Drill: Palm and Punch
Equipment needed: 2 Punching Mitts Per Line
Instructors needed: 1 per Line
Description: In this drill, students will work on having CONTROL with their hands by alternating between striking with a closed fist and an open hand. This will challenge them physically and intellectually by forcing them to use both sides of their brain while striking and remembering when to open and close their hands.
Teaching SKILLZ:
EXTRINSIC MOTIVATION – If the student messes up before they reach five reps, they must go to the end of the line. If the student can make it to five reps without messing up, then the instructor will do five pushups.
WORKING MEMORY – The students must be able to remember to alternate between punches and palm strikes as they play this game. This works on their ability to hold onto information while performing a task, as they have to remember what strike and number they did previously and what they need to do next in order to play this game.
Step 1
Divide your students into lines
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
Have 1 instructor for each line hold the punching mitts.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • Have the first person in line start in their guarding stance.
  • They will then hit the mitts with 2 punches and count “1 sir/ma’am”
  • Then hit the mitts again with 2 palm strikes and count “2 sir/ma’am”
  • If they mess up they have to stop and go to the end of the line.
  • Their goal is to get as far as they can without messing up or to reach 5 reps.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Try not to go too slow as you think about opening or closing your hands.
  • Remember to count correctly as you are striking.
  • Try your best to hit the pad strong.
Step 5
  • Continue until every student has at least 3 turns.
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