A last minute thing, just wondering how kids are taught at your school?
Manly games? Sparring? Any drilling? Free training?
what games do you guys play? i have a couple i use, but would love some ideas on new ones.
it really does help when their attention starts to wander.
james, what is bulldog?
Just like the adults but will occassionally throw in some games to keep it entertaining and fresh for them.
elbigsam - Chokes and armbars, no guillotines till they are teens
12 -Some of the local competitions dont allow guillotines until green belt or even adult, 12. They cite cervical risks. For simplicity we run the class without guillotines, less risk of a kid forgetting if they compete.elbigsam - Chokes and armbars, no guillotines till they are teens
12 - ^ thank uAlways happy to converse, i enjoy your perspective as it comes from someone deep inside the torrance circle 8)
brad1 - Good stuff- our kids program had grown substantially these past 6 months and with the help of 2 professional educators I have running my program, we have streamlined a lot of what we're doing.What are the Bs and Cs?
For the younger guys:
We use a lot of stuff like " clap once if you can hear me, clap twice if you can hear me" to get them to focus and listen to the instruction when lined up.
Many of these games are similar to what we use. To get the younger guys (4-6) in our class to practice mount guard or side control together safely and controlled here is our trick. We pair them up with numbers 1 or 2 (have them hold up their number) and do what we call "railroad tracks." The kids lie down next to each other with shoulders touching and when we call a number. "1... side control" etc they follow the command.
Call railroad tracks when you want them to reset and then have #2 go. Once they get the hang of it, the command can be more involved… “number 1 side control, step over to mount etc.”
Great for listening skills and you can to different variations on the theme. IE who can go the fastest, the slowest etc. Keeps everyone on the same page and keeps the chaos (if you have 20 + kids on the mat) to a minimum.
We also use a lot of what we call the ABC’s of BJJ. A being “avoid dangerous situations”… kids can raise their hands and offer examples on ways to avoid these situation. “Don’t cross the street without an adult, talk to a stranger etc.” Then you can tie these into games or themes of self defense, bully proofing etc.
Older kids- I'll add that we do a lot of what we call
One or two pairs in the middle and a fresh guy coming to try to take the guy or girl in the middle down. The trick is to surprise your opponent, so the kids really focus and get into it. You can play it with any position, but from standing is really popular with our kids. Note: this is only with the more advanced kids who understand how to breakfall etc.
Hope it helps!