Skill: Instinct
Drill: Don’t Reach
Equipment needed: 1 Kicking shield per line & Students need sparring
Instructors needed: 1 per Line
Description: The students will practice INSTINCT by demonstrating their ability to not get scared and reach after incoming kicks, but to keep their gaurs up and hands in to prevent more openings. This will challenge them physically and emotionally by requiring them to be able to get hit and still be able to focus and score the point.
Teaching SKILLZ:
NEUROBICS – The instructor can challenge the students by having them say the name of a color, animal, food, or another simple category each time they hit the target, without repeating. This will connect the left and right hemispheres of their brain as well as keep the students engaged.
RESPONSE INHIBITION – The student must be able to block the kick without reaching for it, and hit the pad to counter the kick. This works on their ability to complete a task despite distraction, as they must be able to hold back their initial reaction to reach for the kick to block it, and instead let the kick hit them, and then counter.
Step 1
Divide your students into lines.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
For each line, you will need an instructor.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • The 1st student, will stand up and start bouncing in their sparring stance.
  • On round 1, the instructor will throw a back leg round kick to the body the student must keep their rear hand tight to their body.
  • The student must let the kick hit their arm and immediately strike the kicking shield with a lead back fist.
  • The student will repeat this 3 times then go to the back of the line.
  • On round 2, play the same game but now use a lead leg round kick instead.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Be fast, slow strike will just push the board away.
  • Keep your technique strong.
  • Watch for the board to be right in front of you before you strike.
Step 5
  • Continue so that each student has at least 2 turns.
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