ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Teacing Kids Karate | Fast and Easy Karate Lesson Planning Tips

Updated on March 8, 2014

Teaching Kids Karate - Fast and Easy Lesson Planning Tips for Instructors

If you are an instructor who is already teaching kids karate, you know the challenges of creating a lesson plan which not only keeps your students motivated, but keeps them coming back for more.

Are you losing students because they are bored with the same old drills over and over again? This was my problem. As an instructor and owner of my own karate school, I was desperate to find something that would help me keep the students I had and bring in even more business. That is when I learned an important lesson:


So, I found a new way of teaching kids karate that really worked! Here are the top 3 tips to create karate lesson plans that will keep your students coming back for more!

teaching kids karate
teaching kids karate

2010 Advice for Dojo / Future Dojo Owners

A book that helped my business

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.

teaching kids karate
teaching kids karate


Fail to plan....Plan to fail

One of the easiest things you can do is to have your lesson plans ready to go in advance of your classes. My problem was that I was so busy with the business side of running my karate school, I'd wait until the last minute to plan my karate classes. This made my classes suffer - we did the same, boring drills over and over...week after week.

I learned that planning my lessons in advance was a key to making my karate lessons fun and interesting for my students. And on the weeks where I was too busy to plan things in advance, I was lucky to come across a program that helped make teaching kids karate easy.

If I was running behind - I didn't have to worry. I was able to chose from 20 ready-to-go lesson plans. It was so simple - it showed me what drills to do in what order to help keep teaching easy for me and interesting for my kids.

teaching kids karate
teaching kids karate


Knowing the difference between beginner and advanced drills

When creating a martial arts lesson plan you want to make sure you keep the age and skill level of your class in mind. You don't want to be doing intense katas in your white belt class! Choosing age appropriate karate drills can make or break your attendance.

My problem was that it was difficult to distinguish the difference in skill levels when you started to get to blue belt and above. The program I'd found earlier listed over martial arts games for kids which were fun and easy to implement. This really helped when it came time to create my karate lesson plans.

teaching kids karate
teaching kids karate


Stop your students from getting bored!

Studies have shown that the number one reason that students list for choosing to quit a karate class is bordem. Sound familiar? It does to me because I was in this situation. I was beginning to lose students and figured out that they were bored with the karate drills we were doing. The same ones..the same lesson plan template every week. BORING!

The system I found really helped me plan my lessons in advance and provided me with over 125 unique drills to help keep my classes engaged and excited about coming to classes! In fact, I found that once I changed my lesson plans, I was gaining new student referrals as well. It really made teaching kids karate fun for me too.

New Guestbook Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)