Originally Posted by AmericanWerewolf
Thank you very much for the interesting ideas I will try to work them into future lesson plans.
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Most schools have students face other for practice sparring. However, sparring with feedback can be more fun, not to mention very helpful in improving competition skills. Some fun ways to stage matches in class:
First point: Select two evenly matched students to face each other. At your command, they begin sparring. The first student to score a point continues on against another opponent and the loser sits down.
Challenge sparring. Two students face off for a short match in any format you choose. After the match, the loser sits down and the winner "challenges" any other student in the class.
Rotating matches. This drill is more suited to children than adults. Have a group of about ten kids face off in pairs and begin non-contact sparring on your command. Watch the group and call any points you see ("Johny, one point") as they are scored. You won't see everyone score every point, but try to catch each kid at least once. The kids will really work to get your attention. After a couple of minutes, have the group sit down to rest and call a new group.
Point tag. To practice speed and concentration rather than techniques, have a game of point tag. Give the students a goal like tagging the other persons left shoulder or belt knot. Each student has to protect his own target while trying to tag the other student's target area. Once a student is tagged, the match is over.
Counter sparring. Give points only for counterattacks. Each student takes turns initiating an attack for the other student to counter. Only successfully countered attacks score points.
Combination sparring. To develop combinations, give points only for the second, third or fourth technique in a combination.
Pointers when teaching fitness to children:
STAMINA: Children’s muscles cannot sustain anaerobic high-intensity work. Do not work them too hard and allow frequent active rest periods.
STRENGTH: It is not advisable to implement a formal strength training programme, though games can be used to accustom young muscles to increasing loads.
SPEED: Children lack the neuromuscular co-ordination needed to perform techniques quickly and with sufficient skill. Discourage full power techniques as these can damage tendons and ligaments.
SUPPLENESS: Most children have sufficient suppleness. Avoid heavy routines as these can cause severe damage to joints and ligaments.
AGILITY: Many children are clumsy, because they lack a fully developed neuromuscular system. Agility games are helpful in this regard.
SKILL: The student should not be pressurised to perform skilfully.