Little Eagles® Martial Arts, Package 1
Package 1 of Little Eagles® Martial Arts includes a total of 20 minutes of helpful toddler-teaching techniques in 15 individual tutorials. From stretching to balance games, watch Sensei Evelyn teach her Little Eagles classes. You'll get great ideas in just minutes and will use them to create so many new and interesting lessons for your own students.
1-Warm-up, keeping kids interested
Watch Sensei teach the warm-up of an actual class of toddlers - explain knees and elbows, name the kicks,
switch legs. TIP: Keep them involved and moving!
2-Warm-up, start of class
Sensei keeps their attention by learning "attention" stance! Plus palm strike. TIP: An older student is a role model for the little ones
3-Keeping Control, telling the kids what you expect
Sensei shows front punch and back punch in this scenario. The kids are asked to name the punches and when one little tot can't stay in her place Sensei let's her know. TIP: Tell them what you expect and give them the opportunity to correct it.
4-Balance & Coordination,Noodles and knee kicks
Jumping over noodles with their feet together, knee kicks added in and then counting! TIP: When the kids make mistakes, let it go!
5-Focus & Control, fun kicks
Sensei has this little guy demonstrate his "jump kick" on a pad that she rigged up herself. No matter the kick, doing it a different way than usual is always fun. TIP: Use your creative side and put together your own "equipment" for toddlers.
6- Taking Turns, Group Kick and Punch Drills
The kids are given a set of instructions to follow while taking turns kicking. Then another pad is added for punches. TIP: Each time around add another technique! Their brains are amazing!
7-Focus & Self Control, attention and wiggle!
The group stands at attention and focuses on Sensei. Then they wiggle and go back to attention! With toddlers you have to switch up every few seconds, not minutes! TIP: If the tot who doesn't pay attention isn't affecting the rest of the class, ignore him!
8- Taking turns, Palm Strikes on balloon
Sense uses a Little Eagles® balloon for palm strikes. Kids are told to take turns and run to the back of the line. One little guy needed to get some energy out of his system! TIP: Stay calm when "bloopers" happen. Notice Sensei stayed in her place and reminded him of what she expected.
9-Taking Turns & Sharing, Punch The Minion
TIP: Use a stuffed version of a character from a movie or TV show the toddlers can relate to instead of the "big kids" pads.
10- Focus & Self-Control,Group Alphabet Game
Using brightly colored foam alphabet blocks and moving through letters every few seconds will hold their attention. When you get to a letter that is the start of a technique, like "p" for punch, use the letter and technique to reenforce the skill.
11-Balance & Coordination, kicks on a ballet bar
In this video Sensei has the kids performing round kicks without putting their legs down while holding onto a ballet bar. If you don't use a ballet bar, a wall works well: anyplace that can assist in balance. TIP: Sensei took a knee to explain the kick to a student. It's a good idea to come down ...
12-Keeping control of the class, "the holdout"
There's one in every crowd! For whatever reason this little guy didn't do what he was supposed to when he was supposed to do it. Sensei kept calm and in control and with a little persuasion she did get him to line up. TIP: Don't give unwanted behavior too much attention. Just keep restating what ...
13-Balance & Coordination,5 kicks through the ring
Having the kids kick through the hoop while counting to 5. Let them hold onto your shoulder if they have difficulty with balance. And for the one who does his own thing, just keep him counting! TIP: Instead of correcting how he is doing his kicks, instead, concentrate on just one other thing; han...
14-Focus & Self-Control, where will it stop?
Using a square hoop, Sensei moves the "target" around. When it stops the child has to do either a kick or a punch. You can easily use a target pad instead of a hoop.
15- Stretching & Warm-up,Pizza Stretching Drill
In this drill the kids sit in a circle with their legs stretched out and make a pizza pie! TIP: Using something familiar that kids love keeps their attention on the task at hand.