Skill: Focus
Drill: Ninja Ears
Equipment needed: One wave bag or similar target per line
Instructors needed: 1 per Line
Description: In this drill the student will practice using focusing with their ears as they keep their eyes closed and have to follow the commands they hear. This is great for teaching the students how to listen carefully to commands.
Teaching SKILLZ:
NEUROBICS – The instructor can change the techniques with other names, like “red” instead of “left punch”, and “blue” instead of “right punch”, etc. By associating the action with a different word that does not describe the action, the instructor would be challenging their working memory as well as keeping the students engaged by changing up the vocabulary.
AUDITORY PROCESSING – The student must be able to hear the instructor say a left or right technique, and complete the correct technique with the correct hand as quickly as they can. This works on their ability to respond quickly to audio cues.
Step 1
Divide your students into several lines.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
The first student in each line will stand in front of the wave bag in striking distance and close their eyes.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • The instructor will call out left or right punch and the student must hit with the correct hand.
  • If the student punches with the wrong hand, then he/ she will have to do 3 push-ups for each mistake.
  • Do this at least 5 times.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Focus only by listening
Step 5
  • You can make it even more challenging by giving the left and right hand and feet names. For example: Orange – left punch, Apple – right punch, Banana- left kick, Grape – right kick
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