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#218200 - 12/29/05 09:22 AM teaching children.
funstick5000 Offline

Registered: 07/16/05
Posts: 759
Loc: West Yorkshire, England
there are many posts and questions about teaching kids and most of the time i see replies about using games etc.

has any of the teachers here taught children the way they would adults?

i was taught as such when i was younger and i had no problem with it.
Go seek the advise of a qualified instructor.

#218201 - 12/29/05 09:32 AM Re: teaching children. [Re: funstick5000]
Victor Smith Offline
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Registered: 06/01/00
Posts: 3220
Loc: Derry, NH

I trust your internet name doesn't referring to taking a switch to kids 5,000 times <GRIN>.

I've only taught kids for about 27 years and I only teach the same karate I teach adults. Once in a blue moon races are used for warmups, but outside of that it's karate not games.
victor smith bushi no te isshinryu offering free instruction for 30 years

#218202 - 12/29/05 11:59 AM Re: teaching children. [Re: Victor Smith]
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Registered: 04/10/04
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I don't use games except during the last kids lesson before Christmas.

Apart from that, I just teach them karate. I probably don't retain as many children as those that do play games, but I believe the ones I do keep are there to learn karate, not to play.

This is not a critism of those that do things differently, just my approach.
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#218203 - 12/29/05 12:08 PM Re: teaching children. [Re: funstick5000]
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
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I did teach kids sometimes at my former AKK school. I generally worked them more on kata and sparring, as opposed to self defense. If you have seen much AKK, I'm sure you would understand why.

I was not in favor of showing 8 year olds how to hit the throat or gouge people's eyes correctly. I eventually asked to not teach kids because of this. Other times I have worked *non lethal* SD with kids, awareness principles, etc. I am OK with that kind of stuff.
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin

#218204 - 01/06/06 09:43 PM Re: teaching children. [Re: funstick5000]
bones56 Offline

Registered: 01/06/06
Posts: 2
Loc: ohio usa
we use games for events like we do a samuri sleep over like twice a year for the kids but all in all no games there are a couple of excercises that are just as fun as games but reallly do good in working on skills and truley are not games

#218205 - 01/30/06 10:20 AM Re: teaching children. [Re: bones56]
hardluck Offline

Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 121
Loc: blacksbur, va USA
I think sensei says is a great game as well as obstacle courses that involve jumping, rolling, and in general combining everything into one fluid (or not so fluid) movement that keeps them constantly moving, thinking, and practicing techniques.

#218206 - 01/30/06 12:15 PM Re: teaching children. [Re: hardluck]
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Registered: 04/26/02
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Hello Hardluck:

What function does the obstacle course provide? Its fun, but what martial skill/concept is being taught using it aside from it being fun???

Not being perceptive today,

#218207 - 01/31/06 03:26 PM Re: teaching children. [Re: Ronin1966]
SantosSilva Offline

Registered: 10/06/05
Posts: 5
Loc: Brockton, MA

What function does the obstacle course provide? Its fun, but what martial skill/concept is being taught using it aside from it being fun???

I don't want to put words in the previous post writer's mouth, but in some of the classes I teach we use obstacle courses not only because they are fun, but they can also reinforce basic skills that can be built upon for more advanced techniques. One example is having them jump over progressively higher obstacles in preparation for hopping and jumping kicks. Over several weeks they build muscular endurance and I can see the improvement in their kicks. Just a thought.

#218208 - 01/31/06 04:37 PM Re: teaching children. [Re: SantosSilva]
MartinVonCannon Offline

Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 13
In addition to overall general conditioning. I have students that can knock out 100 kicks, puches, and blocks. Put them in a sparring ring, they don't last 30 seconds without breathing heavy.

I find obstacle courses "distract" them enough that they do not realize they are doing physical exercise. Most go through a 6 object course with smiles on their faces and falling down from exhaustion after 5 times through.

- Martin

#218209 - 02/08/06 01:45 PM Re: teaching children. [Re: MartinVonCannon]
SantosSilva Offline

Registered: 10/06/05
Posts: 5
Loc: Brockton, MA
Hey MartinVonCannon, any suggestions on different obstacles that your students really enjoy? I'm alwayd looking for something new

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