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scohen0300
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 12:04 pm    Post subject: Any suggestions on my class layout/structure? Reply with quote

Hey everyone! Talking about my 8-12 year olds as well as my teens/adults classes for this one. Nobody here has let me down yet so Iím open to anything youíd have to say!

Since Iím working for a franchise, Iím very limited on what I can teach. We advertise karate for kids (itís not what we would consider karate, but itís fun), and kickboxing+Krav Maga for the older kids, teens and adults. At corporate training, we were shown an example:
- warmup (10 minutes)
- curriculum part 1 (15 minutes)
- mat chat (quick life advice for kids/water break for adults)
- curriculum part 2 (15 minutes)
- announcements, ending creed, etc (5 minutes)

As for curriculum, what Iím shown is very broad, although Iím a little worried about getting in trouble so Iím not going to share that. My coworker and I are now under the impression that we have the freedom to run classes however we please, as long as we stick to some basic (broad) guidelines. Iíll try to layout what weíve been doing below. This was put together by me, based on the ďtesting sheetĒ that I found.

Warmup:
- dynamic stretching
- animal type movements up/down the floor
- Running/jumping/calisthenics
Kicking:
- front kick, crescent kicks, side kicks, round kicks (these are performed up and down the floor, in a similar way that kihon would be practiced in karate, but the focus is on kicking).
- one kick to focus on, weíll use the round kick for an example. Either on the heavy bag, shield or thai pads. Regular round kicks, switch kicks, doubles/triples, etcÖ either way, I want them used to kicking something.
Kickboxing:
- 1-3 different combos, aiming to focus on the ďkick of the dayĒ so they can learn different ways to use the technique while also practicing their boxing, parryís, cover blocks, etc.
Krav Maga:
- general run through of the Combatives, such as elbows, palm strikes, hammer fists, etc
- 1-3 different techniques, practiced casually at first
- final drill, using the techniques and Combatives under ďpressureĒ and at a faster pace. I basically want the students to experience performing these techniques while theyíre sweating and breathing hard with the goal of escaping the situation/attacker.
Example:
Eyes closed until a partner grabs your wrist and you perform a defense against that, following up with Combatives on a pad that theyíre holding in the other hand. Immediately sprint across the room to a punching bag, performing a quick but high intensity kickboxing type combo, then sprinting back so your partner can go - each student will typically go multiple rounds. I may or may not throw in some type of calisthenics or plyometrics in the mix, depending on the students in class.

Finally, I do a brief cooldown stretch by taking them through 1 round of lunging Sun salutations from yoga, pausing in each position and focusing on deep breathing. Announcements, then we bow out. Classes are supposed to be 45 minutes, so one day thereís a focus on kickboxing, the other day is focused on Krav.

I do a demonstration before I have the students do anything. I like them to see it slow, then fast, and then intense. Hopefully, Iím giving them something to strive for by doing this.

Any thoughts? Anything I should make sure Iím doing? Humbly, I believe Iím a good teacher and Iíve had a lot of positive feedback, although I know I can be better so Iím always looking to improve. Any questions/comments/suggestions are very welcome!

Thank you!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you've got a good plan going here, based off what you've said you're kind of limited to. As for the warmup, you mention the "animal movements" up and down the floor. I think that can be ok, but I think also doing a more MA specific warmup, perhaps more like some upper body/hand technique basics and stance work would be good.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be sure to change things up as well. You can stick with your basic format, but find new ways of teaching the techniques. For example, our CI has a general format that he sticks with, but he will rotate specifics in on a 3 month basis or so. For example one week he may take a 15 minute time slot to do takedowns/throws that are hidden in our 2-person drills. Another week he may do a kick marathon. Another week he may teach self- defense techniques, and so forth. It keeps the classes interesting and exposes you to a deeper understanding of the material.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2022 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bushido man! Iím definitely going to include some upper body techniques and foot work stuff with the warmup. I appreciate you point that out, big time. My Sensei would lose his head lol.

And thanks for the input, aurik! To be honest, other than the Krav Maga portion of class, Iím not entirely sure that Iím allowed to venture too far off onto something like takedowns/throws. Given my background, I think I could make that very enjoyable for my students (my Sensei was huge on including judo throws with our karate techniques). I may have to stick to what Iím able to teach within the Krav Maga curriculum. I love that idea though, Iíll reach out to another school and get their thoughts.

Thank you!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2022 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, what everyone has said. Your class structure is right on. A tweak here and a tweak there is always a constant requirement to keep ever student on their toes, although quite consistent.

Teaching is the fine act of fine tuning...always, and never being satisfied. Having more than one curriculum stuffed in the top desk drawer is a time saver when other options present themselves unexpectedly.

One last thing...if you're NOT the CI, as I understand what a CI is, and you teach as part of the faculty of a school, whether it be MA or not, the powers that be, aka Administrators, might want to approve your curriculum at least once per year.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2022 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad I could help! Keep up the great posts!
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