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Martial Arts lesson planning

I’ve spent the last couple of hours lesson planning to coach a Tae kwon-do squad training session tomorrow. I’ve written many before and was thinking there must be an easier way to do this. It struck me that the general format of my lessons are the same and, after a quick search, many other lesson plans take a standard format, that is:

  1. Warm up
  2. Stretch
  3. Training focus, which generally takes you down two routes: Technical or Sparring
  4. Warm down

I attend seminars and have trained under different instructors where I pick up different exercises, combos and drills.  I keep sporadic notes, but thought wouldn’t it be great to have a central resource of all of this and an app/website that can auto-create a lesson plan, with a community of users who can provide feedback and add to this collective resource e.g. I discovered single legged leaping burpees to be a great exercise in developing explosive kicking power, this can be added to the central resource to be shared in the community and it would also remind me to use it again in the future.

Let me know what you think!

How to run a successful martial arts tournament

Organising a successful tournament comes down to PREPARATION.

Stuff you’ll need:

  • Competitors
  • Referees and umpires
  • Medals/Trophies/Certificates
  • Hall hire
  • First aid
  • Scoring cards or clickers
  • Draw sheets
  • Weigh-in sheets
  • Scales and tape measure
  • Speaker system
  • Lunch?
  • Tables and chairs
  • Photographer (nice to have)

MA tournament

Stuff to consider in preparation:

  • What is the predicted number of competitors?
  • What disciplines will there be?  E.g. points sparring, continuous sparring, special technique, patterns/kata, destruction, any team events?
  • Marketing e.g. social media, poster, emails, website
  • Pre-register competitors.  Online?  Registration form?

Thought needs to be given to crowd/audience management, parent/coach appeal, parking, tournament set up and clear down,
What will happen at the front door?  Pay?  Weigh in?  Spectators?  Register?
Rules need to be sent to all competitors (through their coach) ahead of time.