(Ages 3 – 4)

Class 8 – Catching

Ultimate Warm-Up – 7 Minutes
  • Arms: Beginner army crawls
  • Legs: Frankenstein’s
  • Abs: Swimmers
  • Core: Bear crawls
Mat Chat – 3-minutes (Includes Water Break)
  • Today we are going to work on CATCHING.
  • Who can tell me what CATCHING means?

Here are the three CATCHING tips:

1. Hold your hands out as you catch. 2. Keep your eyes on the object. 3. Hold the object tightly as you catch it.
Skill-Building Drills – 15 Minutes

Catch & Stack:

In this drill we will work on our CATCHING skill and spatial awareness by CATCHING pads thrown from farther and farther away.
  • Teaching SKILLZ: UP THE REP – The student will be challenged as the instructor will take and extra steps away.
  • Brain SKILLZ: VISUAL PROCESSING – The student will develop good spatial awareness as they catch the pads from different distances.

Think Fast!:

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 focus. At the same time, this drill builds distance awareness, which is an essential skill for all youthful Martial Artists.
  • Teaching SKILLZ: TRICKERY – Try and trick them with different commands.
  • Brain SKILLZ: SPEED OF PROCESSING – The student must quickly respond to the command while catching the pad.
Partner Stretches: 5-minutes
  • Butterfly stretch
  • Chest stretch
  • Sitting hamstring stretch
  • Straddle stretch
Game – 3-minutes
  • Ninja Freeze

End of Class Announcements:

2 Minutes