for Taekwondo Classes
Games are a great way to add a little fun & excitement to your Taekwondo class
well as help to teach things such as speed, accuracy,
coordination and balance). The idea for this page comes from one
of our visitors (Diana) who had the following comment:
"I was hoping you could
include a section on games for kids that teach skills. I am
needing some new ideas, the same games get stale after a while!"
So here are a number of suggestions (including some from Diana).
Please send us your
so we can add them to this page! These Taekwondo game ideas are for martial arts instructors, dedicated Taekwondo parents and/or parents looking for new ways to wear
out their over-active kids!
Tape balloons to pads & practice dummies to test a kid's kicking
accuracy. Kids like to hear things pop.
Stack a number of
practice shields on top of each other.
Then place a small ball or
hacky sack on top and they must kick off
the ball/sack without knocking over the pads. Great for teaching
Similar to the suggestion above, the Masters place a
bunch of practice pads together & the kids must jump over and
break a board. Keep building the pile higher & higher until only
one person (the winner) can jump over & break the board. Use
plastic re-breakable boards
(versus wood boards) in order to save money.
Team contests where they must knock over practice dummies with back
kicks, flying side kicks, etc. Team who hits the dummy to the
ground the most wins.
Each kid has a number and are separated into two teams (on
opposite sides of the school). The Masters call out a number and the appropriate kid must
run, kick a practice dummy (in the middle of the school) and run
back to their team.
Supposedly teaches speed & concentration. However, in reality, kids just like
"Tail" grabbing contests.
Hang a spare belt, etc. around the belt on each kid's back. Then
let two kids face off and the first person to put out the tail
of his/her opponent wins.
Balance contests. Have
them stand on one foot with their eyes closed. If they fall, put
their foot down or open their eyes, they are out. Last person
Blocking contests. Have children
practice their skills by blocking random strikes (i.e. with a
high block, low block, etc.) from
padded "blocker" sticks.
Person who blocks the most strikes before getting hit is the
Technique memorization. You can
either shout out a crazy series of kicks, self-defenses, etc.
and they must execute without any mistakes. Or have separate
teams play "follow the leader" - one person does a kick, the
next person does that kick and another type of kick, the next
person does those two kicks and adds another type of kick... and
so on. Keep going until someone makes a mistake. Team with the
highest number of correct techniques wins.
Make your own OCTAGON. I make a small circle of pads
at home where my
boys can practice sparring & whack each other. Okay, my family
is nuts. :)