Skill: Courage
Drill: Mat Slaps
Equipment needed: None
Instructors needed: 1 per Line
Description: In this drill students will work on their COURAGE to fall and their back fall technique by being thrown by the instructors.
Teaching SKILLZ:
Teaching SKILLZ: NEUROBICS – As the student does their fall, they must name something from a category before they hit the ground, like a color or a superhero. This works on their speed of processing as well, as they have to think of something as quick as they can and do the fall correctly.
Brain SKILLZ: AUDITORY PROCESSING – The student must listen to the instructor count down to one, and fall when the instructor gets to zero. This works on their ability to follow verbal commands.
Step 1
Divide your students into lines.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
Have 1 instructor to throw for each line.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • The first student will come up to the instructor and go to a grappling position.
  • The instructor will perform a single leg takedown but hold the student a few inches from the ground.
  • They will then count “1-2-3” and on “3” will “drop” the student (with control)
  • You will then have to slap the mat when you fall to make a loud “pop”.
  • Do this 2 more times (for a total of 3) at slightly higher and higher distances.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Grab on to the instructor so your hands don’t hit the ground first.
  • Slap the ground near your feet. This will help disperse the energy of the fall.
  • Keep your chin to your chest, so your head doesn’t hit the ground.
Step 5
  • Continue until everyone has 2-3 turns.
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