Skill: Memory
Drill: 4 Corner Memory
Equipment needed: 4 wave bag cushions or similar sized objects
Instructors needed: Several to monitor
Description: In this drill the students are going to put their reaction skills to the test by racing to the proper corner.
Teaching SKILLZ:
TRICKERY – The instructor can try to trick the students by saying the name of a pad, and pointing in the direction of a different one. This enhances their auditory processing and visual processing as well, as they have to recognize the audio cue as correct and the visual cue as incorrect.
WORKING MEMORY – The students must remember the location of the different pads, and when they hear the instructor say the name of that pad, they must run towards it. This works on their ability to hold onto information while performing a task.
Step 1
Place one wave bag cushion in each corner of the deck. Have the students stand in the middle of the deck.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
Designate each corner to be one of the following: Blocks | Kicks | Stances | Strikes
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • You will say a martial arts move out loud and the students must run to the corner that is associated with the move.
  • For example: front kick = kicks; middle stance = stances; punch = strikes; high block = blocks
  • If the student runs to the wrong corner, or is the last student to touch the cushion in the correct corner then the student is out and must sit on the side of the deck.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Work on memory by recognizing the different category of techniques quickly in a race with others.
Step 5
  • Continue the drill until you have one student left standing.
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