Lesson Plans Wednesday, March 14, 2018

John Whitman
March 14, 2018

Beginner (A3)
Elbows 1-3
Palm Heel Strikes
Straight Punches
Drill: Groups of 3. 2 pad holders. 1 striker. Striker stands in center in neutral stance with eyes closed. Pad holders give a verbal cue or light push with the pad from the front, side, or behind. Striker must throw elbow in the appropriate direction, then turn toward the pad and follow up with 4 strong, fast hand combatives, either palms or punches, then resets back to neutral with eyes closed.
Drill: Same as above, except instead of only 4 hand punches/palms, striker sends non-stop hand combatives until second pad holder taps or gives verbal cue. Once striker is disrupted, they throw appropriate elbow and non-stop hand combatives until cued again. Remind students to vary the length of the strikes, sometimes letting them go for only a few strikes, other times having them work for longer.
Choke from the Front, 2 handed Pluck
Drill: Dizzy Drill. Groups of 3: 1 attacker, 1 pad holder, 1 defender.
Have defender stand in center with a stick. Defender holds the stick upright with one end on the mat. On instructor's "GO!" they run in a circle, spinning with their forehead touching the top of the stick. After 10-20 seconds (depending on equilibrium of the group), instructor calls "STOP!" Partners can apply Choke from the Front or tap with pad for the appropriate elbow followed up by 4 hand combatives.

Intermediate (C3)
Defense v. Low Round Kick--Shin Block
Thai Pads and Shin Guards
Drill: Combinations 1-4 with a kick. Pad holder can throw the low round kick to striker. Striker defends using the shin block.
Drill: Same as previous drill, but after performing shin block, striker touches defending leg down and then launches that same leg to return with a body level round kick to the Thai pads.
Drill: Puke round! 30 seconds power punches Left/Right combination. 30 seconds 2 round kicks right, 2 round kicks left. 30 seconds speed punches.
Bearhug from the Front, Arms Free
Bearhug from the Front, Lifting
Drill: Circle of Death. Break class into small groups of 3 or 4. 1 defender, everyone else is an attacker. Defender stands in neutral with eyes closed. Attackers can apply Bearhug from the Front, Arms Free OR Bearhug from the Front, Lifting OR any Level 1 self defense technique.
Advanced (C3)
Focus mitts; 4 minute rounds
Round 1: Free work on the focus mitts adding Spinning Outside Slap Kick to any combination ending in hook punch (combinations 3, 7, or 9). Show students how to use the hook to cover/distract from initial step across centerline that sets up spin.
Round 2: Focus mitts in opposite stance. Spinning Outside Slap Kick from opposite stance only required for black belts and black belt candidates.
Double Leg Takedown
Hip Throw
Drill: A/B Drill. A's can attack B's with any Level 1-3 self defense technique. B's finish with the initial set up for a Hip Throw when possible/appropriate.

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