Drill: Catching Targets
Equipment needed: Three small pads
Instructors needed: 1 per Line
Description: In this drill the students will practice catching. This is a fundamental skill that most 3 and 4 year olds will struggle with at first. This builds hand-eye coordination. At the same time, this drill builds distance awareness, which is an essential skill for all youthful Martial Artists.
Teaching SKILLZ:
EXTRINSIC MOTIVATION – If the student drops the pad, then they have three squat jumps. If they are able to catch all of the pads, then the instructor will do three squat jumps.
VISUAL PROCESSING – The students must be able to catch the targets from three steps away. This works on their ability to participate in visual activities, as they must track the moving targets in the air and catch them.
Step 1
Divide your students into lines
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
For each line, lay a stack of pads for the student to catch.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • You will take three steps forward and then face the instructor.
  • The instructor will toss the pad at you and you must catch it.
  • If you drop the pad then you must do three push-ups.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Focus on the target and catch it before it falls
  • Hand eye coordination
Step 5
  • Continue until each student has at least two turns. On the second turn have them take four steps away.
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