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#364811 - 10/10/07 01:08 PM Games for kids?
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Somehow I got roped into teaching 5 to 8 year olds karate. They need to be entertained as much as instructed, apparently. I've come up with a few MA-related games, but what else does everyone have to share?
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#364812 - 10/10/07 01:43 PM Re: Games for kids? [Re: Ironfoot]
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#364813 - 10/10/07 04:23 PM Re: Games for kids? [Re: MattJ]
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On behalf of @20 rug rats, thanks a million, Matt!
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#364814 - 10/10/07 04:48 PM Re: Games for kids? [Re: Ironfoot]
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Ironfoot, the kiddos in my class LOVE to play judo tag. Pair the kids up by size and tie a bandana around one ankle on each kid. They sit back to back and when you say "go" they stay on all fours and try to get the other's bandana. If no bandana is pulled in about 30-45 minutes, it's a draw. Of course you can go longer if class time allows.
We also play TKD volleyball. Divide the class into two teams. Hang a rope across at around your hip level. Have the kids kick a balloon (filled of course) over the rope. They can't kick it more than 3 times and the same person can't kick it two times in a row. If it touches the ground, the other team gets a point. You serve everytime by dropping the balloon in the middle (from up high).
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#364815 - 10/11/07 05:26 PM Re: Games for kids? [Re: clmibb]
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Thanks, clmibb! The baloon volleyball should use up half an hour at a time. I've come to the realization these kids need fun physical activity first, and karate second, although I'll TRY to get their kicks right.
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#364816 - 10/11/07 06:01 PM Re: Games for kids? [Re: Ironfoot]
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Oh absolutly! Wear them out so they aren't fidgiting so much. Same principle that Ceaser Milan on "The Dog Whisperer" preaches. I tired puppy is a good puppy; a tired 7 year old is a good 7 year old. Often times instead of streatching the kids out, we warm them up by playing games. Good luck and remember to keep your sense of humor with the kids.

Casey
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#364817 - 10/15/07 09:18 PM Re: Games for kids? [Re: clmibb]
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I've always done games in the last 5 mintues of my 45 min class. They're used as a reward and motivation if the kids work hard and at least pay a little bit of attention. This even works with my 4-5 yr olds. I've always made it my philosophy to do karate first and a related game second.

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#364818 - 10/16/07 11:48 AM Re: Games for kids? [Re: jschrodt]
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Just remember, never to call them games, they're "drills".

Every drill can be made into a "game" Thats one of the reasons we have the pushup/bonus system. If you do something badly, you get pushups (5 or 10 depending on how bad it was) or bonuses if it was really good, which get you out of doing pushups later.

Make a contest out of whatever you are doing. See how many times a student can kick the bag without putting their foot down, or who can get through a martial arts obstacle course the fastest etc and then see if they can best their own scores the next time. If they don't pushups, if they do, bonuses!

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#364819 - 10/16/07 12:01 PM Re: Games for kids? [Re: tkd_high_green]
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Laura, we have a similar "reward" system. We usually have the kids divided up in to three groups for obsticle courses. The team that comes in last does 6 push ups, second place does 4, and first does 2. The kids get a kick out of it (my instructor is really good at making them think they are going to get away without push-ups for that round). Keep it fun and sneek a lesson in with the games. The key is that all the games/drills should have a purpose. Developing balance, teamwork, agility, strengthening (keep it light when they are young), endurance.

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#364820 - 10/16/07 03:28 PM Re: Games for kids? [Re: clmibb]
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Funny thing: I divided the class into 2 teams. The contest was block/punch/kick as in rock/paper/scissors. The losing team had to do 10 pushups, but the winning team thought that looked like fun, too, so they did 10!
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