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DWx
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:05 pm    Post subject: Creative ways to teach forms/kata/tul to children? Reply with quote

Help me out guys! I need some fun creative ways to teach forms to children. Ways to help disguise the fact that they are still practising the same movements to make it fun for them and to preserve my own sanity!

Mostly it is the younger ones who I spend lesson after lesson reteaching them the steps. My normal process is to spend a few lessons on the individual movements, both as fundamental line work and as partner application work. Then we train small chunks of movements. Then we put it all together. No problem with the 8, 9, 10 year olds. Big problems with the 5, 6 and 7 year olds.

I know it will come with repetition but any ideas for mixing it up so they think they are doing something different each class?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In our school, we don't teach the really young ones any forms. The curriculum they do is based more on developing coordination, balance, self-control, and the like for when they are ready to move on to the regular classes.

You might find a way to have them do moves to a beat, with a drum, or some music, or something like that. I've seen instructors do variations like "forms in a phone booth" (kid's won't know what that is, so might not work), you could do a memorization game where kid's have to sit down if they forget a move, and the ones who remember keep going, and see who the last one standing is, and things like that. Those could help to make it more fun.
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Nidan Melbourne
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depending on their experience, we vary the games.

The first 5 of our forms have 22 steps (not including bows or return to Yoi).

Our youngest learn the first 8 steps and gradually increase over the lessons.

My personal favourite is telling them the form, and Iíll just call various numbers that correspond to a specific step. They seem to love it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tend to follow the rule that a child's age is the length, in mintes, of their attention span. So, anything that involves my children classes/curriculum is based on that rule/formula. Adults attention spans better, but even then, adults become stale if their sedentary more often than not.

Some things I do regarding Kata where kids are involved, and even now, I'm constantly tweaking it because not one student, no matter their age, are the same across the board.

I'll just list the name of what I do, and if anyone wants me to describe it, I will:

1> Red light, Green light Drill
2> Yame Drill
3> Box Drill
4> A, B, C Drill
5> Back to the future Drill
6> Blind Mice Drill
7> Whoa Horsey Drill (
8> Name It Drill (This has 4 parts)
9> Your Turn Drill (This has 2 parts)
10> Simon Says Drill
11)> King of the hill Drill

These are by far both the most successful and fun for the kids. These drills help to improve every aspect of Kata. From memorizing to posture to precision; name it, it's drilled...including Bunkai.

Kids are grandmasters at play, so why not let them do that which they excell at....playing; playing and learning, especially for kids, goes hand in hand.




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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the ideas so far bushido_man96, Nidan Melbourne and sensei8! At the moment I've been trying to get them to work in teams and the best team gets to pick exercises for the rest of the class to do, or we've done it by count but everyone in the room gets to take turns shouting the commands.

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I tend to follow the rule that a child's age is the length, in mintes, of their attention span. So, anything that involves my children classes/curriculum is based on that rule/formula. Adults attention spans better, but even then, adults become stale if their sedentary more often than not.

Some things I do regarding Kata where kids are involved, and even now, I'm constantly tweaking it because not one student, no matter their age, are the same across the board.

I'll just list the name of what I do, and if anyone wants me to describe it, I will:

1> Red light, Green light Drill
2> Yame Drill
3> Box Drill
4> A, B, C Drill
5> Back to the future Drill
6> Blind Mice Drill
7> Whoa Horsey Drill (
8> Name It Drill (This has 4 parts)
9> Your Turn Drill (This has 2 parts)
10> Simon Says Drill
11)> King of the hill Drill

These are by far both the most successful and fun for the kids. These drills help to improve every aspect of Kata. From memorizing to posture to precision; name it, it's drilled...including Bunkai.

Kids are grandmasters at play, so why not let them do that which they excell at....playing; playing and learning, especially for kids, goes hand in hand.




These sound great, can you expand on them? I can probably guess a few but others not.
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