 wavemaster for each line.
  3. Explain the rules:
    • The students will come up to the wavemaster and chamber for a sidekick.
    • They will kick the bag and the instructor will correct the technique.
    • Then they will hold for 15 seconds and go to the end of the line.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 turns.

 

Speed Racers

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Speed Racers

Equipment needed: Four to six slammer targets

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will practice going from moving about to being still as quickly as possible. The students will race around the mat with their race car (slammer pad) but must quickly flip their pad over and sit on it when the instructor says “stop!” This is a great way to teach the students how to quickly listen and be still when commanded to do so.

Steps:

  1. Make a big race track on your mat using cones if you do not have rings.
  2. Divide your class into teams of 4 to 6. Pick one team to go first.
  3. Give each student in the team a slammer pad (face down) and have them spread out on the race track.
  4. Explain the rules:
    • When I say “go” you will race your race car around the race track.
    • When I say “stop!” you must quickly flip your race car over and sit on it with your legs crossed and hands on your knees.
    • The last person to sit still is out of the race.
    • Continue until one person is left in the race.
  1. Continue until every team has at least two turns.

 

Stance Freeze

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Stance Freeze

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice DISCIPLINE by demonstrating their ability to showing good technique while holding stances without moving.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
    • The first student will stand up and demonstrate their middle stance.
    • They must hold that stance for 15 seconds.
    • On round 2, to make it more difficult, you can go to 20 seconds or even change the stance.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2 – 3 turns.

 

Stick Together

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Stick Together

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their discipline by performing Martial Arts moves for five reps while sticking together.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Explain the rules:
    • I will call out move and then say “go.” You will execute five reps of that move while sticking together with your group.
    • Try not to go too fast or too slow so that you stick together with your group.
    • Also make sure you count loud.
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every group has three turns.
  2. You can make it a contest by picking which group could stick together the best.

 

Switch

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Switch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One

Description: In this drill the students will practice following directions by racing against an opponent when their number is called. There are four directions that they must follow in this race in order to win. This is a great way to teach the students how to follow more than one direction at a time.

Steps:

  1. Pair up your students with a partner and have them sit directly across the mat from each other.
  2. Assign each pair with a number.
  3. Explain the four rules that the students must follow:
    • You must sit with your legs crossed and hands on your knees.
    • When I call your number, you must race to your partner’s spot and sit with your legs crossed and hands on your knees.
    • The first student to sit with their legs crossed and a hand on their knees in their partner’s spot is the winner.
    • If I call your number and you are not sitting properly, then your partner automatically wins.
  1. Continue until each student has at least three turns.
  2. You can make it a challenge by calling out more than one number at a time.

 

Watch Your Knock

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: DISCIPLINE

Drill: Watch Your Knock

Equipment needed: Two slammer pads and two blocker pads per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will try and knock their opponent off the slammer pad using a blocker target. The purpose of this drill is for the students to learn how to maintain self-control as they hit and are getting hit.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several groups based on size and/ or skill. Set down two slammer pads approximately 1 foot away.
  2. Explain the rules:
    • You will stand on one of the slammer pads facing your opponent.
    • You will try to knock your opponent off their slammer pad.
    • Make sure you follow the self-control lessons from above.
    • The first person to knock their opponent off their slammer pad is the winner.
  1. Continue until each student has a turn.
  2. You can make this a tournament, but keep in mind you will most-likely have a student that cries more out of emotional pain vs. physical pain. If this happens, remind them how to have self-control of their emotions.

Basic Skills Fitness

Army Crawl Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Army Crawl Relay

Equipment needed: One small pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will build their fitness skills by army crawling down the mat while holding a small square pad on the back of their legs. Holding the pad with their legs prevents them from using their legs to crawl, and forces them to use only their arms.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines on one end of the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until every student has a turn.
  2. The line that finishes the fastest is the winner.

 

Ball Pass Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Ball Pass Relay

Equipment needed: One Ball Per Line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will build their FITNESS by racing to deliver the ball to the opposite side of the mat, throw or roll it back to their team so the next person in line can repeat this until one line successfully moves their entire team to the other side of the mat.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines on one end of the mat.
  2. Designate a finish line on the opposite side of the mat. Give the first person in line a ball.
  3. Explain the Rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. The line that finishes the fastest is the winner.

 

Black Belt Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Black Belt Relay

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: 1 Instructor/ Storm team member per line

Description: The purpose of this drill is to return the black belt to the instructor as fast as possible. Explain to the students that you want them to run as quickly as possible to make their heart stronger! This drill is super fun because the students get to play with you.

Steps:

  1. Divide the class into lines.
  2. The instructors will be the leaders.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. On the next round, try to go even faster!

 

Block Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Block Challenge

Equipment needed: 1 block

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice having good FITNESS by doing 10 of their best burpee while touching the block on their push-up and then holding the block as they jump.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

 

Block Drop Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Block Drop Punches

Equipment needed: 3 Blocks & 1 Wavemaster per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice having good FITNESS with their arms by punching as hard as they can to drop all the blocks off the top of the wavemaster bag.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has had 2-3 turns

 

Bull Dogs

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Bull Dogs

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: In this drill the students will build their arm muscles. The students will play a game of tag with half of the class on their hands and knees chasing the rest of the class.

Steps:

  1. Split your class into two teams.
  2. One half of the class will be “it” and will begin by lining up on one end of the mat on their hands and knees.
  3. The rest of the class will line up on the other end of the mat.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until every team has at least two turns to be a bulldog.

 

Burpee Blocks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Burpee Blocks

Equipment needed: One foam noodle or blocker pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their FITNESS by running fast then performing a burpee before jumping to their feet and blocking.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have one instructor with a noodle or blocker pad at the opposite end of the mat from their line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student goes three times.
  2. You can make it a race to see which line can finish first.

 

Car Race Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Car Race Relay

Equipment needed: Four cones, one slammer target, and one clapper target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will build their core muscles by pushing a slammer pad in and out of the cones.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines and have them line up on one end of the mat.
  2. For each line set up four cones spaced apart and have one instructor on the other end of the cones with a clapper target.
  3. Also explain how to do a speed-bag crunch:
  1. The first student in line will race their slammer pad down the mat.
  2. Once they weave in and out of the cones, they will lie on their back and do ten speed-bag crunches and then race the pad back through the cones.
  3. They will give the slammer pad to the next person and run to the end of the line.
  4. Continue until each student has a turn.
  5. On the second round, make it a contest to see which line is the fastest.

 

Chop

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Chop

Equipment needed: One foam sword

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will build their abdominal muscles. The students will pair up with a partner, one in sit-up position holding a foam sword. The student will do a full sit-up and try to chop their partner’s head as their partner dodges from side to side.

Steps:

  1. Pair up your students with a partner and give one of them a foam sword.
  2. Have the student with the foam sword lay in sit-up position with the foam sword above their head; have the other partner hold their feet.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Circus Seal

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Circus Seal

Equipment needed: 1 Cone per line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: In this drill we will be helping our students build fitness in the back and core by laying on their stomach and lifting their head to engage their core and back.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns.

 

Cone Hop Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Cone Hop Relay

Equipment needed: Four cones and one kicking target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will build their lower body muscles as they power jump over the cones and then kick the targets.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines and have them line up on one end of the mat.
  2. For each line set up four cones spaced apart and have one instructor on the other end of the cones with a kicking target as shown in the picture.
  3. The first student in line will jump over the cones and then do twenty kicks alternating their feet on the kicking target.
  4. After twenty kicks, they will power jump back over the cones to and run to the end of the line.
  5. Continue until each student has a turn.
  6. On the second round, make it a contest to see which line is the fastest.

 

Crab Crawl Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Crab Crawl Relay

Equipment needed: One small pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will develop their fitness skills by crab crawling down the mat while balancing the pad on their tummy. Holding the pad on their tummy forces them to use core control while crawling down the mat.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines on one end of the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until every student has a turn.
  2. The line that finishes the fastest is the winner.

 

Fitness Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Fitness Challenge

Equipment needed: 3 numbered spots (#4,6,8)

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their FITNESS in this drill by choosing how many reps of a given exercise they want to do. Remember, the more reps you do, the stronger you become!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Place the numbers evenly spaced at the opposite end of the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each students get 3 turns.
  2. You can rotate the exercises as well to make it more fun.

 

 

Frog Jump Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Frog Jump Relay

Equipment needed: One small pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will develop their fitness skills by jumping down the mat while holding a pad between their knees. Holding the pad between their knees forces them to use keep their feet together and jump with both legs at the same time.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines on one end of the mat.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every student has a turn.
  2. The line that finishes the fastest is the winner.

 

Hold the Ball

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Hold the Ball

Equipment needed: 1 Dodgeball Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice FITNESS by holding a small ball between their feet when they do leg raises to make their stomachs stronger.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need one dodgeball
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2-3.

 

In and Outs

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: In and Outs

Equipment needed: One ring per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will work on building their leg muscles by jumping in and out of the ring.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. The first person in each group will stand in the middle of the circle and jump in and out of the ring non-stop, 20 times.
  3. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  4. The goal for this drill is for the students to also build agility by jumping continuously without stopping after each jump.
  5. You can add variety to this drill by having them jump and spin 360 degrees during each jump (but for only 10 reps because they get dizzy) or having them jump and tuck their knees high during each jump.
  6. You can even challenge the students by having them do 30, 40, and even 50 jumps! You’ll be amazed at how many students want to do 50 jumps.

 

Instructor pull

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Instructor Pull

Equipment needed: 1 Kicking shield, 2 old belts

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: This drill is meant to be fun but at the same time challenging by having the students pull a heavy object. This will require them to really engage their leg muscles to accomplish their goal.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide the class into large groups.
  2. The instructor will sit on the kicking shield while holding the belts at one end.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Have each team go at least two times.
  2. The team with the fastest time wins

 

Jump Leader Jacks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Jump Ladder Jacks

Equipment needed: 1 agility ladder or makeshift ladder (per line)

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to practice their jumping jacks while using a ladder.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several equal lines.
  2. Set up a ladder in front of each line.
  3. The first student in each line will begin by standing in the first square with their feet together and their hands by their side. They will then jump and land their feet on the outside of the square while clapping their hands above their head.
  4. Next, they will jump into the next square and continue the process all the way down the ladder.
  5. Repeat the drill until each student has two “practice” rounds.
  6. On the third round, make it a relay race.

 

Jumping Bean Relay Race

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Jumping Bean Relay Race

Equipment needed: 4 obstacles to jump over, a chair, and a clapper target (per line)

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to play a fun relay race jumping over obstacles and then jump-touching a target held high in the air.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several equal lines.
  2. For each line, set up 4 obstacles spaced approximately 2 feet apart. Also set up a chair at the end of each line and have an instructor stand on the chair holding a clapper target.
  3. When you say “go” the first student in each line will jump over each obstacle, do 10 squat-high-fives hitting the clapper target, and then run to the end of the line.
  4. Continue until each student has a turn.
  5. The first line to finish and sit properly in a straight line is the winner.
  6. Repeat the race several times.

 

Kapow Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Kapow Punches

Equipment needed: 3 small blocks per line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: In this drill students will work on building core and upper body fitness by punching stacked blocks from a push-up position.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until 1 team has 3 points!

 

Lumberjacks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Lumberjacks

Equipment needed: Two foam swords per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will build their leg muscles. The students will pair up with a partner, each holding a foam sword. The students will take turns chopping at their partner’s head as their partner ducks by bending their knees to build their leg muscles.

Steps:

  1. Pair your students up with a partner. Give each student a foam sword.
  2. Assign one student to go first.
  3. Explain the proper way to duck by bending your knees deeply and dropping your bottom to the ground.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each pair has gone twice.

 

Perfect Push-ups

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Perfect Push-Ups

Equipment needed: 2 cones, 1 bar per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The purpose of this drill is to teach the steps to doing a good push-up in a fun and challenging environment. Explain the importance of bending the elbows, keeping the core straight, and not using your knees as the key to becoming a master at push-ups.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into even lines.
  2. Set up two cones with the bar through the top hole. Do this for each line and place them on the opposite side of the floor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. First line to finish wins
  2. You can repeat with running, hopping or crawling to the cones

 

Push Up Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Push Up Punches

Equipment needed: Two focus mitts per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will build arm strength by punching the focus mitts while in push-up position. The students love this drill for arm exercises!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. The first student in line will start in push-up position facing the instructor. The instructor will either lie on their belly with one focus mitt in each hand, or kneel with one focus mitt in each hand as shown in the pictures.
  3. The student will punch the target 10 times alternating hands (their right punch punches the instructor’s right focus mitt and the left punch punches the instructor’s left focus mitt.)
  4. Continue until every student has at least two turns.
  5. You can even challenge the students by telling them they can do 20, 30, 40, or even 50 punches. You’ll be surprised at how many students want to do 50!

 

Sprint

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Sprint!

Equipment needed: One ring, one cone per line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will work on their FITNESS by making their heart and legs stronger as they sprint down the mat and place a ring over a cone, or pick the ring up.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, set one cone at the opposite side of the mat. Give the first person in each line a ring.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. The first team to finish wins.
  2. Continue for two or three rounds.

 

Squat Sidekicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Squat Sidekicks

Equipment needed: 1 Wavemaster per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will practice having good FITNESS by demonstrating they have strong legs by doing a squat then doing a sidekick right after.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

Super Worms

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Super Worms

Equipment needed: 1 small target and 1 kicking shield

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice FITNESS by inch worming down the mat to strengthen their core and then perform 5 of their strongest kicks on the pads.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, you will need one small pad on the ground, and the instructor holding the shield on the other side of the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2-3.

 

Turtle Shell Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Turtle Shell Kicks

Equipment needed: 2 Kicking shields per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice having FITNESS by kicking strongly for an extended period of time applying force to keep their instructor away.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student gets 2-3 turns.

 

Wheelbarrow Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Wheelbarrow Relay

Equipment needed: One small square target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will build important lower muscle development by crawling across the mat using their arm muscles and then doing push-ups in the same position.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. Have your students make a straight line on one end of the training deck. Set up a small square target on the opposite end of the training mat.
  3. Also explain how to do a push-up from the same position:
  1. The first student in line will use their hands to crawl across the training mat while an instructor holds their feet off the ground.
  2. Once they reach the opposite end of the mat, they will do ten push-ups with their chin touching the target and then run to the end of the line.
  3. Continue until each student has a turn.
  4. On the second round, make it a contest to see which line is the fastest.

 

Zombie Crawl

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: FITNESS

Drill: Zombie Crawl

Equipment needed: 1 large pad per line, 1 board

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will build their FITNESS by crawling on their stomach to the other side of the mat, students are not allowed to use their legs which will increase their arm strength as they crawl.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines on one end of the mat.
  2. Have the first student in each line lay on a large pad and have 1 instructor per line holding a board.
  3. Explain the Rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2-3 rounds.

Basic Skills Coordination

4 Part Kick

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: 4 Part Kick

Equipment needed: 1 clapper target per line

Instructors needed: One instructor per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice having great coordination with their kicks by practicing all 4 parts of a kick while calling out each part.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into equal lines.
  2. Have one instructor per line hold a clapper target.
  3. The first student in line will follow these instructions:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  2. You can repeat the drill using sidekicks, round kicks, etc.
  3. Make sure you emphasize good technique throughout the kick

 

Advanced Sandwich

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Advanced Sandwich

Equipment needed: 3 slammer targets per line

Instructors needed: Three per line

Description: In this drill the student will practice knowing their left and right leg by kicking slammer targets.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have three instructors each hold a slammer target and have them face each other approximately 4 feet apart as shown in the picture. You can use students to help if you do not have enough instructors.
  3. The first student in each line will stand in between the slammer targets.
  4. The instructor will call out the following commands:
  1. If the student kicks the wrong target, then the instructors will squish the student like a sandwich.
  2. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Bag Bash

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Bag Bash

Equipment needed: 1 kicking shield per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will build their COORDINATION and spatial awareness by using long techniques (I.e. punches & kicks) and short techniques (I.e. elbows & knees) without being too far or too close to the bag.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have 1 instructor per one hold a kicking shield.
  3. Explain the Rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2-3 rounds.

Balloon Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Balloon Punches

Equipment needed: One balloon per groups

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The purpose of this drill is to build the ability to concentrate on an object that moves quickly and sporadically.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. Have the first student start in the middle of a square.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until every group has three turns.

 

Blindfold Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Blindfold Challenge

Equipment needed: One blindfold per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will build their coordination skills by performing left and right combinations while blindfolded. This will help the students focus even more without using visual skills to remember their left and right.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need a blindfold.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until every student has two turns.
  2. On the second turn you can add two and three punch combinations.
  3. You can add variety by using kicks or blocks.

 

Compass Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Compass Kicks

Equipment needed: 4 Rings Per Line

Instructors needed: One Per Line

Description: The students will practice COORDINATION by demonstrating their ability to quickly go in any direction that the instructor calls. This will challenge them mentally by requiring them to use their quick listening skills to go to the correct ring.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into groups.
  2. For each group, you will need 4 rings placed around a large box. (Front, Back, Left, Right)
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2-3 turns.

 

Cone Race

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Cone Race

Equipment needed: 1 wavemaster pad, 2 cones per line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will be challenged to practice their COORDINATION in this drill by having to remember their left and right sides while racing to grab the cone on the proper side.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into lines.
  2. For each line you will need one wavemaster pad, with one cone on each side. Set these at the opposite end of the mat across from each line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue to play until each student has 3 turns.

 

Coordination HopScotch

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Coordination Hopscotch

Equipment needed: A few rings per line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will build their COORDINATION in a martial arts themed game of hopscotch where single rings represent kicks and double rings represent a middle stance and punches.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up alternating single and double rings like a normal game of hopscotch.
  3. Explain the Rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2-3 rounds.

 

Coordination Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Coordination Relay

Equipment needed: One wave bag per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice learning their left and right hand and foot by hitting a wave bag.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several equal lines.
  2. For each line, set up one wave bag on the opposite side of the training deck.
  3. The instructor will call out a combination and then say “go.” For example: “left punch-right-punch-left kick-go!”
  4. The first student from each line will race to the other end of the deck and strike the bag with the appropriate combination and then run back to their line.
  5. The first student to strike the bag correctly and make it back to their line will earn a point for their line.
  6. Continue until each student has a turn. The line with the most points is the winner.

 

Criss Cross Crash

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Criss Cross Crash

Equipment needed: 1 Wavemaster top, 2 blocks per line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: The students will practice their COORDINATION in this drill by challenging them to punch across the vertical plane.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have 1 wavemaster pad with 2 block on top per line.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

 

Criss Cross Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Criss Cross Kicks

Equipment needed: 1 clapper target, 1 block, 1 bar per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: Students will practice Bilateral COORDINATION with their kicks by kicking across the vertical plane and saying the side with which they are kicking with.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for at least 2 rounds.

 

Follow the Leader

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Follow the Leader

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will work on their COORDINATION in this drill by watching the instructor in the mirror and repeat the combinations he/she saw.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into lines.
  2. Place each line in front of the mirror.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student goes 3 times.

 

Grab the Block

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Grab the Block

Equipment needed: Two foam block and one wave cushion per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill the students will build their coordination by knowing which object is on their left and which object is on their right.

Steps:

  1. Pair up your students with a partner and divide the partners up into groups with no more than four pairs per group. (Recommended maximum instructor-student ratio for this age group.)
  2. For each group, set up a station with a wave cushion with two small blocks as shown in the picture.
  3. Have one student stand on each side.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each pair has at least two turns.

 

Kick the Sandwich

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Kick the Sandwich

Equipment needed: 2 small square pads, 1 spot dot per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this fun drill, the students will practice developing foot-eye COORDINATION by kicking pads that are thrown to them.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns.

 

Kick What You See!

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Kick What You See!

Equipment needed: One clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill we will be working on foot eye coordination by flashing the clapper pad a specific way. The student must have good coordination by kicking the pad with the correct kick, using the correct part of the foot.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Demonstrate 3 ways to hold the pad:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns.

 

Kickboxing Challenge

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Kickboxing Challenge

Equipment needed: Two focus mitts per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will develop their coordination skills by hitting the proper mitt with the proper technique. In this drill the students will learn when to thrown a straight punch, hook, or uppercut.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor to hold two focus mitts.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until every student has three turns.
  2. On the second turn, have them say the hand and punch as they punch the mitt. For example: “left hook punch!”

 

Know Your Side

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Know Your Side

Equipment needed: 2 Wavemasters per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill students will work on their COORDINATION by practicing their Left and Right commands while performing strong side kicks as well.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns through the line.

Ladder Punches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Ladder Punches

Equipment needed: Two focus mitts per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will strike the mitts while doing ladder punching. This is a great drill for the students to practice their counting.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. The students will take turns doing ladder punches:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  2. The goal for this drill is for the students to count each individual punch. This takes coordination to count and punch while increasing the reps each punch. Sometimes the student may count faster than they punch. Correct them and have them start over if they make a mistake.

 

Listen Up

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Listen Up

Equipment needed: 2 Clapper pads per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will practice their COORDINATION in this drill by being challenged to do 2 things at one time!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has 2-3 turns.

 

Mirror Catches

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Mirror Catches

Equipment needed: One ball per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The purpose of this drill is to teach the ability to adapt using good hand eye coordination.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have the student stand next to the instructor facing the mirror.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every group has three turns.
  2. To make this more challenging have the students stand behind the instructor.

 

Monster and Ninjas

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Monsters & Ninjas

Equipment needed: 2 wavemasters per line

Instructors needed: A few to monitor

Description: Students will work on engaging their brains using neurobics and increasing their COORDINATION in this drill by having to react quickly to kick with their lead front kick if there is a Monster, and to the rear with a rear sidekick if there is a Ninja!

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Set up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns.

 

Ninja Switch Kick

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Ninja Switch Kick

Equipment needed: 4 kicking shields per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will practice their COORDINATION in this drill by jumping, switching feet and kicking from pad to pad.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. You will need 4 kicking shields per line set end to end with about 1 foot between them.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has 3 turns.

 

Number Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Number Relay

Equipment needed: One kicking pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will develop their coordination skills by racing down the mat and kicking the pad with the proper foot.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines on one end of the mat.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor holding a kicking target on the opposite end of the mat.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until every student has a turn.
  2. The line with the most points is the winner
  3. On the second round, call out combinations.

 

Pad Kick Relay

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Pad Kick Relay

Equipment needed: 2 Wavemaster Tops

Instructors needed: 1 Per Line

Description: The students will practice COORDINATION by demonstrating their ability to quickly being able to know which side is there left and right. This will challenge the students mentally by requiring them to make a quick decision that they must get right to win.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. For each line, you will need and instructor.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue so that each student has at least 2-3 turns.

 

Race to the Line

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Race to the Line

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: In this drill the students will practice having coordination by knowing the left side of the room and the right side of the room.

Steps:

  1. Have your class line up in the middle of the mat.
  2. Make sure they are spaced apart so that they are not standing too close to each other.
  3. Mark a line on the left and right side of the mat for the students to race to.
  4. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until there is only one student left standing.

 

Super Blocks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Super Blocks

Equipment needed: Two small square targets and one blocker pad per line

Instructors needed: 1 per group

Description: In this drill the students will learn how to block with their left and right arms. Using pads on their arms makes the drill more fun and exciting.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. The first student in line will place a small square target on each of their arms as shown in the picture.
  3. The instructor will say “left” or “right” as they swing the blocker pad towards the student’s head and the student must block with the appropriate arm.
  4. The instructor will swing the pad ten times. Make it exciting by swinging the blocker target a little harder each time to help them build stronger blocks.
  5. Continue until every student has at least two turns.
  6. You can make this drill even more fun by letting the students take a swing at the instructors.

 

Twin Jump Front Kicks

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Twin Jump Front Kicks

Equipment needed: Two clapper targets

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: In this drill the students will practice their coordination by doing “two things at one time” with twin jump front kicks.

 

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into several lines.
  2. Have one instructor hold two kicking targets as shown in the picture.
  3. For some of the beginner students, you may want to have a “spotter.”
  4. On each turn allow the students to kick the target three to five times.
  5. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Two Slow

Program: Basic SKILLZ (5 and 6 yrs.)

Skill: Coordination

Drill: Two Slow

Equipment needed: Two clapper targets per group

Instructors needed: 1 per group

Description: In this drill the students will practice their foot-eye-coordination by trying to kick a target before the instructor moves it out of the way.

Steps:

  1. Have your class make a big circle.
  2. Have an instructor stand in the middle holding two kicking targets as shown in the picture.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least four turns to kick the target.
  2. This is a fun drill that all of your students will ask to do over and over again!

Core Skills Warm Ups

High Knee Punches

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Cardio: High Knee Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their hearts by demonstrating their ability to quickly move their knees up and throw strong punches.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  3. The students will start to jog in place.
  1. Do you best to get your knees up high so you can get stronger.

 

Stand Up Punches

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Cardio: Stand Up Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their hearts and coordination by demonstrating their ability to stand up fast from their stomachs.

 

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to get all they to your feet before punching.

 

Super Jacks (Int)

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Cardio: Super Jacks (Int)

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their hearts and coordination by demonstrating a jumping jack style exercise.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to bend your best to keep punching without slowing       down.

 

Switch Kicks

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Cardio: Switch Kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their hearts and coordination by demonstrating multiple switching their feet a kicking with their lead leg.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to have good technique for the whole exercise.

 

Lunge Push Backs

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Lunge Push Backs

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs by pushing their body weight off 1 foot while landing on the same foot they pushed with.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to bend your best to keep your knee tight before each kick.

 

Machine Gun Hops

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Machine Gun Hops

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their legs by having to hop down the mat as they hold a chamber position.

Steps:

  1. Have the students get into even lines with their teammates.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to not fall over for the entire exercise, if you fall you       won’t get as strong.

 

Push Up Punches

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Push-Up Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their arms and core by demonstrating push-ups then punching from a plank position.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to have good technique for the whole exercise.

Sit-Up Cross Punches

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Endurance: Sit-Up Cross Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their core by demonstrating sit-ups while focusing on throwing strong punches across their body.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to sit up as high as you can so that away you can get stronger.

 

Heisman Sidekicks

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: Heisman Sidekicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their legs by demonstrating hopping on one foot and kicking while trying not to fall.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to not land on the ground hard, try and control your landing.

 

High Jump With Middle Stance

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: High Jump w/ Middle Stance

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their legs and build coordination by jumping into the air as high as they can and then landing in a controlled middle stance.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to land in your stance without falling or wobbling.

Knee Jump with Punches

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: Knee Jump w/ Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs while they jump up to their feet from a kneeling position and do punches.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to stand up quickly so that your legs get stronger.

 

Superman Punches

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Plyometrics: Superman Punches

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs and arms while jumping off one leg and punching while they are still in the air.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to sit up as high as you can so that away you can get stronger.

 

Back Stance Holds

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: Back Stance Holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their legs by demonstrating their best back stances using the best technique they can.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to hold the back stance as low as you can.

 

Backfist

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: Backfist

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students strengthen their arms by demonstrating their best backfist using the best technique they can.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to backfist as hard and as fast as they can, while also using good technique.

 

Middle Blocks

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: Middle Blocks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their arms by demonstrating their best middle blocks using the best technique they can.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do your best to have a strong and fast block, while also using good technique.

 

Round Kicks

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: (Beta) Power: Round Kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: A Few to Monitor

Description: The students will strengthen their legs by demonstrating their best round kicks using the best technique they can.

Steps:

  1. Have the students stand on their spots where they start class.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Do you best to show all 4 parts to every single kick. (Chamber, Kick, Re-chamber, Return)

 

Knee Pulls

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Abs Exercise: Knee pulls

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by raising their shoulders and feet off the ground while pulling their knees in towards their chest.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lie on their backs and raise their shoulders and feet slightly off the ground.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Make sure they are maintaining good body alignment in between each rep. If they are not, freeze the count until they correct their position.

 

Beginner Push Ups

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Arm Exercise: Beginner push-ups

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by lifting their body off the ground with their palms, while on their knees in beginner push-up position for ten reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies with their palms on the ground at their side, right below their shoulders, and their knees bent, toes pointed towards the ceiling.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Keep your core completely straight each rep.

 

Bridge Kids

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Core Exercise: Bridge kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their core strength by kicking from beginner bridge position, alternating legs for ten reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students raise their body off the ground with the palms of their hands and feet as if they were a table. This is also called a beginner bridge.
  2. Explain the rules:

 

Intermediate Squats

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Active Leg Exercise: Intermediate squats

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by lowering their body into a squat position while their arms are behind their back, and fingers pointed towards the ground for ten reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students stand with their feet shoulder-width apart, and arms behind their back with their fingers pointed towards the ground.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to lower your body as low as possible for each rep.

 

Leg Pulses

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Dynamic Abs Exercise: Leg pulses

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by rapidly moving their legs up and down within a 6-inch segment non-stop for 10 seconds.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lie on their backs and raise their shoulders and feet slightly off the ground.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Pulse your legs faster as you count.

 

1-arm push -ups

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Dynamic Arm Exercise: 1-arm push-ups

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by lifting their body off the ground with one arm, while keeping their body aligned for five reps with each arm.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies with one palm on the ground at their side, right below their shoulders, and the other arm behind their back.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Walk around and make sure they are maintaining alignment. If they are not, freeze the count until they correct their position.

Crazy Crabs

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Dynamic Core Exercise: Crazy crabs

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their core strength by alternating tapping their shoulder from beginner bridge position while kicking with the opposite leg for 10 reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students raise their body off the ground with the palms of their hands and feet as if they were a table. This is also called a beginner bridge.
  2. Explain the rules:

Squat Jump Tucks

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Dynamic Leg Exercise: Squat jump tucks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by squat jumping while grabbing their knees for 10 reps.

Steps:

  1. Have your students squat down with their arms touching the ground.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Try to jump higher and tuck harder each rep.

Intermediate Dish Holds

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Abs Exercise: Intermediate dish holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by raising their shoulders and feet off the ground.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their backs with their arms to their sides.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. While holding, try not to grab your pant leg or you can turn your palms upward.

 

Push Up Holds

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Arm Exercise: Push-up holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by holding their body up with their palms and balls of their feet.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies with their palms on the ground at their side, right below their shoulders.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Keep your eyes slightly forward while counting.

 

Intermediate Bridge Holds

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Core Exercise: Intermediate bridge holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their core strength by holding their body off the ground using their palms and one foot.

Steps:

  1. Have your students sit with their palms on the ground at their side (fingers pointed forward); and their knees up with their feet flat on the floor (toes pointed forward).
  2. Explain the rules:

Intermediate Squat Holds

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Static Leg Exercise: Intermediate squat holds

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by holding their body in a squat position while their arms are behind their back, and fingers pointed towards the ground.

Steps:

  1. Have your students stand with their feet shoulder-width apart, and arms behind their back with their fingers pointed towards the ground.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. While counting, try not to move your body keeping your chin up.

 

Stomach Rolls

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Abs Exercise: Stomach rolls

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build abdominal strength by rolling sideways down the mat using their abdominal muscles.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lie on their backs horizontally on one end of the mat with their palms together above their head.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. If you happen to turn off track, stop and adjust so you don’t run into anyone.

 

Super Slides

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Arm Exercise: Super slides

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build arm strength by dragging their body down the mat using their palms.

Steps:

  1. Have your students lay on their bellies on one end of the mat with their palms on the ground extended in front of them.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. You can break the movement down into two parts, pulling yourself, then pushing yourself.

 

Reverse Crab Walks

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Core Exercise: Reverse crab walks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their core strength by holding their body off the ground using their palms and their feet, while crab walking down the mat backwards.

 

Steps:

  1. Have your students sit reverse on end of the mat and raise their body off the ground with the palms of their hands and their feet as if they were a table.
  2. Explain the rules:

Plyos

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: WARM UPS

Drill: Ultimate Leg Exercise: Plyos

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: Several to monitor

Description: The students will build their leg strength by jumping down the mat while keeping their feet together at all times and not stopping in between each jump.

Steps:

  1. Have your students stand on one end of the mat with their feet together.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Focus on landing on the heel and rolling to the ball of the foot in one smooth motion.

Core Skills Stretches

Ankle Rotations

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Ankle Rotations

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their ACTIVE stretching by focusing on the range of motion in their Ankles.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue to stretch for 2 reps on each side.

 

Clock Srtetch

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Clock Stretch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their ACTIVE stretching focusing on the range of motion in their shoulders.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue to stretch rotating through all the positions 2 times.

 

Forward Lunges

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Forward Lunges

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their ACTIVE stretching by focusing on their Quads and Groin.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue to stretch for 2 reps on each side.

 

Lower Back Sitting Stretch

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Active Stretching: Lower Back Sitting Stretch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their ACTIVE stretching focusing on their Lower back.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:

 

Half Kneeling Hamstring Stretch

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Dynamic Stretching: Half Kneeling Hamstring Stretch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their DYNAMIC stretching focusing on the inner leg and hamstrings by going to a split position and then bending one knee without putting your hands on the ground.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue to stretch for 2 sets.

 

Kneeling Sideways Leg Swing

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Dynamic Stretching: Kneeling Sideways Leg Swing

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their DYNAMIC stretching focusing on the inner leg by kneeling on one knee keeping the other leg straight, then swinging their leg up and to the side. 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

 

Stretch Outside Crescent Kicks

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Dynamic Stretching: Stretch Outside Crescent Kicks

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their DYNAMIC stretching by doing outside crescent kicks with the goal of going higher and stretching.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue for 2 sets.

 

Figure Four Stretch

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Passive Stretching: Figure Four Stretch

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PASSIVE stretching by isolating their Hamstrings when stretching.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue to stretch each leg two times.

 

Hip Twist

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Passive Stretching: Hip Twist

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PASSIVE stretching by targeting the range of motion throughout their Back, Hips, and Shoulders.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue to stretch for 2 reps on each side.

 

Knee Splits

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Passive Stretching: Knee Splits

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PASSIVE stretching by isolating their Groin and Hips.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue to stretch rotating through all the positions 2 times.

 

Wake Up

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: STRETCHES

Drill: Passive Stretching: Wake up

Equipment needed: None

Instructors needed: None

Description: The students will work on their PASSIVE stretching by focusing on stretching their entire body.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Explain the rules:

Continue to stretch for 2 reps.

Core Skills Stretches Agility

1,2,3 Switch and Kicks

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: 1,2,3 Switch and Kick

Equipment needed: One target per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will develop agility by switching their feet either once, twice, or three times and then kicking the target with the leg that is closest to the target.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor holding a kicking target.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns..
  2. On the second turn, have the student start over if they make a mistake.
  3. On the third round, make it a contest to see who can do the challenge three times in a row the fastest.

 

Around the World

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: Around the World

Equipment needed: One wavemaster per line

Instructors needed: 1 per line

Description: The students will test their agility through multiple executions of the same technique while having to also move around the target increasing body awareness.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. Have each line on the opposite side of the mat from their wavemaster..
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for a second time using the left leg.

 

Around the World Round Kicks

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: Around the World Round Kicks

Equipment needed: Four kicking targets and one small ring per group

Instructors needed: Four per group

Description: In this drill the students will practice utilizing their pivot foot when round kicking by kicking in multiple directions without stepping outside of a small ring. 

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several groups. Demonstrate the proper way to rotate your pivot foot when round kicking in different directions.
  2. Set up each group with four holders and a kicking ring as shown in the picture. If you don’t have enough instructors to hold the targets, you can have the students from each group help.
  3. Pick one student to go first. The student must kick all four targets with a round kick, without putting his foot down and without stepping out of the ring.
  4. Every time the student puts his foot down or steps out of the ring, then he must do ten jumping jacks.
  5. Continue until each student has at turn.
  6. On the second round you can make it challenging by seeing how many times around they can round kick the pads without stepping outside of the ring or put their foot down.

 

Box Relay

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: Box Relay

Equipment needed: 4 cones per group

Instructors needed: One per group

Description: In this drill, the students will practice their agility by racing to each corner and kicking 10 times before moving to the next corner.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several groups.
  2. Set up a box by using an agility cone for each corner.
  3. The first student in each group will start at the bottom right corner.
  4. On the instructor’s command, the student will race to the top right corner and execute 10 fast front kicks; then to the top left cone w/ 10 kicks; to the bottom left cone w/ 10 kicks; and back to the bottom right cone w/ 10 kicks.
  5. Repeat the drill until every student has a turn.
  6. On the second round, make it a competition by seeing which student from each group can make it through the box the fastest.
  7. You can add variety by changing the kicks to round kicks, sidekicks, etc.

 

East, West

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: East, West

Equipment needed: Two kicking targets per line

Instructors needed: Two per line

Description: The student will kick the target turning in the east and west directions using the same leg to help build their agility.

Steps:

  1. Split the class into even lines.
  2. For each line, you will need two instructors holding a kicking target on the east (right) side and west (left) side of the student.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has two turns. Make sure the students use their left leg on their second turn.
  2. You can make it a challenge by telling them not to put their foot down as they switch directions.

 

Fade Back Kicks

Program: Core SKILLZ

Skill: Agility

Drill: Fade Back Kicks

Equipment needed: One clapper pad per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: Students will be working on their AGILITY by doing a fade back switch with their feet and then kicking. This will challenge students physical stage of development by getting them to move backward while doing a switch and then kicking.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines
  2. Setting up the drill:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue for 2-3 rounds.

 

Flipping Kicks

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: Flipping Kicks

Equipment needed: One kicking target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will kick the pad while alternating legs but only have one leg on the ground to help build their agility.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines.
  2. For each line you will need an instructor to hold a kicking target.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  2. Front kicks or round kicks work best.

 

Foot Snaps

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: Foot Snaps

Equipment needed: Clapper pads and bean bags (for each pair)

Instructors needed: One or two depending on the size of the class

Description: In this drill the students will try to slap their partner’s foot with a pad while they move their foot without losing position or balance.

Steps:

  1. Divide your class into pairs. Give each pair one clapper pad.
  2. (Facing each other) One student will sit on his (or her) knees with a clapper pad in hand. The other will stand in guarding stance.
  3. You will call out “left” or “right” and the person with the clapper target will try to slap his (or her) partner on the correct foot, while the person standing will attempt to move his (or her) foot without getting slapped.
  4. Switch partners and repeat the drill. Make sure you are teaching the students how to move their feet without losing balance or position. Explain the concept of keeping a low center of gravity.

 

In-In-OUt-Out-Kick-Kick

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: In-In-Out-Out-Kick-Kick

Equipment needed: One white belt and kicking target per line

Instructors needed: 1 per group

Description: The students will practice agility by stepping inside the white belt alternating feet, then stepping outside the white belt alternating feet, and then kicking the target alternating feet.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into lines.
  2. For each line, lay a white belt on the ground horizontally and then have an instructor hold a kicking target on the inside of the white belt.
  3. Explain the rules:
  1. Takeaways:
  1. Continue until each student has three turns..
  2. On the second turn, have the student start over if they make a mistake.
  3. On the third round, make it a contest to see who can do the challenge three times in a row the fastest.

Ladder Kick Relay

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: Ladder Kick Relay

Equipment needed: One agility ladder per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will challenge their agility by jumping into each square of the ladder and executing one side kick on each leg.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. Set up an agility ladder as shown in the picture.
  3. The first student in line will jump into the first square and execute a left and right side kick.
  4. He/ she will continue down the square and then proceed to the end of the line.
  5. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  6. Next, make it a relay race to see which line can finish first.
  7. You can make it even more challenging by having the students start from the end of the ladder and jump backwards, which seems to really test their agility.

North, South, East, West

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: North, South, East, West

Equipment needed: One small ring per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: The students will jump in and out of the rings following north, south, east, and west directions to help build their agility.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into even lines.
  2. For each line you will need a small ring.
  3. Have the students practice jumping in the following directions:
  1. Explain the rules:
  1. Continue until each student has at least two turns.

 

Off the Line

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: Off the Line

Equipment needed: Two blocker targets per line

Instructors needed: One per line.

Description: In this drill the students are going to practice sliding left and right avoiding a target while maintaining agility.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines. For each line, the instructors will hold blocker targets in each hand.
  2. The instructors will swing either the left or right blocker pad straight down towards the students head. The student will slide left if the instructor swings the left pad, or right if the instructor swings the right pad. Give the student three swings.
  3. Repeat the drill until each student in line has at least two turns. Make sure you are emphasizing smooth motion, sliding with the appropriate footwork, and maintaining a strong guarding stance throughout the drill.
  4. You can add onto the drill by having the student execute a rear leg round counter kick to the instructor’s mid-section (no contact).

 

Pad Tag Challenge

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: Pad Tag Challenge

Equipment needed: One kicking target per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students will test their agility by challenging the instructor to a game of pad tag by kicking the target while the instructor tries to move the target out of the way.

Steps:

  1. Divide your students into several lines.
  2. The first student in line will stand in guarding stance, and when they are ready they will try to kick the target before the instructor moves it out of the way.
  3. The instructor cannot move the target before the student kicks. If the instructor moves the target before the student even kicks, then the instructor has to do five jumping jacks.
  4. To make it fun, the student can try and flinch to make the instructor move the target.
  5. If the student misses the target, then he has to do five jumping jacks.
  6. Each student gets four kicks per turn.
  7. Continue until each student has at least two turns.
  8. You can add variety by changing the kick.

 

Plus Jumps

Program: Core SKILLZ (7 to 9 yrs.)

Skill: Agility

Drill: Plus Jumps

Equipment needed: Four hurdles per line

Instructors needed: One per line

Description: In this drill the students are going to practice jumping f