Skill: Balance
Drill: Sumo
Equipment needed: 4 circles, 2 kicking shields per group
Instructors needed: One per group
Description: The students will practice their BALANCE while competing against their friends to see who had great balance.
Teaching SKILLZ:
TRICKERY – Instead of saying “go”, the instructor can say words that sound similar, like “gopher” and “ghost” in order to keep the students engaged and improve their auditory processing.
DIVIDED ATTENTION – The student must be able to focus on being defensive by having a strong, wide base with bent knees while watching what their partner is doing, and being offensive, by hitting their partner with their pad. This works on their ability to do multiple things at one time.
Step 1
Divide your students into groups.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
Place 2 rings together on the floor 2-3ft away from the other two rings. Give each student one kicking shield.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • You must stand facing your opponent. Each foot in a ring
  • When the instructor says “go” you must try and push your opponent out of his/her circle.
  • Keep your head up for better balance.
  • Do not slam the pad against your opponent.
  • Try to not to fall if you step out of the ring.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Keep your legs strong so you don’t wiggle.
  • Don’t push to your partner to hard.
  • Bend your knees to keep your balance.
Step 5
  • Continue until each student has 3 turns.
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