Martial Arts Drills: Great Drills To Keep You and Your Classes Motivated
Do your classes hate their martial arts drills too?
Practicing martial arts drills...this had to be the worst part about learning Karate.
After becoming a karate instructor myself and opening my own Dojo, I decided there was no way I would teach those same boring karate drills kids hate. So, I searched online for karate class drills and new ways to motivate my students and keep them coming back for more.
I was luck that a fellow teacher recommended I look into the Martial Arts Drills system. This program changed how I taught Karate and I found my classes having full attendance week after week. I'm going to share with you today some tips on keeping your drills fun and interesting.
Keep your martial arts drills moving with music
Think upbeat, HIGH ENERGY!
I've discovered that boredom has to be the number one reason that kids drop out of karate classes. These kids are doing the same old low-energy drills week after week. Hell, who wouldn't want to quit after that?
My first tip is to play high energy music. Each class I turn on high energy music with a driving beat. This sets the tone for our martial arts drills. You can see a visible change in the stance of each student in my class when the music comes on. There's something about the music which energizes them to push harder and be more engaged. It is like they begin to take on the energy from the music.
I've found that using high energy music in my classes along with using the fast-moving karate drills I found in Martial Arts Drills always help my students perform at a high energy level while helping them to improve their endurance and focus.
Turn your Martial Arts Drills into a Challenge
Give them something to compete for
I've found that it really motivates my students when I give them something to compete for. Everybody loves to win...especially when the prize is getting out of doing a hard set of strength-building drills!
Use focused karate drills to test your students. My favorite has to be the pushup challenge that I learned from . Whoever lasts the longest in this drill gets to sit out of the next drill which is usually a killer set of kicking drills. Since starting this drill I found at Martial Arts Drills in my classes, I'm finding that my students are not only getting stronger, but the desire to compete against each other keeps classes fun.
There are also other great challenges in this program which have even challenges the strongest student.
Hysterical martial arts drills and bloopers - See any of YOUR students in here?
Ok...I'll admit it...I actually made the same nun-chuck mistake in the video...and yes - it HURT! Never picked up a pair again after that...heh heh...
Adjust martial arts drills for different levels
Kids vs. Adults
Always keep your students in mind when deciding which martial arts drills to plan for your classes. Odds are you probably have a wide variety of ages; from the very young beginners to the more experienced teens and adults. For beginners, keep up the high energy but tone down the drills so they are doable. On the other hand, don't do beginner drills with older kids and adults - it's a sure way to lose students!
I've found that by using Martial Arts Drills, I can quickly search for drills that are appropriate for virtually any skill level quickly and easily! In fact, I usually find myself using one of the many ready-to-go lesson plans. This really saves me time and keeps the routines fresh!
My stress levels have also gone down and I am really beginning to see some new business come in due to referrals from my students.
Does your Dojo need help?
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2010 Advice for Dojo Owners / Future Dojo Owners
Information that helped get me back on track
As we go into 2010, I wanted to talk about making this year your best business year ever. Whether you are making the transition from teacher to owner or you currently own your own martial arts schooI; I wanted to take a moment to recommend some reading material to you called Small Dojo, Big Profits. Switching up your martial arts drills is only one way you can keep students. This book really helped me to change the whole way I think about my business and helped me pull my Dojo out of the red and back into black. These are the top 3 things this book taught me:
How to run a Dojo on a shoe-string budget Explicit instructions on how to choose a great location without spending a fortune on rent (this saved me a TON) Student retention strategies that work for all styles and systems (based on principles, not procedures)
I would highly recommend that you pick up this book. It was the foundation for helping me to rebuild my business after everything else failed.